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  1. One possibility for reducing number of passengers is to not re-sell cabins that people cancel. Final payment date will see many cancelling and others will cancel out of fear. Might not get them to numbers they want but it will help. And for those annoyed by final payment reminder emails. I have had that be a part of cruising for 20 years. 🙂
  2. Not to nitpick, but capacity, with crew, is just about 5000. And work has been halted on the transformation for a couple of months now. Earliest sailing would not even be until end of November IF they resume work soon and that doesn't seem likely.
  3. It is a lesson most people learn at one time or another. That is why I always book refundable deposits or only with reduced deposit rates. I watch for the $50 deposit pp. When I had a 'full' refund from a rather messed up cruise (weather related, missed ports, propulsion issues, but still fun) we were required to make a deposit and then the FCC would be applied to our next cruise. I rebooked at a reduced $50 pp and found out others from the same messed up cruise booked full deposit amounts of $250 pp. Those deposits can be tricky.
  4. Carnival recently ran sales on cruise cash and Cheers. 20% off, depending on your sail date. I am sure others will pop up. Excursions and spa products are offered quite often.
  5. February 6, 2021 Carnival Legend February 20, 2021 Mardi Gras
  6. "Norwegian also announcing a series of financial transactions that if completed would provide enough liquidity to fund operations even if its cruises remain suspended for over 12 months." We should just stop playing the 'what if' games and see where they are 12 months from now. Not my cruise line of choice anyway.
  7. Mardi Gras isn't listed....yet. 🙂 but for future reference..... https://help.goccl.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/601
  8. ONE of the conditions must be met. That is why it is a wait and see situation. There is no certain date. Some sailings booked after June 26th may still go or may not go. I have nothing booked until Feb 2021 and still feel a little apprehensive. However if they are still cancelling cruises that late than we will all have much bigger concerns.
  9. The workers work for the shipbuilder (still building in Finland) which I am fairly certain has been paid already. Carnival is not building the ship on a 'pay as you go' basis.
  10. I don't understand your post. Carnival sails multiple ships from the same port/same day all the time. Mardi Gras does not show as it is already sold out. Radiance is still available to book. A simple thing that occurs all the time. Do you honestly think Carnival will pull their largest and newest ship (again all sold out) and substitute a re-furb in it's place?
  11. Since our next sailing is not until Feb of 2021 we recently had an offer of 20% off Cheers. First time we have ever seen a sale on Cheers. It is always available at a $5 a day discount if purchased prior to boarding.
  12. Mardi Gras may sold out. My sailing on Feb 20 is sold out and no longer shows. Radiance is not sold out. Multiple ships sail on the same date from the the same port. You will be on the Mardi Gras if that is what you booked. 🙂 They switched ships on me one time (because the ships changed ports) and I had plenty of time and options to accept or decline.
  13. If you purchase the social media package you can use the messenger app to send messages. I have had some luck with messenger calls but not very clear. Excursions will get all kinds of responses. Carnival will, of course, give you the guarantee of not getting back late but most responsible vendors will also guarantee you getting back. Private vendors will usually (not always) have a better price. There will also be more flexible tours with private vendors. Don't wait to board before you book. What you want may already be sold out by then. Find what you want, at a price you are comfortable with, and book. There is a TON of information for private vendors and recommendations on the ports of call boards on here. Check it out. Do you absolutely need a passport to cruise. No. Would I personally leave these shores without one. NO!
  14. They have not suspended passport operations. They have suspended EXPEDITED passports and warn of significant delays in processing and mailing. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/passport-covid-19.html
  15. Sorry! That should be ends 4/12
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