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  1. There's also no way to know whether or not the proprietors themselves, family, friends, etc have not been directly impacted by COVID and if that isn't the reason for the delayed reply. It's important to keep in mind that Italy has been the hardest hit country in Europe. Small businesses are won't have the larger staff and systems to fall. back on in the event of a major disaster which unfortunately, is exactly is what has happened all over the world. That said, they enjoy a good reputation and so if at all possible, one would imagine that when it's possible, they will do the best that they can. And it's safe to say then when things eventually return to some sort of normal, things won't ever happening be the same way again again. What that looks like, it's way too easy to imagine right now. In the meantime, you've communicated with the company, as challenging as it may be, hang on, it's sure you'll hear from someone at some point. Keep well and stay safe.
  2. A brilliant job in the most unusual of circumstances; not sure there's much training for this, but all the training there is and the character and experience they have was more than enough to get everyone through this. Thank you!
  3. Thank you VMax! These are awesome. I was hoping to finally get to Ireland this year, my grandfather immigrated here in 1928 from County Clare and I obtained citizenship in the '90s. I don't know when travel will be possible, but it's nice to see images of places I've been and/or hope to go to when things get better. My grandfather moved to Brooklyn after coming to Ellis Island and I lived in NYC all my life until a few years ago, but I am still an easy train ride into Grand Central, about 50-55 minutes on the express, so here is a view of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, from the Brooklyn side. Foggy today but should be better on another day! ☘️🙂 Keep safe and well.
  4. Hi everyone, Thanks for all the informative replies to OP's question. It sounds like this was a special adventure and so missing out on it brings up a lot of feelings which makes disappointment harder to process, on top of all of us dealing with an event that we cannot compare to anything else in modern history...or even the history of one or two generations back. I know it's a struggle for me and I was directly impacted by 9/11 (zero degrees of separation, lived a few miles from ground zero as the crow flies) so in a way, that has helped me to cope with the unsettled way the world feels, near and far, but with a different sort of worry and concern, and no fighter jets or choppers/helos flying over my place. So it's only natural that we are all feeling things at a heightened level at this point, and when it comes to money, it can often be a very sore spot in the best of times; add exceptional stress and it's worry. First world worry, sure. But worry is worry, that doesn't make it any less real...it is something we can survive. Please keep in mind our TOS/Community Guidelines when writing your posts AND, the extraordinary nature of things going on every day; some of may be getting different news on different days, and many have had to make significant changes in their daily routines, on top of having to understand a complex scientific situation that is very fluid and being assessed in real time. And stay vigilant about our own and everyone else's health. So ultimately, the better thing to do is ask oneself before hitting send is, "does what I'm typing add value or contribute to solving an immediate problem or is it personal commentary that does not solve the problem at hand?" If it is the latter, in these unprecedented times, I'd encourage people to hold back from sharing opinions and stick to only fact based replies. I like a debate as much as anyone, but these boards aren't always the place for it, and I'm certain that this isn't the time for it. It's our goal to share and help each other, above all else, on these boards. You don't always have to agree with one another, but you ought to always respect one another. Thank you to everyone who contributes to this board and every other board you enjoy, we're nothing without you. 🙂
  5. Thank you Ray. I spent awhile searching various options and when I landed on the BBC figured oh good, these will be fine. On every other page, I clicked through them, having seen a few that were Turner-esque (gorgeous seaside scenes) but limited number of cams, and all the same scene. Anyway....these work, it was one of the first sites I visited and clicked through. I was trying to find something with more views in Scotland or N.I. but this was the most variety I could find without truly scouring the nether regions of the internet. Alas, I found some traffic cams in Southampton, not interesting but this ABP page did seem interesting as it tracks all ship movements live every day. Hopefully there are lots of masks and other PPE in some of those cargo ships!
  6. Placing this great thread in this topic:
  7. We are thinking about you and want to know how you are, and we are sure you want to keep in touch with each other and connecting here does not violate any of the safe boundaries we've come to know as social distancing. For now, cruises are on hold as we tend to our individual and collective well being, but much in the way we help each other when we are traveling, now we can join together while we are moored (you get my point) and talk about our future plans to travel, as things begin to return to normal, because they will. Or, perhaps you'll reminisce about recent travels, by sea or land. Or talk about your cat, your knitting, or cooking....you get the idea. Off topic, you say? Yes, but we are in uncharted territory, we need to find healthy ways to cope, and we need thoughtful ways to connect. Cruise Critic values and appreciates our members and we want to continue be here for our members. Things will return to normal but until they do, those who wish to hang out and chat with your CC friends, we can do that here. As always please, continue to be kind and wonderful–if you disagree with someone, take the higher road and say nothing or just leave a smile emoji. Here is another place where you may talk freely with other members for fun, the Cruise Critic Floataway Lounge. Colleen/Bonjour 🤗(<---socially distant hug)
  8. We are thinking about you and want to know how you are, and we are sure you want to keep in touch with each other and connecting here does not violate any of the safe boundaries we've come to know as social distancing. For now, cruises are on hold as we tend to our individual and collective well being, but much in the way we help each other when we are traveling, now we can join together while we are moored (you get my point) and talk about our future plans to travel, as things begin to return to normal, because they will. Or, perhaps you'll reminisce about recent travels, by sea or land. Or talk about your cat, your knitting, or cooking....you get the idea. Take a little peek at these live webcams in Canada for a quick escape, or perhaps set your eyes on Boston or Maine for a few minutes. Off topic, you say? Yes, but we are in uncharted territory, we need to find healthy ways to cope, and we need thoughtful ways to connect. Cruise Critic values and appreciates our members and we want to continue be here for our members. Things will return to normal but until they do, those who wish to hang out and chat with your CC friends, we can do that here. As always please, continue to be kind and wonderful–if you disagree with someone, take the higher road and say nothing or just leave a smile emoji. Here is another place where you may talk freely with other members for fun, the Cruise Critic Floataway Lounge. Colleen/Bonjour 🤗(<---socially distant hug)
  9. We are thinking about you and want to know how you are, and we are sure you want to keep in touch with each other and connecting here does not violate any of the safe boundaries we've come to know as social distancing. For now, cruises are on hold as we tend to our individual and collective well being, but much in the way we help each other when we are traveling, now we can join together while we are moored (you get my point) and talk about our future plans to travel, as things begin to return to normal, because they will. Or, perhaps you'll reminisce about recent travels, by sea or land. Or talk about your cat, your knitting, or cooking....you get the idea. Off topic, you say? Yes, but we are in uncharted territory, we need to find healthy ways to cope, and we need thoughtful ways to connect. Cruise Critic values and appreciates our members and we want to continue be here for our members. Things will return to normal but until they do, those who wish to hang out and chat with your CC friends, we can do that here. As always please, continue to be kind and wonderful–if you disagree with someone, take the higher road and say nothing or just leave a smile emoji. Here is another place where you may talk freely with other members for fun, the Cruise Critic Floataway Lounge. Colleen/Bonjour 🤗(<---socially distant hug)
  10. We are thinking about you and want to know how you are, and we are sure you want to keep in touch with each other and connecting here does not violate any of the safe boundaries we've come to know as social distancing. For now, cruises are on hold as we tend to our individual and collective well being, but much in the way we help each other when we are traveling, now we can join together while we are moored (you get my point) and talk about our future plans to travel, as things begin to return to normal, because they will. Or, perhaps you'll reminisce about recent travels, by sea or land. Or talk about your cat, your knitting, or cooking....you get the idea. Off topic, you say? Yes, but we are in uncharted territory, we need to find healthy ways to cope, and we need thoughtful ways to connect. Cruise Critic values and appreciates our members and we want to continue be here for our members. Things will return to normal but until they do, those who wish to hang out and chat with your CC friends, we can do that here. As always please, continue to be kind and wonderful–if you disagree with someone, take the higher road and say nothing or just leave a smile emoji. Here is another place where you may talk freely with other members for fun, the Cruise Critic Floataway Lounge. Colleen/Bonjour 🤗(<---socially distant hug)
  11. We are thinking about you and want to know how you are, and we are sure you want to keep in touch with each other and connecting here does not violate any of the safe boundaries we've come to know as social distancing. For now, cruises are on hold as we tend to our individual and collective well being, but much in the way we help each other when we are traveling, now we can join together while we are moored (you get my point) and talk about our future plans to travel, as things begin to return to normal, because they will. Or, perhaps you'll reminisce about recent travels, by sea or land. Or talk about your cat, your knitting, or cooking....you get the idea. This link contains a collection of random webcams which I selected after perusing a few other websites with cams that had too few regional offerings, or not all cameras were easy to see, or weren't live all the time. It's night time now so the seaside cams don't show much, but the Cardiff cam is on a well-lit St. Mary street. Off topic, you say? Yes, but we are in uncharted territory, we need to find healthy ways to cope, and we need thoughtful ways to connect. Cruise Critic values and appreciates our members and we want to continue be here for our members. Things will return to normal but until they do, those who wish to hang out and chat with your CC friends, we can do that here. As always please, continue to be kind and wonderful–if you disagree with someone, take the higher road and say nothing or just leave a smile emoji. Here is another place where you may talk freely with other members for fun, the Cruise Critic Floataway Lounge. Colleen/Bonjour 🤗(<---socially distant hug)
  12. We are thinking about you and want to know how you are, and we are sure you want to keep in touch with each other and connecting here does not violate any of the safe boundaries we've come to know as social distancing. For now, cruises are on hold as we tend to our individual and collective well being, but much in the way we help each other when we are traveling, now we can join together while we are moored (you get my point) and talk about our future plans to travel, as things begin to return to normal, because they will. Or, perhaps you'll reminisce about recent travels, by sea or land. Or talk about your cat, your knitting, or cooking....you get the idea. This link contains a somewhat fun collection of webcams whereby if you scroll partly down the page (yes, lots of nonsense on the page) there is an option to select a Northern European country and city, then a new window opens up, you need to again scroll down a bit but you'll soon find a page load with your chosen location. I chose Stavanger, Norway (you'll see this first) and Varberg, Sweden (that's just what was there) and so I figured, why not try Scandinavian webcam bingo? Off topic, you say? Yes, but we are in uncharted territory, we need to find healthy ways to cope, and we need thoughtful ways to connect. Cruise Critic values and appreciates our members and we want to continue be here for our members. Things will return to normal but until they do, those who wish to hang out and chat with your CC friends, we can do that here. As always please, continue to be kind and wonderful–if you disagree with someone, take the higher road and say nothing or just leave a smile emoji. Here is another place where you may talk freely with other members for fun, the Cruise Critic Floataway Lounge. Colleen/Bonjour 🤗(<---socially distant hug)
  13. We are thinking about you and want to know how you are, and we are sure you want to keep in touch with each other and connecting here does not violate any of the safe boundaries we've come to know as social distancing. For now, cruises are on hold as we tend to our individual and collective well being, but much in the way we help each other when we are traveling, now we can join together while we are moored (you get my point) and talk about our future plans to travel, as things begin to return to normal, because they will. Or, perhaps you'll reminisce about recent travels, by sea or land. Or talk about your cat, your knitting, or cooking....you get the idea. Off topic, you say? Yes, but we are in uncharted territory, we need to find healthy ways to cope, and we need thoughtful ways to connect. Cruise Critic values and appreciates our members and we want to continue be here for our members. Things will return to normal but until they do, those who wish to hang out and chat with your CC friends, we can do that here. As always please, continue to be kind and wonderful–if you disagree with someone, take the higher road and say nothing or just leave a smile emoji. Here is another place where you may talk freely with other members for fun, the Cruise Critic Floataway Lounge. Colleen/Bonjour 🤗(<---socially distant hug)
  14. We are thinking about you and want to know how you are, and we are sure you want to keep in touch with each other and connecting here does not violate any of the safe boundaries we've come to know as social distancing. For now, cruises are on hold as we tend to our individual and collective well being, but much in the way we help each other when we are traveling, now we can join together while we are moored (you get my point) and talk about our future plans to travel, as things begin to return to normal, because they will. Or, perhaps you'll reminisce about recent travels, by sea or land. Or talk about your cat, your knitting, or cooking....you get the idea. Off topic, you say? Yes, but we are in uncharted territory, we need to find healthy ways to cope, and we need thoughtful ways to connect. Cruise Critic values and appreciates our members and we want to continue be here for our members. Things will return to normal but until they do, those who wish to hang out and chat with your CC friends, we can do that here. As always please, continue to be kind and wonderful–if you disagree with someone, take the higher road and say nothing or just leave a smile emoji. Here is another place where you may talk freely with other members for fun, the Cruise Critic Floataway Lounge. Finally, I am presently watching live webcams in Venice at sunset, set to classical music (could be Beethoven, it's not Mozart, my brain usually knows) and it is marvelous...there was a solo kayaker passing under a bridge in a small canal. I think it's a collection of hotels that may collectively set it up? At the end it says "when the emergency is over, book your holiday time with us" Don't know, don't care. It's eye candy. And for once, there isn't some vinyl sign draped on the Rialto Bridge so....there's that. Maybe find more live webcams to savor? Everyone, keep safe and well. Colleen/Bonjour 🤗(<---socially distant hug)
  15. Oh yes, you did!! I was a bit bleary eyed last night, thank you for the reminder and I'm still so happy you posted because the information is absolutely wonderful for everyone to have, since of course so many people plan pre-post cruise journeys. We see lots of posts by cruisers who decide to choose land trips because it gets to be time to explore in greater detail these countries they have so far only seen on shorter port visits. You're welcome to write one anyway, start off maybe with a history of the cruising that first got you interested in Thailand/Asia and maybe if you are planning a future Asia cruise (I know it could be awhile!) This is why we have port boards, to help our members plan for what they will do in port stops, and possibly for before or after cruises, or on future land journeys if they are not yet ready to take time off of the boat–your point of view would be helpful to others who might be thinking of doing the same thing you just did! No pressure, it's totally up to you. You may even win a bit of Cruise Critic logo swag, which I have to say, with our new look and design, is pretty sleek and cool. You never know. 🙂
  16. This is a great visual and wonderful coping skill, which is a great thing to practice now, and in the coming days/weeks. Many of us won't have available to us the usual things we might do to recharge/relax and so finding effective, alternative methods might be challenging at first but sharing ideas and methods will be helpful and ensure we all get through this with our wits and humor in tact. Eventually everyone can start planning again for the vacation of their lives! For now I'll be queuing up films, travelogues, television that can transport me to places I love. Not all are great but there are many more to choose from, and lots of great ones from the past, so it'll be fun to take visual visits of places I've visited that I love, and places I hope to get to soon. I always love seeing the inside/decks of ships, which tend not to be realistically portrayed (scale/size) but when done well, or it's really shot from the outside of the boat, the ambiance and effect can be felt. Thanks for sharing your technique MarkBearSF! 🙂
  17. That would be wonderful! @Host Hattie A TA has been a dream, to sort of recreate my grandfather's coming to America journey, but honestly, any itinerary would do! 🤗(And my great-grandmother was a Harriet!)
  18. It's always been my dream to be on a Cunard ship, more than anything. My uncle has given talks on the ships, he is always treated like a prince, then has fun hosting excursions. He and my aunt would love it even if he wasn't there to speak. It's an unprecedented time and organizations are trying to quell many crisis at a time, with employees, guests, shareholders, the public at large while managing each individual's own wellness. No one company is going to get it 100% right, especially on the first attempt, but I have to believe they are doing their best and they will continue to do so. Disappointment is to be expected and understood, lots of valid feelings and reactions. We can talk about it now and in the coming weeks and months, see where things go. I know one thing, these companies are really going to want their tried and true fans back and will be working hard to earn them back. Meanwhile, I'll keep dreaming of all the splendor that is Cunard. :::swoon:::
  19. Hi debsjc, Thank you for sharing about your Tahitian cruise! I wonder if you would consider sharing greater details about your experiences on board and your excursions, other experiences? Recent reviews from fellow cruisers are among the most trusted sources of information that our members rely upon and in the current environment, your experience would be particularly interesting/helpful to our members. If you feel inspired, we'd be grateful to you for sharing a review of your recent cruise experience in Tahiti. You can start writing your cruise review right here. We hope you and yours, and everyone in our cruise critic community are safe and well. Do the 20 second hand wash and do it often 😉 🙌
  20. Ooh, thank you for reminding me I have artichokes in my cupboard. Not fresh, but still.....one must make do. 😉
  21. Hi NutsAboutGolf, Thank you for sharing these great photos and information from your NCL cruise last month. I wonder if you would consider sharing some more insight into the ports and sea days from your journey in a more detailed review? Recent reviews from fellow cruisers are among the most trusted sources of information that our members rely upon and in the current environment, your experience would be particularly interesting/helpful to our members. If you feel inspired, we'd be grateful to you for sharing a review of your recent cruise experience in Thailand. You can start writing your cruise review right here. We hope you and yours, and everyone in our cruise critic community are safe and well. Do the 20 second hand wash and do it often 😉 🙌
  22. Hi diesel, We are seeking cruise reviews from recently returned cruisers, have you submitted your cruise review yet? Recent reviews from fellow cruisers are among the most trusted sources of information that our members rely upon, and in the current environment, your experience would be particularly interesting to our members. If you feel inspired, we'd be grateful to you for sharing a review of your recent cruise experience in Thailand. You can start writing your cruise review right here. We hope you and yours, and everyone in our cruise critic community are safe and well. Do the 20 second hand wash and do it often 😉 🙌
  23. You would get the best answers directly from RCCL but it will all be contingent on the status of virus containment, whether or not the line is sailing, Canada is open to receive visitors. Unfortunately it is too soon to speculate on when or whether any information would be available though RCCL is probably the best place to start in terms of options available to you, perhaps you may rebook or feel more assured cancelling rather than waiting through the uncertainty. In the interim, look after yourself, stay tuned, and stay hopeful.
  24. To be certain, things are changing quicker than any of us can post a question or write a reply. Below are some links to the most reliable sources (health/government) of information for news on next steps with regard to your wellness, and when travel may be approved/open again, as these are official websites. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to contact your cruise line, airline, hotel, tour guides, trip insurers, directly regarding next steps as to refunds, future travels, filing claims, claims denials etc due to these extraordinary circumstances. In other words, please do not make this your first point of contact for answers; use the board as a place to share once you have checked in to reputable news sources that adhere to strict principles of journalism and communicated with official industry representatives concerning your travel plans, then absolutely do come back to report back here with verifiable news. Please stay connected to the official government, health organization, and travel industry updates, as well as your preferred source for trusted world news. This isn't the time or place to guess, speculate or track numbers, but I know we wish each other wellness, and the swiftest containment of the condition. Thank you everyone. Keep well, safe, and peaceful. United States Travel Advisory - COVID 19 Country Specific Information Canada Travel Advisory - COVID 19 United Kingdom - Foreign Office Travel Information, COVID 19 Australia Travel Advisory - COVID 19 New Zealand Travel Advisory - COVID 19 World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Europe (link to all countries accessible) Centers for Disease Control Global Update Recent Q & A with InsureMyTrip on our Cruise Critic Discussion Forum.
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