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  1. Captain Mercer summarizes the end of this year's world cruise, his (and Karen's) departure in Manila and his career at HAL. http://captainjonathan.com/
  2. Wouldn't be surprised as they are not going to start sailing 11 ships at the same time, particularly when most of them will be in the Caribbean.
  3. Good idea to book your seats now, but airline equipment may change by February as the August schedules are just now firming up. Check back often.
  4. For the R- and S- class ships, disposal or moving to another line may be determined by time until the next drydock is required (not scheduled). In other words, a ship not needing a drydock for 2+ years is probably worth more than one needing (or overdue). If the ship is going to another line, it will need some refurbishing so it's going to be in the yard anyway. Totally different for the newer/bigger ships that will be kept long term.
  5. A friend of ours taught us to take a picture of the port agents name and info from the daily in the event something happened and also a picture of the return by board. Provides a reference should you start to say was that 4 or 5?
  6. We were quite pleased with Alla. Found out the difference between front of the line (as advertised by the cruise line) and skip the line - Alla. I am sure RO, SPB, etc. are similar.
  7. Definitely agree with Ken. We were on the NS last summer to Norway. No guest lectures (14 day cruise) with several sea days. The EXC guide (who now doubles as the CD) gave a 15 minute memorized script with slides and disappeared as soon as she was done. No questions - nothing. Although the HAL crew was pleasant, there seemed to be little enthusiasm. What I enjoy about X is seeing the officers who are willing to sit a talk with you, listen to any concerns and rectify the problem, volleyball in the pool - O's vs. pax, etc. On HAL, one rarely sees the officers unless you go to the buffet and they sit together inviting no pax interaction. After two cruises on HAL (better price and itinerary) we are back to X.
  8. Another vote for the DoubleTree. You may want to try some tours with "That Dam Guide" who offers small group tours. Also impressed to ride in a Tesla from Schipol to the hotel. Enjoy Amsterdam.
  9. Lamb anything since my wife doesn't care for it which means it seldom makes the table at home.
  10. Air travel and cruising aren't going to be coming back quickly. So the ships that require the least expenditure of cash and can generate the most income will be the first to be carrying passengers. Even the minimum shipyard/drydocking that only take care of the mechanicals and required hull inspections are quite expensive. The total Revolution package for the M-class ships have to be very pricey with the total redo of cabins. I would anticipate that after the E-class and revolutionized S-class ships are back in business, they will start doing the minimum required to get the remainder of the S-class back at sea IF demand warrants. This may be apples and oranges, but Delta just finished a total refurb of its 777 fleet only to announce last week that they will all be taken out of service and retired as they have newer aircraft A339 and 359 that are more efficient to operate and they don't anticipate the need for capacity.
  11. Don't forget that most of the attractions in Florida including beaches, Disney and otehr attractions closed. Beaches are just now reopening. Restrictions are just now starting to be lifted in South Florida.
  12. I suspect that Connie and Infinity will not be sailing with passengers for at least a year. Cash conservation is king right now. RCI announced that several ships will be going into cold layup (https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/884887/000110465920058425/tm2018985d1_ex99-1.htm). Hopefully they will return or be sold to other lines able to upgrade and not end up on the beach in India at the breakers. As Blackduck said, Edge and Apex along with the S-class that have received the upgrades will likely be the first back in action.
  13. Not sure how an NCL (or RCI/CCL) bankruptcy would be filed in US courts as they are not US corporations.
  14. Most hotels are franchisee owned and managed by the brand.
  15. Captain Albert has restarted his blog with summary of recent events. https://www.captainalbert.com/24-march-10-april-2020-panama-to-fort-lauderdale/#more-150189
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