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  1. .... my elderly father needed a wheelchair for occasional use, usually on longer outings ashore but occasionally for a few extra laps around the promenade deck. we found we could buy a standard (nothing fancy) wheelchair of the kind used at airports for less money than a 7-day rental. We would buy one before our outbound flight and donate it at the last port, depending on the location and need. In many developing countries a modern, nearly-new wheelchair is a truly valuable donation. just an alternative idea.
  2. .... in some ways a partial transit offers a greater variety of opportunities to see and experience the canal, including both old and the new locks. Depending on your enthusiasm and willingness to spend a long day the options include .... a full transit to the Pacific on a small vessel after your HAL ship completes the transit of the three Gatun locks with a return by bus or train to meet your HAL ship after it docks on the Atlantic side in Colon, .... and/or a visit to the new and quite spectacular visitor centre and restaurant.
  3. No. In fact, it is not. As Donald accurately notes, The United States Public Health Service - USPH, inspects foreign-flagged vessels including HAL.
  4. Amsterdam's score of 90 from July 8, was posted far sooner than your claim of "several month delay" and, at least in my opinion, the report makes seriously unappetizing reading. I doubt HAL would want it distributed with the menus in the main dining room even if the company's cheerleaders were hanging about trying to dismiss it.
  5. ... and here, just FYI, is the list of most recent HAL inspections. Note that anything below 86 is a fail, so low 90s are cause for concern. Thus it's no surprise that Amsterdam is being re-inspected given the 90 it received a month ago. You can see and screen for various searches on the CDC Cruise Ship Cruise Line Date Score Amsterdam Holland America Line 7/8/2019 90 All Scores Report Corrective Report Eurodam Holland America Line 10/21/2018 96 All Scores Report Corrective Report Koningsdam Holland America Line 1/23/2019 99 All Scores Report Corrective Report Maasdam Holland America Line 8/25/2018 93 All Scores Report Corrective Report Nieuw Amsterdam Holland America Line 6/17/2019 100 All Scores Report Corrective Report Nieuw Statendam Holland America Line 4/7/2019 96 All Scores Report Corrective Report Noordam Holland America Line 7/4/2019 96 All Scores Report Corrective Report Oosterdam Holland America Line 7/7/2019 95 All Scores Report Corrective Report Prinsendam Holland America Line 3/25/2019 91 All Scores Report Corrective Report Rotterdam Holland America Line 2/14/2019 94 All Scores Report Corrective Report Veendam Holland America Line 3/26/2019 96 All Scores Report Corrective Report Volendam Holland America Line 5/31/2019 98 All Scores Report Corrective Report Westerdam Holland America Line 7/3/2019 98 All Scores Report Corrective Report Zaandam Holland America Line 6/22/2018 98 All Scores Report Corrective Report Zuiderdam Holland America Line 11/25/2018 97 All Scores Report Corrective Report
  6. Only one HAL ship -- Veendam in 2012 as noted above -- has failed since 2001. Here is the list of fails: Cruise Ship Cruise Line Date Score Adventure of the Seas Royal Caribbean International 10/17/2015 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report AIDAVITA Aida Cruises 12/22/2016 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report Albatross Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services GmbH & Co. KG 2/8/2010 69 All Scores Report Corrective Report Amadea Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services GmbH & Co. KG 11/12/2012 63 All Scores Report Corrective Report Amadea Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services GmbH & Co. KG 4/4/2008 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report Artania Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services GmbH & Co. KG 10/9/2012 76 All Scores Report Corrective Report Balmoral Fred Olsen Cruise Line 9/20/2014 85 All Scores Report Corrective Report Bremen Hapag Lloyd Kreuzfahrten Gmbh 8/6/2013 85 All Scores Report Corrective Report Bremen Hapag Lloyd Kreuzfahrten Gmbh 6/20/2013 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report Carnival Breeze Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 12/10/2017 77 All Scores Report Corrective Report Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 4/27/2001 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report Carnival Fantasy Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 7/18/2019 77 All Scores Report Corrective Report Carnival Fantasy Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 10/17/2004 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report Carnival Fascination Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 10/16/2016 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report Carnival Fascination Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 2/21/2013 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report Carnival Legend Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 4/23/2017 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report Carnival Legend Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 10/14/2006 71 All Scores Report Corrective Report Carnival Liberty Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 1/4/2018 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report Carnival Paradise Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 6/15/2017 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report Carnival Pride Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 8/15/2004 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report Carnival Sunrise Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 11/11/2017 78 All Scores Report Corrective Report Carnival Victory Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 12/5/2004 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report Carnival Victory Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 1/28/2001 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report Carnival Vista Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc. 12/2/2017 79 All Scores Report Corrective Report Celebrity Infinity Celebrity Cruises 12/3/2008 85 All Scores Report Corrective Report Celebrity Summit Celebrity Cruises 1/19/2013 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report Club Med 2 Club Med Marine 12/15/2014 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report Club Med 2 Club Med Marine 4/2/2009 82 All Scores Report Corrective Report Crown Princess Princess Cruises 4/8/2017 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report Empress of the Seas Royal Caribbean International 6/3/2016 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report Golden Princess Princess Cruises 2/7/2013 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report Grand Celebration Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line 1/10/2018 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report Grand Celebration Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line 6/22/2017 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report Grand Celebration Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line 6/13/2015 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report Grande Caribe Blount Small Ship Adventures 8/22/2013 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report Grande Caribe Blount Small Ship Adventures 9/28/2012 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report Grande Mariner Blount Small Ship Adventures 9/18/2012 75 All Scores Report Corrective Report Grande Mariner Blount Small Ship Adventures 9/15/2003 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report Kydon Ferries Del Caribe 3/19/2018 78 All Scores Report Corrective Report Kydon Ferries Del Caribe 12/27/2017 61 All Scores Report Corrective Report Kydon Ferries Del Caribe 7/28/2017 58 All Scores Report Corrective Report Le Boreal Compagnie Du Ponant SA 10/6/2017 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report Majesty of the Seas Royal Caribbean International 7/3/2019 82 All Scores Report Corrective Report MS Grand Classica Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line 7/24/2019 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report MSC Lirica MSC Cruises 5/4/2004 85 All Scores Report Corrective Report National Geographic Sea Bird Lindblad Expeditions 6/4/2006 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report National Geographic Sea Lion Lindblad Expeditions 5/25/2004 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Cruise Lines 3/10/2019 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report Norwegian Sky Norwegian Cruise Lines 6/16/2017 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report Norwegian Star Norwegian Cruise Lines 2/16/2014 82 All Scores Report Corrective Report Ocean Dream Maritime Holdings Group 7/13/2018 85 All Scores Report Corrective Report Ocean Dream Maritime Holdings Group 11/11/2017 82 All Scores Report Corrective Report Oceana P&O Cruises 3/1/2016 82 All Scores Report Corrective Report Oceania Insignia Oceania Cruises 12/17/2018 80 All Scores Report Corrective Report Oceania Regatta Oceania Cruises 4/14/2017 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report Oceania Sirena Oceania Cruises 12/15/2017 85 All Scores Report Corrective Report Pacific Venus Japan Cruise Line, Inc 2/13/2017 76 All Scores Report Corrective Report Pacific Venus Japan Cruise Line, Inc 6/30/2004 77 All Scores Report Corrective Report Pearl Mist V. Ships Leisure U.S.A. 9/10/2014 74 All Scores Report Corrective Report Pearl Mist V. Ships Leisure U.S.A. 7/15/2014 61 All Scores Report Corrective Report Queen Mary 2 Cunard Line 6/10/2011 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report Safari Endeavour Un-Cruise Adventures 9/9/2018 79 All Scores Report Corrective Report Safari Endeavour Un-Cruise Adventures 5/25/2014 68 All Scores Report Corrective Report Safari Endeavour Un-Cruise Adventures 6/16/2013 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report Safari Quest Un-Cruise Adventures 4/19/2014 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report Safari Quest Un-Cruise Adventures 9/6/2003 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report Safari Quest Un-Cruise Adventures 5/26/2001 68 All Scores Report Corrective Report Seadream I Sea Dream Yacht Club 1/18/2014 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report Seadream II Sea Dream Yacht Club 1/20/2013 84 All Scores Report Corrective Report Seadream II Sea Dream Yacht Club 2/23/2002 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report Seadream II Sea Dream Yacht Club 2/4/2002 82 All Scores Report Corrective Report Seven Seas Mariner Regent Seven Seas 8/1/2001 83 All Scores Report Corrective Report Seven Seas Navigator Regent Seven Seas 6/16/2013 79 All Scores Report Corrective Report Silver Discoverer Silversea Cruises Ltd 7/19/2014 75 All Scores Report Corrective Report Silver Shadow Silversea Cruises Ltd 4/16/2015 82 All Scores Report Corrective Report Silver Shadow Silversea Cruises Ltd 6/17/2013 82 All Scores Report Corrective Report Silver Spirit Silversea Cruises Ltd 2/15/2019 81 All Scores Report Corrective Report Silver Wind Silversea Cruises Ltd 3/18/2018 79 All Scores Report Corrective Report Stad Amsterdam Rederij Clipper Stad Amsterdam 3/29/2007 56 All Scores Report Corrective Report Stad Amsterdam Rederij Clipper Stad Amsterdam 4/8/2006 62 All Scores Report Corrective Report Veendam Holland America Line 8/19/2012 77 All Scores Report Corrective Report Victory I Victory I Partners, Ltd., c/o Cruise Mgmt Intl Inc 6/12/2017 78 All Scores Report Corre
  7. Seems like Trump administration is banning cruises and other forms of travel to Cuba .. Bolding mine U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE For Immediate Release June 4, 2019 United States Restricts Travel & Vessels to Cuba Today, the United States took strong action to prevent U.S. travel to Cuba from enriching the Cuban military, security, and intelligence services by announcing new restrictions on authorized travel and vessels to the island. Going forward, the United States will prohibit U.S. travelers from going to Cuba under the previous ‘group people-to-people educational’ travel authorization. In addition, the United States will no longer permit visits to Cuba via passenger and recreational vessels, including cruise ships and yachts, and private and corporate aircraft. The United States holds the Cuban regime accountable for its repression of the Cuban people, its interference in Venezuela, and its direct role in the man-made crisis led by Nicolas Maduro. Despite widespread international condemnation, Maduro continues to undermine his country’s institutions and subvert the Venezuelan people’s right to self-determination. Empowered by Cuba, he has created a humanitarian disaster that destabilizes the region. These actions are directly linked to the tourism industry, which has strong economic ties to the Cuban security, military, and intelligence sectors in Cuba. Veiled tourism has served to line the pockets of the Cuban military, the very same people supporting Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela and repressing the Cuban people on the island. In Cuba, the regime continues to harass, intimidate, and jail Cubans who dare to voice an opinion different from the one the regime wants them to have. The United States calls on the regime to abandon its repression of Cubans, cease its interference in Venezuela, and work toward building a stable, prosperous, and free country for the Cuban people.
  8. Further information.The Anchorage Daily News reports the Mountain Air DHC-2 Beaver, with a pilot and four passengers, crashed on a steep rocky shoreline and ended up inverted and partially submerged. The Taquan Air DHC-3 Otter, with a pilot and 10 passengers, crashed in the water about a mile away, according to Lt. Brian Dykens, a Coast Guard spokesman in Juneau. The paper added that Taquan Air bought Promech Air in 2016, a year after a Promech aircraft carrying cruise passengers crashed killing nine people.
  9. Unconfirmed report that the DHC-2 Beaver, the smaller of the two aircraft involved and the one with five fatalities -- pilot and four passengers -- was from Mountain Air Service. The larger a DHC Otter is confirmed as belonging to Taquan Air. Mountain Air info https://www.mtnairservice.com/about
  10. That's even funnier. Perhaps all three could be required to share an inside cabin/cell and process each other's grey wastewater.
  11. Maybe this tidbit will get Orlando Ashford's attention: A judge with a sense of humor would put Ashford behind bars for the duration of a World Cruise, along with the Westerdam's captain and the moron who falsified the paperwork. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-winterkorn/german-prosecutors-charge-former-vw-ceo-winterkorn-with-fraud-idUSKCN1RR11O
  12. Prison time for senior executives involved in cover-ups of criminals acts -- be they VW execs cheating on emission standards or CCL lying about dumping waste -- would quickly put an end to this vile and felonious behavior. And not country club incarceration -- a few weeks in a regular state prison or federal prison with the quite brutal pecking order would be very instructive. Just as tax evasion is felony stealing from the entire community so destroying the commons is an attack on the entire community.
  13. A useful review -- in English -- of Norwegian news coverage, including some very differing opinions from mariners experienced with that stretch of treacherous passage in bad weather. https://www.newsinenglish.no/2019/03/25/investigation-begins-into-cruise-drama/
  14. According to Marine Traffic, -- as of 12:20pm GMT, Viking Sky is under tow by Ocean Response, a offshore oil supply vessel/ocean-going tug. Two other tugs are escorting. Group is headed roughly south-east at 6 knots with warnings posted of vessel under tow. Destination Molde. Pic is stock of Ocean Response
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