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  1. Other friends, however, have a dream cruise in September. Simply because they cruise 4-5x annually, they are not cancelling their cruise because RCCL will offer possibly 160% on future cruise if the cruise lines cancel. This sure has messed up my favorite way to travel. Thank you.
  2. Thank you. These folks have taken many land trips that only some of us could dream of. This situation for first time cruisers who were a little iffy about liking a cruise I think your advise is sport on. Thank you.
  3. Friends booked their FIRST cruise and on HAL because we think the health scores are good and because we love BB King. Their cruise is to Alaska in AUG 2020. Final payment isn't until May and I had read suggestions to delay cancelling until perhaps month before final payment in order to receive down payment. They respect our opinion as we are seasoned cruisers. What are your thoughts. I told her I would ask the forum.
  4. Our friends booked their first cruise and it is to Alaska in August. We have cruised many times and they respect our opinion. At the beginning of COVID cruise reports I suggested to delay cancellation until closer to cruise and she should receive 100% of refund. However, final payment is middle of May. Would you suggest she go ahead or still wait a few weeks for HAL to contact her? Airline tickets have been purchased. Thank you.
  5. Our 3 HAL cruises had awesome food and service at the LIDO. We didn't handle the utensils and felt that was much healthier. Enjoyed the stir fry choices and the wonderful salad bars. We never ate in the MDR on our last HAL cruise. Likewise we never fought our way around for a simple cup of coffee..HAL served us at our table. The MDR once entertained us, but 1 1/2-2 hr event is too long for us.
  6. Thank you for your reply. Those types of things don't bother me. We sailed her out of Charleston and it was ok. Health issues were my concern, but bets suffering in this cold weather.
  7. We seldom cruise Carnival except when we just need to escape cold weather on a budget and able to drive to port. We sailed on Fantasy Our of Charleston a few years ago and are considering Mobile. I just finished reading an October 2019 failed inspection health report. While it seemed critical enough to earn a 'failed' score, I am curious if you folks who cruise the Fantasy out of Mobile have experienc d displeasure with her cleanliness?
  8. What type of attire is suggested for brunch or breakfast in MDR? We tried breakfast in MDR 1x, not enthused. However, I would love to try the brunch . Thank you.
  9. We have never cruised out of NOLA and our best flight option for return home is 11 am. Having cruised out of FLL 15 times we have never had a flight before noon. Do you think an 11 am flight is wise? I realize a lot can happen on a ship's return to port for disembarkation. Customs, illness, and other situations can come into play. Thank you.
  10. We have cruised 17 times, never MSC. We just need a winter getaway and thought MSC might be interesting. However, there are so many negative reviews on many sites that I am beginning to doubt . We aren't expecting anything other than good service, nice staff and descent food. Comments, please?
  11. The staff throughout the ship was wonderful! Guest services were the best. However, I was so disappointed in our stateroom. Perfect location, though. However, 2 seniors with 2 bunks, one on each side of the bed, was a bother. We have our beds placed together and I was against the wall and it was a chore to get out of bed. No refrigerator/coolers, no chair other than dressing table ottoman. Our stateroom attendant was superb. Those rooms, though. Never again.
  12. DH is considering a cruise from Barcelona. However, we aren't bilingual and unless he finds a group from US traveling together he doesn't feel confident that us seniors could handle the language barrier. Any suggestions? I tried to explain that most hotels have bilingual employees, but he is concerned about the other facets: restaurant, transportation from the airport and to the ship. Thank you.
  13. Thank you! That is how I buy mine and do comparison. unfortunately I have called 3 reputable companies and none offer anything other than reimbursements, even though their website stated otherwise. Another problem is that I had to ask for an English speaking rep and there were none. Bust.
  14. Do you mind sharing the names? I haven't seen Steve's response. Thank you.
  15. What are some of the plans that 'pay up front?' My husband has been planning our first trip to Europe. We don't want to live in fear and stop traveling outside US, but we had never given thought to foreign medical treatment. Thank you for your input.
  16. I will check into this. Thank you.
  17. We are insured when we travel. I just had not given thought to 'pay up front'. I understand it and thank you.
  18. I feel more confident traveling when we purchase trip insurance. However, we had a nice discussion with another couple on our recent cruise regarding air evacuation. I understand that coverage is reimbursement on approved expenses. I was shocked when I learned that a recent medical emergency of a cruise passenger was $60,000 UP FRONT. Not everyone has that money readily available. They would not evacuate until money was wired. Anyone have firsthand knowledge of similar situations and do you mind sharing? Secondly, how do you prepare for such a thing? It suddenly has me second guessing our travel. Thank you.
  19. I have read of this in the past. I don't doubt their word, as we have cruisd RCCL 8 times; however, if there was a known problem prior to returning to port, I would suspect it is legit. NOROVIRUS sometimes causes delays. I hope not on Empress. Just keep any eye on your emails or APPS? They don't want everyone arriving early and we sorta have priority boarding, but not really.
  20. I didn't see your port, but ours is Miami and we were given an 11:30 boarding time. Email this morning stressed that Coast Guard was doing an inspection on our ship and not to arrive any earlier.
  21. Exactly. We print ours ATM home and bring extras. I was surprised at the number of folks who were getting theirs at port. Please don't forget that you must still present your bags to the Porters. I have seen several folks tag theirs and leave them assuming the luggage will be taken care of.
  22. I saw an article that mentioned the EOS offered complimentary mimosas and Bloody Mary's on certain days, but was not mentioned in the Cruise Planner? Anyone have firsthand knowledge? Main dining room brunch, Windjammer? Thank you.
  23. Our 9th RCCL cruise is this week. We have sailed on several lines, and 1x on Celebrity as my DH thought it was a good deal. I thought the food in the MDR was sub-par, but our DD and son-in-law before kids thought Celebrity was the best. I think cruising is subjective. I love quiet outdoor places to read, avoid the pools because I can never get a chair and I enjoy reading. I wish my DH would spring for a veranda 🙂 BTW, we haven't cruised the mega ships, so maybe they are better.
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