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  1. One thing I hope continues is the enhanced sanitation. They were working on it pretty well pre-covid because of the constant threat of the norovirus. And I hope the pre-set tables in the buffet are gone forever. I've complained about it on every Princess and Viking Ocean cruise I've been on and am most always told that it's corporate policy. I always wonder how many of those corporate suits would want to be served coffee or juice from a buffet table where the table was wiped down with a used cloth napkin and the "unused" mugs and tumblers repositioned instead of being removed? But, I digress. One thing we are enjoying about our pause from cruising is our enhanced bank account! Every cloud has a silver lining.
  2. She Who Must Be Obeyed and I have cancelled all cruises through 2021 - well almost, I still have a cruise with HAL that I have yet to cancel but I'm waiting for them to blink first since I have a non-refundable deposit. I'll cancel before the final payment date if they don't blink. We are not traveling anywhere commercially - train, airplane, or ship - until there is a vaccine in widespread use. We have extrapolated our recent shopping and dining experiences onto a cruise ship and we just cannot see how it would be a pleasant experience. Cruising is supposed to be an escape from everyday life and not a struggle. Think about this the next time you are at Home Depot standing on one of the social distance 6 feet markers on the floor or encounter one-way shopping aisles. Plus, as an older person with hearing loss, clerks behind a plexiglass screen and a mask sound like they are talking through a pillow. No thanks. Crusing is a luxury, not a must-have. We can wait and see.
  3. Brazil has closed their borders to arrivals by sea and air through July 31. The final payment on this cruise is due to the Big Box Warehouse Club on August 7. As the end of the month approaches I'll have to see what Brazil does, but if they extend their border shutdown another 30 days, it would be a bad business practice for HAL to accept those final payments with the chances of entering Brazil not looking good. Regardless, I'll be cancelling before the end of the month, but hoping HAL blinks first and I can get my non-refundable deposit back.
  4. “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” ― Benjamin Franklin
  5. Hopefully, we old people will be first in line to receive the vaccine when it's available.
  6. That's where we are. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. And we are Elite. The loyalty bennies from other lines are better anyway/
  7. It was with my Costco CitiBank card. I opened the dispute on April 11 about a week after the scheduled sailing date of April 4. That way I could claim that the services were not received. The credit card company settled on June 15.
  8. By way of update, on day 95 with zip from Princess, my credit card company revised the provisional refund to a permanent refund. The credit card company gave Princess a deadline to respond and when they didn't - bingo, I got my final payment back. Princess is still on the hook for my down payment, which was made so long ago that I couldn't dispute the charge with the credit card company. Hopefully, they'll eventually settle up, but at least I got over $9K back in the coffers. The cruise was scheduled for April 4th on the Ruby. The credit card company clock has now stopped, but the Princess clock is still ticking away. Day 97 today.......
  9. By way of update, on day 95 with zip from Princess, my credit card company revised the provisional refund to a permanent refund. The credit card company gave Princess a deadline to respond and when they didn't - bingo, I got my final payment back. Princess is still on the hook for my down payment, which was made so long ago that I couldn't dispute the charge with the credit card company. Hopefully, they'll eventually settle up, but at least I got over $9K back in the coffers. The credit card company clock has now stopped, but the Princess clock is still ticking away. Day 97 today.......
  10. By contrast, we cancelled a cruise with Viking Ocean for next year. Received our deposit back within a few days. A couple of weeks later we also received two $500 vouchers for Viking Ocean or Viking River cruises. A complete surprise and a goodwill gesture that will bump them to the top of the list when we return to cruising. Sorry, Princess. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. This has been, so far, an expensive lesson in customer loyalty.
  11. Thanks Carol. I've already filed a dispute with Citi. There are twenty more days to run in that dispute period, so if princess doesn't respond to me, maybe they'll respond to the credit card company.
  12. Today is day 90 after I received my Princess Booking Compensation Receipt that confirmed my choice of Option 2. So far, all I have received from Princess is two emails with recipes and marketing emails enticing me to book another cruise - but no refund. They are sitting on over $9,000 of my money. Cruise with confidence? We are Elite with Princess, but I'm becoming increasingly confident that Princess won't be my first choice when we start cruising again. I want my money!
  13. Hank, if you would go ahead and make your final payment now, maybe it would help Princess make my refund. 😂😂😂
  14. As part of our pause on global travel after our April 4 cruise on the Ruby was cancelled, we decided to cancel all cruises next year. We are now at 80 days after choosing option 2 with Princess. The first cruise for next year that we cancelled was with Viking Ocean. We had a refund in 5 days. Who do you think will be our first choice when we decide to cruise again?
  15. Looks like the decision has been made for HAL by Trump. He just announced he is closing the border to travel from Brazil. I suspect HAL will be cancelling this cruise for us.
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