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  1. Yeah, we were doing the math, too, Hank, and the busing idea just does not work. We have a Regent "Splendor" cruise boarding from Venice this fall preceded by five days on our own in Venice. The next stop is Split after leaving Venice, so who knows where our cruise will actually start from now. And if Venice was just a one day stop on a cruise itinerary, it might just not be worth the trouble to the passengers and the cruise line to try to get in and out of the city. Certainly a mess that recent precipitous action and some advanced planning years ago might have averted.
  2. Perhaps Monfalcone and/or Trieste are ready to fill in the gap per the following article. https://adriaports.anawim.it/en/cruises/monfalcone-a-cruise-ship-docked-for-the-first-time-two-other-white-ships-are-moored-in-trieste/
  3. Take a look at this article. Malfalcone and Trieste appear to be ready for cruise ships. https://adriaports.anawim.it/en/cruises/monfalcone-a-cruise-ship-docked-for-the-first-time-two-other-white-ships-are-moored-in-trieste/
  4. Hlitner and MPB&02/0 have made excellent points that about sums it all up as things stand at present. Ravenna's small cruise port can handle medium to small size ships, Trieste can dock larger ships. The time and money needed to make Marghera ready to receive cruise ships is more than likely to span several cruise seasons. So, it is going to be interesting to see what the lines and the Italians are going to come up with as an interim solution.
  5. I wonder if Ravenna is a the only choice while Marghera gets its act together, which will not happen overnight.
  6. Just checked our October 2021 Regent booking and there is no movement on the June final payment yet, but will now be watching it closely.
  7. Per the plan that NCLH submitted to the CDC: "On or about July 4, 2021, NCLH vessels will begin cruise operations at an initial reduced capacity of 60%, gradually ramping up our fleet departing from U.S. ports and increasing capacity by 20% every 30 days."
  8. Simply, Congress can revoke an agency action by passing legislation (a bill) which must be approved by both the House and the Senate. The President has the power either to sign legislation into law or to veto bills enacted by Congress, although Congress may override a veto with a two-thirds vote of both houses. Once signed into law, the Executive Branch (Cabinet departments and agencies such as the CIA and Environmental Protection Agency, the heads of which are not part of the Cabinet, but who are under the full authority of the President) enforces the laws passed by the Congress. Usually,
  9. Now there is a bill in the House of Representatives that would permit sailing to/from U.S. ports. There is also one in the senate that was introduced last week, if I remember rightly. The House bill was, of course, spearheaded by representatives from Alaska and Florida. https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/legal-regulatory/house-lawmakers-introduce-bill-revoke-cdc-cruise-order
  10. If NCLH had announced sailings in Europe or the Caribbean on/before, or subsequent to, its April 5 or 6 request to CDC, how seriously do you think the CDC would have regarded that request? By forbearing to deploy Regent and Oceania, which are both heavily sailed by Americans, Frank has some cards to play. I think that Oceania and Regent customers are more likely to squawk to their congressmen and senators. Perhaps Regent and Oceania cannot sail before in any event before July considering crewing and provisioning, perhaps NCLH cannot/does not want to provision or crew anywhere other than US
  11. I think that they are awaiting word from NCLH (Frank Del Rio) on what to do after Frank and the CDC finish duking it out. I don't think that Frank wants anyone to make a move that would go against his formal request for the CDC to issue further guidance, including new start dates. Otherwise, it would look like he had no real intention to work with the CDC.
  12. An it looks like members of Congress are also divided on the question of resuming sailing. Neither Matsui or Blumenthal seem to have any cruise industry related industries or suppliers at stake during the pandemic. Maybe the White House will be the final authority? https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/24792-u-s-politicians-urge-cdc-to-keep-cruise-industry-closed.html
  13. IMHO, I doubt that this will change much of anything, but one never knows in the world of politics. https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/24765-senators-introduce-bill-allowing-to-restart-cruising-by-july-4.html
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