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  1. Super excellent follow-up, details, insights, etc., from wonderful and smart J.P. Very helpful background as to ALL your experiences. Plus, loved the continued sharing, nice pictures, yummy food visuals, etc. Safe travel back home to New York. Where are you headed for your next exciting adventure? 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 234,010 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
  2. Yes! YES!! YES!!!! Super appreciate these great comments above by Lois and the follow-ups by others about the wonderful reporting by J.P, the excellent visuals, tasty food pictures, etc. Agree both Chris and J.P. are, as always, looking so superb!! Keep it coming Very good sharing. Just a few quick questions, when handy, for J.P.: 1. As Americans, how have things worked on this French-focused ship for languague/communications, dealing with other passengers, getting desired food variety/quality, know what's going on/offered, etc.?? 2. How much contact, communications and connection did you get with the people/locals on Corsica? Friendly, interesting and helpful? 3. What was the biggest surprise/highlight from Corsica itself? 4. How does Ponant quality and staffing compare to Silversea and other comparable smaller, luxury cruise lines? THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 242,696 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923
  3. Appreciate this great newspaper link and follow-up by Lois. YES, this reporting is very detailed and worth careful review. As always, Lois is wonderful with her sharing and focus for getting back to safe traveling. Keep researching, planning and hoping for the best!! 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 234,010 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
  4. Appreciate ALL of these various comments and follow-up regarding upcoming and potential Antarctica sailings. We were looking at and seriously considering a Seabourn sailing for 21-days that started in Argentina, had five net days in Antarctica and then nicely sailed up the western coast of Chile. BUT, Seabourn just recently scrubbed all their late 2021 and early 2022 sailings for this region. Have not heard exactly as to how Silversea is navigating to adjust their offerings in this area. BUT, even as late as this afternoon, SS has not posted on their website with these adjusted offerings. Would like to see and examine the SS specifics. Any ideas for why the delays in these SS postings?? THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 242,564 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923
  5. Appreciate these nice comments and the follow-up from Mr. Banjo. YES, we are still hoping for the best by early 2022 so that we can sail again. Right now in Central Ohio and for other parts of our country, cases are up, UP and hospitals/ICU's are nearly at capacity. Rationing health care and/or delaying elective surgeries is not good. Glad last month that I had hip replacement surgery and have been recovering well. Nearly 100% now. From Forbes Magazine this morning, they had this headline: “These Caribbean Islands Are On The CDC’s ‘Do Not Travel’ List—Here’s How Cruise Lines Navigate Covid’s Murky Waters” with these highlights: “It’s getting harder to find a Caribbean cruise itinerary that doesn’t include a stop on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 'Do Not Travel' list. Over the past few weeks, the list of popular Caribbean cruise ports given the CDC’s dreaded Level 4 designation has ballooned. Countries with a Level 4 travel health notice are deemed to have a 'very high risk' of Covid-19 with a 'Do Not Travel' recommendation for Americans. The Caribbean islands at Level 4 now include: Aruba, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St. Barts, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin/Sint Maarten and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It’s an understatement to say that cruise lines and Caribbean nations share a common interest in navigating the murky waters of the Covid pandemic together. The North American cruise market is dominated by the easily accessible Caribbean, Bahamas, and Bermuda. Likewise, cruising plays an outsized and growing role in the region’s tourism. In 2019, nearly 12 million people visited the Caribbean on a cruise ship, roughly double the 6.2 million recorded in 2010.” Interesting challenges with these location under pressure in the Caribbean. There are some of these locations where we would like visit in early 2022. Will we be able to go to these islands??? Full story at https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2021/09/17/caribbean-cruise-cdc-do-not-travel-list/?sh=360d5a015964 : THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio AFRICA?!!?: Fun, interesting visuals, plus travel details from this early 2016 live/blog. At 51,716 views. Featuring Cape Town, South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337
  6. Appreciate ALL of these varied and many interesting comments, personal experiences, etc., etc, as to when, how and if sailing resumes. Key questions, such as Florida versus New Jersey, as to where it is "safer" and better for the upcoming periods. Great comments and follow-ups. Here in Ohio, cases are spiking up and our hospitals are getting at or near capacity. From the Wall Street Journal late this afternoon, below are their stock charts for the past week. Upward??!! Also, this major newspaper had a press release today about an upcoming quarterly report for the finances and future for Carnival and all of their brands and ships. They had this headline: “Carnival Corporation To Provide Third Quarter 2021 Business Update” with these highlights: “Carnival Corporation has scheduled a conference call with analysts for Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at 10 a.m. (EDT); to provide a business update. A simulcast of the call will be available via the company's Web sites at www.carnivalcorp.com and www.carnivalplc.com. Interested parties may participate by calling 303 223 0118 in the U.S., or 44 (0) 208 196 2145 in the U.K.” Will aim to listen for the comments and insights next Friday from their top executives and how they view the cruising future. Full story at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/carnival-corporation-plc-to-provide-third-quarter-2021-business-update-01631903516?tesla=y THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Summer 2019 Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska on Silver Muse, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Many visuals and details from our first in these scenic areas! Live/blog: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/ From the Wall Street Journal, here are the stock charts for the three major cruise lines during the past five trading days. Genally, movement in an upward, positive manner. But, much up-and-down activity during the past week.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these visuals larger/better!)
  7. Great to hear that you are there and doing an excellent job of posting about this "adventure" to Corsica, etc. Loving the visuals!! Keep up the great sharing. Can't get enough. How full is your ship and the nationality mix of passengers on board? THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 242,564 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923
  8. Appreciate all of these great comments and follow-ups, especially from Rachel. I did check with Susan who was on the Silver Origin in early August. She confirmed the "casual" summary. In the main dining room for evenings with men, it was mostly golf shirts and khaki pants. No shorts, of course. Hope to get to get together soon in person with Susan and David to de-brief them more, see additional of their pictures, etc. Am happy to ask them any added, follow-up questions. 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 233,920 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
  9. Super appreciate these great pictures, comments and details from your successful landing in France. Eze is one of our excellent, personal favorites from visiting this region in 1995. Eze is beyond description as one of the best, most scenic locations in the world. The view from up there is amazing. Keep it coming!! Will send via email some insights and background about Corsica. Be very interested in your impressions and experiences from visiting there. Plus, to learn more about how well Ponant works for Americans sailing on these French ships in Europe. 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 253,840 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474
  10. YES!! Very good and highly-comprehensive article outlining a number of factors affecting cruising and travel in general. That "MOVING TARGET" point is well worth spotlighting and repeating. As a Wall Street Journal regular subscriber, there were a few other highlights that might be worth sharing: “Cruise lines can exert a high degree of control aboard ship, but passengers face a lot of variables in port and on land. Ecuador, for example, requires masks to be worn at all times while visiting the blue-footed boobies on their uninhabited rocks in the Pacific. On MSC’s first Covid-era cruise in August 2020, a family left the group in Capri and were not allowed back onboard. Before the pandemic, several companies including Disney, MSC and Holland America began buying up private islands in the Caribbean to use for their exclusive shore excursions, which in the Covid age let the lines extend the bubble they can create on board. Otherwise, it’s important to know where you’re going. “When going from a largely vaccinated vessel to a general public area,” said said Dr. Lucy E. Wilson, senior adviser to the University for Public Health and Pandemic Response at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, “there are widely variant virus levels and controls. You’re getting off, the crew is getting off, exposure is elevated. Covid-19 has showed us it is a moving target.' ” Here is more that might be of interest: "Recent cruisers recommend packing your patience along with your sunscreen. 'I felt better and safer on board than at the airport, on the airplane or in the hotel,' said Carolyn Spencer Brown, chief content officer at Cruise Media who sailed with Viking and with Silversea this past summer. 'There is more space, more al fresco dining, new protocols like spit tests [a Covid-19 saliva test] and I had no concern about ventilation. But you have to be flexible.' Some things, like getting aboard, might take a little longer. You may not be able to enter the dining room without washing your hands. Food service generally no longer features passed hors d’oeuvres or self-serve buffets, and you’ll see Plexi-glass popping up here and there. Silversea has installed medical grade air filters (MERV 13 or HPA) to supply fresh air to all areas every hour." Full story at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/cruises-are-back-heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-safety-before-you-climb-aboard-11631290608?wsj_native_webview=ipad&ns=prod/accounts-wsj THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 242,564 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923
  11. From CNN cable news and MSN News this morning, they had this headline: “What it's like to sail on a 'cruise to nowhere' ” with these highlights: “While the possibility of traveling abroad is slowly returning to the US and Europe, movement in and out of Hong Kong -- once Asia's biggest international hub -- remains at a near-total halt. As the semi-autonomous region pursues a zero-Covid policy, repeated attempts to establish travel corridors with neighboring countries have been abandoned, and most incoming travelers face up to three weeks of self-funded hotel quarantine. Before the pandemic, Hong Kongers were among the world's most well-traveled people. Dream Cruises has come up with a fitting alternative vacation option -- a voyage with no destination, taking passengers in a big loop. Journeys last for either two or three nights. Cruising may not be for everyone, but at a time when any other option would require quarantine, it seems a lot more attractive. For a vessel that's usually a vehicle to a different destination, rather than being the destination itself, the Genting Dream did a decent job of offering enough activities to keep its temporary residents -- mostly older adults, with a few families and children -- occupied throughout the cruise. Booking for pool access was only casually enforced, and while the hot tubs were closed, sun loungers and sofas by the deck bars were freely available. Coming from one of the most densely populated cities in the world, it was oddly freeing to look out over the open water and see nothing but distant container ships, or watch the sun set below a skyscraper-free horizon.” Did not realize that things in Hong Kong were still this tight and shut-down. We super enjoyed this famed city for four days in 2018 before doing Vietnam and SE Asia. Coming from the Midwest, not sure that just doing a "Cruise to Nowhere" would rank that high on my priority list. The itinerary and great, unique ports are still my top priorities for doing cruises!! This thread is now over 121,000 views. Appreciate all those who have dropped by and especially for those who have added good info, raised important questions, etc. Keep it coming!! For my tasteFull story at: https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/what-its-like-to-sail-on-a-cruise-to-nowhere/ar-AAOlOkF?ocid=BingNewsSearch 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 68,815 views: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696 From the Wall street Journal article just linked and posted, here was the nice graphic used to illustrate this comprehensive story. Does this bring back nice memories from the "good, old days" in Venice?: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see this visual larger/better!)
  12. YES!! Super excellent visuals from Catlover54 from California of sights and sites in scenic Iceland. Looks very nice and interesting. Have not been there, yet, but it is on our future "to-do" list. From the Wall Street Journal this morning, they had this headline: “Travel and Covid-19 Testing: What to Know if You’re Flying or Taking a Cruise" within sub-headline: "Some at-home tests are permitted, but leave yourself plenty of time to test before your trip.” Here are some of the story highlights: “More travel destinations are now requiring travelers to present negative Covid-19 tests for entry, even those who are fully vaccinated. The changes are adding fresh complexity to an already-confounding time for travel. Travelers are struggling to both keep up with changing test guidelines and find acceptable tests that will provide results by the time they need to fly. After the European Union removed the U.S. from its “safe” list of countries, some member nations began imposing new rules for travelers. Italy, for example, now requires fully vaccinated travelers to submit a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival in the country. And beginning Sept. 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will require fully vaccinated cruise passengers to submit proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within two days of boarding a ship. 'Things change daily,' says TA Susan Peavey, in Marshfield, Mass. Travelers have to understand each country’s rules and regulations, she says, and in some cases additional requirements at destinations, such as resorts that are now requiring proof of vaccination. Finding the correct tests within the allowed time frame is proving challenging. In some areas of the country, Covid-19 tests are harder to come by, and acceptable at-home tests can be costly.” Here are more details of their tips and suggestions: "Some countries, such as Canada and Anguilla, don’t accept antigen tests. Travelers will need to look closely at each country’s specific requirements. Travel agents suggest doing a broad search for testing locations if local pharmacies are booked up. Because of the tightened timing for tests, some cruise lines are offering passengers options. Royal Caribbean International now sells at-home test kits, which can be ordered online and cost $69.99 for a pack of two and $99.99 for a pack of three. If you plan ahead, you can also save on testing costs. Last month, Cortney Buckelew, who works as an operations manager, scheduled antigen tests at a private walk-in clinic near her home in Land O’ Lakes, Fla., before her Royal Caribbean cruise, which left Saturday. The tests would cost $100 each for her and her husband. The couple found a county testing site and got free rapid antigen tests, saving them $200. Travelers must also provide a negative test to re-enter the U.S. by air; those tests must be taken no more than three days before boarding a plane home. " Full story at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/travel-and-covid-19-testing-what-to-know-if-youre-flying-or-taking-a-cruise-11631458800 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 91,821 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226
  13. Appreciate this great research by Randy, plus the important, added comments and follow-ups. Keep it coming! Below are the stock charts for the past week. "ROCKY" was a famous movie from 1976 that featured Sylvester Stallone and won the Best Picture Oscar. But, in my view, that phrase/title also describes the way that investors looked at the value and prospects for the three major cruise line companies. Right or wrong? Also, from the Wall Street Journal this morning, they had this headline: “Travel and Covid-19 Testing: What to Know if You’re Flying or Taking a Cruise" within sub-headline: "Some at-home tests are permitted, but leave yourself plenty of time to test before your trip.” Here are some of the story highlights: “More travel destinations are now requiring travelers to present negative Covid-19 tests for entry, even those who are fully vaccinated. The changes are adding fresh complexity to an already-confounding time for travel. Travelers are struggling to both keep up with changing test guidelines and find acceptable tests that will provide results by the time they need to fly. After the European Union removed the U.S. from its “safe” list of countries, some member nations began imposing new rules for travelers. Italy, for example, now requires fully vaccinated travelers to submit a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival in the country. And beginning Sept. 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will require fully vaccinated cruise passengers to submit proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within two days of boarding a ship. 'Things change daily,' says TA Susan Peavey, in Marshfield, Mass. Travelers have to understand each country’s rules and regulations, she says, and in some cases additional requirements at destinations, such as resorts that are now requiring proof of vaccination. Finding the correct tests within the allowed time frame is proving challenging. In some areas of the country, Covid-19 tests are harder to come by, and acceptable at-home tests can be costly.” Full story at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/travel-and-covid-19-testing-what-to-know-if-youre-flying-or-taking-a-cruise-11631458800 THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From late 2018, see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 20,049 views. Connect at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/ From the Wall Street Journal, below are the stock value charts for the three major cruise lines during the past five trading days. Is "ROCKY" a good summary for this past week??!!: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these visuals larger/better!)
  14. Appreciate these added, helpful background items, comments and follow-ups from Hank, etc. Great sharing!! From a northeastern Ohio newspaper this morning, they had this headline: “Ancient Greece: Parthenon an icon of antiquity built for Greek gods” with these highlights: “Greece, I quickly learned, has lots of marble not only in its bathrooms and public places but also on walkways and inclines. Years of foot traffic make it slippery, even when dry, so it’s important to watch where one steps. Taking photos and notes is not consistent with watching one’s feet. It is a steep climb up to the entrance of the Acropolis, which dates to 438 B.C. and embraces the Parthenon and other temples to the Greek gods. But the wonderment at passing through its magnificent Propylea passageway to see this most revered of ancient monuments framed beyond the entry overcomes any aches resulting from the effort to reach it.” Here are a few more interesting details as this writer visited this famous and beloved site: "After entering the seven-acre Acropolis hilltop, the Parthenon is on the right and the much smaller Erechtheion on the left. What’s called the Porch of the Caryatids distinguishes the Erechtheion with six tall maidens serving as columns to support the roof. The so-called lady columns are replicas today. One of the originals was carried off by Lord Elgin and is in London, another is in the Acropolis Museum and the four others are lost. The Erechtheion was constructed in 410 B.C. to mark the spot where Athena and Poseidon battled to be the patrons of the city that was to become Athens. Poseidon, brother of Zeus, launched his trident at the earth, which opened to reveal a fresh-water spring, while Athena, daughter of Zeus, stabbed a rock with her spear and an olive tree appeared. A diagonal crack near the Erechtheion’s north entrance is said to be where Poseidon’s trident split the earth." Super loved our visit to the Parthenon in June 2006. It was a wonderfully sunny day to explore there and walk in the midst of REAL HISTORY and amazing beauty!! Full story at: https://www.news-herald.com/2021/09/07/ancient-greece-parthenon-an-icon-of-antiquity-built-for-greek-gods/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Summer 2019 Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska on Silver Muse, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Many visuals and details from our first in these scenic areas! Live/blog: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/
  15. Appreciate these above comments and follow-ups, especially about travel to and through the popular airport and ports in and around the Netherlands. YES, we need to stay focused on the various issues and questions related directly to cruises, travel, etc. From a news story this morning, they had this headline: “New normal: Israel's health expert says fourth shot of Covid vaccine needed” with these highlights: “Israel has been at the top of the game since the coronavirus pandemic began. The country has taken every possible step and has been applauded for being able to keep Covid under control. While the world struggles to complete two doses of vaccination for all eligible students, Israel’s coronavirus czar, Salman Zarka, has hinted towards a fourth dose of Covid vaccine. Israel has started administering booster shot of coronavirus to all citizens. The decision was taken even though the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries not to start the booster programme till all other nations have been able to vaccinate at least the vulnerable people. However, this may not be the end of the vaccines, Zarka claims. He said that as more variants are being identified and Delta variant is spreading at an alarming speed, cases, hospitalisation and Covid-related deaths are expected to rise.” As we head into the later fall and hopefully more cruise sailing re-starts, what happens as to whether that third (or fourth?) BOOSTER SHOT will become a new mandate by cruise lines and/or countries in December or January?? Any good guesses, specific news or insights?? Full story at: https://www.wionews.com/world/new-normal-israels-health-expert-says-fourth-shot-of-covid-vaccine-needed-410904 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 233,920 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
  16. YES!! Very good comments and follow-ups from RetiredandTravel, A Tucson Guy and Randy. It looks as if RetiredandTravel was smart and ahead of curve with those initial comments. From this below-linked website analysis website yesterday, they had this headline: “Why Royal Caribbean and Carnival Corporation Stocks Slumped Today” with these highlights: “Shares of cruise line stocks Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean both slumped in Friday trading, closing the day down 4.4% and 4.2%, respectively. The jobs report -- and Delta -- seem to blame. The U.S. Department of Labor reported today that the U.S. economy added only 235,000 jobs to its pandemic-wreaked rolls in August -- less than one-third of the 720,000 new jobs that economists had forecast. CNBC called the report 'the worst since January,' observing that 'heightened fears of the pandemic and the impact [of] rising COVID cases' appear to be behind the sad numbers. And investors can draw two conclusions from this: First, the delta variant of COVID-19 is acting as a drag on the economy. At the same time as it depresses jobs growth, it's likely that the continued spread of the virus is going to weigh on the minds of anyone considering getting into proximity with a lot of people -- for example, bottled up on a cruise ship for days at a time alongside thousands of strangers. And second, the corollary to that is that the more COVID-19 depresses jobs growth, the fewer people will have jobs -- and disposable income -- to spend on cruises even if they are inclined to cruise. In both respects, therefore, a weak jobs report bodes ill for the cruise industry.” Full story at: https://www.fool.com/investing/2021/09/03/why-royal-caribbean-and-carnival-stocks-slumped/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Panama Canal? Early 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through Panama Canal. Our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Now at 30,769 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2465580
  17. Appreciate these great comments and follow-ups from brimary, J.P., Mr. Banjo, Lois and Randy. All of us are very hopeful and sincerely wishing for the best. But, what will happen? And, when?? From the Wall Street financial perspective, they valued all three of the cruise lines stocks down sharply in stock trading today. Is bad or negative news coming or getting closer with the recent upswing in Covid cases? From the very experienced and savvy former USA Today travel expert Gene Sloan this afternoon on MSN News, they had this headline: “Cruisers, be warned: The window to get a pre-cruise COVID-19 test is shrinking” with these highlights: “Cruise lines are starting to shorten the window of time that you have to get a COVID-19 test before sailings out of U.S. ports. Cruise giant Carnival on Thursday announced that, effective Sept. 13, most passengers would have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than two days before sailings to board its vessels. That’s one day less than passengers currently have to get a test. The new policy applies to passengers who are vaccinated for COVID-19, which is most Carnival passengers at the moment. Carnival is requiring all passengers to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccine, with the exception of a small number of children under the age of 12, and teens and adults with a proven medical condition that doesn’t allow them to be vaccinated.” Here is more from his reporting: "Princess Cruises and MSC Cruises on Thursday also added a requirement that passengers show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within two days of boarding, though under slightly different terms. The new policies come just days after the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) revised its rules for cruise ships sailing in U.S. waters to include a requirement that fully vaccinated passengers get a COVID-19 test no more than two days before boarding. The CDC said the test could be either a PCR test or an antigen test. The new two-day window for testing could present a challenge for some cruisers who live in areas of the U.S. where slots for COVID-19 tests are becoming harder to get, something that Carnival acknowledged in a posting Thursday on the part of its website devoted to testing requirements. The line said it was planning to add mobile testing centers at its U.S. ports to serve as a backup for passengers who are unable to get a COVID-19 test in a timely manner at home." For me, that "worry period" after you have left home and right before hopping to be boarding a cruise to see if you might pass their test, is not a positive potential to consider. Right or wrong? Full story at: https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tips/cruisers-be-warned-the-window-to-get-a-pre-cruise-covid-19-test-is-shrinking/ar-AAO4zVW?ocid=BingNewsSearch THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From late 2018, see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 20,049 views. Connect at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/
  18. Especially today, Friday, Sept 3, the stock market was very, very unkind and negative towards the three major cruise ship lines. Not sure exactly why. My guess is that the rising Covid numbers in the United States and for other arts of the world has caused this movement. Any better speculation, ideas and/or information? THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Lisbon, NWSpain, Bordeaux/Brittany: Live/blog, June 2017 from Portugal to France along scenic Atlantic Coast on the Silver Spirit. Now at 31,926 views. Many interesting pictures, details for history, food, culture, etc.: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511358 From the Wall Street Journal, below are the stock value charts for the three major cruise lines during the past five trading days. Going down, special during today's trading? Why??!!: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these visuals larger/better!)
  19. From the Wall Street Journal's sister publication of Barron's this morning, they had this headline: “Florida’s Covid Resurgence Threatens Tourism Industry” with these highlights: “Just as its cruise lines, theme parks, and movie theaters were staging a recovery, the Delta variant has sent Florida’s Covid-19 hospitalizations soaring again. The cruise boat industry’s convalescence may extend until next year, an analyst forecast. If tourism falters, it could prove a test of Gov. Ron DeSantis’s ban of vaccine and mask mandates. Cruise lines are already looking past the ban. They have fought DeSantis, by insisting their passengers prove vaccination. Leisure analyst Brandt Montour, of J.P. Morgan Securities, says that the infectious Delta variant has impacted cruise bookings in the last month. While he’s notched back his price targets on stocks like Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, he expects Delta will mainly affect this year’s second half. Bookings for 2022 are strong. 'The fundamentals of the cruise business will likely look better in 2022 and 2023 than they did before Covid,' Montour told Barron’s. 'And their stocks are still relatively beaten down.' Florida is particularly impacted. Covid counts in the state hit a daily peak last week, then eased some in the last few days. The Miami Herald reports that Covid now accounts for 27% of the Florida hospitalizations and over 50% of ICU beds. Among new Covid patients in the state, 88% hadn’t been vaccinated.” Full story at: https://www.barrons.com/articles/florida-covid-cases-travel-industry-51630446326?adobe_mc=MCMID%3D64368917477333601990043620758670218094|MCORGID%3DCB68E4BA55144CAA0A4C98A5%40AdobeOrg|TS%3D1630507527 THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Panama Canal? Early 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through Panama Canal. Our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Now at 30,769 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2465580
  20. Super appreciate this great follow-up and detailed background by our expert J.P. Excellent, as always!!! From the Wall Street Journal this morning, their highly-experienced travel columnist had this headline: “Travel Agencies Are Having a Moment Amid Covid-19 Chaos” with these commentary/info highlights: “To the list of products and services that found new life because of the pandemic, you can add travel advisers. Travel has grown difficult thanks to virus-related complexity, uncertainty, cancellations, delays, border restrictions and testing requirements. As a result, many travelers booking a beach getaway or other trips are turning to professionals to help them with plans. Travel advisers—don’t call them travel agents anymore—are cool again. 'With the pandemic, our credibility and our necessity have gone off the charts, and I think we’re now advocates,' says Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, co-president of Valerie Wilson Travel, a New York-based leisure and corporate travel agency that is a unit of Frosch International Travel. 'Travel is possible. It’s just difficult.' Do-it-yourself booking and declining commissions paid by airlines shrank travel agencies beginning in the 1990s. Survivors mostly booked cruises and elaborate trips for clients interested in luxury accommodations, plus the big business of corporate travel managers. The industry has proven resilient, and now it’s hot. Travelers are itching to go somewhere after many sat grounded for a year or more. And they have myriad questions about what you have to do to travel internationally and how you can protect yourself against disappointment, delay and financial loss. Travel advisers say their job has become more complex. They must track constantly changing border restrictions. They must sort through Covid-19 restrictions on insurance policies. They must have a Plan B for elaborate events like destination weddings or family reunions if Plan A becomes impractical because of a viral outbreak somewhere. Plan C may be necessary, too.” Very important background as to the fast-changing, challenging world of travel, especially internationally. For me, I like to do significant research and planning on my own, BUT, I also use a travel advisor in order to better prepare for and navigate better in the more exotic parts of the world, etc. Lots of pro/con factors to consider!! This includes that like with doctors and lawyers, all travel advisors are not equally equally experienced and skilled. Finding a "GOOD ONE" is not always quick, simple and easy. Full story at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/travel-advisers-delta-covid-11630442498?mod=hp_featst_pos4 THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Lisbon, NWSpain, Bordeaux/Brittany: Live/blog, June 2017 from Portugal to France along scenic Atlantic Coast on the Silver Spirit. Now at 31,926 views. Many interesting pictures, details for history, food, culture, etc.: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511358
  21. From Newsweek magazine this morning, they had this headline: “ 'Solitary Confinement': Texas Couple Recalls Being Quarantined in Greece for 19 Days Over COVID” with these highlights: “A couple from North Texas recalled being quarantined in Greece for 19 days after testing positive for COVID-19, despite being vaccinated against the virus. Johnny and Donna Knight were planning for their 47-year wedding anniversary trip to get on board the Norwegian Cruise Lines to cruise the Greek Islands. But Donna tested positive for COVID after arriving in Greece where she and her husband weren't allowed to get on the ship and were asked to quarantine in a hotel room in downtown Athens. The couple were first isolated in the room for 10 days. Later, they were isolated for a second quarantine period of seven days after they both tested positive for COVID again. Donna and Johnny received a COVID test after 17 days in which they tested negative and were allowed to go back to the U.S. According to a recent report by the CDC, those who are fully vaccinated against COVID could still contract the virus. For instance, 25 percent of Los Angeles County residents who tested positive for COVID were fully vaccinated, the CDC said. The agency added that around 12 percent of people who were hospitalized due COVID and 12 percent who died from the virus were also fully vaccinated.” As the friend who just return from the Silver Origin in the Galapagos Island told me, there is that "WHAT IF FEAR" for arriving in Ecuador (or Greece), being vaccinated, but testing positive for Covid and being locked-down for one, two or three weeks. Who pays? What does insurance cover, if anything?? Any easy or good answers?? Full story at: https://www.newsweek.com/solitary-confinement-texas-couple-recalls-being-quarantined-greece-19-days-over-covid-1624080 THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Athens & Greece: Many visuals, details from two visits in a city with great history, culture and architecture. Now at 40,894 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101008
  22. Is this the "bad news" that J.P. thought might be coming?? From the Wall Street Journal late this afternoon, they had this headline: “EU Set to Recommend Halting Nonessential Travel From the U.S." with this sub-headline: "The European Union action is in response to the increase in U.S. coronavirus cases”. Here are some of the story: “The European Union is set to recommend halting nonessential travel from the U.S. because of Covid-19, diplomats said on Sunday. European officials have been considering the move for much of the last month with the average U.S. infection rate now above that of the EU. The Slovenian presidency of the EU last week recommended removing the U.S. and five other countries from the travel list. A final decision is due on Monday. Two diplomats said they were not aware of any objections so far. The EU travel list, which is reviewed every two weeks, isn’t binding on member states but it has generally set the pattern over the past few months for who can visit the bloc. Pressure to remove the U.S. from the travel list has also increased because Washington has maintained a ban on European nonessential travel to the U.S.” Full story at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/eu-set-to-recommend-halting-nonessential-travel-from-the-u-s-11630270180?mod=breakingnews THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio AFRICA?!!?: Fun, interesting visuals, plus travel details from this early 2016 live/blog. At 51,694 views. Featuring Cape Town, South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337
  23. Great added details from J.P., including the added questions/info about the changing and evolving rules/regulations for Europe, etc. Good luck getting there and back. Hope all works well for Chris and you. From the Yahoo Finance website on Friday, one of their writers had this headline: “Carnival Stock Continues to Carry Weight of the ‘Unwanted’ Passengers” with these highlights/poimts: “Covid-19 is still very much still an 'unwanted passenger' on its cruise ships. As a result, a resumption to pre-pandemic cruising seem like they’re far in the distance. A recent story detailing the death of a 77-year-old woman who took a Carnival cruise with her family, leaving Galveston, had her became ill while on a port visit in Belize. The ship doctor gave the retired Sunday school teacher a Covid-19 test. It was positive. She was transferred to a Belize hospital. Eventually, she was sent by air ambulance to Oklahoma, where she died while on a ventilator on Aug. 14. She was fully vaccinated. And, yet, she still got Covid and died. It shows what risks are involved in taking a cruise at this point, vaccinated or not. According to Cruise Law News, a Carnival chief engineer died of Covid-19 after working for the company for more than 34 years with nary a mention from the company. As my InvestorPlace colleague, Larry Ramer, recently wrote, cruise lines may again face no-sail bans due to the surge in cases from the Delta variant.” Is this too negative? Here is more of his perspective from this article/analysis: "Covid-19 is not going away. Cruise lines were already giant Petri dishes. This ratchets up the health risks of cruising. For this reason, it appears that the near-term health of cruise line stocks, Carnival included, is not good. The Motley Fool’s Rich Smith recently highlighted the fact that cruising isn’t enjoyable these days. You don’t have to tell the passengers of the Carnival Vista that. 'Parents of unvaccinated children under 12 years of age say that there is ‘nothing for the kids to do at all, besides the pool’ and that kids couldn’t get off the ship when it visited ports,' Smith wrote on Aug. 19. How will Carnival maintain a balance between safety and a quality cruising experience if Covid-19 sticks around and becomes a part of daily life? Every little action on cruise ships will be under a microscope in the weeks and months ahead." Full story/column at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/carnival-stock-continues-carry-weight-100014200.html 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 68,799 views: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696
  24. Great follow-up and details from Maureen. Wonderful that you have a MackBook and can start using the Pages. Good luck. Let me know if you have any questions and/or seek any added help from me. Happy to share more. As to being a proud Notre Dame grad, mark down the date of September 3, 2022. That is when your ND Fighting Irish will come down to Columbus to play my Ohio State. Good luck with the opening of college football this week. Glad your son is attending UM Engineering, that you did the Silver Moon and are booked for the Silver Dawn. Going through the Panama Canal on the trip? That's an amazing engineering accomplishment done more than 100 years ago. Loved that trip in 2017. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Summer 2019 Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska on Silver Muse, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Many visuals and details from our first in these scenic areas! Live/blog: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/
  25. Appreciate these great, above details, comments and follow-up regarding your recent Silver Origin experiences. Glad to hear that your cruise experience was so wonderful. Keep it coming with this excellent sharing!! PLUS, more good questions, etc. From talking at length Friday afternoon with Susan, I had a chance to to gain many more details from their sailing earlier this month. As summarized, they were highly-impressed from this first sailing with Silversea and in this scenic and unique location. As added background from this sailing by my two Central Ohio friends, Susan super loved the mixing with the fellow passengers on this cruise. That added to the overall "experience"!! Of unique interest is that in two of the highest-cost suites were a Russian Oligarchs couple and their family. They pretty much stayed to themselves, but it added to the "buzz" during this one-week sailing. In each room's bath, there is a special water feed/faucet to fill their container to take with them when going ashore. The goal is to lessen the plastic bottles used to hold water when on hikes and excursions. Susan mentioned that they loved the many different types of ceviche offered during this sailing. Great tastes and variety!!! Susan gave many added details as to how accommodating was the staff's way in doing anything and everything to go above and beyond to perform at the highest level of service. Susan and David are still working on their pictures and I will share more later. Let me know any questions, info needs, etc. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 242,521 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923
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