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  1. Or perhaps condense two cruises with similar dates/itineraries/departure ports into one cruise, i.e. seven day cruises from Miami and Port Canaveral, cancel one of them and move the people from both ships who don't cancel onto one ship. Same for the transatlantic cruises leaving NY in April.
  2. It was on TV on CNN. The governor of Florida and leaders from the cruise industry were stood with him when he made the statement.
  3. Mike Pence just made an announcement on TV that changes are coming in 72 hours to how cruise lines handle cruises for the American public. We currently have three cruises booked so wondering what changes are in the pipeline.
  4. Agreed. For a beach day on St Thomas we prefer Sapphire Beach to Magen's Bay.
  5. Yes, NCL charges you the tax while sailing down the Mississippi until out in the Gulf.
  6. It depends on the cruise line whether or not local sales tax is passed on to the customer while in US ports. For example, Celebrity does not charge customers tax on drinks while in US ports, NCL charges customers.
  7. Anthem of the Seas Updates February 8th, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST We'll share our next updates tomorrow, February 9th at 9:00 AM EST. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this situation, that is so challenging for all of us. As we previously shared, we received an update from the CDC. Unfortunately, due to the volume of tests they are conducting for Coronavirus, they will need the next 24-48 hours to complete the test. Given the timing, we are going to push the departure date to Monday in order to have conclusive results before sailing. Our goal is to now set sail from Cape Liberty, New Jersey on Monday, February 10th at 3:00 PM EST. Boarding will begin at 11:00 AM EST and all guests must be onboard by 2:00 PM EST. Please see our revised itinerary. DATES DAY ORIGINAL ITINERARY REVISED ITINERARY 2/7 Friday Cape Liberty, New Jersey - 2/8 Saturday Cruising - 2/9 Sunday Cruising - 2/10 Monday Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida Cape Liberty, New Jersey 2/11 Tuesday Perfect Day at CocoCay Cruising 2/12 Wednesday Nassau, Bahamas King's Wharf, Bermuda 2/13 Thursday Cruising King's Wharf, Bermuda 2/14 Friday Cruising Cruising 2/15 Saturday Cape Liberty, New Jersey Cape Liberty, New Jersey You may be wondering why our itinerary changed from a Bahamas cruise to a Bermuda cruise. With a Monday afternoon departure, we wouldn’t arrive into Nassau until around 3:00 PM and would need to depart later that evening to make our way back to Cape Liberty – not a great experience. Given that our goal is to provide you with the best vacation possible, we made the decision to sail to Bermuda, where you’ll have more than a day and a half in port to explore. Plus, the weather forecast is looking favorable in Bermuda during our visit. We know how much you were looking forward to beginning your vacation, and we cannot apologize enough for the impact this situation has caused. But we can try to make up for it. Should you chose to join us, our updated compensation is: • A 50 % refund, which will be added to your Onboard Account as a refundable onboard credit. • And, because we know that this is not how any of us wanted this to go, and we want you to give us another shot, we will be also provide you with a 50% future cruise credit. • In addition, if you purchased an internet or beverage package, unlimited dining package, or pre-paid your gratuities, you’ll receive a prorated refund as a credit for the 3 days your cruise was shortened by to your Onboard Account. • Any pre-purchased Royal Caribbean International shore excursions for the impacted ports will also be refunded to your Onboard Account. All credits applied to your Onboard Account can be used anywhere onboard, and any unused credits will be refunded back to your credit card on file about 3 – 5 business days after the sailing ends. If you choose not to sail, we completely understand and you may cancel and receive a full refund. You do not need to do anything to cancel, no need to call or contact us for this, as we want to make it as easy for you as possible. If you do not show up to the pier, we will understand that you decided not join us and we will automatically process your refund. You should see it on your account 3-5 days after our updated departure. If you decide to sail and are local, we ask that you please relax at home and make your way to the cruise terminal on Monday. If you flew in, we’ll assist you with hotel accommodations up to $200 USD per stateroom, per night. If you decide to cancel, and flew in, we will assist you with air change fees to get you back home. We will cover $200 USD per person for domestic flights or $400 USD per person for international flights. Please send your receipts to RoyalGuestRelations@rccl.com for reimbursement. And lastly, if you booked your airfare with us and choose to cancel, we will help you reschedule your return flights home. As promised, we will continue to keep you informed and will share an update with you tomorrow at 9:00 AM EST, even if there is no new news. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we ensure your safety and wellbeing.
  8. Two years ago while on a cruise on the Star we took a NCL excursion to the rain forest in Costa Rica. I was also concerned about bugs but wore shorts and used bug spray and fortunately no bites. I found crossing the rope bridges more scary than the bugs!
  9. Thank you for the info mking. Yes, ncl. We had thought about going back to LGA on the Sunday morning to get a shuttle to the cruise port but instead will opt for a ride directly from hotel to cruise terminal.
  10. We are arriving at LGA on a Saturday evening (flight is already booked) for a cruise from the Manhattan cruise terminal on the Sunday. We intend staying at the Hampton Inn near LGA on the Saturday night. To get to the cruise terminal on Sunday morning we would like to take a shared shuttle van as we have done from EWR in the past, but we are wondering how realistic this idea is because of all the construction at LGA. If we have to we will use Uber but not keen, definitely don't want to use public transport like a train or bus (we are 70 year olds). Any advice on which shuttle services offer transport to the cruise terminal would be appreciated.
  11. I feel just like you do when I "just walk on a ship", nothing better. Sure I like all the bells and whistles, good food, etc, on some cruises I have had them and some not (my first cruise - a solo - was in 1971 and since then I have taken many, many more, sometimes on my own, sometimes not). Yes, some cruises are better than others but bad ones are still experiences, and to me experiences are way, way better than things.
  12. Where is the iCafe now?
  13. We were on the Epic in April of this year. No reservations were required for the comedy club. We were told it was an experiment and if successful would be implemented on other ships.
  14. We returned from a cruise on the Equinox just 9 days ago. We had a cabin on deck 8, one of those forward facing cabins with a slanted window. Had zero issues with the ship rocking/pitching. Have completed at least 25 cruises and have experienced ship movement but not on our recent Oct 14 eleven night Caribbean cruise.
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