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  1. I'm a fan of cruising but wishful thinking will not make cruising come back. There's a lot of wishful thinking on these forums. I have cruise next certificates so two cruises booked but I will not make final payments until there is more certainty about cruising. I'd love to change my reservations but NCL has astronomically increased prices. I guess NCL's plan was to offer people 125% credit and they would book another cruise instead of a refund. We need to get through the politics, have vaccines available, and people willing to take the vaccine. I think that will take all of 2021. Then
  2. The sales are a joke. I remember cruising not too long ago 7 nights for $2400 (2 people with all perks). Trying to find a reasonable prices for cruises that are not even sailing now is impossible. Hawaii x 7 days = $18,000 plus for 3 people in one 2 bedroom room (really just a side room). I understand cruises at some times of year (Christmas) is more expensive. But for $18,000, I could plan an incredible luxury vacation. That price is just insane. If the cruise lines don't stop raising prices so much to recover their losses, I'm certain bankruptcy is just a matter of time. Anticipate t
  3. This just proves my theory. NCL knew darn well they were not going to have cruises in December. But they waited to announce it until it was past the final payment date (the extended final payment date) for the last December cruise. I guess they hope people made those payment so they can hold onto the money, take forever to issue refunds, and try to offer some special deal like 10% off and they inflated all of their future cruise prices. Disgusted with NCL and any other cruise line following this practice.
  4. NCL not willing to change their game plan or lower prices I really think the cruise industry is doomed for bankruptcy unless they change up their game. I love cruising but I cannot imagine anyone willing to book a cruise vacation unless they have a future cruise credit from a prior cancellation during COVID-19. I have 4 cruise next deposits but not booking with NCL until the absolute end of the expiration of those deposits. Even then, I might cancel. Since COVID started in March 2020, NCL has greatly increased the prices of cruises by $1500 to $3000 more than I originally booked the s
  5. Original poster here. We canceled. Will get our 2 cruise next certificates back (our only deposit). Now to find another NCL cruise. We are frustrated that NCL had jacked up the price on all of their cruises -- I guess to make up for losses. For us, the price of a cruise is no longer a good deal compared to just booking flights to a nice Caribbean island on our own.
  6. NCL Phone rep said no news but if final payment is made and NCL cancels, can get full refund. (and maybe they will offer 10% or something off another cruise). If not, I have until 48 hours before the cruise to cancel but that only gets a future cruise credit. It is difficult to think about all the things that could go wrong on a cruise to Costa Maya, Cozumel, Harvest Caye, and Roatan. Roatan is our favorite island stop for snorkeling and the other stops don't matter much to us. Could the ship leave us on one of those islands or quarantine us to our room if I have a fever or sniffle? Will
  7. I agree. The only deposit I made so far are two cruise next certificates (purchased on a prior cruise). If I made final payment and waited, and they canceled, no one really knows if they would offer any additional discount. And the prices are so overinflated now, it's a wash.
  8. I think most December cruises had a final payment date due in October. For our December 27 sailing, the final payment date is October 28. I do not see any information yet about cancellations. Because NCL has not canceled anything, what did people do? Cancel cruise on your own? Make final payment and wait in case NCL still sails (very unlikely) or offers a better deal (percent off future cruise)? I really don't like the idea of making the final payment and then find out later the cruise is canceled and I have to wait a long time to get a refund, or worse, NCL goes bankrupt and
  9. I am trying to think more simply about stocks. I was looking for data about cruise ship passengers and found this from the link below. The report shows that most cruise passengers come from the United States and most trips are in the Caribbean and Bahamas. And most cruise ships I've seen depart from Florida, then I guess New York and the Gulf area. Thinking simply, before the cruise ships get going, they need customers from the United States, Florida has to be open (cruise ports, hotels, airports, etc), and the Caribbean and Bahamian islands have to be willing to welcome cruisers. Florid
  10. Tough decisions with the stock. I am hopeful for NCL. I was going to buy when it was around $10-$12 but concerned about bankruptcy. Still concerned because I have $1000 worth of cruise next certificates and two cruises booked. I am doubtful my December cruise is going to happen. If there is not more certainty by the time of final payment in August, I will cancel and not make final payment. We need some major changes for the positive between now and August for NCL stocks to get any gain. If not, investors will pick other stocks that I think are more surely to grow a lot fast
  11. I think it is very questionable if cruises will be happening at all in 2020. I hope so but I am not counting on it.
  12. Are people really sure about NCL stock continuing to go up in price? I thought about buying NCL stock 100 shares at $10. That's $1000. But I thought NCL was very high risk for bankruptcy, then stock is worth nothing. I'm not sure not that NCL is immune from bankruptcy. The company has no income now, tons of debt, and assets that cannot be sold. Not sure who is in the market to buy a cruise ship! Before NCL can get back to limited operations (and limited earnings), it will have to staff their ships again, depend on willing cruisers who have other safer vacation options, and hope the port
  13. Hoping for a cruise end of December through New Year's Day on Breakaway. But I'm not even sure about that. At least I have until August to cancel. If NCL starts cruising again, it might not include that ship and itineraries will likely change. I hope NCL gives some updates soon about future itineraries and ships. Don't know yet which Caribbean ports will be open. Not willing to book airfare now given I don't know which airlines might go bankrupt. If ship's crew are sent home, how will NCL staff the ships again and deal with the cost and time to train new crew and book ente
  14. You are correct. I have a 2018 version of the benefits that says this is covered: Financial insolvency of the Cardholder’s travel agency, tour operator, or travel supplier But Chase clearly changed that in 2019 to NOT be covered. I just checked their website and downloaded a new benefits booklet updated in December 2019.
  15. Wow. Chase conveniently changed that. I have a pdf file of their Guide to Benefits (effective August 2018) that specifically states financial insolvency IS COVERED. It's a good idea to to frequently check what terms of their card benefits change.
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