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  1. oh definitely NOT the norm. All the times we've cruised to Bermuda we were with one other ship or even alone at Kings Wharf. All this cruise talk. . . I think I have some Love Boat episodes saved up I'll need to watch. . . sigh.
  2. Last year or the season before, there were 3 ships for a couple days--2 at the docks, and one Norwegian ship anchored by Kings Wharf. So while it's not ideal for sure (who wants to tender--not me) it is possible to have more than one at Kings Wharf. Yes, Hamilton is only for smaller ships. Last one I saw there was HA Veendam. Little guy compared to Anthem. I would love to go there on Oasis, esp. since it's redone. Loved Allure. But will any of that happen this season. . . I'm thinking no, but no one really knows. It's a wait and see. I miss sitting on the balcony watching the sea go by.
  3. We did a 4 nighter NYC to Bermuda last year on Carnival. You are in Bermuda for one day. We were there with Anthem which was on a 5 nighter. While of course no one knows for sure, it seems unlikely that any ships are coming to NY or NJ this summer. I don't like it, but there isn't anything I can do about it but accept all the unknowns for now.
  4. Well I hope Adventure makes its way to NJ so I can go on it in August.
  5. Interesting about the whse club. I book maybe 10% of my cruises with them. TA for the rest. Have always gotten the obc promised. Not had any issue in probably 40+ cruises and booking mostly with TA. You can google the agencies that show up and see what people have to say about them. My experiences were good. The agency I learned of from that site I go to directly at this point. I do usually price the whse club too and decide between the two. I usually go with the TA though. I agree with whoever made the point about non-refundable deposits. That is always verified before I book. I don't usually go w/ non-refundable deposit.
  6. I used that site years ago and booked with 2 of the companies that competed for my business. One did charge a $10 "administrative fee" so read the fine print on each email you receive or check the one page that shows all the prices. I still book with one of them today as their price is usually the best and the service is good. Also if you are a warehouse club member, check their prices too. I have not booked direct with a cruiseline in years; always get obc or a discounted (group) rate with a TA.
  7. Hi all. We were among those who would have been boarding Carnival Sunrise tomorrow in NYC for a 4 nighter to Bermuda. Sigh. We opted for the full refund but it has not yet shown up. It's been several weeks since I filled out that online form. How long did your refund take to your credit card? Looking forward to cruising again--whenever that may be.
  8. Ah, yes, I was on that one. some time after booking it in 2015 as a CTN, it changed to meet the new enforcement of a foreign port: We were supposed to have gone to Halifax to check off the "foreign port" box. . . but there was a storm out there so I believe RC paid the fine for not going to a port. This was just after all the bad press Anthem had gotten for cruising in a storm. It was a fun 3 nighter and I fell in love with Anthem!
  9. We enjoyed many cruises to nowhere in years past (mostly on Norwegian as they had lots of them from NYC) before the law became enforced in 2015 and the last CTN sailed in December 2015 on NCL Breakaway out of NYC. I would not mind at all if CTN became allowed again. Those were great weekend cruises. Now, 7 or 10 days on a ship with no ports. Hmmm. Guess I'd have to try it and see.
  10. I too prefer to sail from NY or NJ (no flights involved) and I would be fine with just CocoCay. Loved it there. RC did a great job with that island. When cruising will resume and from what ports it will happen--all just complete speculation at this point and I'm not venturing guesses. I will be very happy to be back on a ship going anywhere!
  11. Update: got the full refund. I do hope to get on Scarlet Lady some time.
  12. IMO: Coco Cay is AWESOME and additional bonus is a DOCK (no tender,) Harvest Caye would be second best as the beach was quite nice and there was a lot of space, didn't, and still don't care much for Great Stirrup Cay (which is next door to CocoCay). HMC still has the best beach.
  13. I would say the metal "helmets" on the toilet paper rolls are full of bacteria. Hate those things and can't understand why ships use them. Gross. In our cabin I remove the roll if I cant move the metal helmet up and out of the way for the duration of our cruise.
  14. Late January we booked the "inaugural" Scarlet Lady cruise that would have returned to Miami today. We were very excited with high hopes for a great experience. World crisis happens, cruise cancelled. we had the option to rebook for the new inaugural date in August, but I don't want to cruise the Caribbean in August as it's hot here in NJ at that time too. So we cancelled and figure we'll use the offered credit another time. However, though I paid for this cruise in full, I've only received about 2/3 back so far. My TA called and was told by VV that "it's coming soon." Anyone else have this happen?
  15. I'm booked end of May on Sunrise and I hope it sails from NYC as planned. I've accepted that it's a wait and see at this point, and that's ok because there's nothing I can do about it.
  16. HMC much nicer IMO. We haven't been there in years (since Carnival Miracle in 2009) but I always remember it as the nicest beach of any cruise line's private island. Princess Cays is a very rocky beach. I brought water shoes on Regal Princess in Feb and forgot them on the ship. And I wasn't going through tendering again to get them. If we skipped PC on a cruise I wouldn't care.
  17. We don't want to do the Aug 7 cruise even with the incentive offered, so we requested a full refund. I have only received a partial refund on my credit card thus far. Waiting for the remainder (and asked my TA to follow up to see why I wasn't refunded 100%).
  18. Although I understand the reasoning, i'm so sad it's cancelled. I mean postponed. I don't want to cruise in the Caribbean in the summer, so we cancelled and are getting a refund and credit for for another cruise. I noticed that future sailings are nowhere the cost of this April 1st one.
  19. We got the bands and luggage tags today too. Just a few more weeks! Looking forward to checking out this new ship.
  20. Last week on Regal Princess (we debarked March 1) there were Princess employees at all 4 Horizon Court entrances asking you to wash your hands. Still, not everyone did.
  21. Thanks for the pics. I see her on the portmiamiwebcam website. Not crazy about the military-looking gray exterior, but I look forward to checking out the rest of it!
  22. And yet when we were on Sunrise last May, GS gave me a hard time about splitting it. Something about their system doesn't allow it once onboard. Maybe it depends whom you get at GS on the ship.
  23. Final payment is due this week for May Sunrise. I will ask my TA about this--an additional $150 obc would be very nice.
  24. She has arrived at Port of Miami today. http://www.portmiamiwebcam.com
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