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About eaflorida

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    Jacksonville, Fl.
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    Cruising, Travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
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  1. Thank You. You hit the nail on the head. The fake media trying to scare everyone. It should also be pointed out that the average age contracting the virus now in Texas and Florida is in the 30s. And lastly, most of these new cases are MILD and most do not require hospitalization.
  2. The cruise lines have issued more stock and more debt. Not a great thing to do, especially lots more debt. And, Their debt keeps getting downgraded. These cruise companies have serious debt issues and liquidity issues.
  3. I am sorry if some of you view a legitimate question about safety and security for some of us older cruisers in a city or cities that have or had violent demonstrations or riots a couple of weeks ago. In particular, images on TV of the Mid Town Manhattan violence and looting would cause me to most likely not consider taking a cruise out of NYC at this time.
  4. I wonder if anyone is concerned about the violence and anarchy in Seattle, or any other major city like NYC or London as far as going there for a cruise in the future? As for myself, I would not travel to Seattle or London if you paid me. And, for me this is more about safety than politics. I am very concerned that this worldwide unrest is going to be another reason that cruising is a long way from returning to normal anytime soon. Would be interested in your thoughts.
  5. I am still awaiting my refund from RCL for my Vision of the Seas Transatlantic that was scheduled to sail on April 25th this year. It was canceled by RCL on March 23rd. I filled out the request for refund online the day the cruise was canceled. I called RCL three days ago and they said my refund went out on May 6th. But, it still has not showed up. I am pretty certain it will be here any day now. While not overjoyed with how long this has taken, I dont hate RCL or harbor any ill will towards them. Am I frustrated with how slow the refund is taking, YES! But, I have booked a couple of new cruises with them. And for anyone concerned with putting hundreds or thousands of dollars down towards cruises I suggest you buy cruise insurance to protect you from losing all your money if by chance a travel company were to declare bankruptcy. Honestly, I do not believe the cruise companies (big 3) are going to declare bankruptcy. I am more concerned with the air tickets I purchased with my USAA Debit card from Norwegian air shuttle to fly home from our canceled TA. Once Norwegian air canceled our return flight home from Europe, I applied for a cash refund from them the same day. Have gotten absolutely no response from Norwegian. Filed a dispute with the US Dept of Transportation because they had like 10 or 12 days by law to process the refund. I even called them a week and a half ago and got a lame excuse from the representative that they are all required to work from home and can not process refunds from home so they hope to start processing refunds later in May. Their stock has dropped to pennies on the dollar and they may actually have to declare bankruptcy. I am way more concerned about my airfare refund from Norwegian Air, then I am from getting my cruise refund from RCL. I tried doing a dispute/chargeback on the airfare through my bank USAA, but they are WORTHLESS as they claim Visa (for debit cards) has rules that exclude chargebacks due to the coronavirus. My anger is with Norwegian Air Shuttle and USAA bank for blowing me off when it comes to getting my airfare back. Good luck to everyone.
  6. I would go the Quantum simply for the better itinerary. Icy Strait Point was one of our all time favorites Alaskan cruises. It has one of the highest concentrations of Bears in the world.
  7. On March 23rd, Royal canceled my Vision of the Seas transatlantic. On March 24th, I filled out the online request for electing to receive a cash refund. Today is May 2nd, and still no refund of my cruise fare. I am frustrated, but what can you do? Hopefully it shows up soon. Its been 40 days so far.
  8. My TransAtlantic cruise on the Vision of the Seas scheduled for departure April 25th, was canceled by RCL back on March 23rd. I am still awaiting a refund from RCL for that sailing as I opted for the cash refund by clicking on the form. I hope it comes pretty soon. My more compelling issue right now is waiting for Norwegian Airlines to refund my Transatlantic airfare back home from Spain to Ft Lauderdale. They canceled my flight home. I immediately sent in my request for refund from Norwegian Air. My understanding is that they had 10 days to process the refund if paid by a credit card and 20 days to process if paid by a debit card. Needless to say, I still have not received my refund fro9m them. I called them yesterday and they gave me a song and a dance that they cant process ANY refunds until at least the middle of May because they are working from home and cant do refunds from home. What a crock. I will probably NEVER EVER book a flight on Norwegian Airlines. Lesson Learned.
  9. I had a TransAtlantic scheduled for April 25th on the Vision of the Seas. I purchased travel insurance from TravelSafe on insuremytrip.com. I did not have cancel for any reason and the insurer told me that the non refundable airfare I purchased on Norwegian Air was not covered for CoronaVirus. Even with Royal canceling the cruise, they would not pay my claim for the non refundable airline tickets I bought on Norwegian air. The good news is that Norwegian air finally canceled the flight. I had to go on Norwegians web page and request a cash refund. I am concerned about how long Norwegian is going to take to refund my airfare. But I am outraged that Travelsafe would not accept my claim after Royal canceled the cruise and before Norwegian Air canceled the flight. I WILL NEVER buy another policy from Travelsafe for as long as i live.
  10. Yes, wonderful fear courtesy of the media making it sound like a pandemic and we are all going to die. I am stressed out from the sky is falling mentality right now, and by watching my Retirement account in freefall.
  11. My wife and I decided to do an upcoming Transatlantic. The price was super cheap for an outside cabin which we booked on Wednesday. Yesterday balcony cabins were cheaper than the outside cabin rate so I contacted my travel agent and upgraded to a Balcony which refunded $67 to me. Our total cruise fare for 2 on a balcony with taxes and fees included was $1,062.20. Mind you that rate included Florida Resident, Military, & Crown & Anchor discounts. I too think that a good part of this is the fears from the Corona Virus. I read that yesterday Carnival had a press release that the Corona Virus could impact their earnings.
  12. Pretty piss poor. Carnival sent me my 2019 win/loss statement on Jan 12th. Most of my land casinos sent me my 2019 win/loss statements in January. Royal makes you jump through a hoop to notarize the damn forms, and we are all still waiting. They seem to be really screwed up taking ages for this, while the competition handles the same amount of forms and gets them out light years ahead of Royal. Very sad.
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