Monday, August 03, 2020
Sunday, August 02, 2020
Saturday, August 01, 2020
Friday, July 31, 2020
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Greyhound is a 2020 American war film directed by Aaron Schneider. It stars and was written by Tom Hanks. The film is based on the 1955 novel The Good Shepherd by C. S. Forester. It also stars Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue.
The plot follows a US Navy Commander on his first war-time assignment in command of a multi-national escort group defending a merchant ship convoy under attack by submarines in early-1942 during the Battle of the Atlantic. The plot focuses on the multiple day transit of the "Black Pit." This is the Mid-Atlantic gap where they are out of range of protective air cover.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
The film is a 2019 American comedy film written and directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo in his directorial debut. It stars Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery, and Micah Stock.
Brittany Runs A Marathon follows an overweight woman in New York City who sets out to lose weight and train for the city's annual marathon. The story of Brittany was inspired by Colaizzo's roommate, Brittany O'Neill, who appears in photos before the end credits.
It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 28, 2019 and was released on August 23, 2019, by Amazon Studios. Principal photography began in October 2017 in New York City. The climactic scene was filmed during the 2017 New York City Marathon with three filming crews working simultaneously to cover race.
Last week, Sharon and I started watching Ozark again; we watched the first three episodes of season one last year, but got sidetracked. After watching Ozark, I needed something light and life affirming.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Monday, July 27, 2020
It premiered on February 16, 2011. Filming took place from August to September 2010. The season was filmed near San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. The show featured returning players Russell Hantz and Rob Mariano and 16 new players to Survivor.
Mariano was named the winner in the final episode on May 15, 2011, defeating Phillip Sheppard and Natalie Tenerelli in an 8–1–0 vote. In addition, Mariano won $100,000 as the "Sprint Player of the Season."
After seeing Boston Rob and Amber on the current season of Survivor (Winners at War), we watched them in season seven of the Amazing Race and season eight of Survivor [Amber won]. After watching these other seasons, I wanted to see Boston Rob win. I am pretty sure that I watched this season when it first aired; I remember Phillip...
Boston Rob also appeared in season four (Marquesas) and season twenty (Heroes vs. Villains) of survivor. Amber first appeared in season two (The Australian Outback) of survivor. They also appeared together on season eleven (All-Stars) of the Amazing Race. At some point, we will probably get around to watching these seasons.
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Friday, July 24, 2020
After a trip to home depot to pick up painting supplies, we finished the day watching Brittany Runs a Marathon.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
- Episode I - Flashbacks chronicle Michael Jordan's college and early NBA days [drafted in 1984]. The Bulls make a preseason trip to Paris amid tension with GM Jerry Krause.
- Episode II - Scottie Pippen [drafted in 1987] rises to become one of the NBA's best players. An injury early in Jordan's career shows distrust with Bulls management. Jordan broke his foot at the beginning of the 1985/86 season.
- Episode III - Dennis Rodman's attitude and energy help the team win, but bring the drama off the court. Rodman played for the Bulls 1995/96, 1996/97 and 1997/98 championship teams. The Bulls struggle to overcome the Pistons in the late '80s. The Bulls lost to the "Bad Boys" Pistons in the 1988/89 and 1989/90 Eastern Conference Finals.
- Episode IV - Phil Jackson's unique philosophy and demeanor take the Bulls to the next level. Jackson starting coaching the Bulls in the 1989/90 season. The team finally gets past Detroit and earns a shot at an NBA title, which is a dream matchup against Magic Johnson, Rookie Vlade Divac and the Lakers.
- Episode V - From Air Jordan and Be Like Mike to the 1992 NBA Finals and the Olympic dream team, Michael becomes a global cultural icon unlike any other. Toni Kukoč plays for Croatia against the Dream Team. Bulls beat the Trailbazers in the finals [Clyde Drexler, Ainge].
- Episode VI - A revealing book--Jordan Rules--and scrutiny of his gambling put a dent in Michael's reputation, but he remains focused on winning a third straight title in 1993. Bulls beat Phoenix Suns [Barkley, Ainge, Kevin Johnson].
- Episode VII - Crushed by the death of his father, a mentally exhausted Michael retires in 1993 – to play baseball. The Bulls move on with Scottie in the lead role.
- Episode VIII - Michael's return energizes the Bulls, the city and the NBA, but a playoff loss in the second round to the Orlando Magic [Shaq, Hardaway, Horace Grant] in 1995 fuels him to work harder than ever to get back on top; this is rewarded with their fourth NBA championship over Seattle [Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp] in 1996, after a record-breaking 72-win season.
- Episode IX - The Bulls face stiff challenges to their reign in 1997 against Utah and in 1998 versus Indiana. The Bulls beat Utah [Karl Malone, John Stockton] to five their fifth championship. Role player Steve Kerr makes his mark on the dynasty.
- Episode X - Battered and exhausted, the Bulls conclude their "Last Dance" with a sixth championship over the Jazz [Marlone, Stockton]. Michael, Phil, and others reflect on the end of their dynasty.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
They finished playing 18, but it was getting very dark at the end. While Sharon had four pars when we played last Friday, she said that she didn't play very well.
Monday, July 20, 2020
The Spy Who Dumped Me is a 2018 black comedy/spy thriller film directed by Susanna Fogel and co-written by Fogel and David Iserson. The film stars Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon from Saturday Night Live, Justin Theroux, Sam Heughan, Hasan Minhaj and Gillian Anderson.
It follows two best friends who are chased by assassins through Europe after one of their ex-boyfriends turns out to be a CIA agent. I enjoyed the scenery; the movie includes several cities that I hope that we will be able to visit someday, including Vienna, Budapest and Berlin...
The film was released in the United States on August 3, 2018, by Lionsgate and grossed more than $75 million. It received mixed reviews from critics who questioned the film's intended genre and tone, but praised the performances.
The movie was mildly entertaining. I enjoyed it, but with so much streaming content available today, I don't recommend going out of your way to watch it.
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Friday, July 17, 2020
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Texting with Wallen over the last few days, he and Jill called on Facetime in the evening. We spend some time catching up. I really hope that Sharon and I can visit them in the first half of next year at the home they are building in Mexico!
Today was their 41st Wedding Anniversary. I was at their wedding in Redding in July of 1979. Additionally, Sharon and I attended their 25th Anniversary Celebration.
Monday, July 13, 2020
The King of Staten Island is comedy-drama film directed by Judd Apatow. The screenplay was written by Apatow, Pete Davidson, and Dave Sirus. It stars Davidson, Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Bel Powley, Maude Apatow, and Steve Buscemi.
It follows a young man who must get his life together after his mom starts dating a new man who, like his deceased father, is a firefighter. The film has been called a "semi-biographical" take on the life of Davidson, who lost his firefighter father during the September 11 attacks and has had his own battles with depression.
When it ended, Sharon said "that exceeded my expectations." I was impressed with Davidson's performance. I recommend the film.
Sunday, July 12, 2020
One footnote to this struggle is that I really need to upgrade all of my personal Apple equipment. I have a Mac desktop, an AirBook and an iPad that are all 9 to 11 years old. They are all serviceable devices that I use everyday; they have been great devices. They just don't have enough horsepower.
Saturday, July 11, 2020
We got curbside takeout from Canon. This has been one of Sharon's favorite restaurants over the last couple of years. Sharon and I split Summer Peaches [Buttermilk, Candied Pecans, Charred Endive, Spicy Honey], Roasted Summer Squash [Black Bean Stuffed Squash Blossom, Zucchini, Romesco, Relish, Chile Oil] and Half Roasted Duck [Blueberry Urfa Sauce, Sprouted Wild Rice, Charred Spring Onion, Sweet Corn]. The food was very good.
We finished the day watching The King of Staten Island.
Thursday, July 09, 2020
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Hamilton was directed and produced by Thomas Kail and produced, written, and composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda also stars as first Treasury Secretary and Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The film is edited together from three performances of Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in June 2016 with the original principal Broadway cast members.
Hamilton was originally planned for theatrical release on October 15, 2021. However, in response to the pandemic, it was moved up and released digitally worldwide on Disney+ on July 3, 2020.
Divided in two acts, the musical depicts the life and career of Alexander Hamilton, an orphaned immigrant from the Caribbean island of Nevis. The first act covers Hamilton's arrival in New York City in 1776, his work as an aide-de-camp to General George Washington during the American Revolution, and how he met and married Eliza Schuyler. The second act covers Hamilton's postwar work as the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States and his death in a duel with Aaron Burr.
I really enjoyed the film. I highly recommend it. I rarely see a film and think that I want to watch it again; I am going to watch Hamilton again (Sea Ranch?).
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Monday, July 06, 2020
Sunday, July 05, 2020
Saturday, July 04, 2020
Friday, July 03, 2020
I really struggled on the front nine. I was too much in my own head. I was standing over the ball for too long and for the life of me I can't keep my head still. Although I was getting off the tee pretty well, I repeatedly chunked my fairway shots. I was shocked at how hard and fast the greens were.
I settled down on the back nine. I bogeyed four of the last five holes. Surprisingly, I played the whole round with one ball! I ended up scoring a 116. The 54 on the back nine is just about where I feel I should be able to score. It took us about four and a half hours to play the round.
The four of us had a late lunch on the patio at Matteos. Both Sharon and I had a burger.
Thursday, July 02, 2020
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Be Water is an exploration of the life and legacy of Bruce Lee as an acting and martial arts icon. I was fascinated by the fact that he was the son of a Chinese Opera star and appeared in several films as a child actor. By the time he was 18, he had appeared in twenty films.
Concerned that there was a contract out for his life, his parent sent him to the United States in 1959. He eventually enrolled in the University of Washington in Seattle and started teaching martial arts.
From 1966 to 1967, Lee played the role of Kato alongside the title character played by Van Williams in the The Green Hornet. The show lasted only one season (26 episodes). During the 60s, he built relationships with several hollywood actors and sports stars. The documentary implies that Bruce Lee pitched the idea for the Kung Fu television series.
Monday, June 29, 2020
✔ The Godfather Part III
Jeremy Irons, Reversal of Fortune - winner
Kevin Costner, Dances with Wolves
Robert De Niro, Awakenings
Gérard Depardieu, Cyrano de Bergerac
Richard Harris, The Field
Bruce Davison, Longtime Companion
✔ Andy García, The Godfather Part III
Graham Greene, Dances with Wolves
Al Pacino, Dick Tracy
Kathy Bates, Misery - winner
Anjelica Huston, The Grifters
Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman
Meryl Streep, Postcards from the Edge
Joanne Woodward, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge
Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost - winner
Annette Bening, The Grifters
Lorraine Bracco, Goodfellas
Diane Ladd, Wild at Heart
Mary McDonnell, Dances with Wolves
Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen:
Ghost – winner
Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Dances with Wolves – Michael Blake based on his novel - winner
Awakenings – Steven Zaillian from the book by Oliver Sacks
Goodfellas – Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese from Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi
The Grifters – Donald E. Westlake based on the book by Jim Thompson
Reversal of Fortune – Nicholas Kazan based on the book by Alan M. Dershowitz
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
We head up hiking 3.7 miles in two hours and twenty-five minutes. We hiked to an old mine on the trail before turning back.
Friday, June 26, 2020
We finished the day with curbside take-out from Matteos. We split Asiago Polenta Fries. For entrees, Sharon had Grilled Leg of Lamb with Chimichurri, while I had a Thai Steak Salad. Sharon did not like her meal...
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
- Host: George Carlin; Musical Guest: Billy Preston & Janis Ian; October 11, 1975
- Host: Paul Simon; Musical Guest: Randy Newman, Phoebe Snow, Art Garfunkel & Jessy Dixon Singers; October 18, 1975
- Host: Rob Reiner; Musical Guest: none; October 25, 1975--In lieu of a musical guest, John Belushi performs "With a Little Help from My Friends" while impersonating Joe Cocker.
- Host: Candice Bergen; Musical Guest: Esther Phillips; November 8, 1975
- Host: Robert Klein; Musical Guest: ABBA & Loudon Wainwright III; November 15, 1975
- Host: Lily Tomlin; Musical Guest: Tomlin with Howard Shore & the All Nurse Band; November 22, 1975
- Host: Richard Pryor; Musical Guest: Gil Scott-Heron; December 13, 1975--This was the first appearance of John Belushi's Samurai character.
- Host: Candice Bergen; Musical Guest: Martha Reeves & The Stylistics; December 20, 1975
- Host: Elliott Gould; Musical Guest: Anne Murray; January 10, 1976
- Host: Buck Henry; Musical Guest: Bill Withers & Toni Basil; January 17, 1976
- Host: Peter Cook & Dudley Moore; Musical Guest: Neil Sedaka; January 24, 1976
- Host: Dick Cavett; Musical Guest: Jimmy Cliff; January 31, 1976
- Host: Peter Boyle; Musical Guest: Al Jarreau; February 14, 1976
- Host: Desi Arnaz; Musical Guest: Desi Arnaz & Desi Arnaz, Jr.; February 21, 1976
- Host: Jill Clayburgh; Musical Guest: Leon Redbone & The Idlers; February 28, 1976
- Host: Anthony Perkins; Musical Guest: Betty Carter; March 13, 1976
- Host: Ron Nessen; Musical Guest: Patti Smith; April 17, 1976
- Host: Raquel Welch; Musical Guest: Phoebe Snow & John Sebastian; April 24, 1976
- Host: Madeline Kahn; Musical Guest: Carly Simon; May 8, 1976
- Host: Dyan Cannon; Musical Guest: Leon and Mary Russell; May 15, 1976
- Host: Buck Henry; Musical Guest: Gordon Lightfoot & Garrett Morris; May 22, 1976
- Host: Elliott Gould; Musical Guest: Leon Redbone, Harlan Collins & Joyce Everson; May 29, 1976
- Host: Louise Lasser; Musical Guest: Preservation Hall Jazz Band; July 24, 1976
- Host: Kris Kristofferson; Musical Guest: Rita Coolidge; July 31, 1976
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Friday, June 19, 2020
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Friday, June 12, 2020
Earlier in the week, I suggested to Nooter that we try to get together on Friday night to catch up. He proposed including Snipes, Wallen and Tomasin. I scheduled a Zoom call for 545 pm and invited the group. I was pleasantly surprised when everyone eventually joined.
I love these guys.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
The MA in Art Business was the first program of its kind and our innovative curriculum continues to set the industry standard. Balancing academic rigor with real-world applications in a dynamic environment, the program provides an alternative to traditional academic models of study and stays in sync with the rapidly-evolving global art market. Core competencies in the art business world, from finance to marketing, are gained through courses that use the business-related tenets of economics to generate a modern, consistent, formal framework for strategic decision-making. In addition to learning with our faculty of thought leaders, scholars, and industry experts, students are given opportunities to engage professionals in the New York and international arts and cultural community and to learn directly from practitioners who are leaders in their field. Courses in art law, valuation, sales, strategy, marketing, and finance lay the foundation upon which students build a specialized program that suits their needs.
The Master’s degree is awarded for 30 taught credits across semesters one and two, as well as the completion of a 6-credit thesis or capstone project in the third semester.
In the first semester, Navigating the Art World brings students from all MAs together for faculty lectures and expert panel discussions to investigate the inextricable connections between art and business in today’s economy. In addition to a full course load, students participate in two in-person or virtual field study trips in semesters one and two. In semester two, students undertake an internship or choose a Careers in the Art World option to gain practical skills and take one elective to broaden their expertise.
The MA in Art Business culminates in a capstone project which can take the form of a traditional, long-form academic thesis, or a more flexible Master’s Project (often a business plan or curatorial project). Students entering in Fall 2020 can choose to submit their work in the summer and thereby complete their studies within one year. Alternatively, they can extend their studies an additional semester and either transfer to the Institute’s campus in London or return to New York and pursue core courses in either Contemporary Art or Fine and Decorative Art and Design. Students entering in Spring 2021 must complete their project in Spring 2022.
Tuesday, June 09, 2020
Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests
Monday, June 08, 2020
Sunday, June 07, 2020
In total, we covered 14.4 miles in an hour and forty-one minutes.
Saturday, June 06, 2020
Our next door neighbor (Jill) organized a virtual wine tasting from Lynmar Estate. Sharon took the neighbor book club there for lunch last fall. Sharon and I have been there a couple of times [Frame Family Function-2014, On the way back from Sea Ranch-2016].
Afterwards, Sharon, Tiber and I wandered across the cul-de-sac and spent some time visiting with Mike and Jill.
Friday, June 05, 2020
Although I have fallen behind in recent years, I have really enjoyed Volumes 1, 2 and 3 of ESPN's 30 for 30. The first 30 for 30 ran more than ten years ago in October of 2009. An episode guide for Volume 1 is here; my ranking of those films is here. An episode guide for Volume 2 is here. In fall of 2011, ESPN ran a series of ESPN Films that continued the spirit of 30 for 30. A list of those film is here. An episode guide for Volume 3 is here. I will post an episode guide for volume four in the future.
Thursday, June 04, 2020
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
In Denver, Jack caught a 11:50 am United flight to Reagan. He was on the ground in DC a little after 5 pm. Jack caught an Uber into Georgetown.
He is cleaning out the apartment where he lived for the last year and settling into a house north of the Georgetown Campus for the next two months. Given the disruptions of the last three months, there are some open questions about his plans for the rest of the year...
Jack has been here for just over two months. With Drew and Shannon here for a couple of weeks in May and Jack leaving, the house feels very empty.
Monday, June 01, 2020
In May, I ran 118 miles, cycled 145 miles on the Peloton bike, hiked 5.7 miles and played golf three times. It is the third straight month that I have covered more miles on the bike than I have ran. Last week was also the most steps that I have had since late December.
I currently have a streak of 81 days in a row of achieving my Move goal. My longest streak is 155 days!
Saturday, May 30, 2020
As part of the rhythm of the last ten weeks, we have been getting curbside takeout on Saturday nights (Matteo's, Rey Azteca, Piatti, Canon, Matteos, Mikuni, Zinfandel Grille, Mandarian). This Saturday night, we got take-out from the Rey Azteca again.
Sharon, Jack and I finished the night watching Part 1 of the Lance 30 for 30 documentary.
Friday, May 29, 2020
I ended up shooting a liberally scored 110. I have been trying recently to be more accurate in my scoring, but will admit to taking a few mulligans during this round. I really struggled on a couple of the par 5s. I continue to have a hard time keeping my head still.
We played with the Gainsleys earlier in May at Mather. We are planning to play again at Ancil Hoffman in June.
This is the sixth round of golf that Sharon has played in May! On the way home, she was talking about wanting to play once a week this summer.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
March 19, 2020 12:30PM PT
Coral Princess is currently docked in Buenos Aires, and has been cleared by Argentine customs as well as the Ministry of Health. However, Coral Princess has not yet been fully cleared by local immigration. As such, only guests holding an Argentinean passport and/or guests who have confirmed flights departing today (March 19) have been cleared to disembark.
Princess Cruises is working through diplomatic channels to get full clearance so all guests can depart over the next several days. As of this update, Coral Princess will remain alongside in Buenos Aires to accommodate guest’s departures in this evolving situation. Princess Cruises will also help rebook air travel for all guests as needed.
Given the fluid nature of the situation and limited availability of flights, we thank our guests and all those impacted for their continued patience and understanding. We will share additional information as it becomes available.
March 19, 2020 9:00PM PT
Princess Cruises confirms that Coral Princess was required to abruptly depart the port of Buenos Aires late on March 19, before all guests were disembarked. Argentine President, Alberto Fernandez, issued a decree at 8:00 pm local time that began at midnight. The decree would require the ship to remain in port for an indeterminate number of days, and no guests would have been permitted to disembark during that time. Therefore, the decision was made to leave port immediately.
Coral Princess is now sailing to Montevideo, Uruguay, where it will take delivery of supplies and fuel on March 20. We have been, and will continue to, seek permission to complete guest disembarkation there. Princess Cruises port operations is exploring all avenues, including diplomatic channels. Also, we are working with our shoreside teams on several options to disembark should there be any issues with Montevideo.
Internet and guest stateroom telephone service remain complimentary so that guests can stay in touch with family. Updates will be made available as we obtain more information.
This is an unprecedented situation and we thank our guests for their continued patience and understanding. The safety, health and well-being of everyone on board remains our highest priority.
March 22, 2020 10:30AM PT
Princess Cruises can confirm that Coral Princess made a port call to Montevideo, Uruguay, on March 21 to take delivery of supplies and fuel. No guests were permitted to disembark. The ship continues to encounter difficulty disembarking their guests due to port closures and changing regulations, therefore Coral Princess set sail directly for Fort Lauderdale, which will take approximately 14 days. There are 1,024 guests onboard.
This is an unprecedented situation and the operations team at Princess continues to support the Captain and his crew to ensure everyone onboard returns home safely. The continued patience and understanding of the guests and their families is appreciated. The safety, health and well-being of everyone on board remains our highest priority.
Both Internet and guest stateroom telephone services remain complimentary so that guests may stay in touch with family.
March 23, 2020 6:30PM PT
Coral Princess is currently sailing a South America voyage and continues to encounter challenges disembarking guests due to port closures and changing regulations. In the continued effort to repatriate guests as quickly as possible, the ship will sail to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, arriving March 24. Although Brazil has been closed to cruise ship traffic, we are working through diplomatic channels to obtain permission and have received positive responses.
Guests with confirmed homeward flight arrangements will be permitted to disembark and go directly to the airport. Regretfully, we do not anticipate that all guests will be able to disembark in Rio due to limited flight availability. From Rio, Coral Princess will sail to Fort Lauderdale as previously announced with a planned arrival on Sunday, April 5.
Guests who purchased flights through Princess will be automatically rebooked on flights. We recommend that guests with independent arrangements wait to rebook their flights until official confirmation from the port authorities is received. Independent guests will be able to claim reimbursement upon their return home as previously advised.
Both internet and guest stateroom telephone service remain complimentary so that guests can stay in touch with family. Updates will be made available as we obtain more information.
This is an unprecedented situation and we thank our guests for their continued patience and understanding. The safety, health and well-being of everyone on board remains our highest priority.
March 30, 2020 3:00PM PT
Coral Princess is scheduled to arrive in Bridgetown, Barbados the evening of Tuesday, March 31. During the short time at the port, extra provisions will be brought onboard to keep all guests comfortable during the onward journey. No guests or crew will be permitted to disembark during this time.
Coral Princess will continue to proceed directly to Ft. Lauderdale, with an estimated arrival date of April 4. There remains no known risk of COVID-19 onboard.
Princess will continue to book flights for all guests. Due to limited flight availability, Coral Princess will remain alongside in Fort Lauderdale for two days to allow all guests to proceed directly from the ship to the airport.
Princess is also working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to ensure smooth arrival into port. We are also in regular contact with multiple embassies and consulates.
Both internet and guest stateroom telephone service remain complimentary so that guests can stay in touch with family.
March 24, 2020 5:45PM PT
Despite continued efforts from several consulates, Anvisa (the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency) has denied the disembarkation of Coral Princess guests, including those with confirmed outbound flights.
Coral Princess will proceed directly to Ft. Lauderdale, with no foreseen need for additional port calls. There remains no known risk of COVID-19 onboard.
Both internet and guest stateroom telephone service remain complimentary so that guests can stay in touch with family. In this unprecedented situation, we thank our guests and their loved ones for their continued patience and understanding.
March 31, 2020 9:40AM PT
The medical center onboard Coral Princess has reported a higher-than-normal number of people presenting influenza-like symptoms.
Many have tested positive for regular influenza, however given the concern surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus), and out of an abundance of caution, guests have been asked to self-isolate in their staterooms and all meals will now be delivered by room service. Crew will remain in their staterooms when not working.
Coral Princess is scheduled to arrive in Bridgetown, Barbados this evening - Tuesday, March 31. This is a service call only and no guests or crew will be permitted to go ashore during this time. Following her service call to Barbados, Coral Princess is currently scheduled to proceed directly to Ft. Lauderdale for disembarkation, with an estimated arrival date of April 4.
Both internet and guest stateroom telephone service remain complimentary so that guests can stay in touch with family. The health, safety, and well-being of all guests and crew are our absolute priority.
April 2, 2020 5:30PM PT
In response to a reported small cluster of cases of respiratory illness and in an abundance of caution, Coral Princess proactively collected and sent 13 COVID-19 test samples to Barbados on March 31. We can confirm the results yielded 12 positive cases (7 guests and 5 crew).
Why is Coral Princess still sailing?
Coral Princess set sail on March 5 from San Antonio (Santiago) for a South America voyage which was scheduled to end in Buenos Aires on March 19. In response to the global spread of COVID-19, Princess Cruises announced a voluntary 60-day pause of operations on March 12, becoming one of the first companies in the leisure travel industry to take this proactive measure. The operational directive being to end each cruise as soon as possible while being able to assure guests the ability to continue their journey home by air travel safely and with certainty.
Following the pause of operations announcement, Coral Princess had planned to disembark in Buenos Aires on March 19 and March 20 as originally scheduled. This was the first available opportunity for disembarkation and a location from where guests had air travel booked. However, due to ongoing port closures and changing regulations, Coral Princess encountered challenges disembarking guests despite best efforts and additional complications with cancellation of air flights.
Princess continues to seek approvals through multiple diplomatic channels, and to work with local officials for disembarkation in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Guests will continue to self-isolate in their staterooms, with all meals delivered by room service. Crew will remain in their staterooms when not working. There are 1,898 people onboard including 1,020 guests and 878 crew members. Both internet and guest stateroom telephone service remain complimentary so that guests can stay in touch with loved ones.
April 4, 2020
Two people have died aboard the Coral Princess, which docked in Port Miami Saturday morning and began to unload people shortly after.
April 5, 2020 1:08PM PT
Princess Cruises can confirm that guest disembarkation for Coral Princess at the Port of Miami began yesterday, April 4. Disembarkation will continue today limited to those departing on chartered flights arranged by Princess Cruises to California, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Overnight, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) communicated changes to their policy regarding post-disembarkation travel for cruise passengers, recommending no travel via commercial flights nor shared transportation with non-cruise guests. Princess Cruises continues to work tirelessly to adjust the repatriation plan to meet the new CDC requirements. This will unfortunately result in further delays in disembarkation and onward travel for many guests as we work through this complex, challenging and unfortunate situation. We express continued gratitude to our guests for their patience and understanding as we work to adapt to these new requirements.
All guests are being screened as directed by the CDC before disembarkation of the vessel. During disembarkation, and until they reach their homes, guests are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing measures.
Those with respiratory symptoms, or who are still recovering, will remain on board until medically cleared by the ship’s doctors. Further details on disembarkation will be shared once available.
April 6, 2020 2:48PM PT
Princess Cruises can confirm 545 guests disembarked Coral Princess yesterday, April 5 and a further 139 guests disembarked this morning. Meanwhile, 274 guests remain on board. Disembarkation continued today prioritizing those who departed on a chartered flight to Canada, in addition to chauffeured ground transportation for local Florida residents - all of which were arranged by Princess Cruises. Additional domestic charter flights are being coordinated and are scheduled to depart tomorrow, April 7. All guests requiring shoreside medical care have been disembarked and are being treated at a facility pre-arranged by Princess Cruises.
Princess continues to work with several federal, state and local authorities including the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the Office of the Governor of Florida, the Florida Department of Health, the Office of the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, PortMiami, and others.
In order to protect the safety and welfare of our guests, as well as the population of other communities, authorities have dictated several requirements and protocols. We are required to follow these requisites without variance, and when they change, we must adjust our plans. We continue to work through the CDC’s updated recommendations regarding post-disembarkation travel for cruise passengers, which includes no travel via commercial flights nor shared air or ground transportation with non-cruise guests. We again must express our continued gratitude to our guests for their patience and understanding as we navigate the unique and complex logistics required to manage this situation.
April 7, 2020 9:19AM PT
Disembarkation will continue today with an additional nine domestic charter flights scheduled. All charters were arranged by Princess Cruises. Guests requiring shoreside medical care have been disembarked and are being treated at local and regional hospitals.
Following today’s disembarkation efforts, approximately 90 international guests will remain onboard given current international travel restrictions. Homeward travel arrangements will be made for these guests as soon as arrival clearance is obtained by each country.
April 8, 2020 3:00PM PT
Disembarkation efforts in Miami, Florida continue for Coral Princess guests with three additional charter flights scheduled for departure today. Pending government approvals, an additional four international charter flights to South America and Europe and one domestic charter flight are in-planning to depart on April 9. Our goal is to ensure all guests are repatriated to their home countries however, this is a complex process due to unique international travel restrictions which vary by country and require clearance for arrival by customs officials. We do not recommend that guests remain on the ship when it heads back to sea for marine operations and local authorities will not authorize the use of local hotels, making timely approvals for repatriation critical.
Princess Cruises would like to thank the leadership and operations team at PortMiami and the many responders who are supporting the effort to care for guests and crew while the disembarkation process nears its completion.
Currently, Princess Cruises is creating a crew repatriation plan for the global fleet. Until it is finalized and ready to action, all crew fleetwide will remain onboard in the care of Princess.
April 9, 2020 3:30PM PT
Disembarkation efforts in Miami, Florida continue for Coral Princess guests with five charter flights scheduled for departure today - one domestic charter flight and four international charter flights to South America and Europe.
Despite continued efforts through diplomatic channels, current travel restrictions by home countries will prevent homeward travel for 13 international guests, and local authorities will not authorize the use of local hotels. These guests will join the Coral Princess crew members for a self-imposed 14-day quarantine to monitor symptoms and to reduce the possibility of transmission if they became symptomatic. Additional Princess Cruises crew members will be boarding today to aid the quarantine.
Coral Princess is scheduled to depart PortMiami today at 5:30 PM ET.
Coral Princess departed March 5 from San Antonio (Santiago) for a South America voyage which was scheduled to end in Buenos Aires on March 19. In response to the global spread of COVID-19, Princess Cruises announced a voluntary 60-day pause of operations on March 12, becoming one of the first companies in the leisure travel industry to take this proactive measure. Coral Princess remained in service longer than previously expected, until arriving at the Port of Miami, due to a series of port closures, airline cancellations and other actions taken, which impacted the onward travel home of the guests and crew onboard.