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  1. I don't have experience. It is my understanding that they are not locked, but they reserve the right, just in case. And, you have to keep the curtains closed at night so the light doesn't interfere with ship navigation. Hopefully it is warm so you can enjoy the 20 knot breeze.
  2. I recently purchased Travel Insured International Multi-trip Plan. I have no claims experience with them. I purchased it because I will be doing a number of trips in the next year. Much cheaper than buying individual plans. I would call the plan "work in progress". It covers the basics (medical and evac), which is what I wanted it for. The optional stuff could use a little work. I would like it if you could increase the amount of medical and evac. What is covered in the option stuff is not clearly defined (what is covered under the optional "bed rest" policy? If two people are covered, will they both get the benefit if one person gets sick (COVID and both persons are quarantined)? Meals are not covered. Some interesting facets of the plan are: 1) For Optional Trip Cancellation, you increase the policy as your "non-refundable" portions increase. If you have a $100 non-refundable deposit 12 months out, then that is all you need to insure. If it goes to $1,000 90-days out (final payment date), then you increase the amount then. 2) I will be renting a car for 2 days during a 10 day vacation. I can add the optional rental car coverage for only those 2 days, and not the entire trip. 3) I'll wait until closer to the actual time of the trip to see about adding "bed rest". If there is a COVID surge at that time, $14/person seems cheap to protect against a 2 week hotel bill if one of us comes down with COVID.
  3. Is the original fare protected? Can you choose any alternative flight?
  4. PCR test is the one they do not run out of. Just takes a swap. Rapid test takes a swap plus testing chemicals.
  5. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/itinerary-updates If you prefer to move your existing booking to a sailing next year – we’re happy to move you! We will price protect the original pricing and/or promotion on the same itinerary, embarkation port, length, product, and stateroom category as your original sailing within 2 weeks (before or after) of the original sail date in 2021. For example, if you are moving from a September 4th, 2021 sailing, you can move to a sailing that is the same itinerary, embarkation port, length, product, and stateroom category, and the sail date between August 21st, 2022 – September 18th, 2022. • If your sailing was cancelled on: - August 3rd, 2021, please contact your Travel Advisor or call us by August 11th, 2021 to move to a new sailing. • If we don’t hear from you, we will automatically issue your Future Cruise Credit. • Only available for sailings cancelled as part of our global suspension on May 20th, 2020 or after. • Only sailings departing on or before April 30, 2022 can be rebooked as part of our Lift & Shift offer. Sailings departing after April 30, 2022 are unavailable as options through this offer, regardless of the original sail date (unless otherwise specified). • Additional exclusions may apply and some sailings may not qualify for this offer. Please refer to the letter issued to you via email for the full details of your offer. • Complimentary Casino offers are not eligible for Lift and Shift.
  6. Reordered by Start Date: Ships returning to service: • Quantum of the Seas: December 1, 2020 departing from Singapore • Adventure of the Seas: June 12, 2021 departing from Nassau, Bahamas • Freedom of the Seas: July 2, 2021 departing from Miami, Florida • Anthem of the Seas: July 7, 2021 departing from Southampton, United Kingdom • Jewel of the Seas: July 10, 2021 departing from Limassol, Cyprus • Serenade of the Seas: July 19, 2021 departing from Seattle, Washington • Odyssey of the Seas: July 31, 2021 departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida • Allure of the Seas: August 8, 2021 departing from Port Canaveral, Florida • Ovation of the Seas: August 13, 2021 departing from Seattle, Washington • Symphony of the Seas: August 14, 2021 departing from Miami, Florida • Harmony of the Seas: August 15, 2021 departing from Barcelona, Spain & Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy • Independence of the Seas: August 15, 2021 departing from Galveston, Texas • Mariner of the Seas: August 23, 2021 departing from Port Canaveral, Florida • Oasis of the Seas: September 5, 2021 departing from Bayonne, New Jersey • Liberty of the Seas: October 3, 2021 departing from Galveston, Texas • Spectrum of the Seas: October 5, 2021 departing from Hong Kong, China • Explorer of the Seas: November 7, 2021 departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico • Navigator of the Seas: November 19, 2021 departing from Los Angeles, California • Grandeur of the Seas: December 5, 2021 departing from Bridgetown, Barbados • Brilliance of the Seas: December 16, 2021 departing from Tampa, Florida • Enchantment of the Seas: December 23, 2021 departing from Baltimore, Maryland • Vision of the Seas: January 24, 2022 departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida • Voyager of the Seas: April 24, 2022 departing from Copenhagen, Denmark • Radiance of the Seas: April 29, 2022 departing from Vancouver, Canada • Rhapsody of the Seas: May 23, 2022 departing from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
  7. RCL updated the start date and cancellations: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/itinerary-updates Ships returning to service: • Adventure of the Seas: June 12, 2021 departing from Nassau, Bahamas • Allure of the Seas: August 8, 2021 departing from Port Canaveral, Florida • Anthem of the Seas: July 7, 2021 departing from Southampton, United Kingdom • Brilliance of the Seas: December 16, 2021 departing from Tampa, Florida • Enchantment of the Seas: December 23, 2021 departing from Baltimore, Maryland • Explorer of the Seas: November 7, 2021 departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico • Freedom of the Seas: July 2, 2021 departing from Miami, Florida • Grandeur of the Seas: December 5, 2021 departing from Bridgetown, Barbados • Harmony of the Seas: August 15, 2021 departing from Barcelona, Spain & Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy • Independence of the Seas: August 15, 2021 departing from Galveston, Texas • Jewel of the Seas: July 10, 2021 departing from Limassol, Cyprus • Liberty of the Seas: October 3, 2021 departing from Galveston, Texas • Mariner of the Seas: August 23, 2021 departing from Port Canaveral, Florida • Navigator of the Seas: November 19, 2021 departing from Los Angeles, California • Oasis of the Seas: September 5, 2021 departing from Bayonne, New Jersey • Odyssey of the Seas: July 31, 2021 departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida • Ovation of the Seas: August 13, 2021 departing from Seattle, Washington • Quantum of the Seas: December 1, 2020 departing from Singapore • Radiance of the Seas: April 29, 2022 departing from Vancouver, Canada • Rhapsody of the Seas: May 23, 2022 departing from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy • Serenade of the Seas: July 19, 2021 departing from Seattle, Washington • Spectrum of the Seas: October 5, 2021 departing from Hong Kong, China • Symphony of the Seas: August 14, 2021 departing from Miami, Florida • Vision of the Seas: January 24, 2022 departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida • Voyager of the Seas: April 24, 2022 departing from Copenhagen, Denmark
  8. Travel Insured's Worldwide Trip Protector plan has a Bed Rest option that pays a maximum of $4,000 if you are quarantined due to sickness or injury. I did not see a COVID exclusion. The wording in the policy is: "We will pay You, the amount shown in the Schedule of Benefits, if while on a Trip, any of the following covered Unforeseen reasons occur: ..." 1) Is it a flat $4,000 if you are treated by a physician and quarantined for at least 48 hours? It didn't seem to talk about reimbursing for additional costs, etc. 2) Any thoughts on the option incase we catch COVID on a cruise (we are vaccinated). Thank you
  9. Carnival's Mardi Gras is sailing on July 31 with a port call in San Juan. Next up is Freedom on Oct 9 with a port call in San Juan. https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/25529-when-the-entire-carnival-cruise-line-fleet-will-restart-july-update.html If Carnival can do a port call in San Juan, then RCL restarting sailings from there should be possible. Also, PR now allows fully vaccinated people from the USA to fly to PR without a COVID test. https://www.travelsafe.pr.gov/ If RCL uses the rule for Galveston (vaccinations required for 12 and older), then they might be able to use the CDC's 95% rule to resume sailings. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/do-i-need-a-covid-vaccine-to-cruise-what-counts-as-proof
  10. Probably a little late to help, but most USA based insurance policies do NOT have coverage outside the USA. "Primary" or "secondary" doesn't make a difference because there is no other insurance that would cover you. "Secondary" means that they pay after other insurance policies, IF ANY.
  11. Any thoughts on Travel Insured International, Annual Multi-Trip Protector? $94/person. $100,000 Medical, $100,000 Medical Evac, and $150,000 Security Evac. Regarding Medical Evac: It is when you need immediate Evac from a remote location (middle of the ocean or rain forest) to a hospital, that it can get quite expensive.
  12. Any thoughts on Travel Insured International, Annual Muti-Trip Protector? $94/person for medical for 1 year. You can add-on trip cancellation and stuff to each trip.
  13. 2019 Cruise cancelled, and took 100% FCC bonus and booked 2020 Cruise. 2020 Cruise now cancelled. Is the 10% bonus on the original 2019 Cruise deposit, or the 2020 Cruise deposit which includes 100% FCC Bonus?
  14. I book it to show her what I want, and tell her it is ok to cancel and rebook. Then it becomes hers.
  15. My PVP has been great during COVID. On the original reservation made pre-COVID, I was contacted by the PVP, and I told her I could get a better deal from an online TA (gave rebates). PVP was able to get close with OBC and Specialty Dining, so I gave the reservation to her. Then COVID hit. She has been great at making the new reservation, and transferring deposits and bonuses to the new reservation. It took Princess a month or two to release the FCD so it could be applied to the new cruise. PVP was able to hold the new reservation without having to make the deposit until the FCD was released. More cancellations, rinse and repeat. Nice I didn't have to hassle with extending deposit dates with the new reservation until the deposit on the old reservation was released. The only downside: Because Princess was protecting TA's commissions, I would have received the rebate on the cancelled cruise if I made it with the online TA. With the online TA, sometimes it was annoying dealing with them. Sometimes the issue they could fix, and sometimes I had to deal with Princess anyway. With the PVP, she handles it all. Note: I mostly deal with the PVP via e-mail, and she is fairly prompt. A few times I had to call her, and was able to get ahold of her in a reasonable amount of time. For a new cruise, I would book something, including the cabin and deal I wanted. Then she would rebook the reservation, and take it from there.
  16. 15 minute test kit for $30. If the company is smart, they will figure out a way to mass process the results - connect multiple "digital" analyzers to a computer and associate the results with the proper passenger. Swipe your nose, swipe your medallion, and you are done. Results sent to your account in 15 minutes. 1 minute per passenger. you would need 17 man hours to process 1,000 passengers. 3 stations can process 1,000 passengers in one day. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/12/15/946692950/fda-authorizes-first-home-coronavirus-test-that-doesnt-require-a-prescription
  17. I believe you can "apply" multiple FCC to a cruise as a "deposit". However, I don't think you can "stack" them. You only get one FCC OBC.
  18. If your cruise ends in a foreign country, then you will need a COVID test to board the plan to return to the USA. Will Princess provide the COVID test? https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/airline-news/2021/01/13/coronavirus-tests-required-new-cdc-rules-international-flights/6643147002/ The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that it would require airline passengers to show proof of a negative coronavirustest or recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the U.S., effective Jan. 26. Airlines are required to deny boarding to those who don't.
  19. 100 million doses by March 1. At 50 million per month after that, it would be 300 million doses by July 1. The population of the USA is 330 million. Since each person needs 2 doses, that is 660 million doses needed. Based upon your numbers, you can cover about 1/2 the population of the USA by July 1. That may be all the "demand" since a lot of people have said they would not take the vaccine. "To reach everyone could take up to a year." https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/11/19/covid-19-vaccines-who-gets-coronavirus-immunization-first/3778098001/
  20. When any cruise line can restart will depend upon what you say. Once that threshold is met, which lines open up will depend upon the demographics of the cruisers. All else being equal, the lines with an older demographic will open later than ones with a younger demographic.
  21. IMHO, Carnival will restart before Princess. Carnival caters to a younger crowd where the risks of complications from a COVID infection are less. HAL will restart last with the oldest, and at highest risk, average passenger. IMHO, I think Disney will open later too. Can't easily control the kids (keep masks on, don't touch everything, etc.). If one person has it, it will spread to all the passengers with kids in an enclosed cruise ship.
  22. > NCL will probably not survive, but no matter as it will have little or no effect on the U.S. economy. NCL will survive. The question is whether the current stock holder will have anything in 2 years. NCL could go through bankruptcy reorganization (chapter 11), not liquidation (chapter 7). The debt holders will get the company, and then run it.
  23. Just received an e-mail about my July AK cruise being cancelled.
  24. This article was quoted in the letter: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2020-carnival-cruise-coronavirus/ Cindy Friedman, the experienced epidemiologist who leads the CDC’s cruise ship task force. “I have a hard time believing they’re just a victim of happenstance.” They didn't quote this: She says its actions created a “huge strain” on the country. “Nobody should be going on cruise ships during this pandemic, full stop,” she says. My question is: If it was so evident to her (an experienced epidemiologist), why did it take until March 14th for the CDC to issue the No Sail Order? Isn't the CDC supposed to be on top of things that can lead to Pandemics? Why is Carnival being blamed when the CDC was silent?
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