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  1. Oh, and here's a preview of what you might see at the Martini Bar. Tell those guys I said Hi, too!
  2. Happy cruising! Tell the Luminae crew (especially Danilo, Raj, and Genesis) I said hi!
  3. Hey, y'all. It's not like we're enduring the Battle of Britain. Be thankful we live in a time and a world where these options are options. Happy cruising.
  4. I'm late to this thread, but I want to reiterate what @Bo1953 said. When it comes to third-party insurance, typically you must purchase it within a certain period after booking. That period usually around 15 days from when you pay your deposit (give or take), and I don't think I've ever seen a period longer than 30 days. You're way beyond that. If there happens to be something out there, it'll probably cost you more than a pretty penny. Right now, Carnival allows cancellation for FCC. That might be your only option if you don't want to get vaccinated. I'd be surprised if vaccination restrictions are lifted substantially before March.
  5. Oh, about the ports. If the ports change, you SHOULD get a refund automatically. There are some reports of that not happening, though. Again, it's pretty easy to cancel online, so you might just want to do that on your own if a port changes prior to sailing and you don't receive the refund right off the bat. I also recently had a port change (Grand Cayman changed to Cozumel). When I saw that, I just went ahead and cancelled my Grand Cayman excursion just to get it done and off my mind. Easy peasy.
  6. If you book on the cruise planner and cancel before you sail, you get a refund to your original payment method (whether credit card or OBC). It's actually quite simple to cancel, too. If you do cancel onboard, see above. However, I encourage you always to contact Shore Excursions whenever you decide not to go on an excursion. Don't just be a "no show." First of all, it keeps them from tracking you down (they get concerned that there may be a medical situation). A bonus is that you MIGHT be able to get a refund, even if you are very close to the excursion. I recently received a refund for an excursion I cancelled within 2 hours of it's departure time. That was a pleasant surprise. I never, ever would count on that happening, but it can (at least, it has).
  7. It's actually a very nice, fairly quiet space on the starboard side of Deck 5, just forward of Cellar Masters.
  8. Yep. That's precisely what I was talking about.
  9. I just looked, and there are (now) three options for Millennium, including the present. You can compare now.
  10. They don't show up in the cruise planner, but you can see them if you click on the "Manage Cruise" option and then on "Reservation Details" that is in the area with you suite designation.
  11. It doesn't have to be a PCR test. An antigen test will suffice. You might even have time to get the proctored test delivered to you home in case Walgreens or CVS can't help.
  12. They are adding a way to upload it. It seems that, at least for the time being, you still need to bring your card. However, you also upload it if available.
  13. Other than that last Carnival "outbreak" (which I put in quotes because it was all pretty small relative to everyone on board), I've only heard reports like above. With all the protocols in place, I'm much more concerned about the airports and flights than I am about the cruise that happens in between.
  14. I can't speak to cruising in South America, but I can show you a sample of what we had going on aboard Summit last week. It's not quite the same a what you see on RCCL, but it's not far off, and it doesn't seem terribly scaled back from before covid.
  15. Happy cruising! I just got off Summit on Saturday after a fantastic cruise! It was my first solo cruise, and it was a ball. The low passenger numbers (which I suspect you still will have) might seem strange at first, but you'll probably find that you like it in the end. I wish I still were aboard! That wasn't my experience last week. I had very little trouble meeting and conversing with others. Folks were ready to meet other folks. I admit that dinner may have been different if I hadn't been in Luminae, and it likely would have been quite different if another group hadn't invited me to join them on the second night and for the rest of the cruise. However, it seems that more and more have been keeping to themselves for dinner, anyhow, covid or otherwise.
  16. Likewise, but things are looking better. The lift & shift bookings are kicking in, as are new bookings. They were talking about 800 or so in the near future. That's hardly full, but it's much better than under 300.
  17. All the above. No need to make an appointment. It was a little awkward at first but actually rather simple in the end.
  18. It's a pretty good hike, yes, especially if you consider the distance from the passenger drop-off/pickup area. I can't compare to terminal 25 (yet, give me a few weeks), and I bet it's not quite as long, but I'd get that wheelchair. It can only be a small mistake.
  19. I just got off Summit on Saturday. It's probably to facilitate guest departure. The Retreat guests leave from the Retreat Lounge, which is on the port side, and there's a door to the deck. You just leave and are nearly right at the gangway.
  20. I'm among those who hope it is extended until this whole thing blows over.
  21. The "Simply Sail" fare may or may not be offered. That's what you're looking for.
  22. Heck, I thought it was already too be in effect well into 2022.
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