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  1. Does everyone realize the article posted by the CDC was released in March of 2020 and the only updates to it are the extension dates of the no cruise rule?
  2. 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/
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  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.
  15. I was just awarded a balcony from an inside room for my upcoming repo on Serenade. A number of us went from inside to balcony for what the system called a weak bid. That is a two step upgrade. Strangely when I got the email to bid, the min bid for the balcony was lower than an ocean view with just a window, no balcony.
  16. We and another couple who had winning bids are diamond plus. Our bids were considered weak by the system when entered but we both won an upgrade. Not sure if status had anything to do with it but the fact we were in low priced inside rooms that got released and repriced for apx 50% higher may have have something to do with it. Not sure, I figure they have an algorithm based on the price they can resell your room for and the amount you bid and general availability.
  17. Interesting, we are on a 12 night repositioning cruise on Serenade at the end of Oct. my wife and I were in an inside room which I got for a very low price. I put a bid in for $10 over the minimum bid on a balcony and found out yesterday that we got the bid accepted. I checked online and the room I gave up was now selling for $1300 over what I paid and the room type I got was no longer available but at one point was selling for $2000 over what I paid with my bid. Best news is the bid didn’t change my taxes and as the agent for my trip I got an increased commission. So all in all it was a good experience for me and not a large investment to go from a 4v inside to a 1d balcony. mike
  18. If you are first in line you should be through customers by 7:15 usually. With some delays figure 7:45am. I've seen the line start filling around 6:30am. It is a bit of a ride to LGA from Cape Liberty, hopefully you will get a car service. No traffic it is a 35 min ride start to stop, with traffic 55 min to an hour. I would suggest no earlier then 11 but i would shoot for 12 noon. I would always suggest using Newark as that would be the easiest one to get to. i have caught flights out of Newark as early as 10:30. TSA at Newark and LGA can really be unpredictable.
  19. Great review so far. My wife and I are on next years cruise which had no sail by of the islands but we got a 6th fl obstructed balcony for $2363 total. Hopefully we can also catch a few price drops. If you get a chance can you see how bad the obstruction is on the 6th fl balconies? Obviously only if you meet someone in one, lol. Mike
  20. It’s labeled as suggested attire, it’s not required attire for formal night. I’ve never worn a tux, used to wear a suit and tie and now wear nice slacks and a collared shirt and no one stares or makes comments. I’ve seen people in the windjammer in tuxes and always give them an appreciation nod of my head and smile. OBTW, Royal has started a new program on shorter cruises called “wear your best” nights and eliminated formal night. As others say, your on vacation do as you want within reason.
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