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Shoalwater

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  1. Hard to see the AB when the sky is bright all night like this time of year.
  2. What about the inside temp in the ship? Comfortable for short sleeve shirt at night?
  3. So did I, but I think it's physically impossible for VeriFly to have validated my vaccination since when I received it the place providing the shots used a 4 letter abbreviation for the hospital name, as did my wife's. Hers had only her patient ID as identification besides name and whatever else. My point is I think all VeriFly does is look to see its a CDC card ( I was told this by someone who works there). This is bogus as far as certification you were vaccinated, no different than showing the card at boarding Wonder why Viking is doing this..
  4. We're elite with 40+ on Princess, but I contend we really don't matter as much as the first time, newer to cruising passengers. We all pay the same for our cabins based on type, but the equality ends there. How many more photos do we need? How many more inches of gold" chain will we buy, or port Tee shirts or emblem sweatshirts? How much alcohol will we buy, or how many trips to the plethora of up-charge specialty restaurants now on the mega ships? Face it folks, your cabin fare and low spending ways are incongruous to the revenue per passenger yield. Ten or more years ago the analytics were different, and us 40+ trippers were probably filling the coffers adequately, but no more with the mega ships sailing. We are essentially (please forgive me here) "dead space". Maybe unproductive space would read better, but what the he11. Its all about cash flow, and after the holding company CCL lost billions from COVID look for more changes. I didn't get the email, but once I got a similar type letter from our bank. It started out "For your banking convenience we will now be closed on Saturday.". Sorry folks, Princess has graduated into the mass market cruising world, and they will be happy to replace us old specialty type sailors with younger ones that per capita spend more. And that's the way it is. By the way, our next voyage in 10 days is with Viking Ocean. You can guess why, the value calculation for me has switched. As the famous line in the first Godfather film goes when Al Tessio (Abe Vigoda) says to Tom Hagen, MIchael Corliones cappo "Tell Mike it was only business. I always liked him".
  5. Oops, looks like I am the umpteenth person to answer this question. Guess that's what happens when you read the postings last to first, miss previous answers. Sheesh!
  6. Viking does not charge for self service wash machines, and provides soap etc. No opinion about dryer sheets, c'mon man..it's Iceland! Directions are pictorial, and maybe confusing to some (like me). Irons/boards available too. They are on alternate decks as I recall, and amoun t of use varies by day & hour.
  7. So someone worried about mal-de-mer asks if its smooth because they're concerned as they suffer from this, and someone kinda says not to worry, mostly all good, but things can happen. Doesn't matter why the ship shut down, it did and it violently rolled. Smooth seas is one of the most common and unanswerable questions asked across these boards. Why is telling a factual thing a "Debbie Downer"? A person really worried should understand and investigate ALL aspects like the person asking the question did. Glossing over a fact because its "a downer" is in my mind a disservice. Sorry, I don't agree with your point.
  8. This is precisely why Elite PAX are not worth much to the cruiseline. We don't spend like first time cruisers. Those that threaten to quit Princess are probably looked on as a marketing success
  9. So this is a pandoras box. Simply put, blood from COVID-19 patients with active infection will have bits of the virus RNA present for some variable length of time and as long as 1-2 weeks after they recover. This RNA can be detected rapidly using a test called PCR, and is the basis for all the COVID-19 screening you read about. Chances are that months after you are recovered, and certainly after receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines you will not show a positive PCR result (there are false positives and negatives however). Vaccines induce formation of neutralizing Anti-COVID-19 antibodies that bind to and inactivate the virus and prevent its transmission. Natural infection can also induce antibodies, but these may have a different binding point from those caused by the vaccine. Telling the difference is not always easy. In livestock disease many agricultural authorities in developing nations often conflate the presence of antibodies with disease and will destroy these animals much to dismay because most likely they are disease resistant. It looks like the public health authorities in Singapore have used this broad brush to incorrectly interpret antibody presence with infectious disease potential, and simply decided to block anyone with a prior history of exposure to the virus or the vaccine.
  10. Thanks. Been too busy working on COVID-19 countermeasure proposals for clients to look at this board much. Let it drop.
  11. 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
  12. Please read the Princess notice. Your question is answered there.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.".
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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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