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    Princess
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    Baltic

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  1. NO NO NO. Too many variables with a one year old. Leave him or her with grandparents and go and enjoy the cruise yourselves. I would be worried silly that the kid could get sick and that the med facility on board could not assist. Really, trans atlantics are made up of me (retired) people with nothing to care about except ourselves. Don't just look at the price!.
  2. Ditto, as someone posted not a snow ball's chance in hell would I be getting on ANY ship in AUGUST 2020. You can only really trust yourself. All it takes is one person to be infected. Case in point - Diamond Princess!!. We should all just take a breath. Follow the social distancing guidelines. Play by the rules as they have done in New Zealand and starve this virus to death and we can then all enjoy cruising as we have all done gloriously in the past. And, I missed my cruise to New Zealand, so 2023 New Zealand here we come!
  3. Truly, RCCL could drop the price of cruises by 80% but you will not catch us sailing until at least 2022 (we have one booked for Feb 2022). So at this point. We do not care about any future sales as we will not be lending our money to the cruise lines. We will wait until there is a vaccine (fingers crossed) before we get on another ship. We follow the social distancing rules here in Canada and at least in the area I live, everyone I come across wears a mask and gloves. And I mean everyone. People in my neck of the woods do not take kids to the grocery stores, people cross the street when out for a walk (without a mask), we do not let each other pat each others dogs and most of our businesses are shut or people are working from home. All is going well. Infections falling dramatically. We are on the mend. But I am not confident in the cruise line's ability to protect us so we will not be cruising again until as I say 2022. We have one booked for Dec but as soon as final payment date comes around in Sept, we will be cancelling it. My health and my life is more important than cruising at this point. We instead will do a land vacation in Canada when the all clear is given as we feel we will be able to protect ourselves much better. So, no more cruises no matter the bargain basement price that comes out in May or June to entice.
  4. We were on the March 14 2020 Radiance Sydney (actually boarded and then were told to get off by midnight that evening). All worked out fine. Had a lovely week prior. Anyhow, mulled over whether to take the 125 percent for future cruise or the full refund. Decided on full refund, advised them on April 1. Told it would take 30 business days (m-f) for refund to hit credit card. Okay. Received letter below a couple of days ago. If refund does not show up by June 13, 2020, we will claim on our credit card insurance (we have three months to initiate claim under said insurance) so I am not worried. My credit card insurance has already paid me out for all the other expenses associated with the cancellation of the Mar 14th cruise. ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING TRAVELS Dear Guest, It’s no secret that the world is going through a difficult time. And while there are many changes going on around us, one that will never change is our commitment to remain transparent and as communicative, as possible. As we went into our global suspension of sailings, we initially estimated that refunds would take 30 days. Unfortunately, with an unprecedented volume of refunds and credits, we are delayed. We’ve worked diligently to resolve most of the volume issues and are working around the clock to address the backlog to get you your refund, as quickly possible. Currently, some refunds are taking up to 45 days. Please know that each and every request is receiving the same level of care and dedication. And rest assured, your refund will be honored and it is coming – it’s just taking a little longer than expected and we’re very sorry about that. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. We’ll have an update for you by May 6th, unless we see that your refund has already been disbursed between now and then. Please be sure to check with your banking institution for an update if you don’t hear from us. Please stay safe! Sincerely,
  5. Well. On the Radiance of the seas which got cancelled at 5 pm on day of embarcation, the lady in front of me was taken away for second screening as she was coughing consistently as health questionnaire people were handing these forms out. She said she had asthma right there in front of us. Lady asked her if she had a letter or certificate from her doctor and she said no. They were taken out of line. Do not know what happened after that. Wr had our temps taken as did all passengers and yes we brought our luggage all of it on board. Getting all money back and our trip insurance covered everything else. Actually was happy cruise got cancelled due to New Zealand banning ships. Had lovely week in Sydney and days after all free.
  6. We were on the cancelled Radiance March 14 cruise. We got off prior to the walk off deadline of 12 midnight saturday mar 14. Otherwise we would be put into tender boats or tender cats the next day but captain said high winds were expected the following day that could delay tenders. We organized our flights and hotel accommodation all free fue to our trip interruption insurance and spent another lively day in Sydney. Everyone was offered free wi fi which enabled us to book what we needed. We are taking cruise fare refundable to our credit card. No interest in future cruise credit. I think I we will stick to newer ships as our balcony cabin had seen better days. Balcony was in rough shape. Will stick to new and shiny and prefer new Princess ships as well.
  7. Wow, everyone, thanks very much for bringing the proverbial hammer down on poor little me, me, me. I, am the person, who upon becoming ill on a Princess ship a few years back with some virus made my way down to the medical center and self reported and knowingly knew that I would be put into quarantine in my cabin (yes, it was Japan as well). I did this for the greater good of other people on the ship! Yes, I spent five days in my cabin until my fever had disappeared. Thanks heavens we always travel with our own thermometers as the silly nurses could not get their own to work properly. Three other people were also ill on the ship and they too self reported. But I am sure there were many more who were selfish and went about making other people ill. So, yes, I am overprotective of myself and other people. And, yes, I vehemently believe that this virus could have been better controlled with a ban on travel to / from China where the outbreak started and it should have been put into place at least one month ago via the airlines. For the greater good of the world. Containment! And yes, we bring our luggage on board ourselves. We had a bag lost by Royal Caribbean leaving it with the porters and it showed up five days later. And another time, as people do not always read stateroom numbers of luggage tags correctly even though they are printed in a huge font, luggage goes wayward. We were searching for a bag for cabin 631 when we found it ourselves outside cabin 613 and another time the steward had actually put a bag into our cabin that belonged to another stateroom. So, we bring our bags onto the ships ourselves towards the end of check in. Anyhow, in these times of time, we all have to to what we believe to be appropriate for our own circumstances. And, yes, I will be that person in business class with my N95 mask on during my flights should I come across someone who is coughing or sneezing continuously who is not wearing their own mask as it gives me comfort and that is the important thing. What is important for me may be not important to you. Also If there are people who want to stand in line behind someone who is coughing, go for it. Remain there. But myself, I will move on over. I guess it is all a matter of what risk I can mitigate and what risk I cannot. My two cents. And obviously, may not be yours.
  8. We are quite fortunate here in Canada. We have a company here that is manufacturing masks by the tons. Also, American and United (US airlines) are no longer flying to / from China mainland at all nor Hong Kong. A bright move. And have not been for the last couple of weeks. Containment - no movement of people by air from China around the world should have been done weeks ago to prevent people from spreading this virus. And my bet soon is that countries are going to ban travel to China and South Korea very soon outright. It is going to be a case of too little too late unfortunately! And I will not be spreading germs. Will you? Since there are only 12 cases in Canada and they are all contained.
  9. I am going to be mean but I believe that for the next four to six months, no one should be let out of China. No airlines at all flying to and from China. In Canada we do not have many confirmed cases, perhaps 12 at the latest. Everyone had come from China or had contact with someone who came from China. Our latest lady flew from Iran to Vancouver and a family member caught Coronavirus from her. News reports say the woman who became ill was associating in Iran with someone who came from China. Can we simply not allow anymore flights from China to reach North America. Safety first should be the motto for the next four to six months. Air Canada is still allowing flights to Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto from Beijing and Shanghai. For the sake of our citizens, I wish our government would act and ban all those flights. Yes, might be a mean thing to say, but, let's see if this stops the spread in Canada. We have quite a few Canadians from the Diamond Princess who are now quarantined in one of our facilities Nav Canada near Ottawa and we will be watching if any of them become ill. This will be interesting to watch. We will be in Sydney in the next few weeks and we are certainly hoping that things are quite there.
  10. We will be cruising New Zealand and the sounds mid March 14, 15 arriving first in Sydney on March 9th. We will be watching the weather network but we always pack in layers. Should the weather be warm, we always have a pair of gym shorts (mainly for the gym, but perfectly fine for walking about in should we encounter warmer weather) during the cruise. Hat, gloves, scarf, puffer jacket and rain jacket always with us as when we leave Canada, it is cold and we still need to be warm as we travel to the airport. Also, an umbrella is a must.
  11. I am going to be mean but I believe that for the next four to six months, no one should be let out of China. No airlines at all flying to and from China. In Canada we do not have many confirmed cases, perhaps 12 at the latest. Everyone had come from China or had contact with someone who came from China. Our latest lady flew from Iran to Vancouver and a family member caught Coronavirus from her. News reports say the woman who became ill was associating in Iran with someone who came from China. Can we simply not allow anymore flights from China to reach North America. Safety first should be the motto for the next four to six months. Air Canada is still allowing flights to Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto from Beijing and Shanghai. For the sake of our citizens, I wish our government would act and ban all those flights. Yes, might be a mean thing to say, but, let's see if this stops the spread in Canada. We have quite a few Canadians from the Diamond Princess who are now quarantined in one of our facilities Nav Canada near Ottawa and we will be watching if any of them become ill. This will be interesting to watch. We will be in Sydney in the next few weeks and we are certainly hoping that things are quite there.
  12. We never board early (even though we get priority boarding). Or, to be specific, we board towards the end of the required boarding time guidelines. We also keep our luggage with us. We bring it on board ourselves. Yes, they do not appreciate that but so what. If there are still some people in line, there will be fewer of them and it is easy to keep a distance and observe who might be coughing, etc. and just to avoid them.
  13. Also, make sure that your toothbrush is in a toothbrush covered holder in the bathroom because when they clean the bathrooms, they are using the same cloth that they used in the previous 10 bathrooms as they wipe and spray everything down. Also we bring our lysol spray with us and even after our room has been cleaned, we do a quick disinfect once again with hand towels and lysol. Door handles, switches and keep your tv remote inside a zip lock baggie.
  14. OP : Call Celebrity back immediately. Ask them to review the call you had with the agent. All calls are taped. Perhaps you did not ask for a refundable deposit. Let a supervisor listen to the call check. We always get the agent to REPEAT EXACTLY WHAT IS BEING BOOKED AND THAT WAY THERE IS NEVER AN ISSUE.
  15. Yeah, Athens is very problematic lately with those wildcat strikes affecting transport. In fact Paris has issues too and we are heading their in May, oh, oh, May Day. In a perfect world, we would never book an excursion when it is so simple to do everything on one's own in Athens. To get to the Acropolis, if I recall, we got off very early. Like the first people off and got a bus directly in front of the pier and it took us to the street at the bottom of the Acropolis in like 20 minutes and we were all done by the time the cruise ship passengers were arriving. Fabulous! The very first time we hit Athens and this is years and years ago as newbies, we did take their transport into the city and low and behold there was a civil gathering / riot at the parliament and our bus was four hours late picking us up at the meeting spot. But the guides had arrived and were in contact with the ship. Thank heavens we had taken ship transportation as the cruise ship remained in port waiting for us to arrive.
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