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  1. Heck, I bought my 100 shares when the price was around $60. At the time it looked like a good way to get a nice OBC on our preferred 10 day cruises. Now with the shares at around $12 (OMG🤪 ) I don't think I'll sell. They are just sitting in my IRA, and probably will still be there when I am not. 😉
  2. All good info, thanks. I saw that with passenger/space ration; the Majesty was the worst I'd seen! I understand about the Breakaway, but that ship and others of her size don't appeal to us. I recall the research I did a while ago showed her cabins were not so good either. Carnival's cabins have always been good for us, so it's looking more and more like the Glory will be the one, IF I decide to book. I was hoping for really good prices, but they don't seem to offer any great deals in April 2021. Speak of an artifact of cruising history, our first cruise was in 1989 on the Carnival Mardi Gras. Grand old ship, and I mean OLD! 😉 Doug
  3. No, I have not considered a B2B, but I might do that this time. Your experience on the Glory sounds like ours on the NCL Spirit several years ago; we really liked that small ship and probably sailed on her 3-4 times before she left NOLA. Doug
  4. Thanks for that information. Good points. Doug
  5. Looking at an April 2021 cruise. Decent price, nice low down payment. However, the final payment is still 90 days prior. I'd want the final payment much closer to sailing date with the virus unknowns. I read on Carnival's site somewhere this below. Sorry, but I have lost the link to it, but it's on a page titled "CARNIVAL VACATION PROTECTION". I know all about FCAR insurance, and at our age and health we could probably not qualify for it, or the cost would be very high. Now what interests me is the section above where it reads "...if you need to cancel for any reason not listed in the plan - any reason at all - you'll get back in a Future Cruise Credit Certificate." That sounds decent, but anyone know what the time frame is for that "any reason at all"? If it's 30 days or less then their insurance may be worth it to me. Anyone know? Doug
  6. Roger that, thank you for the reply. That deal about going forward/aft a lot to find a stairwell or elevator isn't unusual. We were on a Celeb ship, had an aft suite, had to walk about '2' miles forward to get an elevator work out way all the way aft again! Good exercise, eh?😉 Doug
  7. First a bit of background. We're in our mid-70s. We have taken about 36 cruises. We usually book aft view cabins or "mini<junior>-suites". We like Princess, Celebrity and HAL mostly. However, we have about 9 cruises on Carnival, and find them "fine" if over 7 days in length. Same for the 3 or 4 cruises we had on RCCL. We much prefer 10-14 day cruises. Probably 75% of our cruises were over 8 days. BUT; never found a cruise line we'd avoid, just several we like better. We always have a good time....for our subdued, conservative lifestyle. 😎 We canceled two Princess cruises in the last 9 months, one for a family illness, the second for recovery from that illness plus the current virus situation. The last we canceled would have sailed January 2021. I am thinking we might try cruising again April 2021. We are conservative in estimating when we can resume some sort of vacation taking. Now to the topic. We live within driving distance to New Orleans (NOLA). For several reasons we decided our next cruise would be from NOLA; no airlines nor hotel needed. NOLA has only NCL, RCCL and Carnival cruises - we'd prefer longer, but all are 7 day max cruises. We do not care for the mega-ships, so the NCL Breakaway is not being considered. I'm sure it's a lovely ship, but we do not like those big' uns. <g> That leaves the Carnival Glory and RCI Majesty of the Seas. Both are older, smaller ships. Smaller is nicer for us, older could be....depends. Has anyone sailed the Carnival Glory and RCI Majesty or sister ships in that class? Taking into consideration our particulars above, which do you recommend? And why? I should have added that we do not care about the itinerary as we've been to those ports many times. We care much more about the cabin, balcony, food. We would probably avoid the shows and buffet, although we normally partake of both. But, we're trying to stay healthy! 😉 Thanks, ya'll! Doug
  8. No not confused. I assumed that, but my comment was meant in jest, since the original time posted was 1:30, not 1:30PM. ...hence the 😉 in my comment. Doug
  9. That's an early call. I'm not surprised no one answered.😉 Doug
  10. Maybe they included Princess under the Carnival banner.....odd, because other Carnival lines (Costa and I think P&O) are part of that group. Odd.
  11. Let's just hope that the Philippine government will allow the ships to dock and disembark their passenger-crews. Surely Princess et al has checked into that. I agree Princess would not be doing this if they reasoned they'd be needing them "anytime soon". How long is "anytime soon" I wonder? I'm guessing perhaps not until the Caribbean cruising season opens.....and opens late....I know I have no plans to cruise in 2020 or at least mid-way through 2021. I canceled my 2020 cruise about 3 month ago, and my Jan 2021 cruise about 1 month ago . But I am my nature a very cautious person, and I am in the "high risk" category we hear about on the news.😔
  12. Ah, the optimism of youth!😉 I hope you are correct.😎
  13. It will look odd to see all these cruise ships anchored near US or other ports. They usually spend as little time as possible in their home port. We canceled a cruise on the Grand Princess in February due to my daughter's illness, not the virus. Then we canceled our scheduled cruise on the Star out of San Pedro because of both the virus and my daughter's illness. The latter ought to be fully over by then, but I'm much less sure about the former. We are missing cruising! Our last in Nov 2019 was on the Crown, and it was truly one of the best of our nearly 40 cruises. It was also our third cruise on a Crown Princess ship. Doug
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