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shippmates

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    cross stitching, reading biking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. When we canceled I was told it would take 7 - 10 business days for the FCC to be sent.
  2. Booboo and Yogi are great. They have such a great relationship with each other. Always have a smile on their faces and will go so far out of their way to make you cruise awesome. Enjoy your cruise and stay healthy.
  3. Yes you can cancel your cruise up to 48 hr before sailing. You can also cancel any cruise set to sail to July 31, 2020. A FCC will be issued for the full amount paid not including taxes and port charges. Port charges and taxes will be refunded to the credit card that was used for payment.
  4. I spoke to Cunard yesterday regarding our cruises in April and May. The response that I got is Cunard is working on a cancelation policy and once it is approved it will be released. Also according to them none of their ships are in harms way. We are hanging in until the very last minute to see what is going to happen in the next few weeks.
  5. Yes purchasing travel insurance is the smart thing to do. When deciding on the policy, you must read the entire policy or ask about the coverage of epidemics. In researching and emails I have received "cancel for any reason" also has some restriction. Some of the policies if they are not purchased prior to a certain date that policy will not cover this. If you waited until this virus started and are sailing soon and cancel because of fear, you policy will not cover this.
  6. You would think so but once all the complaints come out that insurance did not cover this virus, they still will not purchase insurance.
  7. If you look at some of the comments regarding travel insurance. Some of the "cancel for any reason" policies do not cover canceling due to the virus threat. It depends on your carrier and exactly when you purchased your policy.
  8. If you are thinking about canceling your cruise and you have travel insurance, please contact your insurance company as I have read where some of the policies will not cover the virus. That even includes the policies that have cancel for any reason. These policies must be purchased before a certain date to cover the virus. It may just be better to wait until the very last minute to cancel to see if the cruise line cancels your cruise. If they cancel then you will get a refund for your costs.
  9. My husband had a helicopter evac from Labadee. It was a private helicopter that we learned later was from the hopsital he was taken to in the Dominican Republic. I am not sure what the charge was unless it was included in the hospital bill.
  10. When we had to file a claim with our travel insurance not the cruise lines but a third party. We had to pay everything up front and then file a claim with our travel insurance and our private insurance when we got home. The charges included the ship, Dominican Republic hospital, hotel, flights, food, and missed time on the cruise for my husband. Also understand that it is possible the other family member maybe required to finish the vacation. We were on the Explorer in Labadee when my husband was airlifted and I was not able to travel with him and had to finish the cruise. We never leave home with out travel insurance.
  11. I would do the Summit for the quiet relaxed atmosphere on the ship. The heated solarium pool is just wonderful to relax and do some exercising after a long day in port. There are many places to sit and read and watch the ocean go by if you do not have a balcony. Enjoy your cruise whichever ship you choose.
  12. First I want to say how sorry I am to hear about your Mother. It is so very hard to use a loved one at anytime. I remember when we first started to cruise we never bought insurance. As my Mother got older and was sick we started to purchase insurance in case we had to cancel. It was several years that we paid for insurance and did not need to file a claim. On our one cruise my husband had a medical emergency and had to taken off the ship in Haiti to the hospital in Dominican Republic for surgery and treatment. The insurance policy we had covered the medivac, hospital stay, time missed on the cruise, my flights from Cape Liberty to Dominican Republic, hotels, meals, and our flights back to PA. We always purchase insurance for every trip and have never needed it after this emergency thank goodness for that. We consider travel insurance just like the insurance we have on our home and pay premiums every year but never have used it. It is just an insurance policy just in case.
  13. This is a great cruise. We have done it several times and just did most of the ports on our own. Boston is the only port that you need to get transportation into town as the port is out of town.
  14. Our favorite rolls are the pumpkin seed rolls. They are in the bread basket every night but some nights there is only one. We asked our server for more of them and the rest of the cruise the only rolls we would get would be the pumpkin seed. Love how Royal tries to please everyone.
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