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  1. Final payments are usually due 90 days out. November 1st is 93 days away. Time flies when you're stuck at home. 😕
  2. I posted this on Sunday in the 'crew repatriation' thread but didn't get much response. This is from Pt. St. Maarten's FB page: 📣Press Release | Two Cruise Ships arrive Sunday for Repatriation of Crew Operations✈️ ⚓️PORT ST. MAARTEN – On Sunday, July 26, two cruise ships will be in port for the repatriation of their crew to their homelands. The vessels are the Independence of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International (RCI) and MSC Cruises MSC Armonia. 🛳Both vessels will arrive on Sunday. #IndependenceoftheSeas will depart on Tuesday while #MSCArmonia will depart on Monday. 📌The repatriation of crew will be carried out based on the ports strict “Sterile Port Protocol” that falls under the scope of the Ordinance Public Health which is part of the International Health Regulations as issued by the World Health Organization (WHO). ✅This protocol ensures public health safety and security at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities for all incoming vessels at the port. 🇸🇽Port St. Maarten was chosen due to its strategic location in the Northeastern Caribbean as well as its international connections with airports around the world. As a destination, St. Maarten has displayed its ability to facilitate such repatriation operations safely and efficiently. 🏝The country’s infrastructure such as its homeporting facility and services at Port St. Maarten makes it easy for a cruise ship to have travel documents of crews processed and then taken directly to the Airport to board their international flight. 🔍Additional services such as fuel bunkering and food provisioning, are also available that cruise lines can avail during their port call.
  3. Perhaps these are the same people, but now things have gotten much better in their home countries.
  4. The Pt. St. Maarten FB page posted that Indy is there now through Tuesday, dropping off more crew so they can fly home. You can also get to the link via the PTZTV FB page. 📣Press Release | Two Cruise Ships arrive Sunday for Repatriation of Crew Operations✈️ ⚓️PORT ST. MAARTEN – On Sunday, July 26, two cruise ships will be in port for the repatriation of their crew to their homelands. The vessels are the Independence of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International (RCI) and MSC Cruises MSC Armonia. 🛳Both vessels will arrive on Sunday. #IndependenceoftheSeas will depart on Tuesday while #MSCArmonia will depart on Monday. 📌The repatriation of crew will be carried out based on the ports strict “Sterile Port Protocol” that falls under the scope of the Ordinance Public Health which is part of the International Health Regulations as issued by the World Health Organization (WHO). ✅This protocol ensures public health safety and security at the Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities for all incoming vessels at the port. 🇸🇽Port St. Maarten was chosen due to its strategic location in the Northeastern Caribbean as well as its international connections with airports around the world. As a destination, St. Maarten has displayed its ability to facilitate such repatriation operations safely and efficiently. 🏝The country’s infrastructure such as its homeporting facility and services at Port St. Maarten makes it easy for a cruise ship to have travel documents of crews processed and then taken directly to the Airport to board their international flight. 🔍Additional services such as fuel bunkering and food provisioning, are also available that cruise lines can avail during their port call.
  5. Not Enchantment, but we have a Jan 2022 sailing on Harmony and a March 2022 sailing on Symphony. In both cases, the current price for an over-water cabana is $1049.
  6. I have to say, I've called half a dozen times in the last month (moved 3 cruises with L&S and rebooked a 4th moving deposit) and never waited more than a couple of minutes to speak with someone. I did spend about 40 minutes on the phone with the rep doing the shift of our three, but it was worth it. If you have any On Board Credit on your current booking, make sure they transfer that over. Good luck!
  7. Hi @Itchy&ScratchyLike I said in my prior post, you may want to call now since the reps will see your request in there. Since I had more than one stateroom I called and she was able to see the requested switch and took care of all of it right then to make sure we were close by each other. Yes, you can wait, but as the rep said to me as she was working on mine, she was glad I called because even though they were linked together, their system might have put us all on different decks/parts of the ship and I would have had to call anyway.
  8. The 80's Cruise which was supposed to be in March of '21 on Explorer also just got pushed to March of '22 on Mariner. They are moving everyone's reservation to the new dates but people can also request a full refund.
  9. I did a L&S of our January cruise on Oasis late last week and move over to Harmony for Jan of 22. We had three staterooms, all linked. I did use the link to put in which cruise we wanted from the drop down menu, we only chose ONE. I repeated the process using each reservation number until I had chose the same cruise for all three of our bookings. THEN I picked up the phone and called about two hours later. The reps can totally see your request and therefore they know that the sailing you chose was an option. I said I had called to make sure we could get the rooms all together like our original booking. The rep was easily able to confirm that (FYI, I had done a mock booking for the cruise I had requested to be shifted to, so I had a list of open staterooms that would work for us). You need to make sure you that you're asked for the exact same room category as you had on Indy. They will protect the kids sail free as long as the child is still young enough to qualify by the time of the next sailing. As others have mentioned, if some of your ports change, you may see a slight increase or decrease in port fees/taxes.
  10. They can see what their options are very easily by going to the link in post 17, enter their booking confirmation number and it brings up a drop down of all the available sailings they can choose from. It won't show any pricing as your base fare is protected. For my shift, there was a very slight change in port fees and taxes due to the fact that our new sailing stopped at some different ports. But it wasn't much of a difference at all. You can use that link to check, just don't hit 'submit' unless you really want to change the booking.
  11. Bummer! We were locked into that week due to my travel buddy's teaching schedule, their spring break is always really early compared to most others.
  12. @Ourusualbeach Not related to this topic, but I see in your signature you have Symphony in March 22. Which week? I just did a L&S to the March 5th sailing. It would be great to meet you!
  13. For anyone curious, this is the email you get almost instantly upon submitting the L&S form using the link. I got my actual updated confirmation that showed the price protected fare about 24 hours later. I shifted a March 2021 Allure to a March 2022 Symphony. It was really easy! One thing to note is that when I was filling out the form, the option I chose from their list of eligible swaps was Symphony which was an Eastern with Perfect Day. The Allure I was booked on was a Western with Perfect Day. Was pretty happy about being able to chose the Eastern for that time frame.
  14. Today was 50 days since we cancelled cruise planner items for a cruise we knew would ultimately be canceled, which it was about 10 days later. I decided to call, was put on hold and was told 'looks like those are being processed today and you should see them hit your card in 5 to 7 days, depending on your bank'. Mmmmkay......We'll see if they show up. I got the FCC for the cancelled cruise pretty quickly, and I'm not expecting to see the taxes, fees, grats come back until at least 60 days, but didn't figure cruise planner stuff that was canceled separately and quite a bit ahead of the actual cruise cancellation would take so long. Totally hit and miss based on this thread, that's for sure.
  15. I'm at 45 days since cancelling some cruise planner items and repurchasing at a sale price. I'm at 31 days since I did the same for a different cruise. I guess I'll rattle their cage tomorrow if I feel like I have a lot of time to waste. 🙄
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