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  1. I feel really bad for those who had their cruises canceled, and NO, the refund and 100% credit does not even come close to making up for a vacation planned and anticipated for months or even years. It would be especially bad for those who flew a long distance to sail on Oasis. Luckily, some of the canceled cruises are far enough out that people won't have started their journeys yet. Last year, my Radiance cruise round New Zealand from Sydney was canceled with three days notice. I (and many others) were already in Australia when we got the news. Would you have just flown home the next day on another 24 hour journey and given up a vacation you'd been planning for OVER TWO YEARS? I chose to try to salvage my trip. I had insurance, but because the cruise being canceled had nothing to do with going to/from Australia I was out of luck with airfare - technically I still got a "vacation". All Royal would have done would be to pay change fees - still out the cost of the ticket, or in my case, all my frequent flyer miles. End result - I was out roughly $1,800 - $2,000 more than the cruise would have cost me by paying for hotels, sightseeing, and additional airfare - that's over and above anything refunded. Then my "free cruise" was not free. I was supposed to be in a corner aft balcony on Radiance. My credit did not even cover the cost of an outside cabin to the Caribbean last year. I was out an additional $200 or so, plus the cost of airfare/hotel to get me to that "free cruise". Please just stop telling people they've "hit the jackpot" by having their vacations canceled. Ugh!
  2. Not necessarily. Don't know how Viking does it, but when my Royal Caribbean cruise was canceled at the last minute we got a full refund plus a future cruise credit equal to what we paid, less taxes & fees. So those of us who booked early at lower rates got a MUCH lower credit than the ones who booked later at higher rates (almost double), for the same class of cabin. So, not everyone was treated the same when it came to the future cruise credit (not a "free cruise"). We were all out $0 for cruise fare, but people in balcony cabins probably received anywhere from $1100 to over $2000 each in the form of a credit for the same class of cabin. If I'd had a working crystal ball, I'd have booked and paid for a suite and would have been sitting on a $5,000 credit for being out of pocket nothing for the original cruise. Then I could have had four "free" cruises instead of one that ended up still costing me $200 out of pocket (plus my FCC) for an outside cabin. Royal Caribbean's compensation sucked. I hope Viking does much better considering what those passengers went through.
  3. Scary situation. Sounds like it's under control though. Hopefully the rest of the evac will go smoothly.
  4. From Marc Walker's Facebook. Yay! So happy for him. CD schedule update: I’ll now be permanent on Harmony. Back on March 29 in Miami then I bring her to Port Canaveral in May. This means I can see the kids every Sunday !! BingBong is back in town.
  5. Thank you for the great info. I think I'll probably just take Uber to Liberty State Park. The other option is good, and I hadn't heard of the $2 ferry, but Uber will probably be quick and convenient, and less walking (considering I'm once again leaning towards climbing up to the crown). Assuming I'm done at the Statue of Liberty with enough daylight left, going to Ground Zero Saturday rather than trying to cram it into Sunday (when my main destination is in the opposite direction) would be a better option. I appreciate all your help.
  6. Called today and got my points. The C&A rep first started telling me that I booked using a "promo" so I started to get a bit angry, but then he cut me off and said he would contact the department that takes care of adding the points, and get it fixed. So, after a slight scare, I got the points credited. Now my friend has to call and hopefully get the same result for her cruise. What he couldn't help with though, was the fact that I never got a post-cruise survey. Too late for that. Next time I'll call the same day I get off the ship if I don't have it by the time I'm disembarking.
  7. No worries. I hope you're having a great weekend. When you get back though, here are a few more questions. No rush. 🙂 Any idea what to reasonably expect for cab fare if I decide to just grab a taxi to my Jersey City hotel from the ship? I prefer the light rail option though, but just in case I'd like to know what to expect (and therefore not get ripped off). How is traffic on a Saturday morning? I was off the ship at at the airport in Ft. Lauderdale by 8 am last week. I don't think things are quite as efficient at Cape Liberty, but maybe I'm wrong. What I want to do on Saturday is get off the ship as soon as possible, drop my luggage at the hotel and head back out to the Statue of Liberty. Ideally I'd be on a ferry before 10:30 a.m. I'd have to get to Liberty State Park, go through security and the line for the ferry, and then the ferry ride. I guess going from NJ, the ferry stops at Ellis Island first so I'd have to do that and then head for the statue. It seems like it could be an all day adventure. Is it reasonable that I'll have enough time for this on the day the cruise gets back? Still debating whether I want crown access or not. I watched a YouTube video showing the climb. Not for the faint of heart. I've managed 150+ steps before without much problem but this is more than twice that 😮 Sunday will be a bit more relaxed because I won't have luggage to deal with, and can take my time getting into NYC for the Yankees game, and a visit to Times Square either before or after (obligatory Hard Rock Cafe visit). I'd like to see Ground Zero but not sure there's enough time for that. Last time I was in NYC (2005), Ground Zero was a giant hole in the ground surrounded by a fence 😞 My flight home is Monday morning around 8:45. I imagine Monday morning traffic is going to suck. What is the best option for getting from Jersey City to EWR to be at the airport by 6:45? Cab? Uber? Train? Train/bus? I looked up cab fare and one site said around $35 and another said $70 😮 The airport site said $46. Talk about inconsistency. I'd be OK with paying $50 if it means not having to drag luggage between trains twice.
  8. The long trip in and out of Manhattan from the port, and back to the airport is why I ended up picking NJ hotels. It will be easier and cheaper with my luggage. I'll only be going into NYC on Sunday, so just one day to deal with the long train rides. It looks like I'll take Uber to get to the port for the cruise, and possibly the light rail after the cruise, once I get a bit more info, or a cab - not like it would break the bank. I booked flights in/out of EWR. I'm looking forward to this cruise, and looking forward to a couple days in NJ/NY at the end of it. I'm thinking of trying to visit the Statue of Liberty on the Saturday after the cruise, from Liberty State Park which I can get to from Light Rail, from my hotel.
  9. Question about light rail from the cruise port. You said there was a shuttle? Where does that pick up? Is it easy to find once you get off the ship? I'm wondering how easy it will be to navigate with luggage. Are there steps anywhere to get on and off the train or is the train level with the platform?
  10. The cruise leaves April 27 and returns May 4. Yankees are playing Minnesota. I did a search for Yankee stadium on CC but didn't find what I needed. For now at least, I've booked a room at the Jersey City Doubletree. I wanted to stay under $200 per night. This was right around that budget ($414 total with tax) and is walking distance to the PATH station. Editing to say that I just looked up the Hilton Newark Penn Station and it seems to be a lot cheaper so I'll do a little more research on the transportation later when I finish waking up. LOL still a little early here for a holiday. Cab fare looks to be around $30 - $35 both from the cruise and to the airport from the Doubletree. I seriously don't want to be dragging all my luggage on and off trains. Pre cruise I will find a hotel with a shuttle to the port. Still working on that one. I'm assuming I'll buy a fare card that works on both PATH and the subway, at the PATH station?
  11. A friend and I had our April cruise canceled. We each received a credit to use towards a future cruise. Well. both of us recently sailed and used those credits. The credits did not cover the entire cost of the replacement cruise and we each had to pay more out of pocket for the fare. My cruise is still not showing up on my completed cruises, but my friend's is, and it shows as earning ZERO POINTS. wth? Why? It's not like the cruise was free, we still paid plenty and this is on top of the hassle Royal Caribbean put us through in April when they canceled our long-planned NZ cruise. Curious if anyone else has run into this issue. Neither of us got a post-cruise survey either, and those things are usually sent out before we're even off the ship. It's like we never sailed at all and I'm ticked
  12. Another comment. There is a slim possibility of a friend who lives in Southern New Jersey making the drive up to go to the game with me and staying with me overnight, in which case having a hotel with parking would be important. Maybe staying somewhere in NJ, not necessarily Newark would have better parking & transportation options. Thinking out loud.
  13. I'm taking a cruise out of Cape Liberty (Bayonne) at the end of April and arrive back on a Saturday. I'd like to stay in the area a couple extra nights and fly home Monday. What I really want to do is attend the Sunday afternoon game at Yankee Stadium. Other than that, I'm sure I can fill up Saturday afternoon and the rest of Sunday with other sightseeing but I'm not too fussy about what to see/do (been there before). The main thing I want to do is the game. I can plan other activities once I decide on a hotel. So, where should I stay and how do I get there from the ship, and how do I get from the hotel to the stadium? I was thinking of flying in/out of EWR because that will be closest to the ship for sailing away. I guess I could fly into EWR and out of another airport if it's more convenient to my post cruise hotel. I'm flexible as nothing has been booked yet (except the cruise). I'll stay in Newark for one night before the cruise, but If I stay there after the cruise, I've checked and it seems to be a rather involved train/subway trip to the stadium taking over an hour. I'm OK with that, but I'm sure there is a better way. If I stay somewhere in Manhattan for two nights, wouldn't it cost a lot more than an EWR airport hotel? I imagine I'd save a lot of time staying in NYC, but getting there from the ship could be costly I imagine. Plus, I'll have 50 pounds of luggage to be dragging around. I'm just looking for some thoughts and suggestions.
  14. Thank you Bob. You're always so helpful 🙂 I called, and the did have my correct address, sort of. They had the right street address but no apartment number, which would be a challenge for the mailman 😉 Now I'll probably start getting all sorts of advertising in the mail as well. lol.
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