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About shippmates

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    cross stitching, reading biking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Holland America, Celebrity
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  1. Before this pandemic and the passengers stuck at sea, we would only book inside cabins. Our thinking was we are not in our cabin and we could cruise more. Now we have upgraded to balconies just in case we have to spend time in our cabin.
  2. We will be in that line for a vaccine. We are so ready to get back on the deck of a ship. Have missed out on several cruises but thankful that we are still healthy. This sure has been a very stressful time for everyone.
  3. We are looking forward to getting back on QM2 in May of 2021. We also cruise alot of RCI and Celebrity and a little disapointed in the lack of dress code enforcement. We love to dress up and do on formal nights but it is sad when you are dressed and go into the dining room and your tablemate has shorts on. I love the teak decks on the Cunard ships along with the tea every afternoon in the Grand Ballroom. Hope to be back on a ship very soon.
  4. Call first thing in the morning when they open. If I have to call at night I sometimes get an answer that just does not quite make sense. We just have to be patient.
  5. As of Wednesday all cruises through July 31, 2020 have been canceled. According to Richard Fain, they will not sail again until they have a plan in place to protect all passengers and crew.
  6. I am not sure if we would continue to cruise if we had to wear a mask. It is hard for some people with breathing issues to wear a mask for any length of time. When cruising resumes, I believe we will be booking balcony cabins so that we can enjoy the ocean and stay safe. Hope this is soon figured out and life can return to semi normal.
  7. I try not to book connecting cabins due to the noise, but sometime that is the only available cabin in the location and deck we want to book. As to the Windjammer tables, we do not eat too often their but try to get a small table. If we have to sit at a large table, we have offered to share with other couples looking for seats. Meeting of new people is the reason we like to cruise.
  8. It seems the buffet will be removed when the ships first begin to sail. They are looking to making it a restaurant. Anxious to see what other changes being looked at to make cruising safe. Can not wait to get back on the deck of a ship.
  9. We also were waiting for our credit card credit for a cruise canceled in March. I found a cruise I wanted to book for next year so I called them and had my credit moved to the new booking. It was simple to do and Cunard was helpful.
  10. Cunard is formal requiring a jacket/suit, dresses or fancy slacks every night. If you do not want to wear a jacket all evening, you will not be able to go into the theatre, lounges and other areas of the ship. We love to dress but it is not for some. If you do not mind not having access to all the ship, book it. You may even want to spread your wings and try something new.
  11. We have been in house stay at home since the 9th of March and will be until at least 4th of June. It is really getting old but then this is some strange times. We had snow in PA yesterday. Sure do hope we can get on our cruise in November, but not holding my breath.
  12. A good travel agent will not charge you any cancellation or change fees. Many travel agents have group rates available which may have a added bonus. You are able to book your cruise onboard for that OBC and it will be credited to the agent on record. If you do not have an agent of record, you have 60 days to transfer your booking to an agent without loosing your OBC.
  13. We always booked inside cabins and going forward will only book balconies. Do not think I could handle being stuck in an interior cabin. We will not be cruising if you have a wear a mask. We wear one when we go out but do not think we could enjoy a cruise when wearing one.
  14. It has been taking up to 30 days for the deposit to be refunded to your credit card. The FCC can not be used as a deposit for a new booking. I would make the booking to quarantee that you get the cabin and a rate you are happy with. Once the cruise is booked and you get your FCC, call the number on the email and have the FCC applied to the balance due.
  15. When we canceled I was told it would take 7 - 10 business days for the FCC to be sent.
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