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    Castro Valley, California
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    travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Holland America, Celebrity, Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mexico and the Caribbean for weather and water. Alaska for adventure and beauty.

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  1. Yesterday, one month to the day after my excursions refunded, and two weeks after my FCC's posted, a really weird amount ($68.12) showed up as a credit to my Chase CC account. I am assuming that this is part of the $816.12 owed to me for TFPE ($526.12) or prepaid gratuities ($290), but will feel more comfortable if the rest shows up. I wonder if TFPE was broken up and the $68.12 is either taxes OR fees OR port expenses? July 28 UPDATE: Thanks to the folks here who suggested checking all our accounts, I woke up this morning to discover that the remaining $748 of the money o
  2. Yesterday, one month to the day after my excursions refunded, and two weeks after my FCC's posted, a really weird amount ($68.12) showed up as a credit to my Chase CC account. I am assuming that this is part of the $816.12 owed to me for TFPE ($526.12) or prepaid gratuities ($290), but will feel more comfortable if the rest shows up. I wonder if TFPE was broken up and the $68.12 is either taxes OR fees OR port expenses?
  3. I have rarely felt less crowded than when on Royal, and embarkation is a snap with Medallions. Crown Class, while nearly as large as Royal, has added and larger public spaces, so I haven't felt crowded on that class either. So size isn't a factor for me either. Lack of a wraparound promenade is the primary drawback to Royal for any itinerary, in my opinion, and especially for Alaska where it is fun to see the beauty from all angles. Smaller balconies is the next drawback, but I get around that by studying deck plans and booking the balcony I prefer.
  4. In ham radio circles, they call us XYL's (ex-young-ladies.) But since I have just turned 61 and am 5 feet 8 inches tall, whether you think I am a Little Old Lady or an XYL is a matter of your own perspective.
  5. I see it as a new problem since the range of cancellations is so broad. That other thread is extremely long as it is -- I felt we should start one specific to the five new months of cancellations. I wish I had properly named it, however, and will bide by the moderator's decision.
  6. Assuming you are lumping Ruby and Emerald in Grand Class, one big difference between those ships an Star is that they don't have covered pools as Star does. This could be a consideration.
  7. Except that the California Coastal cities were some of the first ports to disinvite cruise ships. So seriously doubt that we will be among the first to say "come back now."
  8. We all need a MaiTai after this news 😪🍹
  9. You might want to consider which ships have indoor pools. Do any of the readers here have a link to Princess ships with indoor pools, or should we list them individually?
  10. Not all cruisers agree. I love the Royal Class ships, and would highly recommend them for nearly any itinerary.
  11. I have done a California Coastal a few times in April, and have lived in California all my life. April weather here on the Pacific coast varies greatly, but in my experience out at sea in April the weather is generally sunny and brisk and sometimes warm or hot. All year long, seas are gentle heading southbound and rougher heading northbound on the Pacific coast, due to the California Current coming over from Japan. This link shows a graphic explaining the current: https://www.sanibelseaschool.org/experience-blog/2014/4/1/what-is-the-connection-between-the-united-states-and-jap
  12. It just makes no sense to me that Grand wouldn't be on the list of ships to scrap. Her sisters Star and Golden are more desirable due to having retained Skywalkers, the thermal suite on Star, and they are both newer. So why would Grand be kept? She has no advantages over those ships. Regal, on the other hand -- it makes absolutely no sense that she would be released from the fleet. I doubt that Pacific will be released. Many love that small ship and her special itineraries, which sell out easily even at a greater price per day.
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