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  1. Just received my annual rabies vaccination. All set to go!
  2. Also wanted to ask but forgot to.....we are also looking at SilverSea which has butler service. Is butler service really a big deal? I know they will serve a full course meal in the suite and maybe act much like your personal concierge. Just wondering if any of you that have also cruised Silver Sea and how that experience compared with Seabourn. Thanks!
  3. So....we usually have cruised on Holland America and want to "try" one of the luxury lines. We like what we see so far from Seabourn. Smaller ships; more personalized service, better food. At least that is what we will expect. We always look for a room with a veranda/ balcony so the 2 rooms that come to mind are either the veranda room or the penthouse suite. Both come with a verandah and obviously the PH is larger (not a big deal for us) and the PH I see has a fully stocked bar ( not a big deal as we do not drink alcohol). There is no butler service on Seabourn so if we are lookin
  4. So here's what I want to know. And just for reference I have been vaccinated. If someone gets the test at the port the day of embarkation and it comes back + and they are denied boarding.....do they get a full refund? Or is this a way to force passengers to pay for the Platinum protection Plan? Consider also there are both false + and false - test results. And what if you are flying to a destination. The airline tests you and it comes back +. But you have been vaccinated. So now you can't fly. Refund from the airline? REfund from the cruise? The hotel? Imagine th
  5. I see 3 problems with the idea of requiring a vaccination to cruise. Just to clarify I am getting the vaccine. HAd the first dose already. The first problem is what is "proof?" I received a Covid CArd from the pharmacy where I received the first dose. The pharmacist hand wrote in the dose, Lot # , and date. With digital technology today, anyone could reproduce a blank card and fill it in. Not much to it. And don't put it past people. The second problem, and probably the most important one as far as HAL is concerned, what if the competition does NOT require
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 b
  10. 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.
  11. 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), ther
  12. 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.
  13. No you didn't. Not unless you plan to go back in time via a time machine.
  14. I am sure Mr. Ashford will get any money as part of his severance before passengers get their refund. C'est la vie!
  15. 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
  16. 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 🛳️
  17. 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 pass
  18. 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
  19. 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!😜
  20. 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! 😁😁😁
  21. GOing Dec 2021 you should be OK as I expect a vaccine in 18 months....by Oct, Nov. 2021. The only problem is that the FDA had reduced regulations to fast track a vaccine. With 70 vaccines in the works; will the first batch be safe and effective? Or will they need to work out "the kinks?" Will the virus mutate? OP....did you take the platinum cancellation allowing you to cancel ( I think it still does) for any reason just before the cruise? Sailing with no vaccine is dangerous.
  22. YEs. This will work out well for those suing. Suing a corporation whose stock has declined 77% YTD is a slam dunk. HAHA! I mean CArnival is just flush with cash now!🙄
  23. YEs....much more preferable to be buried 6 feet under dirt and after some time as the embalming fluid oozes from your pores and your body begins to decay; the worms and maggots chew on your decaying corpse. I understand. Not like you will know the difference if a worm takes a bite out of you or a shark.🦈
  24. Cruises have been singled out for a very good reason. Scientists have compared cruises, where you have thousands of people packed together with no chance to social distance, to petri dishes for any virus or bacteria. Look at the issues with Noro virus. Plus, if you are on a bus and come down with Covid 19; you have the opportunity to receive good medical care immediately. On a cruise ship? Good luck. No ventilators on board. The MD will give you some Tylenol and a little Oxygen. Who wants to be on a ship in the middle of the ocean under those conditions?
  25. Disagree. The entire world is at WAR. A far worse war. The corona virus has killed 3 times as many people as US soldiers who died during the Vietnam War in a far shorter time period. And it is not over yet. The experience of death is final during any war.
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