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  1. I booked a cruise for next July. Venice to Barcelona. We had future cruise deposits that expire in Oct 2021, so there is nothing more out of pocket until April. Now I can dream and plan for next year. The room selection was also great. I got a room exactly where I want it.
  2. I get these from time to time. I took advantage of an offer for a 17 day trip to Hawaii out of Seattle. I upgraded to an ocean view. I was able to use another promotion with Amex at the time along with airline miles for airfare. My cost for the stateroom, taxes, insurance and air fare was about $1000 for 2 of us. ($500 per person). It was a great trip and I would do another if I can fit it in my schedule and I feel safe to cruise.
  3. This sounds like the casino rate offer that I received. If they check with their PCC or TA they may find they are also eligible for $250 in casino play plus free drinks while in the casino. The offer of casino play must be redeemed in the casino. They should have received an email or offer in the mail with the details.
  4. I agree. I trusted my PCC. I have tried to find a TA that I could trust and provide a discount. I wasn't able, so I used the PCC. She was very responsive both by phone and email. As for discounts, I found several ways to save money on a cruise and associated travel. (Flight ease, FCD, travel cards, Amex, and sales.) To each his own. I didn't intend this to become another TA vs PCC thread.
  5. The first thing I did was to check on the on the status of my last PCC. She has left HAL. The second thing I did was to start this thread. The last thing was to greet my new PCC. I told her how great the last PCC was, and that I looked forward to working with her when I felt safe to travel again.
  6. I have had a great PCC for the last several years. She has always responded quickly and accurstely via email and phone. Today I received an email from a new PCC. Has anyone else been reassigned to a different PCC?
  7. I received this offer last week. I looked it over, considered it,and then decided you can't pay me to be on a cruise until there is a vaccine. My next cruise won't be until late 2021 or sometime in 2022. I may book one for late next year so that I can start planning. Stay well everyone, Taba
  8. The advisory from the State Department includes a warning about long distance travel on a plane. Passengers on Cruise Ships U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship. CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment. In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures that have denied port entry rights to ships and prevented passengers from disembarking. In some cases, local authorities have permitted disembarkation but subjected passengers to local quarantine procedures. While the U.S. government has evacuated some cruise ship passengers in recent weeks, repatriation flights should not be relied upon as an option for U.S. citizens under the potential risk of quarantine by local authorities. This is a fluid situation. CDC notes that older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships. Passengers with plans to travel by cruise ship should contact their cruise line companies directly for further information and continue to monitor the Travel.state.gov website and see the latest information from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cruise/index.html.
  9. I knew I didn't have much time to spare, so I tried to reduce risks in other ways: insurance, Flightease, direct flight, and HAL transfer.
  10. It was a reference to the Gilligan's Island theme song. It was also the second miscalculation I made on the trip. I was on a 3 hour boat ride. The first 2 hours were uneventful. But in the 3rd hour the "weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed." I lost my lunch.🤢
  11. I was havig secnd thughts on my decision, but it was ether flyng the day of departite or not at all. I had a "it is what it is" attitude until the bus drove off without us.
  12. Never run with scissors, never take a 3 hour tour, and never fly in the day of the cruise. I had to work on the day before the cruise, so I scheduled our flight to FLL for the day of the cruise. I have never done that before, because you never know when a flight will be delayed. We had to be on board the ship by 4:00. The plane was scheduled to land at 2:36. That gave me 20 minutes to pick up luggage, 20 minutes to get to the ship, 10 minutes to check in at the port and 30 minutes of buffer in case anything happened. The weather was good, so the plane left on time. We landed at 2:30. We checked in with the HAL transfer people and then we grabbed our bags at 2:50. So far so good.We were walking to the bus, and it left without us at 3:00. Panic begins. Another bus shows up at 3:25. We arrive at the port at 3:35. Then we're in line for security. Then another line to check passports. At 3:45 we're checking in at desk. At 3:50 we're on the ship with 10 minutes to spare. At 4:00 we're at the muster drill. Next time I'll fly in a day early. I did have insurance and used Flightease.
  13. After I book my reflexible fares on flightease, I also check the current price on the airline's website. Then I know what the base fare outside flightease is. I then monitor the price on the airlines website. If the price drops below what it was on on the day I booked with flightease, I go back to flightease to rebook. That way I won't accidently cancel my flights when the prices are higher.
  14. The advantage of booking early with a refundable fare is that you have better selection of staterooms, but if you rebook, you can keep your room.
  15. You can if you select a flexible fare. You can also monitor airfare costs, and cancel and rebook your flights if you find a better schedule or price.
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