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  1. This sounds like the casino rate offer that I received. If they check with their PCC or TA they may find they are also eligible for $250 in casino play plus free drinks while in the casino. The offer of casino play must be redeemed in the casino. They should have received an email or offer in the mail with the details.
  2. I agree. I trusted my PCC. I have tried to find a TA that I could trust and provide a discount. I wasn't able, so I used the PCC. She was very responsive both by phone and email. As for discounts, I found several ways to save money on a cruise and associated travel. (Flight ease, FCD, travel cards, Amex, and sales.) To each his own. I didn't intend this to become another TA vs PCC thread.
  3. The first thing I did was to check on the on the status of my last PCC. She has left HAL. The second thing I did was to start this thread. The last thing was to greet my new PCC. I told her how great the last PCC was, and that I looked forward to working with her when I felt safe to travel again.
  4. I have had a great PCC for the last several years. She has always responded quickly and accurstely via email and phone. Today I received an email from a new PCC. Has anyone else been reassigned to a different PCC?
  5. I received this offer last week. I looked it over, considered it,and then decided you can't pay me to be on a cruise until there is a vaccine. My next cruise won't be until late 2021 or sometime in 2022. I may book one for late next year so that I can start planning. Stay well everyone, Taba
  6. The advisory from the State Department includes a warning about long distance travel on a plane. Passengers on Cruise Ships U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship. CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment. In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures that have denied port entry rights to ships and prevented passengers from disembarking. In some cases, local authorities have permitted disembarkation but subjected passengers to local quarantine procedures. While the U.S. government has evacuated some cruise ship passengers in recent weeks, repatriation flights should not be relied upon as an option for U.S. citizens under the potential risk of quarantine by local authorities. This is a fluid situation. CDC notes that older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships. Passengers with plans to travel by cruise ship should contact their cruise line companies directly for further information and continue to monitor the Travel.state.gov website and see the latest information from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cruise/index.html.
  7. I knew I didn't have much time to spare, so I tried to reduce risks in other ways: insurance, Flightease, direct flight, and HAL transfer.
  8. It was a reference to the Gilligan's Island theme song. It was also the second miscalculation I made on the trip. I was on a 3 hour boat ride. The first 2 hours were uneventful. But in the 3rd hour the "weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed." I lost my lunch.🤢
  9. I was havig secnd thughts on my decision, but it was ether flyng the day of departite or not at all. I had a "it is what it is" attitude until the bus drove off without us.
  10. Never run with scissors, never take a 3 hour tour, and never fly in the day of the cruise. I had to work on the day before the cruise, so I scheduled our flight to FLL for the day of the cruise. I have never done that before, because you never know when a flight will be delayed. We had to be on board the ship by 4:00. The plane was scheduled to land at 2:36. That gave me 20 minutes to pick up luggage, 20 minutes to get to the ship, 10 minutes to check in at the port and 30 minutes of buffer in case anything happened. The weather was good, so the plane left on time. We landed at 2:30. We checked in with the HAL transfer people and then we grabbed our bags at 2:50. So far so good.We were walking to the bus, and it left without us at 3:00. Panic begins. Another bus shows up at 3:25. We arrive at the port at 3:35. Then we're in line for security. Then another line to check passports. At 3:45 we're checking in at desk. At 3:50 we're on the ship with 10 minutes to spare. At 4:00 we're at the muster drill. Next time I'll fly in a day early. I did have insurance and used Flightease.
  11. After I book my reflexible fares on flightease, I also check the current price on the airline's website. Then I know what the base fare outside flightease is. I then monitor the price on the airlines website. If the price drops below what it was on on the day I booked with flightease, I go back to flightease to rebook. That way I won't accidently cancel my flights when the prices are higher.
  12. The advantage of booking early with a refundable fare is that you have better selection of staterooms, but if you rebook, you can keep your room.
  13. You can if you select a flexible fare. You can also monitor airfare costs, and cancel and rebook your flights if you find a better schedule or price.
  14. Thanks. This will be our 3rd time in a Neptune suite. We love all the extras that come with the Neptune suite, especially breakfast at the Pinnacle Grill. We received the offer at 1:45 and by 2:00 I had accepted the offer. I had already decided the price I was willing to pay, before any offers came.
  15. We received an upsell offer from a veranda to a Neptune suite. yesterday which is 23 days before the trip. The price was reasonable, so we accepted the offer. There are three of us, but we only had to pay the extra fee for two of us. We are looking forward to the extra space and also extra amenities. We booked the cruise directly through HAL so the offer came via email.
  16. I email my PCC and alway get a quick and useful response. It doesn't matter whether it is for a quote, question, or change to a reservation.
  17. That is an issue with the United credit card, but not with the Delta credit card. I often pay for my Delta flights with non-Delta credit cards, especially for work. I still get the free checked bag benefit for myslef and others in my party as long as I have the e-ticket linked to my frequent flyer account.
  18. The answer will vary by airline, but I was surprised to discover that even though my Delta Airlines ticket was a heavily discounted "V" fare class, I was still able to upgrade once it was ticketed. I was also noticed that the ticket cost plus the upgrade fee ( if I paid in cash instead of miles) was much less than if I had originally booked the premium economy seats through Flightease. As an example, I paid $216/ ticket. An upgrade to premium economy is $99 for a total of $315. If I chose premium economy with flight ease, my cost would have been $477. There was a similar saving for first class.
  19. I booked using Flightease and was able to get the non-stop flights I wanted at less than I could have directly through Delta. At 45 before the depature date, I was ticketed. Prior to ticketing, I was unable to upgrade using miles. After ticketing I was was able to upgrade through my Delta account.
  20. I received an email today from Delta that said they were having a sale today. I checked Flightease and was able to save a few dollars on my Delta flight in November. If you are booked on Delta through Flightease with a flexible fare you may want to check your fares today.
  21. Once the ship was reassigned from a European Itineray to Alaska, so we receive $100 per person OBC to switch to another itineray. We found one that was very close to the original. Another time was when the cruise changed to an earlier start date and became 2 days longer. Again we received OBC. The third time, the ship need some repairs, so it skipped PEI and stayed an extra day in Quebec City. We received OBC and a future cruise credit. That turned out to be our lucky cruise. We also got "bumped" a few hours on our flight and received a $1200 airline voucher. Then we entered the "free cruise" lottery for $20 and won a 7 day cruise.
  22. I agree with booking early for the same reasons as above. Also, when booking early, I have been able to take advantage of Amex offers, additional OBC if HAL decides to change the itinerary ( it happened 3 out of 6 cruises with HAL), and also take more time to shop for the best airfare. That said, my best deals were on short notice, 2 to 4 weeks before sailing.
  23. You may want to try Carnival. Why pay extra to be grumpy?
  24. I book with a PCC for the same reasons. The first 3 cruises I used a TA, but the last several I have booked directly through HAL mostly with a PCC. I have compared the saving with a few big travel agencies, but usually have found the savings fairly small.
  25. The last 3- day sale that was offered in June was a good deal for me. This looks like a good deal for anyone traveling during the November, December, or January Holidays.
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