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  1. We were on this cruise with you—it was one of the best cruises we ever took. The itinerary was spectacular, and the weather was perfect. The Joy was a beautiful ship, too. We really got it in under the wire. My wife's family is near LA, so we visited them at the conclusion of the cruise, and arrived home just days before the lockdowns went into effect. In retrospect—wow, did we got lucky. The virus was already circulating by then. It was a nearer miss than we knew at the time.
  2. I think a lot will depend on whether the vaccines are proven to prevent transmission. Preliminary data suggests the Pfizer and Moderna ones do, but experts are still studying and gathering more data. We'll probably know for sure as the year goes on. It's important, because if the vaccines only prevent symptoms, a vaccinated person could theoretically spread the disease to others. Experts aren't sure whether this would actually happen, because vaccinated people would presumably be asymptomatic, so the chances of transmission theoretically would be less, but they're just not sure.
  3. This is wonderful news. It's still going to take some time, but the takeaway here is that there will be a vaccine and the pandemic will end and we will be cruising again! I have high hopes for 2021. That first sailaway post-pandemic is going to be extra amazing.
  4. I wouldn't get too worried about the news. Some people's immune systems may be prone to reinfection—it happens with other viruses, like chicken pox. The majority of people don't get it twice, but it's not impossible to get it twice, and we should expect that some people will get it twice. The pandemic has been ongoing for months. Up until now, we haven't seen evidence of reinfection, much less widespread reinfection, so that actually bodes well. Ultimately, more data is needed, and as time goes on, we'll learn. The biggest factor is a vaccine. Progress has been very pr
  5. Your videos are amazing! I've seen professionally-shot videos that weren't as well-made. NYC to Bermuda is one of our absolute favorite cruises. We live a couple hours outside New York, so we've done that itinerary 6 times, but sailaway from NYC has never gotten old, and neither has Bermuda. I'm missing it especially now, since we usually cruise in August. But you know, it's really just a matter of patience. Sooner or later, we'll be cruising again—and when we do, I bet that as we're climbing the boarding ramp, with a week of bliss ahead of us, it'll feel like we never
  6. I don't know for sure, of course, but I would wager that the suspension will be pushed out into 2021. One month ago, on July 6th, there were 2.936 million cases of COVID-19 in the US. As of yesterday, August 5th, there were 4.824 million cases. 39% of the total coronavirus cases have been in the past 30 days alone. Even Europe, which has a COVID-19 case count that's lower than the US, had a multitude of issues relaunching cruises. So it's not even just about reducing the numbers. 😩 Realistically, I just don't see cruises re-launching in earnest until there'
  7. This brought back some wonderful memories...Bermuda is totally our happy place, and there's no better way to get there than by sailing down the Hudson River next to the Manhattan skyline, past the Statue of Liberty, and under the Verrazano Bridge. We're hopeful that we'll be walking under the Moongate in the Dockyard once more in 2021.
  8. I'd lean towards a "no" for February—but I think that things will be looking considerably better by then, given the positive progress of treatments and vaccines. A vaccine isn't going to end the pandemic overnight, though, even if it is effective, but if it starts getting distributed in the winter, we might be back to normal by the summer. My guess is that cruises may be sailing by around this time next year. Fall 2021 sounds reasonable.
  9. We were also lucky enough to cruise in February—16 days on the Joy, it was wonderful! That trip zeroed out my vacation balance, so right now I'm focusing on staying home, doing things around the house on weekends, and building my vacation balance back up again. I'm not counting on cruising in 2021, of course, but I'm hanging onto a little hope that a vaccine is forthcoming, and that we'll be able to cruise sometime soon afterwards, so maybe by late next year. By then I'll have 5 weeks of vacation time available! If it looks like cruising is out for the long
  10. Masks are part of the pandemic toolkit, and by themselves, they are limited in their effectiveness. In order of effectiveness: Stay-at-home orders: Everyone stays home unless there is an absolutely essential reason to be out (need food, need supplies, cannot work from home). Social distancing: When you have to go out, stay six feet away from others. Being six feet away is enough most of the time. Wear a mask: if you have to be near others, it may be hard to stay six feet away at all times, and the mask covers you if you accidentally become too close to some
  11. I agree. I wish it weren't true, but wishing doesn't make the virus go away (plenty of people have tried). The idea of social distancing on a cruise ship is laughable at best. The cruise industry will get back to normal once the pandemic is over. Will there be cruises beforehand? Probably, on an extremely limited basis. But cruising as a whole isn't going to look like the cruising we know and love until the pandemic ends. And it will end, eventually, though it could be 2022 or later. "But the cruise industry won't survive like that until 2022," some will say. I agree. T
  12. We loved the Beatles Revolution on the Joy. Their performances in the Cavern Club were one of the highlights of the cruise. They packed so many people in, you'd think they were the real Beatles.
  13. Of these, I've been on the Epic, Breakaway, Escape, and Joy, and enjoyed them all. I'd sail on any of them again, though I'd take one of the Breakaway / Breakaway Plus ships over the Epic, because of the Waterfront. The Epic lacks a good outdoor walking space. I really liked the Joy—the Observation Lounge is a wonderful venue, and a great place to sit and read a book if the weather isn't conducive to sitting outdoors. The other ships without the Lounge lack such a space, unless you're in the Haven.
  14. A lot can change in 120 days. If you don't believe me, get your calendars out—120 days ago was March 9th. The WHO hadn't even declared the pandemic yet, and the stay-at-home orders in my state wouldn't go into effect for another 4 days. 120 days ago, I figured that coronavirus would be a problem for, eh, maybe 6 months or so. We'd be sailing again by Labor Day. Yeah. Right. So I will certainly not be making final payment 120 days out. Even before the pandemic, 120 days felt like a lot of time for my money to be tied up.. I remember when the dead
  15. We have 2 cruise deposits with NCL but we’ve got a number of years to use them, so we’re going to wait. I have to figure that anyone booking a cruise now is going to pay a higher rate, as NCL is going to want to recover some of its losses once sailings resume—and who knows when that will be. Prices probably won’t drop until after final payment, either. No way would I make final payment right now on a cruise. When we sail again, we’ll book at the last minute, when we’re as certain as possible that the ship will sail.
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