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  1. A few weeks ago we booked a Reflection cruise departing on January 19. A ten night out of FLL with 5 sea days. For us, a chance to get away from the cold northern winter and enjoy some warm weather. We don't really care about the islands, although it might be nice to spend one day on a beach. We are vaccinated and thought that much of this would be better by January. Now, I am sorry we booked it. When I see a tv interview with nurses who are given a list of FACTS showing numbers of people hospitalized and dying who are unvaccinated and numbers of people who are vaccinated with no serious
  2. Just curious: I looked through the long list of suspended cruises. I see that Reflection is suspended for Caribbean dates in November, December, February. We are scheduled for 10 night Southern Caribbean on January 19. Do you think it will sail? Why would everything on that ship be cancelled except for the January cruises?
  3. A friend of mine had a cruise scheduled for March, 2020. He made the decision to cancel his cruise and took a FCC that must be used by a certain date. He is unable to use it. Celebrity told him that he could transfer it to someone else but had to do it by a certain date. He has offered it to me at a deep discount. He said that I am to make the booking and then he calls Celebrity and applies the FCC to my booking number. QUESTION: If he does that and I have to cancel my cruise, will I receive a new FCC for the total amount of my cruise, an FCC for only the non-refundable deposit, or no
  4. We went January, 2020 on HAL and had an amazing trip. They had 3 excellent presenters who gave many lectures on what we would be seeing during the cruise and they also did narrations from the bridge during some parts of the voyage. To me, the scenery was the big thing, not the shows. And definitely do Iguazu for 2 or 3 nights if you can. It is amazing. And get a falls view room at the Melia in the park. A once in a lifetime trip.
  5. We also chose to disembark on arrival day. No rush, Enjoy breakfast and walk off by ourselves with no crowds. We stayed the night at a hotel and caught the early flight to Iguazu. Also left our big luggage and only took our carry on to Iguazu. Stayed at the Melia 2 nights and wish I would have stayed 3. Had a falls view room. Beautiful and you are in the park and can get on the trails in the morning before all of the day trippers coming on the buses. We then flew back to our BA hotel and spent another 2 nights before flying home. IMHO there is much more to see and do on the Argentine
  6. We were there in January, 2019. One of the most beautiful places we have seen. We flew from Buenos Aires on Aerolinas Argentinas. Easy to do but go on line and reserve them early as they do normally sell out. We spent 2 nights and I wish we would have spent three. If you can do it I suggest staying at the Melia Iguazu actually in the park and get a falls view room. Wonderful. Never were bothered by snakes, spiders, etc If you get a chance to go, then DO IT.
  7. I also just saw it on the internet news. I guess it may be time to cancel my January Africa cruise on the Jade and get my deposit back. No sense in making final payment on September 1 when there are just too many unknowns. And not investing thousands in rt airfare. Oh, well.
  8. Looking at a NCL offer (second person flies "free") for a flight to Cape Town, South Africa. People say that you can maybe pay the airline to "upgrade" your seats. I assume that NCL will book you into the lowest priced seat (middle seats in a row of 4) for a potential 26 hour flight with 2 stops. Anyway, since I have received very low priced seats, exactly how can the airline determine how much it cost me to upgrade? Is it the difference in price on the day I do it, or difference on the day NCL bought it? How likely is it I could actually upgrade to business class?
  9. As the last year has demonstrated, anything can change at anytime. We used to drive across the river to have dinner in Canada. We used to drive 4 hours to Toronto to save thousands of dollars on airfare to Europe. Not now. Or for the last year. Or for who knows how much longer.
  10. I like to cruise. I have been on many cruises. I have had 3 cruises canceled because of Covid. I have an Africa cruise scheduled for January. I hope it goes. BUT, with all of the uncertainty in the entire world right now, there is no way I would have booked any of these early cruises. Too many logistics in a time of uncertainty. If I am not fairly certain by final payment date that the cruise will go, and that I can fly to S Africa in January without having to present a negative Covid test, there is no way I am going to commit a very large sum of money with so much uncertaint
  11. We have always tried to practice "social distancing". Even before all of the Covid rules. Just saying. Different strokes for different folks.
  12. In my opinion DeSantis is like many politicians. Appeal to as many folk as possible. His way out is simply to make a lot of noise when it first began (I will sue the CDC so cruising can begin as it is hurting the economy of Florida). Then when cruise ships figure out a way to sail by mandating vaccinations for all aboard (I will not allow Florida businesses to invade people's medical privacy), appeal to other folk. The win for DeSantis is that if the Federal government says they can sail, then many people are happy and forget the rest of it, and DeSantis can say "See, the liberal, sociali
  13. Most people die within 15 miles of their home, so best thing is to get far away.🤔
  14. Hey, Nelblu... Just curious if you still look both ways before you cross a busy street?😇
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