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  1. We are booked on the Enchanted for 10/2021. I checked for our favorite Marriott hotel in Rome for that cruise. But... Marriott won’t open up reservations until one year out. Not sure if other hotels have a similar policy.
  2. Yes. I checked with the passenger services desk and they directed me to Room Service. Yes. Swapped mini fridge for coffee card and big bottles of water. This was on the Ruby, August, 2019. BTW learned we could do this from a posting on these boards.
  3. Here’s more info on your mini bar. We are not drinkers so we called room service when we arrived. They came and removed the alcoholic items and soda from the fridge. We traded them in for one coffee “card” ( no cards anymore - just number of coffees credited to your account) and water. Could have had two coffee “cards” but only one of us is a coffee drinker. This worked perfectly for us. However, it did take several calls to get those coffee credits to our account.
  4. We canceled our Enchanted July 1 cruise on March 15, also before Princess canceled. (They knew then the ship would never be ready). So tomorrow is day 90. Nothing yet. When I called 3 weeks ago to check on another cruise I asked about our Enchanted refund. I was told “ it shows as Processed so it should be in your cc account very soon.” Nope.
  5. We have used EasyAir to Europe and Florida. Both times we booked as soon as the airlines allowed which I believe is 331 days out from you return flight. On both occasions the cost went up after we purchased our tickets and EZAir was cheaper. The biggest difference we found was last September when we booked our flights to Europe which was supposed to be June 29. (Called Princess on the date they had previously given me for booking flights) American Airlines listed the Business Class Sears At $4800 each. On EZ Air we booked for $3400. Within a month American and EZAir were over $5000. So book early, watch the airline website and Princess. And...American allows you to select your seats as soon as you book with Princess. But DO NOT book an British Air flight flown by American because you can’t pick your seats.
  6. No, not those companies. We also used an excursion companies in Portugal and Spain for our July cruise and those refunds came within a week.
  7. Interesting, I wonder if we had the same excursion company. They are in Italy and we have used them many times previously! Yes, every email we had from them had in the auto signature that there would be a full refund if canceled 24 hours before. The word “voucher” never appeared on their website until the last week in March. I spoke to my credit card company and they said you have to dispute within 60 days. So, we paid in full in January so they were not sure if we could dispute. Lesson learned - do not pay ahead! I do love this company and will not bad mouth them as I am sure they are in serious financial straights. I hope we will be able to use their voucher but who know what the future holds.
  8. Ok , how about this? We canceled our July 1 cruise before they canceled It or moved the final payment date. So we don’t qualify for the double deposit back?
  9. Another South Jersey cruiser here. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Just finished listening to our governor. It still sounds like it’s not getting better. Stay safe!
  10. This was posted on the Princess Cruise Lovers Group on Facebook today. I have no idea what Milestalk is. But it is someone’s opinion. (I hope this link works. If not I’ll report.) https://milestalk.com/spain-set-to-close-borders-until-around-christmas-italy-until-march-2021/
  11. The kind that looks awful! Many many years ago I was great at sewing, but not today! I opened a 25+ year old sewing machine and had to get the instructions out to thread it! 🤣🤣. I found the directions on CNN but I failed! Hopefully my daughter can find us some. Governor declared today that you must have a face covering to enter a retail store. So, I will continue to stay home and keep my dog company!
  12. Hi all, Here in southern NJ we have been on lockdown since March 21. I have only gone out twice to go to the pharmacy - under strict orders from my daughter. 😂. Getting a grocery delivery in my area is impossible! They are booked weeks out! I was able to get a pickup order from Target but they don’t allow anything cold to be in a pickup order. So frustrating! Each day our Governor goes on TV with an update on the number of new cases . Unfortunately, NJ is #2 in cases. So, I have spent a lot of time canceling what was to be our wonderful Maiden Cruise on the Enchanted Princess. First, I canceled all our onboard purchases and got refunded very quickly. Then about a week later I canceled the cruise and I’m still waiting for that deposit refund. There is no hurry, I’m not going anywhere. Then I canceled all our private tours. Two tour companies immediately refunded but the third said “no refund.“ Only a voucher. I was most unhappy! The most fun I have had was exploring late 2021 Enchanted cruises, and found a fabulous one in October! I immediately called our Princess Vacation Planner and booked it! Much more expensive, but we got the exact same cabin as we would have had this July! Now , I have to pray that the situation will have improved and we’ll be able to visit the great ports on this new cruise. My job tomorrow is to finish making face masks as we have been unable to get them on line. Our Governor also wants us to wear them when outside. I’m sorry this is so long, but it feels good to write about the past month. I hope all of you are staying safe and looking forward to your next cruise.
  13. Our last several cruises were mini suites at mid ship. In fact, right across from the elevator “lobby”. We have never had a problem with noise. And, the location was very convenient!
  14. I definitely need to get my 10% deposit back. I’ll try to find get thru to my PCC next week. Thanks for your input.
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