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    Grilling and traveling.
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    #1 MSC, #2 RCI
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    Caribbean, Antigua and St Juan.

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  1. For anyone with New England and the Maritimes cruises booked, Canada has extended it's cruise ship ban until November. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cruise-ship-october-1.5589821
  2. Also CC just published an interview with the head of Carnival if you want to try to glean some more insight. https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5366/ The UK is still currently the 3rd worse hit country in the world. So will be fairly low on the list when it comes to other countries letting tourists in. Your arguments for cancelling are all valid. However if you can't convince your partner, maybe compromising with a postponement would. At least then you'd see the new cruising landscape before you sail. If cruises go ahead in October you'll be a guinea pig for the industry.
  3. Previously, when we have had a late flight, we've gotten off early and rented a car for the day and gone to the beach, shopping etc before going to the airport. Alternatively you can take a ships tour, which drop at MIA (not FLL) before taking the B2Bs back to POM.
  4. According to CCs own news release Virtuosa is delayed until the New Year. https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5334/
  5. Published today on the CBC. Norwegian in serious financial difficulties. https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/cruise-lines-1.5555686
  6. Yes, I read an article that expected 25-30% discounts across the board. We have seen higher prices for 2021 too. Usually working out to what an FCC would be worth. I personally wouldn't book anything now, regardless of how far ahead the sailing is. But wait until they actually need bums on the seats of sailing ships. I also don't want to go through this FCC/no-refund disaster twice.
  7. Is it company policy, or is it US consumer law? It is unique to the US market, but is it unique to MSC?
  8. I agree, they would like to delay it until they are sailing again, but definitely for as long as possible. But in the end, if they don't go out of business, they will pay up.
  9. Yes, and more in the sports bar.
  10. From a report in La Marca, it's older than yesterday, but I would also differentiate between the local hospitality industry, bars and restaurants, and mass tourism, cruises. It's perfectly plausible that you will be able to visit your local watering hole, long before you'll be able to embark a cruise. https://www.marca.com/en/lifestyle/2020/04/18/5e9b14a8e2704ed5368b45f0.html
  11. It sounds like the UK is the only European market where MSC has given ground. There are lots of complaints on FB from Germans not getting refunds.
  12. Spain have confirmed they won't be reopening mass tourism until the New Year.
  13. Yes the Canadian US border closure has been extended for another 30 days. However all Canadian ports are closed to cruise ships until July 1st.
  14. Port or starboard is a personal choice, I like port because of the better view at sail away and sunrise on the first morning. But the ships almost always tie up starboard side at Ocean Cay.
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