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  1. I think that MSC will launch this product as a true luxury concept. Hopefully it will have a European focus! Although, it does remind me of Costa in the early 1990s. At that time Costa attempted to launch a “Euro-luxe” version of its mainstream Costa line for the new Classica and Romantica. The effort was criticized as being neither Euro nor Luxe. The venture was quickly dropped and the ships became part of the regular Costa fleet. At the end of the day - fifteen years ago, I am sure most cruise line executives dismissed MSC as a non-competitor. Look at them now! If any
  2. I saw a pic posted earlier (can’t find it now), but the saunas on the new Virgin ships look massive - with windows. Not sure if they are co-Ed or unisex.
  3. GraphicGuy - it is not Canada’s fault that there are no cruises to Alaska. Perhaps you should look at your historic American laws and assign blame where it is appropriate. This is an American government issue - not a Canadian issue.
  4. Why do people still expect Canada to resolve an American problem? If the American government wanted to allow foreign flagged cruise ships to sail from American ports without a stop at a foreign port - then surely they could do so with the stroke of a pen.
  5. It is a toss up - window vs no window. The older Carnival ships had / have it right. Big windows and side by side sauna / steam. The Vista class on HAL (including Noordam) seem more of an after thought. On Princess the Ruby / Crown / Carib have nice spacious sauna / steam facilities, albeit with no windows.
  6. I like the windows concept - nice to see the sunset at night, or the sun shining in in the middle of the afternoon.
  7. Graphic Guy why are people still blaming Canada? It does not appear that your American government is in any rush to solve American bureaucratic problems.
  8. Jorge and Hannah - cruise director and assistant made a great team. I hope they are back when cruising resumes.
  9. Holland America’s Veendam used to dock in Hamilton for three days, on a seven day cruise.
  10. Every Ontario school board (on their website) has a COVID advisory page that lists every school in the school board - and the number of student infections, teacher infections, and the number of classrooms which are closed. I have a friend who works for one of the GTA school boards, and she is at home for 14 days as one of the students in her class was diagnosed with Covid. That class is one of the classes currently listed as “closed”.
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