There may very well be cruise ships "parked" all over, WITH their crews. Many of them at the end of their contracts, no doubt, who would've been heading home. So when the cruise lines start up again, don't be shocked at new people and/or poor service. Or ships needing maintenance that they didn't get either. If the crew can't fix it, I'll bet it doesn't get fixed.

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It will be a new look crusing world. Hopefully we all get through this nightmare safely.

I was actually having the same thoughts earlier this morning. Crews are still being confined and once this is over many will either not be able to return or not want to return so there will be a whole new batch of crew and some may be ones that were not ones they would have hired 6 months ago. But when the pool gets empty you take what you can get. So yep I agree a drop in service levels and possibly crew integrity would not at all surprise me. It would not please me at all but would not surprise me.

Most likely a drop in service when the cruise lines first start again, but once they have a few months working it will be great! Our October cruise should be awesome!Wink

Lets hope so. Next one for us is NOV on NCL out of NOLA, then 3 in a row on CCL out of Galveston. Got a neighbor who was supposed to cruise in AUG on CCL, and I just found out he cancelled, out of the "abundance of caution" thing. Thats his choice, but AUGUST!!!

AUNTIE..I think you pounded the keys so hard it got scared, got the email notification, and the text, which deserves to be heard! but no post...same ol thing!!!

Don’t know what happened. I actually sent it from my phone. Fat fingers often make weird words, but rarely make things disappear! I’m afraid to repost, it might get stuck in the on position. Maybe it will show up later!?!

I would have thought that all the ships out there, during this pandemic, would have been in a port or have dislodged their passengers and non essential crew by now. A few months stand down, to clean and do maintenance would be the prudent thing to do. At least as far as I'm concerned. I will feel a bit more confident if this was done before the cruisings resume later this year. We are booked for next January. I hope all will be good by then.

I totally agree. How can they properly clean these ships if the crew is stuck on them and some with the virus. Are they getting the proper care? Hopefully this will all be resolved by my next cruise in August and Nov this year. My worry is they try to open up the country too soon without a vaccine and we get a early second wave of the virus. (you how those ship decks can be at dinner and show times. You can barely pass one another). I will cancel my cruise before I will risk getting stuck on a ship for an extended period time.

Absolutely agree. Our next is NOV. I mentioned a neighbor who cruises enough to know his way around also, and he had one for AUG and cancelled. To get a truthful update on who's doing what about this is, IMHO. impossible. You have to pick and choose your news source. And if you get one you can believe, well.....seems they ALL have an agenda. Nearest I can figure is a vaccine is at least a year off, and then they have to make enough so that John Q can get it. I wouldn't count on that.

I read an article about the parent company of Crystal Cruises that they will be hyper cleaning while out of service, then disinfecting the ship between debark and embark every cruise to make sure there are no pathogens. That line is even fogging the ship between cruises with disinfectant. I wonder if other lines will take serious steps like this. If so, I think there will be less chance of Norovirus and other outbreaks at least in the near future. Either way, we have been cruising twice a year, no issues ever, so I'm rebooking the two I had to cancel. We cruise other lines, but love Carnival Fun and are close to Diamond status. Looking on where to sail on the recently well-cleaned ship!!

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