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  1. I like the Windjammer, as another poster said, I can leave the pool, cover up and not have to go back to my cabin, wash up and change for dinner. Some days I like being by the pool and do not want to change for dinner. I would not mind if the Windjammer became cafeteria style, just do not close it.
  2. You express exactly how I feel. Thank you! We hear about the death rates, but not about the people who have survived. It is sad that people are dying, but like you said, this "fear/cure" is hurting so many people, those who have lost their jobs, plus the social isolation. Life is about living until you die, and we are all going to die, we cannot stop it. Sure we have to take precautions, when does it become the extreme and hurt more people than it helps? The media and our elected officials feed into the fear, they are looking at doom and gloom and not hope. I find so many people in my community are very angry towards each other, that is sad. Even I have been yelled at for walking, which I do each morning, people shouting "stay inside". How am I hurting them? I want to believe I will cruise one day soon, and that life will return to normal sooner rather than later. There are days I feel alone in my feelings, so it was nice to see your post.
  3. I do not believe this virus is only a cruising issue, many things in our lives will change, but we have to continue living. My late husband and I were enjoying our retirement, at age 74 he began feeling very tied and lost some weight in a matter of a few weeks. After his doctor admitted him to the hospital and many tests, we found out he had acute myeloid leukemia and had maybe three months to live. Our lives may change because of the virus, just like more security after 9-11, but we have to continue living. We could die in a car crash or a plane, or die of a heart attack or cancer. We change our life styles, or have more safety features, but we continue to go on living. The virus is not the fault of people who cruise, stopping all cruise ships or travel in the future will not make viruses go away, germs and viruses are there. I agree that when we have a pandemic, or even a crisis like 9-11, we have to take a step backwards, wait until it passes (after acts of nature, pandemics, wars, etc.) and move on, not stop living. Life is to short, as we see, doom and gloom is not hope, we need hope to get us through this awful time. This is JMO, I am sure many people will not agree. I accept your opinions, I just want to believe that though life may be somewhat different, we will still have dreams of life after the virus. We cannot put our lives on hold forever.
  4. I was happy to see your post, we need to be positive during this time. So many people are turning against each other, sad because we need one another to get through this. I want to believe that things will be better by May. So many people are out of work right now and do not have an income coming in. The hospitality industry is made up of very hard working people in restaurants, resorts, retail, and if this were to continue these are the people that will suffer the most. I think for the most part people are trying to follow the guidelines, yes there are some that do not, but in life there will always be folks that think rules are not for them. I am staying home when I can, except for groceries if and when needed. All my friends are doing the same. I am over seventy, a friend is 88. She has been through wars and diseases but has never seen anything like this. Please let’s stop blaming everyone and work together to bring this to an end, for those who are sick and those who are struggling without a means of support. No one knows when this will end, but trying to look on the bright side will get us through this, let’s take it two weeks at a time, not months down the road.
  5. My doctor will not sign the letter, says she is too busy. My fear is I will not be able to cruise again. I am 73, healthy, no medications, walk 3 to 4 miles a day, five days a week. What will healthy over 70 year olds do if they cannot get this letter signed. Wouldn't taking the temperature be enough?
  6. I wonder if there were eyewitnesses, we haven't heard anything, but I am sure statements were taken by the authorities.
  7. Sadly there is a part of me that feels the grandfather planned this. It appears to me on the video that he took his time walking to the window, leaning over and looking out the window, then picking up his granddaughter and putting her life in danger, knowing the window was open and it was a long drop to the ground. So sorry for these feelings, but my heart is with this little girl and the last seconds of her short life. The more the family pushes “it was the cruise lines fault” the more I begin to wonder if it really was. Now the lawyer wants the videos dismissed!
  8. This is exactly how I feel. I feel for the child that her life was taken from her. In honor of Chloe the grandfather should have admitted guilt and spoke to other people about how he made a terrible judgement in lifting Chloe up and putting her at risk. I could of felt more sympathy for him and Chloe’s family, but the rush to sue and make excuses for what happened changed my feelings toward the grandfather and family. After that it was about Chloe and no one was taking responsibility for what happened to her and her fear during the last seconds of her life.
  9. This is exactly how I feel. I feel for the child that her life was taken from her. In honor of Chloe the grandfather should have admitted guilt and spoke to other people about how he made a terrible judgement in lifting Chloe up and putting her at risk. I could of felt more sympathy for him and Chloe’s family, but the rush to sue and make excuses for what happened changed my feelings toward the grandfather and family. After that it was about Chloe and no one was taking responsibility for what happened to her and her fear during the last seconds of her life.
  10. First, people say they feel bad for the family, I no longer feel any sympathy for them, but I do for Chloe, what the final seconds of her life must of been like. Watching the video, it appears that the grandfather held Chloe out of the window. He is responsible for her death, no matter how the family or lawyers want to spin it. If they want to help other children, admit guilt and tell parents/grandparents about what happened and to not ever put a child in that situation, I would definitely feel differently towards the family if they would have reacted in that manner. Even if they were deeply in shock when this happened and were not thinking when they agreed to be represented by the attorney, they have now had a chance to realize the grandfather’s actions caused their daughter’s death, and speak on how to make sure it never happens again. Instead of anger, they would have my sympathy if everyone would have admitted it was a horrible accident and we want to learn from this. As it is now, Chloe will be remembered as the little girl who had parents that wanted to get rich off of her dying, instead of teaching us the risks involved when we don’t think before we act.
  11. I am sailing on the adventure of the seas in May 2020, repositioning to Cape Liberty. Would like to stay in the area for two nights, and visit NYC. Suggestions for a hotel and best way to get into the city from NJ. Will be flying back to Florida from Newark. Thank you!
  12. I want to add that I have friends who have never cruised, and they hear the parents on the news. They seem to believe that the windows were child level, like the picture of the little girl banging on the hockey window, not up high and the open window was by the children's pool area. I try to explain to them that the windows are not level with the deck, they are almost waist or chest high. When I have shown them pictures they are shocked because of what they hear on the news, and they immediately see that the windows are open. The lawyer and parents seem to be trying to convince those who have never cruised that the ship was at fault, and if listening to my friends is any indication, it is working. I am sad the little girl died in this awful way, but angry that the parents and grandfather will not take responsibility for their actions, if they did, maybe they could teach parents to be more aware of how suddenly accidents can happen. A friend's son-in-law drove over his daughter who was behind his car, she survived but was in the hospital recovering for weeks, he took full responsibility for his actions and told his friends over and over to always make sure your child is no where near the car, to not just take it for granted.
  13. And what if a child put their hand in the fan! The cruise line will always be blamed. Sad for what happened, but angry that the family will not take responsibility. I am sure it was an accident, the grandfather didn’t want to hurt his granddaughter, but speak truthfully if you want to make sure it never happens to another child. No other parent will put a child on a railing, because in a split second that child can get away from you.
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