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  1. For a minute I thought I was on the Peruvian Cooking Board...
  2. For me not worth it. Yes, you could potentially get a “free” $35 of OBC BUT you get all the fun of cancelling/changing/ making reservations with all the possibilities of something (somethings) getting screwed up. You will just give RCI more interest free loan. And if bad goes to worse and bankruptcy occurs, you have lost more money.. Reward does not justify the Risk.
  3. To clarify: Passport Cards are only good for surface (land or water) border crossings. They will get you on a DOMESTIC plane flight; they will not get you on a flight to/from Canada or Mexico.
  4. The US Federal government regulates allowed sizes of containers of liquor, all being in metric sizes. 1.5 liters is not an allowed container, but 1.75 liters is. Someone has apparently been sipping out a quarter liter of vodka from your bottles 😳 in related news I know people who take pride in their ignorance and claim that the metric system is WAY to difficult for them to learn at their age, but have no answer as to how they somehow manage to buy liquor in metric units.
  5. I think that is a function of state liquor laws, and may not be true in all states.
  6. While weather is unpredictable I GUARANTEE you will have 0% chance of sunshine at North Cape Norway during the entire month of December.
  7. Unfortunately when I press the Play arrow the time bar with button displays for less than 0.1 second; not sufficient time to catch it before it disappears back to the start position. So I’m still seeing none of John’s videos even though I can watch everybody else’s with no trouble. Why do all of his malfunction for me, when all from others work fine?
  8. I am able to play everyone’s videos except for ALL of the ones posted by you. On yours, I hit the play tab and it immediately goes to the last frame of the video and returns to start. This has been the case for weeks. All videos posted by all other people work fine. Am I the only person encountering this issue?
  9. I thought the common carrier is always responsible for checking that your paperwork is in order for admission to your destination country, before they allow you to board. The carrier is both subject to fine if you are not admissible and financially responsible to get you to destination that will accept you. https://airlines.iata.org/analysis/document-verification-travel-trouble
  10. The test has to be submitted NO MORE THAN SEVEN DAYS in advance. It does NOT have to be submitted 7 days in advance. As of July 10, 2020, visitors from locations designated as high-risk by the Jamaican government will be required to upload a valid Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result with the Travel Authorization no more than seven days from the intended date of arrival in Jamaica.
  11. Biker made a perfectly reasonable comment and request. A request that I and many others would concur in. IMO there is no call to tell him to chill out.
  12. Obviously you have not been looking at the pictures of people packed in bars and on the beaches....
  13. Because the shareholders of RCCL (stock symbol RCL) worry about whether RCCL makes lots of money, and couldn’t care less whether it comes from RCI or Celebrity (or other subset of the corporation). Neither RCI nor Celebrity issues stock. Neither has a Board of Directors. Neither issues SEC 10-Ks. Fain’s job as CEO of RCCL is to maximize return for shareholders, not to stroke the egos of the heads of the various cruise lines under him. Now I’m unclear if Oasis can make it in the channel to Bermuda, but that’s a technical nautical issue. Maximizing value however is a pretty basic concept of capitalism. So why do YOU think maximization of value is not on the table?
  14. Why do you think that RCI and Celebrity aren’t going to listen to their boss RCCL? Fain is responsible for the financial health of the whole RCCL corporation. Why do you think the RCCL Board would back Bailey and/or LLP and hang Fain out to dry?
  15. Last time I checked there were three places to dock in Bermuda: Kings Wharf, Hamilton and St. George’s. I have docked in St. George’s on a ship the size of Empress.
  16. IMO yes. Take your typical cruiser with “it’s my vacation and I’ll do what I want” attitude. Now throw into the mix that the group under discussion is predisposed to intentionally ignore CDC guidance on hygiene because it infringes on their freedom. The 2005 Super Bowl in Jacksonville was a health disaster as overflowing toilets ran into the stadium. Now add in COVID-19. There exists a potential for a health catastrophe that cruise lines would never recover from. I do however appreciate the thousands of volunteers dying for the opportunity to cram themselves in tight spaces for a medical experiment that might kill them.
  17. Endow a school teaching proper use of pronouns.
  18. I wasn’t going to respond to the first quote above, given that it was so muddled that some of the sentence fragments are incomprehensible, some seem to be questions that in no way relate to cargo ships, and it is illogical to go from several unanswered questions and arrive at a conclusion. But since chengkp75 has kindly answered your first question, I’ll attempt to answer the second. According to https://www.transportation.gov/testimony/state-us-flag-maritime-industry and other documents in 2018 of the over 40,000 merchant vessels registered in the US (many of which are barges), there are 100 US registered Privately-Owned Oceangoing Self-Propelled Vessels 1,000 Gross Tons and Above Operating in International Trades. In terms of US registered cruise vessels there is 1 cruise ship, and a (probably double digit) number of cruise boats doing river or coastal voyages. But I’m still uncertain how any of this relates to whatever point that wasn’t made...
  19. While it is true that The UK left the EU on 31 Jan 2020, they are in a transition or implementation period and are following all EU rules (and corresponding trading relationships) until 31 Dec 2020. The blogger sloughed over this distinction, but as far as trade is concern the blogger’s discussion is a lot more accurate a representation of the actual situation than your simplification.
  20. I don’t own a tv so I had to go the grad school to learn all about this. I need to learn easier ways of doing things 😁
  21. I was expecting some questions about this, but apparently everyone knows Erwin Schrödinger‘s cat Paradox gedankenexperiment and its contributions to Quantum Superposition theory.
  22. Reminds me of Bolivia’s Yungas Highway (aka Road of Death) except the vehicle would be an open back truck (definitely not a tour bus as shown in the video). “It is estimated that 200 to 300 drivers were killed yearly along Yungas Road and as late as 1994 there were cars falling over the edge at a rate of one every two weeks.”
  23. The person who wanted to reschedule the sun’s 21 Aug 2017 eclipse is now in charge of home schooling in 2020. God help us!
  24. Just be aware that on the financial markets RCL has had to take out a “Title Loan” (“secured by 28 of the Company's vessels and material intellectual property of the Company”) to borrow money at 11.5%. A 125% FCC used 2 years from now is an unsecured 12.5% loan. That’s a pretty slim premium for unsecured over secured loan. Good luck.
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