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  1. Seems a little pointless to spend the money to send out a magazine that highlights cruises and schedules that probably won't take place as published.
  2. Ymm, Haven't had it for a while, but, I can almost taste it now. Need to put it on the shopping list now.
  3. A bit of a disjointed story, but, I guess that the point is that the OP kept trying to book a couple of cruises and the bookings would get messed up by Princess. Some time spent proofreading before posting and the story may have made more sense.
  4. Since Princess “destroyed” the back of the Island with the addition of cabins, most of those “secret” outdoor viewing areas are likely no longer there.
  5. The ship pictured in the article is actually a converted ferry from somewhere in Europe. A few years back a guy did a YouTube video about the $99 cruise his wife bought for them. Part of it involved a timeshare pitch. All in all the experience was pretty sad.
  6. I would tend to agree with you. I also think that until there is a successful treatment/vaccine/containment protocol there are going to be a large number of folks who are going to be reluctant to get back on a cruise ship. Definitely get that impression from the comments all around CC.
  7. When I saw the title of this thread I had to chuckle. CDC double standards indeed. Mask or no mask? They work, they don't work. Think about Fauci stating in February and March that no one needed to wear a mask. Around April every one should wear a mask. Then in towards the end of May this was posted on the CDC website (see the conclusion about the efficacy of mask wearing) : https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/5/19-0994_article?fbclid=IwAR2V1hPqN0WKb2kXVExP_1UE9ARvru6mtPZvZN0w1jx0S3l3fXLhxMP_bXs  Now no matter how you may feel about that information, I myself, will not
  8. Talk to the Princess Circle rep on board. That is what we did.
  9. I know this has been discussed before and is on the Princess website, but, hearing David Abel of the Diamond Princess covid-19 fame read it is great if you are too lazy (like me) to read it yourself. Enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6H6QfaEtHo
  10. Three years ago we did a Panama Canal cruise on the Coral and I noticed pickleball was scheduled mid-mornings on sea days. It was on the sports court at the back of the ship. The one day we went up to check it out the equipment was there, but, no one was playing. Of course it was very windy, like 20+ MPH windy.
  11. I would still do the freeze anyway. However, before you do, enroll in a free monitoring service like Credit Karma. Every bit of help is worthwhile. YMMV.
  12. Sorry about your (and everyone else's) cruise. Not being judgmental here, but, Princess also needs to do what it can to fiscally survive this situation. There is a not unrealistic potential that there could be no business left to worry about losing loyal customers from when this is all said and done. Hopefully this worst-case-scenario won't be the case, however, only time will tell. YMMV
  13. If Princess survives and we survive, absolutely will book again. This too shall pass, sooner rather than later, hopefully.
  14. Guess I have to chuckle a bit at the chemo comments. My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer at age 79. After his oncologist found a treatment that didn't make my dad feel like hell my folks questioned the doctor about them going on a cruise. The doctor said absolutely, if you feel OK, go. My parents took two additional cruises together prior to my dads passing 8 years later. He lived to age 87, although the last year and a half were not good as far as his quality of life. Everyone is going to die someday. Do what makes sense for you and your situation.
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