I don’t try to make this blog a source for “the latest” news, and try not to cover speculative kerfuffles at all. There is some new factual data that is relevant to this cruise, and this is the quickest way for me to reach all of my friends and others who follow this blog because all of you care and are asking for information. So, here it is.
Here’s the jist of the current situation as of this morning (16 Nov, Thursday). There have not been any official announcements, yet.
- The (“Ex?”) CEO of Life At Sea Cruises posted that she has told friends reaching out directly to her that she is close (hopefully, very close) to finding a “backup solution.”
My note: The notice was posted on the Resident Only website (The Portal). I don’t feel that directly quoting her is appropriate since I don’t want to be rude to post to the world something from a member-restricted site.)
- There is a reputable report in the news media (the first one I’ve seen that isn’t speculative) that the ship we were going to get, the AIDAaura, has been sold to another cruise line.
- The LinkedIn accounts of the four-person executive team of LASC (which includes the CEO) have all changed their profiles to reflect employment by Miray Cruises “… – Nov 2023.” Previously their profiles had read “… – present.”
At this point, short of an official announcement from somewhere, I think it is a given that the LASC as we knew it is gone. Let’s see what may come up in its stead.
Many of the Residents have always posted that we are in for the experience, whenever and however it finally happens. Many of us haven’t given up hope on that front.
There is the obvious question as to how we get back, deposits, etc. There has been discussion on those topics for some time on the Portal, but nothing is definite. Of course I care about getting it back, but there just isn’t any firm information as yet and I don’t feel the need to fidget about it publicly, or privately. I intend to be OK regardless of what finally happens and I’ll let you know.
Of course, I may need to change the name of this website. I’ll let you know about that, also.
The good thing about something ending is that it leaves room for something else to take its place. I’ll let you know. Please do NOT ask me to speculate, I just won’t do it. (and yes, I’m a bit frustrated with numerous requests to do so.) I signed up for an adventure and was prepared for whatever happened. I don’t like it, but life is going on regardless of whether or not I like it. I intend to be open to something really cool that may take its place or to find something else that keeps me interested, engaged, and excited about what is to come.