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  1. Yes, we are still in limbo. As others have stated: CCL is trying to sell spa, shore ex, drink pkgs etc for cruises that probably won't sail. It does lesson my opinion of CCL. I've seen some hopeful information on other sites. List of possible protocols suggest: 100% testing before boarding, face coverings, limited dining room seating, limited capacity in public areas, shore ex must be approved by cruise line, enhanced medical dept, quarantine plan & procedures & more that I cannot remember. I will board the Pride with these regulations in place on Nov 1, if it sails, bec
  2. I feel the same way. If the temporary solution is to book only CCL excursions, wear masks, get Covid tests- I am ready to sail. With the reduced capacity factored in, it would be great. I've been to all the ports scheduled for our next cruise previously & wouldn't mind enjoying the ship while most others go ashore. I just need to get out of Kansas for a few days with someone else cooking my meals. I've posted it before: if our ship sails in Nov I will be on it- even if we only do 1 port & 13 sea days.
  3. Lucky you living in FL. We have our flights booked using air credit we had from a previous cancelled cruise, so if this one cancels we will have a limited time frame to book a different flight using those funds. But like I said earlier- I hope we do sail on Nov 1, but I w won't be surprised if it doesn't. Just dislike the uncertainty & waiting. I sure hope they don't wait until last minute to cancel.
  4. At least people booked on those ships listed in the article have a definite answer & can plan accordingly. Those of us with cruises booked Nov-Jan are still waiting for a definite answer. At this point I don't care if we sail or not, I'd just like to be able to know whether to cancel/book our flights, hotels, shuttles.
  5. I am just hoping they will let us know something about Nov cruises not included in that list. People need to have time to book or cancel flights/hotels/shuttle services.
  6. Interesting article. As far as construction costs: I am sure they are considering the costs to refurbish the older ships. Updating the older ships has to be costly, not as much as building a new ship, but still something I am sure they consider. We, personally, have never sailed anything smaller than a "spirit" class ship, we have never even considered a "fantasy" class ship due to not nearly as many amenities, very few balconies. If CCL can pack more passengers on the newer larger ships & keep crew & operating costs lower per passenger, I can totally understand the decision. I j
  7. Supposedly the ships will be at reduced capacity, so that might help. I would guess they will do the 1 hr covid tests or expect us to have them done within 24 hrs or something. Masks while we wait for test results. Just guessing. No self serve anything onboard. Our Nov 1 cruise has been sold out since March or April, so I am wondering how they would do reduced capacity if it does sail. We booked our flights months ago, thinking Covid would be contained by Nov. Optimistic thinking on our part. Our pre cruise flight is booked for Oct 30, so that gives us a couple of days to get tests don
  8. We're booked for Nov 1 for a 14 day southern route- I seriously doubt it will sail, but if by chance it does sail we'd be happy with 1 MX port & 13 sea days at this point. I know we have to port at a foreign port- any port would do, I just want to cruise again.
  9. I hope we get to sail, normally we get involved with onboard activities like a meet & greet, slot pull. I have done zero planning for this cruise. But if we do sail, maybe we can do an informal meet & greet.
  10. We are booked on the Pride for a 14 day beginning Nov 1. I doubt it will sail, but I just wish Carnival would let us know for sure, so we can plan accordingly. We have flights booked... So how close to the sail date will they go before canceling it. At the beginning of this pandemic they had to cancel close to cruise dates, but now it seems they should give notices sooner.
  11. We were booked on the Mardi Gras for it's repositioning cruise from NY to Pt Canaveral- I cannot remember the exact date. We switched that cruise to Nov 1, 2020 when Mardi Gras was delayed in delivery. We got a discounted rate for our rebooked cruise. This was well before Covid. We also had a b2b scheduled for May which was canceled, full refund received for those. Now I just wonder what happens to our discounted rate from the Mardi Gras cancellation if our Nov 1, 2020 is canceled. What a crazy mess this year has been.
  12. we have not been Platinum for very many cruises. The best gift IMO was the metal tumbler & the cross body bag. We've gotten lanyards & luggage tags. I just wish we could cruise again. Remember when the boards were full of complaints about any & every thing. Pepsi/Coke -lanyards-luggage tags- straws- tablecloths I just wanna cruise again, I do not need a gift, just let me feel the ocean breeze & smell the salt air from my balcony.
  13. like others said-Covid might slow things down on disembark & at airport. But we are usually off the ship by 8:30 & with a 45 minute shuttle to MCO, you should be fine.
  14. This is interesting. Also the bit about experienced crew members finding permanent jobs back home, making getting a fully trained crew difficult to obtain. Our wait could be longer than we think...I have hopes for cruising to resume in 2020, but am prepared to be disappointed.
  15. In my opinion that is the best perk of Platinum status & the free laundry. It is nice being able to access your stateroom upon boarding to drop off any carry ons.
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