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  1. CDC has no powers to enforce any of its suggestions. It is only an advisory body. Therefore no-one HAS to follow anything they say. Having said that, the state and federal government can create Executive Orders based on the CDC's recommendation, in which case, it would be an offense not to ignore the EO, not the advice. Also, it would be dumb to not to at least listen to the recommendations in this litigious society, so the airlines are taking a risk and potentially putting profit ahead of safety.
  2. No! The 125% will be calculated AFTER taxes and fees have been taken out. You will not get 125% of $1260.
  3. Couldn't be more wrong! Upgrades are charged at the current rate, so if there's a price increase, then that's what's paid. Pre-increase prices will only apply if upgraded before a certain date, just like increases in gratuities.
  4. IF you get on board and the beds are not as you'd like, just ask your room steward and they will (should!) be happy to meet your request. However, as stated, I've never in 19 cruises so far, seen the beds apart by default.
  5. In what universe? First, prices will have increased and perks decreased and second, it wouldn't be $2100, it would be much less once you take out taxes and fees. It's only 125% of the actual cruise fare, NOT the full amount paid.
  6. Gratuities make up part of their pay. Removing them stiffs the people who work hard for you. And yes, it's been beaten to death elsewhere and will continue to be as long as there are ignorant people around. Thanks for playing back atcha.
  7. So all the people who work behind the scenes for you doing laundry, etc. get stiffed, right? Nice.
  8. The clue is in what you posted 'amount paid' less taxes and fees, so in your example (and using fictitious amounts), if you paid $3000 and $500 of that were taxes and fees, you'd get your $500 T&F back and your FCC would be 125% of $2500 ($2500 + $500 = $3000). The 'cruise fare' is what you paid, not the rack rate, which is basically a fictitious amount like the MSRP of qa car.
  9. With no-one able to predict what'll happen next week, I don't see how anyone can answer this with any certainty!
  10. So let me get this straight. YOU cancelled the cruise while it was still official and you're upset that the rules changed AFTER you cancelled? Tough! This is the same post I have seen on just about every other cruise line forum. If you had waited, then you would have no complaint and, if you won't cruise RCCL or X ever again, then you must, by extension, rule out all other lines too as they are doing the same thing! We cancelled our May 17th Alaska cruise a day or so before our cancellation went from just the deposit to 50% of the fare paid, so we'll be gett
  11. No, it means you will get 125% of the CRUISE FARE as FCC instead of the cash refund. This is NOT what you paid, but what it cost less taxes, fees and port charges.
  12. Comment removed so as not to offend decent people reading this thread!
  13. On what basis did you file a dispute? Neither your TA nor the cruise line has has refused to refund your money, so you actually have nothing to dispute and could potentially get refunded by both, so what you've done is morally (if not legally) wrong. Why not just be patient, just like thousands of others who are waiting for refunds or even FCC, but want to at least give the cruise lines the chance to do the right thing, rather than jumping on them for trying!
  14. Of the three, we will be sticking to Celebrity if cruising becomes an option in the future. We were on the Insignia in July of last year and had to admit to being disappointed. We didn't expect the entertainment to rival the big lines, but the magician was good and fun. He also held classes in basic magic and, as an amateur magician myself, was good fun. However, considering O has the tagline of 'the best cuisine at sea', between the six of us (DW, DiL & hub and two friends), I don't think we had a single meal that didn't have problems and failed the taste test! thi
  15. I would challenge ANY provider that insists on more than is legally required! If it's good enough for the US (and international government, no-one has the right to insist on more - and I'd like to see evidence of cruise lines requesting it, too.
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