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  1. At the rate they're selling off the Grand class you may not have much choice in just a couple of years...
  2. The terms and conditions state: Prevailing cruise fare for 3rd/4th guests will apply. The cruise related and other travel expenses noted above shall apply to your complimentary guest.
  3. So, just to confirm from those who have taken this offer. They are asking for the $200 per person deposit/OBC and the Port Fees & Taxes at the time of booking?
  4. In essence, I doubt any of us truly know. I just know in conventional land construction large companies have committed capital plans years in advance. So construction at present isn't coming out of their bottom line. I would've presumed it was the same way in shipbuilding? I know they take on the debt of the new vessels when they're ordered.
  5. So you call my facts supposition then provide some of your own to counter? Bear in mind Enchanted isn't due to arrive until November. Do you honestly believe Princess can simply tell Fincantieri "We're not taking it"? CCL has already provided the capital to complete the ship, likely some time ago, they don't pay for these things as they go. It was built into a capital plan likely put into motion a couple of years ago at this point. Even if not taking delivery was contractually possible what would the shipyard do with a completed ship? They will take delivery of the new ship because she's heading to one of the few operating regions they will have by then- the Caribbean. St. Thomas is opening to tourists on June 1 with most of the other islands with plans to follow shortly thereafter. They won't restart their whole fleet at first, it will be only the vessels set to serve the regions that are open. I'm sure staffing won't be an issue considering they only need to staff a few ships out of their entire fleet. Now, to your last two points. The CDC no sail order expires (July 24th) way before Enchanted reaches our shores. Carnival Cruise Line is set to resume sailing in August, so I am sure the corporation is well aware of what needs to be done regarding social distancing and such, they've had to have already been having these conversations and making plans to appease the CDC.
  6. Enchanted was due to depart on her sea trials the week the shipyard closed. So the vessel is at least at that later stage of construction. Her transponder was even turned on for the event (just look it up on Marine Traffic). At that time, there was about three months between her sea trials and her handover to Princess. Fincantieri began reopening April 22 and expect to be back at full staffing by mid-late May from all reports. Enchanted's first cruises are now slated to be out of Fort Lauderdale in November. They have approximately six months to finish a ship that was only three months away from being delivered before. I'd say she will be out on time for her Maiden Caribbean season. Her TA was likely cancelled due to the uncertainty of international air travel. I highly doubt they'd consider leaving her in Europe, it seems the countries there aren't keen on reopening ports yet. Ultimately, given the fact they've already had to cancel her maiden voyage and maiden European season, I am sure Princess has been given assurances by Fincantieri they will be able to deliver or else they would've cancelled more sailings than they did.
  7. St. Thomas is looking to reopen to tourists on June 1: https://www.porthole.com/st-thomas-eyes-june-1st-return-for-tourists/
  8. I get and understand everything here. My point is people are going to go on about their lives whether the doctors want them to or not. People will get sick, many will die. But a growing percentage of the population (whether it's wise or not) seem to be done with quarantine. And in so doing will spread it around until eventually we've all had it. I understand immunity isn't guaranteed but if there is no immunity why hasn't there been recurrences on a large scale in countries that are now on the other side of this thing? Italy is reopening its economy as we speak and has shown no spike in cases.
  9. Here we go again... Whether or not you intend to cruise again or until there is a vaccine is a personal decision. Why does everyone who decides cruising is done or is done for them feel the need to let the world know? If you're onboard with me, I'll happily have a drink with you. If you're not, I wish you well. But all these threads are nothing but doom and gloom, rinse, cycle, repeat. The big question is will this virus go wild once things begin to reopen? If it doesn't, in my humble opinion, cruising will resume within a couple of months. Mexican and Caribbean ports will be among the first to reopen as their economies are heavily reliant on tourist dollars. George Q Public has a short attention span and will book a cruise as soon as a good sale comes his way. We can't keep our lives shut down the year or more until a vaccine comes around, that simply is not reasonable. Herd immunity will be the only way we stop this thing. If you're immune compromised or have pre-existing conditions that will endanger you, I can certainly see the need to keep up isolation. But the rest of the world has to carry on. And I for one will be on the promenade deck hoisting a drink when it does.
  10. Enchanted Princess was due to set out on her sea trials the week of March 11 but didn't due to the virus. The ship is less than two months away from being delivered under normal circumstances. Fincantieri is reopening and I suspect while it will take longer than normal to deliver her, she will be delivered in the coming months. Princess can't defer delivery of a ship that is practically complete. To me it makes more sense to bring on a new ship and layup an older one. The site has been doing this whole error upon cabin selection for weeks now for me. You can get past it if you're not logged in but you won't get the 'past guest' pricing that way. I just called and they took care of me very efficiently.
  11. From the first article, here are the list of 'demands' the CDC requires to debark a U.S. Citizen into their own country: Cruise ship operators must ensure crew members do not: Stay in a hotel before going home. Take public transportation to get to charter flights. Enter a public terminal. Take commercial flights after charter flights are done. Have a transportation layover of more than 8 hours. Have any interaction with the public on the journey home. 72 hours notice to the CDC for U.S. residents who plan to take private vehicles home. Any commercial travel used by crew members on their journeys home must be approved by the CDC on a "case by case" basis. Seriously? How can anyone cross the country with these orders? You couldn't drive as you couldn't even stop to use the restroom! The cruise lines would have to hire a private jet for each American crew member then escort them home, which is ridiculous. Further, I'd be contacting a lawyer real quick if I were denied entry into the U.S. as a citizen.
  12. Thank goodness, a thread about cruising that doesn't involve the sky falling and all the ships being scuttled by years end. I was wondering the same thing about the 2022 Caribbean schedule, so thank you for posting. As has been said, the cruise lines have to make schedules years in advance. The islands will reopen to ships as soon as possible, I am confident they will be the first major region to reopen to cruising.
  13. Received my FCC today as well. Seems the amount is correct. I presume this can be applied to a cruise already booked? I hope so anyway.
  14. Yes. I can't speak to the port taxes and fees. I paid with a Princess gift card and am trying to hunt down the number to check the balance.
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