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  1. We too feel the same as many others here, missing cruising. Should be on a ship right now, b2b but was cancelled. One coming up in August but doubt it will sail. Having flashbacks about our last years June b2b cruise. Watching and waiting hoping to cruise again when things are sorted out. Hang in there everyone. Better days ahead.
  2. Norwegian Announces $400 Million Investment by L Catterton May 05, 2020 Scott Dahnke, Global co-CEO of L Catterton, said: “The cruise industry has been very resilient over a long period of time, driven by strong secular tailwinds and a high level of guest satisfaction. People enjoy cruising, with many guests taking multiple voyages over time. The industry has overcome numerous challenges in the past, and we expect that the industry will rebound and prosper with even further enhancements to their already rigorous health and safety protocols in place in the future. Within the industry, the three brands of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings have carved out distinctive leadership positions in their respective markets, guided capably by Frank Del Rio and his exceptional management team. We couldn’t be more excited to support the team at Norwegian as they work through this suspension of travel and begin to commence operations after their voluntary suspension of voyages.” Norwegian Looks for More Financing and Cuts Costs "We have also identified various projects and initiatives to reduce our ship operating costs and selling, general and administrative expenses, which we expect will result in reduced cash outflows and cost savings. We are undertaking meaningful reductions in ship operating expense including food, fuel, insurance, port charges and reduced crew manning of vessels during the suspension, resulting in lower crew payroll expense. The majority of the vessels in the company’s fleet are currently transitioning to cold layup, to further reduce operating expenses during the suspension." Some other initiatives already implemented include the significant reduction or deferral of marketing expenditures in the first half of 2020, the implementation of a company-wide hiring freeze, the introduction of a temporary shortened work week and reduced work hours with a commensurate 20% salary reduction for shoreside team members, a pause in 401(k) matching contributions and corporate travel freezes for shoreside employees In addition, another challenge is provisions in Norwegian's credit card processing and other commercial agreements. "We have agreements with a number of credit card companies to process the sale of tickets and other services. Under these agreements, the credit card companies could, under certain circumstances and upon written notice, require us to maintain a reserve, which reserve could be funded by the credit card companies withholding or offsetting our credit card receivables, or our posting of cash or other collateral," Norwegian said, in a Tuesday SEC filing. "As a result of the impacts of COVID-19, we have seen an increase in demand from consumers for refunds on their tickets, and we anticipate this will continue to be the case for the near future. Requests for refunds may reduce our liquidity and risk triggering liquidity covenants in these processing agreements and, in doing so, could force us to post cash or other collateral (including the potential to post certain of our vessels as collateral) as a reserve with the credit card processing companies in accordance with the terms of our agreements with them. Because of COVID-19, we have been in conversation with our credit card processors about posting collateral, and if we were required to post collateral or otherwise maintain a reserve, our financial position and liquidity could be materially impacted."
  3. Coast Guard orders all vessels to remain at sea including two Holland America cruise ships with 190 people with coronavirus symptoms on board approaching Florida Federal, state and local officials have been negotiating over whether Zaandam and Rotterdam would be allowed to dock at Port Everglades later this week Between the ships there have been four deaths and nine COVID-19 infections About 190 more reported symptoms and more than 300 Americans are on ships On Wednesday, the US Coast Guard directed all cruise ships to remain at sea Officials haven't made decision about whether or not they can dock in Florida Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor? <Don't know if this is the beginning of a shut down of many ports, but it's not good. > Royal Caribbean's Cruise with Confidence Link "We get it. Whether you’re already booked on a cruise, or are thinking about it, we want you to Cruise with Confidence. That’s why Royal Caribbean will let you cancel any cruise that sets sail from now through September 1, 2020. Whether it’s a booking you already have or one you make right now, you’re covered. As long as you cancel at least 48 hours before you set sail, you’ll receive a Future Cruise Credit. The credit can be used toward any cruise that sets sail through December 31, 2021."
  4. Thank you for a great review. We will be on the Victory/Radiance 6/20 B2B. Can't wait.
  5. April 2021 cruise dropped by $50 August 2021 cruise dropped by $500 It was worth the 8 minute call. And... Both cruises used 2 Cruise Next Cert. 😊
  6. Pick the Fun Times daily paper, check dining reservations and table and head up to lido for lunch.
  7. Wow! ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⭐ Thanks so much. I'm printing this out and taking it with me. Super helpful!
  8. I posted the same thing on JH FB page:
  9. Amazing photo's! Thanks so much for sharing. We'll be on the Radiance next year, this gives us an idea of what to expect.
  10. So, so funny. Second day of the cruise hubby and I were on the elevator, a few people got on and the lady/mother says to the younger lady "Do you have your access key? Do you have your access key?", young lady looked at her like "What???" Hubby and I just looked at each other and laughed when they got off. We don't envy haven cruisers, enjoy! Totally agree.
  11. Just did B2B on Dawn, got off 6/22/19. They had a large group of us meet at the end of the first cruise at Gatsby's at 6:30 am where a crew member gave us our new key cards and an Customs Agent eventually came and reviewed our passports and that was it. Off we went. Enjoy your B2B!
  12. We always leave them. Saw someone giving two bottles away during karaoke one night. Another thing taken away from Latitude members. Have you seen the 16 oz. bottle of water instead of the 2 ltr. yet? SMH
  13. Just did a B2B on Dawn. Cruised her 3x when she first came to NYC, got off today. Huge delay in ship clearance this morning but we finally got through. Likes Beautiful ship and friendly and work hard to please service crew. Hey Cheng! Thank you! Dawn's secret atrium third deck (we call the crow's nest, officially The Lounge, deck 9) Agree: "not too big and manageable." Best handmade ice cream/sorbet/sherbet for dessert in Cagney's, O'Sheehans, etc. Pulse Fitness Gym La Cucina: Great pizza and you can order out (as told by wait staff). Bliss Ultra Lounge so much great entertainment and fun games. Food and bar at O'Sheehans was great, staff super friendly, ate lunch there most days. Agree: "dont go without trying O'Sheehans Brownie Smores Cheesecake" (hubby had it everyday, one of the reasons we went to the gym, lol) Agree: "NCL Dawn the almost perfect ship without the floating amusement park stuff." Agree: "did the Gem last year and loved it - perfect size and just right combo of activities for us." (8x for us. We miss her in NYC, saw she's making a brief comeback though) Entertainers "Jose and Patti" were always great with lots of variety and knew how to draw a crowd. Elements production show was amazing! Cruiser "Sarah" among others made karaoke on the Canada/New England cruise worth waiting for. Jason (comedian) and Po (magician) were great. Dislikes No Spinnakers Agree: "the strong smell of smoke from adjacent Cigar Bar and Casino." Agree: "the wine bar was a waste on the Dawn" Agree: "We're not huge fans of Moderno" Agree: "miss having two methods to get out of the back end of the Garden Cafe" JMHO: We did not enjoy the inside buffet at all. Ate there once, didn't enjoy it at all. Not enough loungers on deck 7 to just sit, watch the sea go by, read, etc. Agree: "the ship takes some getting used to its layout, especially deck 8. It can be like a maze." No official announcement of Latitudes Loyalty party. (Most NCL ships now) If you don't visit Cruise Next Desk when you board you won't be informed. Platinum members now get 16 oz. instead of 2 liter bottles of water even though the water comes from NCL's own taps. I may write a review on other changes that have been increasingly noticeable with NCL. Been cruising with them since 2007 and some changes seem small and unnecessary. Writing my PVP today. With all that said, a cruise is always what you make it and we always do it the way we want. Happy cruising all!
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