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Caribbean Allan

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  1. I have not received a refund yet for my March 15 cruise. I had immediately called when the cruise cancellation happened, which was just a day or two before the cruise. At that time I told them I wanted a refund. I didn't get the refund. So about a week later I called and again told the lady I wanted a refund. (Not a credit certificate). Shortly thereafter, I got an email that stated refund requests or certificates would be received by April 22. I got a credit certificate in the email, but no refund. I filled out the online form to exchange the certificate for a refund. Still no refund. I called the phone number and they said it will take 30 days more! Today is May 3, which is EXACTLY 7 weeks from the start of my cancelled cruise. Still no refund!!!
  2. I would certainly email all parties involved, such as the travel agent, the travel agent's headquarters, and even the cruise line. Explain that you have been, and are still trying to cancel via phone but there is no answer. It is important that you document this as much as possible. Email seems to work for documentation on so many things these days. So I would certainly do that for sure. But in the meantime, I would also send a written notice of wanting to cancel via overnight mail, and make sure you check the box to require a signature for delivery. Even if the mail gets back to you un-opened because they refused to sign the envelope, you have your documentation. If the envelope comes back to you un-delivered, then keep that UNOPENED envelope as proof if you need it in small claims court. You can open the envelope in the judge's presence.
  3. For those people who still want to go on their cruise, but is still within the window of opportunity to cancel, (ie… more than 90 days out), why not just cancel your reservation, but in the back of your mind, know that if you change your mind, there will still be room on the ship? This is because there are not a lot of people making cruise reservations right now. It is highly likely that your exact same cabin will still be available months from now. (Unless you have a nice one, such as a suite, and somebody gets upgraded to it. Even so, there would be other cabins available, including on sailings that are currently sold out. I'd be willing to bet my house that in the foreseeable future, great sales with MAJOR discounts will be had on all sailings, everywhere. I wouldn't be surprised if by next year, there are many ships idle and anchored.
  4. Thank you everyone! Looks like I have several good options to pick from!
  5. I'm looking for suggestions on which company to hire for a private guide/driver for Cozumel. We do not want to ride in a jeep, and would prefer a mini-van or larger even though we only have 3 people. (One is elderly). We want a "fun" and knowledgeable driver that wouldn't waste our time taking us "the long way around" and to "extra unplanned stops" where he might get a kickback, such as happened to us in Jamaica. I mean, if we only have less than 8 hours in a country we don't want to waste our time! We just need a good driver and I will tip him well. ....any suggestions? Also, I remember reading a year ago on these boards about a good Mexican restaurant right on a good beach on the East side of the Island. The best food around. I can't remember the name of it or where it is. Any ideas on that? Is it still open?
  6. Please report back on it’s effectiveness!
  7. I will! Thank you! I am so excited about this trip: RCC Liberty Of The Seas, Lv Galveston, March 15, 2020. I can't wait to hold a sloth and to snorkel that barrier reef!
  8. Well, After reading these posts, and then doing even more research on Tripadvisor and other cruise and traveler sites, this is the sum of what I've learned about these critters that leave intense itching: 1. Sometimes they are not a problem, and sometimes they are. Some seasons might be worse than others. 2. They are picky biters! Some people they won't bite, and other people they bite alot. 3. They love salt on your skin. So IMMEDIATELY put on protection immediatly after leaving the ocean water. 4. Avoid damp sand near the water. 5. The tiny critters cannot fly against the wind. So breezy days are your friend! 6. They suffocate in oils or other "goop" people put on their skin. So slathering this goop on helps ALOT. 7. Insect repellent such as Backwoods or other 100% Deet helps ALOT. 8. You can read up on all the goop people put on their skin, such as different types of oils, and Avon skin so soft. So this is what I'm going to do: 1. Not worry about the season, since I can't change it. But I'm glad I'm going in early spring! 2. Have goop in my swimsuit button-down pocket and put it on IMMEDIATELY upon walking out of the water. Then find a place to rinse off and then goop up again. 3. Put Backwoods OFF ON TOP OF THE GOOP. 4. Which goop will I choose to use? I'm going to use that which is sold locally, apparently "all over the place" locally for the purpose of keeping sand flies at bay: Sunscreen that has cactus juiice as it's base. But I'm not going to go shopping for the stuff while I'm in Roatan. I want to put some on before I get off the boat, or at least before I get off the pier. So I will buy at least one container online, prior to my cruise departure. 5. Some people get bitten because they forget to keep the goop or oils on. I will make it a point to stay slippery goopy and constantly put Backwoods Off on top of it. Constantly. Yes, it's bad for my body, but only for a day. 6. I will have clear aloe ready back at the cabin on the ship. Maybe some .1% Hydrocordisone acetate or cream, also. 7. I will notify the parents of the problem of sand flies if I happen to see a baby playing in the sand, and the baby appears to be with a tourist family. After all this preparation, I am going to make VERY sure that I enjoy my time in Roatan. Apparently, it's such a great place to be that many people keep going back to visit, and even to retire there, even though they've been bit many times!
  9. I've never been to Roatan, and I have an RCC port of call in March 2020. I've read so much about sand flies that I'm wishing that I was not taking my elderly mother in law on this cruise. I'm worried about her. Yes, I have read all about how to protect ourselves. BUT, in all the reading that I've done, I haven't found any recent posts or articles on the subject. Everything I read was posted 3 or more years ago. So I'm wondering if it's still a problem. Is it?
  10. We took the public bus. No biggie. Frequent Busses. No stress.
  11. I keep seeing photos people holding sloths, and monkeys on top of people's heads. Is there any place where I can both hold a sloth and HOLD a monkey? I'm not really interested in a monkey on top of my head. I'd rather look at him while he's in my arms. Thanks for any info!
  12. Thank you. This is very helpful information!!
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