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GICNJC

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    Toronto
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    Masonic Past Master
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    Oceania, Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Baltic

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  1. rather than using Viking, you might want to book through Trip Advisor or Get Your Guide. They are smaller groups than Viking would offer and therefore more flexible.
  2. a statistical study I did prior COVID showed most upgrade (and buy backs) happen roughly 60 day out from the sailing. There is almost always availability change the few days before deposits are due.
  3. The other factor for cancelled Baltic cruises is four countries are locked down, five others require isolation to enter the country. Chances of any Baltic cruise is next to nil unless you have no shore excursions.
  4. That was what was posted prior to Oceania latest posting (Feb 16 or 19th) where they dropped the FCCs
  5. I notice that in the latest Oceania update on cancelled cruises they make no mention of the 25% cruise credit they did in their last update for cruises paid in full. Am I missing something?
  6. While it is possible, Del Rio chair of NCL, has said 90 days minimum to start after CDC releases rules for trail test sailing, and after passing, only one ship per week for their 27 ships. If CDC releases their rules tomorrow March 1, 2021, the first ship sail date would be June 1st. For all ships to be Sailing would be December 7th. Oceania is part of NCL. I speculate Oceania ships being smaller, will not be any where near the front of the line to be back in service.
  7. GICNJC

    lobster

    As many as you want, I do wish they were fresh and boiled.
  8. With different varieties, with unknown effectiveness, will this cause the CDC to delay cruise test regulations, or worst yet cut short because a passenger testing postive when we get back to sailing? Your thoughts?
  9. The CDC trial voyages will also have to visit a non US port. The possibility for New England cruises is to port on Saint Pierre and Miquelon (a province of France) located just SE of Newfoundland. However, France is currently in border lock down like Canada.
  10. Oceania committed several months ago to releasing updates by the end of the month. Their December end of month release was on January 19. As ongoing Oceania customer, I hope they release their end of January one tomorrow. Odds are they won't and continue to string us along.
  11. It is my appraisal of the situation based on satement of anger over Keystone cancellation by Federal and some provincial Government Leaders. I am linking them based on my analysis of political titl for tat history between Canada an other countries.
  12. The decision by the Canadian Government decision to prohibit cruise ships with over 100 individuals was based on Covid science and a political retaliation decision by President Biden stopping the Keystone Pipeline from proceeding after the Canadian Government invested heavily into it.
  13. This was just posted: Transport Canada Extends Cruise Ship Ban to February 2022 (travelmarketreport.com) No Alaska season this year and no Canadian East Coast as well.
  14. If you read the whole post, I admit it is a guess. That said I have specialized in production management and scheduling and taught it at University for eleven years.
  15. As you may be aware, NCL is sending all non essential crew back home that have been assembling for the past few months. Speculation is NCL will require all staff to be vaccinated prior to rehiring. This will no dought effect Oceania's Cruise Start Dates. I posted back at the begining January the following suggested start dates which I now believe are not valid. New Year Guess to Sail Start to Oceania Ships - Oceania Cruises - Cruise Critic Community There are a number of reasons why, but the most obovious are: - new strains of COVID, currently 4, and the experts including CDC are suggesting that many more will show up. - while vacinations are occuring, the prevelance of vaccine shortages world wide will effect where ships can go. Canada, where I reside, is not expecting to have 50% of the population vaccinated until the end of September. - At this point no childern under 16 are being vaccinated (althought Oceania rarely as childern other than Alaska voyages) - Many countries with Oceania destinations are locking down even tighter than ever before. - Barrons Market Research analyst states US Cruises are not likely to resume until the fourth quarter or early 2022 - It takes a minimum of 90 days for Oceania Ships to get back into service (at limited capacity) to meet the CDC's Framework for Contitional Sailing Order for Cruise Ships. - No anticipated change to PVSA (passenger ship equilivant to Jones Act) - Only Regatta has started its process for CDC approval to Sail. It has not yet attempted any Crew or non paying Passenger test cruises. - Oceania appears to not want to have the other five ships to go through the CDC process as they are heeping those ships overseas. - Expectation that for the other five ships, Oceania will wait fot the Contitional Sail Order to lapse as most sailings exceed 7 days. (It is possible the Conditional Sail Order will be extended unless the pandemic is seriously under control) If I were management of Oceania, I would take the few months we have to get all the ships CDC approval to sail in case the Order is extended. Updated first possible sail dates: RIVIERA - November 7 INSIGNIA - October 31 NAUTICA - November 2 SIRENA - November 11 MARINA - November 2 NAUTICA does not port (currently and for the last few years) in the USA. As such is not subject to the CDC rules, but is for other countries it visits. I suspect the European, Baltic, and Middle East countries will not open this summer. Suggested start November 2nd. These are guesses base on the information (and guesses) collected from various sources. I really hope we are back to sailing sooner than those listed above.
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