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    #16
    Yes, they are "temporarily" redeploying the Pride of Hawaii to Europe. As part of the "temporary" measures, it is being renamed Norwegian Jade, being reflagged to the Bahamas (with an international crew), repainted with new hull artwork, and getting a casino. NCL is committed to the Hawaii market, but will not bring the Pride of Hawaii back until things improve. I'm "temporarily" not fully believing that statement. Those "temporary" measures sound pretty permanent. Here's their press release, from a few months back. A subsequent release from a few days later confirmed the new name and registry. But, back to the original subject, it was confirmed that the Queens really can't be reflagged.

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      #17
      Well yes but I read it in a very positive way anyway.

      Everyone I talk to still defines my life by my ability to give up my conventional existance and go and work aboard steamboats for half the money I made on land. I had the time of my life. No regrets. NONE.

      Initially I turned down the offer to work on board but 6 months later, I was on the phone making sure I had not burned any bridges and could get a job.

      And speaking of burning bridges- there have been no fires at all aboard the DQ to my knowledge. SOLAS was directly as a result of the Yarmouth Castle fire which according to the video I have on the subject because my aunt died aboard- was an undetected fired that was believed to have been started in a room that was storing mattresses and cleaning supplies. That is somewhat like the idea of oily rags in a garage and fires. The fact that on the Yarmouth Castle fire, the mostly foreign crew and the captain was among the first who got off the boat made it an unsafe boat from the start.

      The crew aboard the steamboats are the best.

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        #18
        It was never my intention to leave anyone out, or intimate that Mary was ordinary in any way....far from it! Yes, there is only one Mary Sward Charlton, but there have been many others just like her who followed their dream to work on the boat, and who were/are very committed to the boat and had/have a real passion for the boat, the passengers, and the job.

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          #19
          Originally posted by Bob Reynolds View Post
          It was never my intention to leave anyone out, or intimate that Mary was ordinary in any way....far from it! Yes, there is only one Mary Sward Charlton, but there have been many others just like her who followed their dream to work on the boat, and who were/are very committed to the boat and had/have a real passion for the boat, the passengers, and the job.
          I know that, Bob.

          That was just my way of telling Mary hello, hoping she was monitoring the board. Having spent a lot of the 2006 season with her on the MQ I grew to appreciate the way she lives the steamboatin' life and, by doing that, does honor to all those who came before and all those who may come back.

          paul

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            #20
            Originally posted by Paul Penta View Post
            [QUOTE There are more Mary Sward Charltons, Don Sanderss, etc., etc. than you may think!
            Nah, there's only ONE Mary Sward Charlton.

            paul[/QUOTE]

            Indeed. I can hardly think of a better example for an oxymoron than 'There are more Mary Sward Charltons'.

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