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  1. Hi Tom. Tired, waiting for another cruise. Yes, three ships are Lay-up in the Port of Oakland. The Norwegian Jewel and Oceania Regatta are tied up at the Outer Harbor-Ports of America. Both facing the SF/Bay Bridge Toll Plaza. The Seven Sea Mariner is berth at the Inner Harbor-Howard Terminal, across from Alameda. My understanding is that they have a 3 months contract to stay there and can extend it. Fran and I are booked on the Ruby's Oct. 24 to Hawaii, that's if things are going well. My friend Brian Vasquez, the Hawaiian Ambassadors that got off Grand Princess and was quarantine at Marimar Air Base said all his Music Instruments, Hawaiian Crafts and his Ukuleles are still on Grand Princess. Grand Princess is now down in Panama. So if and when they start up cruising again, it's going to be a big chore to re-unite his stuff to do his Hawaiian Program on board Ruby. It's going to take some time to get back to cruising. Tom, stay Healthy and stay Safe. Mahalo, Stan
  2. Final scoop from Island Princess. Crew member just wrote that there are still 78 crew of mixed nationalities onboard, still waiting for a chartered flight home. The Zimbabwes and Mauritius crew member are flying out on July 2nd. The Chinese crew members are flying home on their chartered plane on July 4th. This makes the Thais, Malays and Kiwis still waiting for their schedule flights. It seems that with those 29 Cruise Ships anchored in Manila Bay, some organization is putting together crew members from different Countries/Nationalities, from different cruise ships to fill chartered planes, providing they have their 14 days quarantine completed and get a Health clearance. Once the last group gets a chartered plane scheduled, my friend will be release from Island Princess and go home. He's hoping it's right after July 4th. Today, it's his 360 days on board Island Princess. When the ship is cleared of all nonessential crew members, it will sail to Klang, Malaysia, for it's Stand-Down and wait for when Princess re-starts cruising again. It's been a long road home for them. Time to recharge.
  3. He was a bartender and three years ago he became a Barista. He does art on coffee mochas. He does faces of his customers, but here are a few others he does.
  4. He's been working for Princess over 12 years and he's Link with his wife. They are assign to the same ship but their Link is off by 45 days. His wife left Island Princess before the Pandemic started. They generally work together for at least 7 months each year. He's a real pro.
  5. Just in, so far 300 Filipinos were release to go home. Another batch will be going home tomorrow. They still have crew members from the Mauritius, Thailand and Chinese waiting far their charter flights. Crew from Japan will sent home today. Since he was a crew member of Island Princes, he will be the last to leave. He is on day 356.
  6. He's Filipino, and can't wait to get home. His wife got off Island Princess in February and their Link is off by one month, so he got the worst of the deal. This was their first rotation on Island and previously, the did 2 rotations on Grand Princess and they were my adopted family, for 10 of my cruises.
  7. My crew friend is still onboard. His contracted on Island Princess started July 17, 2019. Today, he's been on Island for 355 days. He was one of the Barista.
  8. Crew onboard Island Princess wrote "On Monday at 5 am on all the open decks, covered with crew screaming and waving to other Princess ships anchored. In view were Majestic, Sun, Sea, Diamond and Sapphire Princess. Some waving flags and many had tears and some crying. I've been on Island for 352 days." This was a three months journey and two more periods of quarantine to go. It's been a very long road home, but I'm so happy for all of them.
  9. At the Most Traveled Luncheon. Only vegetarian attending and Sou Chef came up with his Veggie Trinity. He said he only made two. It was out of site and delicious.
  10. Another neat tracking by Sea Princess.......
  11. Sorry for double posting. Had to correct his contract ending date.
  12. Today, there are 22 cruise ships anchored in Manila Bay, waiting out their 14 days quarantine. There are 10 Princess ships there. They are Sea, Sun, Pacific, Ruby, Golden, Sapphire, Diamond, Crown, Royal, and Majestic. Then the Island Princess is one day out. Just heard from crew member onboard. They have 800 Filipino crew members and 600 other nationalities from Sky & Regal Princess and 2 Holland ships. Two days ago in Jakarta, they had 22 Filipino crew from Rotterdam transferred onboard. That's a lot of crew. Every day crew from those anchored ships are released back into the Philippines for another 14 days quarantine or fly home. It's sure a very long process to get home. My friend's contract ended on March 30 and it's taking him over 3 months to get home. He's been onboard for 345 days.
  13. I think you are correct. But they are creative.
  14. Here's another fresh water track.
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