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  1. I would file a dispute with the credit card company, if that is what you used as payment. We had to do this with several shore excursions booked for our canceled Mediterranean cruise in May. The companies all offered full refunds if you canceled at least 24 hours in advance at the time we booked and paid, but changed their policy after Covid. All of the disputes were settled in our favor and refunded to the credit card.
  2. At this point I do not see cruises being able to resume without this happening on most of them. Until the vaccine is readily available, and all passengers & crew provide proof that they have had it before they are allowed to sail, they need to not attempt any more sailings. This just gives more bad publicity for cruises.
  3. At this point, I would not feel comfortable booking any flight prior to 6:00 PM or possibly not until the next day. Until the new COVID procedures are finalized, and there have been a couple of months of sailings with reviews with actual experience, no one knows how long it will take to get off the ship or through the airport. With scheduled, socially distanced disembarkation, possibly having to get a final Covid test, etc., the days of walking off the ship quickly with self-departure may be over (at least for a while).
  4. I don’t know if this will change anything on the rules for cruises to resume, but it can’t help. https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-cruiseship-idUKKBN2810X8 (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Saturday it recommended that all people avoid cruise ship travel as the risk of COVID-19 on liners is very high. The CDC advised passengers who decide to go on a cruise should get tested 3-5 days after their trip and stay home for 7 days after travel, even if they test negative. *****/2US9P5O Last
  5. Not sure if this will change anything in the CDC rules for cruises to resume, but it can’t help. https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-cruiseship-idUKKBN2810X8 (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Saturday it recommended that all people avoid cruise ship travel as the risk of COVID-19 on liners is very high. The CDC advised passengers who decide to go on a cruise should get tested 3-5 days after their trip and stay home for 7 days after travel, even if they test negative. *****/2US9P5O Last mont
  6. I love the nostalgic ads, please keep posting. There are always going to be some who aren’t happy.
  7. It appears all US sailings of longer than 7 days through October are no longer listed on the website for booking. That would fit the timeline of the CDC order. With the additional time needed for testing before boarding disembarking, staggered boarding / disembarking times, additional cleaning, etc, they may no longer have departures on the same day the ships return. The 6 and 8 day alternating itineraries may become all 6 days with an extra day between each sailing.
  8. I expect that many sailings will be modified and probably more than once. The new regulations will probably be modified based on how things go when sailings resume, ports may re-open or close, etc.
  9. It looks like both of the cruise ship referendums easily passed per the county election commission website: https://enr.electionsfl.org/MON/Summary/2806/ Charter Amendment: Limiting Persons Disembarking Participating Precincts Reporting: 10 / 10 Show Graphical View Choice Election Day Early Votes Vote By Mail Provisional Total Votes Percentage YES
  10. Norwegian and Royal Caribbean canceled all of their December sailings today and I would expect Carnival will follow shortly.
  11. No. There are too many restrictions at this point. We are not concerned about catching COVID, but don’t have any desire to stand in line to get tested to get on / off the ship, have to wear a mask in most locations on the ship, possibly get quarantined in our rooms if one positive case is found onboard, etc.
  12. Norwegian canceled all December cruises and I expect Carnival and others to do the same. It will probably be at least February before Cruises sail with actual passengers based on meeting the new CDC requirements and I would guess it will be late Spring or early Summer before all ships are sailing again.
  13. Based on the requirements of cruises being 7 days or less, I don’t see any TA cruises for a while. But since it ends in Europe, the CDC may not have jurisdiction over it.
  14. Prior to the latest CDC update, most of the cruise lines indicated they will use a phased approach to resume sailing again by starting with a few ships and adding more if all goes well. I believe it will take 4-6 months to get back to a full schedule once cruises resume, so there will still be many cancellations over the next 6 months. Carnival may want Mardi Gras to sail as soon as possible or hold off until they know there are no issues. An outbreak on their newest ship would definitely make news and not be a good look.
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