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  1. Well, this makes four Princess cruises canceled for us over the past year. Of the first three, I can definitely agree that they needed to be canceled. But Princess pulling the plug on this one, just as everything seemed to be falling into place with all the CDC vs the industry vs FL Gov dramas, just doesn't make sense. I'm not sure what is behind this at all. Princess offered to switch us to the same ship/itinerary for next year, but the whole point of this cruise was to get on a ship this year. It didn't hurt that she was visiting locations we've never been to before. Bummer.
  2. I have cruised on the Celebrity Solstice class of ships MANY times... it's actually our favorite class ship across all cruise lines. It has a smart, easy to follow layout. We LOVE the Persian Gardens, and you get that free as part of AquaClass. We did AquaClass once, and we loved that as well. Same cabin size as other balconies, just better placed and with better amenities. Awesome multi shower head in bathroom shower as well. The biggest plus is you get exclusive access to Blu, which is a fantastic restaurant. We've only cruised once with Princess, aboard Royal Princess in t
  3. Well, finally, Princess cancelled our Alaska cruise (Alaska cruises aren’t happening this year... it’s silly that they keep acting like they are.) and now I don’t have to worry about the final payment drama next month. Hallelujah! My TA says Princess will move us to the same cruise next year. I will see what they offer us, but again, I really can’t plan a cruise in 2022. Hoping the CDC and cruise industry can salvage the Caribbean (which I predict can’t start till August at the earliest) cruise season for 2021.
  4. Some good news: I pointed out the Princess change to 60 days out for final payments to my TA. He called Princess, and apparently, Princess has been “quietly” updating people about this. So I now have till mid-April for my final payment! Thank you to all of you who pointed this change out! I still think it’s snarky for Princess to even expect a final payment on my Alaska cruise when they’ve decided to halt sales on it to everyone else who doesn’t have a deposit in already. Suspend final payments till you open this cruise back up, Princess. Also, CDC foot dragging is
  5. Actually, when I told my TA I don’t want to be moved (arbitrarily in my opinion- I think Princess should ask first!) to a 2022 cruise, he told me it would be best to not make a final payment. I’m not sure when he gets his commission from Princess (I always thought it was after a completed cruise?) but his tactics were all based on me not losing out on a possible deal coming from Princess if they do (well, when they do... let’s be honest) cancel. I’ve seen the deals given to other Alaska cancels and it really didn’t impress me enough. But I think it’s a great thing when a TA makes
  6. So, no I didn’t say that at all. You just showed exactly what I said. It’s Princess that is looking to strike some deal with Canada or the US government (that could take all sorts of directions without Canada doing a thing. That’s the point that the cruise industry has been peddling for the past month. I think it’s just corporate bluster to keep money they desperately need). I never said anything about Canada needing to change its laws or rules or anything of the kind. I personally think Canada should stay closed as long as needed (apparently the government there isn’t ready to open its
  7. Except that it’s not pro-consumer for Princess to stop selling the cruise (they probably know it’s going to cancel if they halt sales) to others, but to expect a final payment from those who made a deposit and further, to tie up those funds for months and months and months if they do cancel. As I said, they should halt final payments until they know what’s going on with this cruise (and all their other Alaska cruises still supposedly going forward). I’d hang in there with them if they did that. But Princess handling things in this manner isn’t “being generous” at all.
  8. I’d only go on a cruise, this year, with Covid protocols on board.
  9. That’s interesting... my Princess paperwork says it’s due next week. Is this a new update?
  10. So, my final payment is due on our Seattle to Alaska RT 7 day cruise (scheduled for this June) in less than two weeks. Still no word from Princess if this cruise is really going forward or not. They haven't canceled it, but it's becoming obvious that they will probably have to do so. Setting aside Canada's port closures through Feb 2022, the CDC hasn't even given the go-ahead for "practice sailings" yet. Cruise lines have started canceling through June 1. I think it's pretty obvious that dates will probably slip back till July 1 for the end of the pause. And of course, there's
  11. I think you missed the point where I said "wait and see". That's me saying that basically, that's what Princess is telling those of us who booked Alaska 2021 in their press release that I already mentioned. Wait and see is what Princess is implying in their wording. Btw, there is nothing there in that statement saying (as you state) that your cruise is cancelled if it is before March 1, 2022. I would be very happy if that was the case as I could get some idea of what to do next. From other sources I've read, Canada was going to decide on whether they'd extend the cruise pause o
  12. So we booked in 2019, while aboard Royal Princess, a trans-Atlantic cruise aboard Sky Princess for last year. Then the pandemic started and all cruises were paused. Then we booked Enchanted Princess for March 27 this year... and Princess extended their sailing pause till April 1. So then we booked Majestic Princess for Alaska for June 20, and now Canada has decided to close up shop till next year. Now, I'm not blaming this on anyone or anything other than the pandemic. I'm a grown-up. I know stuff beyond the cruise line's control can occur, and that's life. But it'
  13. You beat me to it! 🙂 I just got the email from Princess! HOORAY! This is GREAT news! We love Medallion Class... and it's made for hands free cruising!
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