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Isabella Benjamin

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  1. On 8/13/2020 at 7:51 AM, roger001 said:

    NCL is posting proposed cruises for show mostly, just to keep some cruise purchase money flowing in.  They don't, and can't have a clue what they will be doing into any of the future.  The virus thing changs every week.  Nothing is more than wishful thinking at this time.  Wish that wasn't so.  

    Can you imagine if somewhere down the line they actually came up with proof that they were booking cruises with no intention of them actually sailing?  I'm not saying there is, just that it could get very interesting.  Not in a good way for NCL.

  2. 5 hours ago, GA Dave said:

    As desperate as the cruise lines may become, I wonder if they will accept walk-ups, like the old Eastern and Delta Shuttles in the northeast.  Just walk up at least two hours before sailaway, scan your credit card and passport, and off you go!  🧉🥂🍺

    2 Hours is exactly how far in advance I feel comfortable booking a cruise right now.  

  3. I'm so glad everyone was able to get planes out of there on the same day.  It seems very fortunate.  I can't even tell you how many times I've been stuck in a really awful airport and had to just sit with my bags for hours and hours before they let you check them and head into the airport.  It's miserable and I wouldn't wish it on anyone, but that's just how some airports and airlines work.  

     

    I hope this all  gets resolved sometime in the not too distant future.  

  4. They should do the opposite of what they're doing.  They should reduce the amount of time you have to pay off your cruise to 2 months instead of having raised it to four months.  I'm definitely not paying for a cruise right now that's 4 months off, but that's just me. 

  5. I got back from an Alaskan cruise in August and right after became so incredibly sick I couldn't get out of bed for several days.  I had a very high fever, over 103, terrible cough and was super weak.  I was able to get to the doctors and then tested negative for the flu.  My doctor was really puzzled it wasn't the flu and she just said it was some other wicked virus.  What was weird to me was that I was talking to my dentist when I was feeling better and she told me she had another patient who was equally sick who also got sick around the same time - right after she got back from her Alaska cruise out of Seattle.  I don't particularly remember anyone coughing while I was on the cruise.

  6. 5 minutes ago, njhorseman said:

    You're overlooking the part of the article discussing debt to earnings ratios, which could quickly become unmanageable, more so for NCL and Royal than Carnival. If it gets to the point where the companies can't meet their debt service requirements then their existence as currently structured is in danger. 

    I guess that's why I don't have any NCL stock in my portfolio.  We switched all of our investments over to companies with very low debt to earnings rations in the fall of 2016. 🤷‍♀️

  7. 1 hour ago, francina said:

    Please don't say that.....It took me two years of saving for this trip.

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    It's going to be fine, Francina.  These cruise lines are not going away.  It is not like cruising is a dying industry in any way. 

     

    "As of Thursday, these companies appeared to have the financial wherewithal to ride out at least a few horrible quarters at least".  I assume a few could be interpreted as three.

     

    https://www.barrons.com/articles/batten-the-hatches-cruise-line-investors-the-industry-faces-a-tough-but-surmountable-slog-51584113133

  8. I do not believe they will go bankrupt.  Let's say the worst case scenario is that they have to dock their ships for up to a year.  They just took out a really big loan to help with the overhead expenses.  

     

    At the point where people can start getting vaccinated, whenever that happens, people who have proof they've been vaccinated or proof they've had the virus would be free to cruise again.

     

    I believe NCL is prepared for the worst case scenario.  Those ships are just worth too much money for their lenders to let them fail.

  9. 1 minute ago, salty dingo said:

    They already did. That was the reason the entire stock market soared. Corp leaders are compensated for higher stock price, buybacks raise the price at the cost of debt. Party is over, no more easy money. Time to pay the piper.

    There sure was an awful lot of that going around big corporations.  Next will come the layoffs because that's how they solve their problems. 

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