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  1. Well.....it would totally depend on how much the cruise line would be willing to pay me to go on such a cruise. If the cruise line met my price, I would go.
  2. Problem is many passengers, especially HAL passengers, may not be alive or nursing home bound come 2022. Got to get in as much cruising as possible before then.
  3. Not only will HAL keep your money and leave you crying portside. They will gather the crew and point and laugh at you while shouting "No Refund!!! No Refund!!!" WOuld Mrs. BAnjo cruise solo if she could? That is the bigger question.
  4. Well, I understand what you are saying but don't see the rationale behind it. Why keep spending money on an experience which does not meet expectations regardless of MAriner status? I had an aunt who loved Italian food and used to patronize a local Italian restaurant where the food and service was usually sub par. I asked her why on earth she continued to go back to the same place if it was always not an enjoyable experience? Her response; "Well, it was a good deal. We usually have a free dessert coupon." HA! The HAL mariner program is just a clever marketing program to keep you coming back until you achieve that ultimate level....in HAL's case 5 star. All the cruise lines have it. As well as big box stores. And the local coffee shops, etc. etc. etc. My local casino, where I play poker, has various card levels, gold, platinum, and diamond....where at the diamond level you get free rooms, food, etc. But you need to acquire enough points in a 12 month period to advance to the next level or all your points reset again. A buddy I know who plays the pit games was determined to get to the diamond level and had 3 more days to play enough hours to get there. I saw him (this was a few months ago before Covid 19) and I asked him if he made it to the diamond level. He said (with a little disgust):"YEah, I figured that Diamond CArd cost me $30,000 over the year! HA! BTW....You are never to old to try a new cruise line. If you can cruise you can change. I would rather take 1 Seabourn cruise every 18 months if I truly enjoy the experience rather than take 2 HAL cruises a year where I did not enjoy it.
  5. Of course they are still in sell mode. Typical Ponzi scheme. Slowly paying off those waiting for refunds with deposits from those currently booking future cruises. Other threads talk about those putting down deposits on future cruises so they can "have something to look forward to." That something may be waiting forever for a refund!😖 PT Barnum was right.
  6. Well....if you are not getting the experience you want from HAL….why continue to cruise with them? Why not "up the ante" and cruise with Seabourn, Silversea, Regent, or Crystal.....where the food, service, etc. will most likely be what you are looking for? It seems that this thread is more about the "nostalgia" of the way HAL used to be....not the what it has become. And while some have commented that they would be willing to pay more for an experience they desire; I am sure that the increase in fares for such an experience (subjective to each one's desires), there would be an outcry on this board about the "ridiculous" price increases put into place by HAL. Even with a much improved overall experience. I remember a post awhile back where similar concerns were voiced and Orlando Ashford said something along the lines (not exact quote)…"If people want a Seabourn experience....they had better be prepared to pay Seabourn prices." After 12 or cruises on HAL....we too are somewhat disappointed with what HAL has become. Which is why our next cruise (whenever that happens) will be on Seabourn just to check it out and see what luxury cruising has to offer. We can also go back to the HAL we know.
  7. Sure! HAL will bring back the "Old HAL." Anything you want. Question is: Are you willing to pay more for it? PRoblem is with CArnival's stock price showing a 75% YTD decline .....any new CEO will be looking to cut more services, amenities, all the "extras" to try to financially "right the ship." If you think a new CEO will be focused on offering more; I feel you will be disappointed. They do not even have the funds to process millions in refunds.
  8. No you didn't. Not unless you plan to go back in time via a time machine.
  9. I am sure Mr. Ashford will get any money as part of his severance before passengers get their refund. C'est la vie!
  10. Hmmmm...Well I hope all those who booked future cruises have no issues. I would be concerned not so much that the cruises booked will not happen due to something like bankruptcy of Carnival, but more some form of consolidation. Something along the lines of selling off certain ships to other lines. Changing future itineraries to maximize profits. So the itinerary you thought you had is no longer. Not knowing if Covid 19 restrictions will make a cruise not enjoyable (i.e. constant wearing of masks, taking body temps, long lines for everything to adhere to social distancing, waiting hours to get a tender to shore so as not to pack in the life boats, no more anytime dining to prevent crowding, etc.). I prefer to wait and see how those make out who become the "pioneer" cruisers post Covid 19. Plus, I want to see how the cruise lines handle all the refund issues before throwing good money after bad. We are both young ( 60 &59) and both recently retired and have plenty of time and money.....so we will take our time and see how future cruises go.
  11. HAL is doing you a HUGE favor. I will give you 3 to 1 odds that this cruise will not sail. You are saving the aggravation of waiting for a refund or a bankruptcy filing by CArnival 🛳️
  12. This will be an absolute NIGHTMARE! So it is my understanding , that many women, before their monthly period have an increase in body temp. Will HAL set some arbitrary number , say a temp of 99.5 or higher, and deny boarding? Can you see it now? A woman with their family denied boarding pleading because her temp was 99.7 , " But I am about to get my period!!!" What about the female crew? What about if one of them has an increase in thermal scanning? CAn you imagine the stress this adds to an already stressful day of embarkation? And the crew will "report" any passengers who are sneezing or have a runny nose? Really? Anyone think this through? What about ALLERGIES? PAssenger says " But I have allergies!!! "Sorry sir...it has been determined you are sick. You and your family will be disembarked at the next port!" Or a passenger telling guest services ' But my room steward sneezed! Twice!!! I heard him!!!" WHAT AN ABSOLUTE JOKE!!!!!! Who the hell wants to cruise under these conditions? Is this an "enjoyable way" to spend your money and vacation time???🦠
  13. I strongly disagree. People need hope. Hope is a powerful drug. I will never forget one of the most powerful scenes from the film "Apollo 13." Flight Director Gene Kranz (played brilliantly by Ed Harris) overhears two of his colleagues discussing the dismal chances for bringing Apollo 13 and its crew safely back to earth. One of the men comments " This could be the worst disaster NASA has ever experienced." Gene Kranz overhead this comment and turned to the men and said;" With all due respect sir. I believe this will be our finest hour." I feel the same way when I think of the extraordinary efforts of our doctors, nurses, and scientists doing all they can to defeat this virus. You can defeat the virus...…...or let the virus defeat you. Your choice.
  14. Lol!! This is funny! Seriously doubt you will be cruising anywhere this July! And just imagine , even if you do, and there is COvid outbreak on the ship. You will be stuck sailing aimlessly off some shore with no port allowing the ship to dock. Confined to your stateroom with cold, stale sandwiches delivered twice a day! Sounds like fun!😜
  15. People waiting for "six figure" refunds can afford it. They just need to rebook and charge another six figures on the platinum AMEX. Easy peasy! 😁😁😁
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