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  1. A twist on the B2B discussion...What if you are, in summer 2021, doing 2 cruises B2B but on different cruise lines? For example, we might combine a 7-night Princess sailing out of Seattle with a 7-day Celebrity sailing also out of Seattle? If we had a hotel night in between, would that make a difference? Another option that we are looking at is doing a 7-night roundtrip sailing out of Vancouver, taking the bus from Vancouver to Seattle, spending a night in Seattle, and then getting on another ship in Seattle but not the same cruise line. Has anyone heard what rules apply in thes
  2. Why don't you see if the final payment date can be delayed? Worth asking.
  3. I would pursue action thru your credit card sooner rather than later. Don't wait until it's too late. You may not get any of the extra "kickers" back but you should get the actual cash fare including taxes that you paid. Other cruise lines - e.g. Princess - are differentiating between "refundable" cash fare paid [even after choosing the bonus/goodwill option] and "nonrefundable" bonus/goodwill credits. I don't know anything about the contractual legalese or administrative/penalty fees but I do know that Crystal has been the worse cruise line to deal with out of the 6 - Azamara
  4. 1. Only fixed seatings in the MDR. Times are usually 6:00pm and 8:30pm. Never requested a 2-top so not sure how easy it is to reserve. 2. King's Court is a little hard to figure out. Mixed bag in terms of food. Offerings tend to be geared to Brits and, on some cruises, Germans. Not a problem for us. Have never eaten dinner there - only breakfast and lunch. My impression is that it offers a limited menu and not necessarily similar to what is being served in the MDR. On the QM2, there is a "pop-up" Italian restaurant offering made-to-order pastas and pizzas. No charge. In additi
  5. Regarding the dress code: In most cases (see below), a gentleman will not be allowed in the evening into any dining room including specialty restaurants without a jacket and tie on formal nights. On informal evenings, a jacket (tie optional) is required. For those not wanting to wear a jacket, the Kings Court buffet and the pub (on ships where there is pub dinner) are options. I wrote " in most cases" because, on a 2019 Alaskan cruise , the first and last nights were jacket optional. Yes, even on Cunard, things have gotten more casual. But, the overwhelming majority
  6. We find that people who have never cruised on Cunard tend to be the ones making statements about the "class system". People who book in the Grills are paying a big premium for the privilege. Doesn't bother us. We have made 11 voyages on Cunard and generally book inside cabins. We have good friends who always book in the Grills. We met them on the QM2 while playing trivia. Never was a hindrance there. Also have met and enjoyed the company of others aboard who were in the Grills. Sure, there may be some snobs but you can find them in every cabin category.
  7. I would check directly with Cunard re any benefits accorded to you with your Princess Platinum status. Yes, Cunard and Princess share the same past passenger numbers but that's about all aside from a past passenger discount. Your TA may be confusing PRINCESS Platinum with CUNARD World Club Platinum. As a Cunard World Club Platinum member [7+ trips or 70 nights with Cunard], you do get wifi minutes [4 hours], priority embarkation, wine-tasting, and invitations to 2 past passenger parties. We are Elite on Princess and did not get these benefits on Cunard until we were Platinum on Cu
  8. The reason that there is currently nothing on the website might partly be because Princess must first transfer current cabin bookings from the Sky to the Caribbean. This includes figuring out what to do with cabin categories from the Sky that do not exist on the Caribbean. We have been told that we probably will hear about a cabin assignment for our October 16 cruise in mid-December. We are booked into an obstructed view balcony which does not exist on the Caribbean. Our cabin number on the Sky is an obstructed oceanview on the Caribbean. The Caribbean is due to leave NY to For
  9. If you are able to do so, file a dispute with your credit card company now. We filed 60 days after cruise cancellation in late July and received permanent credit in early November. Why are you waiting?
  10. We are also booked in October on the Sky Princess for a 7-day sailing. One possibility is that there will be a change in ship. This would require transferring over existing bookings and cabins to a new ship. Just guessing...
  11. We have had 9 cruises across various cruise lines cancelled this year. The first cruises cancelled were on Princess but, even then, it only took 76 days to get future cruise credits. We only had a small deposit - $100pp - on a cancelled December Crystal cruise. After waiting 60 days from date of refund request (7/31), we disputed the charge thru our credit card company on September 26. Yesterday - November 9 - a permanent credit was applied. We don't believe that we would have gotten our refund so quickly (ha-ha) if we hadn't filed a CC dispute.
  12. cruiseindustrynews.com Article dated 10/30/20 is titled "Cruising is Back: Key Takeaways from New CDC Framework".
  13. Per an article re CDC Framework for Conditional Sailing Order on Cruise Industry News website: Cruises from the US can be no longer than seven days. The CDC reserves the right to shorten cruises.
  14. You may have gotten a temporary credit while the CC company contacts Crystal for a response.
  15. Schedule was released except for month of April.
  16. Princess website is blank for the Crown Princess next April. I know that it needs to get from Ft. Lauderdale thru the Canal to LA. Does anyone know when the schedule will be released?
  17. Hope that they have improved the Medallion system while there's been no sailing. Prior experience not positive. Even though we had our Medallions prior to the sailing, they didn't work at embarkation. Had to do everything the old-fashioned way. Half the time the drink ordering system did not work. Drink menu very limited. Forget about ordering a dirty martini. One time our drinks were delivered to our cabin, not our table. I normally always carry my phone with me. However, I like being "free" while on the ship. Who wants to carry a phone around on formal night?
  18. We have had 9 cruises with different cruise lines cancelled this year. Crystal has been the slowest in refunding our money. We put down $200 refundable [$100 pp] for a 12/2 sailing on the Serenity. Crystal cancelled this sailing on 7/30. We submitted a refund request which was verified by a customer representative on 7/31. As of 9/26, we had not received a refund. Filed a CC dispute 9/26. Crystal has until 11/24 to respond. In comparison, we cancelled a Celebrity cruise for December on 8/3 and the refund [$900] was back in our CC account on 8/5. An earlier Celeb
  19. Based on what's happening with cruises starting up in Europe, the cruise lines looking to sail out of USA ports may require passengers to take ship-sponsored shore excursions in order to get off the ship in port. This requirement would likely make us rethink whether we would cruise. We aren't interested in having to take a shore excursion in a place like Honolulu in order to get off the ship. We have been there many times and like to do certain things that aren't offered as a ship tour. How do people feel about having to take ship-sponsored shore excursions? Would it change you
  20. We had nonrefundable tickets on Air Canada for a June Las Vegas - Vancouver flight but were eventually able to get a refund. Initially, Air Canada cancelled and would only give a travel voucher. The AC agent acknowledged the US-DOT position but said "it didn't matter and all you are getting is a voucher". She did offer to refund the seat fees. US-DOT has been very clear that COVID-19 is NOT a valid reason for refusing a refund when an airline cancels or substantially changes a flight. US-DOT has been getting a ton of complaints about Air Canada. Here's
  21. Re the "extra air points" option...Air Canada is offering a bonus if you take the Aeroplan miles instead of a future flight voucher. I forgot about using the Aeroplan miles on partner airlines. As you mentioned, award inventory and having enough miles to be of use are also important. Add in the difficulty of using awards during peak seasons - e.g., Alaskan cruising.
  22. If you are getting a voucher for future travel, it will be tied to your ticket number. Upon cancellation, you will receive an e-mail with your booking locator and ticket numbers confirming the voucher amount. It will take 6-8 weeks to get the actual voucher. I don't thinks that it is necessary to have an "account" set up. If you are going to choose the "extra air points" option...Make sure that you understand the award ticket rules and how easy/hard it is to you use those points especially during peak travel seasons. Also consider the likelihood of you flying Air Canada again.
  23. I might check with the US Department of Transportation regarding whether involuntarily changing the day of a flight might still require the airline to refund a nonrefundable ticket upon request. You have nothing to lose. I would also consider filing a dispute with your credit card company. You paid for a flight on a specific day and you are not getting what was promised. Again, worth a try.
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