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  1. I started looking at replacement cruises as soon as I got the email this morning. Our April 2020 Breeze cruise was for our anniversary... didn’t happen. The Jan 2021 Mardi Gras was in between both of our birthdays (both in January)... not happening haha. So this May 8 will be for our anniversary, although it’s a week too late. I looked for a bunch of replacement Jan 2021 cruises but didn’t see anything terribly exciting, so we went for the make-up anniversary attempt. I consider us lucky with this May 8 sailing... we managed to get the last (or so we were told) extended balcony on the hump, deck 9 port. Our Jan 2021 cruise, we had a cove spa balcony. None of those were available for this cruise, so once all our monies transfer over, we just have a little over $100 to pay by February for this cruise haha.
  2. Same for us... we were on the Jan 16 sailing. That one was a re-book from our April 2020 Breeze getting cancelled. So... we are now booked on the May 8 sailing of Mardi Gras. We’ll see if the third times a charm!
  3. March 9 is when we moved our April 2020 cruise. Haven’t received a refund for FTTF or the two shore excursions yet. Guess I’ll give it the full 90 days before I attempt to call customer service.
  4. Oh that’s good news.... we’ll see what happens!
  5. Cool idea Sid, always great to escape and take a trip with you, even if that trip has already happened!
  6. Vaccines are made with dead viruses. This journalist gonna make a big deal about that too?
  7. Italy, Spain, and I’m afraid Finland... doesn’t matter where, I think it’s all going to be affected. Just waiting on word from Carnival while I research other cruises. We booked a Jan 2021 Mardi Gras cruise because our April 2020 cruise on the Breeze was a no-go. Wouldn’t be surprised if we had to re-reschedule this one.
  8. Radiance is in Spain, but they’re closed. Already cancelled her first 4 European sailings also.
  9. I noticed the Jan 2021 (and later) sailings not appearing anymore and initially chalked it up to thousands and thousands of folks re-booking due to this mess. Then I thought... what if they have to halt construction because of this? It’s certainly a mess with no good solutions. As an aside, I’m now researching other cruises in the event we have to re-schedule again. I just read an article, posted yesterday, that the Carnival Radiance’s transformation has been officially postponed. She’s at dry dock in Spain. It was supposed to be a 38 day job, and now the first 4 European sailings have been cancelled. After reading that, I assume Mardi Gras is having the same issue. Guess we’ll know by Friday! I know it’s a silly thing to stress about... but we really needed our April cruise (big move, two career changes) to de-stress. Neither of us have a lot of flexibility with our careers, and I don’t think anyone is able to book an interim vacation right now anyways (land or sea) to make up for our April cruise. So we reluctantly pushed it out to Jan 2021. I think we could most likely book an Oct-Dec 2020 cruise somewhere... but then again, what if this mess continues and disrupts those also?
  10. We booked a Jan 2021 sailing because our April 2020 Breeze cruise got caught up in this mess. Gonna be real upset if this one has to get rescheduled too!
  11. Howdy! We just booked this cruise! We were scheduled to leave April 25 of this year on the Breeze. We decided to cancel, not because of a fear of getting sick, but the fear of being quarantined for days on end, which we can’t afford to do with our careers. We were eagerly counting down to the days, but now our count has jumped back up. Our anniversary cruise now turned into a birthday cruise (for both of us) on a brand new ship! We were in a spa balcony on the Breeze, and now we are booked in a spa cove balcony for this trip. Odd that the spa is on deck 5, but it’ll be ok!
  12. Thanks for the kind words! We are bummed... but it’s ok! We are looking at doing a short land vacation to make up for it. But we re-booked on the brand new Mardi Gras for Jan 16... which is right in the middle of both our birthdays and will be a nice break after all the holiday craziness. Hopefully the Mardi Gras won’t face any more delays and we won’t have to reschedule that one too!
  13. I just cancelled our April 25 cruise on the Breeze. I’m not at all scared of the virus, I think the hype is ridiculous and harmful. My wife and I are in our mid 30s and mostly in good shape. That said... both of us are in careers where we could not risk getting quarantined for any length of time due to this whole mess. Also, we were scheduled to be in Grand Turk the day of our 5 year anniversary, and would have been pretty sad if we were turned away (and yes, I know that could happen anyways without this virus mess). I called, sat on hold about 90 minutes, and then had everything switched to our new cruise in about half an hour. She applied the FCC while on the phone and then credited us for what we had already paid to the April cruise. Done and done.
  14. It’s important to actually READ that article. While sad, the decedent already had underlying health conditions. Also, there’s this... “It's important to remember," Azar said, "for the vast majority of individuals who contract the novel coronavirus, they will experience mild to moderate symptoms, and their treatment will be to remain at home, treating their symptoms, the way they would a severe cold, or the flu.” This is no different than the flu. Everyone needs to relax. Corona has been around a long time, this is just a new strain.... again, just like the flu.
  15. Thanks, Tandem! We decided we’re going to alternate vacations. So this year, it’s a cruise for our anniversary. We are planning a DC trip next year, then another cruise after that. I’d like to cruise every year, but.... happy wife, happy life!
  16. This is our 5th anniversary.... wow, 50! Any tips for making it that far (other than lots of cruises!)
  17. Thanks! This will be only our second cruise. Our very first was with NCL on the Spirit in 2016 in an oceanview cabin. She’s old and small, but we didn’t know that at the time lol. We didn’t really do any research for that cruise, we knew where we wanted to visit and that was the ship that kind of checked the boxes. But we loved it and had an absolute blast! For this Carnival cruise, we knew we wanted to go to Grand Turk, and we wanted to do it on our anniversary, which meant booking the Breeze. I splurged and got us the spa balcony without telling my wife (she knows now). It wasn’t until after we booked that I started doing research on the Breeze and realized that the NCL Spirit sure is old and boring! Haha. We are super excited! We don’t mind a party, but I think being able to escape to our balcony and spend some time in the spa area is really going to allow us to relax and enjoy!
  18. Your account would then be charged the difference, correct? You can still benefit from the package, you’re just in for another dollar basically if that’s what you drink.
  19. We are staying on a deck 11 spa balcony on our upcoming Breeze cruise in April. First Carnival cruise AND first balcony for us, so we are pretty excited!
  20. We are on the Breeze for April 2020. FTTF opened up several months ago, actually a lot of folks said it was late getting released. Anyways, I checked several times a day for about a month and gave up, it was always sold out. But this past Wednesday evening around 8pm, it was showing available so I managed to grab it.
  21. You never know. Most attackers don’t expect a fight, and they get thrown off their plan if you don’t act like a normal victim. Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight though. Better off complying.... live to fight another day, etc. As far as getting the steak knife off the ship... grab it from the buffet before you leave the ship. You don’t get searched on the way out. And you shouldn’t get busted bringing it back on board either... after all, if they trust you cutting your steak in the dining room, why wouldn’t you be allowed to bring it on board? “I took it off in case I bought some fresh fruit to eat in port” is a good excuse. Or if you’re worried, find a trash can in port and throw it away before boarding the ship. No one is any wiser.
  22. I’m not so much worried about having my pocket knife on the ship as I am having it when I’m in port somewhere. I’d rather have something better, but I can survive with a knife. Pro tip: learn some basic hand to hand self defense, as well as offense. If you feel like learning a little more, learn some knife fighting techniques INCLUDING disarming techniques. Am I advocating losing your life in a foreign land when you could just give the robber your money? No. But this will serve you and your family well at home also. I’m partial to Krav Maga. But situational awareness and common sense are the most important, at home and abroad. Also pro tip: If you don’t want to risk having your prized pocket knife confiscated even though the policy allows it, leave it at home... and before you leave the ship for whatever port you’re in, take a steak knife off the ship for your trip into port. Also also pro tip: if you’re carrying a knife (pocket knife, steak knife, pen knife, anything bladed) into a foreign land, familiarize yourself with the local laws and ordinances so you don’t end up getting in trouble for having a weapon where you shouldn’t have one. I’m not a lawyer and I’m not giving legal advice, and I’m not directing anyone to carry a knife on their person where it is not allowed. What I AM, though, is prepared for my well being and that of my family. I know a thing or two... because I’ve seen a thing or two. Or twelve.
  23. Turn that mirror on yourself, bruh. Calling someone else’s preference to dine in peace on a cruise they paid good money for “rude” is in fact rude. I don’t want to dine with strangers either. It’s not because I’m rude. It’s a personal preference for how I choose to spend my vacation. As the other poster said, my wife and I have extremely busy work lives, and every bit of time together we can get needs to be quality time. Apart from that, I don’t care to divulge my personal life to people I don’t know. I don’t discuss my job with people I don’t know, for example. I can see how that would be considered rude, and on vacation, I really don’t want to be bothered with what other people think, because I paid for MY vacation, not yours.
  24. Welcome back home Sid! Thanks for taking us on vacation with you again. Loved every minute of it! Time to wash our dirty laundry now!
  25. Tortola is just beautiful. I hope to go one day. I get images of pirates and large ships with tattered sails when I look at those photos you posted leaving port. You have spoiled us, Sid. And I hope you have been able to truly have some “me” time between this amazing review and your generosity with “C.” You’re a good, kind man and I hope you know that. The world could certainly use more Sid’s!
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