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  1. My OBC saga. As a solo traveler, when my first cruise was canceled I moved to to another one with a $600 on board credit (solo's have to pay double). A few months down the road, my sister wants to go with me. So I add her to the booking. That cruise gets cancelled too. Now my sister says she's tired of having cruises cancelled so she doesn't want to rebook. So I rebook on my own. Another 7 days cruise, but I only get $300 OBC. When I asked my PVP, it was explained that when I added my sister, she got $300 of the original $600. OBC. So when she decides she wants to cruise again, she will have a $300 OBC. I'm like hey wait, the original cancelled cruise was booked and PAID for a a solo cruiser. My PVP responded so sorry, but now you'll have to ask your sister for the $300.00 back. *****??
  2. I bought two for my selling in November on the Marci Gras I enjoy the cooking classes on ships.
  3. Hi Anthony I'll be on the Mardi Gras in 62 days. Would mind sharing how you traveled from the Airport to your hotel and from the hotel to the cruise terminal? I'm trying to make a plan 😀 I'm looking forward to your Spa9 review. I have a. spa cabin and plan on using it often. Thanks for sharing.
  4. At the start of the pandemic, I had a cruise booked that was cancelled. I was a solo traveler so my on board credit was $600 for my next cruise. I rebooked the cruise and then my sister wanted to go also, so I added her to the booking. Of course that cruise was canceled too. So I rebooked but now my sister didn't want to go. I only received back $300 in credit instead of my original $600,. When I added my sister to my booking, Carnival gave her half of the credit. When it was cancelled again, she got to keep that credit. Talk about feeling screwed. The PVP suggested I ask my sister for the $300. 😡
  5. I’m only three post in an already finding a wealth of information. I have a spa cabin but I was wondering if the spa has a tholossil (so) pool or just a regular hot tub.
  6. I can’t remember what shifts are canceled but I think two of them were in relation to dry dock schedules. The two biggest news was they changed their Covid testing protocols to what the CDC is recommending which is two days now prior to getting on the ship instead of three days. They have also had an abundance of itinerary change with so many islands/countries being close to America’s/cruise industry.
  7. I was on the panorama December 2019. I always get a spa pass because I love the tholossal pools but the panorama is basically a gigantic hot tub. Do you walk down some stairs on your left metal bars to go the full length that everybody sits on facing the same way and it’s not even looking out the window.
  8. I think the general thought is that had she not had Covid it probably would not exasperated her underlying conditions. The weather she died actually have Covid or it was related to Covid I still classified as a Covid death. She probably would not have died then had she not had Covid. But we’ll never know
  9. I haven’t seen anywhere where the 2% of these crewmembers are hospitalized or died. If they in fact have caught the virus and the vaccine is doing exactly what it was created to do. Reduce transmission, reduce severity of sickness and minimize the risk of death. And I really don’t understand why you want to deny this reality.
  10. I believe the CDC isn’t monitoring all breakthrough cases but are focusing on and monitoring any that have required hospitalizations or deaths.
  11. You might want to reread that. And I’m quoting, All guest age 2 and older will be required to wear facemask in elevator and in designated indoor entertainment areas, all retail shops and in the casino except when eating or drinking guess will be required to wear facemask party been sitting in our main dining rooms and in the little Buffay area and occasionally and other designated area were larger number of guest me conjugate signs will be posted additionally mask are required in any indoor activity for children under 12 build a bear family harbor sky zone etc. And I’m quoting August 8 to an older will be required to wear facemask in elevator and in designated indoor entertainment areas, all retail shops and in the casino except when eating or drinking guess will be required to wear facemask party been sitting in our main dining rooms and in the little Buffay area and occasionally and other designated area were larger number of guest me conjugate signs will be posted additionally mask are required in any indoor activity for children under 12 build a bear family harbor sky zone).
  12. Hope springs eternal as they say. I’m very disappointed to see this but at least it validates my decision to cancel my November Horizon cruise last week. I rebooked for September 2021. But I also have a Holland cruise scheduled for April 2021. I was really hoping with Europe opening up that we would follow suit. Heckuva way to start a Monday I feel everyone’s pain today.
  13. I am still booked on November 14, Carnival Horizon out of Miami. I did receive The cancel if you would like letter. And I am still on the fence. No there has been no further communication from Carnival regarding the new protocols that will be put into place. I’m really waiting for those to come out to make my decision but with three weeks left I’m waffling. Also somebody pointed out yesterday if they actually do cruise in November this will almost be like having a ship come out to dry dock or a brand new ship. The first few sailings will be working out the kinks of the new protocols. do I really want to be the guinea pig? I still haven’t made airfare because I keep thinking it’s not gonna happen and I’m tired of giving my money to big corporations to keep. Plus one of the rumors is shorten the number of cruise days. Currently the cruise is set for 8 days. if they change it to five days then I have to change air and I’m overwhelmed with this decision. I figure I’m gonna have to make a decision soon if Carnival doesn’t make it foe me.
  14. Thank you and thanks for your input. 🙂 You are right, I could have cancelled in August prior to final payment. I looked into that option as well. When I booked this cruise, I had 400 in a FCC credit and I had paid all but 200 of the cruise. If I had cancelled then: 1. The 400 FCC would be kept as a FCC. That sounds fair to me. 2. 150 of my payments would then be added an additional FCC because that was the non refundable deposit. My fault, I thought the 400 FCC was the deposit. So I opted to wait and see. Now 2 months later, Carnival is offering a full refund. I don't know if that included the 400 FCC (which is not an issue). I'm still doing a wait and see. I'm interested in seeing what the changes and restrictions will be put into place before I make my decision. I really need.want some time away. I'm not a big social person, so masks & distancing isn't much of an issue for me. I'm really waiting to see if they are going to shorten the number of days. Currently it's 8 days and I would have to fly in, so waiting to see if it's worth the flight.
  15. I tired to be very clear in my original post that I didn't/wasn't cancelling my cruise. I was just wondering what other thought to no refunds even with major changes by the cruise line. I still am booked on the Horizon 11/14. I have been given the option to cancel but I'm waiting see what the changes will be before I make that decision.
  16. I’m booked on the November 14 Horizon sailing for 8 days. I’m going to take a day or week to decide what to do. I think the decision will be easier once Carnival releases their restrictions/changes/impacts on the sailings for the next few months. I know we can all speculate but that’s just best guess. I have no problem wearing a mask, being tested, social distancing but going to just a private island (so I will just stay on the ship by myself 😂 ) and having my cruise itinerary shortened wouldn’t thrill me. The decision and struggle is real but I don’t want to make it in haste.
  17. A question that in early June people knew it was going to be this bad by November December. I’m sure if the majority of individuals/companies that thought they way they would not have offered the sailings. Now carnivals in the position of having to either refund dollars or offer a big incentive to keep the dollars. I don’t imagine they’re happy with either of those choices. And I received a letter from Carnival today giving me those choices.
  18. Wow I’m so glad there were so many clairvoyance out there. Can you give me the date it’s going to restart so I know when to cruise next? Your response was so helpful I’m hoping you can help in the next step.
  19. I'm pretty sure this will be my last booking with Carnival. If they cancel it, I will take a total refund and book with another line. . If they don't, I'll go and enjoy my balcony cabin :).
  20. No need to be rude. I not surprised at all. As I said in my post, I'm not upset was just wondering what others thought of the no refund policy with all the changes that will be implanted.
  21. I think most of us was still pretty hopeful in June that the pandemic would pass after the summer months. It was still thought of as the "flu".
  22. I’ve been watching a bunch of YouTubers speculating on the what we’ll see when cruising resumes. I wanted to check others feelings about cruise lines not giving refunds if you opt out on going on cruise due to new protocols. Hear me out please. I booked my November 2020 cruise in early June. Of course at that time none of us thought this ban would go on for so long or antipcated the possible changes. If (and I say that loudly) this cruise sails, based on European cruises the entire experience will probably change. Possible changes that may affect my planned sailing, 1. Pre-Testing: If I test positive I will be denied boarding (I understand and support this). But I won’t get a refund for not being allowed on the ship nor will the ship be responsible for any costs incurred due to not being allowed to board. So they will really be encouraging purchasing insurance . I know many of you do, but I never do. But now I’m second guessing myself. 2. Limited number of ports: I picked a cruise that went to 4 ports I have never been too. Now there might be only 1 stop (probably Carnival's private island). 3. Have to book an excursion through the cruise line. I NEVER do that because I like the local explore it on your own experience. 4. Shorten number of days of the sailing. My cruise is for 8 days and I have to fly across country to get there. It’s not worth the expense to travel to Florida for a 3-5 day cruise. 5. Masks (eek) Personally I have no problem with this, but for those of you who do, are you going to give up your cruise with no refund? I know the contract says they can make changes, but I mean geez, this is total not what I booked and paid for. How do others feel. I know it’s all speculation at this point, so I’m not getting upset or anything like that. Just my mind wondering.
  23. I booked my cruise in June for the upcoming November 14 sailing. It still shows openings and you know it’s a limited capacity. I would’ve thought the pricing would’ve gone down but it’s up by over $1,000. I was hoping it would go down.
  24. Well I’m curious did you get it? And if not what did you decide to do? if they cancel my cruise I will take the refund. It’s like you said, The credit normally barely covers the higher Priced New itinerary. So I think the better deal is just to take your refund and a place it where you get the best value for your dollars.
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