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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: You snoozed, you losed
« on: March 29, 2020, 11:57:54 AM »
I expect the price to stabilize until the virus concerns subside.
It might be years before we see it return to the highs we saw last Jan, if ever.
They've got a lot of catching up to do with installing new improved ventilation systems on all their ships plus many of the once a year cruisers will be scared off cruising forever.

Cruising Chatter / Re: Let Them Die ??
« on: March 25, 2020, 10:21:45 AM »
From what I can gather this morning, the new stimulus package doesn't mention anything about supporting the cruise lines.

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.

Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: As if it couldn't get worse.
« on: March 24, 2020, 06:46:37 AM »
I just heard that on this mornings news & was really surprised. Unless they can come up with a vaccine to stop this virus I believe we've got a long road ahead of us - especially for the cruise industry.

There's so much repetitive news lately that I've become almost numb listening to it every day & just pick up the highlights from time to time each evening.

I can't agree with these two points.

"A cruise ship is not a more risky environment than being shoreside."

"A cruise ship in many ways is a less risky environment for a [virus to] spread than being shoreside."

I've never gotten Noro being land side. Onece it starts on a ship it spreads like wildfire. That's not even as contagious as the coronavirus.
Maybe he lives differently than most folks. Other than a few shopping trips to the grocery stores lately at 7 AM my contact with others is usually pretty limited. 

We know of some people right now on a round the world cruise & no one has heard from they recently as of last week.
I don't believe they were on a Princess ship. I'll have to inquire from one of their closest friends.

Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Port Schedule
« on: March 20, 2020, 02:58:39 PM »
Yea ! I was hoping for it back in early Feb but now I'm not all that much of a hurry for it.
Maybe for next years schedule.

Cruising Chatter / Re: Shortages at grocery stores?
« on: March 20, 2020, 02:56:53 PM »


I did notice that it seemed like everyone was casting furtive glances around as they moved through the store.

Guess this is the new reality for some time to come. :o

I wore my Royal Caribbean Shipshape shirt the other day while food shopping and got some of those looks as well.  ::)

Cruising Chatter / Re: Shortages at grocery stores?
« on: March 20, 2020, 07:45:14 AM »
Here is Pa a number of the stores are setting up the first hour for senior citizens shopping ahead of the crowds and while the shelf is still stocked.
It sounds like a great idea except that anyone who shows up early is still allowed in the store. There doesn't seem to be any check of id. at least here in Florida.

I did notice the other morning that when I arrived 1/2 hour before Winn Dixie opened, I was in the parking lot all the workers were shopping & leaving with baskets loaded to the brim with groceries to store in their cars. I suppose they did the shopping for friends & neighbors as well.
Being a worker at this time offers some advantages.  ;)

A few of my friends from our club were scheduled for this trip to New Zealand in April.
I wonder how long it'll take to release the non infected people off the ship?

Cruising Chatter / Re: Shortages at grocery stores?
« on: March 19, 2020, 03:45:27 AM »

Cruising Chatter / Re: Shortages at grocery stores?
« on: March 18, 2020, 07:24:38 AM »
As of this morning I can see our grocery supplies dwindling as the week progresses here in SW Florida. At Walmart there's a marked decline in normal items such as eggs which were gone yesterday but reappeared this morning. Produce is still being put out each day.
Our Winn Dixie doesn't have chicken at all even though they advertised it. Their red meat is limited to 1 pack per person with only the highest prices cuts available. There are no pork products of any sort.
All paper products are gone as are most cleaning supplies with limited items still available.
One thing is that the liquor dept seems to have most brands on the shelves- at least at Walmart.

We had a friend scheduled for a New Zealand trip on April 12- Ruby. Luckily that was cancelled by Princess but he was ready to go.

Cruising Chatter / Re: Shortages at grocery stores?
« on: March 15, 2020, 02:14:47 PM »
If you watch the news from the north east it seems to be pronounced but here in Florida it only seems to affect certain items.
Each day the missing items seems to increase somewhat.
We've stocked up on all our over the counter meds for the nest few months but I'll bet there's going to be some real shortages for the prescription items real soon. We normally get a 90 day supply so that may carry us past the shortage stage.

Cruising Chatter / Re: Norwegian Enacts New Passenger Age Requirements
« on: March 15, 2020, 02:10:12 PM »
Right now it wouldn't affect us but tomorrow, who knows?

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