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Red-Sol

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    Rochester, New York
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    Only done a few..so whichever one I am on at the time!

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  1. If Covid doesn't end up bankrupting the cruiselines by itself....making it difficult or impossible for people 70 or over to cruise will definitely finish them off...and they all know that. Depending on what comes up medically in the way of vaccines etc in the near future will be the only way forward for them. It won't matter if you're a child, young adult, middle aged adult, or over 70...no proof of vaccine...no cruise for you. And that's the only fair or correct way to do it.
  2. Yes that's the case (and I'm assuming for now that NCL will abandon it as well if they haven't already) Here's a portion of a copy of info for Royal folks: https://loyaltoyoualways.com/service/coronavirusupdate/ We are currently laser-focused on additional safety enhancements for our return to service. To develop our future boarding screening process and updated health protocols, we are collaborating with government health authorities, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), and our own team of medical experts. These are not yet finalized, but when they are, we will be sure to advise accordingly. We know that our 70+ guests and those with chronic conditions are especially eager to understand what cruising will look like in the future. While subject to change, via the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), we have confirmed that the previous restriction requiring a doctor’s note was lifted in early April after cruise lines suspended service. Please know that every decision we make, and all of the fine-tuning we do, has your/your client’s well-being in mind. We miss you and your clients – and can’t wait to welcome you back onboard. That was never going to fly...the real question is what will be required before sailing starts up again....My bet is nothing goes until there is a vaccine available and you can prove that you have had it. But who knows?
  3. When/If cruising ever starts up again there will be some way needed to screen all passengers and/or when a vaccine comes along that all passengers have gotten it.....don't wish to get it? You will not be allowed to go. The entire "Over 70 doctors form" was a desperate attempt to show they were trying to be responsible right before everything was totally shut down. Whatever new testing methods they may wish to use along with any requirements for vaccinations (when they become available) will not be age dependant.
  4. I agree totally...when/if cruising starts up again there will probably be some type of new requirements/forms/testing etc. I doubt very much though that it will be in the form of a quick hip shot some of the lines were taking just before being shut down totally. Whatever they require will probably not be in the form of a specific age requirement due to all the backlash already received along with it now being common knowledge that any and all ages can be carriers and affected negatively by the virus itself. Making it next to impossible for people 70 and over to cruise would simply be a way to hasten bankruptcy.
  5. Hi Arzeena! We are doing well so far (Knock on wood) and I hope very much you and your family are as well. We just cancelled our October Breakaway cruise which broke my heart as it was a perfect Itinerary (Bermuda and the ABC's in the same cruise and out of New York...wanted to do that badly...but right now there is way too much uncertainty) If things settle down later may try and rebook..if not we will next look at 14 day January Gem Cruise (Lots of familiar people on that one too! Charlie is holding up his end with his Thursday Night Pictures! 😉 ) Time will tell on everything but certainly doesn't look very promising right now. Take Care and Stay Safe My Friend!
  6. Cancelled cruise for October on March 12th. Had put $1400+ so far into that cruise on Credit Card. Reservation was done and cancelled through CAS. Refunds to my Chase card did just show up today with a date of the 19th for the refund. I am relieved and happy.
  7. This was effective starting March 13th. Many cancellations happened prior to that 90 day rule going into effect. Personally I cancelled a cruise for October on March 12th...and I am hoping to get a refund to my credit card in two weeks from that. Time will tell.
  8. While I wasn't totally put off by some of the weirdness and quirks of Epic... doing the ABC's, St. Lucia, Barbados, and Bermuda in a single cruise from New York would be my dream Itinerary. Fortunately the Breakaway will be doing just that in October. Booked already and can't wait to do it: https://www.ncl.com/cruises/14-day-southern-caribbean-from-new-york-BREAKAWAY14NYCWRFBGISLUKRAWILORJPOPNYC/schedule?cruiseTour=1&ships=4294959550&embarkationport=4294940533&cruiseHotel=1&cruise=1&numberOfGuests=4294953449&pageSize=20&sortBy=Featured&state=undefined&currentPage=1&cruiseHotelAir=1&itineraryCode=BREAKAWAY14NYCWRFBGISLUKRAWILORJPOPNYC&customerStoriesCurrentPage=1&customerStoriesPageSize=3
  9. Thanks and I agree if it is still happening that way that it is intentional...IT could fix that problem in about 5 seconds but it appears they don't want it fixed and will gladly take the extra money from the unknowing.
  10. Thanks for confirming that is still a problem...For a number of reasons I would prefer to make shore excursion reservations via calling shorex...but would still want the latitudes discount applied as well. Sounds like joining the lines at the desk is the only way to make that happen!
  11. Did you happen to notice if the amounts charged for the excursions on the first day actually included any latitudes discounts you may have been entitled to for those excursions?
  12. ^^^THIS^^^ Hopefully something that is never needed....but if it ever was you could be looking at possibly $50k or even much more in bills without it. I would never cruise without it.
  13. Hi Jeanette, Which ship is this? The picture of the smoking area that BirdTravels posted of the Encore does look like it at least has some seating. On our upcoming Bliss cruise it would be good to know if the way the policy now reads that smoking is in fact allowed in the enclosed smoking area in the Casino...regardless of actively playing or not. I guess we will find out soon enough but I am going to keep following this thread and see if anyone knows for sure.
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