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  1. It has increased in popularity. Do a cruise critic search using Reykjavik as a port. Most other lines have a one go two week round trip transit. What VOV does is the US to Europe and does it well. Long voyages do require a bit of “down time”. Some relish that down time. I never lay on a beach but I can spend days on the promenade watching icebergs
  2. Hi Friends, I recall receiving an email from HAL that said if you paid so much in advance before May 31 they would give an additional OBC. That email is lost. Could someone forward that email to me or provide a link on the HAL website. Thank you. Mary dallashome at gmail
  3. I like long cruises, Southwest Airlines and the freedom to overpack. (I pack very light for other types of travel). I think I will be changing to lighter packing. The Cruise Maven recently speculated that cruisers will have to do their own luggage handling for at least the near future https://cruisemaven.com/what-the-future-of-cruising-could-look-like/
  4. I plan on booking at the end of the summer, hoping for more visibility on the future of cruising. My next ship is a small ship with less than 250 people, North American ports where I can possibly get off the ship and drive home
  5. @JeffElizabeth I spend most of my cruise critic time on this board and I have never once seen someone express concern about a cruise ship sinking or express irrational fear of disease.
  6. I think the majority of posters I have read have said their main concern is being stranded at sea and being denied entry to a significant number of ports from the itinerary. That is not fear, that is making rational decisions based on the latest data
  7. Reality check - information I received from an industry insider: Royal Caribbean, alone, has over 1.5 MILLION passengers to refund. 1.5 Million. CCL Corporation has many, many more. bottlenecks are also caused by the the cancellations needing to be adjusted for the normal percentage to being 100%. Bottlenecks are also being met at the credit card companies because of the mass of refunds being issued not only by cruise lines buts all travel companies such as airlines and hotels.
  8. I was talking to my sister last night. She owns a very productive travel agency, very successful company. Her conclusion - for at least the next 5 years travel will be for the wealthy.
  9. I agree up to a point. Cruises are the only non-independent travel many people book. We love the convenience of transport, that is not matched by any other mode. Other group travel is stationary or regimented, cruising gets you there and sets you free. We and others likeminded folks will likely leave any kind of organized travel.
  10. Regardless of spin, that they came forward with such a direct statement is not good news but a necessary step. I think it is fair warning to the public, if they are paying attention. If you were thinking about giving any cruise line any money right now this should be a wake up call.
  11. I do not like non-refundable deposits either. As a 25+ year business traveller I would have lost a lot of money taking those early payment options. There is always another day and another deal
  12. Because of high tides and remote locations there will always be tender ports. The amount of people on tenders may be reduced
  13. We are booked on that same cruise. Mine was booked with FCD which is refundable up to the final payment date so I am in no hurry either way. This is what I am telling my husband. If you cancel now you likely can easily rebook the cruise later in the year should some miracle happen. I don't think there are crowds clamoring to get onboard.
  14. Also I have been told some of the special fares are guaranteed only and you aren’t allowed to select
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