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  1. We are jumping over to Viking from Celebrity and up until the decision not to require vaccination I had been so impressed with the way they have handled things all things considered. Celebrity just announced that they are restarting out of St. Maarten in June and requiring vaccination for all passengers and crew (kids under 18 have to have a negative PCR test). While we are in no rush to get back on board any ship this really is giving us pause when looking at what other lines are requiring. Our final payment is not until November, but like so many others I wont be making it they don't ultimat
  2. Personally I'm disappointed with any line who has not canceled South America through 2020. While there may be some cruises slowly resuming come November/December, it is incredibly unlikely to be in South America especially since you still can't even enter Argentina unless you are a resident. Could that change come October 11, sure, but no one really knows. The fact that Azamara canceled the the first two sailings in SA after the TA (through November) makes me believe they realize that upcoming sailings there will be incredibly difficult, if not impossible. Just looking at the lines that are sa
  3. Like many others here we too canceled our Quest Christmas/New Year's sailing out of Buenos Aires to Brazil right before final payment. I was not happy about paying the fee given the current situation, but after going through the process of obtaining refunds for two other canceled cruises it was a small price to pay not to do that again. We would have been open to lift and shift, but they are not doing that particular sailing moving forward. We mostly sail X and this would have been our first Azamara cruise. While I realize much of this is out of their control, it has not left the best first im
  4. I want to say there were four Peloton's in the gym? It feels like a lifetime ago now! We rode every day together at the same time and it was never an issue getting two bikes. We have a Peloton at home and thus already had accounts. They just asked if we were already members when we reserved them and there was no charge. I've seen reports from others that they were charged, but I don't know if that had to do with when they sailed or due to their room category. We were in a sky suite. Everyone and everything was great, one of our top cruises and favorite ships. You can't beat doing an Ally Love
  5. I think originally it was any suite at the Penthouse level or above could request one, it may have even included Royal suites. Though it is based on availability and I suspect going to the higher suites first. Just as an FYI they also keep at least one reserved in the gym for suite guests. We rode every day and it was never a problem. We just told them when we would stop by and they had them reserved for us. You can set it up at the spa desk.
  6. I agree that it is unlikely to happen. I would also caution anyone from making a final payment while cruising is suspended/there is a high probability of your cruise being canceled unless you are ok with that money not being returned to you for some time. Despite my better judgement I did make final payment for our cruise in June. It was subsequently canceled in mid April and it took over two months for X to process our refund. I'm still working on getting everything sorted from our cruise that was canceled in late March. Like other posters, as a result I've canceled everything els
  7. I did it earlier this week and it took about a day to be completed, but it says it can take up to 72 hours. They gave us the same cabin we had on our 2021 sailing for the 2022 sailing we shifted too.
  8. We were booked on the cruise after yours and I canceled this week. Given that there is little chance these cruises will happen I saw no point in continuing to leave it. IMHO I don't think Azamara will cancel prior to final payment given that Royal/Celebrity/Azamara seem to be the last to announce any cancelations in addition to doing the shortest duration possible. Though your final payment date is later than ours (August 23) so you may get lucky. We are also in the US so we could get our deposit back, but did have to shell out the $75 pp for canceling. Given that it took us two months to get
  9. I agree that 2020 sailings seem doubtful. We were excited to make the switch over from Celebrity to Azamara, but I just canceled our December Quest sailing from Argentina to Brazil for NYE. I just don't realistically see how that will happen and I have no intention of making a final payment while cruising is suspended. I've already made that mistake once...
  10. I think the other thing to factor in for any TA in the near future is if the lines are willing to risk having passengers on board being that far away from land for so many days? I'm not sure they would take the risk especially if they have not been able to operate shorter sailings successfully first. At best it would be a liability and at worst it becomes yet another PR nightmare for the cruise industry.
  11. At this time we plan to cancel our South American Azamara cruise for December and our Constellation sailing in February 2021 assuming cruising does not resume in some fashion before either final payment. We had an Edge cruise (March) canceled and a Summit cruise canceled (June cruise cancelled in April) and are still waiting on refunds. I'm not going to give the cruise lines any more of my money until I get back what I'm owed. I didn't listen to my gut when I made the final payment for Summit and I wont be making that mistake again. While I also recognize cruising will probably be in flux once
  12. I saw yesterday that Grand Cayman is probably keeping it's borders closed until September 1 and that may be extended. It seems like a direct response to Carnival saying they would start sailings again in August that included stops in Grand Cayman. Article
  13. I’m aware of the test. Our health system is actually one of their customers for other lab test. However, even with that we still can not get the rapid test and have been given no time frame for when it will be available. Due to that fact alone there is no way they can supply the volume of test cruise lines will need anytime soon since they will continue to go to health systems/existing customers first. However, another lab may be able to step in and fill this need. That would be the route I personally would try to go. However, you will still have the issue though of someone being exposed durin
  14. While the idea of testing people before boarding sounds great from a PR perspective, I don't think in practical terms it will solve the larger issue facing the cruise lines at that moment. Testing at home seems of little value if the coronavirus is still widely circulating given all the people passengers will come in contact prior to boarding. Whether that is at home, work, traveling to the port or staying in a hotel prior to boarding. Sure, some can test at home and then drive to the port, but not many. Additionally, even if you run the rapid test to screen everyone prior to embarkation unles
  15. We have been cruising with X since 2011 and have now booked with Viking. While I know its not necessarily reflective of the on board product, as I can't speak to that for Viking yet, we feel like Viking has been heads and tails above X in regards to the issues around COVID. We are still waiting on refunds for two canceled X cruises and their policy around bookings is just starting to look like what Viking offered us for a sailing in 2022 months ago! Viking appeared to be proactive in regards to the situation where X was almost reactive/wasn't going to stop cruising until they were told too. Ne
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