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Formula280SS

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    New England
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    MSC-NCL-RCCL-DCL
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    Eastern and Southern Caribbean

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  1. Well, it kind of looks like all the posts about the terrible inability to get cash refunds is 'hot air.
  2. Thanks Ate. Those with experiences with refunds have a contact point. Posting on CC is obviously noteworthy, but to influence change going forward, this would appear to be the opportunity.
  3. Thanks for the information and reference. I could never find applicable laws or regulations re: such. QUESTION Do you think this is an opportunity for cruiser's to actually communicate the specifics of what has happened during the past almost 3 months?
  4. Well, it looks like opportunity to weigh in with regards to your experience. https://www.fmc.gov/contact/ It would appear to be the first chance to do such. There have been so many with really difficult issues with cash refunds maybe this is the chance to consolidate experiences with such investigation. Actually, we simply let the deposit expire completely unrelated to COVID-19. We cruised so much in November and December (and it was beautiful on NCL's Bliss in the Haven 21-Day and MSC Meraviglia Yacht Club B2B) and we had reserved an ocean front winter rental for the first time on a barrier island in the central east coast of Florida that we had decided to take a break from winter cruising. Just luck. For the 1st time in years, we have no future cruise reservations.
  5. https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/fmc-investigation-hones-cruise-line-refund-policies Basically, the article states there are three areas of the investigation; the funding behind the bonds posted to operate a vessel, cruise refunds compared to other sectors selling transportation and hospitality, and impact of COVID-19 on ports and service providers. One financial aspect about the cruise lines (specifically the top 3) after COVID-19 was how much each used "Customer Deposits" (some portion of such) as essentially free Lines of Credit. They had so little cash compared to such deposits. Interesting to note, with all of the billions raised by the top 3 recently (debt and equity), that if they had to provide cash refunds they would significantly eat into the funds raised and impair the ability to go revenue-free for 12-18 months.
  6. Again, IMO, Florida will lead the way toward cruising again. I, for one, believe that is encouraging for all cruisers. Texas may also be in the mix or not too far behind. New York and California, will be the last; again IMO.
  7. Amen, again thanks so much for the years contributing so much reliable information based on your years of experience.
  8. You're a piece of work, or don't work, or work for someone, who absolutely hates NCL.
  9. Sorry, not getting into the sand box. Will stick with my own position. CLIA reports for 2019, the Florida cruise industry impacts for 2019 accounted for 154,646 Total Employment Impact, $7,689,000,000 in Total Wage Impact and $8,485,000,000 in other Direct Expenditures. https://cruising.org/-/media/research-updates/research/contribution-of-the-international-cruise-industry-to-the-us-economy-2018.pdf Page 45 So, regarding the post, I still maintain that cruise ports in Florida will lead the way and that such ports are very important economic revenue sources for such ports' cities and the state of Florida.
  10. You've knocked cruises and cruises using ports relentlessly. None "looser" than your posts, and others have noted potential reasons. Will stick with my own position. CLIA reports for 2019, the Florida cruise industry impacts for 2019 accounted for 154,646 Total Employment Impact, $7,689,000,000 in Total Wage Impact and $8,485,000,000 in other Direct Expenditures. https://cruising.org/-/media/research-updates/research/contribution-of-the-international-cruise-industry-to-the-us-economy-2018.pdf Page 45 So, regarding the post, I still maintain that cruise ports in Florida will lead the way and that such ports are very important economic revenue sources for such ports' cities and the state of Florida.
  11. Guess I probably should have stated the "cruise port" to pacify all of the commercial port folks who appear to not want cruise ships to return. It's odd, as they can mutually exist; I don't know why the knock on cruising.
  12. Ok, we get it; you hate NCL, specifically, and the cruise lines in general. Must be very "short" on the stocks. Will stick with my own position. CLIA reports for 2019, the Florida cruise industry impacts for 2019 accounted for 154,646 Total Employment Impact, $7,689,000,000 in Total Wage Impact and $8,485,000,000 in other Direct Expenditures. https://cruising.org/-/media/research-updates/research/contribution-of-the-international-cruise-industry-to-the-us-economy-2018.pdf Page 45 So, regarding the post, I still maintain that cruise ports in Florida will lead the way and that such ports are very important economic revenue sources for such ports' cities and the state of Florida.
  13. Will stick with my own position. CLIA reports for 2019, the Florida cruise industry impacts for 2019 accounted for 154,646 Total Employment Impact, $7,689,000,000 in Total Wage Impact and $8,485,000,000 in other Direct Expenditures. https://cruising.org/-/media/research-updates/research/contribution-of-the-international-cruise-industry-to-the-us-economy-2018.pdf Page 45 So, regarding the post, I still maintain that cruise ports in Florida will lead the way and that such ports are very important economic revenue sources for such ports' cities and the state of Florida.
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