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About Me

  • Location
    8% of the time in the air, ~380K air miles / year
  • Interests
    Between honey to do, dad to do, Moore's Law to do, fitness & vacations to do no time for much else
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Haven't taken a cruise line I didn't like! So many ships so little vacation time :(
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Yet to sample them all, so I can't decide
  • If you have a personal or hobby CRUISE or TRAVEL BLOG, include the url here:
    I am a photographer, got lots of pictures on a few sites/blogs, just ask me and I will share ;-)

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  1. Will there be cruising, yes, what it will look like and who will be there, that is the 20 billion dollar question the lenders are wondering and gambling about, LOL
  2. To test protocols and their effectiveness I think they need to introduce a few elements 1) Of course the strict mask and social distancing and such 2) Anti vaccination folks and high risk volunteers standard "American" high risk 3) Some people with vaccination and some w/o just placebo 4) Some know active COVID cases Then just like Princess Diamond we can test the effectiveness of 1) as we all know 2), 3) and 4) will most certainly also be on board. This would really be a boom to validate vaccination, protocols and demographics and health!
  3. The ships that aren't paid for are also depreciating asset, regardless of whether they sail you got to make payment and depreciate the asset.
  4. I'll be in Taiwan shortly, 14 day quarantine then after that pretty much normal life.
  5. For everyone buying there is someone else who is sure it's topped out. One think's he's in easy money and the other is thinking sucker, LOL
  6. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/royal-caribbean-cdc-trial-cruises-covid/index.html Interesting a little different than volunteering for vaccination trail, here you get the full meal deal; buffet, theater, bar, pool, elevator ride with strangers, lots of passing by in the spacious corridors. Be sure to wear your mask, wash wash, and don't touch anything, LOL
  7. Like all things in life a routine is good, one that is stable with family even better. The kink to probably most of us is how other things we took for granted like mingling with friends, out to eat, vacations and travel, and of course cruising are now so far out in the future, hard to put prospective on the daily life.. I do know, actually already appreciate, that this situation with so much family time will be special at least to me, to my kids not so much 🙄
  8. The efficacy is calculated by looking at the number of positive COVID for those that got the vaccines versus those that got the Placebo. It isn't a statement that 90% of the ones are fully protected, that will take larger statistics and long time study. The ethics prevent a simple test. They gave the blind vaccine or placebo to what 44,000 people, then out of that there were 94 people that got COVID, I can assume they came from mostly those that got placebo and a few from those with vaccine and with those very low numbers decided viola 90%. Far easier i
  9. Ground Hog day 241 🤢 Up 6:30am unload dishwaster, grind the coffee beans and make 10 cups, read WSJ, NYT, check stock and decide on trading for the day 7:30:-8:30 kids wandering down for breakfast and morning conversation 8:30 retire to the study for work/WebEx/Teams, check stocks and make any possible adjustments. 10:30 Walk the dogg 11:45: Decide if I exit market or hold. 12:00 Lunch with the kids 12:30-4:00 back to office for work/WebEx/Teams 4:00 To the Gym or my daily cardio 6:00 Dinner with the family 7:00-9:00 meeting wi
  10. October, nope, vaccine won't get rolled out till likely late Q1 then to get enough doses and to get enough of the population to herd immunity, easily Q3 or later. what is more amazing how they decided a few thousand people for 5-7 days is okay but 10 days is too dangerous only raises the insanity of public health policy in the wester world. Is it any wonder most of the wester world is going thru a massive new spike and lockdowns compared to other areas
  11. The statistics for larger ship will be even more ominous for insuring everyone ship sailing will have someone with COVID and a week sucking each other's air, the outcome is all but assurd.
  12. Cool, I'm lookin forward to doing some bookings on it. I have some great memories on the Sapphire! A worthy reward for a country and people who got their at together and can now get about and about and enjoy life, sometimes when you band together and sacrifice you are rewarded!
  13. The news is encouraging and as a larger for the best interested of community or humanity if and when we get some agency's certifying them as safe then I'd think many should get it if available But how anyone knows something last a year when it isn't even been out a year is laughable.
  14. So how does the general population feel about this, exhausted and accepting, or in rebellion ? I know the US with the love of freedom/liberty that this would cause a lot of friction especially as you know 47% of the population feel it is a hoax or were cheated.
  15. Vaccine is still going to be another 9 months or so, winter looks worst than grim. Leadership won’t make a change till February at the earliest. Ships lined up for the junkyard and I could see Carnival debt become junk status. Any predictions when real cruising will start w/o an outbreak killing the party ?
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