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  1. FWIW, most of the AI's in the Cancun and Riviera Maya area do not require guests to wear masks and no guests seem to be doing so either. Staff are wearing them, but at one particular resort chain the masks staff are wearing are modified face shields that have very debatable effectiveness. If I had a trip to a Mexican AI scheduled soon, I would be reconsidering...
  2. After taking a vacation in mid-2016 that was nearly ruined by martini fueled political discussion that you literally could not get away from...I think not cruising may be a nice reprieve from endless discussion from the endless amount of infectious disease experts, statistical engineers and political aficionado's 🙂
  3. If you enjoy evening entertain, AI's are not for you in my opinion. We've been to several over the years. There just isn't much to do other than eat and drink. The food at all of them is fairly standard too. Italian, Steak, Seafood, Hibachi/Asian and maybe a wildcard in there somewhere like Indian or Mediterranean. We did a stay at the Le Blanc in Cancun which gets rave reviews and were left indifferent about it (even with the $9k price tag for a basic oceanfront room). Service can be good, but we think higher end traditional resorts + food on our own is a better value. A higher end AI paired with a room upgrade so you're not stuck looking at a tree or the back of the pool gets expensive quickly.
  4. It’s very possible. The industry term is blacklisted. If you’re found to be fraudulently disputing charges or committing friendly fraud, it can result in being blacklisted. Chargebacks are a big issue for merchants and come with hefty ramifications. If you’re found to be abusing the system, they can absolutely cut you off.
  5. At least three things will keep prices high for now. Lots of FCC's floating around, availability of lift and shift, and no indication of any certainty for when operations may resume. It makes no sense to start dropping prices on future cruises to create a crush of booking to have to eventually cancel them, issue FCC's. This also avoids people gaming the system by booking now and then immediately pushing the cruise out another year to take advantage of the lower price.
  6. Perhaps, but with Princess, now NCL’s announcement this morning...I would expect Celerity to post something this afternoon. They’ve made it clear they are cooperating with one another on this.
  7. Infinity’s ultimate destination is Goa, India if they are not already enroute.
  8. Best to just move on. They have to draw a line in the sand somewhere and you were before that line. If they make an exception for those that cancel ‘just a few hours’ early, then where do they stop?
  9. For sure. I think the CDC chose the cruise industry as a target to flex some muscle. Their requirements for crew repatriation were incredibly strict and nearly unrealistic to follow. Some guidelines would probably be unenforceable if it came down to it. I’m really surprised the cruise lines have adhered in the way they have really.
  10. Safety is obviously at the forefront, but I do feel like the CDC is being very unreasonable in their requirements.
  11. There is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation about credit card payments in all of these threads about refunds. This article may be helpful in explaining the timeframe for a debit vs. credit. When you make a cruise deposit, the credit card company is checking behind the scenes to make sure you have access to that $500. Celebrity is not getting their money right then. The credit card company is holding that money aside until Celebrity asks for it. But they need to know you are able to cover the charge once Celebrity asks for it. Similarly, if you didn't have $500 in available credit, your card would be declined because you couldn't honor the agreement to pay the amount requested from Celebrity. When you get a refund, it's the opposite scenario. The credit card company wants their money back from Celebrity before they pass it on to you. This can take quite a bit of time even under normal circumstances.
  12. It's not really leveraging Celebrity as a brand. They have essentially just deferred payments. Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Spectrum of the Seas are under the same agreement along with Reflection, Eclipse, Equinox, Solstice and Silhouette. Since a cruise ship itself has very little value is a busted market, it's in the bank's best interest to allow them some breathing room.
  13. As he said in the opening line, the video was about preparing to reenter into service. Not refunds. 45 business days is the refund timeframe being communicated and has been since at least 4/17.
  14. Like many big corporations, they jump to trademark just about any random buzz word of phrase that comes up. Search the database and you will see all sorts of weird terms they want hold of. I wouldn't think much of it.
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