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  1. It never occurred to me until this thread, but I would love it especially since it seems like river cruising is more expensive than ocean cruising, and if there is a way to get the cost down, I would be really into it.
  2. I can only remember the most aft stairway is just aft of mid-ship below the Viking Crown. It's not that big of a ship, so the walk isn't far.
  3. Put all of Congress on a cruise to nowhere and don't let them off until they repeal the Jones Act. I'd love to do New England - Montreal in the Fall -- something like that would be really fun.
  4. I just repriced a Baltic cruise in May...saved about $80 pp. I will know exactly when the new invoice comes. Update...we saved a total of $140 on our rebook...$70 pp
  5. There are a few creative #mscgrandiosa hashtags on Instagram that are fun to watch...
  6. Well...here's this...sorry if anyone takes issue with my mistrust of governments and health authorities...I understand...no ill will... Some of you may watch Don's Family Vacations on YT he can be a little entertaining, but is pretty infomrative...if you claim that this is isolated, I will have @CruisinForABruisin's reaction to my comment...
  7. I work in higher ed at an SEC school...I can tell you that the paranoia over having students on campus much less contact sports is incredible. The staff at the Athletic department are saying that even IF they start playing, they don't think they will get past game 2. Compare that with Hurtigruten, and then look at Aida and MSC. I understand MSC committed to paying medical bills for people who contract it on one of their ships. That's bold. At some point, everyone will just have to get on with it.
  8. It brings up what eats at me, which is...the reason behind the double standard affecting the cruise industry so disproportionately...is it pandering? Is it sensitivity to louder critics, the press, their Washington overlords? Combine it with the CDC director's reported admission that there is a financial incentive for hospitals to report cases...the unreasonable repatriation measures from the U.S., IMO. I could go on and on...
  9. One of the YouTube channels I watch (that gets it wrong a lot), so I won't mention the name spent 8 minutes on it, most of which was speculation click bait. I REALLY hope Empress is spared. Love that ship.
  10. The more of this I am exposed to, the more I am convinced that there isn't a micromanaged solution to this from the cruise lines, the CDC or any other entity. IMO, there has to be a point where the cruising public assumes the risk they are taking just like any other social interaction given that social distancing doesn't seem to be viable in the long term. Cruising is documented to be safer than land or airlines, yet the media does no one any favors except themselves. The inevitability is that the vast majority of people will likely get infected one day or another just like we do from common c
  11. I have been to Chops on these ships with rankings next to each: Enchantment -- #2 Brilliance -- #3 Allure --#5 Symphony -- #4 Empress -- #1 The common thread I see is that smaller ships seem to have been better in my experience. This isn't to say that it wasn't worth it on the Oasis class ships, it definitely was, but I had dining packages on those sailings. One way to get a really good value is to book lunch. The cost is about half.
  12. Kind of sickening...I love watching the beaching videos on YouTube, but not this...they are usually rust buckets, not beautifully maintained ships with personality whose end was premature.
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