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  1. Sounds like a start, these out islands they stop at are going to be really just beach days. Anyone going must get a Bahamas Travel Health Visa, buy the government health insurance for the duration of the trip and abide by ALL the Bahamas protocols I would guess. I think it's great to have this option for a cruise after this year however I would not go until the CDC lifts it's no cruise order. I realize that order has no bearing on this trip however I have vivid recollections of cruise ships sitting off California and Florida unable to dock last spring, guess I am just gun shy!! President Biden has aggressive goals regarding vaccinating the large majority by July 4th while Italy is closing down again and Brazil is overrun with some super strain, Time will tell!!
  2. In regards to the product or level of service these ships have been out of service for a year with more to come and even the ones still putting around have no hotel staff onboard. This means when they start up again they will have to staff everyone from cleaners, servers, bartenders, purser, cooks, medical center, cruse director and on and on. These people will have to learn the Crystal way along with the new pandemic way as its hard to imagine the Crystal regulars are around just waiting in any large numbers and all cruise lines will be in the same process. That said I would want to see the ships cruising and I would take a short test trip before I committed to 160 days. As for ports here in NYC there has been NO talk of cruise ships at all.
  3. Since the ships have been tied up for a year I think when they sail again the lines will have changed the product somewhat for covid and somewhat for business. That said I wouldn't go on a line expecting the experience of old and before I put money down with any line I want to see the new experience working in reality, not power point presentations. Because of the size and age of Crystals fleet and the long delay in refunding money I would consider any money given to them as disposable.
  4. Talking about the vaccine roll out the NYT has an interactive map and many charts updated daily about this on their web site. For me it brings out the problem the US has faced from day one. We have plans rules and laws differing for each state with GUIDELINES coming out of Washington that change daily. As for cruising I had hoped to catch a ride from here, NYC, to Canada this fall however I read that Canada has banned cruise ships till 2022, maybe RCCL to Bermuda although this summer seems too close. NCLH is very optimistic as I now get a brochure from one of their lines daily and NCL is advertising on local TV.
  5. It sounds like fun and I would consider going depending on the ship and line. This can not happen here in the US because a cruise to nowhere is not allowed due to some crew visa law. Hapag/Lloyd is running cruises to the Canary Islands that seem very nice however its only for German's now. The lines will use this pandemic to make changes to their product however much of it is just temporary as corvid will not be around forever and I would guess running the ship at 50% capacity is a losing preposition.
  6. I believe this is a great idea, I would go however cruises to no where are not allowed from a US port due to some requirement with the crew visa.
  7. Hard to say when cruises will start however I believe the first will be the closed loop trips that go RT to the same ports weekly such as the Bermuda or Florida/Bahamas trips out of NY. This makes it easy for the cruise lines and the ports to sync their operations and guidelines as each city port and country has a slightly different protocol. I just got my first dose vaccine shot and was given a CDC id card stating so. I would not be surprised if something like this was not required to cruise.
  8. I think the pandemic has given all businesses the chance to change things they might of wanted to for years but were afraid of blowback from customers, now they can blame it on the virus. The ships have been stopped for so long that when they start again it can be a whole new experience with a majority of new faces in the crew. The way the vaccine roll out is going here in the US I now have set my sights on the fall at best, maybe the new government coming next week can speed things up!
  9. I find the idea of catching this virus so alarming I would wear a paper bag over my head if it would help protect me. I also plan to take the vaccine as soon as I can, today would be just fine. Nothing we do, especially cruising, can come back until this pandemic is over and the longer it lasts the more likely it is some things will never return. I take the approach that if I overdue caution I may look silly, if I am too carefree I may look dead. Remember the life you save may be mine or yours!!
  10. Here in NYS and city they plan to start vaccinating December 15 or so, they will get the first delivery and start with health care workers, nursing home residents and first responders then on to the general population starting with 65+. The local government has an aggressive plan based on the premise that a virus free state/city will have a boom economy. This will help the cruise industry because beside all the clean certified ships they need a place to load/unload the passenger's and NYC was a busy port all year long. The regulars here were NCL, RCCL, Celebrity, Carnival, Cunard with just about everyone now and then. Time will tell but it is positive news in a sea of bad!!
  11. Yes, having a vaccine surely is cause for great celebration in the cruise community. That said I have gained much optimism because I have again started to receive many cruise brochures in the mail each day.
  12. Great video, thanks for posting it. Hapag/Lloyd is also have great success with trips from Hamburg. Right now our immigration/maritime laws don't allow trips like this. I believe we should adjust them to help the lines get started again.
  13. I find it amazing we are still debating the value of mask wearing, social distancing and avoiding other people. I heard a well known doctor say if we just stopped swapping our air with other people things would improve drastically. When I read about what's happening in many parts of America it is an instant replay of what we saw here in NYC in April, have we learned nothing in seven months? I have to wonder as I am now getting a brochure in the mail daily advertising cruises who would go?
  14. Cruising depends on the ports also. At this time I think Florida is the only state that might allow the ships to embark/disembark passengers. Then there is the issue of where will they go. In the Caribbean every island has different rules with some dependent on what country and even down to the state your from. Trips to no where are not allowed from US ports. I think short R/T cruises with a constant literary have the best chance of going now. Hapag Lloyd is having great success doing just that from Hamburg however for now just for German's. This is a complicated issue for all involved.
  15. The other part of the cruse equation is people have to want to go. Here in NYC we had a very hard time in the spring and even though things are very good here now in regard to the pandemic people are still very cautious. Example is restaurants have finally opened to allow indoor dinning at 25% however I have read many still prefer outdoor seating as a precaution. I have gone to places where I just didn't feel good about the setup and just left. This makes me wonder if a line did start up here would they even get the passengers?
  16. I don't think the trip will take place. Both LA and Miami have restrictions in place to prevent the spread of corvid so I don't think they would allow a cruise ship to load and unload a thousand people.
  17. I can well understand why Mr Wolber did not renew his contract and is probley very happy to spend time with his family. Its very hard to lead a company of any sort if you have no idea what tomorrow or even the next hour will bring. I am sure he very much wanted to give everyone their refund ASAP however when your check book is empty best intentions go nowhere. As cruise lines go I look at Crystal as a small business and living here in NYC I can't say how many small businesses that I have seen and used forever are no more, store fronts empty with little good by notes on the door. I wish Mr. Anderson success however at this point nothing will surprise me and I assume nothing. Time will tell.
  18. I was also wondering about this. The no sail order will expire not due to health reasons but due to political reasons so for me its suspect. This is more for the mainstream lines that do the many short TR cruises from Florida as Florida has opened 100% so having the ships coming and going would be OK. Here in NYC there are still tight restrictions so I do not believe they would allow the ships to dock. I am curious what will happen on the ships and also Florida.
  19. I enjoy Crystal and they have a trip in Sept 2022 that interests me however I would not book anything on any line now. I will wait until the lines are back cruising and ports are back open. Reason is all of it is just unknown at this point. As we all know the line can change the trip at any time at their whim, no one knows how cruising will look with masks etc., no one knows how insurance companies will treat a person my age (73) and no one knows how other countries will treat Americans in the future. So I will keep my money in my account and see how it all unfolds.
  20. Hapag Lloyd has been cruising the Europ2 for some time doing short RT voyage's from Hamburg with just German passengers. I believe a great way to see if their plans are working and get the crew up to speed on the new norm. If the US would wave the maritime laws ships could make trips up and down the coasts stopping just at US ports to also test their procedures and get consumers confidence back. The government needs to do something before the industry implodes.
  21. I took a two week trip on the Europa2 which is a German ship owned by H/L. It is German/English however 98% of the passenger's were German. All went very well and I learned that a large majority of Germans speak some level of English. Also the Germans are a very orderly people so the trip seemed extremely civilized.
  22. Well this odyssey is finely over. I received my full refund for my June 29 QM trip. I applied for it on April 23 so it took just around 60 days. I made the booking directly with Cunard here in the US. I have to say they were prompt answering the few inquires I made and the rep that made my booking was very helpful. Looking forward to sailing again once there is a safe and proven vaccine.
  23. Hi all, here in New York City today is going to be very hot, 85+F which is far above normal. Monday the city is set to start phase I of the step's to emerge from quarantine for the 8.9 million of us however now we are in the mist of massive protests over the murder of Mr. Floyd which have included looting and burning. Who can say how it will all turn out however from a cruise/vacation point I would recommend staying far away from here.
  24. If price is not an issue I would pick H/L Europa 2. Very grand while casual. Excellent in all regard
  25. Yes, I also feel weird. I know it will be impossible to take a safe/normal cruise until there is a cure/vaccine for this virus however I find myself daydreaming about places to go and ships to go on. I find myself thinking very very bad things about Cunard because they still have my $10k and then recall the stuff I have experienced here in NYC during the past ten weeks and feel very lucky to be alive and well.
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