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  1. Wouldn’t that scenario just convert the cruise to a ‘cruise to nowhere’ and trigger a requirement for crew members to have US work visas?
  2. Fair enough. Time will tell and I hope it works out well for you.
  3. Except you won’t double your money. You’ll end up with a credit you can (hopefully) use at a later date for an, as yet to be determined, ‘cost’.
  4. The place would be jam-packed!! Maybe revisit that Turks and Caicos thing from a few years back?
  5. I’m not telling you what to believe or what to do; I’ll leave it to you and if you want to parse and spin things go right ahead....
  6. I think you’re reading too much into the use of the word medical. The WHO’s communications efforts at their website don’t try to make that distinction at all.
  7. If you look at the backgrounder to the Minister’s announcement, you’ll find the following buried in it.... These measures do not apply to cruise ships exercising their right of innocent passage under international conventions in Canadian waters. For passage through Arctic waters, a vessel must provide 60 days’ notice to the Minister of Transport.
  8. Public health concerns are the primary issue. Governments will help out the tourism sector.
  9. I’d say it’s pretty much the same situation for a cruise ship. Hence, they’ll be kept closed down until there is a resolution to the problem(s).
  10. Pretty much, or at least until a demonstrably effective vaccine is available. As for sitting in your den drinking cosmos, that may be a bit harsh but I don’t think you’ll be able to do that on a cruise for a long time.
  11. You don’t have unannounced muster drills. Just imagine the total confusion and panic... absolutely nothing will be learned. At least with the 3:00 pm drill people will make their way to the muster station, maybe educate themselves if they pay any attention and have an opportunity to think about the things they may do if there is a real emergency. BTW, I was a deck officer for a number of years so have some perspective in addition to the passenger perspective.
  12. I think that’s somewhat of a false choice. The real question is.... can cruises be conducted where the safety and security of the passengers, crew and ship can be reasonably assured? Coronavirus is not the issue here, it’s fire, collision, groundings, etc.... all the stuff that’s been happening on ships as long as things were out there and the need for (minimal) preparation, training and practice learned over the years.
  13. We like coach touring in addition to cruising. As you say though, the issues around coronavirus are pretty similar; we cancelled three tours (well before the tour companies took action) for this year and don’t plan on trying again until 2022.... same as our cruising schedule. For the time being, we’ll enjoy some travel in Canada to the extent we’re able.
  14. donaldsc’s post has nothing much to do with the R value of a virus. He is talking about the correlation coefficient which is often used in data/statistical analysis. The R value you are looking at is the basic reproduction number and your understanding of what it is and how it’s calculated is sound.... it’s done the same way everywhere. A good example of a correlation number and how it has nothing to do with causation is: when it rains, most people use an umbrella. Therefore the correlation between it is raining and the use of umbrellas is near 1.0. Of course, the use of an umbrella does not cause rain.
  15. Except you can still use Canadian money to buy doughnuts.
  16. The grocery store is nowhere near the same environment as a cruise ship. I’ve been going there, and other necessary places, for a couple of months now without any issues. If the need to maintain the protocol remains then I’m ready to keep going along. It’s entirely up to you if you choose to get on a ship where there remains a need for masks and/or social distancing. Me, I refuse to do it and if that means never cruising again, then so be it.
  17. I’ve never been on HAL or Carnival but I can tell you that Celebrity has their muster drills inside. At least the six ships I’ve been on.
  18. ^^^^^ Probably better TV choices than the mainstream cruise lines.
  19. I think we sort of do know the condition(s). A real risk of contracting the coronavirus still exists. So, I’m not interested in cruising if that’s the case.
  20. While I agree with your statement, I have to say that if there is a requirement for social distancing/physical separation on a cruise ship I, for one, won’t be onboard and I suspect many other cruisers won’t bother either. That may very well take care of the crowding problem.....
  21. Don’t ask me for a definitive source on this one but I recall reading somewhere that ragweed pollen can be distributed up to several hundred kilometers over water. So, if that is the case and the wind is in the right direction then seasonal allergies could very well remain a problem for some onboard a ship.
  22. Not sure why you quoted my elderly post but It’s nice to see that somebody is reading well back into the thread for overall context! As I originally said, I like buffets and agree with you on the convenience, choice and flexibility. What the future brings remains to be seen. Personally, other than crew members serving up the food (handling the serving utensils), I think the buffets will look pretty much the same as they do now.
  23. Fair enough. I don’t know whether we’ll ever find out how this turns out; we may actually be back to cruising before there’s a resolution to the suit and much of the CV-19 discussion will be a hazy memory.
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