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  1. We all know that NCL and other cruise lines are using increased FCC as an incentive to avoid issuing cash refunds for cancelled sailings. It's a smart strategy on their part, they avoid having to spend down their cash reserves for a balance sheet line item against a product that they haven't yet produced. The problem I see for the consumer is that the cruise lines are limiting when the FCC can be used and they control the pricing on the product. While they may be forced to extend the windows for use of the FCC certificates based on when cruising can resume, they will always control the pricing. I would have zero expectation that a 25% increase in the credit will result in being able to upgrade my original room type or add on those wonderful extras that we like, but complain about. I think the number of bookings that will occur without any additional payments to the cruise lines will be few and far between. It would be very interesting to see the numbers on these when they start to occur. The higher cost for future cruises could be attributed to additional hygiene procedures, reduced capacity, training and staffing, limited itineraries. I also worry that the sailings with high numbers of FCC users will not be financially viable for the cruise line and will contribute to future value loss for the shareholders. Lastly, if I ran the world, and we should all be very thankful that I don't, I would ensure that NCL be organized enough to have "welcome back, we appreciate you" genuine acknowledgement for every booking that uses the FCC. Traditional marketing strategies are fine to resume once the world opens back up, but NCL knows who all have these credits and should be treating these folks like the angel investors that they are. I hope you're all safe and can't wait to see you safely on board in the future. Feel free to let me know if you think I'm off base.
  2. The value of the "free" unlimited, ultimate, premium, sooooper premium beverage package.
  3. Cancelled a pre-final payment cruise on 3/27. Received refund of deposit today 4/24 Our traveling companions canceled on 3/26 Received their refund on 4/23 Thankful for the refund, super disappointed about the loss of our long planned vacation. Stay safe, wash those hands. Don't inject sunlight or lysol directly into your body.
  4. We cancelled a direct booked and pre-final payment August cruise in late February and the refund came within 3 business days. We did this to rebook via our TA. Sadly, we cancelled the new reservation altogether on 3/27 - we are still waiting on the refund of the deposit. I won't call it a success until the deposit is credited back to our credit card. At no point did anyone suggest or offer FCC for this reservation and I'm thankful for that. I want to cruise again, but not sure when that will work with schedules.
  5. @petoonya this is an ever evolving situation. Just today the Seattle Port announced a halt to the 2020 cruise season. That isn't to say that the sailing you're on can't leave from somewhere else but it's unlikely. I bet you'll be hearing from NCL in the next week about your options. https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2020/03/24/covid-19-alaska-cruise-season-suspend-port-seattle.html
  6. I just ran across our useless luggage tags.... boo hoo
  7. Jump up to @JamieLogical threat... folks are checking all March & April cruises and some are switching to sold out mid-way thru mock bookings. I think if you were planning on going in March, you should unpack...
  8. I hope you get a final answer on both legs before you leave the house Sunday. Your planned trip sounds amazing.
  9. Oh my, I was in mid-mock book for a March 14 7-Day Eastern Caribbean from Miami and there were cabins, and then bam - everything went "sold out" Now i'll head back to that Pearl Panama cruise and see if they have gotten to that cruise yet. Looks like you noticed it in mid-cancel.
  10. Panama Canal: Mexico, Costa Rica & Belize from Miami, Florida April 19th (I knew the 14th was wrong...sorry about that) Midship Oceanview brings up many options for cabin selection I'm interested to see what you see for that one.
  11. Maybe its a glitch, the April 14th (or so) Miami/Panama Canal sailing has plenty of room options.
  12. I think we all were; I am disappointed and know that I have fully achieved my 'grown up" card. Cancelling was a very tough decision. I hope your trip goes off without a hitch. A few of the considerations for us was that we were booked into an Inside and the idea of being confined to that space was giving me anxiety. We booked onto a shorter cruise, but in a better cabin with a veranda. Secondly, we decided that since this is still such a new developing situation that the response can change daily. Seeing that it doesn't take much for our gov't to keep a ship from docking we just couldn't risk it. All that being said, there are plenty of ships at sea right now, and DCL seems to be on their A game when it comes to cleanliness I genuinely hope you have a great time!
  13. We were booked on the Wonder for 4/12 and just processed our cancellation this morning. The cancellation policy is a good one, giving you lots of time to reconsider, BUT you don't get the money back, it comes in the form of future cruise credits applied to a sailing within a year of your scheduled departure date. I wonder in your case if the $30,000 spread across three cabins would have to be spread across 3 cabins in a future sailing, or could you book yourself the most amazing suite for just you and your special person? Either way, it's a choice that only you can make. If you don't want to be tied to DCL for a cruise within a year, AND you're wary about this summer seems to me that you need to cancel. If you're cool with locking that cash up and giving it to DCL regardless - then carry on. Took us forever to get thru on the phones today - I was on the phone at 5am my time and it was finally resolved at 9am. That's a LOT of hold music.
  14. Oh my, this is the sweetest thing I've ever seen! emoji love eyes
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