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  1. As a Canadian we won’t be banned, but the question remains, will the Marina sail without Americans? She is scheduled to do a transatlantic in late November! From the US then on to South America.
  2. Tidalmist


    I spoke to the cruiseline a few weeks ago and they said if we are sailing from European ports mixed vaccines but not accepted from US ports.
  3. Hi, well I was told by Oceania about a week ago the mixed vaccines cannot be accepted sailing out of US ports, but there is no issue sailing out of European ports. Many countries have said that it is safer to mix vaccines than not get one. That’s what we did in Canada, where our vaccination rates are really great, even though we don’t produce any vaccines in country.
  4. I think that this is really turning into a sh**show! It is time that the rules are the same across all cruiselines. My DH has Moderna and Pfizer and he will be able to travel on HAL but not NCL…..oh, but he can travel NCL in Europe but not from the US.
  5. We just booked the same cruise this morning. We were scheduled to sail on Crystal last spring doing the same itinerary, so this is our opportunity to see Dubai again and spend some time in Singapore. I can’t wait to sail again!
  6. We have a Viking ocean cruise booked for March 2022. Final payment is due on March 31, 2021. Being concerned about making final payment a year in advance, I asked my ta to call them to ask if I could postpone final payment but they refused. I think that we will cancel as if they are not willing to postpone final payment at this time, I am uncomfortable with gambling that they will still be around. They told my ta that this cruise is fully booked.
  7. Hello from Atlantic Canada. We have an Atlantic bubble in place whereby only residents of the 4 Atlantic provinces of Canada are not required to quarantine when travelling within the area. Anyone coming to the area from outside the bubble must complete a 14 day quarantine. The only cases we ever get are resulting from air travel to the area. Here is little to no community spread due to the quarantine rules.We do, however, have to wear a mask when visiting inside a public area, small gatherings only, the usual restrictions. The US Canadian border has been closed to all but essential travel since mid March. The majority of Canadians say that they prefer the border to stay closed until the US numbers come down. The rest of Canada is experiencing a second wave which seems to be the norm everywhere in the world. Nice to see some familiar people posting. Stay safe all, it will end someday!
  8. Our 50th. Anniversary cruise from Singapore to Dubai was cancelled on March 3rd. We waited a few weeks then contacted Crystal direct, as our ta was sick with Covid. After getting nowhere with an agent, I requested to speak to a supervisor. She said that they didn’t have supervisors! Well, I did not believe this to be true so I kept pushing to speak to someone in charge. After a long wait I was transferred to a supervisor who advised that she had already processed my refund. So I was credited for the amount of final payment but not for my deposit. We finally received that a couple of weeks ago, but I had to contact Crystal once again. We are still waiting for our 500 dollar air credit, but I was advised hat this would be done by another department. Not a bad outcome but stressful, nonetheless.
  9. I think that people feel that if a majority of city workers get the virus the water filtration plants may go off line. In any case the preppers tell people to stock up on water.....
  10. As a passenger with only one Crystal cruise under my belt kindly allow me to give my opinion on this matter. For dining my DH and I have no issues with anytime dining as we enjoy sitting alone. I do, however, think that passengers who have sailed with Crystal for many years are upset that there are newbies sailing. Case in point, on our November Symphony sailing there were some rowdy gals who were posing as mannequins in the boutique and many other passengers commented negatively to this behaviour.i didn't agree with their behaviour either, but they were really harmless! Also we took transfer to the Pullman Hotel in Miami and I overheard a lady complaining about the quality of cruisers on our sailing. We have sailed for over 40 years and have never encountered this attitude on other lines. So are passengers sociable on Crystal, not sure. There is certainly an old boys network and if you are new to the cruiseline it is very difficult to fit in. Both Keith and Terry do a great job at promoting friendliness on board but I am still unsure. As someone said,I guess I haven’t drank the Crystal Kool Aid!
  11. Thanks Anne..... not sure what to do next. Want to sail as it was supposed to be our 50th. Anniversary trip.
  12. Ones anyone out there know what the deadline is for accepting the April 23 Symphony cruise ?
  13. We are booked on the Symphony, Singapore to Dubai and really want to sail! Having said that I am looking at alternatives, as we have booked our air separately, Toronto to Dubai to Singapore, board the ship for 15 days to Dubai the fly back to Canada. i don’t think that we are eligible for fcc unless they say the cruise is cancelled.
  14. Hi Keith, DH and I always take the flu shot, sometimes they get it right other times not. I know so many people who don’t take the shot....does not make sense to me as it is free where we live in Canada. I hope that they find an inoculation for this virus soon. We are scheduled to sail on the Symphony April 23, Singapore to Dubai. Like so many others we have been planning this voyage for over a year. It is our 50th. Anniversary cruise and it is very special to us!
  15. We stayed at the Marriott Al Jaddif and loved it! We were on the executive floor with access to the lounge included. They have a shuttle bus to the Dubai Mall. Overall it was great value for the money!
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