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  1. Well it is certainly not good for the cruise industry if the government of the the United States advocates against people taking cruises and comparing cruises to "huge incubators". You may not realize it, but the cruise industry tend to attract a relatively large proportion of their clientele from the population of older persons who are in the high risk category. It certainly seems that the worldwide spread of this virus is inevitable, lets hope that medical treatment can eventually catch up and mitigate its effects.
  2. Congrats! Yesterday I took an upsell offer as well. First time I ever got a decent offer, went from an inside to an L shaped room with extended balcony on Conquest for $175 total. Strange thing is that the cruise doesn't leave for 11 months. I thought they would wait to see what sold before making these offers.
  3. I would definitely never book a return flight that early. Of course the rest of my usual group are clueless and always book flights way too early to be safe, and despite my protestations, they have not missed one yet. Still, I have a healthy respect for the ability of airlines or TSA to screw things up, so I always add extra time, and have been thankful for the buffer on several occasions.
  4. Fortunately someone posted a copy of the letter from Carnival so I knew what to expect. I was impressed by the person I spoke with after calling in to Carnival, they were knowledgeable and efficient. I put a new booking on courtesy hold before calling, and just provided both booking numbers, confirmed a few things and was off the phone in less than 15 minutes with a confirmation email. I was able to use the 25% FCC and received the $100 per person onboard credit to book another cruise and I was able to have the money that had been paid on Mardi Gras transferred to the new booking so I don't have to worry about tracking down a refund across the several different payment methods. In addition to having used several forms of payment, I also had future cruise credit from an earlier cruise applied to the Mardi Gras booking, so it was a pleasant surprise that everything went smoothly. I will mention that the Carnival rep said they could not apply any funds paid by Paypal to the new booking, and I had used that method to put a little bit on the Mardi Gras booking, so that portion has to be refunded through Paypal. I expect that to take several days to a week or more with the holidays and high volume due to the cancellation. No problem there, just thought it was useful to know that Paypal funds have a little less flexibility in case it becomes important to anyone in the future.
  5. So? I am not at all sure how their decision to engage with third parties has any bearing on how they engaged with me or any other of their direct customers?
  6. I am not upset about it, but I would have preferred to have Carnival press the send button on emails to affected cruisers prior to issuing the press release stating that they had been in contact with affected cruisers. As to how they handle it the situation going forward we shall see, I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt. I think we all knew in the back of our minds that the possibility of a delayed delivery always exists on an inaugural cruise. I had used a 25% FCC applied to this sailing from a shortened cruise earlier this year, so I am anxious to see how that is handled. On the plus side, CCL stock beat on earnings and revenue, and despite this delay, it is up 6% this morning!
  7. This just broke on the PR Newswire used by stock screeners. Has anyone else seen anything about this or heard from Carnival? MIAMI, Dec. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnival Cruise Line has been informed by officials at the Meyer Turku shipyard that delivery of Mardi Gras will be delayed and is advising booked guests and travel advisors that the first revenue sailing of the ship will be Nov. 14, 2020. With this new schedule, Carnival will now take delivery of the ship in late October and its first revenue sailing will depart from Port Canaveral on Nov. 14, 2020. Consequently, the first eight sailings that were scheduled starting Aug. 31 have been cancelled, including European, transatlantic and New York-based itineraries and four Port Canaveral itineraries. Carnival said that the guest notification process began promptly after the notice by Meyer Turku so that impacted guests could begin to make alternative vacation plans. As a gesture of goodwill, Carnival is offering these guests a 25 percent future cruise credit (FCC), in addition to the full refund of their cruise fare (and applicable fees and taxes and other pre-purchased cruise components), as well as assistance with non-refundable airline and hotel reservations already booked. In addition, if guests rebook their cruise vacation using their 25 percent FCC by Feb. 18, 2020, they will be credited with an additional $100 per person onboard credit for that cruise. Carnival has also communicated guidelines to travel advisors regarding commission protection. "We have been working closely with Meyer Turku executives to keep the Mardi Gras delivery on schedule, and while we deeply regret disappointing our guests, this change in the delivery date is required to make sure all of the ship's systems, features and technology will be fully operational, so that we can give our guests the vacation they expect. Our commitment is to deliver a great and innovative ship, and Mardi Gras will definitely be that when it arrives in North America," said Ben Clement, Carnival Cruise Line's senior vice president of newbuild. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/carnival-cruise-line-revises-delivery-date-for-mardi-gras-300978128.html
  8. The casino cash out is sort of a "work around", I would not expect any Carnival reps to acknowledge the possibility. And they will close your player bank if they suspect that you are doing this to avoid the 3% fee for cash from tables or ATM. To avoid this follow the advice from chasinraynbowz to play at least a couple of spins. I also prefer to leave the funds in the player bank until the final night when everybody else is cashing out.
  9. This is the way I would go! Just go to the slots and load your player bank by charging your room. Make sure you either play a couple of spins. Afterward, I suggest that you wait until the final night and go to the casino cashier and tell them you want to close your player bank and they will hand you cash.
  10. In my experience, the check in time printed on the pass is shown to a worker outside the terminal who directs you to either to the on time line or the early/late line. I don't think it comes into play after that point. I usually don't get there until after the early rush, so it has never really been an issue.
  11. If the later slots are still available you could edit to a later time and reprint your boarding pass. When I first check in online I print one pass with each of the appointment times before settling on one. I then can present whichever one is convenient to the time I arrive at the port.
  12. While many airlines will rebook you onto another carrier, they are certainly not required to do so unless specified in the contract of carriage. Internal policies and contract of carriage guide these decisions, their are no federal requirements to protect the consumer in the US in these situations. There once was a time when airlines were required to transfer passengers to another carrier if the second one could get them to their destination sooner. That was guaranteed by the Federal Aviation Administration's Rule 240, which was undone by airline deregulation in 1978. From the DOT wesbiste: "Delayed and Cancelled Flights Airlines don't guarantee their schedules, and you should realize this when planning your trip. There are many things that can-and often do-make it impossible for flights to arrive on time. Some of these problems, like bad weather, air traffic delays, and mechanical issues, are hard to predict and often beyond the airlines' control. If your flight is delayed, try to find out how late it will be. But keep in mind that it is sometimes difficult for airlines to estimate the total duration of a delay during its early stages. In so- called "creeping delays," developments occur which were not anticipated when the carrier made its initial estimate of the length of the delay. Weather that had been forecast to improve can instead deteriorate, or a mechanical problem can turn out to be more complex than initially evaluated. If the problem is with local weather or air traffic control, all flights will probably be late and there's not much you or the airline can do to speed up your departure. If your flight is experiencing a lengthy delay, you might be better off trying to arrange another flight, as long as you don't have to pay a cancellation penalty or higher fare for changing your reservations. (It is sometimes easier to make such arrangements by phone than at a ticket counter.) If you find a flight on another airline, ask the first airline if it will endorse your ticket to the new carrier; this could save you a fare collection. Remember, however, that there is no rule requiring them to do this. If your flight is canceled, most airlines will rebook you on their first flight to your destination on which space is available, at no additional charge. If this involves a significant delay, find out if another carrier has space and ask the first airline if they will endorse your ticket to the other carrier. Finding extra seats may be difficult, however, especially over holidays and other peak travel times. Each airline has its own policies about what it will do for delayed passengers waiting at the airport; there are no federal requirements. If you are delayed, ask the airline staff if it will pay for meals or a phone call. Some airlines, often those charging very low fares, do not provide any amenities to stranded passengers. Others may not offer amenities if the delay is caused by bad weather or something else beyond the airline's control. Contrary to popular belief, for domestic itineraries airlines are not required to compensate passengers whose flights are delayed or canceled. As discussed in the chapter on overbooking, compensation is required by law on domestic trips only when you are "bumped" from a flight that is oversold. On international itineraries, passengers may be able to recover reimbursement under Article 19 of the Montreal Convention for expenses resulting from a delayed or canceled flight by filing a claim with the airline. If the claim is denied, you may pursue the matter in court if you believe that the carrier did not take all measures that could reasonably be required to avoid the damages caused by the delay. "
  13. If it were me, I would cancel the Carnival excursion prior to boarding and reserve the exact same resort through Resort for a Day at $84 , Daypass App ($84), or directly from Breathless on arrival. Resort for a day requires a $20 deposit but allows cancellation up to 24 hrs, so that would give you a little more time to see what the weather holds, as long as you have internet to cancel on board. If you have more than two people, this buy one get one free offer from the Passport card makes for a good deal, if just one or two the cost of the card negates any savings. https://loscabospassport.com/
  14. Here is the latest, they apparently are still making changes to try to dial this new system in. Newest Ride Hailing Changes Holidays and onward at LAX
  15. If anyone is looking for people to fill out one of the Overlord tours, my wife and I would love to join one. I have heard really good things about their tours from friends that have been to Normandy in the past few years.
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