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  1. Thank you! There are folks everywhere - here, Facebook, etc. who think they can predict how all of this will turn out. Me - I don't have a clue! If you think this thread is bad - wait until the fall when those who turned out to be right come back to say their "I-told-you-sos". 🙂
  2. I agree - I apologize if my words or tone implied criticism - this is my situation and mine alone.
  3. Please don't take what I said as criticism - I didn't mean that at all. I forget that folks make non-refundable deposits - we never use them because of responsibilities at home that make it difficult to commit. I buy insurance, but only at the time of final payment. As far as it being a bet - for me, it seems like a really dangerous bet at this point in time. I'm sure there are many on these boards that can afford to LOSE $500 per cruise, but I (with my rapidly dwindling 401K ) am not one of them.
  4. Thanks for the sanity check! Glad I'm not the only one that feels that way. This is exactly what my husband said. We will wait on a vaccine. He has promised me a fall vacation anywhere I want to go by car.
  5. So many here are saying, "I'm not going to cancel; I'll just wait for the cruise line to do it so I'll get FCC." Am I the only one that's concerned about the cruise lines going into bankruptcy and losing my deposit? If I had 28 cruises booked I would be very concerned about losing that much $$. We only one cruise booked at the moment (Oasis in November) and we will probably cancel in the next few days. Am I being unreasonably pessimistic? I don't know a lot about business, but how can the cruise lines survive with no revenue for months (maybe many months)?
  6. Great review MrFun! You were so helpful to me with UDP questions a couple of years ago. I have booked the UDP on Oasis for November. Quick question re Hibachi - when we had the Ultimate package you could only dine at Hibachi the first night. Now that there's a surcharge, can you eat there any night?
  7. Thanks- I'm such a rule follower. Ha! I purchased UDP - I'll cancel my MTD reservations closer to cruise time when I'm sure we want to stay with UDP. (The last time we used it we both gained twice the weight we usually do on a cruise!)
  8. I decided to go ahead and reserve this for our November Oasis cruise. We had "Ultimate" last year on Oasis and really enjoyed it. But the web site is requiring me to reserve a specific time to reserve and nothing is available between 6:00 and 8:30. When we had Ultimate, I was able to make reservations for any time on boarding day. Does this mean I can only book speciality restaurants at 6:00 or 8:30? I had previously booked MyTime at 7:00 every evening - is that the problem? I don't want to lose that reservation because we may change our minds and cancel UDP.
  9. Nope - if you have the right coverage you can claim just based on the missed port - neither of our claims involved excursions.
  10. Flat rate per port - something like $200 per person per port, I think. Our excursions (both RCCL and private) were refunded separately. How much per port is based on which level of their insurance you purchase.
  11. We always buy Nationwide travel insurance. We have received payments for missed ports on two occasions. We even received compensation for all ports when our itinerary was changed from Eastern to Western Caribbean pre-cruise. You WILL need a lot of documentation - proof of original itinerary, copy of the notice from the cruise line re: itinerary change, proof that you went on the cruise (sign and sail statement), etc. Nationwide was very easy to work with.
  12. I agree - it's the most convenient deck on the ship, IMHO. Six and eight are good, too.
  13. On Serenade last week, our experience in the D lounge was mixed - some waiters would give us unopened cans and some would not. The bartenders in the lounge never refused, but they were very busy. We actually had the best luck using our D vouchers for cans at the Pool bar. Note: we were not stockpiling - we used one voucher each and not even every day.
  14. I think this would be the way to handle it. I think the amount of CD staff-led line dancing depends on whether anyone on the CD's team really likes to lead it. On our Panama Canal cruise last fall, there was line dancing on deck almost every morning. They might be happy to have a passenger willing to help out.
  15. Yep - That was the point of my post - I guess I didn't explain it very well.
  16. Just a note on this benefit. We bought a one-device surf and stream package (in advance, didn't use the discount) on our most recent cruise and shared it (only one device can be logged in at a time). With 48 hours left I signed up for my 24 hours and when they expired, I tried to sign up for the next 24 hours in husband's name, but I got a message that he already had a package. I stopped by the Voom help desk near GS and she transferred his 24 hours to my name, so we didn't have to share for the last 48 hours of the cruise.
  17. Wow - I have an awesome TA who regularly checks for price drops and emails me - he's found three price drops for our upcoming Panama Canal cruise and never charges a fee for anything.
  18. Sounds like a mess. I've never had any problem with OBC being applied correctly, but I take all of my documentation with me just in case.
  19. OK - so these two answers conflict. It sounds like one of us might have excess OBC at the end of the cruise while the other might have a balance (all on the same account). As long as they reconcile it on the final bill I'm fine with that. If not, who do I need to call to get it fixed?
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