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  1. I think, for me, finding out how the travel insurance requires my behavior for refund may impact my decision to cancel early or wait to see if Princess cancels. I am not so confident, that even if this itinerary sails, Canada will allow disembarkation. Living in the Bay Area as you do, this is an easy vacation to reschedule. That said, I sure wish we were sailing into Malta tomorrow and am missing travel this year.
  2. Thank you all for these helpful articles and input. I think it’s highly unlikely our cruise will sail. I think it’s also highly unlikely we will be taking any vacation this year to be honest. So far we have cancelled several. I need to check to see if I need to wait for the cruise line to cancel for travel insurance reimbursement. I know that varies with insurance companies. I truly appreciate the time in responding to my question.
  3. Yes jennybenny. That is the the itinerary we are booked on - sailing 9/20. Not sure if first scheduled cruise is a good thing or not - I can see an argument for both sides.
  4. Over the years Viking has facilitated on their payment in advance policy. Our first Oceans five years ago required full payment 2+ years prior. That was after a river cruise prior where that wasn’t the case. Our last Oceans was 6 months in advance. Their promotions sometimes offer 6 months prior, and sometimes 12 or more. I received in the mail today a prior customer package that did not mention later full payment, but did offer the ability to cancel during a very short window prior to sailing with a FCC. My point is that their promotions vary. Right now, DH and I are still SIP. I am itching to book a trip, but for us, paying in full, far in advance, with the current pandemic is not an option for us. We look forward to sailing again. I think everyone has to determine their personal comfort zone for future travel, and what they are willing to financially put out and when. I am thinking that there is no ‘right’ nor ‘wrong’ answer.
  5. Thank you Steelers36. I found the link. I did not see any cancellations for Star Princess at all. I guess we will just wait a bit longer. Just not sure it will sail. And also not sure if we will sail until a little further down the Covid road. I appreciate your assistance.
  6. I am sure that I read somewhere that Princess has cancelled Alaska and any Canadian Cruises (amongst other locations) into the Fall. We are booked in September RT from SFO to Vancouver/Victoria. I looked at Princess online and it appears to still be selling cabins. I also looked through several pages on this forum before posting. Does anyone know the status? I realize Canada likely May have the last word here, and have not seen further updates on accepting Cruises. Thank you
  7. Princess may not have known if it was just the flu or the virus, but given all the information available at the time it should have raised red flags. The man who died today is not the only confirmed case from the Mexico cruise. There is a patient in the hospital in Sonoma County who is confirmed with the virus from that cruise - and one has to wonder how many others. chengkp75- I trust your expertise from reading your analysis on multiple boards over the years. So if the fogging is reliable, does the question then become - did Princess perform this throughout the ship between the two sailings? If they did, then would that not have eliminated this reoccurrence of the virus on the next itinerary?
  8. I sincerely hope that all those on the Grand will be okay. As well as those on the previous Mexico itinerary. That is the most important piece. That said - help me understand why, when Princess knew there were people with flu like symptoms on the Mexico itinerary, that they just turned the ship around on time and boarded new passengers for the Hawaii itinerary? From the Mexico itinerary we know for a fact that the one passenger died today in Placer County. We know that there is another person in Sonoma county in the hospital with confirmed virus from that Mexico trip. There is also another person who self quarantined when she returned home in Sonoma County for 14 days following that trip. She had reported to Princess her symptoms. No follow up from them - so this all bears the question - did Princess not learn their lesson in Japan? And - how many more people from that Mexico trip have dispersed with no follow up? Now we have more confirmed virus currently on a ship that turned around from another itinerary with the virus that Princess knew there were ill people on. Again - my thoughts are with all of you on the Grand.
  9. Thank you for these responses. It helps me, and I hope the OP as well with all these personal experiences.
  10. We are in an aft on NA on deck 5 in May. We are directly in the center rather than a wrap around. This will be our first aft cabin experience. Really glad to hear your experience Tom was so positive. I was a little concerned that without the breeze it may be too warm to really enjoy. Thank you for your post
  11. When in wine centric locals, we will pay the $18 corkage fee on wines we select and buy - before boarding and/or in ports. Wines offered by the glass on HAL under $15 are not impressive, at least to our liking. We would look at wine packages if we are not sailing in areas conducive to purchasing. We have the signature package on our upcoming itinerary, but we will supplement with corkage fees for brought on board wines.
  12. We sail 5/7. Still cannot make specialty dining reservations. The shore excursions were available months ago - but they mostly do not interest us.
  13. Wouldn’t how much you use it likely depend on the season you are sailing? For instance, the non-winter Mediterranean weather Would that not provide you a good possibility of using the aft balcony as it would in the Caribbean?
  14. Maybe spirits, but my reading shows not so much with wine? Am I incorrect? It seems that it depends on your preference of drinks.
  15. Thank you molemaui for your wine descriptions and feedback. You confirmed what I was afraid was true. Obtaining the upgrade pricing at $17.25/pppd also confirms my thinking that corkage fees are the way to go for us. Good Information to have ahead of time.
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