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  1. Last I heard, the CLIA hadn't extended their recommendation. US water cruising would be difficult to resume due to the state of COVID in the US. Some ports such as Miami and Galveston are hot spots. There is no requirement for the CDC rules for US waters to apply to cruising in all the rest of the world, but other factors make an extension of no sail likely. If the US doesn't get COVID more under control, it will be hard for the lines that normally have a large percentage of US passengers to resume. I'm booked on Star Breeze in November, but who knows if Europe will lift it's travel ban for US
  2. My TA just notified me that the final payment date for my November Star Breeze cruise has been moved to 45 days before departure. I don't know how generally Windstar is doing this. 90 days would have been this week so maybe they are doing it as 90 days approaches based on the uncertainty. This cruise is out of Athens so there is a big question about whether US residents can enter the EU then.
  3. I wouldn't have any confidence in the negative tests of crew and passengers so far. It may be too soon after exposure for tests to detect it. Follow up testing in a few days might have a different result.
  4. The extra day included an extra night too so, yes I did. I had good sleep all cruise. You are free to allocate the 23 hour days between sleep and activity as you wish - it is not like you need to get up early to be ready to explore a port. In any case, for the cruises between California and Tahiti, the lost or gained hour only affects 3 of the days.
  5. Going from Japan to Alaska, we had 7 time zone changes over 9 sea days. Going from Papeete to San Diego, time zones are much wider because you are near the Equator. Even though the sea crossing is longer, it is only 3 time zones. 3 out of 12 or 13 days getting or losing an hour doesn't seem like a deciding factor. Going from Japan to Alaska, we had 7 23-hour days, but we also gained an extra day when we crossed the date line - not a bad exchange for the shortened days. Tahiti and the US are on the same side of the date line so that doesn't impact Tahiti to US crossings.
  6. They have a schedule gap between the Breeze arriving in San Diego on October 3 and leaving for the Transatlantic on October 30. I wonder if some San Diego round trips will be added. I'd like to do the Pacific crossing, but it wouldn't interest my husband. I hope a reduced solo supplement comes out for it.
  7. It would be nice if they would still check out fins for the duration of the cruise. I have a prescription mask and a snorkel to go with it. For those that don't need a prescription mask, a decent quality mask and snorkel don't cost much compared to the cost of the trip. They don't take up much room. On the other hand, fins are a pain to pack.
  8. The link is: https://www.coronaviruspreventionnetwork.org/
  9. I did trans-Pacific on Star Legend; a Northern crossing from Japan to Alaska b2b with the first Alaska cruise. The crossing was very relaxing. It took 9 days (8 on the calendar because of the dateline). We stopped several times to watch whales and an albatross The sky was overcast the whole way, but the sea was surprisingly calm - not doldrums calm, but smoother than the 2m we had near Japan. The only rough day was the start of the Alaska trip crossing the gulf from Seward to the Inside Passage. I'd happily do the longer more Southern crossing in either Spirit or Breez
  10. We received the updated financial statement from Windstar today confirming the new price. Note: our original booking was done on board. Repricing means we lose the Welcome Home 5% discount and the small amount of OBC and bottle of wine for booking on board. Since the savings the first time we repriced was more than that, we were went for repricing. When the price drop is small, it might not be worth losing perks that applied to the earlier price. We still get the 5% Yacht Club discount.
  11. If your cruise is at least 90 days in the future, you usually can. See their Price Assurance Policy: https://www.windstarcruises.com/terms-conditions/#:~:text=WINDSTAR FARE PRICE ASSURANCE POLICY,Windstar at least 90 days They have the option to compensate you one of several ways (fare reduction, OBC, etc.) but I've always gotten fare reductions. Note, their process refares you buy canceling & rebooking you. One time, they messed up & changed our cabin so check the cabin number on the confirmation. There is a $50 cancelation fee but they make up for it by adding
  12. It is definitely worth checking the sale out. The price reduction varies greatly from cruise to cruise. Our 1 May 2021 Greece, Israel and Egypt cruise has a large price reduction - about $3000 lower (~27% less) for the two of us than our current price which was from a 7-for-7 sale. The 7-for-7 price was around $2K less than our original booking. Admittedly, this was a very expensive itinerary so they had room to work with it. On the other hand, the 27 Oct 2020 sailing of the same cruise doesn't look like it has been reduced much. The WoW price for it is slightly higher
  13. You might also look at Star Clippers if you are open to a different kind of ship experience. They have small ships (170 to 227 passenger capacity). Whenever I've looked, they have had at least 4 sailings per region with no solo supplement. They currently have over 40. I've cruised solo on a sailing with no solo supplement. It's a very friendly ship. There were a lot of other solo's and the couples were friendly to solo travelers too. No balconies (almost all of the cabins have portholes) but it's a small ship so you are never far from the deck. Windstar has started having some sai
  14. I wish there was an easy way too. So far, they don't indicate it on their website. The only ways I've found are calling Windstar or asking my agent (who calls Windstar). I've heard that currently all 2020 sailings are no solo supplement and that was true for the one I booked. Edited to add: The 3 January Tahiti sailings I looked at all have a solo supplement.
  15. You can see from this order form that the Captain's Exclusive plan includes the minibar: https://windstarcruises-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/plan_your_voyage/2019_gift_order_form.pdf They used to require that both in a cabin have to buy the beverage package but when they released the new beverage plans (it might have been a couple of updates ago) they changed it to allow one person buying the package. But that's all academic to us - we don't drink enough to make the packages worthwhile. On a land vacation, I rarely have more than two drinks a day and often just one or z
  16. Have you figured out what you are doing about flights? That's the hard part about this. Risk booking non-refundable early to get a good price or wait until the uncertainty is less? I did notice that United has some flights priced reasonably with "no change fees". I'm going to have to read the fine print to see what that covers, like whether it can be shifted from November 2020 to cover flights for the spring 2021 cruise. I might book with miles.
  17. I've also booked the 6 November 2020 Star Breeze sailing though just Athens - Rome. We'd looked at it last January but the price then was more than we wanted to spend on top of the other cruises we'd booked (a January 2021 Tahiti and 1 May Greece, Israel & Egypt). Decided to book last week when when it was on 7-for-7. My husband is okay with me going but not ready to go himself. I don't think he finds the itinerary as compelling - he isn't as interested in travel as I am and he is also a bit older than me (early 70s vs late 60s). There is no solo supplement on the 6 November cruise.
  18. I was surprised they are making this decision so far out. It doesn't seem any more likely that Asia will be closed to cruising than the Americas in that time frame. Perhaps it is more that they feel their customers will prefer staying closer at home and avoiding long flights (and Asia) or when traveling farther going to a nature/resort destination rather than dense urban areas as things open back up. Their Asia itineraries also involve a wide diversity of ports - all pretty new to Windstar as they haven't been doing Asia for long. Perhaps it is hard for them to do the advance work for Asia und
  19. My next cruise is in November so I'm waiting. It's in Europe so there will have to be flights. Unless I come across a spectacularly low price, I'll wait until a few months out to book. I may book it with miles which are refundable. I may wait even longer like just a month out depending how the virus situation is going.
  20. I booked an S1 - I like to be able to sit buy the window watching the view. Also, if one gets room service instead of going to one of the restaurants, it's nice to be able to eat next to the window. It's not a major thing, but I also like that it is slightly darker by the bed if the sun is up earlier than I want to be. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the old style is costs a bit less ($100 pp for the 7 day I just booked). If one prefers the Star layout, that's not probably not enough reason to switch, but if on the fence, it might tip the balance. Some might prefer th
  21. Wow! that's 37 days. The prices are sure good now. I just booked but only for the first 7 days - Athens - Rome. I started a roll call for that segment. I hope things clear up enough that that cruise is able to go. My husband isn't ready to plan traveling again then, but there is no solo supplement and he's fine with me going.
  22. That's not been my experience. I've been on sold out Windstar cruises several of times. The cruises stayed on the schedule and said Call for Availability.
  23. My understanding is that all 2020 sailings are no solo supplement (not that there are many left to take advantage of that).
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