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  1. I don't care about the cruise director. But that is the great thing about cruising. Enough options for everyone to find things they enjoy about the experience and also things they don't really care about.
  2. And the one in Rangiroa is only accessible by boat.
  3. That was my next step but I figured maybe someone here had the answer and would save me from being on hold for who knows how long....
  4. As you know, the cruise lines offer OBC for shareholders. Looking at the requirements, I need to submit one of the following: Photocopy of shareholder proxy card, a dividend tax voucher or a current brokerage or nominee statement with your current mailing address and your brokerage account number blacked out All my investments are just in an RRSP account thru my bank. So I don't have share certificates or any tax documents relating to dividends. I don't want to have to send a full statement for my account as Carnival is on the 2nd or 3rd page of holdings. Too much personal info in there, they don't need to know my financial details. How are people in similar situations handling this? How do you provide proof of share ownership when its in something like an RRSP or TFSA thru your bank?
  5. I received a survey on April 29th asking me how I felt on a variety of Covid related topics such as masks, vaccinations, etc....
  6. Here is the story https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2021/04/28/cdc-cruises-could-restart-july/4883450001/ U.S. cruises could restart in mid-July with 95% of passengers fully vaccinated, CDC says === In a statement about the letter, spokesperson Caitlin Shockey gave USA TODAY a more specific timeline. Cruises could begin passenger voyages from the United States in mid-July, depending on cruise lines' pace and compliance with the CDC's Framework for Conditional Sailing Order. "CDC looks forward to continued engagement with the industry and urges cruise lines to submit Phase 2A port agreements as soon as possible to maintain the timeline of passenger voyages by mid-July," Shockey said. === Read the whole article there are multiple criteria cruise lines have to comply with to resume cruising earlier or perhaps easier than with prior restrictions. Step in the right direction but not a removal of the no sail order. Looks like the ball is still in the court of the cruise lines
  7. Not sure but everybody knows Sydney is in Cape Breton.
  8. Thanks for pointing that out, I've revised my post
  9. Celebrity hands down... Better quality product. Newer ship, more modern design. World Class Bar. Better specialty restaurants. Better food in the MDR. And based on my last 2 cruises on Princess, much less geriatric than Princess.
  10. ummmm..... Princess have the infamous Diamond Princess home ported in Japan. The bulk of passengers tend to be Japanese and they do cater to them on itineraries sailing out of Japan. There is an authentic Japanese Onsen on board that ship. So some cruise lines do go after that market successfully.
  11. I booked a cruise sailing in late October in late February and it came with final payment at 90 days so I just assumed the 60 days is no longer being done.
  12. Costa also use Dominican Republic, Martinique and Guadeloupe for cruises.
  13. I would agree with this. We booked Concierge once but what you actually receive for the price premium really isn't worth the extra dollars. Really the only positive is you receive more points booking CC than a standard balcony.
  14. Further extension of the existing ban Government of Canada announces one-year ban for pleasure craft and cruise vessels - Canada.ca
  15. No comparison on scenery, Rocky Mountaineer is much better. But you can't compare a multi-day trip thru the Rockies to a couple hours on a historic narrow gauge railway, two totally different things really.
  16. 10 day cruise of French Polynesia in 2014 on the Ocean Princess. It really is one of the most beautiful places on earth, particularly Bora Bora, Moorea and Rangiroa.
  17. And this is why the cruise lines wouldn't even consider it. No one wants to take 2 or 3 expensive flights and spend a whole day of travel to get to a home port for a cruise.
  18. The lawsuit was from people who DIDN"T get sick and it was passengers on the Grand not the Diamond. I doubt a judge would dismiss a lawsuit from someone who actually got ill as that is a different scenario from this lawsuit which was for "emotional distress" not actual illness or suffering. Totally different scenario than the lawsuits from Diamond passengers.
  19. As all Canadian's know, it's cheaper to fly to Europe, USA or the Caribbean than it is to travel within Canada.
  20. People? No, just my opinion based on seeing what 4 other lines offer on private islands I've been to. And that's purely on the "quality" of the beach as this is supposed to be beach port call Which cruise line private island did you visit that you thought wasn't as nice as PC? I'd be interested in knowing what you rank below PC for private islands you've been to.
  21. It's because of all the "Private" islands that the cruise lines operate, this is the worst of the bunch. Doesn't compare to what RCCL, MSC, HAL and the others offer to their passengers. If you've been once, no reason to repeat for a mediocre rocky beach and sub-par picnic lunch. You are more likely to see much better beaches at any of your port calls on the trip vs Princess Cay IMO
  22. There is a lot to see at the site but on this excursion I believe you only have 1.5 hours at the site based on what I read when I was looking at excursions for my cruise in February which has a port call in Cozumel. You probably will see the ball court, get a photo op at the main pyramid and a few other small things. You wouldn't have time for the observatory or other significant structures. You are also going to be doing this at the hottest point of the day. These ruins are better to see on a land vacation in Cancun or Riviera Maya where you will have more time. But if you think this is a "once in a lifetime" opportunity and you'll never be in the area again, do it with the understanding you are only going to see a few major structures and most of your time is going to be spent on the bus and riding the ferry to/from Cozumel. 6 hours of this 8 hour excursion is transportation to/from the ruins There is one passenger review of the tour on the Princess excursions page, you may want to look at their review
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