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  1. I totally agree with your assessment on the "knowledge" of the entry level phone reps and the legitimacy of what she even told me. (point in fact, it took her and two other reps to try and determine where the 14 day after initial deposit even was because on rep said you count the day of the deposit and the other person said you didn't...ugh!). Which just makes it all more confusing. But I am with you also on the "any reason" is any reason. Perhaps she was meaning don't "give an excluded reason" if asked?? But then I've never had to cancel a cruise before using that feature so maybe they don't even "ask". Or better yet, just say "I don't want to go" if they do LOL. Thanks for your insight.
  2. I just purchased CFAR insurance for a TA cruise out of Rome on Celebrity. I too am worried about the Coronavirus. Ironically, when I was hold with one of the Insurance providers their "music" was a statement that the Coronavirus is not covered under their regular policy and suggested the CFAR. But the plot thickens. I spoke to my travel agent, and then with reps from both Allianz and Travel Insured on their CFAR coverage. Allianz rep told me that even though it says their's is actually "Cancel at ANYTIME" not "Reason" (I missed that distinction and almost purchased it). They have a host of "not covered" reasons and a "tiered" system (80% for this reason vs 70% for that reason...but doesn't have that list of criteria available). So, spoke to the Travel Insured rep, who told me there's is a true CFAR, BUT, read the fine print. 1) If the "reason" you cancel is because of one of the listed "exclusions" at the end of the contract/plan, then it's denied (so CFAR isn't really CFAR is the reason is excluded from coverage) and 2) The Coronavirus is already been identified so not covered and wouldn't be covered under the CFAR (yes, it's very confusing). She joked that the reason "it's going to be raining and I've decided not to go" would be approved but stating the reason was because of anything under "Exclusions" (like epidemic or injured while bungee jumping) would not. I think CFAR is well worth it for me (everyone's different) but take heed on what you declare as your reason if you have to cancel. Has anyone actually used the CFAR before and been denied/approved and if so, what was your experience? I think a lot of people are considering it and it's very confusing. I'm still within the 21 day to purchase window (and under the 14 day review period on the policy I just purchase) so still checking around on the best policy. I paid $600 for a roughly $6,500 total (airfare and cruise). Thanks!!!
  3. I just purchased CFAR insurance for a TA cruise out of Rome on Celebrity. I too am worried about the Coronavirus. Ironically, when I was hold with one of the Insurance providers their "music" was a statement that the Coronavirus is not covered under their regular policy and suggested the CFAR. But the plot thickens. I spoke to my travel agent, and then with reps from both Allianz and Travel Insured on their CFAR coverage. Allianz rep told me that even though it says their's is actually called "Cancel at ANYTIME" not reason (I missed that distinction and almost purchased it). They have a host of "not covered" reasons and a "tiered" system (80% for this reason vs 70% for that reason...but doesn't have that list of criteria available). So, spoke to the Travel Insured rep, who told me there's is a true CFAR, BUT, read the fine print. 1) If the "reason" you cancel is because of one of the listed "exclusions" at the end of the contract/plan, then it's denied (so CFAR isn't really CFAR is the reason is excluded from coverage) and 2) The Coronavirus is already been identified so not covered and wouldn't be covered under the CFAR (yes, it's very confusing). She joked that the reason "it's going to be raining and I've decided not to go" would be approved but stating the reason was because of anything under "Exclusions" (like epidemic or injured while bungee jumping) would not. I think CFAR is well worth it for me (everyone's different) but take heed on what you declare as your reason if you have to cancel. I've never had to use it but I'm going to post a question for advice from anyone who actually has done so and their experience (good or bad). Good luck everyone.
  4. Yes, vanchelle, it's the Comfort Suites Paradise Island. A LOT of their rooms are "booked" by cruisers who have no intention of using the room, just check in/out that morning just to get the access bands. I just tell people to add up the costs and typically you'll save money especially if there are 4 of you. Definitely if 1 or two are under age 16. Have fun!
  5. A few things to consider if you decide to not purchase through the cruise ship. The day passes sell out. If you ship doesn't get there till later, you may not be able to get the day pass if you plan on getting the passes that day. We took that route one time, got off the ship, taxi'd over and got the day pass, but we heard it does sell out so we were lucky. If you choose that route, I'd recommend you purchase in advance through the Atlantis website. Right now the cost is $168 for March (when we are going). We just booked the Comfort Suites since it was cheaper. We are 2 adults and two 15 year olds so under and 16 and no additional $40 (which is what they charge for the 3rd and 4th adult). Even with the fees, we are still saving almost $40 per person ($160 total) as opposed to booking directly via the cruise ship or Atlantis directly (day pass). I spoke to the front desk (not the 800 rez #) and confirmed, it's still the same process from when we booked them years ago. You check in to "get" the wrist bands anytime (we are 11 am) and just tell them you don't need the room (most don't). There's free breakfast and you can eat before walking over (it's right next door). (oh and the hours at the waterpark will supposedly be extended an extra hour after the time change for Daylight Savings on March 8).
  6. What did you wind up doing? We are wanting to something late as well but have two 15/16 year olds and would prefer to do something rather than just stay on the boat since we have a day at sea the next day. Thanks!
  7. We used the Comfort Suites a few years ago and just booked again to save money. If there are 4 of you, definitely worth doing the price compare. The additional fees are confusing but call the hotel and they go over it with you. It's basically the rate you get quoted (which includes taxes and fees for the first 2 people) and then an additional $37.43 (total of those fees) for each 3rd and 4th person and also $40 for the 3rd, 4th "adult" (if under 16, no extra charge). If 2 of your four are under age 16, it's definitely a savings. We are saving $40+ per person versus the ship's excursion cost. You just get off the boat and grab a taxi. The hotel is right next door to Atlantis. You "check in" but we just told them we weren't going to be using the room. Most don't. We got our wrist bands to gain access to the waterpark and then had the free breakfast before heading over (walking distance). Very easy.
  8. We will be in Nassau on a Saturday, staying overnight (cruise doesn't leave until the morning). Our plans are to do the Waterpark but would like to take advantage of not having to rush back to the ship, possibly do an activity later in the day (3 to 5) or after the waterpark, etc. We will have two 15 / 16 year olds so something geared to that age group (i.e., no bars) is limiting our choices. Any suggestions / experiences?? Thanks!
  9. Thanks! That's exactly what I needed.
  10. Can't find this information on the Carnival website or in a post here. Two questions. Is Alchemy cover under the Bubbles package for NON-Alcoholic beverages (i.e, mocktails)? Are minors (under 21) allowed to order mocktails or is the bar restricted to 21+ (this is what the Carnival website implies). The answer to those two question will determine what drink packages I purchase. Thanks!
  11. We have two cabins (Grandparents traveling with two 15 year olds). Out of Cape Canaveral. We have an assigned early time for boarding (11:30 to noon). We are considering adding the FTTP but in reality, the only thing we care about is having at least one room immediately available (so husband can go lay down if he needs to). If we purchase just one of these for one cabin, will the kids be able to board with us in the event there is an option to board earlier (a separate line, etc?). We have boarded from Cape Canaveral before without the FTTP and it really wasn't a lengthy wait so it's not a show stopper for us, but if we can all board together, then it may cinch the decision for us. Anybody have that experience?? Thanks!
  12. We are taking my Grandson and niece on a 3 day Nassau cruise for Spring Break. Both are 15. The niece's parents are divorced and we have the Mother's signature on the Travel Consent Form (from the Carnival Website), but the Father has been out of the picture for years and can't be located to sign. It's a 80/20 custody but that's been a "non-issue" for years of course. We've got 2 months until we sail and are worried we may have problems at boarding. Any suggestions on what we can do to be better prepared?? Any experiences? We go out of Cape Canaveral to Nassau (closed end loop cruise). I've done some research here but it's confusing. It almost seems like it's "port" specific. Thanks for any recommendations, advice, direct exprience, etc.
  13. Thanks mayleeman!!! I will share this information with other non-retired veterans I know. Great info!!!!
  14. Thanks Bo1953 and awhfy! I've emailed Celebrity directly and even offered to get a doctor's statement specifying her condition if needed to insure we get that option. I appreciate the speedy feedback and the ray of hope since it's still 9 months out. LOL. We love TA's. May not be everybody's cup of tea but we love the solid days at sea. Very peaceful and relaxing! And we've met some wonderful people as well. Thanks again.
  15. We are taking my Grandson and niece on a 3 day Nassau cruise for Spring Break. Both are 15. The neice's parents are divorced and we have the Mother's signature, but the Father has been out of the picture for years and can't be located to sign. It's a 80/20 custody but that's been a "non-issue" for years of course. We've got 2 months until we sail and are worried we may have problems at boarding. Any suggestions on what we can do to be better prepared?? Any experiences? We go out of Cape Canaveral to Nassau (closed end loop cruise). Thanks!
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