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  1. Not sure where the confusion arises. Here is the question I was commenting on, which was generated by an earlier post you made: Daniel A obviously assumed that the cruise itself was a trial cruise. Understandable conclusion given the phrasing. But I think it has been answered and straightened out.
  2. I know it sounds like a strange preference, but count me (and my wife) among those who do care. Not so much because of the bed, but instead, because of the positioning of the sofa. We always book Mini-Suites and we spend a lot of time sitting on the sofa with wine and cheese, watching the world go by. My wife has a strong preference for sitting so that we are facing the direction of travel and not moving "backwards". Likewise, if we are traveling by train, she will do everything in her power to sit facing forward. So by figuring out which way the bed is oriented on a Princess ship, you ca
  3. I look at it this way. When I see a cruise I am interested in at a price I am willing to pay, I start to go through the pricing process. When I get to the page where the schematic of the ship appears with prices, I always see the following: Price I am willing to pay--Limited to cabins in the Forward and Aft areas. Price that I am willing to pay plus a couple hundred dollars more--Mid-Forward and Mid-Aft. Price that I am willing to pay plus a whole lot more--Mid-ship. During a "Location Upgrade Sale", all of the cabins are the same price no matter where they are located.
  4. The variant strains of Covid are far more widespread outside of the U.S. and are proving to be a game-changer in terms of readiness. I think they will slow a return to cruising more than people realize. They are mentioned and reported on here in the U.S., but we haven't been overwhelmed by these more serious, more spreadable variants...yet. I heard it reported yesterday that we are essentially in a footrace between vaccination and being inundated by another wave of peak infection/death rates and it is anybody's guess which side will win that race. In the end, I think that these variant str
  5. Maybe we will be able to purchase cardboard cutouts of ourselves to lie in deck chairs around the pool! Virtual chair hogs!! Agree with you on the economic impact. Far more hotel and restaurant employees are being impacted than cruise line workers. And the sad truth is that low wage foreign workers aren't going to be high on any politician's priority list in terms of industries to move to the fast lane. There is certainly an echo chamber here of people who are ready to cruise and who think that there are sufficient precautions in place to do so. Most of the rest of the real worl
  6. I don't think that it is a "trial cruise". You can go to the Princess website right now and book a cabin on the 5/15 CB sailing out of Port Everglades. It isn't a "trial cruise". It is simply the first cruise to be scheduled to depart after Princess' pause that extends through 5/14. It is still anyone's guess if this sailing will actually happen, or if they will require proof of vaccination in order to board. If they do the latter, then it is likely to be an "adults only" cruise with the average age over 60.
  7. I've said this a bunch of times, and as you point out, it has particular applicability to DCL, the cruise industry has only ONE CHANCE to get this right. One more widespread outbreak such as what happened on Diamond Princess and the cruise industry will be a thing of the past. Phrases like "bet the company lawsuit" or "bet the company product rollout" are often hyperbolic. But here, it applies. Covid-free cruising is a bet the company proposition for every cruise line. "Pretty good" isn't going to be good enough.
  8. Agree. If you took a poll of PCL loyalists and DCL loyalists and asked them if they would spend $1,000 per person for a 4-5 day cruise with an itinerary of: Saturday-Depart Sunday-Private Island Monday-Sea Day Tuesday-Private Island Wednesday-Disembark You'd probably get a lukewarm reception from the PCL folks, but a resounding "YES" from the DCL folks. And I think that you will see DCL do something very much like that when they can.
  9. They are especially hurt by the loss of U.S. guests who would have to isolate upon returning home. It is natural to think that bookings would be strong around Easter. They always are. But as a whole, attendance has not met Disney's expectations. They view this as a positive because they are losing less money than they would be if they were shut down. But they are still losing money. But all those people who are staying home are crushing it with Disney+, so there is that.
  10. As with everything Covid-related, it is complicated. WDW is operating at partial capacity in part because they need to do so to remain safe. But they are also operating at partial capacity because of vastly reduced demand. They are taking "reservations" for park entry at reduced numbers and still cannot fill the slots. There are no restrictions in FL that require WDW to operate at a crawl, and yet they do. Tells you something. Not sure what their projections were in June, but I have not seen any numbers that suggest that they are operating at a profit. As for DCL, the CDC has nothing to d
  11. Disney is hemorrhaging in both instances. WDW is not turning a profit. And it is way more spaced out than a cruise ship. Notice that DCL looks more like DL than it does WDW. Disney knows how to re-open, and yet their cruises are not on a pace to resume any sooner than any other cruise line. That speaks volumes.
  12. I don't think that the CDC is overlooking vaccines. While I have no inside information, I think caribill is on the right track here. My belief (assumption? guess?) is that the cruise lines have market studied this up and down and have concluded that they cannot return to profit until they can return to normal. Stop-gap cruises where the theaters are closed, or where two out of every four seats are blocked off with yellow tape, and where the number of deck chairs around the pool has been halved, and where excursions become prisoner marches of mask-wearing drones are of little interest to mos
  13. Investors aren't looking at things so short term. Remember this "one month delay" comes on the heels of a prior one month delay, which followed a two month delay, which followed a 4 month delay, and so on. Remember when people here were convinced that their Summer-2020 cruises were going to depart on schedule? And then people were absolutely positive that their Fall cruises were going to go. And the Thanksgiving cruises? You'd have to be CRAZY to think that they weren't going to go. Oops. But Christmas and New Years? Surely they are going to go. And so on. Investors are well aware of
  14. I have. I don’t think that there is anything yet suggesting that masks will be required in 2023 and beyond. My point is that if masks are in fact required in 2023, I will refrain from taking a cruise. If they are still required in 2025, I would take another look.
  15. I am in agreement...for now. If masks are required, that means that the overall cruise atmosphere will be altered too drastically for me to want partake. But if masks become the norm and stay that way for several years, I suppose I might break down and join in. I doubt that will come to pass, so for now, I will hold back until my time on a ship more closely resembles what I know and love.
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