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About Motorman23

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    Western NY
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    trains (Model and real), I am a volunteer Trolley Motorman at a Transportation Museum
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    Southern Carib

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  1. The EU plan is insane, pool separation suggested distance: 4x4 feet. Good luck in that! https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/07/01/eu-cruise-requirements-covid-19-screening-face-masks/5354654002/
  2. You are 100% correct. It’s the me, me, me philosophy about wearing masks. Las Vegas may be closing casinos because employee infection rates are rising and guests won’t wear masks. Here in NY we were dropping to all time lows until last week when bars reopened in upstate and no one stopped the over crowding and lack of masks at the bars. Gov Coumo Was not happy and may be shutting down the bars down if they don’t get on board. Until we get a vaccine or 100% compliance with masks and distancing the virus will rule.
  3. Royal plans to release updated itinerary info this coming Tuesday. As of today Royal has removed all cruises except Asia through September 15 from their website so I think we already know what Tuesdays announcement will be.
  4. What press conference? Where are the reports?
  5. Just checked, mine goes back to my very first 3 day cruise on sovereign of the seas in June 2000.
  6. As my own TA, I have recently repriced, rebooked, and cancelled a number of my own cruises (I only handle my own and my family). As others have mention as long as the cruising power system is on line (which isn’t always the case) I can cancel a cruise in just a few minutes.
  7. Just got mine for an August 1 cruise that I cancelled two weeks ago.
  8. FYI, I just received a credit card credit for 1 of my 2 rooms that had a refundable deposit for an August 1 cruise that I cancelled two weeks ago. They are indeed refunding deposits but it is taking time. I’m still waiting for FCC on two other rooms that were non refundable but they state on the web site that it could take 30 days. I did not call them, they just refunded it. Still waiting for room 2 perhaps I’ll get that in the next few days. mike
  9. You cant just call your credit card company and dispute a charge for services not rendered. It requires you to demonstrate that you have attempted to resolve the issue with the vendor (Royal). So.... start writing letters and keep copies. They have 60 days to respond. The Fair Credit Billing Act — a federal law passed in 1975 — gives you the right to dispute charges in case you are dissatisfied with the transaction through a process called Claims and Defenses. You must file a report on a disputed purchase within 60 days of the statement date on which the charge appeared. Before you officially report your issue, the law requires you to try and work out the disagreement directly with the merchant. See if they are willing to provide you with a refund or some sort of store credit. Here is a link to help you prepare your letters and documentation or you can just wait the 30 days that Royal said it may take to issue you credit. https://www.valuepenguin.com/disputing-credit-card-purchases Mike
  10. Just curious, we have 10 of us traveling in August and rented 3 beds at chill beach how do they assign them so you can be near each other?
  11. I would be interested to find out how the day bed area is laid out. We got two at chill beach for August, how do we make sure they are close to each other. Can other people stop by to visit or do you need wrist bands to get into the day bed area at Chill Beach? thanks in advance, Mike
  12. Travel insurance for medical is especially important if you are on Medicare from the US. Medicare part A, B, and D will not cover services on any cruise ship or port that is more then 6 hrs from the US. Some medicare advantage plans may have more extensive coverage so they need to be evaluated separately. https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/11037-Medicare-Coverage-Outside-United-Stat.pdf Advantage plans: https://medicarepartc.com/medicare-advantage-traveling/ Mike
  13. I was on that cruise also, we only booked it because we had never been to Portugal or the Azores but we still had nice times and decent weather but no refunds. I asked why and was basically told to read my contract, all they have to do is start in the posted port and end at the posted port. Oh, well still a good time. Mike
  14. The upgrades were an unusual program and was based on someone wanting or needing your room and willing to pay a higher price then you paid for it. Then royal found an empty room they hadn’t sold or were not likely to sell in a higher category and you were awarded an upgrade. It was usually waitlisted people or families trying to get rooms together. Ultimately they didn’t loose any money by moving you. Now they decided to just let money be the deciding factor on upgrades. My wife and I had 1 upgrade in 28 cruises. I a willing to place a low bid for an upgrade esp if I have an inside room that was purchased at the lowest possible fare. Im not sure what Barnum would think because I don’t care.
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