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  1. We have a TA on the Odyssey late Oct. Maybe I'm just kidding, but I hope we aren't the initial launch. Does anyone know when she will be officially launched? Cheers Len
  2. We have a 14 day TA, Rome to FT Lauderdale, end of Oct 2021 and who know?? Hard enough to think about USA cruises, we have to worry about European ports also. I still haven't made any airline reservations. All we can do is plan a bit and hope for better times. Cheers Len
  3. I have a good question on this and, I'm pretty sure I already know the answer, but what the heck: We had a TA booked on the Explorer last year for a VERY reasonable price. The cruise was cancelled and we were able to do a Lift and shift to the Odyssey for this year at the same exact rate (A HUGE bargain). Now our TA is very late October, but if that gets cancelled, do we receive the rate that the cabin is worth on the Odyssey if we can do another lift and shift, or do we just get what we put in for the Explorer? Cheers Len
  4. We had one of the very last cruises to sail. We were on the Allure, Mar1-13, Ft Lauderdale to Barcelona. We were sailing along with out any problems until Trump announced new rules coming back to the USA. With that, pandemonium broke out, with flights being cancelled, and people not knowing anything. We were supposed to fly out of Barcelona to Frankfurt and then to NYC. The second leg was still on but the Barcelona to Frankfurt was cancelled. We really scrambled to rebook and I can't compliment RCCL and the crew enough for doing everything possible to help people in need. Also, we disem
  5. We used to get military discounts all the time, from several different cruise lines. Now we get a hearty ' Thank you for your service' and maybe a piece of cake if they do something to honor veterans. Cheers Len
  6. We are also booked on the Odyssey for Oct. A lift and shift from last year. Really hope this cruise goes as we have also booked a separate cruise before this one. It isn't listed anymore so we'll just have to wait it out. Cheers Len
  7. Sorry if I didn't make myself more clear. We had FCC in the amount of $900 and we applied this amount to our Empress cruise, when we booked. So, now that this cruise has officially been cancelled we will get back $900 in FCC and NOT the 125% that other may get who paid cash and will opt for FCC instead of a credit back to their credit card. I hope that clarifies it. Cheers Len
  8. I posted on the other Empress thread. We have an 11 day cruise on the Empress, end of August, Cape Liberty to Montreal, booked thru an online TA. Yesterday I did get an email from Royal telling me the cruise was no more and I would be receiving whichever/whatever money I applied to the cruise, either in FCC or back to my CC whichever we wanted. Since we paid for this cruise with FCC that is what we will get back, dollar for dollar. On the RCCL site, on my account, the cruise is still listed, but now we officially know it isn't. Cheers Len
  9. Is this effective immediately? We have an Aug 2021 cruise booked on the Empress thru an online TA. As I asked, is the Empress going to fulfill it's booked schedule or is she out as of now? On the RCCL web site, it still lists my sailing. I haven't been notified of anything as of yet either by RCCL or our TA. Funny but this cruise was a cancelled cruise from last year on the Empress. How it was paid for, I really don't remember, so what would I get as a refund? Cheers Len
  10. You can't even go uptown to see the tree now. You need an appointment, a set time, which gives you 5 minutes to view the tree and take whatever pix you can. The entire area is roped off anywhere near the tree. Sad, but true. Cheers Len
  11. MSC threw an entire family off their ship for breaking the 'bubble' rule. They booked an excursion but decided to go off on their own. MSC left them and their stuff on the pier as the ship sailed away. Family thrown off MSC Grandiosa for flouting the line's new COVID rules - Cruise Passenger \ Cheers Len
  12. .Thanks for the replies. So the cruise isn't officially cancelled, they just cannot book it at the moment? Cheers Len
  13. Without having to read 44 pages of this thread, we have a cruise booked on the Empress, Aug 23 2021, 11 day sailing Cape Liberty to Montreal. I booked it thru an online TA but today I went to see how the price was doing and I don't see the cruise. I also went to RCCL site and again, so not see the cruise. I haven't received anything from my TA or RCCL that the cruise has been cancelled. They are listing cruises from Montreal in September. Anyone have any idea what is going on? I do apologize if something was mentioned pages back. Cheers Len
  14. We are looking to book a cruise in 2022 that offers an inside cabin with a virtual balcony. We have heard of them, but never actually experienced them. I understand the process, but is it really a waste of time and money, or just stick with a 'real' inside cabin? Cheers Len
  15. It is always easier to start high and see if the public buys it. If not, the price will drop until the ship sails. Why start low, when they know some people will pay whatever they ask. There are a few bargains out there. We just booked Voyager for June 2022, 11 day Baltics for inside $860. For June, that is a good price. You just have to look. Cheers Len
  16. We have sailed on the Grandeur only 3 times, but each time, we feel like we came back home. We also sailed on her when they celebrated her 20th anniversary of being launched with a huge party. If memory holds she was launched Dec 1996 and the celebration was Dec 2016. Hope she survives, but it just doesn't look promising. Cheers Len
  17. We were with John and Lala on the Allure, March 1-March 13, 2020 for a TA. The Allure was supposed to go into dry dock right after our cruise, so nothing was scheduled for her until May, but I wonder if that ever happened? We disembarked in Barcelona March 13 and they closed the country down on March 14 leaving many for a mad scramble to 'get out of town'. We were already scheduled to leave on the 15 and we did, but for the night before, you couldn't even get anything to eat in all Barcelona unless you got something from your hotel. I guess we were one of the last cruises that sailed be
  18. We have sailed MSC a couple of times. Last time we did, we did the Fantastica experience, but me getting old, my memory needs a jolt as to what the major differences are between the two. Last time, we got coupons for free Gelati everyday and like 12 free drink coupons, ( we were on an 11 day cruise)are these things still available? I understand Bella is cheaper and is probably a basic, no frills experience. So, if I pay the difference to to Fantastica experience, what am I really getting for the money these days? Cheers Len
  19. WE sailed the Allure, TA this past March, her last sailing before the virus. We were able to make reservations 90 days out. Several of the 'minor' type shows had openings even on the day of the show, like the ice show and the comedy show. Cheers Len
  20. USAF 1966-1969 3 years Ramstein AFB Germany 3 Month TDY Da Nang AFB Viet Nam Glad to meet all of you Cheers Len
  21. We have a TA booked Nov 6 on the Explorer leaving Rome. We also have a 7 day NCL cruise booked prior to the Explorer. We will not cancel until final payment, which will, at least, give us the opportunity to see how the world is going. We just got off a TA on the Allure, March 13 where no one was sick, but getting out of Barcelona was a nightmare. We are glad we were able to get out when we did so we will not go thru anything like that again. We are old, but better safe than sorry and there will be many cruises in the future. I disagree with the poster who said cruises w
  22. Where do I sign up-- for ALL of them Cheers Len
  23. Late to this thread and if others mentioned this some 50 pages back, I apologize. We were also on this cruise, though not in such lavish accommodations. We had a lowly inside cabin, but that didn't stop us from having a great cruise. Anyway, we are one of the few who didn't buy internet for the cruise, we never do, preferring to just lay the sea days away without needed to 'be connected'. So, when the preverbal hit the fan on Thursday, RCCL was great in giving us 2 free hours of internet to try and get things in order. Since I am IT devoid, the agent who was assigned to help idiots
  24. Appreciate the kind thoughts. All we can do now is sit and wait and hope all is well, and catch up on those TV shows and movies we always meant to watch but never had the time. LOL Cheers Len
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