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  1. Yes, BC used to be the province others envied as far as covid cases. Now we are on the other end of things. This from our Provincial Health officer; With a record number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care and the average daily case count soaring, the provincial health officer pleaded Monday with British Columbians to not leave their neighbourhoods. Still thinking about booking a cruise for next spring but no guarantee it will happen.
  2. Turkey would be nice but here in BC (Canada) we are being asked to not even leave our neighborhoods. Every time we think things are improving, they seem to go in the opposite direction. Patiently waiting.....still.
  3. I am curious. Were most of these cruises booked a year ago, in other words, before covid? Or during this covid pandemic? We are now in the "fear of missing out" stage for spring of 2022 but still think chances are slim for cruising by then. There is an enormous pent up demand and once everything opens up costs will sky rocket. That is if one is even able to find an available flight, hotel room, cruise etc.
  4. Interesting reading from up in Canada. Americans are frustrated trying to book appointments for the vaccine. We should be so lucky. It will be months yet for us. Canada hopes to have everyone who wants it, to be vaccinated by Oct./Nov. Finally thinking about booking for the spring of 2022 but still not so sure HA will be sailing by then.
  5. Curious about those that are booking and cancelling numerous times. Do you have air, hotel, and transfers to cancel each time as well? It was difficult enough to obtain refunds for our March 2020 to not want to go through that again. It appears that we will/might have our vaccinations ( Canadians ) by the end of this year. Looking at Spring of 2022 for a cruise but will probably wait until we actually receive our vaccination before booking. Patiently waiting.
  6. We are assuming that vaccinations will be mandatory in order to resume cruising. Can't see a meaningful start to cruising any other way. In Canada, they say that all those that want vaccinations should have them by December 31, 2021. So, possibly a spring 2022 TransAtlantic for us. That is a long wait. We cancelled our 48 day March 2020 South America cruise and have been patiently watching and waiting since then. From reading here, it appears that a lot of booking and cancelling has been going on. But then, who knew it would last this long.
  7. See what happens when you don't double check the headline? I take everything back that I just said above. Not my best moment.
  8. Way to go "Mein Schiff". You just set back cruising another 6 months or years. Perception is everything. The public considers cruise ships, plague ships. First Hurtigruten in Norway and now this. With this nonsense, there will be no political will to restart cruising anytime soon. Sorry for the rant. Couldn't help myself this morning. Miss cruising and this is not helping.
  9. If a vaccine is available in 2021, then 2022 for us or perhaps 2023. Would never have thought this in March. Also, we have to consider whether it will be as enjoyable. The long lines at airport screening/security. Embarkation may take hours. The thought of large crowds. Fortunately, we have many fond memories and photos of past cruises. Even earlier, memories of taking our own 30 foot sailboat through the Panama canal and stopping to swim in Gatun lake. So many moments.
  10. A pleasant surprise today. We cancelled our 48 day cruise on March 9 and were told by out PCC that the refund would only be in the form of a FCC. The cash refund showed up today on our Mastercard account. Called Mastercard, they are sending a direct deposit to our bank. Delighted, as we are realistically thinking of 2022 for a cruise. Not booking ahead though. Wait and see how this all develops.
  11. I know I am taking it out of context, but that has to be the best line on the forum for quite a while!
  12. In BC, Canada, our health minister is talking about one year perhaps longer for international travel. Miss cruising but don't think it will start up for quite a while. Perhaps, on a small scale in limited areas for short duration. It is all about social/physical distancing which is difficult to achieve on planes and ships.
  13. At the moment we have a FCC. The requirements are that we book by Dec. 31, 2020 for a cruise in 2021. Hopefully, the Dec. 31st date will be extended. If not, then we can foresee thousands of bookings being cancelled, then re booked and cancelled again and again. It would be wonderful to look forward to a cruise, but the reality is, it may be a very long ways off.
  14. Having had lots of time to read the forum lately, there appears to be two groups. Those who think we will be cruising again in a few weeks or months with some changes and those who think it will be months or perhaps years with no resemblance of what cruising was just a short while ago. It will be interesting to look back a year from now. In the meantime, the ghost ships keep sailing around off Florida burning up untold dollars. That cannot last. Fortunately, for most of us we have precious moments of memories of cruises past.
  15. Yes, some of the nicest people we have met cruising have been in their 90's! It is difficult for us to come to terms with the thought that at 71, we are now aging out of cruising. Good grief, we were just 40 yesterday! Even before covid-19, HAL was definitely trying to appeal to a younger demographic. We are guessing this will speed up the process. Even if they don't say so directly, there may be subtle ways of discouraging us from cruising in the future.
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