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  1. RKA - curious on your comment about the timing on the vaccine if one by chance is out in the fall - do you feel it would be rushed and approved to quickly without proper testing and could have side effects that may only come to light after the fact ? I for one keep saying I’ll be first in line ..... but my wife keeps saying not so fast !
  2. I should caveat my earlier posting about enhanced cleaning and sanitizing was in no way critical to Seabourn - we thought our sailing on the Odyssey in January was perfection - we found the ship to spotless and we had no issues with cleanliness at all - it was meant to combat the germs and or virus' that may be brought on board by other passengers. One thing I would love to see (but I know would never happen) would be a day between sailings....where a ship would be disembarked by noon - thoroughly cleaned over a 24 hr period and then new passengers on boarded the following day. For those sailing on a B to B it would be an overnight in the port (not a bad thing) and would add another day to their B to B - would just have to figure out the pricing of that "extra day" for them. Always feel that those turn-around days must be dreaded by the crew for the amount of work they need to do in such a short amount of time.
  3. Tapi As one of those who are placing all hope on a vaccine - I agree with you that I should really view it as a level of safety. As my wife said last night over our take-out - dine in on Friday night routine - think of it as a flu shot - you can still get the flu even with a shot - its just a hopeful preventative. I do hope that with a vaccine that the protocols on a ship would return to something similar to the "way it was"... the thought of wearing a mask on vacation and the current protocols that lines are enacting now in Europe are not what I want to do on vacation. Increased cleaning, sanitizing, no self serve buffets I am all for and think those should have been in force already well before this pandemic - (sorry was never a big fan of the "buffet" with EVERYONE touching everything!). For me it will be a wait and see scenario - Curious how the lines that are restarting in Europe will fare over the next few weeks - hoping that their protocols as strict as they are prove effective and that none of the lines/sailings experience a case / incident on board. We have all seen that it takes just one person...... Sorry all for the early morning vent.....just want the world to get thru this - and I know we will - its just the daily toll of those sickened and the number of those passing each day is really getting to me.
  4. Once there is a vaccine and my family and I are inoculated - first thing I am doing is booking a sailing! Hoping to sail next spring! Bob
  5. Great perspective Jeni - totally agree on all your comments (as well as all your informative posts - esp liked your perspective and posts about the new president of seabourn ) Being a recent seabourn passenger - would definitely be more comfortable on a seabourn ship in the future vs a mass market line (don’t think we can ever go back after seabourn actually!) or perhaps a river cruise. Once a vaccine is out and widely available I can see the industry ramping back up quickly - I know that’s when we will be sailing again.
  6. Thank you all for comments on my vaccine question - after I posted I mentioned my question to my wife and she responded with a similar statement about countries that require vaccinations prior to travel....so maybe this will be the case in the future for cruising one a vaccine is available. Sign me up ! Would give me some piece of mind at least on the ship with fellow passengers and crew.
  7. Living 15 miles outside of Manhattan it is so sad to see what is currently happening in the rest of the US after everything NY and our neighboring states did successfully to try to contain the virus and bring about some sense of a new normal to life. Resigned myself to the fact that until a vaccine is out, widely available and I am inoculated - ANY cruise is out of the question. Wondering if once a vaccine is out - will it be a requirement to show proof of inoculation? Do you think a cruise line could make that a stipulation / requirement for sailing?
  8. I was impressed by the email I received earlier - luv the fact that he is a vacation defender! Can't wait to be back on board in 2021 Bob
  9. KKsunfun Thank you for the great video - we were lucky enough to sail on the Odyssey mid January - your video brings back WONDERFUL memories and it is what is getting me thru these tough times without a cruise booked for the foreseeable future 😪 I do have my eye set on Alaska for next year - on the Odyssey again! fingers crossed !
  10. One your receive your refund - speak with your spending and sail with one of the other lines who you feel has handled this situation better.
  11. SLSD - so true unfortunately. Every company/organization is holding onto every dollar they can. I work in the ad industry - clients have extended payments to us for MONTHS past their standard payment terms for television/radio/digital/print/outdoor placements that occurred going all the way back to pre-covid times. They did not ask us - they told us. We in turn are not paying the radio and TV stations - until we are paid. It is a vicious circle everyone is playing. Is it right - no. But what choice do we have? Customers can only respond with their dollars (when they have them back in hand) once the industry is sailing again. And I agree with an earlier poster - read every other board - it is happening to everyone effected with a cancelled sailing. If by chance there is a cruise line out there that is the exception - then I guess we know where all the frustrated posters will be sailing. I for one will be on Seabourn as soon as I can !
  12. Fletcher - FABULOUS PHOTO! Thought I would add our lunchtime photo from our sailing when it was the food of Mexico for lunch 😉 Best way to start lunch!
  13. Koalapanda Would that be Jose on the Odyssey? If so...that is a very small world! After a somewhat stand-offish waiter in The Restaurant the first evening - we were fortunate enough to be seated in Jose's section the second evening - and he took great care of us every evening after that for the remainder of the sailing! And we always tried to grab an outside table in the mornings in his section to the left 😉 !
  14. My pleasure rkacruiser - the memories of that cruise are what is getting me thru these unprecedented times - now and for the foreseeable future or at least until a vaccine is available. Already told my wife and my adult kids/with their significant others that as soon as a vaccine is out and available we are talking that long overdue family get away. One thing that this situation has opened my eyes to is to live in the present and enjoy what you have and don't take anything for granted! I look at the Seabourn site every day - can't tell you how many (of the same!) searches I do looking at sailings for next year! Will be back on that outside deck of the Colonade at some point !
  15. Fortunate enough to be on a January Caribbean sailing only 4 short months ago (seems like a lifetime ago looking back now) and enjoying a leisurely breakfast outside every morning that would last sometimes longer then I care to say! with our closest friends. We would joke with each other at how long our breakfasts would last over way to many cups of coffee! Nothing better then a relaxing early morning in the Caribbean when it is freezing and snowing in NY! Looking forward to when we will be doing that again in the future !
  16. Just announced / posted on cruise industry news. Cancelled thru oct / nov depending on the ship.
  17. Totally agree - be upfront and bite the bullet. Well Done Seabourn Seabourn is not Carnival and neither are her passengers or her sailings. While it is a tough pill to swallow there is to much uncertainty in the world right now - how will passengers get to ports - what ports if any will be open and accepting ships - and even if they do - what will be the state of the country one is trying to visit.
  18. John Funny you mention the linen mist - my wife sprayed it on our pillows the other night - told me to enjoy it since I would not be smelling it on a Seabourn sailing for the very near future😔 she is in the camp of no sailing until a vaccine is out and we are inoculated - along with a flu shot AND the pneumonia shot as she reminded me we are fast approaching that age bracket. Told her as soon as we are inoculated we am booking a sailing!
  19. I have to believe other countries will follow similar extensions of closures..for their own sake. What a logistical nightmare for the lines - what countries/ports are open, which ones are not? and if a ship is allowed to dock - passenger screenings getting off? - what sites will be open ? And as a passenger - who are you exposing yourself to on organized excursions or out on your own - and what if you are exposed and then once back on the ship - could you start to infect other passengers and then the whole cycle starts up on the ship? Really no easy answer for this.....
  20. Not surprised at this most recent announcement by the CDC. I seriously could not see how the industry was expecting to start up again in the next 5 weeks (mid May) - until this worldwide crisis is under control (and how do you define that?) the thought of ships sailing even half full (which is being discussed) seemed crazy. I still think so much is still not known about this virus - I for one would not step foot on a ship in the very near future. I completely understand the industry wanting to start up again but how enjoyable would a sailing be having temp checks, social distancing, and always having that thought in ones head that someone you come in contact with (fellow passenger or crew member) could be carrying this virus? I ask myself every day how are we all going to come out of this - just getting back to work in the office without the possibility of getting sick seems daunting at this point. All it takes is one person as we all know. My wife said she would not step on a ship until there is a vaccine out and she has been inoculated. I know that it is still not a guarantee that one will not catch this - but it's a start. No one wants to book a sailing for the future more then I do - but for now I'll be sitting on the sidelines watching how this continues to unfold. Bob in New York
  21. Interesting - we took our first Seabourn cruise in January of this year before this nightmare started ..... here in the US (I should say) think that sailing and all the WONDERFUL memories will need to get me thru this entire year! Maybe because while I was on board I inquired about a future sailing and every email / survey I have received since we have returned I have responded to..... stating future interests? Guess they know they got a newbie w/ them on the hook 🤪 We were sold the minute we stepped on board - so over the large mass market lines. In fact we actually wanted to book a last minute sailing in May to the Med - again before all of this started (you know that rush when you get home and need to book another!) Will be very interested to see how this all unfolds this year - 9/11 saw the demise of some smaller lines - can't imagine the big 3 going under (no pun intended) but then again I can't realistically see any ship sailing anytime in the near future.
  22. Assuming others received the same survey via email yesterday ? Very interesting and direct questions about your expected travels in the next 12 months. No better way to gather people’s real feelings then a survey asking direct questions to potential Seabourn customers. i was brutally honest .....about the thought of cruising in the next year. Good thing I did the survey vs my wife because her response to every question would have been NO. would love to hear your thoughts would like nothing more to have a cruise booked to look forward to Bob
  23. THANK YOU SLEEPER9 - could not agree with you more! Stay well and stay safe in Washington ! From one hot spot (NYC) to another!
  24. Catlover54 Thank you for posting! With the overload of bad news which seems to coming at us from all fronts on an hourly basis - coming across your post a few minutes ago is a welcome respite. Please continue to post if you can and bring us all along as you enjoy your sailing. Stay well - safe and healthy travels. Bob
  25. As all of us on the boards have been following every update - wondering what today (Saturday will bring). The VP is meeting with the powers that be of the major lines in FL today - what can the US order them to do - can they order them to stop sailing for a specific period of time? Not sure what that would do since this situation could last weeks if not months until it can be contained somehow - so even if ships were held in ports for two weeks (can't imagine!) would assume the same situation going to exist two to three weeks from now. And for those passengers on the Grand - the crew will be held on board in quarantine, passengers who test positive will also be quarantined - but what about those who do not test positive today - will they be allowed home then - and if so isn't the incubation period two weeks - so isn't there a chance 13 days from now one of those passengers who is home somewhere and out in the public could start exhibiting symptoms? I have resigned myself to the fact (esp living in near one of the hotspots - in the county next to the Westchester NY hotspot) that it is going to spread into the county we live in and NYC and that this is going to get extremely worse before it gets better. Fortunately we as a nation/world have never had to live thru something as widespread as this in quite some time, so for most of us this is all unchartered territory.
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