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  1. My wife is a retired banker and suggested if they hack your debit card, they would have access to both you're checking and savings accounts. We typically use a credit card the has a low maximum for traveling. If we think we are going to max it out, we make an on line payment.
  2. I haven't tried a mock booking, but upon checking the confirmation from the TA, it shows a deposit of $508.00 Cdn per person. When we re fared, I was told we had to have our booking cancelled and rebook because the new fares were only for new bookings. I guess that was so they could charge the new deposit amounts. According to a Youtube video from a TA, the cruise lines are charging higher deposits because a number of people are canceling and rebooking cruises with different dates and that is costing the cruise lines a lot of money maintaining those bookings.
  3. We had booked a cruise in September through my TA for an April 2022 sailing. Our deposit was $270.00 Cdn. We re fared twice. The second time was about 2 weeks ago. A couple days later, I was checking the Princess website and couldn't find my booking. Upon checking with my TA, I found out Princess had cancelled the booking because they had increased the deposit to $1016.00 Cdn, but had failed to inform us. I don't mind them increasing the deposit given the current circumstances with Covid, but I do mind not being informed about the increase and almost loosing out on the specific staterooms we had chosen. Fortunately, I was able to pay the difference and reinstate my original booking.
  4. I wasn't a big supporter of Cabin Crawls before the pandemic. I don't see the appeal of having a large group of strangers mill around my cabin. I much prefer an M&G in a public place maybe followed by a slot pull.
  5. Our first cruise some 21 years ago was to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We choose a 7 night Southern Caribbean cruise out of San Juan Puerto Rico. We booked a balcony on a brand new ship and visited 5 ports in the 7 day cruise. At the time, we didn't know if we would ever cruise again, but we have taken 8 cruises since and now that we're retired, we have a 28 night cruise coming up in early 2022. 2 others were recently cancelled to to Covid. We would love to have cruised more, but given where we live and the cost to travel to ports and exchange rates, it just wasn't economically feasible.
  6. We have booked Baja deck stateroom #B747 on the Sapphire Princess for an upcoming cruise. It's described as an angled balcony. Does anyone have any comments or photos of this balcony?
  7. We were on the Ocean Princess when she was brand new. (Our first cruise) More recently we went on the Royal Princess. We loved the size of the Ocean Princess and the Royal was a nice ship, but we've booked a 2022 cruise on the Sapphire Princess. So, we'll see which of the 3 classes we prefer.
  8. Like you, I always assumed the medical staff included at .least one doctor.
  9. As we are 2000 miles away from the nearest port, we've never cruised without planning ahead. We had planned on arranging a 2-3 month rental in Florida this winter in order to take advantage of last minute cruises, but Covid changed all that.
  10. A whole lot of things come into play for us when choosing a cruise. The length of the cruise, the cost, the amenities on the ship, the itinerary, the perks offered by the cruise line or TA, etc. We've sailed with 3 different cruise lines. Princess, RCCL & MSC. We like Princess for longer cruises as they have self serve laundry, which means you don't have to bring a ton of clothes. We have a 28 day cruise scheduled for 2022 and only bringing one suit case.The entertainment as generally very good. We also enjoy the service level on board and have never been disappointed by the food. We enjoy RCCL when on 7-8 day cruises because of the on board activities, the entertainment, the food and overall design of the ships with promenades. We've only done one MSC cruise and don't plan on another one, but that's based on our personal opinion about the food. To be fair, it wasn't to our tastes, but others seemed to really enjoy it. One exception would be the hand tossed pizza, which was the best I've ever had on a cruise ship. The ship it self was beautiful and the staff were wonderful. We've thought of cruise lines like Carnival, NCL, Celebrity and HAL, but haven't seen anything that entice us to change yet.
  11. Our cruise isn't till April 2022. So, we're hoping the rules will be relaxed by then. However, if not, we'll choose tours offered by Princess as we'll be going to places we've never been and wouldn't want to miss out on exploring new places.
  12. We are booked for a cruise in April 2022, but won't be going anywhere unless we get vaccinated for Covid.
  13. After years of taking road trips with our children, we decided to book our first cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We chose a 7 day South Caribbean cruise with Princess on what was a brand new ship (Ocean Princess) and we were hooked.
  14. We also had a cruise booked on the Star Princess that we cancelled about a month ago due to covid and low and behold, Princess cancelled the cruise the other day and transferred the Star and Golden to P&O. We've since rebooked another cruise for April 2022. We're hoping that covid will just be a bad memory by then...
  15. Haha. My wife and I actually enjoy nice dry red wine, but our other cruise mate likes the sweeter wines. She actually used to consume Baby Duck (yuck) and it's taken us years to wean here off that stuff. So, she has graduated to the Beringer, which we also enjoy. However, that "perfect" smooth and "jammy" red wine. And also a smooth, oaky, and buttery Chardonnay sounds good to me...
  16. I don't have a sophisticated palette. So, we usually bring our own. Berenger White Zinfandel. $3.97 a bottle at Walmart. However, as we have at the deluxe beverage package for our next cruise, I think we'll broaden our taste buds a little. 🍸🥃 😆
  17. Well, we're booked on a 28 day cruise. So, I can only hope all our cruise mates are a bunch of old farts that go to bed early and get up late. 😆😆😆
  18. Yes, I was looking at that and the only thing I see directly above is the beauty salon. Can't see that being much of an issue, but I could be wrong. That's why I was hoping that people who booked that stateroom before could provide some insite, but thanks for pointing that out.
  19. Curious to hear from anyone who would have stayed in stateroom L231 Lido deck on the Sapphire Princess. I would like to know about the location on the ship.
  20. We were booked on an Hawaii cruise for last March that got cancelled. We rebooked the same cruise for this coming January, but decided to cancel in light of the situation with the pandemic still being out of control. So, now we've rebooked a new cruise for April 2022 and are hoping we don't have to cancel that one. We really want to get back to our favourite way to vacation, but not if we our risking our lives in the process.
  21. I don't blame you for being nervous. The deciding factor for us to cancel our January cruise was having to drive through 5 states as we were going to go on a road trip rather than fly assuming the border would be open, which I doubt. Hope you sign up for the roll call if you haven't already done so. We would love to meet you and see how your trip on the Royal went.
  22. Totally understand the anxiety you must feel. Our last cruise was March 2019. We booked our next cruise for March 2020. A 15 night cruise to Hawaii from LA. Of course, that cruise got cancelled. So, we rebooked the same cruise for January 2021, think the pandemic would be under control by then. We decided to cancel that cruise as the pandemic isn't close to being under control and don't even know if the border between Canada and the USA will be open by then. So, now we've booked a 28 day cruise going from Sydney, Au to SanFrancisco for April 2022. We are counting on a vaccine being available by then that will make travel safer.
  23. Not from school, but one morning we shared a table at breakfast with another couple. As we chatted, the husband recognized my western Canadian accent (didn't know I had one) and asked where we were from. Turned out they were originally from a community about 5 miles from us and discovered we knew some of the same people. They had moved to the US for business and subsequently, retired in North Carolina. Small world.
  24. We absolutely love cruising and now that we're retired, we like to incorporate road trips along with each cruise. Our last cruise was March 2019. We've had 2 cruises cancelled since and our next cruise is scheduled for April 2022. Right now road trips aren't considered safe and if you do go on one, you are required to self isolate for 14 days upon return. So, we will do what we have to do to maintain our health and will enjoy getting back to cruising when it's safe to do so.
  25. Totally understandable given the current circumstances. We've cancelled or had cancelled 2 cruises since March of this year. We have rebooked another cruise for April 2022, but we aren't betting the farm that that one will go either.
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