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  1. Hope those thoughts about 2021 for New Zealand (and Australia) not opening are proven to be a bad estimate.  We missed three B2B2B cruises from Sydney which included stops in New Zealand, starting early in April, 2020, and ending in Vancouver in May.  Being hopeful, we have booked roughly the same three in 2021.  Questions to ask: the Australian Visa (which we could not use) will expire.  Will the government extend?  Should we buy airfare (or use frequent flyer miles) at the 331 day mark?  Any opinions?


  2. We have done crossings in all directions, both the Atlantic and Pacific.  Our experience, with rare exceptions, is that you can count on some rough sea days.  That being said, Matt's comments about enjoying the ship are "spot on".  Also, usually the entertainment is top notch, oftentimes with headliners returning for another performance, often a matinee.


  3. We live outside Jacksonville, and it is spooky seeing cruise ships sitting or cruising in circles just outside the jetties.  There are apparently four Norwegian ships in "idle dock" at JAXPORT, and Carnival has had one (sometimes two) ships anchored or moving within sight of land.  All are occupied crew only.  Seeing the Carnival Ecstasy nearby, off shore, sure increases cruising desires, especially because today we should be on the Radiance, docked and touring (steam train ride) in Picton, New Zealand.


  4. Lost three B2Bs starting in Sydney on April 7 and ending in Vancouver 39 days later (would be at sea en route to New Zealand today, after visiting five ports in New Caledonia and Vanuatu).  Re-booked same route next year, roughly same time frame.  Just hope it goes!  Two ship prices higher, one lower than this year.  Flying to Australia on frequent flyer miles, hopefully!


  5. Feel differently than most: we, in the past, cruised the Caribbean during hurricane season.  Over several cruises, we experienced ports skipped, hours shortened in ports, arrival delays upon returning, plus a ship that followed bad advice and turned into a hurricane.  Decks closed, all glassware in gift shops broken, people thrown from beds during the night.   Obviously the last was an exception, but we no longer cruise the Caribbean during hurricane season - there are too many other choices, including rivers, the Great Lakes, Europe.


  6. Attached is the  Shareholder Request to use, along with pertinent mail, FAX, and e-mail addresses.  In the past have had issues with FAX and/or scan, so always follow up by mail.  Must have proof of current ownership of 100 shares.  Cannot send too early, or they bounce back (normally send at the 30-day mark).  Sent in info for three cruises Friday, via FAX,  2/28 and received credit Thursday, 4/5.  Note: apparently some fares do not qualify.

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  7. Watched Mr. Fain's talk for travel agents yesterday, all designed to reassure.  Yet a "competitor" is offering very real options: Viking cruises is offering 100% credit on future cruises within 24 months on (almost) any cancellation.  That is very reassuring, and maybe Royal should be considering the same, even though it might be hit to earnings.


  8. Total recommendation: Briggs and Stratton luggage.  Expensive, but total guarantee.  I traveled for business for many years, and have sent luggage back four times for free (except outbound shipping) repair. Ownership of first set goes back twenty+ years, with multiple weekly airline flights.  Wheels, expandable, durable.  No regrets!  Once in a great while a sale price is offered.

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