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  1. Yep. I'm expecting a cruise to be cancelled today, or tomorrow, or the next day, or very, very, soon next week, or whenever they decide it suits them to tell me their decision. Whenever I think of booking another cruise, I have to ask myself if I want the agony of their hemming and hawing about everything for the next two months, and JH blaming everybody because Carnival doesn't want to publicly pin itself to a decision. I like Carnival. I think I've been patient. But once the perception of bad faith sets it, it's hard to recover from that.
  2. Just wondering, has anybody had a booked cruise officially cancelled before the final payment date? Even in the darkest days last year, when everybody knew the cruise had to be cancelled, in my experience Carnival wouldn't call it until after the final payment date. While I understand that for business reasons they want the final payment before the cruise is cancelled; that is one of the few things I will find fault with them for in all of this.
  3. Nothing yet. Hopefully we'll hear Monday or Tuesday.
  4. Some ships, they stopped making bookings a few weeks ago for every sailing in September, and they weren't sold out. In my case, this is the second time they stopped making bookings. But you're right; they know which ships are not sailing, but they just aren't telling for some reason.
  5. or Wednesday...or Thursday...or Friday, or maybe very, very, very soon the beginning of the next week. Christine Duffy assures us. For certain the middle of November we should know the September/October protocols. It's Mrs. CDC. 🤪
  6. That could enter the discussion, but as this will be our life for the foreseeable future, this is what the protocols are there to handle. People on cruises are going to test positive for Covid. The plans today are going to pretty much be the same as the plans in July of 2022. Their only decision to make is how many % of vaccinated do they want. (I had a long day at work, and I'm trying to plan a September vacation; forgive my glibness).
  7. Next few days? Good grief. They can at least tell us which ships they will not have sailing in September. It's July 15. If they really don't know what ships are sailing in September, they are in deep trouble.
  8. A pod of orcas on the Splendor sailing back from Alaska in 2018. To see that was amazing.
  9. I'll join the chorus--never had a problem once they knew us, and if you tip, they get to know you real fast. On Lido, some servers just brought them on a regular schedule. And on one cruise, the bartender even asked my cruise buddy who went up to get a drink if he could make one for me, too--"What about Mr. _____? doesn't he want one too?" We always tip a dollar or two with each drink.
  10. Yeah, at my better moments I go there. But I'm still taking the vacation time, and I've already lost out on some good deals for alternatives if it's cancelled. I finally put down money that is a lesser choice. According to the TA it's 100% refundable if the cruise should go.
  11. I think they just can't do a drip, drip, drip of announcements, or handle the calls and confusion after them. For example, they know full well which cruises are canceled for September, but they probably want to get a handle on the exemptions for July and August before they have to start dealing with the ones from September and October, and the refunds and rebooking. I don't blame them, but I am beginning to reconsider if cruising is the right choice for me--I'm a plan ahead person, and this being strung along is difficult to contend with. I'm 60 days out and still don't know if it's going o
  12. Yeah, I agree. I think it all comes down to a matter of staffing right now. I think the last couple of weeks they've been doing triage deciding which ships to re-up based on potential revenue and real time bookings. All this while still having to decide the exemptions. I understand now why they've waited so long. They are adding September and October to an already complicated and not yet finished July and August. But, at least they have some worn paths now. Based on the bookings before it went grey again, I have a feeling my cruise will be cut. (I'm one of those who do mock bookings to
  13. Hmmm. Not a good discussion for Mongolian Wok and Jiji's for lunch, but I always see the huge lines. Me and my cruise buddies are vegetarian, and I guess without the meat, the wok stuff on the ship is pretty tasteless. I gave up on it 6 years ago, but the people I sail with still always want to give it another try...and are always disappointed. I don't know what it is, but even the choice of sauces aren't able to save it. That's why we always go for the pasta at Cucina. Of course, we have many happy memories of Tandoor.
  14. I had wondered. Between the two, I favor Cucina del Capitano for lunch, and on the Panorama a few weeks before the shutdown, we never had a problem. I guess it would on depend on whether the people on the cruise catch on to it. But we very much liked the sit down quality of it, and even the nice little salad and bread. I'll be on the Mardi Gras in November, and I hope the complimentary lunch offerings that they originally weren't intending, but that they're starting with, will still be in place..
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