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About Stockjock

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    San Diego, CA USA
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    Traveling, good food, nice wine, great company.
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    Is there a bad one?
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    Have mostly done the Caribbean.

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  1. Stockjock

    Straw Poll

    7 nights for sure.
  2. Seems likely that the stretch won't happen on Magnifica. Like others, I'd booked GTY cabins, presumably due to the stretch and reassignment of cabin numbers once completed. I initially booked inside GTY and later changed my mind and booked balcony GTY, but kept the inside GTY open for the hell of it. Today, I got an e-mail with 2 cabin assignments. The inside GTY got an inside assignment on the 11th deck. The bella balcony GTY got an aft cabin on the 11th deck as well. The balcony assignment looks pretty good to me, so I'll cancel the inside booking. I do remain a bit concerned at the age and condition of Magnifica. I'm used to MSC's newer ships, having sailed on Divina, Seaside and Bellissima. One thing that appealed to me about the Magnifica sailing beyond a good price, was the fact that the ship was undergoing a stretch and refurbishment. Now, we all but know the stretch won't happen, and given that and the state of things, I suspect the refurbishment won't occur either. Has anyone sailed on Magnifica? Would my concerns be reasonable ones?
  3. I know you didn’t direct question to me, but that was my experience. I called to cancel and they insisted that I call back after the 13th. He kind of sort of said he got some thing started but it does not appear so. The cruise is still listed under my bookings and the only thing that appears to have changed is a pending refund for a prepaid drink package. As I mentioned, I have put a dispute on the deposit just to try to protect myself in case they pull a fast one. The day that they want me to call them back is only 1-2 days prior to the final payment deadline. My cruise is not paid in full, so it would not shock me for them to try to say that I did not cancel and therefore have forfeited my deposit. I’m not sure that they would do that, but I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure it doesn’t happen. As I also mentioned, I gave them my name and told them that they were on a recorded line and I saved the recording. I simply put my telephone on speaker mode, and then use the video record feature on my iPhone. I’m sure there are better ways to do it but it worked just fine, and if I end up having a problem, I have memorialized the conversation.
  4. Mixed feelings. Sailed on Horizon maybe 4-5 years ago when it sailed under CDF (Croisieres de France) division of Pullmantur. While the ship was tired, we actually had a nice time and enjoyed the food, itinerary and "human sized" footprint of the ship. But yes, it had definitely seen better days. Too bad Pullmantur is apparently not in a position to capitalize on the fact that several other cruise lines are dumping ships. They might have been able to pick up a bargain. I think Carnival is getting rid of at least 8 ships, as I understand it.
  5. I think if there's any reasonable doubts or concerns, disputing the charge is a good idea. And there may be time limits on disputes. AMEX has a "normal" cutoff of 1 year, but they were still able to submit on my behalf. Obviously, we don't want to submit disputes needlessly, but if anyone feels they're getting the runaround or misled, it might not be a bad idea. Disputes can always be cancelled, once resolved.
  6. FWIW, I did just call AMEX and put a dispute on the $398 deposit. While it's entirely possible that everything the MSC agent told me is true and that they complete the refund as promised, the whole situation about checking back on or after July 13th strikes me as kind of sketchy. And coincidentally, that puts me almost exactly at 90 days out, and as you know, usually that cash refund window closes on day 90. In the event that I'm refunded, I'll simply call AMEX, inform them, and close out the dispute.
  7. Just called to cancel my cruise on Preziosa 10-23-20 out of Southhampton. Even though I don't think it showed as cancelled on their list, it was in fact cancelled. I requested a cash refund and told the agent I was on a recorded line. I recorded the conversation on my iPhone, which I recommend just in case they pull a fast one and try to stick you with a future cruise credit when you request cash. The agent said that he could "submit a request", but there were some changes coming July 13th and it couldn't really be processed until after that date. I asked what the changes were and he said, "I'm not really sure, but I do recommend checking back after July 13th". I told him that I'm currently on Day 98 and I only have free cancellation rights until roughly that date. He said, "I think there's a new process and I do recommend checking back. Don't worry, you'll still get your cash back. Just check back after July 13th". I also asked him about next year's cruise, October 2021 out of Southhampton as well, but different ship and different itinerary. I was not wanting to cancel that one but the agent said, "That's the same situation, it also shows as closed in my system". I asked what that meant and made sure he was looking at 2021 and not 2020 in the 2nd instance. He said, "Yes sir, I"m looking at your cruise on Magnifica in 2021. I'm not sure if it's cancelled, if they're changing the itinerary or what. We should have more information after July 13th". In a way, it sounds pretty sketchy, since it only puts me about 2 days from my 90 day window. Tempted to call my credit card company, as I don't think I should have to make multiple calls to cancel a cruise that's already been cancelled and is within the free cancellation windown Anyway, that's all I know. There may be some new information coming out July 13th. We'll see.
  8. I sailed on Horizon when she was sailing under the Pullmantur flag. While we had a nice time, it would take a lot of cash to bring her back to Celebrity standards. I'd be pretty surprised if that occurred.
  9. I have a cruise scheduled in 99 days out of Southhamption and it appears there are some new cancellations and schedule changes as of today. I believe they're cancelling the October cruise 1 week before mine, but not my scheduled cruise, so far. As much as I hate to do it, I think I'll cancel as of tomorrow, due to the 90 day cancellation window which is fast approaching. I think I'll also record the conversation (I'll tell them) just to avoid any misunderstandings. Definitely a bummer, as I'd love to be able to go, but with Covid-19 still raging and being a Type 2 diabetic, which puts me in a higher risk category, the risk definitely outweighs the reward potential. I also have a European cruise booked for fall 2021, so hopefully things will have settled down by then. Here's the information on changes and cancellations. MSC Changes and Cancellations
  10. I have type 2 diabetes, which is well-controlled with diet and medication. However, my understanding is that diabetics are a higher risk group.
  11. I just did a telephone appointment with my doctor. We were talking about Covid-19 and I asked him if he thought I'd be able to go on my cruise later this year. Here's what he said... You can see how it goes, but probably not. The virus should still be around and you don't want this thing. Between a cruise and the flights, there will be a lot of people around and it's probably just too risky. At some point, they'll have a vaccine and that will be a game changer. But until that occurs, we have to be really, really careful. I see a lot of people not taking social distancing seriously and I think they're crazy. They're placing themselves and others at serious risk and they're spreading the virus. I told him that my firm will likely keep me and most of the rest of our employees home "at least" through the end of the year. He said, "I think that's really smart. It doesn't take much for this virus to spread like crazy. I do think there will be a 2nd wave and it could come on pretty fast and be pretty bad. Employees are far safer working from home."
  12. I'll delete this if it's a repost. https://insidethemagic.net/2020/05/200-disney-wonder-crew-test-positive-rwb1/?fbclid=IwAR1ciiDTM8Sg35ePkjS-cGBJoaqrjlbFZKzqSY6mK1hc5lCiKtEx9tV6HpM
  13. My GF and I have a Northern Europe cruise out of London (Southampton) booked for mid-October. Flights are in place and we were going to stay 4 or 5 nights in London pre-cruise. I had asked my GF not to book non-refundable and unfortunately she did, so not sure how that will play out. I'm still guessing it's about 50/50 as to whether we can go or not. I guess time will tell in the coming months.
  14. To my knowledge, so far the biotech team has not revised their predictions. The analyst that I told the story about is not in that field
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