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  1. 48 minutes ago, Reader0108598 said:

    So I have GC's My adult kids buy them for me.  Gifts for occasions .If I wanted to get a refund it would be refunded to them correct? 

    Gift Card's (GC's) are refundable ?? or transferable ?? 

  2. 31 minutes ago, Ken the cruiser said:

    But, then again, I'm an optimist, who has plenty of unhappy events in my rear view mirror, but who is always hoping for a better tomorrow.


    OK, I am now stepping off my soap box, and again, I apologize because none of this is fun. Cruising is fun!!!  


    all it took for Florida's covid-19 cases to plummet was a TS named Isaias to close a lot of the testing sites


    but that TS/Hurricane caused a lot of problems to a lot of people having to deal with that now on top of the virus ...

  3. 7 minutes ago, mthomp5 said:

    Awesome Voljeep!  Glad you were able to get the offer applied to your booking.  


    My TA emailed me and said she’s trying to work with someone at Princess.  Crossing my fingers but am glad you got some extra spending money!

    good luck - hope you get it also


    got a nice balcony on a cruise next April - might book the Ultimate Balcony Dinner since we haven't done that ... also looking at a brewery tour in Routan 🍻


    thanks again for posting the code

  4. 2 minutes ago, Hlitner said:

    Re crewing has another big problem.  Many of the most experienced crew members do not want to go back to work on ships.  Consider that some crew members have been literally imprisoned on ships for months as the cruise lines try to find ways to repatriate them home.  This has not only led to moral issues but has resulted in quite a few crew suicides and other mental health issues.  So, when you say that re-crewing is the "least" of the problems it is actually one of the main problems.  Without a sufficient crew (there are minimum crew requirements for safety) you cannot have any cruise.

    agree to disagree - of course there will be risks associated and collateral damage 🥃

  5. 7 minutes ago, MissP22 said:


    Just trying to convince  the public to begin cruising once again will be a major accomplishment.

    From what I see many people here in Florida are afraid to venture out in public without a mask to go shopping, no less be confined on a cruise ship. 😕

    I'm projecting out to mid-April 2021, not mid September 2020

  6. 13 hours ago, Hlitner said:

    Trying to restart cruises in South Florida present huge problems...even if the CDC lifts their "no cruise" order.  How do the cruise lines get thousands of crew, from all over the world, to south Florida and ensure they are in good health.

    quarantine the potential crew in their home countries for 2 weeks - during that time reposition ships as needed to collect crew - remembering that ships are currently "on hold" around the world - even if it takes a couple of months to accomplish this


    I believe re-crewing is the least of the problems to re-start cruising ...

  7. On 8/1/2020 at 11:41 AM, mthomp5 said:

    Let us know if you’re able to get it.  We rebooked from canceled 7 day Western Caribbean  to 14 day Caribbean islander.  Maybe we weren’t able to get it because we had a 7 day and the deal is for 3-7 day cruises, and now we’re going to a 14 day cruise.  Or because we were a pre-pause cancellation that fell into pause 1.

    Got it ...


    Emailed our PVP with the code ... she asked me to forward her the email ( which I didn't receive ) as the promo was only for a "select" few ... I replyed "I guess we are not "select" enough... I know, kinda snarky at the least


    she stated she would try anyway as she had to call "CR" later ... woke up this morning to see an email saying we got it and a 

    revised booking showing the $ 100 each as OBC


    many thanks to mthomp5 for posting that 👍

  8. 7 minutes ago, Tedferg said:

    Please add what regular balcony would cost. We are not in the 'only use cabin to sleep or change clothes' but we do not spend a lot of time in cabin, even on sea days. Regular Balcony is fine for us.

    $ 37 per person more for the difference in a regular balcony and a deluxe balcony 



  9. our currently booked cruise - 6 day - Deluxe Balcony on Caribe


    $ 260 pp more for a regular mini on Dolfin


    plus another $ 120 to go to Club Class = $ 20 pp pd


    so $ 380 / 6 days = 63.33 pp pd - no thanks ...

  10. 31 minutes ago, cruzsnooze said:

    The bar set up is only complimentary to full suites not club class MINI suites.  Club class dining is mostly 2 top tables that are not 6 feet apart so not covid compliant. Factor this into the value of upgrading. 

    1/2 bottle of red 1/2 bottle of white for mini's

  11. 11 minutes ago, Thrak said:

    . I'm sure I "could" have paid them thousands toward the cruises - being sure not to pay them off completely - and then waited until Princess cancelled the cruises and doubled my money as FCC.

    with the amount you paid them being fully refundable, as it is in our case ...


    bankruptcy by Princess or Carnival Corporation before we cruise is a concern, of course, and a risk we are willing to accept

    for the "small" amount we have at risk ... which is not "thousands" ... and we do not have any monies tied up in potentially worthless gift cards, either

  12. 5 minutes ago, Thrak said:

    Nope. At least not that I have heard. I think if there was another line with a similar product it would have been widely reported here on CC.

    I would have thought DISNEY Cruises would have used their theme park technology magic bands ( or whatever )

  13. 21 minutes ago, Thrak said:


    Yes, I can do that but then it blocks calls I need - such as companies I have called with an inquiry. I recently had my mattress rebuilt. I called about a Laz-Z-Boy chair repair. Those folks returned my call but aren't in my contact list. Sometimes I get calls from a doctor that uses multiple lines and I only have the main line as a contact.


    Sadly, there are just too many "bad people" out there.

    ( deleted )  are the worst ... got 3 months of that now, and only getting worster


    junk emails, texts, robo call to both cell and business land line

  14. well, another month has passed, and not much has really changed for us at least ...still healthy, still safe, still semi-working, although my wife's very part-time nanny job has at least temporarily ended ... again 


    got a year older in July ... got a nice retro pair of suade Pro-Keds kicks (used to wear them in HS and college when I could afford them)


    TS Isaias was basically a non-event for us ( couple of feeder bans ), but it looks like the VRBO we stayed in at Oak Island NC may take the brunt of it 


    will miss the Thanksgiving cruise that got cancelled, but now looking forward to hopefully a 4/2021 cruise we have booked

    or at least a 12/2021 cruise on the Discovery if that gets built on time


    stay safe

    stay hydrated

    peace out

  15. 5 minutes ago, Hlitner said:

    The Europeans seem to think they are immune to COVID-19 issues but it is not to be.  Lets consider the last few days.  TUI cruises had to cancel their July 31 Mein Schiff 1 cruise because 3 crew members tested positive for COVID.  However, TUI apparently tried to initially keep this quiet by simply reporting they had some crew problems.  Hurtigruten tried a cruise with mostly Norwegians and their usual Norwegian crew and it has turned into a real mess with over 30 crew testing positive and passenger tests still pending.  Several hundred passengers of their two cruises have been told to self-quarantine and the have cancelled the next cruise.  Aida is also trying to restart but has also had issues with some of their crew testing positive.  And just today we hear that Ponent, who has tried to restart operations, has at least one positive test on the Paul Gaughin.  


    All this adds up to another disaster for the cruise industry.  Trying to restart operations in places with only a few COVID cases has not worked well.  How on earth can anyone even think about restarting cruises out of Florida?  I suspect that the CDC will not approve any kind of restart in the near future.  There is also another issue with Florida cruises in that they would need to get thousands of crew members to Florida and that is very difficult given the current travel restrictions.



    how long does it take a cruise ship to sail from Manila to Florida ? ... of course, add the days to process the crew for return

  16. 3 minutes ago, PoohUnderstands said:

    It's a math thing for us.  So for each one personally, just go through the math and that will tell you which choice of fares to choose!

    Exactly - and for us ... it works, even ignoring the internet feature


    it's a "beverage" package ... not an "alcohol" package ... and at $25 pp pd it's a bargain for us ...

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