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  1. Princess Cruises cancels sailings until mid-December because of the pandemic Forrest Brown, CNN • Published 23rd July 2020 https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/princess-cruises-cancels-sailings-december-pandemic/index.html This will most likely be extended well into 2021 Every day that goes by with no national policy on shutting down the US until the falling transmission rate meets the 14 day CDC guidelines means this pandemic will continue out of control and no one will be cruising anytime soon. No other country will allow Americans to visit until the pandemic is under control. No need to start packing perhaps not until 2022? Howard
  2. We currently have three Princess cruises booked in March, August, and December 2021. At this time I do not believe any of them will sail and all will be cancelled? I do not believe cruising will resume until the pandemic is resolved in the United States as well as other parts of the world. Presently US citizens are barred from entering most or all European countries, Canada, the Bahamas, and others. Malls, Bars, Restaurants, and many stores are closed and even if they were to open many would still not enter so who would want to be confined to a cruise ship even if it didn't stop at any ports? We generally sail out of Ft. Lauderdale. Florida currently has a very high infection and death rate from the Corona Virus so who would want to go there anytime soon? It is currently not safe to travel anywhere or send children back to school so I think we all former cruisers will just have to sit tight, save our money and perhaps we can afford the Suite prices when cruising resumes in a few years? If we all live that long! Cheers Howard
  3. Agree! Although we currently have FCC deposits on three cruises in 2021 based on what currently is going on I doubt we will sail on any of them. I think 2022 is a more realistic possibility? Howard
  4. We used https://israeltour.com/israel-tours/ Excellent tour For many years Jewish teenagers could go to Israel free under the "birthright" program. This program now includes adults if you have never been to Israel.
  5. We visited Israel for two weeks in 2015 on a tour with our temple and felt perfectly safe. Our tour included dinner with Israel troops at an Israel Army base. The twenty something base commander told us that we were safer in Israel than we were back hone in the US Our tour bus made a stop near the Syrian border and we could see the lights of a nearby village in Syria. Strongly recommend taking a tour as there is so much history there. We had a great time and if taking a trip outside the US that is the one safe place to go. Howard
  6. Falkland Islands. South American Cruise 2019
  7. Exactly! I posted in detail on another thread how quickly we received our refund for two cabins and two tours on my Princess Visa card on the cancelled Sky Princess April 4th 2020 cruise. I have read plenty of complaints regarding the Barclays Princess Visa Card but as far as receiving my refunds they did an outstanding job. Others who used different credit cards complained about having to provide much documentation. My Princess Visa Credit Card only showed Princess Cruises charges and nothing else was required to process my refunds. Getting some additional points or other promised benefits form other cards is just not worth the hassle when stuff like this happens. I'm sticking with my Barclays Princess Visa Card for any future cruises. Howard
  8. Chef's table I sign up on every cruise. Well worth the money. Howard
  9. We were booked on the same cruise and I received the refund on the two cabins and the two tours we had booked for our grandchildren last week on my credit card and back in my checking account this past Monday. So happy! Howard
  10. I believe passengers will no longer be allowed to touch food in a future buffet. Food will be served to you . We usually eat most or all our meals in the dining room. Howard
  11. If you paid for a cruise that Princess cancelled by a credit card you should contact customer service of that Costco Citi Card and request a charge back for the amount that you paid.
  12. Works in a similar manner when you return an item to Nordstrom. The sales person that earned a commission when the sale was made then loses that commission. Do you keep clothes that do not properly fit or that you decided you no longer want?
  13. Yes I received a full refund for the two cabins booked on the April 4th Sky Princess as well as the two tours that we had previously paid for on my Princess Visa Card last December. Shortly after Princess cancelled our cruise we spoke to Princess and chose option 2. The FCC showed up in my personalizer not long after. A call to Princess Visa customer service initiating a couple of case numbers resulted in refunds of a couple of thousand dollars. It is not a difficult process people! Do not assume your refunds are coming in a timely manner with little or no effort on your part. 1- Contact Princess 2- Contact your credit card company Enjoy your refund Howard
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