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LAnn

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  1. Yay! Thank you for alerting me to these cruises - the 2022 December holiday cruise through the Panama Canal looks amazing!
  2. Yes, why not have a facilitated icebreaker/orientation event for people in the 55-65 year old age group who would like to meet others? For it to be most effective, RCL would need to keep the group sizes to no more than 10 - 20 people, maybe by requiring sign-ups in advance (they could schedule multiple groups if it was popular). As for young people meeting others in dance clubs, that would be easier if my daughter wasn't an only child; she'd have to go the clubs by herself in search of people who looked to be around her age. I know we may be in a minority, but for what
  3. Thank you for your kind wishes! I hope the same for your next cruise, too!
  4. Thank you all so much for your feedback, particularly to ace2542, mjkacmom regarding the 18 - 20/25 meet-ups, and to Ourusualbeach for the ideas about checking roll calls and other social media sites in advance. erinsmom03 so good to hear from someone else like us! ReneeFLL, you are absolutely correct - since there is limited time on a cruise, to have a meet-up within the first day or two would go a long way towards facilitating friendships. I'd recommend RCL have an event coordinator at the college mixers to welcome people, facilitate introductions and con
  5. One reason my family has cruised so much over the years is because we have an only child, and the kids clubs on the ships made it possible for my daughter to hang out with friends her own age while we were on vacation. My daughter has enjoyed cruise line kids clubs since she was young enough to participate, up through her teen years. Our 2020 cruises, when she was 16, were of course cancelled, and it is unclear how soon cruising will resume in 2021 now that she has turned 17. When she turns 18, the teen club will no longer be available to her. She will be in college, and we will c
  6. One reason my family has cruised so much over the years is because we have an only child, and the kids clubs on the ships made it possible for my daughter to hang out with friends her own age while we were on vacation. My daughter has enjoyed cruise line kids clubs since she was young enough to participate, up through her teen years. Our 2020 cruises, when she was 16, were of course cancelled, and it is unclear how soon cruising will resume in 2021 now that she has turned 17. When she turns 18, the teen club will no longer be available to her. She will be in college, and we will c
  7. I've been following this thread off and on; I received my refund yesterday (5/18) for a cruise that was scheduled to sail on April 3. I had requested the refund on March 15 after Princess cancelled the cruise, and when I called to check on the status a few days ago was told the refund had been processed on April 15. Just passing this along as an FYI; it is an very long time to wait for a refund and raises concerns about the financial stability of the company, so I can certainly understand why someone would file a dispute with their credit card company - I was preparing
  8. I have been laughing out loud at your posts - thank you for bringing levity to this situation!
  9. I do think Princess should offer the option of future cruise credits. Normally, I agree with the argument that one should buy cruise insurance. But we are dealing with an unprecedented public health crisis, and Princess has proven not once but twice that they cannot guarantee their passengers' safety with regard to this epidemic. To encourage people who are in a high-risk group (elderly, compromised immune systems) to travel, or to take their money if they are too afraid to go, is simply unconscionable. In addition, these decisions have a public health impact -- if people are infe
  10. Article in the NY Times mentions your challenges with this NCL Jade cruise: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/12/travel/coronavirus-cruises-travel.html
  11. Hi Maeskr11, I get it. It's a horrible situation, and NCL's non-existent customer service is outrageous. They should absolutely have given everyone the option of at least a future cruise credit from the moment this virus became an issue.
  12. In reading through these posts, a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow comes to mind, with the lines, "...when she was good she was very, very good, and when she was bad she was horrid." This seems to be NCL. My family has taken the most wonderful cruises on NCL to Hawaii and the Western Caribbean (out of New Orleans), once in the Haven which was amazing. They have an excellent kid's program, and my husband rates this as one of his favorite cruise lines, along with Royal Caribbean. But our experiences have all been with U.S. based travel. It seems that if something goes wrong with a cruise outsi
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