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About helenb

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    Princess, Celebrity, Disney

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  1. Princess just cancelled our 3 Ruby sailings July 5, 31 and August 7) on us. Disappointing, but not unexpected.
  2. Just had 3 Princess cruises cancelled (July 5, 31 and August 7). Sigh.... not unexpected, but disappointing, all the same.
  3. People were asking for my update... I made final payment on my July 5 Ruby cruise today. I thought for sure we'd have word before final payment as to whether or not this cruise will take place. Sigh... Still hoping that it does!
  4. Just made final payment on our Ruby July 5 sailing out of Los Angeles. I thought for sure we would have word before final payment...
  5. Well, what will happen is we will pay, unless Princess cancels the cruise. 😉 If Princess makes an announcement before then, I'm sure it will be all over these forums. But if not, I'll definitely update here!
  6. I just spoke with my TA this morning regarding our July 5 cruise on Ruby... final payment is apparently due May 1. I'd like to think that there will be some statement from Princess before then as to whether or not the July cruises are actually happening...
  7. I really love churrascarias, like Fogo de Chao. These places are built around their buffets and roaming servers. When we went to one post-COVID, they no longer allowed people near the buffet. Instead, they had roaming servers with trays showing the dishes and serving small tasting portions. If you liked it and wanted more, you could ask your waiter to bring you bigger portions. I could see cruise lines implementing something like that.
  8. The Sun Princess is sad. Love Boat: The Next Wave was filmed on that ship.... (Yes, I watched it...)
  9. I suspect the celebrities onboard are VIPs. I recall a few years ago Rick Steves was going on some cruises. When he was on Princess, he was in a 'regular' cabin (a balcony, maybe?) and he was 'invited' by Princess to have breakfast in Sabatini's every day (with the suite passengers). Sounds like that's VIP treatment. He posted pictures on his blog, which is how we knew.
  10. We just booked the previous cruise (Ruby on June 12) in the hopes that it might sail. Mexico currently does not have any restrictions on travel (not even requiring negative COVID tests) and we are within driving distance of LA, so we are gambling. I agree, it's not likely to happen, but if it does, we want to be on it! Final payment for us is April 13, so I am willing to let Princess have my $200 until then. I'm guessing that if it is cancelled, it will be before final payment. It's a lot easier to get back a $200 deposit than final payment. As a backup, we're planning
  11. We just received notice from MSC that our cruise (amongst all of them in January and February) was cancelled today. 😞
  12. Regardless, it is good news that other countries are allowing cruise ships into their ports.
  13. We are booked on Meraviglia on January 9. We really want to go, but understand that the situation is 'precarious' right now. Our airfare is Southwest, meaning that we can easily adjust things last minute, so we're holding on until MSC gives us confirmation one way or the other. Anyone else in the same boat? (pun intended) Waiting on word from MSC regarding January cruises? Let's use this thread to pool our information!
  14. We were on the Sapphire in June, doing the repo from Shanghai to Anchorage. We got notice late last night that it was canceled (same reason, due to 'deployment'). We had been expecting the embarkation port to change (since China probably wouldn't be excited for US visitors) but were hoping that we would be able to sail. 😞
  15. Well, we got a notification last night that Princess cancelled our June cruise because they have changed the routes for their ships... although they don't show any June 2021 cruises for that ship on their site. So I guess we'll be looking for a different cruise.
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