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karebare22

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About karebare22

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  • Location
    Ottawa, Canada
  • Interests
    Cruising, gardening, scrapbooking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean, Disney
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. Hi Everyone, great to find this forum! I have never monitored the cruise news as much as I have these past 15 months. I’m finally feeling more hope that it won’t be too much longer before sailing again. Our family of 4 typically cruises 1 week each year during the winter to escape the cold, mainly with Royal Caribbean. We are actually booked on an Alaska cruise departing Aug 20 but we know it may/may not happen - depends on a lot of things (getting our 2nd vaccine in time, easing of border restrictions on non-essential travel, end of the mandatory hotel quarantine, etc). This crui
  2. Booked on Ovation’s second Alaska sailing, on Aug 20, only because of the cruise with confidence policy. We tacked this onto the end of a domestic vacation we have planned to visit the Rockies. We have 4 more cruises booked in Dec-Jan and Feb 2022. Personally, I’m feeling optimistic. Based on the declining cases/hospitalizations, and increasing number of fully vaccinated people, IMHO I don’t think it will be too much longer before the non-essential travel restrictions are lifted, and I expect the mandatory quarantine won’t be required if fully vaccinated. People are getting an
  3. Great news! With the big decline in # of cases and increase in vaccinations, I was counting on this happening. Now we just need to get our second shots and will be good to go on our Aug Alaska cruise on Ovation.
  4. Also booked on a B2B on Explorer in Feb 2022, lift and shift from this Feb. love those Southern Caribbean itineraries!
  5. I noticed that there is only one ship (Voyager) sailing out of San Juan for winter 22/23. It was usually 2 ships in the past. I checked more carefully and it looks like it’s down to one ship after Nov 2021. I’m guessing this might be because of the new Barbados home port?
  6. In the past we would book only 1 or 2 per year. Right now we have 6 booked (2 B2B) between Aug21-Aug 2022! Wish I could get more excited about them, but I don’t want to do any extra planning until there’s more certainty.
  7. That’s what I would expect, but we are being told differently. I guess it doesn’t really matter, I’ll just just expect to pay the penalty. It’s just a factor in our decision to book refundable vs non-ref.
  8. Looking at using FCC for a non-refundable deposit for a 2022 summer cruise (outside of current CWC). If we cancel (outside the 90 days) we were told that there would be no $100 per person change fee since that can’t be taken from the deposit when it’s paid with FCC. Trying to confirm this with RC, but still on hold. Anyone know if this will be the case?
  9. We do both, depending on the price difference and our certainty of cruising. I’ve been finding the refundable price to be much higher than it used to be. I weigh out the penalty cost of cancelling with non-refundable deposit ($100 per person, with the plan to move the deposit amount to another sailing so it isn’t lost). I also consider my confidence in actually taking that cruise,. The farther out I book, the more chances something else might come up with my kids schedules etc, so I’m more likely to book the refundable deposit. We’ve also booked refundable ($800 more for 4 people), planning t
  10. I went through this tough decision a couple of years ago. Ended up choosing the bigger ship (Oasis) vs small ship with better itinerary, even though we’d already been on Oasis before, but not Vision. In the end it came down to: a) this was our first trip to Europe, but it won’t be our last, so one day we will do a smaller class ship & more unique ports b) we were travelling with 2 older teens and hubby who enjoy the extra bells & whistles (flowrider in particular) of the larger ships c) we also wanted to visit Paris after the cruise and this worked well with the round trip Mediterrane
  11. Wish RC would offer free onboard texting for communicating with family, other passengers etc instead of having to purchase an internet plan. I know there were some trials happening on a couple of ships via the Royal App but it’s taking forever to be rolled out across all ships, I don’t think there’s been any change in 2-3 years. Disney already had onboard texting in 2013/14, it was very handy for keeping in touch with our teens. I really hope RC took this last year to work on and improve their IT systems!
  12. Feb 15, 2020 on Anthem. Happily celebrated my 50th BDay at Coco Cay 😁
  13. I’m concerned about this policy of one FCC per person. We took the 125% FCC for our Aug 2020 Alaska cruise (cancelled in June by RC) , and were quickly issued the FCC and received the refunds for the taxes/fees. About 1-2 months ago we received an email from RC indicating that they sent a refund, and that it might have happened in error, so we contacted our TA to find out what happened. Strangely we did get small refunds back at the end of July which we never noticed, and some new FCCs were issued. So now, instead of having a single FCC, we have 2 FCC each from the same booking. The new FCC a
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