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  1. I am surprised too as we have relatives who have been exposed and have to quarantine for a period of time after exposure even though testing neg....., traveling with two people who tested positive at destination sounds like exposed to me.
  2. We like to do likewise, wait till the rush clears. The whole idea is relax and enjoy.....
  3. Thanks Bird for the detailed tour of the Escape first sailing to Alaska. Excellently done and makes us ready even more for our return to Alaska in 2021! Don't figure why so many people are so angry.....we all survived and are ready to go again!
  4. Agree....Rome and Florence require a 1 hour bus ride to get from port to city. Barcelona was a fee to get from port into Columbus statue. We have been in both Ketchikan and Icy Strait.....don't mind paying for shuttle and if you don't want to cruise then don't . We'll be in Alaska on NCL in spring of 2021 God willing.
  5. I didn't realize that plan is retired now.....it's what we have and would never give it up!
  6. We in the US aren't vaccinated enough to travel very much at all but people are doing it anyway. I don't think the CDC or anyone else "has it in for the cruise industry" and is being cautious considering the deaths and disease this country has gone through. Yes the planes are flying but I wouldn't go on one till spring 2022. Just my own opinion and I am already fully vaccinated btw. We have had two cruises cancelled in March 2020 and again in April 2021 btw and are biding our time till spring 2022 and hoping to cruise at that time.
  7. We're all for requiring proof of vaccination before boarding cruise ships....as long as the cruise lines ensures that ALL crew are vaccinated as well.
  8. Just called my PCC and got a $400 reduction on our April 2022 Alaska cruise. Not everything is going down and it pays to keep checking prices on booked cruises no matter how far ahead.
  9. Thanks for saying this. We love cruising too but will not cruise until we get vaccinated and the CDC requires all cruisers to be vaccinated as well as comply with things like masks, distancing, etc. It will take most of 2021 to get large parts of the US population vaccinated no matter what anyone says. PLUS, other countries have to let us port and debark, and our track record on Covid is not good.
  10. Agree, and also, I don't think we have much of a plan for physical distribution, all the details ironed out as far as equipment and what is necessary to vaccinate, as well as the people qualified to give vaccines available....it doesn't stop when the vaccine is approved, it has to be administered. Take this from a 73 year old woman who was recruited to run an autoclave in 4th grade to help with administration of polio vaccine and got Hepatitis B as a result. Using a 10 year old was not a good outcome for distribution but it was all they had.
  11. Earliest would be January, more likely early spring, BUT that means "available" and it will take quite a few months to vaccinate everyone who is willing to be vaccinated. We won't cruise again without a SAFE and EFFECTIVE vaccine.
  12. I won't feel really comfortable until there is a vaccine. We have a transatlantic booked in April 2021 and have our fingers crossed, also booked Alaska in 2022. After this round of financing bankruptcy for NCL isn't in the cards....any company which can hold out for 18 months should be ok, as there should be a vaccine available during that time frame.
  13. Death rates say otherwise.
  14. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings today announced it successfully secured over $2 billion of additional liquidity in response to impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic on the company. The company announced last week it expected a cash burn of $100 to $150 million per month with most of its fleet in cold lay up, giving the company over a year of cash on hand for a worst-case zero-revenue scenario. Yesterday, the company announced the launch of a series of capital markets transactions, led by Goldman Sachs, to raise approximately $2 billion. The transaction has since been upsized to gross proceeds of $2.225 billion ($2.4 billion if the underwriters exercise their full overallotment options) due to significant oversubscription and demand across all three offerings. The transactions consisted of (1) $400 million public offering of common equity, (2) $750 million exchangeable senior notes offering, (3) $675 million senior secured notes offering and (4) $400 million private investment from global consumer-focused private equity firm L Catterton. In addition, a number of cost cutting measures range from layoffs to deferred loan payments on company ships. Contingent on completion of the transactions, the company expects to have approximately $3.5 billion of liquidity. This significantly strengthens the company’s financial position and liquidity runway and it now expects to be positioned to withstand well over 12 months of voyage suspensions in a potential downside scenario, according to a press release.
  15. Of course. We have two cruises booked with NCL and are looking forward to both. These are very difficult times for the world economy especially in the tourism business.
  16. We just used our FCC refund and credit from our April 9 cruise on the Star to book very same transatlantic for April 16 2021. Happy with the credit and hopefully we can cruise next year!
  17. We waited it out as we didn't want to cancel too early. We are taking the FCC and hope to have it go towards an April 2021 Transatlantic.....we were to be on the April 9 Transatlantic on the Star this year.
  18. Thank you! All I said to get me flamed was that over 70's should not be singled out as there are many of ALL ages who are vulnerable and the rules should apply to all. So little research has been done on this that no one can say anything for sure. Without widespread testing immediately, we don't know much at all as tests are even now hard to come by and results slow to show up. Yes I support our government, but don't think ANY government is without fault and should be without constructive criticism. Right now I believe our government has failed us, and I have a right to my opinion.
  19. Yes people over SIXTY, not 70 are at increased risk, as are people with autoimmune disease et al of any age, smokers, heart patients, transplant recipients, and so many more at risk populations but they should follow this for either everyone or none. And when it specifies certain illnesses, that reeks of a HIPPA violation. Either your doctor signs that you are fit for travel or not, and it's obvious that this was not run through legal before it was hurriedly sent. We are on a transatlantic cruise April 9 and we didn't receive anything from NCL. I understand this was something the White House suggested last weekend at the cruise line meeting...to just ban anyone over 70 and the cruise lines pushed back. BY THE WAY, this has NOTHING to do with supporting our government or cooperating, or anything like that and I really resent those implied criticism of lack of loyalty or patriotism. This country is divided enough as it is, and last I checked it is still a free and equal country which has a lot of legislation concerning discrimination.
  20. Thanks, we read about these mortality rates a few days ago, and this should be publicized in the US as well. Not knowing what to deal with and how careful to be is dangerous.
  21. If we are in a suite, lunch at Cagney's, if in balcony lunch at main dining room.
  22. Carlos was on the Spirit with us in the fall, and said he was to stay on the Spirit when it started cruising to Japan. Sure wish he would be on the Star for our transatlantic in April. He is the best for sure!
  23. That is the right thing to do at this point. 60 died in China yesterday, and Asia has the most victims at this point.
  24. If you are still on the ship, please speak with the Hotel Manager about this. The time to keep pushing it up the chain is while you are on the ship. If you are in a suite, take it up with your concierge, that will really help.
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