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Sure it will, probably (hopefully) even in our lifetime.

I know you know my theory as to what's REALLY holding all this up. "Yessiree Mr. Cruise Line's CEOs , just step right up and re-incorporate as US companies and subject yourselves to all our wonderful tax laws, and you too can enjoy the freedoms that the airlines and shopping malls currently have".

Yeah, I'm probably certifiably insane for believing that, but it wouldn't surprise me in the least if that's what's going on

I'm still holding out hope for both of my cruises booked this year (August and November). They're letting us book shore excursions and drink packages already, which I take as a good sign!

I think part of the hesitation is the vaccine rollout. Until more people get vaccinated, we won't be cruising anytime soon. However, I have been looking at the COVID numbers in my area and there has been a drastic decline in both my state (NH) and Massachusetts. As long as those numbers keep trending downward, we may be able sooner rather than later.

Lets hope you're right...my first this year is end of NOV....so I have some time yet...

And BTW ABLEMAN...you know I don't subscribe to that theory of yours....for more reasons than I care to bang keys over....BUT...I DO believe there's more behind the scenes going on than we will ever know.....and I do mean political claptrap.....anyone who thinks the CDC's pot doesn't get stirred by politicians hasn't been paying attention....and THEY are the ones who have to bless sailings....screw it up, and heads will roll....don't forget about cruise ships being called "floating petri dishes"..the bureaucrats at CDC are vulnerable to a whole assortment of holier-than-thou politicians...so just WHO (pardon THAT acronym) is going to sign off on them cruising again???

Sad that these cancellations are continuing, but unfortunately not unexpected. Let's hope this is the last of them.

Ableman, While I dont fully subscribe to that theory, I would not be shocked if there were some truth to it. Same with the decision for Canada to still keep us "Filthy Savages"(Americans) from crossing their border being based on the cancelation of the Keystone Pipeline Permits. I dont 100% subscribe to the theory, but I would not be surprised if there was some truth.

You and the Yank are being very kind. I think my career of working for business "hard ballers" has made me a bit suspicious and jaded.

FYI: Some of my post is tongue-in-cheek. I'm not someone who wears tin foil hats or peeks out between the blinds looking for black helicopters. But I also believe there is A LOT of behind the scenes BS going on that we will never know about, and I stand by my statement that if something along those lines is/was going on, it wouldn't surprise me.

And I'll even go one step further. I firmly believe that someone in some government agency or congressional staff also had that idea, and even went so far as to bring it up in a meeting, and probably even assigned a few of their lawyers to look into it's feasibility. You can take that to the bank.

Lets not forget these are publicly traded entities. while i'm not naive enough to believe the SEC can ride herd on all the shenanigans that go on, there are entities that own literally tens of MILLIONS of shares in these cruise lines, and if THEY believed there was this kind of deliberate manipulation going on, we wouldn't need to debate the possibility in here....meanwhile, back at the pier........

Things I trust more than Politicians:

- The Water in Mexico

- A taxi in Jamaica without PP on the plate

- The guy on the beach in Honduras that "wants to tell me something"

- Somali Warlords.

You forgot the Nigerian lawyers who want to get us our long lost inheritance, and the Bahamian bankers who want to make sure we collect our lottery winnings.

True humanitarians all.

Im not sure I would go that far!


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