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  1. But we do expect a bit more timeliness. The CDC has known since last fall, if not earlier, that masks outside were unnecessary. The change they provided yesterday was known to be coming back in early April. It' still confusion instead of clear cut guidelines and policies. And the delays haven't really been backed by science. The 10% probability of getting COVID outside without a mask for anyone was pulled out of their rears. The study they used indicated 1% or less.
  2. I see people driving cars alone with masks on. I see people trying to walk outside with no one even 30 feet away wearing masks. All this is nonsense. Contract tracing of COVID has found most contagion coming from being inside poorly ventilated buildings, like your home, where you are in close contact with others for more than 10 minutes. Buildings like hospitals that have improved their ventilation systems and added ultraviolet lighting don't experience contagion in as great of numbers. Masks, especially cloth masks, do get wet from breath and lose their efficacy.
  3. Looks like all cruise line stocks were up slightly on the close. But so was the market overall. I used to be a CMT (certified market technician) and have always looked at technicals for entry/exit points if fundamentals support buys or sells. But if you play Day Trader, you often get your head handed to you on whipsaws. All models, indicators seem to fail at some time or another. Best trading systems only work 70% of the time and don't prevent you from experiencing large losses along with your large gains.
  4. And just staying home for two weeks would kick the virus in the butt. Or so they said 13 months ago.
  5. But it still begs the question who has had the vaccine and who has not. Without some record or required physican's note, who's going to know. My word versus your sneezing.
  6. This is like a "Well, Duh!" The CDC has known for over a year that being outdoors does not require a mask. I'm sure RCCL will reposition beach loungers to get more spacing, but other than that, vaccinated or non-vaccinated, being outside is good. Being cooped up onside with poor ventilation is bad.
  7. Yeah, but I should have know since our cruise next January is going to St John and I've got to get a tour or taxi to Nelson's Dockyard to greet rowers coming across. Back to topic. Can't argue with you on Turner's though only driven past. Pictures look really good.
  8. It's all speculation at this point in time. Things change weekly, through out the world. For US based cruises, it's going to depend on how the CDC moves. And they tend to move very slowly. For example, the CDC had studies over a year ago that said masks were unnecessary outside, yet it took them a year to make that declaration. A month ago ,my employer announced we would return to work in June, part time, but masks and social distancing would be required. Late last week they removed those conditions. We won't need to wear masks inside the building as ventilation has ben
  9. Thanks, Those re from European cruises. And earlier this year.when Europe , especially in Spain, there was a continued outbreak. Unclear what lines sailing from US ports will do, assuming they sail.. I would not doubt some degree of social distancing would be in place. Masking is going to continue indefinitely in close quarter places, unless they start tattooing vaccine numbers on foreheads.
  10. Oops, My bad. So used to the Atlantic Challenge which finishes at Nelsons my mind was remembering ships stopped there. But you're right. St. Johns is the cruise port.
  11. Hi Mimi, Are you on the Harmony Jan 16th sailing? Sapphire Beach is a nice beach, but you have to rent chairs from the resort there and at times the beach bar can get a bit noisy. But the snorkeling is great there. Lots of fish around. Love Froot Loops. For something quieter, and equal nice and relaxing , maybe look into Secret Harbor. Caveat is that the Harmony docks in Crown Bay, not Havensite so you have to go through Charlotte Amalie to get to the east side. Brewers Bay is on the West Side, great beach but you need to bring towels or chairs. No rent
  12. Daniels is the premier site but there are now several others, assuming they are open. IMO, it's a bit of a drive from Coxen Hole, but not as far from Mahogany Bay, where cc-rider-sic caught the tour. Worth a trip. Use Daniel's transportation. But only for the sloth end. We went to a small coffee chocolate place while the rest of the went on to somewhere else. Good coffee to take home, cheaper than at port. Chocolate was ok too.
  13. Avila Beach is just south of Willemstad and you'd need to take a taxi to get there. I f going southeast, you could go a little further to Mambo Beach. Going west from the cruise piers you could look at heading to the Marriott. Beach area. Last time we were in Curacao, they were building a resort almost directly across from the cruise pier, but I have no idea if it's completed or if they offer day passes.
  14. Almaplena is further south than Maya Cahn and thus could get less of the seaweed. But it is an eco-resort and only takes a few guests. Roads aren't exactly smooth riding. Taxi cost might eat away any difference in prices now, although I haven't checked what the price difference is. IMO, book Maya Chan and look at Almaplena as a backup.
  15. IMO, if you're cruising the Caribbean for 3 weeks, you're going to find the same old, same old as far as tours and activities. That said, Antigua has some very nice beaches and Ffryes Beach on the west coast or Dickenson Beach on the NorthWest Coast are great beaches with less crowds than the beaches around English Harbor. You'll get a nice tour of the island just driving to Dickenson or St. John.
  16. Have a great trip for all of us. Reviews when you get back, too.
  17. dolphins are choking on Chinese and Japanese fishing nets or Vietnamese garbage not Micky D straws.
  18. I've not heard of any cruise lines doing test cruises nor of CDC requiring them, but things are changing rapidly (at least rapidly for gov bureaucracies).
  19. Well, with the earnings season behind us, and despite the big miss on employment (how ever right are any Wall Street Economists?) markets are up. I think we still have a ways to go in residential real estate as long as there are timber shortages affecting new housing vs declining existing housing. Commercial real estate is lagging with some sectors not experiencing anything resembling growth prior to COVID. Buy for the long haul to avoid getting caught in any short term whipsaws.
  20. I think CCL is mired in a trading range with extremes between $25 and $30 under low volume until cruises actually start to happen and ships fill. Same with all other cruise line stocks. As far as crypto, I like the theory behind blockchain, useful for any number of applications. But there are too many competing crypto-currencies out there. And for the most part they are housed on servers in Russia and China. Never was any real spending value or underlying basis/acceptability for transactions. Maybe down the road.
  21. Maybe I misread or seeing outdated information but I thought Carnival had come out and said they would not require vaccines.
  22. On the Horizon and Vista, you could not move your lanai (patio) chairs closer to the deck rail and they would block passage. As far as moving loungers in the open area, you can do that but it would depend upon what area is available.
  23. Plastic straws were the "strawmen" of the clean ocean set. While a few photos showed turtles with straws, sorta like Al Gore's lonely polar bear, and sea gulls picking up beer and soda can carriers, most of the ocean trash is from commercial fishing and eliminating straws would do very little if anything to reduce ocean pollution. Masks are all over the parking lots around here. People just toss them. But you can't toss anything over board anyway, so not sure how masks will end up in the ocean. Beaches for sure. And I doubt the efficacy of rice paper in stopping any respirator
  24. Not sure how grab n go would work or how seating would be worked out once full capacity cruises are in place. But social distancing for fully vaccinated people makes little sense. However, Carnival isn't requiring 95% or more vaccinated. What limiting the buffet and grab n go can do is reduce the spread of Noro and other viruses that linger on surfaces and have been the scourge of cruises in the past. Masks will help, as long as people with colds and flu like symptoms wear masks. For the next year or so, cruising will certainly be totally different from the past, not sure if tho
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