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Everything posted by Zambia-Zaire

  1. I suspect reduce capacity....which may or may not be a bad thing; but, i also suspect that will be coupled with much higher prices across the board.
  2. Just a matter of time now before cruiselines has to flag ships...requirements of U.S Steel is negligible these days in a global society. I suspect extortion through policy for tax revenue & more control of the industry is the ultimate goal. Members of the House have been suggesting these things since late Spring.
  3. I would think, given the CDC strongly suggesting their willingness to allow ships with balconies to possibly sail, uf Royal is set on keeping the Vision Class ships & Majesty in the fleet...Royal would move them to foreign ports more friendly to balcony-less ships, like the Middle East, some parts of Asia & the Med.
  4. To answer your question....Politics & Extortion. Reporting as a whole(cases, death rates, severity) has all been hugely manipulated, "mostly" for political reasoning from both sides. Numbers been reported are highly suspect, because of the method of the reporting...as @PattiHere has shared, which is a mere microcosm of what's happening in every region or state across the country. There has been a number of reports questioning the validity of the method, of information being release to the public, in order to highlight, highly inflated numbers...to what gain. The numbers has never justified
  5. Royal finding a permanent home on the Pacific Coast between Vancouver & San Diego, a flagged ship in Hawaii, & some overnight stay at key ports like San Fran, Coco Cay, Lahaina, Antigua, areas in the Mediterranean, to name a few.
  6. Kinda conflicting reports on Pullmantur...one report states restructuring the business...another seem to suggest dismantling of the business. If I was a betting man...i bet Pullmantur is done, their ships are scrapped, RC cut ties & and save capital, and expect some ship under the Royal banner to be moved/sold and/or scrapped....and I would not be surprised Empress, Majesty, and all of the Vision Class be eventually moved/sold and/or scrapped. Not just because of the age of those ships; but, it appear the capacity is going to cut initial & for some duration of time, which make these s
  7. Yeah, I get it...no one is blaming the customer service rep for the essential "lift & shift" afar from bad customer service. I don't know Royal's system algorithms; so, I'm oblivious if it actually automatically defaults to closest category or not, other than hearsay. I suppose a case can be made that the brass ultimately is responsible; they oversee their component of the company….yeah sure. Just don't think anyone can unequivocally say one way or the other. Royal customer service reps has unequivocally have a history of being ill informed in a number of areas of their job, at times. I su
  8. I don't think anyone can make the statement underline, unequivocally. I have seen a number of times on this blog, people explain how Royal's system algorithms "automatically default" to the closest category, which may very well be the case here. The customer service rep, I suspect, was basing things off what's they see on their monitor & trying to make sense of it, as they deal with the customer...in this case twangster's agent. The Rep can only assist as far as what they can do themselves, base on what they see & have to refer issues to the next level of customer services when needed.
  9. ??? This unclear & make very little sense as related to my post & appear to contradict itself.... Anyway...i found that in many cases, after reading many explanation and/or occurence here, Royal customer service does not appear, at times, to be well informed of the policy, and make numerous mistakes, that are essentially brought to their attention, proven to be unclear on the policy, causing an unfortunate mishap, again, that is brought to their attention. That's not to defend Royal or convey they don't exercise shrewd business practices...it seem like many of these circums
  10. This what gets me...they have been offering reasonable options when they have cancelled dates...what's the difference when they cancel a ship itinerary.....then autonomously "lift & shit" a booking. Thinking there may have been some confusion or misunderstanding by their customer service rep. Not defending Royal, just surprise they would act so autonomously w/o the customer say & disappointed, if intentionally, before any public out cry....especially in this moment of time. Surely Royal is not that short-sighted. Will be interesting to see how thing ultimately turn out.
  11. <smh> very disappointing they would be so disingenuous & one sided.
  12. Looking like August may actually be the time frame cruiselines return to the open seas.
  13. Possible proof that the virus & wrecking of the economy was overly exaggerated...from WHO's own findings. Remember...older citizens over 70 & those with already underlining health issues(whether they're 15, 30 or 45 yrs old)are the ones suffering severe to critical infections. "Around 8 in 10 coronavirus infections are mild or asymptomatic ― meaning the person had no symptoms ― according to the World Health Organization. Meanwhile 15% of infections are severe, and 5% are critical." The whole article is an interesting read & their reported figures. https://www.huffpo
  14. From what I gathered, cruiseline will be forced to sail a some percentage of capacity. Let's just say half capacity for the sake of argument. That alone, should help alleviate hotel capacity, in a given city. Not sure they can legally force a overnight stay & imagine they(cruiselines) will follow some of the airlines screening protocols to boarding. A bigger concern i have, behind a potential force 14-day quarantine upon return...is the sailing capacity of the ship, one is to cruise. There has been numerous of claims that bookings have been up from Sept through early 2022. If a cruise
  15. I totally agree; yet, with the amount of capital being lost, everything is off the table, at this point. Cruising as we once known it, is done. It won't be as liberating as it once was as it become more controlled to some degree.
  16. A number of people with influence are waking to the thought that the numbers really does not justify continuing these lockdown policies; yet alone, the shutdown of the Global Economy. More & more are speaking against lockdown measures & no doubt, a growing number of regular everyday citizens have as well.
  17. In general, I completely agree with this sentiment. Yet, I can't help but wonder & consider the fact that the materials for the amping has already been paid for(so to speak as far as accounting). Money has already been budgeted and allocated for the labor. Given Royal has already secured billions in funding/financing for numerous reasons, including operation cost for the immediate & start up & strategic planning to potential start up in August out...i can see them being confident to Amp Allure in preparation for use, maybe in the 2nd wave sailing openings.
  18. No not exactly, because it more & more likely, their may be limited sailings, from specific ports...reasons why Galveston is apparently a favorable choice, in the 1st wave of opening. Any port in the NE area, more specifically, out of the Port Liberty is probable low on the scale of opening, given the state of the virus in that area, "stay in place" policy, & restriction that are in place currently….regardless on some possible level of improvement there. Hard to look that far off to 2022...one has to just look at the near future, suggesting to simply for now, the end of the year. So I
  19. The Anthem possible home port move to Galveston has been speculated ever since Galveston Steve link us to the article....so if true, and Royal already moving in that direction, according to the article....Royal obviously have been planning, fluidly, what dates Anthem will sail out of Galveston; so, if it was to happen during TG holiday & therefore, I imagine it would probably be offered pretty soon, as well as, other potential sailings & ship movement, to compensate when cruises begin to open for sailing, on a limited basis. I was speaking specifically on why you feel it would
  20. Why....when every cruise line is already losing a lot more money, including in this case, Royal...compared to moving this one particular ship, let say base on the scenario that concerns you, during the time frame of "TG 2020", a little more than six months away. If Royal decide to move Anthem to Galveston, wouldn't that be consider a Royal Cancellation/Suspension from the original Itinerary; and, subject to the new Cruise with Confidence Lift & Shift policy, that obviously, put in place for this very reason, for Royal's plan ship movements, because of the potential limited sailing openings
  21. Good news...i didn't think the contract would be voided anyways...but like you said, at least now the delay is official...they can proceed forward.
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