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twodjs

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    Port Angeles, Washington
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    Volunteering, gardening, travel
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    Celebrity, Holland America, Viking River and Ocean, Seabourn

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  1. I have no doubt the decision to ignore the science and open up cruising just before election day is 100% politically motivated. Glad to see that Virgin is resisting the urge to open while the curves are up and the science says wait. We have moved our cruise to March, 2022 without any problem.
  2. Thanks mnocket for providing more detail than I found on my search for report information. Very surprised that Virgin doesn't have plug-in ability when docked. Curious if using the low sulfur content fuel allows Disney to not have to utilize scrubbers before discharging the smoke from their stacks? I have a problem with FOE failing every ship that utilizes scrubbers without giving any credit to Virgin for also installing a catalytic system for reducing nitrogen oxide and particulates. And I still disagree with penalizing ships that have installed the best available sewage treatment systems. That approach guarantees that no ship can receive an "A" rating.
  3. I have problems with the way the organization graded the lines - one catagory was sewage treatment. The description was do they use state-of-the-art systems or do they only minimally treat the wastewater? No cruiseline got higher than a "C". I would expect that Virgin has the latest available technology, not some junk. So why a "C"? And failing grades in air and water pollution. Really? Same grades as other lines that DID pollute pristine waters. Not a fair comparison at all. I would tend to agree with Virgin's response. They are helping to lead the industry toward a cleaner future. The article made no mention of technology innovations, no single use plastics, etc. A very negative piece overall.
  4. We were able to book the same suite with the same perks as before - simply moving the reservation to a time when we believe covid will be under control to a point where social distancing and masks will no longer be issues. We are also betting that enough people keep their money in Virgin to help them stay afloat through the pandemic. The new longer itineraries are tempting...
  5. When we moved our Nov. 8 cruise a week ago to March 2022, I was told that they were waiting on CDC guidance before cancelling additional dates. Glad we changed our date.
  6. We just pushed our booking from this November to March of 2022. Without a trusted vaccine and with people still making the mask a political issue, we've given up on 2020. Virgin is trying very hard - just not worth the risk for us.
  7. My take on the recent Covid-19 seminar put on by Carnival Corp. was that once a vaccine is proven (realistically the first quarter of 2021), the very fastest an immunization has ever been dispensed to enough of the population to provide herd immunity is 5 months. So the end of 2021 is a much more realistic date to resume cruising. To date, every cruiseline that has attempted to restart has failed - even the Uncruise line in Alaska with only 35 guests. Even with months of planning, one guest tested positive after the first day. It only takes one...
  8. Since they now show dates into 2022, I would push it forward as far as possible. And I agree, the long, expensive flight to Europe and the jet lag requiring extra hotel days prior to the cruise to reorient your body clock makes the Caribbean a much easier choice for a first time cruiser. .
  9. Maybe with a changing of the guard in November VV could get Cuba added back into the mix, like the original plan a couple of years back.
  10. Their proposals with limits of 1300 passengers and crew eliminate every major cruise line. Based on their figures of low passenger spending compared to those who stay in Key West, I can understand their logic. This would be yet another scramble for VV. They just can't catch a break!
  11. Biker19 - Thanks for the post about the Sustainable Ships livecast. Unfortunately, the echo here was so bad I could not continue listening. Hopefully they will invite the guest from Virgin back after they fix their audio problem.
  12. twodjs

    Tor's Corner

    Tor has posted his latest message on Viking.TV May 28th.
  13. No way! Remember they only have one or two ships to book. Others have way more. We'd also cancel if kids were allowed.
  14. They ARE offering 125% FCC OR a refund of money paid.
  15. There was an attempt back in July of 2011 to alter the PVSA with bill H.R. 2460. It would have eliminated the foreign port requirement for passenger vessels traveling for more than 24 hours with a portion being on the high seas. I don't believe the bill got out of committee in the House of Representatives. Now, after reading about the cruiseline tax benefits for the cruises remaining "foreign", I understand why there wouldn't be any support for such a bill from the cruise industry. I agree with others that regardless of the PVSA, with closed ports, 14-day quarantines, lack of available flights and no available vaccine, any cruiseline would have a VERY hard time filling a ship for the rest of 2020.
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