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  1. We had 'Travel Insured' thru the tripinsurancestore.com for our recently cancelled trip to New Zealand. I was impressed that, when it became apparent that there were mass cancellations happening, they offered to cancel and refund our premiums rather than keep our money, which several travel insurance companies seem to be doing.
  2. These small ships may be popular, but they also comply with the PVSA in that they were built in the USA, and the crew are all US citizens or GC holders making wages that are subject to the taxes and charges that you and I are used to. The major cruise lines are not going to go after that business. It was nice that the author left those items out of his story. (sic)
  3. Whom do you think will declare bankruptcy. This is a Princess forum...Princess cannot declare bankruptcy.
  4. To the OP....are you new to Princess? If yes, they may not be able to send you email if you have no profile and email address in your cruise personalizer. Obviously your TA has your contact information...perhaps he can send it along to Princess.
  5. With respect, this is a HAL forum. I don't know how referencing an NCL financial matter is informative or helpful. I also do not know how or why, from other posts, CC members think that HAL will or can file bankruptcy. HAL is not a stand alone corporation. Virtually everyone posting here knows that HAL is a wholly owned subsidiary of CCL (as is Princess, Costa, Seabourn, Aida, etc, etc).
  6. How would checking ownership at boarding help or improve Carnival's bottom line? Maybe a tiny (no more than $250) increase in the fare that one person per cabin would pay. And then that would be the last cruise he/she would take on a Carnival ship. This is not a financial plus for Carnival. It used to be that share ownership had to be proven within 90 days of sailing. That is not true anymore. Do you know why? If not, I suggest that as your homework for the week.
  7. Totally agree. The Shareholder Benefit is a marketing tool much more than a brokerage trick. It generates brand loyalty and has served Carnival well for a long time. Passengers who can invest in shares are likely to be in the upper ranges of personal income who will book and spend more heavily on their sailings. Definitely not a group that Carnival would want to alienate or lose any loyalty they may have.
  8. HAL offers a plethora of long, sometimes unusual sailings that are often 14 days or more. This automatically limits the demographic that they can serve. Lack of water slides, rock walls, etc is merely a feature of their demographics. We were on the Z'dam a couple of years ago for a 10 night Caribbean itinerary...obviously HAL had been alert to the changing tastes of their guests...during a rocking good time in the main theater I looked at my wife and said, "Are you sure we are on HAL?" It was great! Sadly the powers of HAL seem to have left off this adjustment and so things seem to be more sedate and boring. We still sail HAL, but it is definitely for the itinerary, not the onboard offerings.
  9. Our insurance for our 4/4/20 trip, including the Transpacific on the Ruby Princess, with Travel Insured, has already been refunded to our credit card. We didn't sail, didn't use it, no claims, Princess cancelled all sailings, our FF miles were restored to our accounts. It takes time because of the huge demand on their systems, but it is working.
  10. Have any of you read this.... Any and all disputes, claims, or controversies whatsoever.....shall be referred to and resolved exclusively by binding arbitration pursuant to the United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York 1958), 21 U.S.T. 2517, 330 U.N.T.S. 3, 1970 U.S.T. LEXIS 115, 9 U.S.C. §§ 202-208 (“the Convention”) and the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §§ 1, et seq., (“FAA”) solely in Miami-Dade County, Florida, U.S.A. to the exclusion of any other forum. Guest hereby consents to jurisdiction and waives any venue or other objection that may be available to any such arbitration proceeding in Miami-Dade, Florida. The arbitration shall be administered by National Arbitration and Mediation (“NAM”) under its Comprehensive Dispute Resolution Rules and Procedures and the fee schedule in effect at the time of initiating the proceeding with NAM, which are deemed to be incorporated herein by reference...? Paying your cruise fare and/or sailing on a Carnival Corp. ship means that you give up rights to a lawsuit and agree to binding arbitration...in Miami. (unless there is a death)
  11. The only way to get an answer is to email the mods. Instructions to do so are somewhere here on CC. The answer is likely to be "because we say so". I have grown to like it. Direct messaging for most is a harmless and helpful way to communicate. Sadly for a few it is a way to spew vile words, lies, fake news and other inappropriate messaging. There is enough of that already on CC when an informative thread goes off the rails.
  12. It should be noted that the restrictions are for 'new' passports. There is no change for renewals other than long wait times. We recently renewed...6 weeks to the day from the time we sent our docs out till they returned. COVID may lengthen that number.
  13. The report that I saw stated that it was a crew member, not a passenger. How could the Crown be due on Saturday when Princess suspended operations several weeks ago? (the Crown was definitely tied to a dock in the report I saw, tho location of the dock wasn't clear).
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