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  1. Some things are timeless though! My daily driver is a 1995 Jeep YJ. Probably not nearly as many miles as the Victoria has on her.
  2. Read USC Title 42 a little more closely. Yes, they have broad powers over emigrants and foreign visitors. They are even given some latitude under the Commerce Clause though. When it comes to establishing mandatory quarantines for U.S. citizens, they usually defer that to the state level. It seems to me that here in Texas, should the cruise lines determine to return to service, they should be allowed to - for U.S. Citizens though. It is my opinion that much of the CDC recommendations are indeed puffery. They tend to push regimens that benefit them through their ownership (directly and by committee members) of many patents dealing with transmissible disease prevention. Link
  3. Are you referring to the younger Americans that consistently flock to the beaches and other public gatherings despite the hyped-up news about ScamDemic? I think that this age demographic would be the first to return to cruising. And, Carnival with its reputation as a younger-generation friendly line will be uniquely poised to capture the interest of those new, young cruisers. All they need to do is tweak their itineraries and onboard offerings a tad and they're golden.
  4. I live in a unique area. Just to the north of our place is the western arrival glide path for DFW. Just to the south is the approach to Love Field (DAL). I would definitely agree that it is a wrong assumption that all flights have been halted. Reduce? Yes, halted? No. Not by a long stretch. I would estimate that the total volume for both airports has been reduced by 50%, but certainly not more than that. What has changed is the size of equipment being used (by American to DFW). I see far more larger planes than before. When I am bored I watch the planes as they glide over while I'm sitting on the tractor or just doing other outdoor chores.
  5. I just came across an interesting article: http://ilikecruiseships.com/news/carnival-cruise-line/7-carnival-cruise-ships/ From this article they are stating that Carnival has set aside seven ships to assist in returning their crewmembers to their native country. It sounds like an interesting plan, and I hope it goes well for them all. Yesterday Dream ported and discharged a large number of crewmembers this morning. Vista is now at the pier and offloading some more of her crew. Goodspeed to them all.
  6. If the ship doesn't sail full, the cruise line loses money. Why staff and sail a ship booked to say only 50 to 75% capacity? If you can offer bargain-basement prices with new itineraries, and sail with 90 to 100% capacity, that may be the best option. When the isolation ends and everyone is aching to just get away, three and four day cruises should be in high demand. I think the cautious approach makes the best business sense - test the waters and see what the true demand is before you commit to restaffing and sailing larger vessels at a loss.
  7. I've been thinking - while a lot of people think that the smaller Fantasy Class ships may be sold off at bargain basement process, I think that maybe they may be the first ones Carnival thinks about leading the return to cruising with. Start out small to assess the demand, and then slowly start filling the larger ships as the smaller ones sell out.
  8. LOS sails from Galveston, Carnival Liberty doesn't (Vista, Dream and Freedom).
  9. Beaumont would be cool! When I was stationed in Norfolk, and later worked for NNS&DDCo, we would take our boats out and "visit" the ghost fleet in the James, on our way up to Scotland Wharf. There is a lot of work that goes into pickling a ship for long-term storage. I read tons about it, and strangely enough, I think I remember there being at least a whole chapter on that in the MM 2&3 manual.
  10. Or, more likely to the ghost fleet anchored-up in the James River.
  11. True, but when you see the depth of the regulations for procurement of vessels to be used in the U.S.N., it would take months, and on top of that, you'd have a crisis on your hand as all of your go-to shipbuilders shut down production in protest. Buying foreign-made ships does not serve the needs of our country - one that is currently focused on bringing back that type of industry to our shores. Now, a lease by FEMA? It's been done before. But I don't see any way they'd purchase them. They don't need any troop transports any more.
  12. The two current hospital ships in active status started out life as tankers. The holds are easily sectioned off into wards and "theaters" (OR, OT, etc.).
  13. Unless there is some regulatory relief, a ship built in a foreign shipyard, of foreign materials cannot be legally listed on the active ship rolls for the U.S. Navy. Even our shipyards building the vessels for use in the Navy have to go produce mountains of paperwork to prove the source of materials used in construction. NNSY&DDCo, 1988-1992.
  14. Both of our current hospital ships started their life as tankers, and were cleverly repurposed. I doubt that they would (could) purchase a foreign-built ship to keep on the U.S. Maritime roles. Short term lease like post Katrina? Most certainly.
  15. The cost to keep a ship at the wet slip is the same regardless of them having revenue passengers or not. NO savings there to keep them in port. The electric bill is measured in tons of fuel burned. They do not have the capacity to easily bring on shore power like the ships I was stationed on in the Navy. Most cruise terminal piers are not designed to supply shore power. The amount stated seems reasonable if you consider the amount of overhead they carry. That, and as mentioned - interest and other obligations may not have been waived.
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