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    Houston TX
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    Scuba Diving
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Viking, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Gate 1
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Galveston

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  1. So OBC can pay for Gratuities once on onboard. But can't pay for Pre-Paid Gratuities with OBC now... lol
  2. We have generous OBC from previous cancelled cruises. Trying to pre-book excursions for our upcoming cruise, but Carnival asked for credit card payment. So OBC can't be used to pre-book excursions online now? How about once onboard, charge excursion to cabin, then OBC can be used then...?
  3. Thanks, I look at this 2 ways: 1. Carnival generating cash flow now, as they may have to cancel it later in Aug 2. Like the airlines blocking out middle seats for social distancing purposes , Carnival trying to empty out all the interior cabins & moving passengers to ocean views & balcony cabins We like #2 better...
  4. Quick update from my post over a week ago: "Just went to Carnival & other booking sites to see availability of balcony cabins & price difference if we want to upgrade from our current interior cabin for our upcoming late Aug cruise. It shows the difference of only $115 pp between interior & balcony. Great price, so I called Carnival. They said the price difference to upgrade is $350 pp ($700 for us 2 in 1 cabin). Since we booked using VIFP Past Passenger discount, they said that's the price difference. Even asked if other discounts (Military, Senior, AAA, AARP, etc...) were any better, they said VIFP was the lowest. That eats up more than twice the $300 OBC for our 5 day cruise, so didn't make sense for us. Prices are much higher than when we booked back in March, when we were notified that our May booking was cancelled, otherwise we would cancel & rebook if pricing was the same, to get the less upgrade pricing for balcony..." Today, I received an email from Carnival, Subject: You qualify for a stateroom upgrade. Great News, You qualify for an exclusive upgrade offer! This offer is only available on a limited number of staterooms. Starting at $100 Savings of 74% I figured, Great, $100 per person, much better than $350 pp last week, So I clicked on the "Upgrade Now" Icon, Went & picked out new mid-ship Balcony cabin on the 8th Deck. There were about a half to a dozen avail cabins on each deck. Paid $100 TOTAL (for both of us, meaning only $50 EACH). Received confirmation email a few minutes later, stating same reservation #, now with new balcony cabin #, and it shows it as an 8D Balcony. Itemized charges now shows reservation cost are $100 more than previous. Fine print on bottom of email said: Offer is valid for guests with a qualifying VIFP Club Member number Awesome! Now hope this late Aug sailing won't be cancelled... Grea
  5. We did: "Just booked a cruise on Carnival at fantastic price..." But just wanted to cruise RCL as we just made Diamond. Just not at a 33% higher price during hurricane season...
  6. The reason inside rooms are so cheap is that they can't provide you with free electricity, thus no outlets. You must bring an extra long extension cord to connect to the rich people's balcony cabin's outlets... 😎
  7. Lots of issues with Ocean cruise lines. We were very lucky when Gate1Travel's March European river cruise was canceled. Upon our requests for a full refund, they refunded 100% of the cruise price as well as KLM's flights. 4 other family members from Hawaii also got 100% refund, including Delta's flight costs. We were very surprised when we told them we want full refund, instead of FCC, they fully refunded back to our credit cards within a week. Extremely pleased with Gate1Travel. Now hope our Viking river cruise in France is still a go in late July....
  8. I'm way down South in Houston Texas, where it's been 90 degrees & 100% humidity for a few weeks now. We've been smartly cautious when out & about. Luckily our private kept our golf course & tennis courts open, although singles play only, no doubles for over a month. Just started back with doubles & group play last week. All tables & chairs put away, so no groupings. Club members & neighbors only, no guests/visitors. Good to be sweating outside in the warm sunshine everyday. Gym still closed, but we have group exercises at a 10' distances & lots of Zoom video online classes. Grocery stores, Lowes & Home Depot always been open. Restaurants & retail stores are now open at 15% capacity, so we've shopping & eating out daily. We're trying to be cautious & smart, but enjoying the outdoors as much as we can...
  9. https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/05/12/carnival-inundated-with-bookings-after-announcing-august-departures-these-are-cruises-slated-to-set-sail-from-galveston/?fbclid=IwAR1KREoQb1lLrMaTDIoiQOBFMxUnHgcOvSAo-714ijQRCgnwx3y5Vplir9M Carnival inundated with bookings after announcing August departures; these are cruises slated to set sail from Galveston (Carnival) HOUSTON – Bookings for Carnival Cruise Line shot up 600 percent after announcing cruises would begin on August 1, according to Cruise Planners, a cruise booking company. The spike is a 200% increase over the same time period last year. TMZ reported the booking company noted people were “not a bit concerned about traveling at this time” because many said they were healthy and looking forward to life after lockdown. A check of Carnival’s website shows a Western Caribbean cruise aboard the Carnival Dream is scheduled to set sail from Galveston as soon as August 8, with several subsequent cruises to depart through the month and into next year. See all of the Galveston cruises here. However, plans are just plans, as Carnival noted on social media, saying in part: “Any resumption of cruise operations – whenever that may be – is fully dependent on our continued efforts in cooperation with federal, state, local and international government officials,” a news release said. “In our continued support of public health efforts, any return to service will also include whatever enhanced operational protocols and social gathering guidelines that are in place at the time of the resumption of cruise operations. We are committed to supporting all public health efforts to manage the COVID-19 situation and will continue to keep our guests, travel agent partners and other stakeholders informed.” In a news release, Carnival said it is taking a “measured approach.” “We are…focusing on the potential for sailing from a select number of homeports where we have more significant operations that are easily accessible by car for the majority of our guests,” a news release said. “We will use this additional time to continue to engage experts, government officials and stakeholders on additional protocols and procedures to protect the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we serve. We appreciate the understanding and support of our guests and travel agent partners and look forward to welcoming them on board as the environment for travel and tourism improves.”
  10. We have a Nov cruise on the Liberty out of Galveston & a European river cruise late in the year. Just booked a cruise on Carnival at fantastic price, a real 60% off our ave prices that we usually book at out of Galveston. Figured we'll get similar lower prices at RCL. But scanning through the Liberty's 7 night cruises out of Galveston for any sailing for the rest of the year, the lowest prices are in peak hurricane season in Sept & it's a third higher, 33% higher, than what we paid for the Nov cruise. I don't get it, thought pricing would be better....
  11. No, this is not Unethical on RCL's part. It's just their marketing campaign to increase cash flow. It's a gamble on our part as passengers. You give them $$$ now, at least the deposits, gambling that they'll won't go bankrupt, or increases prices for future cruises. It's just like the futures' market, or any other gambling instruments...
  12. Great to hear that Uniworld treated you well when they bumped you. Just looked at our July booking again, it was fully booked/sold out when we booked last year, & now it shows only One cabin category, out of 8, as being sold out. Prices are much higher too, & $599 air, instead of free air. Guess they really don't want any more bookings to replaced those who've cancelled...
  13. Just went to Carnival & other booking sites to see availability of balcony cabins & price difference if we want to upgrade from our current interior cabin for our upcoming late Aug cruise. It shows the difference of only $115 pp between interior & balcony. Great price, so I called Carnival. They said the price difference to upgrade is $350 pp. Since we booked using VIFP Past Passenger discount, that's the price difference. Even asked if other discounts (Military, Senior, AAA, AARP, etc...) were any better, they said VIFP was the lowest. That eats up more than twice the $300 OBC for our 5 day cruise, so didn't make sense for us. Prices are much higher than when we booked back in March, when we were notified that our May booking was cancelled, otherwise we would cancel & rebook if pricing was the same, to get the less upgrade pricing for balcony. Don't get these pricing games...
  14. That's what we're wondering. For those who cancelled on their own, cruise lines will let those cabins remain unbooked for social distancing? But bumping/cancelling passengers who's already booked is another issue....
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