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  1. Good advice. We shifted all our cruises to late 2021 and 2022 and made other plans for next winter. It has been so liberating and nice to not wonder about the status of cruises for a while. And not to have to send the cruise lines any money. As others have said, who knows which ships will sail first or where. They aren't going to flip a switch and honor every ship/itinerary all at once. The cancellation/refund chaos will go on...... 😞
  2. It's entirely possible nothing will sail before January 2021.
  3. It's gotta' be tough getting up in the morning to dwell on all the hysteria and bad news. Don't forget they said brain damage that could show up 10 years from now.......
  4. We shifted 4 cruises into late 2021/2022. It's been liberating and very nice to not have to wonder about the cruise situation. This from someone who did 6 weeks onboard last winter. We've made other plans for next winter. No interest in masks or social distancing on a ship, or sending the cruise lines any money any time soon.
  5. A thread about Australia only takes 3 pages to get into covid induced lung and brain damage. Every thread here goes off the rails now. Tomorrow the "experts" will probably proclaim it causes pattern baldness, and maybe next will be toe fungus.
  6. Yes they do. We were onboard HAL their last week of sailing (March 8-15). First couple days 80% of the buffet was served by staff. Once the virus fears were sinking it went to 100%. Worked just fine, spent little to no time in line the whole week. It was a great cruise. We only missed one port and that was due to weather not covid 🙂
  7. Yep. There was a poll here a while ago and it held steady at 60% no go if masks are required. Add to that the people who won't go because: 1. Fear of virus 2. Fear of being on a quarantined ship 3. Financial distress due to the economy 4. Fear of air travel 5. Lack of ports 6. Who knows how many "social distancing" restrictions. I'm sure there are more. It all adds up to a severe lack of demand for cruising for quite some time. Cruise Critic is not a representative sample of the overall customer base. The people here ready to jump on a ship tomorrow are a small minority of cruise customers. As for the OP's shield - we would never go on a ship wearing something like that. Ever. Or anywhere else for that matter. These are sad times indeed.
  8. Call it insane if you want, but it's probably the future of cruising for a while. It's why we moved all our cruises 18+ months out and have other plans this winter.
  9. One of ours the immediate invoice was correct. The other 3 (B2B2B) it was 3-4 days to get the correct invoices. Some people have reported more like 7 days I think. If it was me, I'd call them today or tomorrow.
  10. Or not knowing what they'll do with everyone else onboard if ANYONE tests positive for covid onboard......
  11. We've moved all our cruises to late 2021 and 2022. Not interested in wondering if they'll sail, or if they'll be fun with new restrictions, over the next 15 months. If things don't look good for cruising by late 2021 we'll walk away from the minimal onboard deposits if necessary. We did some all-inclusives years ago and they were fun, but no interest in them now. We're going to drive to Florida next winter for 2-3 months. Booked a refundable resort 2 weeks in St. Maarten in January. Only thing at risk is 176.00pp MIA-SXM airfare 🙂
  12. It was out there somewhere. Might have been the EU "plan", I think it talked about separating people by age to attend events and such onboard.
  13. The ones that will let ships dock. And if there's a positive covid test on board that will be zero.
  14. Or, one positive test. Then have fun on that cruise 🙂 I'm blown away by the posters who think it will be so much fun to go on a restrictive covid era cruise. I guess sitting on their balcony looking at the water is enough to satisfy their addiction. Cruises when they start will be NOTHING like the recent past and I don't think they get it yet. But they will. Demand is going to be very low, cruise critic is no indicator of overall cruise passengers. The addicts better hope the 30% "break even" mantra is true or the cruise lines won't be able to maintain things for them for long. FYI we spent 6 weeks on ships last winter so we obviously do love cruising. But it's seasonal for us, not year round. We'll miss it, but not like the year round cruisers who are desperate to "get on a ship". We have plans for 2 months next winter that don't involve cruising. Even those could be disrupted of course, but less at risk than hoping a no fun ship sails.
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