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About LaRue1975

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    Western Caribbean

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  1. Thanks for the heads up! I couldn’t find it, then checked “Recommended for you” and there it was, just booked it for both cabins for our Easter Week Cruise. I did notice it went up $20 from $89 to $109, not 100 % sure it is worth it but I have $1800 sitting on my Carnival CC from refunds and will decide before final payment if I want to keep it. I would have totally missed it so thanks again for posting!
  2. I knew there would be at least one, it’s satire, relax and laugh at yourself, it’s good for the soul and I highly recommend it.
  3. Yay! I am happy the article got a favorable response! I thought maybe it would flame out with the we are the all going to die folk. It is political satire about cruising, thought we could all use laugh. I live in California so could definitely use one right now, lol! I have checked out lately because of the coronavirus infection in this group and pretty much every travel group, it’s everywhere! Probably broke my own rules but at least it was good for a laugh!
  4. I found this article humorous and very supportive of cruising, something we don’t see often these days. https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2020/06/01/canceled-vacations/
  5. I received a refund this morning of $374 on my Carnival MasterCard, it was for a Shore Excursion I cancelled on March 13 for a July 25 cruise. The cruise was a reschedule for an April 4 cruise that was cancelled. Now I have rescheduled again to March 27 but had no problem getting everything transferred so no need for further refunds, whew! I cancelled the April 4 cruise on March 6 and received all the FCC and refunds to my CC within a few days.
  6. This happened to me too, it was there right after I purchased Cheers during the 20% off sale but disappeared. I contacted my PVP today for a price drop and asked him to check to see if the Cheers was still in my booking and it is. I presumed it was a computer glitch, Carnival.com is infested with them, lol!
  7. Florida and Texas have both begun the process of opening their states, both pretty aggressively. In California you would have no idea we were doing well, they are extending the lock down and the governor got so upset that people went to the beach last weekend he promised to do something about it. Good luck with that, a vast number of the citizens out here are about to reach their limit.
  8. Please share the facts you are facing, absolutely no one knows what the situation regarding Covoid 19 will be 2 months from now, let alone in the fall or a year from now. Everyone has their best guess, including the all the experts who are doing their absolute best to get it right but so far are not batting 1000 and that is a fact. It is a fact that no one knows when cruise ships will sail again. This is a public forum for sharing advice, experiences and information regarding the cruise industry so of course the pandemic and it’s affect in the industry is the prime topic of discussion right now. Believing or hoping that your ship will sail does not have a negative impact on anyone, it is not going to spread the virus, I am still trying to understand the need of some of those that think otherwise to crush the hopes of those that do. I have yet to see one post trying to convince people that don’t want to cruise to jump on the first ship out of the gate. The ships will start sailing again when the government agencies and the cruise lines determine the risk is low enough and the protocols are in place to mitigate that risk to an acceptable level. Is there a possibility they will make a mistake, sail too soon and make the situation worse? Of course, but they have a lot more to lose for getting it wrong than the people accepting great offers and who are anxious to get back on a ship. I don’t understand how booking a cruise for this summer could have a negative impact on others, either the ship will sail or not, a few people booking at bargain basement prices will not make them sail. I am hoping for the best, in the absence of facts to prove that hope wrong I will continue to do so. These are tough times, we are all getting through it as best we can, do what works best for you and as always, happy cruising!
  9. Thank you for coming back and clarifying. I am very surprised that you were able to get the charge completely removed so quickly, I didn’t think that was possible but evidently it is. I am glad it worked out for you and agree that Carnival has not handled the refunds well at all and I understand your frustration. I rebooked twice but do have refunds coming also and have been waiting over 30 days so far. I am determined to cruise again so will wait it out but I keep checking every day to see if the refunds are posted, that’s getting old!
  10. Cruised the Spirit on my best vacation ever/trip of a life time. July 2008 Northbound Vancouver to Alaska through the Inside Passage. We had a Vista Suite on the 7th deck and our BFFs had the Vista Suite on the other corner. There were only 4 aft cabin in between so we could run back and forth from our gigantic decks as the naturalist on board announced wildlife and other sites to see. The Vista Suites on Spirit class ships are very special, I don’t believe there is anything comparable now in the Carnival fleet. They don’t feel as spacious as an ocean or grand suite as they are chopped up at bit but because of that you get a true two room suite with a separate bedroom and living room with an awesome bathroom/closet/dressing room in between. In addition there is a huge and amazing deck with both aft and side views. After sailing both the Caribbean and Alaska in a Vista Suite I can say that for Alaska there is no better way to go. I would book two years in advance to grab one of these cabins. The views from the living room and bedroom are spectacular, nothing like waking up to the spectacular Alaskan views.
  11. Yes, I have seen the results in Santa Clara, so good so far. The one they did with MLB should be very enlightening, it includes samples from all employees. The athletes will just be a small part of the sample, they tested all willing employees, ushers, office, food workers, athletes and executives all across the country. It will hopefully give a great window into what is happening with the virus in our country. I believe that we will get past this but it will involve changes that will become accepted as the new normal. I don’t think they will be extreme, more like minor inconveniences like taking off your shoes, and everything scanned at the airport. Personal hygiene will become the new box cutters regarding personal security but it will involve every aspect of our daily lives so will have a bigger impact than 9-11. On the other hand, we are who we are and I have faith that we will rise to the occasion. Now is the time to step up and lead the way, be bold and use our imagination and ingenuity to find a new way, we can do this! There is a path to defeat the virus and save our country at the same time. Is it a guarantee? Absolutely not, but just as likely as the doomsayers that say cruise ships will never sail again and life as we know it is over. The one thing that I am 100% sure of is that absolutely no one knows what is going to happen in the next year. Anyone that proclaims they do, whether they be a politician, TV talking head, social media guru or a lowly poster on a cruise critic forum, they are kidding them selves if they think they do.
  12. I think the plan they are working on now is to get sports back on TV ASAP so they will have to do it without fans at first and then phase them in. There is talk of starting MLB at the Spring training facilities in Arizona which is in pretty good shape with the virus. There is also talk of starting the PGA in early June, this should be a no brainer, kind of hard to watch in person anyway and definitely a no contact sport. I also heard on TV last week that a company with the antibody test is doing 100O + people random studies in Santa Clara, CA and another in Los Angeles. They are also doing one with every employee in MLB, that makes sense now. Anyway, things are happening fast so predicting the future even a few weeks out is impossible. Staying positive works for me, others are more comfortable with a dooms day prospective. It seems to me that we are starting to turn a corner, I hope so!
  13. Trying to picture professional athletes as either poor or unfortunate, lol! When I heard this today I was thinking no way too but I thought about it and changed my mind. If this is the only way to get live professional sports back on TV, they should absolutely do it, they owe it to their fans. What about all the literally poor and unfortunate Americans trapped at home without a job? What about the kids? My grandson had school, Little League, playing with other kids and just about everything he enjoys cancelled. Bring back his favorite Dodger players, America needs the MLB, NFL, Golf, all of it back on TV. Figure it out and get it done, it would give the country hope, something that is in short supply. Then they can play all the games on the big screen on the Lido deck when cruising returns, keeping on topic, lol!
  14. Our Vista April 4 cruise was cancelled, rebooked Vista July 25 then rebooked Vista again to March 27, 2021. Carnival moved our booking with the $600 per cabin OBC, no problem. I think the third time will the charm, it’s the Cozumel Plus itinerary, can’t wait to go to Mahogany Bay and swim with the sharks and rays in Belize!
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