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What A Market

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  1. I just received phone call from my amazing/awesome agent. The November transatlantic on Splendor is officially cancelled. Paperwork on its way to me.
  2. I would love to think the lack of news on my November cruise was something as simple as FdR not caring. Unfortunately though it’s the second half of your “or” statement. Something clearly has changed, and it can only be of a financial nature. Interesting to speculate on a sale/merger event. A lot of joint interviews and Covid cooperation going on between FdR and Royal Caribbean’s Richard Fain. At the end of the day, all I can say is “Show me the money!” Better stated as “Show me MY money!”
  3. Ditto on the Splendor TA, Barcelona to Miami, November 13th. Regent assigned the flight a couple of weeks ago. Flight to Spain anyone? Haz Mat suits issued upon check in for flight. HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
  4. Only one word for why they haven’t cancelled yet: “Money.” More accurately stated would be two words: “Cash Flow.” I’m booked on Splendor’s TA in November from Barcelona to Miami. As a customer, I’m really displeased. As a CFO and bond/derivatives trader for the past 40 years, I get NCLH’s high wire balancing act.
  5. It’s a sad state of affairs, but I don’t think your worry will be getting home from Dublin. Why? Zero chance Dublin (or any city for that matter) allowing a cruise ship originating from NYC to dock in its port.
  6. Maybe there should be some quid pro quo here. I, as a passenger, provide Medically Fit to Travel form if the cruise line will provide me with a Financially Fit to Accept My Money form at each time I fork over my money. I could get behind an idea like that. 🤣
  7. And more photos. Interesting little workout space off of bedroom. I never used, preferring gym, but DW used everyday.
  8. Here are some photos of our stay in a Vista suite. Awesome and luxurious. Yours truly getting in some last minute work before departing from Miami. More photos to follow.
  9. Greeting everyone Definitely not posting “Live” now. Ha! Sorry it has taken so long to post some final thoughts on this cruise. (A whole week!) I have to say that reading the Live thread by CHICAGOPAUL is inspiring, humbling, and humiliating for those of us who have taken a shot at a Live thread. That guy has some crazy commitment to posting Live. So on with some final thoughts, but first I’ll respond to some questions that were posted to my thread. To Iamthesea: The kids did not eat with us in Luminae every night. This was a function of several circumstanc
  10. Gerelmx I will try to find out who the Captains Club host is for you. In the meantime, here are the Ship’s Master and the rest of the Senior Staff onboard.
  11. Last night’s entertainment featured a Paul McCartney / Beatles Tribute Band. They were fantastic. By far the best show we’ve seen onboard.
  12. Here’s some shots of last night’s dance party in the atrium. Started off as a 50s tribute show with some of the entertainers. Ended as a full blown mosh pit. People were definitely enjoying themselves.
  13. Scenes from yesterday in Juneau. Sea planes landing and taking off next to us while docked. And DW’s attempt to use my iPhone to capture the gorgeous sunset as we depart Juneau. This from our window seat in Luminae.
  14. Some quick random notes for this morning. My pattern every morning is to start the day in Cafe al Bacio. I consume several espressos while listening to the ongoing hysterical banter of the team working the Cafe. The leader of this happy group is Kumar. He is a riot. This is such a great way to start the day. Dinner last night in Luminae. Followed by dessert with the kids in the Ocean View Cafe. DW and I both had the lamb chops. We eat a lot of lamb, and I take great pride in a grilled rack of lamb I make at home. The lamb served last night in Luminae was excelle
  15. We’ve dined now in both Murano and Tuscan. Here’s a brief comparison. Everything about Murano was excellent — service, setting, and food. I rate it as one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had at sea. From a service perspective, I rate it as one of the best experiences I’ve had at sea AND on land. I will say though that I’m a sucker for old school continental style dining. I still have fond memories of dining in Celebrity’s long since retired SS United States restaurant. Tuscan was good. Sitting at the back of the boat watching the sun set was a real highli
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