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  1. You're making a mountain out of a molehill. There's a reason my post saying that promos are almost always the same has more likes than all the other posts combined. Because it's true.
  2. No, it's not wrong. I said that they sometimes make minor changes. Everyone on this board knows the promos almost never change.
  3. The NCL promotions never change. They always get extended. Every once in a while they have minor changes to them but it's mostly the same stuff over and over.
  4. It's also important to understand that the State of Florida is most likely working together with the cruise industry to amass pressure against the CDC. Just the other day Carnival said they were looking at moving their ships outside of the US and now Florida is filing a lawsuit. The reality is that lawsuits take months and years. This is meant to pressure the CDC into allowing cruise lines to sail by this summer.
  5. The cruise lines don't have to be a part of the lawsuit. All they need to file is an amicus brief.
  6. The cruise lines will be able to easily argue that they have had tens of thousands of customers since Covid hit and not a single breakout on any ship.
  7. Not sure if this survey only included those who were yet to be vaccinated or what but the overall percent of people in the United States that either have gotten the vaccine or are wanting to get the vaccine is much higher than 46.6%. Consider the fact that about 1/3 of the total US population already has received at least 1 dose of the vaccine. That's roughly 40% of the total adult population. About 62% in the United States either have received or will get the vaccine as soon as it's available to them. 17% fall into the "wait and see" category and only 20% are against g
  8. The reality is that the amount of revenue they'll lose by requiring a vaccine is tiny compared to the revenue they'll lose if the CDC doesn't allow them to start back up this summer or if there's an outbreak onboard a ship and things get shut down again.
  9. IMO a more pragmatic way of starting cruising back up is to limit occupancy to 50% of ship capacity for the first 6-8 weeks, if there's no incidents increase it by 10% each subsequent 4 weeks. Also mandate a vaccine, a PCR test 3 days prior to sailing, and a rapid test prior to getting on the ship and as you get off the ship as well. They could also mandate that the cruise lines provide free medical care for any Covid related symptoms onboard so that passengers aren't discouraged from seeking medical attention because it would cost them too much. Just an idea.
  10. Have you ever been to that part of the country? Takes longer if they take a bus??? You're kidding right? People don't take busses in that part of the country. I doubt there's even bus service there.
  11. From the CDC website: "Technical Instructions for a Cruise Ship Operator’s Agreement with Port and Local Health Authorities under CDC’s Framework for Conditional Sailing Order" https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cruise/instructions-local-agreements.html
  12. One step closer to cruising: CDC announces next steps to getting cruise ships back in US waters https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2021/04/02/cruise-cdc-issues-cruising-guidelines-return-plan/6702205002/
  13. Having to drive "more than 20 miles" and "travel for hours" are 2 completely different things. I lived in Wyoming for years, I know what it's like...and no you don't have to travel for hours to get to a pharmacy. Even in the example you cited, in San Juan County (population of 690 btw) the main town in the middle of the county is 48 miles away from Durango (town of 18,000 people). That's not "travel for hours". That's a 1 hour drive. Also, the J&J vaccine has been approved for over a month now and only needs to be stored in a regular fridge. Literally any medical of
  14. Booking a cruise, and actually taking a cruise are 2 different things. Which is once again why some people have had success making this case.
  15. I haven't said I don't like the product. I actually haven't had issues onboard any of the NCL cruises i've taken. My issues are more with their policies, actions, and way of doing business. Does the actual NCL product suck? No, it doesn't. I'd say it's about average overall compared to the competition. I did however notice a downgrade in the qualify of the food on our last NCL cruise. So what's the problem? Well, I guess i'm really irritated with how their decisions to increase cruise prices by 50-100% after their customers chose to give NCL interest free loans in excha
  16. Oh yes how could we possibly forget about the "free" Premium Drink package...the one you pay $200 in fees for and is the only drink package in the industry (to my knowledge) that doesn't even include bottled water. LOL!
  17. If RCCL/CCL were paying those who exposed NCL for their crappy product and awful business practices then they'd both go out of business.
  18. I'm not anti-NCL. I'm anti-NCL taking advantage of people and cutting corners left and right more than any other cruise lines. Try stepping outside of the "I love NCL" box from time to time. They have a sub-par product, sub-par customer service, and charge above average. Yet people keep booking NCL and defending NCL. It's like the people who book directly with the cruise line who think they're getting the best deal because they don't have to pay a travel agent.
  19. I have a question. Does NCL supply your pom-poms or do you go out and custom order them online and pay for them out of pocket?
  20. That may be your interpretation but consumers do have some levels of protection even in this case. That's why some have been successful in getting a refund. When a customer agrees to take future cruise credit in lieu of a refund there is a reasonable expectation that you can use that credit in the near future. Which again is why some people have been successful in getting their money back even after choosing a future credit.
  21. People have had some limited success in reaching out to their states attorney generals office. The case that you need to make isn't that NCL has virtually doubled their prices, but that here you are a year later and still unable to use such credit. Therefore a refund should be issued for that reason. Everyone did make a decision to accept FCC versus a refund but nobody was told NCL was planning to raise fares by so much. While it may be legal for them to do that, it certainly would fall under the category of "deceiving".
  22. The population of Bermuda is about 60,000. I doubt that there will be more than 200-300 locals on each sailing on average. RCL already has a ship there and if NCL adds one as well that means up to 500 locals per week on 2 ships. I find it hard to see any more going on cruises.
  23. The thing about the CDC is that they have no clue what it means to run a business nor do they care. If they could have everyone locked up in their basements for the next 24 months they would. Unfortunately this is where "government" isn't doing the peoples interest. I'd say give them another 90 days to show real progress and if they're still sitting on their butts then bring on the lawsuits. Sometimes the government forgets that the first 3 words of our Constitution are "WE THE PEOPLE" and not "WE THE GOVERNMENT".
  24. You have to book the cruise thru CAS but you can then transfer the booking to your travel agent. We've done this before. ...and for all of you reading, we've never stepped foot inside a Caesars casino but have Diamond TR status thanks to a credit card. Won't spill the beans but it's an easy 20% off every cruise by having a certain credit card. Do some research, it's worth it 😉
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