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  1. We will be on the Sky Princess leaving Southampton on the 19th of June 2021, Covid permitting! We were supposed to be on the Sky sailing to the Baltic from Copenhagen on June 18th but Princess swapped ships. The Baltic itinerary from Southampton was lean on ports so we decided to give the British Isles a go.
  2. I'm here and fine! We are visiting with friends in Florida and haven't been online much. I have been wowed by how many pictures you took while flying over all of those countries and even more amazed by how much you remembered about where you were when. As usual, fantastic job Ellie! By the way, we just booked a cruise out of Southampton with our friends to replace the fourth cruise that cancelled on us. Sure hope we are able to travel to your part of the world next June.
  3. The CDC has set the bar pretty low on vaccine efficacy required prior to approval. If a vaccine just tests as 50% effective and clears all of the other hurdles, it can be approved. I don't know if that will be enough for the CDC and cruise lines to relax other rules that will be in place when cruising starts again.
  4. Interesting article with a lot of the same sentiments expressed on this thread https://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-cruise-industry-health-protocols-announced-20200922-3j5f2wwryveydp5nocdlcuehhq-story.html?fbclid=IwAR0FTvYr7yoJwOWvLgZ7bZFlYksJptu2axtKk0C1NCQcy3ULvBKplJsROwE
  5. It doesn't look like the switches are done yet. I have been watching the Baltic Heritage cruise as a possible replacement for our recently cancelled Baltic cruise. The Baltic Heritage July 10, 2021 cruise was originally scheduled on the Grand then moved to the Regal. As of today, the whole itinerary has changed to Spain, France, and Portugal. Stay tuned for more upheaval before things finally settle down (and I sure hope things do in fact settle down!).
  6. It doesn't sound that relaxing to me. However, I am thinking that unless a good number of us agree to cruise under these conditions, our favorite cruise line may not survive. All we can hope for is that the virus will be under control enough for these rules to be relaxed soon.
  7. Princess likely will not have a choice. CLIA made recommendations for resumption of sailing today to the CDC and if these are all implemented, Princess will have no choice. https://cruising.org/en/news-and-research/press-room/2020/september/clia-and-its-cruise-line-members-announce-mandatory-core-elements-of-health-protocols Shore Excursions: Only permit shore excursions according to the cruise operators’ prescribed protocols, with strict adherence required of all passengers and denial of re-boarding for any passengers that do not comply.
  8. It is odd that they haven't posted anything about the Crown. I thought for sure that they would announce that the Crown would pick up the Sun's Alaska cruises. For the Sky cancellations they at least posted tentative replacement itineraries quickly but for the Sun the cruises are just cancelled.
  9. Well Ellie, I will have to hang on to your lovely photos of the Crowne Plaza at Changi as our April cruise from Singapore is officially cancelled. It was painful to push the cancel button on the hotel reservations (thankfully refundable) but I will visit again someday!
  10. This is the refund policy.... https://www.princess.com/downloads/pdf/plan/impacted-and-cancelled-cruises/cancellation-sea-sun-princess-cruises.pdf
  11. Now on FB https://www.princess.com/news/notices_and_advisories/notices/sun-and-sea-princess-to-leave-princess-cruises-fleet.html?fbclid=IwAR1K8wPbrzVU324DpvmbjQzQIReH-IL09DMa2-kcsAS4OVcZTLC0qOTS2Bc
  12. They really should have learned by now to get their ducks in a row before doing stuff like this. And I feel your pain - this is the 4th cruise that Princess has cancelled on us since March.
  13. It's part of the recommendations released by some of the cruise lines to the CDC today too. This would be a tough one because part of the charm of cruising is just wandering around ports on our own. But these are abnormal times and it's just one more thing we will have to take into consideration when deciding whether or not we are ready to cruise again.
  14. Well the Sun and Sea have now been pulled from the list of ships when searching for a cruise. This is what our cruise on the Sun looks like when I pull up my saved cruises: And in my list of upcoming cruises, this is how our booked Sun cruise appears: Yet there is still no official word that our cruise has been cancelled. As usual Princess communication is really lacking.
  15. That's the usual step that happens before they tell you they have pulled the plug on one or many cruises. That's what happened with our Baltic cruise on the Sky that was recently cancelled and also our October Tahiti cruise. 😞
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