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Despegue

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  1. As unfortunately, there will be no Voyage of the Vikings this year, I am sharing some pictures with of amazing Greenland, taken during nighttime yesterday by me. Greenland is mesmerising, incredibly vast, desolate, wild, snowy, mountainous and a must to see once in a Lifetime. As I am now operating Polar routes, linking the US with China ( Yes, your and our meds and masks are coming from there, China is making a fortune right now), I have seen over the last few months the splendour but also various hazards and extra training required to safely navigate the Arctic. But with HAL, you can be in no better hands. cheers from Garden City, Long Island NY.
  2. The Resilience , honour and Bravery of the American People will make you get through any crisis, including this one. Happy 4th of July, Fireworks and bravado speeches are not needed to know that you live in a Great country, with great people who bravely travelled to a far land at one point, wether voluntarily or enslaved but all hoping for the life and freedom they deserve. That is your common strength, and that is what binds you together as one strong Nation. Home of the Free. Enjoy your Independence Day my dear friends.
  3. Negative! the ONLY objective measure is the occupancy rate of hospital beds and ICU’s. every country calculates their deaths in a different way. Some, like Germany, will only attribute Covid19 as cause of death if the person was autopsied and the primary cause was the virus. Hence the very low death rate. others, like Belgium , attribute ANY death that is POSSIBLY related to Covid19 ( without the need of test or autopsy) to the virus, hence the artificially very high death rate in that country. ( the ICU’s were never more than 60% full in Belgium, there was no collapse of the health system, lockdown worked, etc...) some however, including Country “leaders” abuse figures to their advantage without being either intelligent enough to correctly interpret or for their own political gain. Sometimes both. So beware and don’t believe Propaganda media like Fox, the US equivalent of Russia Today. (Far Right) Even CNN is not objective as professional media should, being focussed on pleasing their respective viewers. ( leaning Left)
  4. Ok, but then you can not enter the store. Simple. If you enter then anyhow, you obviously ARE trespassing. Also, does the USA not have an Emergency law where the Government can implement temporary measures that are law and must be adhered to or else be fined or prosecuted?
  5. Cuban citizens are very welcome in the EU.
  6. I think you are quite correct... The Spanish have a somewhat smaller cruising tradition compared to the Italians, and when cruising, seem happy to sail MSC and Costa. Still, the soft goods onboard experience on Pullmantur was of a different class, with very good food and free flowing drinks.
  7. Thanks but not really...Am in a better position now😉 I somehow think that Pullmantur will pull through and get actually more modern vessels to replace the older onces. poor Monarch though, she is my favourite as she was my first.
  8. This is a bit personal for me, as I have been working in the past as a Captain, instructor and auditor on BRM /CRM for Pullmantur/ Wamos. It seems that Springwater Capital ,Connected to Cruises Investment Holdings, which is the majority shareholder , is in stormy water, with also Wamos Air, the Airline branch of Pullmantur on the verge of bankruptcy, relying heavily on both Hajj flights ( cancelled this year) and cruise ship passenger flights. Great cruise line, virtually unknown in the US but All Inclusive, good enterntainment and decent European food. ( and high operational standards 😉).
  9. This is a bit personal for me, as I have been working in the past as a Captain, instructor and auditor on BRM /CRM for Pullmantur/ Wamos. It seems that Springwater Capital, which is the majority shareholder , is in stormy water, with Wamos Air, the Airline branch of Pullmantur on the verge of bankruptcy, relying heavily on both Hajj flights ( cancelled this year) and cruise ship passenger flights. Great cruise line, virtually unknown in the US but All Inclusive, good enterntainment and decent European food. ( and high operational standards 😉).
  10. Be careful with drawing too many conclusions when looking at Yachtworld. LOTS of vessel are for sale if the right price is offered. Carnival Inspiration is for sale on that site, as is Volendam, but both are vessels that are amongst the youngest of their fleet types and in good condition. Obviously, because of this fact, the value is higher, but mostly. The oldest ladies are offered for sale first. I personally would love to sail Volendam.
  11. True, but remember that commercial passenger aviation has also almost stopped completely. Crewmembers DO have the right to transit countries and to avoid quarantine rules as crew are considered essential workers, however, this is not accepted by all Nations, although all nations rely on these same crewmembers to keep their economy running 🙄.
  12. In Belgium, Polio vaccination is obligatory for newborns. ( given at 1 and 2 Months) as parents, you have no choice, the infant WILL be vaccinated. Other vaccinations are voluntary but paid by the Social Security obviously, and 99.9 % of parents will follow the recommended vaccination scheme. Covid19 vaccinations will most probably also be free or almost free in Belgium, as is Covid19 treatment. In all cases. That is why we are a Developed Nation: we care for our citizens by giving everyone free healthcare and education.
  13. Frankly, the UK Gov can shove their Foreign Travel advise up their behinds. Rant over.
  14. After the restrictions, most of Europe is starting to breath fresh air again as a reward for our common discipline. We saved thousands of lives by adhering to the quarantine regulations in coöperation with the WHO. We are not out of the woods yet, nobody is, but with proper precautions, I hope to be able to welcome International travellers again within the next 2 months. I am now in NY, and Manhattan is truly looking surreal. Tomorrow I am doing a Flight that will take me exactly over the Geographical North Pole ( the Magnetic North Pole is wandering every year towards Russia by the way) on my way to Hong Kong, where life is more or less as usual once again. Hope that NY will be able to do the same soon. New Yorkers are fighters. They will get through this no doubt.
  15. As I said, my experience is that the last days, there has been a significant surge in people shopping, wining and dining. obviously, times are still tough, but everyone wants to get past this catastrophe and get on with their lives, and that includes enjoying oneself as maybe now more than ever, people realize that we must enjoy life to the fullest. Mind you, I am talking about normal shops and restaurants, not upmarket ones, as frankly, I do not give a rat’s ass how Dior is doing in HK.
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