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  1. My best speculation, just guessing, is if passengesrs would be on-board for such a long journey, they would need a wider and larger range of staff, including medical doctor, cruise director, entertainers, bartenders, more chefs, food servers, etc. That adds up costing "REAL MONEY" and might not be as productive or efficient, financially. Also, there might be needs on the ship during this long journey to be doing "fixes" and finishing some final construction/decorating details. Passengers on-board might complication those final "polishing" processes. Any better information from others who might know more? THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Amazon River-Caribbean 2015 adventure live/blog starting in Barbados. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, San Juan, etc.). Now at 66,809 views: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696
  2. Understand the comments and viewpoints expressed above from our Richmond, Virginia, "neighbor". Yes, we all want to cruise and explore again. Just waiting for this "situation" to evolve and settle down. Plus, seeking to know more for the vital safety/logistics to be clear/safe/smooth/attractive. And, FUN!! Did many past Silversea customers receive today the email message from SS CEO Roberto Martinoli? It details much of what I had shared yesterday. This includes: "The Healthy Sail Panel is formed by a team of 11 leading experts in areas of science and public health, with varied backgrounds in medical practice and research, infectious diseases, biosecurity, hospitality, and maritime operations. Governor Michael Leavitt, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will serve as co-chairs of the newly formed group. Rest assured we will communicate with you our final guidelines when they become available, in the meantime you can feel confident that some of brightest minds in the world are focusing on solutions; and when we sail again, cruising with us will be safer than ever." Looks like good PR and a way to warm up folks to consider booking future cruise. Saying "our final guidelines" sound important, but it is what the CDC and other key government agencies allow that will be the determining standard. Also, much of this effort seems most important for Silversea's challenged finances as it seems that they are focused on getting more CASH in their accounts. Am I too cynical, distrustful and suspicious? THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Venice: Loving It & Why??!! Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 88,026 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226
  3. Good news for these scenic islands and people like us who want to visit there. From the Travel Section of the London/UK Telegraph today, they had this headline: “Galapagos Islands to reopen to tourists after wildlife blooms during pandemic” with these highlights: “The Galapagos Islands, the showpiece of Ecuador’s tourism industry and one of the world’s wildlife wonderlands, is set to gradually reopen to visitors in the coming weeks. The country announced lockdown measures on March 12, closing its borders to foreign travellers three days later. One of the South American countries worst hit by Covid-19, Ecuador has confirmed 62,380 cases to date and 4,821 deaths – though only two deaths have been reported on the Galapagos Islands. On July 1, the government officially reopened the Galapagos National Park, though there is a lack of flights between Seymour airport, on the island of Baltra, and the mainland.” Full story at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/news/galapagos-islands-ecuador-to-reopen-tourism-in-weeks/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Venice: Loving It & Why??!! Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 88,026 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226
  4. Good news for these scenic islands and people like us who want to visit there. From the Travel Section of the London/UK Telegraph today, they had this headline: “Galapagos Islands to reopen to tourists after wildlife blooms during pandemic” with these highlights: “The Galapagos Islands, the showpiece of Ecuador’s tourism industry and one of the world’s wildlife wonderlands, is set to gradually reopen to visitors in the coming weeks. The country announced lockdown measures on March 12, closing its borders to foreign travellers three days later. One of the South American countries worst hit by Covid-19, Ecuador has confirmed 62,380 cases to date and 4,821 deaths – though only two deaths have been reported on the Galapagos Islands. On July 1, the government officially reopened the Galapagos National Park, though there is a lack of flights between Seymour airport, on the island of Baltra, and the mainland.” Full story at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/news/galapagos-islands-ecuador-to-reopen-tourism-in-weeks/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Venice: Loving It & Why??!! Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 88,026 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226
  5. Well-summarized above!! It would be very nice to be cruising on this sleek, new ship in the famed Galapagos Islands in late August or early September. BUT, I am curious as to how will the long air connections from the U.K., U.S., etc., work for spanning those significant distances and to be getting there, SAFELY? AND, will key players such as the CDC, that nation's government, etc., have lifted all travel restrictions and be allowing such sailing and exploring there?? Will be watching to see how "events" play out during the next two months and if "it" happens in late August for Silversea. Hoping for the best. Right now, these Galapagos sailings starting in late August are the "first" to be happening for SS. Most of us are watching with interest to see how it all works and how full they will be able to operate this ship, the staffing levels, how food service works, the types of testing used, etc., etc. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling/details with many exciting visuals and key highlights. On page 23, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings. Now at 230,562 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
  6. YES!! It would be very nice to be cruising on this sleek, new ship in the famed Galapagos Islands in late August or early September. BUT, hate to be negative, how will the long air connections from the U.K., U.S., etc., work for spanning those significant distances and to be getting there? AND, will key players such as the CDC, that nation's government, etc., have lifted all travel restrictions and be allow such sailing and exploring there?? Will be watching to see how "events" play out during the next two months and if "it" happens in late August for Silversea. Hoping for the best. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Wonderful scenic visuals with key tips on the Silver Cloud. Live/blog at 239,826 www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923
  7. Good morning!! More continued hot, HOT, HOT!! weather here in Central Ohio and for many parts of the U.S. To be a high here of 92F with the "real feel" for the conditions to be like 102F due to the humidity, etc. But, I see nationally that the Southeast, including Florida, will be getting hit with many storms today. Good luck surviving. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
  8. Appreciate your kind sharing. Super cute and fascinating video and story. Below is visual of that amazing bird and its wonderful trainer/protector. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
  9. From the Wall Street Journal and PR Newswire today, here is their headline: “WTTC and Carnival Corporation Present Unique COVID-19 Scientific Summit” with these highlights: “Set for July 23, this will be a virtual scientific summit focused on COVID-19 and the 'new normal'. Taking place from 1400 hours to 1730 GMT (10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, July 23, the summit, which is open to the public, will share the latest scientific knowledge and evidence-based best practices related to prevention, detection, treatment and mitigation of COVID-19.” Among the areas to be discussed will be: * Epidemiology: Incubation and peak infectivity periods for SARS-CoV-2; disease progression from exposure to illness; and symptom variability among different individuals and groups. * Transmission: How, when and where SARS-CoV-2 spreads; significance of environmental transmission; guidelines for mitigating spread. * Screening and Testing: Availability and accuracy of current testing methods; viable and cost effective ways to detect illness and effectiveness of screening using temperature and health questionnaires. For those interested, they shared: "To register for the Summit, please go to CovidScienceSummit.com Global participants will be invited to submit questions in advance and during the online event." Nobody can say that they have not been invited to have a chance to hear more, raise questions, etc. Interesting that Royal Caribbean and NCL have teamed up to go one direction versus this health/PR path current being taken by Carnival. Why are not ALL three of these cruise biggies marching in the same direction to the same tune? Full story at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/PR-CO-20200706-906045 or via this web connection: www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/wttc-and-carnival-corporation-present-unique-covid-19-scientific-summit-301088439.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling/details with many exciting visuals and key highlights. On page 23, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings. Now at 230,562 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
  10. Great updating, comments and follow-up regarding those first airline flights and your positive future hopes. Agree a two-hour flight is more manageable. Some of our best cruises, however, have involved long, LONG flights to South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Greece, the Middle East, etc. Much depends where you are sailing from and coming back from. As more background from today's announcement, the respected business publication, Barron's, connected with the Wall Street, they had today this headline: “Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line Enlist Health Experts to Shape Safety Protocols for Cruising in the Pandemic Era”. Here are some of their reporting highlights: “Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings have enlisted a panel of experts to vet and beef up their safety and health protocols as they aim to reassure cruise-goers amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The cruise lines are in the process of submitting enhanced health and safety protocols to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has had a no-sail order in place until July 24; that is expected to be extended. The panel will 'evaluate, supplement and refine' any submissions Royal Caribbean and Norwegian make to the CDC.” Agree, much of "IT" is all about the CDC and gaining their green light to even be able to start shorter, "drive to" cruises out of Florida, etc. This publication interviewed today Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner and respected public-health expert: "The big wild card for the cruise industry is whether it can resume sailings without a Covid-19 vaccine in place. 'It’s one of the questions we are grappling with,' Gottlieb told Barron’s on Monday. He added that 'we are coming up with a set of recommendations that can improve health and safety in a Covid environment and then we are overlaying that with an assessment of what is the overall risk in the population—what is the prevalence of infection. That is ultimately going to affect what you can do and what you do.' Even if there is a vaccine in place and the prevalence of the virus diminishes considerably, Gottlieb said, “there are still probably things that industries are doing to do differently, including the cruise industry. We are going to have to think differently about respiratory health in perpetuity after this event.' However, Gottlieb believes that even without a vaccine, the cruise operators can resume business with the proper protocols in place. 'It’s possible to create a protective bubble around the cruise experience,' adding, 'It’s a controlled environment and it becomes a question of what are you capable of doing, what are you willing to do, and is there still a residual experience there that’s attractive to consumers. But it is an environment that we can control.' He said, however, that 'you are never going to have a zero-risk environment.' " Many interesting details and aspects from this interview with Dr. Gottlieb. Also included in this article was this announcement: "Carnival, the largest U.S. cruise operator, said Monday that it and the World Tourism & Travel Council will co-sponsor a summit on Covid-19. The summit, which is open to the public online, is scheduled for July 23. It will include global science and health experts." Full story at: https://www.barrons.com/articles/royal-caribbean-norwegian-cruise-line-enlist-health-experts-to-shape-safety-protocols-for-cruising-in-the-pandemic-era-51594047836?adobe_mc=MCMID%3D40702954831775200923670391446009419319|MCORGID%3DCB68E4BA55144CAA0A4C98A5%40AdobeOrg|TS%3D1594060958 THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Wonderful scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 239,826 www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923
  11. Interesting and potentially smart move this morning has been announced by the three major cruise lines, including RCCL, the parent of Silversea. From the Wall Street Journal, they had a copy of the PR Newswire release with this headline: “Leading Public Health Experts to Oversee Development of Enhanced Cruise Line Health and Safety Standards” that had this sub-head: " 'Healthy Sail Panel' comprises top experts in public health, infectious disease, biosecurity, hospitality and maritime operations". Here are some of the highlights and details from their morning media release: “The companies have asked Governor Mike Leavitt and Dr. Scott Gottlieb to serve as co-chairs of a newly formed group of experts. The panel is tasked with collaboratively developing recommendations for cruise lines to advance their public health response to COVID-19, improve safety, and achieve readiness for the safe resumption of operations. The expert panel has been working for nearly a month and will offer its initial recommendations by the end of August. The cruise lines said its work will be "open source," and could be freely adopted by any company or industry that would benefit from the group's scientific and medical insights.” Leavitt is a former Utah Governor and Secretary of the U.S. Department Health and Human Services (HHS). Dr. Gottlieb is a former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Others M.D.'s, several with Masters in Public Health, are a part of this overall group. This range of experts looks great on paper. Impressive backgrounds. They are, however, being hired and paid by the cruise industry. This plan appears, in my opinion, to be an industry way to "push and persuade" the CDC to open up cruise sailing and allow this activity to be resumed. Notice their announced deadline of late August? Nothing is happening quickly or soon. My analysis?: This effort is part good "P.R."!! It makes the industry look like a forward-looking leader. Much will be focused to important questions as to on-ship cleaning and standards, staff operations, etc. That's good. BUT, can this group answer for having pre-boarding testing for either having Covid-19 and/or such immunities. That vital need is still not that easy, quick, perfect, mailable, etc. International airline flights are still limited and legitimate fears still exists for flying to ports on such crowded planes. Many international locations are still limited or closed off. Then, there is that little item called "CONSUMER CONFIDENCE", especially for those older and potentially more vulnerable from a health standpoint. Much needs to be done, but this is a good move to start some movement in the right direction. Reactions and comments? Agree or disagree? Full story at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/PR-CO-20200706-904696 or it maybe would be easier to access the full release at: www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/leading-public-health-experts-to-oversee-development-of-enhanced-cruise-line-health-and-safety-standards-301088345.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Barcelona/Med: June 2011, with stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Great visuals with key highlights, tips, etc. Live/blog now at 251,720 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474
  12. Cute ones from our friend in the U.K. Below is a "bonus" item from my files. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
  13. Love the tasty pictures of the shrimp from J.P. and the duck ragu from Fletcher. Making me hungry!! Agree with above about the some of the nice areas to consider in Oregon. Have only been in the Portland and Columbia River areas. Need to go back to your state!! Sounds like you live in an enjoyable part of that state. BUT, getting to Oregon is not as handy and quick for us in Ohio compared to reaching other prime U.S. locations. Given the slowness for cruising and international travel to return to "normal", more of us will be looking at these types of domestic travel options. Below are a couple of more contemporary American comedy voices. One more urban, the other with more of a country touch/style. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
  14. Interesting about Kanye West running for President. Are we ready for his wife, Kim Kardashian, to be the next First Lady??!! Some speculate that this announcement is just a way to hype his record sales. Are you surprised if that would be his motivation? Legally, he has already missed most of the major deadlines for many various state filings to be a successful Presidential candidate. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From AccuWeather today, below show our HOT!, HOT!! weather for here in Central Ohio. Second is their map and overview for the main parts of the United States. Most of the states will be either "Very Hot" and/or "Steamy"!! Looks cooler for parts of Canada and the New England areas: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  15. From the Wall Street Journal yesterday, they had this headline: “Is It Safe to Travel Again? Your Coronavirus Questions Answered” with below a small sampling of various highlighted responses for a wide range of key questions. Here are some of the items that might relate to when and how cruising can resume. For the question of Is there any place abroad where I can travel right now?: “Not easily. Many countries remain closed to nonessential travelers and non-residents. Some nations are gradually lifting their bans but only permitting in tourists from countries where the number of coronavirus cases is relatively low or steadily declining. The European Union lifted its internal borders last month. But tourists from the U.S. are still prohibited from entering most European countries. The United Kingdom as well as a handful of Caribbean countries, such as Antigua and St. Lucia, are welcoming visitors from the U.S. but with key caveats. Visitors to the United Kingdom, for example, are required to self-isolate for 14 days.” On the question of Am I allowed to travel to Canada?: "The closure of the U.S.-Canada border was recently extended until at least July 21, which means non-essential travelers are still prohibited from entering Canada by sea, plane or car." About the issue of Should I avoid flying altogether?: "Health authorities, including the CDC, maintain that the risk of infection on airplanes is low. Contrary to popular belief, cabin air is less of a concern; virtually all international jetliners are equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, similar to those used in hospital operating room, capable of blocking more than 99% of airborne microbes. Cabin air is circulated vertically, from ceiling to floor, and refreshed every two to three minutes." For Should I avoid cruises altogether?: "After the widely reported quarantines of passengers on ocean liners and the rapid rise of confirmed cases among the passengers and crew, the CDC and the U.S. State Department issued heightened travel warnings, advising travelers to defer all cruise ship travel world-wide. The CDC points out that the people at highest risk of falling seriously ill from Covid-19 are older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions, including heart disease, lung disease and diabetes. Most cruise lines have temporarily suspended voyages worldwide until September 15." Regarding How are airlines changing their cancellation or booking policies in light of the coronavirus?: "Major airlines, facing soft demand for future trips, are continuing to extend flexibility to new ticket purchases. Customers who book travel between now and July 31 on most U.S. airlines will be allowed one fee-free change, and typically they have at least one year to use the ticket from the date of purchase. Some fliers may also be allowed to postpone their travel for a longer period." Responding to Is there any point in buying travel insurance if coronavirus isn’t covered by it?: "If you’re insuring your trip because of Covid-19 you are probably out of luck; most trip-protection policies won’t refund you if you back out of an upcoming trip because you’re afraid to go. But there are plenty of other reasons to insure your trip; you might get a partial refund if your policy includes trip interruption coverage and you fall ill while traveling, or have to return home earlier than expected, depending on the circumstances." This is only a small sampling from this long and comprehensive Q&A series. This newspaper has a fairly tight pay-wall. Hopefully a few of these items are of interest and help in summarizing that this is a major, complicated path in getting back to some form fo near "normal". Full story at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/all-your-coronavirus-travel-questions-answered-11582980999 THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Completed last summer Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Many visuals and details from our first in these scenic areas! Live/blog at: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/
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