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  1. My success story, also posted in the really long refund thread. We were booked on the March 14 Sky Princess cruise: Feb 28 we cancelled (thinking we would only get 25% back plus money back for some incidentals, flights, etc) Approx. March 13 we got the initial cancellation money back on our credit card (worked out to about 50% of our total spend on cruise+flights) May 5 we got an email to fill out a form to choose: 100% cash + 100% FCC, or 225% FCC - we chose 100+100 Mid-May the FCC showed up on our Princess accounts Last week the remainder of our money was refunded to our credit card (roughly 50% of our total spend) We are happy campers, especially that we didn't need to hound anyone on the phone in order to get our refund. It just required patience while Princess worked out all of their processes.
  2. We were booked on the March 14 Sky Princess cruise: Feb 28 we cancelled (thinking we would only get 25% back plus money back for some incidentals, flights, etc) Approx. March 13 we got the initial cancellation money back on our credit card (worked out to about 50% of our total spend on cruise+flights) May 5 we got an email to fill out a form to choose: 100% cash + 100% FCC, or 225% FCC - we chose 100+100 Mid-May the FCC showed up on our Princess accounts Last week the remainder of our money was refunded to our credit card (roughly 50% of our total spend) We are happy campers, especially that we didn't need to hound anyone on the phone in order to get our refund. It just required patience while Princess worked out all of their processes.
  3. Hello from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. It was sunny but cold today, hovering around 0C and below, especially when considering the wind chill. We are watching movies, playing lots of co-operative board games (ironically “Pandemic” is our favourite, but also Forbidden Island and others) and my wife got the recipe for the Toasted Almond Martini which she loves on Princess ships and she’s made herself a couple this past week. We were supposed to be on Sky Princess March 14-21 but we cancelled that on Feb 28. Hang in there everybody!!
  4. While I’m impressed with Princess’s policies around this situation (we cancelled before all of the offers to cancel for free and they still retroactively gave us FCC - without us even asking - which they didn’t have to do) we will be waiting a while to see how this Covid-19 situation shakes out in the world before we set foot on a cruise ship again. If we do cruise again, Princess will be our likely choice because of the FCC they gave us, and we’ve enjoyed all of our Princess cruises up until now.
  5. According to this: http://crew-center.com/caribbean-princess-itinerary there are no more sailings until May. Are you sure it wasn’t just crew on the ship?
  6. We canceled Feb 28 and only got money back on our card on this past Wednesday, so it took about a week and a half. It could get even worse with the volumes they are dealing with now (literally everyone who had a cruise in the next 60 days).
  7. To be clear, they are still flying them all on a charter to an army base in Canada where they will be quarantined for at least 14 days, regardless of symptoms or not.
  8. I believe Canada said they won't fly any people who are exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19 (if any are in that state). Not sure what will happen to those folks.
  9. Princess is giving them a pretty easy out now that they can get future cruise credit even if they didn’t have insurance.
  10. This disease could possibly mutate into a very deadly form of the virus and because so little is known about it, there is an abundance of caution happening right now. The flu is very well known, 100+ years of medical study. China contained the outbreak relatively well because they shut down travel between cities, shut down movie theaters, stores, etc to contain it. Not seeing any of that in the U.S. yet. Also there could have been a lot more cases that were mild and therefore never tested in China. We’ll never know for sure. And it could very well make a comeback in China yet once people start moving around and congregating again.
  11. Coronavirus is a whole class of viruses. SARS was also a coronavirus. They just used that name at the beginning for this because it didn't have a formal name. Now it is officially called Covid-19 instead of the generic coronavirus name.
  12. If some crew members had it late in the first sailing then that would be an easy way for it to go from one sailing to the next. Or if any passengers were doing back-to-backs. Cleaning the ship only does so much, unless they replace all of the crew and passengers there's a non-zero chance that it could carry over to the next sailing via a person.
  13. I’m very surprised (and disappointed) that Princess hasn’t yet updated their screening to include travel from Korea, Iran, and the affected Northern Italy regions.
  14. Hopefully (like BSE) this will allow you to always choose between two fare levels: a basic fare (which could be reduced by other sales/specials) and a "Princess Plus" fare which will include these 3 perks. That will be a win-win for everyone, and will allow Princess to better compete with other lines.
  15. Even though the infected person just had the flu. Could be a sign of bad things to come for cruisers and cruise lines. If anyone has a fever on board it's pretty easy for port authorities to just say "sorry!" rather than do any due diligence about the situation.
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