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  1. JoelHeather, Ignore all the naysayers out there in CruiseCritic Land. I am on board with your opinions 1000 percent! Hey, I love cruising, if I could do it monthly I would (but my husband has yet to retire!). Seems he likes his job! But, in agreement with you, I do not foresee cruising returning until perhaps early 2022. And also, for those people who think that a vaccine is around the corner, think again. 72 candidates out there and three good ones so far being tested. Also, those vaccines will not be available to the general public. Will go to the nations with the most vulnerabilities (already in health care crisis due to other issues, to health care front line providers and critical service people (police, fire), then the community nursing homes who house our most vulnerable. At the bottom of the barrel the rest of us. Cruising would resume a whole lot of faster if people would follow some basic rules, one being wear a damn mask out in public, especially within indoor public places, malls, etc. Masks are to protect others. People just do not get it. They think, oh I feel fine, I am not sick, no sniffles, etc. etc. so why should I wear a mask. Well, buddy, you actually do not know if you have picked up the virus during your maskless outings and are now spreading asymptomatically to the unsuspecting who are also not wearing a mask because those poor souls think they super human and it will never happen to them! And secondly, stay out of crowds. Stay 6 feet apart! Wash ones hands! Oh, it so very aggravating as both my sons are in the medical profession and they are having to deal with COVID patients and it is nasty nasty nasty. Again people are so into themselves. Again cruising and pre-pandemic life would return so much faster if people could be a little less selfish.
  2. Yup Canadian Border is closed until July 21. I love going to Buffalo to shop, and on to Rochester and the great malls there. Too bad about JC Penny I really liked those stores. Boo Hoo. I miss my trips. But to keep us all safe. I really think the border should be closed until Sept 21 or Oct 21. Our rates are falling in Ontario. And I want to keep it that way. Call me selfish but that is how I feel.
  3. Did you put your cruise deposit on your credit card. If so, you might want to try to get your deposit back from the credit card. Cruising will not be commencing in August. Even the CEO of RCCL last week in print indicated that he did not know where the rumors of cruising resuming August 1st, 2020 came from.
  4. Here in Ontario Canada, we are testing like crazy. In fact today, we tested almost 25,000 people and our numbers have been dropping for four straight days. I believe today the number of new cases was 174. Plus our hospitalizations are way down as well. It is incorrect to say that increased testing, leads to spikes. That is simply not so for us here in Canada. What does lead to increases in numbers are indoor large gatherings, with people not wearing masks. We have actually just allowed churches to open to 30 percent capacity and are not allowing singing in church to avoid the spray of droplets and are advising people wear masks as well. I think for the next few months it would be a great idea if all of us North Americans did our best to think about each other and to protect each other by wearing a mask when not able to keep six feet apart. You may asymptomatic and be spreading this virus unknowingly. You may feel perfectly fine but be a carrier. For a short while another three months of so, why not simply give the world a chance, and protect one another so we come out of this intact and all better and we can then all get back to cruising because there will not be any cruising out of the U.S.A. until numbers fall to single digits and that does not appear likely this summer nor this fall.
  5. We have sailed Rhapsody of the Seas out of Venice several times. I really did enjoy this little ship. Easy to navigate. But unfortunately getting mighty shabby of late. I would hesitate to make any bookings on her now as my husband and I were watching something on Netflix the other evening and we came across Rhapsody of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Brilliance of the Seas on the auction block. RCCL has these three ships up for sale to raise much needed cash. RCCL is desperately trying to get deposits from us. I would avoid booking the above three ships. In fact, I am not booking any future cruises right now and risk losing deposits (my credit card insurance will no longer cover any deposits made after March 5, 2020). So no bookings are going to be made by us until cruising itself resumes and even then we will take a wait and see approach. I am sad that the number of cruises out of Venice is dwindling. I do understand the reasons. But I can tell you what an extraordinary experience, especially on Regal Princess arriving at dusk with Pavarotti playing on the loudspeakers. Pure heavenly.
  6. Yeah, whole thing is just pie in the sky right now. RCCL is simply spinning its wheels, hoping to keep the cash (aka any refundable deposits, or what we thought were refundable deposits when we originally booked, ha, ha) in their little old pockets by sending out emails to us trying to get us to move from Allure -Galveston to Liberty - Galveston and now back to Allure Fort Lauderdale, be it now onto a 6 day cruise (only one cruise would appear to fit within the required 4 week window (actually only one appears on their website - that being a Jan 30 2022 6 day cruise). So for us, we will call and tell them, we will take our refundable deposit back please and if we do not get it back within 60 days, we will call our credit card and get it back from them for non fulfillment of service or major change in itinerary and number of cruising days (7 to 6) 2 years in advance. Won't have issue getting money back from insurance as we booked this cruise in Dec 2019 prior to any inkling of the pandemic coming to Canada.
  7. SNJCruiser, Yup, will watch the game. See how it pans out. But will not compromise my health or that of my husband even for a balcony upgrade. We have a lot of other cruises booked for 2021 and 2022 at good deals. We have also cruised extensively far and wide over the last couple of years and are almost on cruise overload (Japan, Hawaii, Australia, Europe, Alaska, Asia, Caribbean) that we are happy to simply travel in Canada once our provincial borders open up hopefully by end of September (that is allowing people from one province to travel to another province), so if I have go give up Dec Enchanted, I will and will remain in Canada. We have lovely rocky mountains and Vancouver and Victoria are fabulous cities. So happy to revisit those cities. So we are perfectly happy to put cruising on hold until a vaccine comes out before we embark again. And, we might decide to actually just stay put at home and do day trips, etc. until we feel completely comfortable with any type of travel again. My husband was actually asking me the other day where I wanted to go next, and I did not have an answer. Again, vacation and cruise overload.
  8. Actually, we are booked on the Discovery Princess (brand new ship, well, maybe... if it ever gets built), ha ha for Dec 13, 2021 out of Fort Lauderdale 8 day Caribbean Cruise which we booked oh, sometime last year with a $2.00 deposit. Sale was on and we took advantage for a great price to boot. So, yes, there is at least one cruise in your time frame (Oct to Dec 2021) unless they have suspended it. I was only looking for brand new ships, however, did not check older Princess ships, so perhaps there are others too.
  9. Check the date of your cruise! All cruise ships are banned from Canada now until October 31, 2020. Just announced by Canadian government this morning.
  10. Thanks Chrysalis, Chrysalis for finding the media post. Sometimes people need to read bad news in print to actually believe it is true.
  11. If you are speaking to my post, our Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau is speaking to the media in Canada as I type this post. All cruise ships 500 Passengers and more banned from Canadian ports until Oct 31, 2020. All Canadian media outlets reporting this as well. But he is right on TV saying it and our Transportation Minister announced it earlier this morning as well. Print media takes a few more minutes to post.
  12. I agree with the Canadian ban. We need to protect our country and our citizens. Justin Trudeau our PM is speaking right now and he is saying that this ban is to protect our coastal communities from the very serious Covid 19. Yes, he understands it will be a big hit to the economy but health is his primary focus right now. We will all be better for this ban in the future.
  13. Canadian government has just banned on cruise ships entering its ports until Oct 31, 2020.
  14. We are scheduled for Dec 7th, 2020 Enchanted cruise. We got upgraded from Inside Guarantee to Balcony Cabin (a great location as well) on March 14, 2020. Yippee. All that for putting down our $2.00 deposit, which also includes free internet, and a specialty restaurant dinner. We loved the Sky last Dec 2019. And I will remain optimistic until my final payment date of Sept 8. But will not pay my final money if things look bleak as I do not want to be left with a Future Cruise credit. I prefer cash and I know that once I put down that final payment the chances of me getting a cash refund will be less than nil. I do not want my money with cruise company I prefer it in my own pocket. We have several others booked again for these ridiculous deposit amounts ($1.00) per person for two Princess cruises in January 2021 and we will watch and see how things transpire. We also have others booked for 2022 which I am hopeful by then, there will be a vaccine and we will all be good to go. Even if cruising does resume by Dec 2020, I am leaning towards simply forgoing cruising until 2022. Not worth the hassle. If everyone were to follow proper social distancing right now, wear face masks, stay within their social bubble (immediate family living in the same home), avoid non essential outings, we could beat this virus and resume cruising like we all on this site love to do. If only!
  15. Also, just announced by Canadian government that all cruise ships with more than 500 passengers will be banned from Canadian ports until October 31, 2020. So that will take the sail out of Alaskan cruises which depart / or disembark on our Western coast as well as many of the fall cruises that stop in our Eastern ports (Halifax, St. John, New Brunswick, etc.)
  16. CBC News is reporting right now that Canada is extending its ban on large cruise ships - 500 passengers and more in Canadian waters and ports (which would include Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia until October 31, 2020. That will surely put a crimp in Alaskan cruises by all the cruise lines.
  17. We absolutely loved the Marriott Harbour Circular Quay. Basically a block from Circular Quay and we had a high floor with a lovely view and the buffet breakfast was fabulous. Get it part of your room rate otherwise $42 per person I believe. We loved the location!. I believe rate was $252 per night at least this past March anyhow.
  18. I look forward to being able to tell my family, kids, etc.. that we will be cruising again but NOT until Covid-19 is under control and from what I am seeing a lot of people are not taking Covid-19 seriously at all. Today in Toronto, we had just over 200 new cases. Yes, a small number compared to a lot of places in the US. We have two cruises booked for Dec 2020 one on Royal Caribbean and the other on Princess Enchanted. I really really want to be able to tell my family that we are going, but come just before final payment if there are still loads of sick people milling around (final payment being Sept 7 and 8), sadly we will be telling family, WE ARE NOT GOING!. Sad, but that is the reality.
  19. I would love to be able to cruise on Ovation to Alaska. That would be great. But seriously doubt British Columbia will allow cruising at all for the entire summer. BC is just starting to get Covid-19 under control. Government information is below. CBC NEWS - Cruise ships not welcome this summer, B.C. health officials say Cruise ships will be allowed to stop for refuelling but passengers not permitted to get off ship CBC News · Posted: May 12, 2020 9:10 PM PT | Last Updated: May 13 B.C. health officials say passengers will not be permitted to disembark if cruise ships arrive at the province's ports later this summer although it's still unclear if the federal government will decide whether to resume the cruise ship season on July 1. On March 13, Transport Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada announced as a safety measure to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, that the cruise ship season which normally starts at the beginning of April would be delayed until the beginning of July. There have been questions over whether coastal cities including Vancouver, Victoria and Prince Rupert could see the arrival of international cruise ship lines this summer but Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said that will not be the case. Dr. Henry said the province has made its position clear about the possible resumption of cruise ship visits. "We've had those conversations with our counterparts in the federal government. We are as you can imagine not in favour of cruise ships coming into anywhere in British Columbia." Tourism fears grow as B.C.'s top doctor advises delay to cruise-ship season amid coronavirus spread Henry said she has spoken to health officials in Yukon, Alaska and Washington State who feel similarly concerned about cruise ships which have seen some of the worst outbreaks of coronavirus. Henry explained that federal government rules requiring people to self-isolate for 14 days after international travel will apply to cruise ship passengers. "So if a cruise ship somehow had somehow planned to come here, then we would not be allowing people to come off the cruise ship for example." According to Tourism Vancouver, the cruise ship season made $840 million in 2019 with more than 280 ships arriving at the city's port. The Port of Vancouver is closely following developments and said on its website,"We will continue to be in discussions with our cruise line partners over the next few months, as we actively monitor the Canadian and international response to this extraordinary circumstance." Henry said she expects the federal government to revisit the issue and come out with more recommendations around cruise lines but says provincial health orders will stand through July 1. Health Minister Adrian Dix also warned people who may be thinking about taking a cruise to reconsider. "I think if people are planning that kind of travel and I know there are many people who are dedicated fans of cruise ships, going on cruise ship vacations that really all of the evidence tells you this is not the summer for that," said Dix.
  20. NO NO NO. Too many variables with a one year old. Leave him or her with grandparents and go and enjoy the cruise yourselves. I would be worried silly that the kid could get sick and that the med facility on board could not assist. Really, trans atlantics are made up of me (retired) people with nothing to care about except ourselves. Don't just look at the price!.
  21. Ditto, as someone posted not a snow ball's chance in hell would I be getting on ANY ship in AUGUST 2020. You can only really trust yourself. All it takes is one person to be infected. Case in point - Diamond Princess!!. We should all just take a breath. Follow the social distancing guidelines. Play by the rules as they have done in New Zealand and starve this virus to death and we can then all enjoy cruising as we have all done gloriously in the past. And, I missed my cruise to New Zealand, so 2023 New Zealand here we come!
  22. Truly, RCCL could drop the price of cruises by 80% but you will not catch us sailing until at least 2022 (we have one booked for Feb 2022). So at this point. We do not care about any future sales as we will not be lending our money to the cruise lines. We will wait until there is a vaccine (fingers crossed) before we get on another ship. We follow the social distancing rules here in Canada and at least in the area I live, everyone I come across wears a mask and gloves. And I mean everyone. People in my neck of the woods do not take kids to the grocery stores, people cross the street when out for a walk (without a mask), we do not let each other pat each others dogs and most of our businesses are shut or people are working from home. All is going well. Infections falling dramatically. We are on the mend. But I am not confident in the cruise line's ability to protect us so we will not be cruising again until as I say 2022. We have one booked for Dec but as soon as final payment date comes around in Sept, we will be cancelling it. My health and my life is more important than cruising at this point. We instead will do a land vacation in Canada when the all clear is given as we feel we will be able to protect ourselves much better. So, no more cruises no matter the bargain basement price that comes out in May or June to entice.
  23. We were on the March 14 2020 Radiance Sydney (actually boarded and then were told to get off by midnight that evening). All worked out fine. Had a lovely week prior. Anyhow, mulled over whether to take the 125 percent for future cruise or the full refund. Decided on full refund, advised them on April 1. Told it would take 30 business days (m-f) for refund to hit credit card. Okay. Received letter below a couple of days ago. If refund does not show up by June 13, 2020, we will claim on our credit card insurance (we have three months to initiate claim under said insurance) so I am not worried. My credit card insurance has already paid me out for all the other expenses associated with the cancellation of the Mar 14th cruise. ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING TRAVELS Dear Guest, It’s no secret that the world is going through a difficult time. And while there are many changes going on around us, one that will never change is our commitment to remain transparent and as communicative, as possible. As we went into our global suspension of sailings, we initially estimated that refunds would take 30 days. Unfortunately, with an unprecedented volume of refunds and credits, we are delayed. We’ve worked diligently to resolve most of the volume issues and are working around the clock to address the backlog to get you your refund, as quickly possible. Currently, some refunds are taking up to 45 days. Please know that each and every request is receiving the same level of care and dedication. And rest assured, your refund will be honored and it is coming – it’s just taking a little longer than expected and we’re very sorry about that. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. We’ll have an update for you by May 6th, unless we see that your refund has already been disbursed between now and then. Please be sure to check with your banking institution for an update if you don’t hear from us. Please stay safe! Sincerely,
  24. Well. On the Radiance of the seas which got cancelled at 5 pm on day of embarcation, the lady in front of me was taken away for second screening as she was coughing consistently as health questionnaire people were handing these forms out. She said she had asthma right there in front of us. Lady asked her if she had a letter or certificate from her doctor and she said no. They were taken out of line. Do not know what happened after that. Wr had our temps taken as did all passengers and yes we brought our luggage all of it on board. Getting all money back and our trip insurance covered everything else. Actually was happy cruise got cancelled due to New Zealand banning ships. Had lovely week in Sydney and days after all free.
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