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  1. Gee, how could anyone be skeptical of government, Big Pharma, or our highest in cost not so high performance health care system. Anyway without getting into that pointless argument, as a soon to be retired couple who love cruising, the reality for us remains that a cruise ship has to be the most challenging environment conceivable to responsibly prevent COVID (or other disease transmission). Until the cruise experience is clearly defined and attractive again for us (I cannot imagine this happening before mid 2022) we will sadly not gamble on cruises. The issue for us is not o
  2. I agree with you. While I understand the positive emotion shared here of having 2021 future cruises booked, I would be more worried about what if it does go? Safety protocols, restricted passenger areas, dining, airplane restrictions, changed itineraries...... why set yourself up for all this uncertainty? In our exuberance to travel we did schedule a Cancun all inclusive in early 2021 which I put at 50/50. For us the advantages over a cruise were a short non stop flight (can stand three hours on a plane with mask), a large resort property where social distancing could be accomplished e
  3. If only they could audit the Fed............
  4. Hey man I admire your optimism but for me the cruise vacation experience will be the last to 'recover' from this pandemic. I had booked a Jan, cruise after the virus hit and then re-thought things. We also could sit on the ship for a week 'in the old days'. Everyone is different and has a varied sense of what constitutes a relaxing and cost effective vacation. Watching the news for Covid updates and cruise cancellation prior to my cruise is not on my radar. Finally, from a financial perspective, I think cruise line bankruptcies are now creeping into focus. While not a major impact on our 'b
  5. I won't echo your sentiments (you're crazy) but frankly I would be more worried if the cruise does happen. Who has any idea what cruising could be like? Shows, pools, and bars will have to have some type of restrictions. The itinerary may be different....departure cities may be under lock down. What health restrictions will be mandated before departure? Why pay good money for an unknown quantity which at the very best will not be close to the experience that has attracted us all to cruising? Frankly and honestly if I was offered this cruise for free I would not even think to sign up . Sorry
  6. Yes, and I am more than glad to pay the nominal fee. We moved to MSC Yacht Club and HAL ships with Lido Cabanas precisely because of lack of chairs around pools and that is the case with X, NCL, Princess, and in reading postings, all the other mainstream lines. I cannot imagine how this pool situation will play out with social distancing requirements. I will agree the cabana space limits overall public spaces but welcome to modern cruising where lines seek profit by adding suite areas, specialty dining etc. Like the ballparks adding suites and high end seating taking away from
  7. Have to respectfully disagree with your Lido cabana assessment. We were on Eurodam and totally enjoyed our cabana. Not luxurious? Not sure what your expectations are (air conditioning ?) but had padded loungers, table and extremely prompt service to order drinks and meals! All of this for a nominal fee. Many passengers ogled the cabanas as they walked by in a 'jealous' manner and we had many questions as to how we got a cabana. My wife and I felt it the best 'secret' on this ship and we purposely booked a HAL B2B (sadly decided to cancel) in a large part due to these. That
  8. As posted I filed a dispute with my CC co. Holland America confirmed credits and they were applied within two weeks. Still no final confirmation from MSC. Looks as if they will stretch this out as long as they can.
  9. Maybe the public was more excited about the vaccine than the executives. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-vaccine-biotechnology-stock-market-investment-bubble/
  10. Not to alarm you but we got a refund in March from the IRS about two weeks after filing. The state of IL is another matter altogether. They feel it is OK to delay return monies owed (already months late)- which is a hilarious double standard (well maybe not so funny). When my out of state employer did not withhold state taxes from IL I always paid them in full on April 15. This was not good enough apparently and they came back at me with penalties for not withholding in advance. During this time of course there was amnesty for non filers, forgiveness, etc, etc, but no relief for the
  11. Sorry but this doesn't make sense to me . The mechanism to initiate a credit cannot be that much more complicated than that required to initiate a payment ie. I can call MSC today and book a cruise and the deposit will show up same day on my CC. I can understand that MSC uses some less streamlined procedure internally to process refunds but that does not account for the extended times we are seeing. If I take a tool back to HDepot I have a credit on may card within a day. Clearly the lines are playing a cash flow game which we should not be subjected to. This being the case in lig
  12. Hello. I have posted here and on the MSC Board regarding the 'delinquent' refunds that 'everyone' is asking about. I finally did a CC dispute to move mine along. We had also planned to travel to France this Summer and unfortunately, we had to cancel this trip also. Having navigated the delayed and unknown waters of the cruise cancellations (all well within the time frame to receive deposit refunds) I saw that I had booked and prepaid in full a tour to the D-Day beaches. I am ashamed to admit that in the back of my mind I could see this refund be delayed or denied (I was well
  13. Hello. I have posted here and on the HAL Board regarding the 'delinquent' refunds that 'everyone' is asking about. I finally did a CC dispute to move mine along. We had also planned to travel to France this Summer and unfortunately, we had to cancel this trip also. Having navigated the delayed and unknown waters of the cruise cancellations (all well within the time frame to receive deposit refunds) I saw that I had booked and prepaid in full a tour to the D-Day beaches. I am ashamed to admit that in the back of my mind I could see this refund be delayed or denied (I was well
  14. Well, I don't know if the Moderna vaccine will be successful but the CEO sure pumped up the value of his stock! https://www.statnews.com/2020/05/19/vaccine-experts-say-moderna-didnt-produce-data-critical-to-assessing-covid-19-vaccine/
  15. Appreciate the optimism in these challenging times and initially shared a similar positive sentiment. In March we booked a B2B for January 2021 thinking certainly things will be back to normal by then . My wife (as is typical) then talked some sense into me. The bottom line is that we won't understand the product we are 'buying' for some time yet which I don't see as a good bet. Severe health related boarding restrictions, mask requirements, restricted public areas. modified itineraries, and perhaps even changes of ships and even disappearing lines. Additionally, although hopefully
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