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    California, USA
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    Princess, Celebrity, Disney

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  1. We just received notice from MSC that our cruise (amongst all of them in January and February) was cancelled today. 😞
  2. Regardless, it is good news that other countries are allowing cruise ships into their ports.
  3. We are booked on Meraviglia on January 9. We really want to go, but understand that the situation is 'precarious' right now. Our airfare is Southwest, meaning that we can easily adjust things last minute, so we're holding on until MSC gives us confirmation one way or the other. Anyone else in the same boat? (pun intended) Waiting on word from MSC regarding January cruises? Let's use this thread to pool our information!
  4. We were on the Sapphire in June, doing the repo from Shanghai to Anchorage. We got notice late last night that it was canceled (same reason, due to 'deployment'). We had been expecting the embarkation port to change (since China probably wouldn't be excited for US visitors) but were hoping that we would be able to sail. 😞
  5. Well, we got a notification last night that Princess cancelled our June cruise because they have changed the routes for their ships... although they don't show any June 2021 cruises for that ship on their site. So I guess we'll be looking for a different cruise.
  6. Thank you so much for posting this! It's a great review of what to expect on a 'COVID Cruise' and makes me hopeful for our Meraviglia sailing in January.
  7. Thanks for the detailed reply, Expat! This is what I was hoping for in this thread... perspectives from people like you (and Bruce Muzz) who know more about what is going on right now in that part of the world. You both make a lot of good points. I'm okay if the cruise gets moved around, but we really liked this repositioning trip because of the week in Asia + relaxing week at sea + much cheaper airfare to return home at the end. If it ends up getting cancelled, or changed so much that it is effectively cancelled (e.g. making it a cruise around Australia) then we will still try to
  8. Still holding out hope that Asian cruises will resume, and that even if China will not permit American visitors, that our cruise will still happen with a different departure port. If cruising around the US starts up again in December (as it seems might be the case) then that's a lot of time for the Asian itineraries to start happening too... But then, cruise lines need to make these decisions sooner rather than later. They may be forced to make a call in February or March, based on the conditions at that time. I've had that happen before on cruises calling on Egyptian ports, when t
  9. My husband and I booked a June 2021 cruise (Shanghai to Anchorage) last January, before all of this COVID stuff blew up. We are hoping that we will be able to go on this trip, but have no idea what the sentiment is now in Asia (especially in China) regarding allowing American tourists into their countries. Has anyone heard anything about allowing cruises to sail again in Asia next year?
  10. Following this topic! We are scheduled for a Meraviglia cruise (formerly Seaside) in early January, so I am hoping that it goes well for all of you November and December cruisers!
  11. I hope soon! We re-booked our cancelled June Seaside cruise for January, and are now doing the same itinerary on Meraviglia. Looking forward to it!
  12. This article (and the pictures) is really interesting. So sad... https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/33338/satellite-images-show-armadas-of-vacant-cruise-ships-huddling-together-out-at-sea
  13. Thank you everyone for your input! If there are any women who have done this, I would appreciate hearing your experiences as well.
  14. Has anyone tried the Japanese baths on a shore excursion? I am looking at the one in Sakaiminato, the Kaike-Onsen. I know that you have to be completely naked to use them (which freaks me out a little... my old body is not really meant for public viewing). I'm just wondering if someone could tell me what their experience was, going there on a cruise ship excursion? Was it gender-separated? Were there patrons other than the cruise ship passengers? I have heard that in general, foreigners are subject to much 'scrutiny' in the baths, and I certainly don't want that! I'm going to be uncomfortable
  15. Yes, after much research this weekend, we've come to the conclusion that we will have to go through the pain of getting the Visa. But on the good news side, we will get to visit the Great Wall. Regarding the employment information... not only did we find it on that visa agency site, we visited a local travel agency in person that exclusively arranges Chinese travel. They confirmed the need for the employment letter.
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