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If this is any indication of how quickly the virus spreads on a cruise ship, I think we all have a long way to go before sailing again anytime soon.  :(

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/08/01/hurtigruten-cruise-line-33-crew-infected-covid-19-norway/5562151002/

And yet "Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings together launched the "Healthy Sail Panel," as it's being called, with the goal of looking at every facet of safety, from whether ultraviolet lights can effectively kill the virus to how to improve meal service."

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Cruising Chatter / 40,000 crew still at sea
« on: June 15, 2020, 04:35:20 AM »
It's almost hard to believe that this many crew are still stranded on RCCL ships & cannot return home.

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article243398711.html

After 80 days at sea, three transfers between ships, four canceled flights and one plane malfunction, Royal Caribbean Cruises music director Bruno Cruells finally touched down in his native Argentina on June 3, accompanied by 251 compatriots. Sitting behind the taxi’s new plexiglass on the way home from the airport with his hometown whizzing by out the window, he felt relief.

“I felt like I was finally safe somehow,” said Cruells, 30, “like continuing from where I left before all of this happened.”

As more countries loosen COVID-19 travel restrictions, crew members are slowly making their way home. About 3,000 Carnival Cruise Line workers got off in Croatia earlier this month to catch rides and flights home across Europe. Smiling behind their masks, they posed for a selfie on the pier.

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Princess News & Princess Chatter / New lawsuits for Princess
« on: June 11, 2020, 09:09:08 AM »
Does it ever end?  ???

Two new lawsuits allege that Princess Cruises didn't take adequate steps to protect passengers on two ships that became the focus of international attention when they were struck by outbreaks of the coronavirus.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2020/06/08/princess-cruises-faces-two-new-lawsuits-over-coronavirus-plagued-ships/5322809002/

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 After a six-month odyssey around the world, during which it was hit by coronavirus and saw the oceans dramatically empty of other vessels, the last cruise liner still carrying passengers has made its final port of call, delivering its eight guests to a world vastly changed from the one they set sail in.

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/artania-cruise-ship-docks/index.html


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Cruising Chatter / old laws may shield the cruise industry
« on: April 03, 2020, 10:47:58 AM »
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2020/04/02/coronavirus-lawsuits-face-uphill-battle-against-cruise-industry/5111173002/

"Experts and fellow attorneys said they face an uphill battle against restrictive terms of service buried in passengers’ paperwork and maritime laws that predate the sinking of the Titanic by half a century"

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Cruising Chatter / Let Them Die ??
« on: March 24, 2020, 05:56:26 PM »
As much as I would hate to see any of the cruise lines go under I think they've got a point in this article. It may be time for the cruise lines to change their ways if they want help.

Foreign-flagged cruise lines have no business asking for a U.S. bailout now.

Yesterday, Donald Trump again insisted that we "can't let the cruise lines go out of business." This has become conventional pundit wisdom after two commercial cruise ships became high-profile coronavirus hot zones. The cruise ship industry is in dire trouble, as are all travel-related industries.

That doesn't mean American taxpayers need to bail them out now. The cruise industry has done everything in its power to skirt U.S. laws, regulations, and taxes. None of the major cruise lines fly the flags of the United States—every ship is registered in another country, one with lax environmental protections, labor protections, and other rules that make it easier to squeeze out maximum profits at public expense. Now those foreign-flagged ships want United States bailouts? No. That was a choice these companies made; now they have to live with it.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/3/23/1930451/-Let-them-die-Foreign-flagged-cruise-lines-have-no-business-asking-for-a-U-S-bailout-now

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Cruising Chatter / Shortages at grocery stores?
« on: March 15, 2020, 04:27:46 AM »
Has anyone noticed certain products being in short supply recently?

Here in Florida just certain items have slowly disappeared from the shelves....like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, cleaning supplies and even liquid washing machine soap.

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NEW YORK - Royal Caribbean Cruises, which has seen its stock take a big drop in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, says that is has increased its revolving credit capacity by $550 million to bolster its liquidity.
https://www.fox5ny.com/news/royal-caribbean-increases-borrowing-capacity-by-550-million-to-stay-afloat

Can Princess be far behind?

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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Regal Princess Cancelled Trip
« on: March 08, 2020, 08:05:39 AM »
They've just cancelled the next Regal cruise for 3/8/20.
I still don't know details.

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Cruising Chatter / Grandfather to plead guilty in death of toddler
« on: February 26, 2020, 09:42:51 AM »
Grandfather charged in death of toddler on cruise ship will change his plea to guilty.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/26/us/toddler-cruise-ship-death-grandfather-guilty-plea/index.html

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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Medallion Class App Update
« on: February 17, 2020, 09:09:12 AM »
The Medallion Class app is due for an update by the end of this week.
Hopefully it'll resolve some of the many problems that a few of us have experienced.  ;)
Then again it'll probably introduce a few new ones as well.

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Cruising Chatter / Updated Spread Sheet?
« on: February 13, 2020, 03:52:10 PM »
Is there any date as to when the new spreadsheet will be available with the fall/winter trips included?

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Cruising Chatter / Old Coffee Cards Still Good
« on: February 13, 2020, 03:50:43 PM »
Recently on our Jan/Feb trip on the Regal we were pleasantly surprised to find that the the old coffee cards were still being honored. I found this out from our Dec trip but we had turned in our setup prior to realizing it.  >:(
It's not really published but all the baristas will accept them (IC, bars, buffet) without any question although a few of the guys did turn over the card to see what ship it came from but said nothing.

Our assistant waiter in the Symphony DR did thinks a little differently. He insisted that they were supposed to transfer all the remaining punches into the Medallion on-line system.
I couldn't quite understand why he was the only person on the ship who wanted to to so so I gave him a card that only had a few remaining punches left & he put them on my account. Strange. He transferred a few of the cards punches & gaven me back the card with 2 remaining punches which again puzzled me.

I have heard that the Crown Princess was also honoring the coffee cards but haven't had confirmation about it.
Either way, I'm prepared in March.  ;)
Good thing I haven't thrown out all the old cards yet.  ;D

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