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  1. I do not have a travel agent. Apparently, there was a subsequent promo for 60% off the second passenger. They just applied it without me asking for it, keeping the same base fare for the first, third, and fourth passengers. When my cruise was cancelled last Summer, it took months. A lift and shift sounds great, save that I am in a 2 bedroom grand suite. There aren't a whole lot of those on any ship, which means the inventory into which I can shift isn't going to be huge. Yeah, this was a combination of a straight up price reduction (after deposit and before final payment) with wanting my money for a trip which is unlikely to sail.
  2. Fair. My original statement was poorly put. I shall rephrase- I do not think the cruise is going. I see no particular reason to be the one to finance their next round of refunds when I could do almost anything else with the money they would keep until they got around to returning it.
  3. My family is scheduled to sail on the Explorer in July, and our final payment date is soon. I owed them about $5300, and I was not inclined to make final payment- I don't think the ship sails, and that means I would be giving them an interest-free loan for several months. I would love to use that money for some other vacation this Summer. However, I also have a non-refundable deposit I can't get back (except as a FCC) unless I make the whole payment and they eventually cancel. This morning I got the email requesting final payment. I was hoping RCCL would do something like Carnival did and extend final payment dates. That would let me have longer to see how things develop. They didn't do that, but they *did* apply a promo which wasn't originally available. Without me asking, my fare due decreased from $5300 to $3900. Sooooo...... good on them for proactively applying the discount, and that makes this sailing really attractive. Sadly, I still don't want to give them a $3900 interest free loan.
  4. Here were the suite perks when we sailed on the Liberty in 2017 and in 2019. No idea how it will change when cruises eventually resume, but we loved the suite lounge in particular.
  5. As am I. I can't read this as anything other than a desperate ploy to hold on to cash.
  6. I was on the first Allure sailing out of Galveston for 4 nights in November 2021. They automatically switched me to a sailing of the Liberty, which on the surface was great-- I got a 7 night cruise instead of a 4 night cruise. I was also offered a 100% credit if that sailing did not work for me. I was not offered a 125% credit and, interestingly, no refund. That is a real challenge since I can't sail for 7 nights just then. I obviously don't object to them cancelling the cruise, but failing to offer to just give me my money back is not acceptable. EDITED-- I have attached a copy of the letter they sent me, with personal references removed. Allure cancellation letter.docx
  7. I would love to have Carnival announce one way or another what is happening to the Radiance for next year. I am booked July 2021 in a cabin which doesn't exist yet. We are traveling with another family which has 2 existing cabins. I can respect either business decision, but I want to know what it is so I can plan.
  8. I got my refund yesterday or today, which made it 20-21 days from the time I canceled my cruise planner purchases.
  9. I canceled Cruise Planner purchases Sunday, April 5 (19 days ago). I did not cancel the cruise. I have not received a refund, and I haven't bothered calling Royal. The cruise is scheduled in July, and I received email cancellations for each purchase. What is interesting to me is that pre-COVID, I cancelled cruise planner purchases all the time. I would do it if, say, a price dropped. I always got my money back in 1-3 days.
  10. I note with interest that Royal is still selling cruises out of U.S. waters in May. I just did a search for cruises out of Galveston, and everything scheduled after May 11 is still there. I'm obviously not booking that, but as of about 2 minutes ago RCCL is clearly not understanding this as an order to quit selling cruises out of U.S. waters for 100 days. I expressly make no finding about whether this is right, wrong, or indifferent. I simply provide a data point about what the cruise line is (not) doing in response to the order.
  11. So to the original point of when cruising will be allowed to resume, I offer the projections available at https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america. While that link will take you to U.S. data, you can easily toggle it for any individual U.S. state or for most European countries. There are, of course, a number of limits to using this data: It doesn't even begin to address cruises from Australia, China, or anyplace else which isn't the U.S. or Europe. I cannot speak intelligently to how long the caseload needs to be down before it is safe to ease restrictions. Critically, the data does not speak to many of the places we would cruise to. For those of us in the U.S., that means we cannot reliably predict what is going on in the Caribbean and Mexico, and we cannot predict how those governments will react. With those rather large caveats, it looks to me like many places will be experiencing significantly better public health by the start of the Summer. I hope that correlates with it being safe to cruise by then.
  12. So I should have included that detail. I gave them full payment months ago, so they already have my money. If this isn't happening, I would rather have it back sooner rather than later.
  13. Any idea where the Enchantment and the Liberty fit on that list?
  14. Morning, folks. I have a technical question about how the future cruise credit (FCC) works. I booked with a travel agent, and my cruise leaves in slightly more than 90 days (mid-July). We are in a suite and have non-refundable deposits of $1000 ($250 * 4). I have reached the conclusion that this cruise is unlikely to sail as scheduled, and if that is true I would rather have my money sooner than later. Here is what I think the process is: I have to get my travel agent to answer the phone, and she has to be the one to cancel the cruise. If I cancel at least 90 days out, I get cash for everything but the $1000. I get a $1000 FCC which I can use through 31 December 2021. Do I understand all of that process correctly? Thanks!
  15. I have a technical question about what the term "final payment" means. Does it refer to when yoy have actually fully paid for the cruise, or does it refer to the deadline by which that payment is due? We sail in July, in theory, and I paid off that cruise months ago. However, the actual final payment deadline isn't for a couple of weeks yet. As we consider options for this Summer I wanted to make sure I understood the rules, and I have found calling Royal to result in... imprecise answers. Thanks, folks!
  16. I have a technical question about what the term "final payment" means. Does it refer to when yoy have actually fully paid for the cruise, or does it refer to the deadline by which that payment is due? We sail in July, in theory, and I paid off that cruise months ago. However, the actual final payment deadline isn't for a couple of weeks yet. As we consider options for this Summer I wanted to make sure I understood the rules, and I have found calling Royal to result in... imprecise answers. Thanks, folks!
  17. I echo this. I love spending time in Galveston as part of the vacation, and I look for opportunities to do so.
  18. The price includes an appetizer, entree, side, and dessert. The tip is not included, but it is automatically added to the stated price. We have always gone for lunch. The menu is significantly more limited, but it is also cheaper. It is also a *great* deal to avoid the crowds at the buffet for embarkation lunch.
  19. They were indeed supposed to be March 2. They were also supposed to be in December and November of last year. I now believe the Summer 2021 short Caribbean cruises will be released in roughly 2023.
  20. Which of these areas allows cigar smoking, and which only allow cigarette smoking?
  21. Howdy. We are sailing on the Enchantment this Summer in an Owner's Suite. That means we have plenty of space, but my 12 and 14 year olds don't feel like sharing the pull out couch. Two questions, then: If we bring an air mattress, will the security people object to bringing the motor with which we inflate it? I know they object to things like blow dryers, power strips, etc. If we don't bring an air mattress, will they be able to provide a rollaway bed? Thanks very much!
  22. Miller's Seawall Grill is right next door, and it is excellent. The on-property restaurant at the Galvez is also very good, if pricey. If you go in that direction, the bar bites menu is a lot of fun.
  23. So, yeah, staying in Galveston costs more than staying on the mainland. I am willing to do that, however, because I very much enjoy a day or two in Galveston as part of the vacation. I do not know of any Galveston hotels which run shuttles to the Houston airports. While Uber works just fine in Galveston if, say, you want to go to dinner, I had a buddy have to wait a couple of hours to get an Uber to the cruise pier. Being a classy guy, I texted him pictures of how much I was enjoying my embarkation drinks while he figured out a ride. So for the part of your question which is getting to Galveston I have two options. Z Limo and Super Shuttle both offer large group options from the Houston airport at reasonable prices. As for what happens once you get to the island, the Hotel Galvez is gorgeous and offers a shuttle to the pier. Sign up for the shuttle while you check in. The Tremont House and the Harbor House are both within walking distance of the cruise pier. Both have a number of excellent nearby restaurant and entertainment options. Enjoy your cruise!
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