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Smokeyham

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    NCL, Princess
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    Had a great time in Alaska, and I really love sea days!

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  1. That sounds reasonable. I would not be surprised if we don't see any cruise ships in the northern part of the Canada/US West Coast until next spring.
  2. May I suggest, if you are not interested in the thread you don't have to read or follow it. I think it is helpful to keep each other informed about what the latest information is on cancellations.
  3. September is now down to eight cruises on the Princess website. Many of them involve Australia and I wonder if they will reopen their borders? Currently, the status for Australia is "At the current time, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members are permitted to travel to Australia. " https://www.australia.com/en-us/travel-alerts/coronavirus.html
  4. Actually, NCL does not have an exemption. Pride of America is an American flagged vessel. Here is the information from the NCL website "As the only U.S. flagged cruise ship, Pride of America sails year round from Honolulu, giving you the freedom and flexibility to vacation on your schedule."
  5. Yes, I just got a notice for the cruise following yours (9/27 - R/T out of San Francisco). My choice will be to take the "double the deposit" option.
  6. Princess did have a few cruises listed for August, but I see they have now gone from their website. I suspect the 15 that are listed for September will be disappearing shortly as well.
  7. You are quite right...... It would be nice to have many options to do a Transatlantic crossing. I particularly want to get to Britain! 🙂
  8. I would agree. For an Alaskan cruise you might wish to consider foregoing a luxury cruise in favor of one that has access to Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier. I've been twice and had a great time on both cruises (HAL and Princess). For the Princess cruise we chose a date after Labor Day, to have fewer kids on board, but ended up with poorer weather (though weather in Alaska can be very variable any time of the year).
  9. It would be great if Cunard offered a (very slow) 14 day Transatlantic crossing. This could also meet the 14-day quarantine restriction and be a very pleasant way to travel.
  10. I talked with a Princess representative on Saturday. She indicated that they will be working on updates early this week.
  11. The problem is that the ships need a foreign port to stop in when they are leaving from/returning to US ports. This is why cruises to Alaska leaving from Seattle or SF stop in at Vancouver and/or Victoria.
  12. Excellent points that we need to look at how successful (or not) Mexico is in dealing with the virus prior to booking a cruise there.
  13. This sounds like an interesting idea. Yes, as we see from comments here, this is not for everyone but likely there are enough people who really enjoy sea days, and are very keen to get back on board, that the idea could work for a couple of cruises. Hopefully the cruise lines will read this and consider it as an option.
  14. Hank, Great point! I think we need to be extra nice to call takers when/if we call Princess. They are dealing with a huge volume of work and are trying their best catch up!
  15. Very happy to help. I am sorry this cruise is cancelled since it would have been nice to cruise without the issues associated with flying. I wonder if Princess will be providing more cruises from the U.S. West Coast to Mexico, since it appears that Mexico will be opening up their ports to cruise ships.
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