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  1. They are bringing Ovation across the Pacific for less than 2 months of Alaska sailings. Bringing Oasis up the east coast is trivial in comparison. If New Jersey and the CDC let them sail, they will sail.
  2. The update on vaccine requirements today indicated they are hopeful to start cruises on Oasis from Bayonne. This suggests they do not yet have approval to do so but are working on it.
  3. The best past guest deal they've offered is 20% off plus the extra point. Unlike their ongoing 30% off sale, they didn't raise their prices in accordance with the deal, so you actually got 20% off the fare. I have a Panama Canal cruise booked for next year under that deal and while I don't think I'll be taking it because of other cruises I've booked around it, I don't want to give it up because it's $1000 less than the same cruise would be a year later.
  4. No. Every ship that sails under the CSO needs to do its own test cruises or meet the 95% pax/98% crew vaccination standard.
  5. You had until December 31 to request a refund. I requested a refund and my credit disappeared, but I only ever saw the extra $80 I paid when I made the booking refunded. The $500 I paid for an advance deposit back in 2018 never made it back to my credit card as far as I can tell.
  6. Yes, that is how the law works. The only way to legally sail from Seattle to a different U.S. port would be by stopping in South America, which would typically involve a Panama Canal transit ending on the east coast. Without Canada, Pacific Coastals aren't possible.
  7. Is anyone else still seeing banner ads promoting the Joy return to cruising all over this page and the NCL forums in general? Talk about insulting. I feel sorry for everyone who fell for this.
  8. This sale looks exactly like the last one. I doubt we'll see the 40% off sale like they were offering last winter again. Some of the prices (specifically drink packages) have already been adjusted to the sale prices even though the sale hasn't officially begun yet, and the banners still show the "normal" discount. The banners will update tomorrow, but don't expect any further drop in prices.
  9. For everyone who keeps bringing up the Fat Tuesday blueprints, that area is the same area currently labeled as The Local on the deck plans. Either they were thinking of changing the concept and decided not to, or that was just a placeholder name.
  10. This is not the fault of anything onboard, but rather Singapore overreacting to a few cases of COVID that have popped up on shore.
  11. I received the survey a week after booking that asked about why I chose to book now, my feelings about COVID and restrictions, and asked about vaccinations at the end. It specifically said my response would not be tied to any personal information.
  12. Given the current state of the industry, they will likely spend the minimum amount possible on required maintenance only.
  13. Another factor is how much FCC you have to use. In my case, a Veranda stateroom didn't use up all my credit but a Concierge stateroom would have required a couple hundred dollars extra, so instead I took the Elevate package for only about $40 over my credit (which the benefits more than make up for).
  14. The bill was never bipartisan, so it really didn't stand a chance.
  15. Typically those would be released in the fall, but the release schedules have been a bit less predictable in the past year.
  16. If the answer was as simple as cruise lines requiring the vaccine and being allowed to sail, they would have done it already. The problem is they are at the mercy of the CDC and the conditional sail order. People say the CDC cannot require the vaccine, so instead they require a bunch of other rules and regulations that the cruise lines feel is too burdensome. Not only that, but the CDC has been dragging their feet issuing guidance and allowing even test cruises to get going. All the CDC rules are based on the assumption that no one is vaccinated, and even if the cruise lines did mandate th
  17. I saw a Crown Loft on Oasis in November pop up today for under $5,000 and jumped on it. Not sure if it will sail or not, but I'm hoping at least to be able to L&S to next year if nothing else.
  18. Despite putting a dedicated suite area on Spectrum, they went back to the usual arrangement on Odyssey. This seems like a China-specific concept, and it would not surprise me if they went back to the traditional layout for Oasis 6 (assuming it doesn't go to China too).
  19. Global Entry is great for air travel. It usually takes less than 60 seconds to get through immigration. They don't even use the fingerprints anymore - you just take a photo of yourself and it gives you a receipt with your personal information to hand to the officer. A quick check of your passport and you're on your way.
  20. St Maarten and Grand Cayman are at least 2 sea days apart and rarely appear on the same itinerary, so port calls on back-to-back dates indicates at least one of them is just a placeholder.
  21. The terms and conditions state you must remain registered through August 6, 2021 or they will take the points back.
  22. Lift & Shift is still offered when Celebrity cancels or redeploys a ship, but only for 2 weeks. They've added more flexibility to the length of the sailing and will prorate the fare at the same daily rate if the new cruise is longer or shorter. A few rules still apply: 1. You can only Lift & Shift to the same class of ship. Going from S-Class to E-Class is not allowed. 2. The sailings are limited by region, but not specific port. For instance, I was offered Iceland or Baltics as a replacement for Norway, but not Spain & France. 3. The sailing must depart
  23. I'm up to 31 points now and have yet to set foot on a Celebrity ship. Unfortunately, that rules out the latest points offer for me.
  24. I haven't seen much speculation on the potential itinerary for Leo 1's first winter, so I compared existing ship deployments in Winter 2021-22 and Winter 2022-23. The one thing that stands out is for 2021-22 Escape alternates east and west itineraries from Port Canaveral, but in 2022-23 it goes east exclusively. This leads me to believe Leo 1 will be placed on Western Caribbean (GSC, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel) from Port Canaveral for its inaugural season. All the other standard 7 day itineraries are accounted for, and NCL has consistently put new ships on 7 day Caribbean itineraries fo
  25. I figured he'd be going to Odyssey, but with the comment that he'll be flying to America RCI must be anticipating being allowed to operate in U.S. waters relatively soon.
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