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finucane

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    Boise, ID
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    Travel, boating, and forever eternal life, me Cobber, The Wonder Dog...
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Hard to choose but Princess for sure, but they all do a good job in their own way...
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anywhere the water is turquoise and the air hot, somewhere like St. Maarten...

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  1. The way I look at it that becomes the cruise lines problem when they allow that...
  2. I get it! Why punish the bulk of your customers for the sake of those over booking, most of which I'd be willing to bet are fairly new customers and are working the system. Solution would be, limit the amount of bookings one can make by your past history. Example, we have 5 or 6 15 to 20 day voyages booked through 2021, I'm sure Princess feels fairly safe with us as we next to never have cancelled with them over the past 25 years. I think they know who's scamming the system and those who are legit... It's a big gamble for the cruise lines to piss off its loyalty base, which is huge. There will be a time that money won't be as free flowing as it is right now and the market will be saturated with all these mega ships. Me pappy taught me a very long time ago, you might burn me once but never twice...
  3. Yes it is sad. Used to be you might remember a rep from past bookings or vica-versa, rare now. And I think their not as regimented now that most are working out of their homes, higher turnovers... Sing of the times I guess...
  4. Once again, we're in agreement. Only wish we had that option for booking 3, 6 months or even a year out but we don't. Maybe I wouldn't have such issue with this NRD issue if we could. Wife is a paraplegic, very active but confined to a wheelchair, cannot walk or stand so accessible cabin is only option. To get that we have to book a minimum 15 to 18 months out or it doesn't happen. Hard for many to go that far out with certainty but our cancel rate is almost nill. We'd give anything to take a standard cabin and book within a 3 to 6 month before sailing. NRD isn't going to happen for us and last 2 booking attempts with Princess there was no mention of any other options so good bye. They lost two 20+ day bookings as that's almost all we do anymore, 60 to 90 days a year on the water. Guess being loyal with Princess for 25+ years doesn't help get anymore info during booking directly with them....
  5. BINGO, totally agree on both sides...
  6. JMHO It appears that even as of today, Princess, even on their "3 for free" promo is taking the non-refundable deposit route, for their bookings as far out as May of 2021. To me it appears that, at least for their promos (to this date) are going to be non-refundable deposits! For us, if that's the case, we are done. Have been with Princess for 25 + years. Many, many wonderful voyages/memories so we have done more than our share, guess its time to step aside and leave the adventures for others. Again, IMHO, all the cruise lines are getting even more greedy. I guess its time to find another venue for our travels after our last 6 bookings we still have are done. Lots to do out there... I myself really cannot understand why they would be going this route, but then again, I am only the consumer... The good times are not going to last forever for these cruise lines, or for the paying public, someday the tides will turn, no pun intended. Maybe we (wife and I) need to take a sabbatical and wait for those tides to turn. They are saturating the market with all these new mega ships, ruining the ports with so many more people, quality has diminished greatly, troubled ports and they still want more, the list is endless. Its all about The Money and always has been, especially for the cruise lines! A good book to read for an eye opener would be "Devils on the Deep Blue Sea". It tells about entrepreneurial genius and bare-knuckle capitalism that mate with cultural kitsch as the cruise lines dodge U.S. tax, labor and environmental laws to make unimaginable profits. A true (read) story... Just imagine the whole deposit thing alone. Take every deposit for every person for every ship for every sailing (every week) and most often hold it for a year or two. Even if they were to take a simple interest (let alone invest all that deposit cash) the $ numbers are a staggering, shear profit for the cruise lines just to hold onto whether you cancel or not. Not to even mention the topic of how much cruise fares have increased the past 5+ years is another story... Well that felt good, was fun, rant over, eat me up now!
  7. This could go on forever... Off Topic (so excuse me)!: See ya soon Deb? Although we may never know as I see no M&G for you guys? Ya lovin this Boise weather or what! Hit my "signature link" and shoot me an email if ya get a chance...
  8. Seriously! The whole thing refundable or non-refundable leaves a whole lot of cash to the cruise lines... I'd hope we can agree on that For those who have been cruising for a longtime, we have seen (like everything else) things watered down. The changes are so very drastic anymore I guess this is just one more nail in the cruise lines coffin. So I guess the disdain comes from just that. Maybe its just a "I'm not going to take it anymore" that so many have issue with, who knows. Maybe some day you'll understand but on a different topic perhaps... OK, off to other more productive threads. Six other bookings we have that we'll not be cancelling, possibly our last six bookings it may appear. Again, we had a good run, not really a big deal if its over, so many other things to do...
  9. I believe the cruise lines are just continuing scalping us all. Think of all their deposit/bookings on all of their ships on all of their sailings for all of the weeks. And then consider the majority are booking 1 to 2 years out. The $ deposit numbers they are holding for that time period is horrendous. The $'s they make on investment or even a simple interest rate is staggering. Regardless they are still going to book every cabin at a premium before sailing refundable or not. Their still going to make a boat load from holding your deposit for 6 months to 2 years. Do the math, it is truly staggering... After almost 50 two and four week voyages, guess we are done after our present (refundable) 6 bookings are completed. I'll never book a non-refundable voyage, premium, discounted or whatever smoke screen they want to hide it with, its all corporate greed on a massive scale. Will gladly give others that will allow themselves to be ripped off our cabins, we will be done... I am predicting they will screw themselves in the long run, the market is rapidly becoming saturated. People are getting tired of over crowded paradise. The quality of on-board help is getting impossible to sustain, they've all become Americanized. Premium pricing, not to mention a guaranteed downturn in the economy in the next 8 years. Time will tell, this is all JMHO and I am far from alone. Well, guess I got off topic but in the long run its all related. A lot less for a lot more $'s We had a great run... OK, eat me up!👌😁
  10. Not much of a perk for the Platinum and Elite. These perks are being watered down big-time, I mean 3 day wait for our laundry??? And they'll let us purchase our Medallion Net at same rate as everyone else??? More cuts on the way! They created this mess and now we pay for it. Just my 2 cents worth. We are about done with Princess, have 3 or 4 more on the books and we'll see from there. We have just found our dollars go a lot further on some other lines that dont have the growing pains. Like I said on another posting, we were on the Inaugural Medallion Cruise on the CB and the internet was fantastic but doubt I'll pay the extra. I feel that should be passed onto the P & E's with the free internet, weve earned it and I was told by the tech support on that inaugural Medallion cruise that this new system doesn't have bandwidth Issues to worry about so no limits, bring it on Princess... OK all, eat me up!
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