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Jacqueline

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  1. Two months ago I was in a river cruise in Cambodia.... it seems like it was years ago. So much has happened so fast. Of all the travel options, IMHO cruising will be the hardest hit. CV spreads so easily on a cruiseship and there are no good ways to mitigate the risk. Nothing about cruising says social distancing. Hallways, stairways, dining rooms, embarking, disembarking, all involve many people in the same places. Sadly, until there is a vaccine, an outbreak could occur at any time and as we have seen, they are hard to contain. Couple that with the older demographic and it’s difficul
  2. The types of fuel used (the cheapest in many cases HFO, heavy fuel oil or heavy gas oil) are “dirty” while scrubbers (abatement technologies) are used it is unlikely that they are as effective as espoused by some. These crude oils are prohibited in Antarctic regions, Hapag Lloyd is one cruiseline which will no longer use the heavy/crude oils and is switching to marine gas oil. Even ports like South Hampton suffer from air pollution when ships are in port as they need to run their engines to create electricity.
  3. I was going to ask about the news channel! Hopefully one change resulting from the new partnership will be making the TV channels more international. BBC Worldnews is a good choice. Our Dutch and Danes (in the English group) did not choose to go with the German groups for reasons that were not clear to me. They understood German well enough and English was. It their mother tongue, either! Our Antarctic trip was three weeks. How the restaurant managed a different menu every night without the ability to reprovision was noteworthy. Our last week, after South Georgia was all sea days.
  4. I was also thinking this. Maybe even some longer ones out of NY. Ships can reroute around hurricanes, so I don’t put that down as a worry. The Caribbean ports can use the income. i don’t think anything is going to be normal in 2-4 weeks. More likely we will be approaching the apex if we are lucky. I would be thrilled to be wrong.
  5. We also did the Black Sea voyage. Wonderful and unique ports of call that would be difficult to access otherwise.
  6. That’s good news. I don’t need a boatload of English, speakers. I think we had a group of 12 on our cruise in the English speaking group. Some of them were Dutch and from the Netherlands. Only four of us had English as a mother tongue. This was a few years ago on the Hanseatic. Several German couples socialized with us as well. That was all fine by us for almost three weeks, it was also a repositioning cruise at the end of the Antarctic season so we had a week at sea. A common language does not mean that one necessarily has anything in common. I enjoy meeting and talking with people from
  7. Princess and Holland America are part of the same corporation. Viking, I believe, was the first to make this decision. its inevitable that all lines will follow suit. Cruise ships are the worst place to be in an epidemic bar none as the populations tend to be older and more medically fragile.
  8. I was on a ship that was half full and I still was in the basement and got the cruise that I paid for. No complaints.
  9. I stand corrected. It’s true, absolutely that most ships are entering and exiting US ports without incident. But all it takes is for one person in 2300 to be sick and what follows is unpredictable. ( BTW The word quarantine derives from the Venetian practice of holding ships in the harbor for 40 days before allowing them to dock during times of communicable diseases).
  10. They aren’t going to stop sailing. But it will be a risk that there will be port closures and some fairly extreme rerouting with more sea days, especially on the early spring European cruises.
  11. The situation is so dynamic that it’s hard to know what will happen next week let alone months from now. There is no ability to predict the future. look, the US is barely letting ships dock. Given that people can be asymptotic and still spread the virus, it’s nearly impossible to have any certainty about anything at all. These islands need and rely on tourism. It’s hurts everyone when tourist dollars evaporate. There will be pressure to stay open for business. That said, at some point they will may need to measure an increasing risk against their less than robust healthcare syst
  12. I would offer a correction. Hapag Lloyd has brand new expedition ships sailing the Great Lakes, which have a third fewer passengers. They also have a great deal more experience at expedition cruising in general and the Great Lakes in particular. These are state of the art expedition built ships. That said, Viking is a very nice product.
  13. Just saw the first case in Brazil. Never a dull moment! Where do you conclude your trip, Floridiana? My guess is that they might not allow Italians to take the cruise, either now. We did have a passenger from Hong Kong on our trip. They did a health screening before boarding and took everyone’s temperature. Not that that really makes a difference but it gives the illusion of action.
  14. Partly, I think my husband was less excited about the Amazon than I was and took my misery in Botswana (it was 100 degrees and the temperature barely dropped until 2am) as evidence that we should go to Southeast Asia instead. (!?) I did book the trip to The Russian Far East on the Inspiration and enjoyed Cambodia and Vietnam, just now. Fortunately, we departed the states on 27 January so it was before the virus had reached a fevered pitch. Ended up being very pleasant as there were no Chinese tourists and the sights were very uncrowded. Many wonderful hotels with plenty of upgrades, I’v
  15. Right! My reasoning is on the other thread. Hope you have a wonderful trip. When you return, please let us know all about it!
  16. We were booked for this cruise, Floriana! What happened was, once I read through the cruising A-Z handbook I saw the comment that the cruise ship temperature might be higher than some consider comfortable on the amazon. I had an email exchange with Germany, they were wonderful and even consulted with the captain. We had just come back from Africa, where Botswana was suffering from a heatwave. We had one accommodation without air conditioning and I realized that I couldn’t take a chance that I would be in a too warm cabin. I knew that my limits would be tested in the Amazon, but as
  17. I checked out the Silversea board and the consensus is that all is well with their transition . No complaints. So that’s a positive. HL has three expedition ships and the growth in the cruise market is luxury soft adventure, so that is no doubt one of the reasons the acquisition. i can see the panic amongst Germans for sure, as it is a beloved product with a solid fan base. The English felt that way when Cunard went to carnival. Frankly, I would be happy if English was the he first language on the international ships. This comes into play more on the expedition ships as their ar
  18. I just found out my cabin disappeared through these threads! No word from the cruiseline or TA. I see from logging on that I have been reassigned to 8009. I have zero use for a butler on a cruiseship.
  19. I spent two days on PHnom Penh this last week as I was on a river cruise, as well as a land based trip. In all I spent ten days in Cambodia. The people I came into contact with who were Cambodian were upset that their president was so busy sucking up to China that there were still incoming flights from a China (when I was in Siem Reap) for five days. The medical care there is poor. I heard plenty from our guides. Hopefully everyone will get out of there soon. It’s a wonderful country to visit but I wouldn’t want to end up in a hospital there. I left the states in my honeymoon a few we
  20. Oh no. Keep us posted. Hopefully things have gone more smoothly since.
  21. We just booked the Russian Far East, Kamchatka peninsula in 2022. They are offering two cruises on this itinerary on the Inspiration. We did sail Silversea in the Galapagos, but I am happier with the newer HL ship. They do a great job with luxury expedition cruising. Getting ready to board the Aqua Mekong in Phnom Penh this afternoon.
  22. A while back, I was sent an opportunity to make a non binding prebooking for 2022. I have been interested in the Kamchatka peninsula and this is being offered! They have given me until February 13 to send in my deposit. Very exciting! The only other luxury ship that I am aware of in this area is Silversea.
  23. Your plan sounds perfect! I saw bedroom slippers and sneakers in the changing room neither of which is ideal. Gortex pants are great as well. You have it covered. Most people overpacked. While the zodiac can be cold and windy, we had relatively mild weather (around freezing) as we were late in the season (last cruise). The internet is very slow much of the time. Post when you get home, that’s soon enough!
  24. Ok, that explains the problem. Hapag Lloyd didn’t misinform you, the US TA did... they should have contacted the company on your behalf. I loved South Georgia, it is truly a highlight of the trip. Also, please report back on the ship for us. I’ll offer you three bits of advice that you can take or leave 1) Vick’s vapo rub. It’s late in the season and it can be a bit smelly in the rookeries. 2) I wore rain pants over my wool leggings. I got some great photos sitting in the ground, but it’s quite dirty at times. I just rinsed the. Off every day 3) we had a very nice we
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