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    Environment, Conservation, Photography, Travel
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  1. The Canadian advisory against cruise ship travel has been in effect since March 2020 with no immediate end in sight. 🌻 https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html#cruise Actually, advisories against all non-essential travel outside of Canada, remain in effect - despite borders (e.g., EU) opening up to us.
  2. Refund / FCC Update: Sail Date: May 18, 2020 Cancelled: March 10, 2020 (self-cancelled) Expectations: 50% Cash Refund + Taxes/Port Fees; 50% FCC April 7, 2020: Received 50% Cash Refund + Taxes/Port Fees; NO FCC April 2020: Called about FCC - “it’s coming soon" May 2020: Called about FCC - will have it by May 31 July 11, 2020 called: customer engagement at: 844 418 6824 and explained the above; HUGE apologies and within 5 minutes had the FCC in my email inbox. H. 🐳
  3. Everyone’s personal opinions differ, but IF I couldn’t decide on an appropriate L&S, I would be cancelling and getting those $ back. We had 2 booked, cancelled 1 (for refund) and moved out the other.
  4. Apologies! it was in an article that i had shared, now going back to it - it was edited and cruise references gone. UGH.
  5. Here is my email offer (from this morning) from Air Canada = big NOPE! not going to happen ... they are trying though ...
  6. We had January 4th, 2021 - Connie out of Tampa ... and bailed (too many variables; Florida embarkation, what ports will be open to Cruise Ships, etc.; FP due this Fall). I wish FP policies could change (ie., closer to sail date) - as deciding 3 months out (which never was an issue) is an issue now. As we now know, the environment can spin on a dime and change so rapidly. In my wee opinion, it will be next to impossible for Florida to plank the curve by October 2020 (when FP is due) - it’s usually a 3-4 months process (from trends) once the virus peaks and we definitely didn’t want to lock up any further $ in 2020 and be awarded more FCC 😞
  7. For sure, I’ve seen flights out of Canada to the EU (back in business); yet GoC is still advising against non-essential travel which in our case (could be different for others), our medical insurance outside of CA would be kaputzied. In addition, the mandatory 14-day Quarantine is still into effect until end of August 2020 and most likely will be extended. Violators of the Quarantine Act are subject to up to $750,000 - $1 million fine and up to 3 years in prison if lives are put at risk. Since we would have to return to work (ie., we are not happily retired as of yet); this most definitely keeps us from heading to YYZ. We would love to travel, but with GoC advisories still in play - safely staying at home ... fingers crossed for 2021 🐳🌻
  8. Thanks for posting! I just checked my account and 5 points up (first 3 activities granted, didn’t participate in the 4th). 2,163 points from Zenith - WHOO HOO 🐳
  9. We had an ABC Caribbean cruise for January 2021. Not interested in cruising out of Florida (Tampa) at this time and I doubt the environment will improve enough between now and then to change our feelings. So? I moved our reservation from the Caribbean to Asia Spring 2021 (more likely to happen; although still speculation with a fuzzy crystal ball that squeaks).
  10. An interesting article - cruising resumes in some locations, plans for more to follow (EU / Asia) https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/international-cruise-lines-resuming-cruises-while-americans-wait
  11. If you have already made final payment, you might as well sit back and wait for the cancellation notice (if its cancelled).
  12. IF only death matters to you (never mind the people debilitated by this virus); it’s still not promising: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality PS - when cruising resumes has nothing to do with “death rate” - virus has to be looked at as a whole; not with blinders on. Current EU Travel restrictions are based on “X” positive cases per 100,000 and how each country is handling the pandemic (their response).
  13. @Travelexpert35 - off topic - but just saw your location under the icon - one of my favourite places in the world! I took Marine Bio courses at the Huntsman Laboratory 🐳 (many many moons ago!)
  14. We enjoy the Crown as well - it is a compelling series. “Based on a True Story” movies have creativity as well. My MIL praised “A Perfect Storm” and we watched it with her, expecting an amazing true story. When no one survives at the end of the movie, I was “HUH?” LOL! Yes, a storm happened and the boat perished at sea - so the beginning and the end were more/less accurate - but ALL the stuff in the middle was “creative"
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