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    Royse City, TX, USA
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    Cruising. Reading. Writing. The Internet.
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  1. IF they get a vaccine approved and into production by the end of this year we'll see cruising becoming a realistic option again during the first half of 2021. Anyone who wants to cruise will have to show certification of having been vaccinated, and all crew will have to be vaccinated.
  2. Just under the nose affords NO protection at all to the wearer. It is, however, partially protective if the mask's purpose is to protect OTHERS. Your surgeon was correct when he said that he worse a mask mostly to protect the patient from the surgeon; the same is mostly the case with masks in the general public. Most of the masks that are in the public are effective at protecting OTHERS, not the wearer. Since much of the virus is expelled by breathing/talking/singing/shouting/coughing, a mask over just the mouth would help to mitigate the wearer spreading the virus from the mouth;
  3. I agree. However, the wearing of non-medical grade masks is not so much about protecting YOU from getting the virus as it is protecting OTHERS from getting it FROM you (if you happen to have it and don't yet know it). Medical grade masks, and their proper use, are preferred in situations where the objective is to protect someone from getting it themselves. When I was taking my mother on a daily basis to get radiation and chemo, I made sure she had a medical grade mask and I taught her how to wear it properly. However, the wearing of even a simple cloth mask will significantly reduce droplet s
  4. It's not that the facility is somehow "dangerous" -- the problem is that unaware carriers are. This virus is a very sneaky bug: because people can be infectious for several days prior to the manifestation of any symptoms, they can unknowingly spread it to many other people before they even suspect that they're ill. This means that wearing a mask can protect other people from getting it if you happen to be the one who is sick and doesn't know it. A non-medical grade mask may also provide at least some protection for a healthy person catching the virus by further reducing the saturation-level of
  5. I have recently looking at a late April 2021 cruise from San Diego to Vancouver followed by an Alaska Cruise out of Vancouver, but I'm not confident that such will be possible even by then. So, now I'm starting to look at Fall of 2021 and January of 2022. Please, everybody, keep safe, don't take any undue risks, and know that you're not alone in any of it.
  6. I'm not surprised about the two S-class ships. I loved the Maasdam -- sailed aboard her twice -- and had never had the chance to cruise aboard the Veendam, but I fully anticipated that this disaster would result in HAL going through a fleet downsizing and that the S-class ships were the likely ones to get the chop. However, I'm VERY surprised about the Amsterdam; I figured she, of all the R-class ships, would be retrained the longest since she's probably in the best shape of them all. Don't misunderstand me: I love the Zaandam and the Volendam, and have sailed aboard them for well over 100 d
  7. I am well and doing the best I can to be safe while still helping my people. On Sundays I go to the Church building and, along with 7 other members of my church staff, we broadcast a livestream worship service on the Church's Facebook page while maintaining social distancing. I go to the office midweek to check mail and messages and such and to get books that I need for Sermon preparation, and on those trips I also help the food pantry staff make porch-deliveries of food stuffs for this who have contacted the church for assistance. Meals on Wheels, which also operates out of my c
  8. John, thank you so much for being a voice of calm and reason on this thread. I've been watching "from afar" while very busy with work and family and, so when you posted something I knew I could trust it. Several others, too, but your posts especially have been very helpful. Thank you.
  9. Ditto. And I am thankful that the ships have docked and that those in need of critical care will be getting it. God bless all those who have worked so hard in the midst of this disaster. They're putting their lives on the line. May God protect them and give them wisdom and guidance.
  10. May God grant safety, guidance, and wisdom to those who command and conn these damships, the staff who care for the passengers and crew, and the administrators who are working hard to get all the clearances needed to get them home.
  11. How do we purchase the drinks? Will we be given a special card, or is it just on our account (as if we were buying a drink at a time)?
  12. I'm reminded of my birthday cruise in 2007 when they cut a 10 day cruise to 7 days and cut out two ports so that they could do an extensive cleaning of the old Ryndam after a massive Norovirus outbreak. It was a disappointing event, and there were severe communication problems leading up to the cruise (many of us were not informed of the cancellation until we arrived in San Diego). No one could board the ship, of course, so arrangements were made for those of us who didn't cancel the cruise to stay at a Marriot Hotel in Orange County -- near Disneyland. It wasn't a bad alternative: they pro
  13. Thanks for the information! It looks like it is probably too difficult to get back to the auxiliary HDMI port on the back of the TV if it's mounted on the wall in that small recession. My harm is too large to be able to squeeze it into that small of a space, and I wouldn't want to try to take it off the wall to plug in an HDMI cable, only to have to hang it back on the wall. Ugh! So ... no go on that one. Again, thanks for the information!
  14. Thanks! Looks like it’s about a 40 inch screen.
  15. Does anybody know the size of the in-cabin TVs in the Verandah cabins aboard the Koningsdam? And, does anyone know the manufacturer and model number of these TVs? If not, does anyone know if they have auxiliary HDMI ports? Thanks!
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