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  1. I wish I could believe that but since they also said they were restarting in April and again in May I'm trigger shy (not saying it's their fault of course). I really want to rebook in July since our April, then June, cruises were cancelled but holding off for now.
  2. Might just be a SWA thing, or perhaps an originating airport thing. I just looked on Kayak and was able to find flights from Cleveland to Honduras, Cozumel and Grand Cayman in early June. Not saying that's indicative of whether there will be cruises then or not, just that the airports appear to be open in those places.
  3. How are y'all even seeing these? We're booked on 6/20 out of Galveston (Vista) and it's no longer showing up, in fact there nothing prior to 6/27 showing for any port. We have one couple in our party that couldn't rebook when the rest did (she works in healthcare are there were more pressing issues than approving vacation time), trying to find a way to get them on the ship with us (assuming we go, which is looking pretty unlikely nowadays).
  4. I'm not sure I agree (keep in mind I'm a layman, I have no background in medicine/epidemiology so I'm probably underthinking this). Take patient X, he goes on a cruise unknowingly sick. Throughout the course of 7 days he crosses paths with many people, no doubt, but the number of people he comes in contact with is limited to however many are on the ship....let's say 4,000 plus a few in ports. But they also see many of these people many times over....from all reports (I've not yet cruised....someday, maybe, if we're ever allowed to leave our houses) room stewards, bar staff, and dining room servers all recognize cruisers. These people could be key in saying "Mr. Smith, you seem to be coughing a lot more today than yesterday, why don't you visit the clinic just in case". Patient Y, also unknowingly sick, decides to take a week long land trip. He flies from LA to Orlando/Disney World with a 3 hour layover in Chicago. Between his flights, buses, multiple theme parks, hotels, restaurants, etc I'd venture to say he has crossed paths with FAR more than 4-5,000 people. Also keep in mind that all those various places have a variety of cleaning standards (while cruises have 1 level of standards, which in theory should be quite high). Also, most of the people patient Y comes in contact with are for short visits, they wouldn't necessarily notice if he was coughing a lot or looked ill and if they did notice would they/could they do anything? Now the difference is that when patient Y gets sicker the hospital is accessible whereas patient X is stuck in the middle of the ocean. That is the part that should be the focus IMO. How to effectively quarantine these people and, if necessary, get them off the ship to get the care they need.
  5. This doesn't sound good 😞 https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cruise/index.html
  6. I'm starting to regain a smidge of hope (we're booked for 6/20 out of Galveston, rebooked from 4/4) and thinking *maybe* this could explain it. There are some, albeit very few, cruises available throughout June; though many are at the tail end of the month, not all are. There appears to be no rhyme or reason to the what's available or not though most are short 3-4-5 dayers they are from various US ports. Also, there's been no new cancellations announced this week, from Carnival or anyone else. It's a longshot, I know, but maybe they're not ready to cancel June quite yet.
  7. Our initial cruise was supposed to start 4/4 but we just rescheduled for 6/20 (crossing everything possible that it doesn't get cancelled). We had multiple cabins and were booked thru a big box store, had no problem w/ having one person in one of the cabins take the refund instead of the FCC. They issued a refund for him, used the FCC for the other two and ended up paying a difference of like $2. The OBC is showing up as well.
  8. Yes I’m optimistic. These kids on our trip need something to be optimistic about. Their senior year went to crap...spring break? Cancelled. Spring sports? Postponed indefinitely. Competitions? Cancelled. Prom? Unlikely. Graduation? Big question mark. so, yeah, we’re being optimistic and re-planning our “spring trip” in late June. We’re hopeful that we can we can bring some joy into an other spectacularly sucky end to their high school careers. And if we need to postpone again then I guess we’ll cross that bridge if we come to it.
  9. We would have been (and will eventually be) new cruisers. We had a group of 7 HS seniors, 4 sets of parents and 1 younger brother ready to go 4/4. Clearly that isn't happening 😭. There were a couple of prior cruisers in the group but 12 of us had never cruised before. With the exception of 1 teen, we are rescheduling for this summer 🤞 None of us are scared to cruise, many of us aren't sure we'll ever do it again, we're kinda doing it b/c our kids want to, but we're not afraid to go and who knows maybe we'll love it and make it a regular vacation option.
  10. Looking for opinions: Our spring break (4/4) cruise was obviously cancelled, we're looking to rebook in late June and we're cautiously optimistic that ships will be sailing again by then. The concern isn't so much if Carnival cancels, but what if we need to cancel......the only reason we would is if our school district moves graduation (we're a group of 6 seniors and some of their parents) from mid-May to late June. We don't really think it will happen, but what if? What is the cancellation policy when booking with FCC?
  11. I'm wondering the same thing.... 15 out of 16 in our Senior Trip group are working to rebook, the last one hasn't decided if he can make it work. He was in a cabin with 3 we're trying to figure out if we can switch him out or if that cabin needs to cancel, get the refund and rebook (of course not getting the 600 OBC).
  12. I understand. While my 9yo will wear things (begrudgingly) other than gym shorts, the other day, when I made him try on his dockers-style shorts and broke the news that he'd have to dress for dinner each night he was so confused and basically gave me a "what the heck" look 😆 he'll survive it. I'm only forcing the issue halfway....I'm taking nicer, plain (non screen printed) tshirts for him to wear on non-formal nights. Not quite as casual of his usual uniform of a fortnite tee and basketball shorts but not so stuffy he'll give too much grief. FWIW, I have no idea how people dress, we're first-timers.
  13. We're the type of people that put everything on a credit card and pay it off at the end of the month. We don't even have debit/ATM cards, so we need to make sure we have enough cash without carrying around thousands in small bills. Assuming we pay everything in advance and/or charge it to the credit card....how much actual cold hard cash do we need? Family of 4 (9yo and 18 yo kids the oldest will in separate stateroom w/a friend), 7 night cruise, 3 ports (Montego Bay: all inclusive resort thru Carnival; Grand Cayman: snorkel w/ 3rd party company can pay with credit; Cozumel: winging it). We're not heavy gamblers (though I assume dh will visit the casino at least once), not heavy shoppers (we'll pick up some vanilla and maybe a few odds and ends but no expensive jewelry).
  14. Thank you. That's the way we've decided to look at it for our upcoming first cruise too. Between dh and I we'll probably break even. We could save money by ordering a bottle, taking on soda, drinking tap water instead of bottled, etc. but that all sounds like a hassle to us. I figure if we don't quite break even then the extra cost we'll just call a "convenience fee". FWIW we always get the Disney Dining Plan (even the deluxe plan on occasion) too because packing sandwiches or eating burgers all week just isn't the way we choose to vacation. I know some people say to just buy gift cards and "prepay" that way but I know myself and I'd spend my week ordering the sirloin instead of the filet I want to try just to save a few bucks (not that that few bucks would make or break us, its an unconscious thing).
  15. That was my guess too, but the "Best Price Guarantee" note is there on the page for the airport transfers so that's why I thought I'd check here before I just assumed.
  16. Has anyone ever used Carnival's Price Guarantee for the pre/post-cruise aiport transfer? Their prices are way more expensive than other shuttles (not Uber, we have 5 travelers so that's not any cheaper).
  17. I just sent my renewal in but did new passports for my kids. Applied at post office/mailed on 12/28 and got them back Monday. So right around 4 weeks, even with the holidays in there.
  18. Oh, this brings up an interesting point I hadn't considered. What would everyone do in this situation: we're sailing with multiple 18 year olds in cabins with their friends (some of the parents will also be onboard, but 3 are cruising parent-free). Each teen has $50 OBC from the travel agent we booked thru. They'll likely be using debit cards without hefty bank accounts, gratuities excursions, etc will be prepaid. I can't imagine they'll spend much more than the occasional milkshake, small souvenir, maybe slots if they get a wild hare but I'd say that's unlikely with this group. Would you recommend they purchase gift cards in advance and just use those for their S&S deposit? If so, how much?
  19. I"m told she'll be fine if she can't do the night stuff; while some of the others might want to do it a couple won't so she won't be alone regardless.
  20. Boy this took a turn. I have no intention of getting written permission from each parent for their ADULT children to drink somewhere where it's LEGAL to do so. I will make it clear to the parents that we will be at locations where the drinking age is 18, if they have concerns about that they should talk to their children. We will be nearby (at the same excursion) and help keep an eye on things but our concern is safety, not micromanaging them. We won't knowingly allow them to get plastered, we won't buy drinks for them or encourage them to drink or do anything they're uncomfortable with. I'm sure that some (if not all) of these kids have drank before.....not in excess to my knowledge but knowing their parents and knowing the kids I'd say it's pretty likely they've had a beer or two in their lives. These kids are mere months away from launching into adulthood; be it college or full-time employment; they deserve a little trust on vacation. The only written permission I'll be getting will be to take the 17yo out of the country and to allow emergency medical consent if necessary.
  21. We looked at NOLA (we’re coming from MI so actual port isn’t all that important). But the schedule didn’t work for us. We have to set sail on Saturday so they miss little to no school Friday and are home before Easter. The kids prefer a 7day since the cost (once you figure in airfare and such) is only a couple hundred $ over a 5day. Thank you for your suggestion though. And I do know about the cheers program delay on sailing from TX, it’s a bummer but I can control my spending/drinking for 18ish hours. 😉
  22. I'm gonna keep the Serenity deck our little secret 😉 I don't think a single 17yo with her parents is a problem and wouldn't even get a raised eyebrow from me.....but a group of 7 teens, even the best behaved teens, are pretty likely to disturb the "Serenity" vibe. It's a bummer that she was turned away from the comedy club though. Really, I imagine most teens today have seen/heard much worse than an adult comedy show; but thank you for the info! I will warn the 17yo that she's likely to get turned away so if she tries to attend she should be prepared.
  23. So glad your granddaughter is ok, that sounds very scary! I've already warned the kids that while on the ship they can pretty much do anything except jump ship, they're gonna have a very short leash in ports (ie: within eyesight at all times). We don't go to Belize, but we do go to Montego Bay which I'm not sure is much better. I don't care if they drink though; I don't want them to get to the point of drunk but they're all looking forward to being able to order a beer or frozen drink and I'm fine with that (it took me 18 years, but according to my son I'm the cool mom....since it'll be legal I'll continue to be cool in the Caribbean too 😉 ) This kid's picky eating would astound you....they say kids won't starve themselves, but I disagree, he would. I was one of those "if they're hungry enough they'll eat it" people before him.... he changed that. If they have milk, plain noodles/rice/bread/cereal and fruit he'll survive. He will eat ice cream....only vanilla though and I'm not completely sure he'll eat the softserve kind (I assume that's what they have); haven't tried Greek yogurt in awhile he will eat some regular yogurts though so maybe.
  24. I'm ok with that 😉 My hope is that my husband (who really isn't looking forward to this trip; would prefer a different cruiseline) likes it enough to go on more. 🤞
  25. No, you didn't miss it, I didn't put it there, sorry! We're sailing out of Galveston. We'll fly in the night before and likely stay near the airport (hotels near the port are pretty pricey).
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