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  1. RCCL and Celebrity have announced limited cruising resuming June 5th, but ALL passengers and crew must be vaccinated and show a negative test within (I think it is ) 72 hours prior to embarkation. I’m pretty sure NCL and the other major lines will follow, if they don’t sit back and wait to see how it goes.
  2. 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.
  3. No! The 125% will be calculated AFTER taxes and fees have been taken out. You will not get 125% of $1260.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. So all the people who work behind the scenes for you doing laundry, etc. get stiffed, right? Nice.
  9. 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.
  10. With no-one able to predict what'll happen next week, I don't see how anyone can answer this with any certainty!
  11. 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 getting all but $200 refunded with that amount being FCC. If we had waited, we could have gotten 125% FCC or 100% refund, but WE made the choice. Just because you lost the game doesn't give you the right to cry about it and blame the cruise line.
  12. 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.
  13. Comment removed so as not to offend decent people reading this thread!
  14. 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!
  15. 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! this ranged from suckling pig that was a circle of skin with a sausage-like substance inside it to lobster tail that was obviously claw meat to an iceberg wedge that was actually spring mix with the answer from the waiter that 'it was wrong on the menu' without any further explanation! The biggest issue I had was asking for San Pelligrino with my meal. On some occasions it was served, but more often, someone returned with Perrier and asked if it was OK - even in the Italian specialty restaurant! It wasn't as if they had run out as it varied throughout the cruise. I realize that these seem to be petty, but added up, they were significant. We followed up with Celebrity to Alaska and again to Key West and Cozumel in December and had a much better experience, so that's where we'll stay.
  16. 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.
  17. How else would you post on TCF?????? 😉
  18. Actually, the answer is quite simple. If the excursion is crossing into Canada by bus, train or boat, then a passport card is acceptable. If it is by air, then a book passport is required. These are the rules under which the card is issued, so there are no gray areas.
  19. You can’t call Princess as they will tell you to contact your TA. Call them and cancel, or better still, find out what you need to do. You also need to edit your post and remove the name of your TA as it’s not allowed.
  20. Where's the 'Appalling Behavior By Oceania Cruise Passengers' thread? So many people think that after THEY decide to cancel, the cruise line has any obligation to backdate their offer when they cancel the cruise for whatever reason - and they want MORE than they paid, too! Sorry, but it doesn't work like that. You decided to cancel so you got the current offer of FCC. Your booking no longer exists, so when O cancelled the cruise, you had made your choice and they have no further obligation to you. End of. You paid the money expecting to cruise. O was generous enough to extend an offer of a FCC, but that's not good enough. They should bend over and take it up the rear because you're not happy with your choice. Sorry, doesn't work like that. I had a cruise booked to Alaska on Princess, supposedly leaving Vancouver on May 17th. We know it's not happening, but P hasn't yet cancelled it - in fact it's still possible to book. However, we had until March 22nd to cancel and get 100% refunded (less $200 deposit in FCC) before it went to 50/50 refund/FCC. We took it and have no more to do with it. If P offers 200% FCC tomorrow, we can be disappointed if we would rather have held on and taken it, but we have what we got and no more. If people weren't so self-centered and greedy, perhaps the threads about cruise lines going bankrupt wouldn't be needed!
  21. I wish people would stop speculating and adding to the panic and general distress. No-one knows what’ll happen, so everyone, journalistic hacks included, should keep it to themselves. Voicing opinions just leads to more speculation and even more absurd statements.
  22. Glad I’m not alone. I will add that I’m not concerned with making a profit, either in cash or extra credit. As long as I could book something equivalent, I would have been happy. However, my first experience is likely to be my last, even if I end up losing my $200 fcc. I also realize that these are trying times and some decisions are pretty major and will cost the cruise lines millions, but I sincerely feel that how they treat their customers AND the ports will be key to their futures. This is not intended to be one of those ‘I’m not getting double my money back so it’s not fair’ posts.
  23. Am I the only one who is disappointed with Princess for not announcing cancellation of Alaskan cruises through July 1st? Carnival, which we all know is Princess' parent company, made this announcement a few days ago, but nothing from P? Come on! I already cancelled my May 17th Emerald cruise, knowing that as it was starting in Vancouver and stopping in Victoria, will not happen. I Cancelled almost two weeks ago while I could still get 100% back as a refund (less $200 deposit, which will be FCC). It makes no difference to me when it's announced, but I'm an avid cruiser who is trying to keep up with the effects on the industry this virus situation is making. If possible, I will try to get that deposit refunded too. I'm not feeling the love for Princess right now. This was to be our 20th cruise overall but our first with P and I'm not inclined to try again. I'll stick to my regular line that announced their cancellations over a week ago!
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