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Jacqueline

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  1. Hopefully they will see that testing is not an effective way of keeping a ship clear of Covid. It has been tried before and it has failed,

    No one has to cruise. It’s an optional actively where a lot of us are in a small space for what can be weeks at a time (I’ve done back to back transatlantics).

    All this washing down surfaces is great for preventing the spread of norovirus but not really helpful with disease that is airbourne.

     

     

  2. I can’t imagine how this would make any difference. The interior finishes will go longer between refurbishment no doubt from lack of wear and tear. But the ship has been sailing and is in salt water surrounded by salt air. Granted, she has put less miles on but it is hard to see where that will make an appreciable difference  the course of four decades or so.

     

  3. Right? I am hesitant to make a booking for a TA later this year as I have no interest in being quarantined at sea or stuck in my cabin if there is an outbreak.

  4. I agree. There is no such thing as social distancing and really the dining rooms are the most “dangerous” rooms on the ship in terms of spreading airbourne particles. We aren’t wearing masks and are sitting for hours in the same place talking to people.

    There is no safe way for this to work unless everyone is vaccinated. The laundry room is pretty quick, although it is a small place. Wearing a mask in there would solve any problems. I have been in two situations with people who came down with Covid the next day where there was close contact for more than 20 minutes,  but we were masked (one was a jeweler who was putting on necklaces, etc, the other was a contractor working in the house). 

  5. The only way to be sure is to actually read the specific policy that you are buying or have bought. They will be pretty clear.

    Those summaries that we use to purchase May or May not cover things that we think they do, the way we think that they do.

    I broke my hip in Bhutan. Just the year before, my husband fell off a horse in Mexico in the countryside two hours north of Mexico City... 

  6. I am not really getting the point of the Bermuda cruise. Now I have taken a cruise from New York, years ago on a smallish ship, called the Zenith, from New to Bermuda, with stops in Hamilton and Saint George. And I have stayed at my favorite resort many times over the years.

    I can’t figure out why I would do the worst of both worlds and fly to Bermuda only to use a cruise ship as a hotel. It’s a shlepp to the beaches which is the main attraction.. 

  7. Thanks, this is very helpful!  I don’t drink alcohol... I don’t see anything that makes me yearn for the larger cabin.

    For example, on the QM the suites had nice walk in closets and a bathtub. Another 60ft in the room is just more places for my husband to drape stuff..

  8. I am totally new to  Viking Ocean cruises, although I have taken dozens of cruises with many different lines over the past twenty years.

    I am looking was ahead to 2023 (I had 2022 booked years ahead with Hapag Lloyd cruiseline on their expedition ship of the Russian Far East to Alaska. Rarely offered on their English speaking ship).

    Today they are running a free air special. Is it worth grabbing now, or should I sit tight? 
    also in looking at cabin categories, I was hard pressed to see any substantive differences amongst the lower levels of choices. The bathrooms aren’t any larger (no tub) and the size differences don’t seem to yield much more comfort.

    Is it possible to book some sort of veranda now and upgrade a cabin category later, or is that considered a cancellation and rebooking?

    Many thanks for any input. 

  9. I just got a flyer in the mail on them. Only 98 cabins in the ship and all inclusive. They are offering some pretty interesting itineraries: Black Sea, Turkey , etc. Although I can’t imagine going to Israel or Egypt in August. 
    Anyone have an inside scoop?

  10. My last cruise and next cruise are with Hapag Lloyd which is a joint ownership with TUI and RCI. There is no board for them either.  Even thought many people have asked and keep asking.

    meanwhile Paul Gauguin has its own board for ONE small old ship. They still haven’t folded it into Ponant.

    You would think that this would be a nice opportunity to clean up the forums and improve the categories.

  11. Considering booking a 2021 summer or fall transatlantic. What experiences and/or advice can you offer? Usually I don’t book thru the cruiselines,  tú in this situation (I live in NY) there don’t seem to be much that they can mess up. Also one way flights can be costly.

    What worked for you all?

    note- I did do a RT transatlantic back in 2016

  12. I recently booked Russia Far East to Alaska on the Inspiration for 2022. It’s the next cruise that I have booked .

    Time  will tell. I have a new grandchild expected this summer and another daughters wedding in 2021. We will plan something last minute when the time is right, but it won’t be on a cruiseship. With my luck, I would be on the ship that’s on the cruise to nowhere. When I was in Southeast Asia in February, I followed the diamond princess saga. 

    One day at a time here in NY where we have been home for two months, with over 60 dinners prepared in my own kitchen!
     

  13. You won’t have a problem. It isn’t that physically challenging, we had a woman who was in her sixties and blind, and she managed as well as anyone. 
    It can be slippery on the rocks, and agree a hiking stick is a good idea. You don’t need to take long hikes to see what is of interest. South Georgia is amazing.

  14. I agree that it is only in the interest of the cruiselines to get that interest free loan from those willing to book and then wait for a refund or another offer that allows them to keep said interest free loan.

    This is multidimensional chess with many factors at play. I know that people are willing to take their chances. I see reports on a regular basis. I live in NY and a popular bar owner also took his chances and cruised and died, along with a co-worker.  Who knows what ports will be open. Even if you don’t get sick, it’s not fun to be stuck on a ship for a month at a time (read about the diamond princess). The cruiselines have a big black eye and no bail out. Every cruise is a potential liability.

     

    I was in a cruise in Cambodia in February and actually spent ten days there in all, along with a few weeks in Vietnam. there were two flights a day landing from China and It was illegal to wear a mask. We didn’t cancel.  I had a ton of insurance. At that point in time, I felt that the state department would help us out. At the very least, I knew that there was excellent  medical care in a Bangkok (although looking back, they may not have taken me as a patient).

    I am not a chicken. After having emergency hip surgery in a public hospital in Bhutan without a general anesthetic, and being stuck in a place with no food, water and sheets or nursing care, I still did trips to both Galapagos six months later and , my big leap of faith, Antarctica, the following year,

     

    There is a difference between individual risk and a public health emergency. I also appreciate that if you live in a place where there are few cases, it’s hard to understand the consequences that it has on society as whole.

     

     

  15. Everything has been very slow with them since they were bought. I have been working on booking in 2022 and it’s been slow going, typically two weeks between emails, at least.

    its an itinerary infrequently offered. It’s booking up pretty well, even within the last month or so,

     

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