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Shoalwater

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    Richmond, Texas
  • Interests
    Fishing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Viking Ocean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe

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  1. Thanks. Been too busy working on COVID-19 countermeasure proposals for clients to look at this board much. Let it drop.
  2. Got this email today. Went to the link and you need a lawyer to go through all the legalese. I don't know what they want me to agree to. Poor timing Princess. My reply was I won't be using Medallion at all if I need to have my attorney review this crap. : Hello! Recently, we updated our MedallionClass™ Mobile Terms and Conditions. You can review the updates at https://www.ocean.com/press/3343447414112987906410743046022114. We look forward to seeing you again on a MedallionClass™ cruise. If you have any questions or comments, please call 1-844-525-0942. This email was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming email. Please do not reply to this message. Thank you, Ocean Medallion Fulfillment, Ltd. © 2020 Carnival Corporation
  3. Please read the Princess notice. Your question is answered there.
  4. From the Princess announcement at their website concerning current cruisers on a voyage. "Those currently onboard a cruise that will end in the next five days will continue to sail as expected through the end of the itinerary so that onward travel arrangements are not disrupted. Current voyages that are underway and extend beyond March 17 will be ended at the most convenient location for guests, factoring in operational requirements. Princess will do everything possible to return each guest home with the greatest amount of care possible. During this time, our operations and medical teams across the fleet will remain vigilant in their care and service for guests and crew onboard." Looks like you'll have to make your way home from somewhere in Africa. Strongly recommend you read the announcement and the future cruise credit policies Princess has proposed. I suspect they will figure out the fare balance for your unused portion of the WC voyage and base your options from there. Good luck.
  5. The ships are safe, but the passengers are another question. I would not be cavalier in dismissing COVID-19 and its transmissability. The appearance and spread of this in Italy and Iran is surprising, and points out how barriers of entry or travel may not be all that effective. People are spreading it, and when it lands, it seems to take hold. This could be the pandemic long predicted by infectious disease folks. It wasn't H1N1, HPAI, MERS or SARS, but some virologists I know are jittery about this one. This seems to be a very contagious virus, with an overall case fatality rate some 10-20 times that of influenza. We're scheduled on a cruise in April, Sydney to LAX and will go, but we'll be keeping an eye out for risks.
  6. So the same CDC site you reference about Zika in Mexico shows the same risk levels for the entire USA. There's another CDC site that gives information about infectious diseases for travel destinations https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list . When you ask about Mexico, dengue or even malaria pops up but not Zika. Zika was overplayed by the press. In my opinion you can travel to the Mexican Riviera and not have to worry about Zika. Listen to your ObGyn, she's giving you good advice.
  7. We have sailed PP many times, and it's our favorite Princess ship. Generally few kids and so no, they didn't have "family/kid" oriented activities like you are asking. The passenger participation things like trivia were at the adult level (adult does not mean risque here, but means younger kids probably wouldn't be able to add to the game). IMHO this ship may not be ideal for your situation and for what you are looking to experience as a family. As for large passenger numbers, you will probably be landing at a port along with the large mega-ships, and so won't avoid the crowds just because you're on a small ship. In your case I would recommend one of the Grand class ships like the Grand Princess.
  8. A lot depends on getting through the exit from the Shengen side (Switzerland is a Shengen Agreement country) to the international transfer side. This requires a passport control check. BE SURE to tell any of the uniformed aids controlling the crowds at this control point that you have a SHORT CONNECTION, and they will let you into the shorter bypass line. If you stay in line with the crowd you stand a good chance of being denied boarding for late gate arrival, especially if Delta is using a distant gate in G.
  9. Been using free fax web services for years with no problem. As for email, I believe the real issue is not with broker account codes being readable since you could attach a PDF of the statement with the info redacted (which is what I formerly did before they banned email submission). I think its more that malware can be attached to email and enter their IT systems. A ransomware attack on CCL would cost many millions to ransom a return of access to their data.
  10. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think the OM app lets you play casino games from the comfort of your cabin or wherever on your smartphone, 24/7 as long as the ship is not within zones where the casino cannot operate. CHACHING!!! Forget about all the other smokescreen reasons for OM, this has real revenue potential. "Yes dear, I'll put the phone down and go to sleep as soon as I recover my money in one last game.".
  11. Mix in with the folk. Take the people mover from the port to Piazalle Roma and buy a Vaparetto ticket to St. Mark's. The ride itself is worth it, and you can keep going around the island to return after your visit.
  12. If they went to this practice, every show would be fully reserved, but attendance would be much less as people decide to do something else instead of honoring the seats they reserved.
  13. We use plastic zip ties to keep the zipper slider from accidentally opening. Locks on any zippered case are meaningless as you can see in the video link here: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=how+to+open+a+locked+zippered+suitcase&t=ffnt&atb=v164-6&ia=videos&iax=videos&iai=9JvmAktLvFg
  14. Same thing observed on Viking Sky, San Juan PR to Barcelona. Saw the fellow at disembarkation and asked if he caught anything. He said no, was never able to even unpack his gear as ship was going too fast for trolling 😆
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