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  1. I'm ready! I have a holiday cruise booked and paid for out of Tampa. The ship barely has any rooms booked at this point, but I'm happy to go and make a technical stop somewhere to stay within the requirements of the PVSA. It is a 12 night cruise that is supposed to do a half transit through the Canal, but I'll live with just being pampered on the ship. Meanwhile, I'm playing Cruise Chicken. Will they cancel or will I? If needed, we have a plan to drive the 16 - 18 hours to the port rather than deal with flying.
  2. Debi, thank you for passing this on. I’ve been away a few weeks, snowed under with work and more work. I’m teary eyed at the passing of someone I only knew through some emails and a lot of posts here. She was so supportive! I know she has now crossed her own rainbow bridge and met back with Morey and Brenda, along with your own husband, and will be waiting for Horton and her family to join them in their time. Thank for for sharing your home with Horton in his retirement. I will think of all of them when we get to resume cruising.
  3. We actually made final payment on ours. NonRF deposit was part of the equation. The fact they are getting faster on the refunds was another part. Now we wait to see what happens.
  4. Our situation was that we are not eligible for Lift and Shift. Our Dec 23 cruise is a Canal Touch cruise, and is 12 nights. Celebrity is not offering 12 night Canal Touch cruises on M or S class ships in the 21-22 season, so the three they are offering in 20-21 are non-eligible for Lift and Shift. It really stinks. I'd have happily moved to a 12 night on Equinox that was just a Caribbean, but we were not allowed. We would also have accepted a 11-night out of Tampa, but again, not allowed. The not knowing is definitely the issue!
  5. We are on the Dec 23 Constellation cruise out of Tampa, and made final payment on Tuesday. Today is the actual final payment due date. I think we are all just waiting to see what happens. We won't know for another couple of weeks if the cruise lines will be allowed to sail in November as they are hoping. Before they can sail, they have to get the crew back, along with getting the ships into place. Infinity and Constellation are both in the Med, waiting, with minimum crew on board. The crew will need to be quarantined before they actually board working cruise ships, more than likely. I'm guessing that IN will probably go back to India to pick up crew from there, since there are so many, and that will allow them to quarantine that group of crew for the trip back across the Atlantic. It is possible that CN will pick up crew from Europe, since it will be easier for the crew who are in Europe to get to Greece to join CN rather than all the flights. They might use Solstice to pick up crew from the Philippines, Bali, and others along the way from SE Asia and come back on a TransPacific, hard to say. Again, though, that would allow for the full quarantine and to move crew. They could then charter flights from San Diego to Miami to move them over to the east side of the US for the Caribbean season. Since the Aus/NZ cruises have all been canceled through the end of the year, they might do some cruises out of CA and down to MX with Solstice, Eclipse and Millennium, or sail those ships through the Canal to hit the Caribbean. No way to know. Maybe a mix of the two. Millennium was already through Revolution, so maybe she would replace Constellation out of Tampa? I'm likely dreaming here. We just don't know. The crew can be tested at home, then again before boarding, then be in quarantine on the trip back to the US. Remember that all the ships will need to be checked over before passengers are allowed on board as well. Meaning, they will need to start moving ships and people next week to be able to sail on November 1. Based on the required movement of people and ships, if they don't start moving people around in another week or two, I'm pretty sure the early November cruises will be canceled, but we will have to wait and see. It is a giant logistics problem to solve.
  6. First week went OK. Now we are on Week 2. I had a good giggle about your statement. I'm so NOT a hugger. In fact, the best thing about all of the social distancing thing is that people DON'T want to shake hands or hug!
  7. Goodness Linda - I'm just catching up. Hope you heal fast! My university is having in-person classes. Hoping it goes OK! Classes start tomorrow!
  8. Equinox actually got the GastroPub in 2014 during that dry dock. It got Slush at the same time. EQ had a partial revolution in early 2019. Only partial because of the incident with the crane in the Bahamas. She received the Suite Retreat makeover in Michaels Club, part of the retreat update to the Solstice Deck, but not the elevator or hot tub on the Suite Retreat deck that was formerly the Solstice Deck. We were on her in December 2019 and she was in great condition.
  9. My next cruise on the books is a holiday 2020 cruise. It isn't eligible for L&S because it is a Canal Touch cruise, and they are not doing those on either M or S class ships in the holidays in 2021. Edge is doing it, but we can't L&S it to Edge under their rules. I would happily L&S it to Equinox over the holidays for 2021, but they won't allow it. The 2021 cruise on the same ship is only 11 nights. No winning here.
  10. I'm expecting them to cancel through the end of 2020 any time.
  11. Thank you for the correction. I knew they tracked hours the crew worked and figured there was a minimum salary, but when room and board is included, it can become an interesting calculation. My direct experience is with US based summer camps. My youngest was paid a whole $180/week plus room and board. They lived with the children, and had a 24 hour period off each week (usually on turnover Saturday starting at about 11am until Sunday about 11am - except there was always a staff meeting before 11am), another 6 hour evening off each week, plus 1 hour per day other days of personal time. So, 133 hours a week between working and on call time (when you consider that even sleeping they are on call).
  12. Got a friend on board. His contract was to have ended in late May, but he is still on board. He has mixed feelings, as can be expected. The cruising halt has been difficult - to go from a vibrant vacation ship with energy, to what they have now. Plus, now that they are at minimum manning, they have a number of odd chores to do, like going from room to room to turn the water all on, flush the toilets, turn the chairs around, move the mattresses to get air to them, etc. OTOH, the alternative is to be at home with no income for who knows how long.
  13. Thanks for reminding folks of this. We all need to keep in mind that their normal base pay is much less than they actually take home most of the time during cruising. Often their guaranteed pay is only around what, $100/week plus room and board? Then they receive all the gratuities we all pay, which brings the pay way up. At least, that is the case for room stewards, wait staff, etc. The service side people who are paid out of gratuities.
  14. we are booked on the same cruise, and have the same experience. The “Canal Touch” is not considered Caribbean for some reason. I’d speak to your TA about delaying final payment. The Sept 10 date is earlier than my statement from Celebrity says, as Celebrity just requires payment 90 days out. I believe my due date is Sept 24. It is quite possible they will cancel between September 10 and Sept 24. There are also some instances of final payment being delayed a little further, while they evaluate the situation.
  15. My guess is that Infinity is hanging out and waiting because she will be used to bring crew back. If the crew is picked up by Infinity, then they save a pile of cash on airfare, plus they have a guaranteed quarantine.
  16. 2176 is a wonderful room on Reflection.
  17. Got a friend on board one of the ships. He said they are headed south of Cuba to get away from the storm, then will be headed back to the Bahamas after it is gone.
  18. I don’t expect a merger. I think, instead, the Royal Caribbean Group and NCL are simply combining forces for a couple of things where they would otherwise be duplicating expenses. Both are individually smaller than Carnival Corp, so it make total sense,
  19. I wish we had the freedom to do the same! We are both still working full time, but the university closes from Dec 25 - Jan 1, and the timing of the holiday trip was just too perfect! Dec 23 - Jan 4. I've got airfare reserved, but on points on Southwest so that it is easy to cancel if the cruise is cancelled. I'm just waiting to see what happens. Our cruise is the Canal Touch cruise, that they are only offering a couple of, and 12 nights. So, there are only a handful of other options we could Lift and Shift to. I just can't bring myself to do so yet. I'm hoping we'll get told next week that Lift and Shift is being extended. I really don't want to decide just yet. Final payment is Sept 24, and I don't want to pay if we aren't going, but want to delay making a decision until then.
  20. That has got to be a disappointment! I'm so glad you found an alternative you will be satisfied with. We have a holiday cruise booked on Celebrity Constellation out of Tampa. I'm waiting to see what happens. Trying to decide if I should lift and shift to the Equinox for the 2021 holiday season, or what. Lift and shift is currently scheduled to end next week. I'm expecting the Royal Caribbean Group (their new name) to extend it, but hard to say. I don't really need a holiday cruise over Christmas 2021, we already have a Thanksgiving cruise booked then. I need it this fall, darn it!
  21. @Mabbiez it will go well! My experience has been the difficulty with the public where I live - because I live in a rural area that is, as the city planner put it, "Dog Country". Everyone wants to be friends with my dog. Especially all the kids. These days, Scooter gets less interaction since I'm working from home. I have to make an effort to get him out in public at some point. He has also been very energetic and playful, which is great in a pet, but not so great in a SD. So, more doodling and remediation training. Luckily, I own my dog, so I don't have to worry about an org saying I didn't keep him on task. 🙂
  22. You are welcome! Don't forget to take any emergency meds you might need, along with shoes for your dog. The deck can get quite hot under paws in the sun. Since you'll be at sea, check ahead of time about an anti-nausea, benedryl, and take vet wrap and a bleed-stop stick. If your dog is like mine you'll need to take nail clippers along as well.
  23. We took all that we needed, even on the cross country flight. That way, we had exactly what we wanted and didn't have to worry about finding it. I packed each serving in a sandwich baggie. I feed Scooter 150 gms of the kibble we use, plus a joint chew and a fish oil caplet. So, each baggie had the 150 gms of kibble, the joint chew and the fish oil and all I needed to do was dump each baggie into his bowl at meal time. Scooter had an entire suitcase. Food, a few toys, extra leashes, extra cape, extra harness, life jacket, extra copies of documents. We flew in the night before our cruise, and stayed afterwards in Seattle for a number of days, so we needed to take plenty. Having each meal in a baggie was very helpful. Then, I simply stored the pre-prepared baggies in the suitcase under the bed, taking a couple of day's out at a time. Helped to keep the clutter down. Went ahead and tossed each baggie in the trash when it was empty, since we were traveling. I use baggies at home now as well, but use them a number of times before tossing them.
  24. Roz - I'm so glad to hear that Horton is doing well. I know how stressed you were over him! I'm not a hugger. The one thing this virus has done is stop people who are huggers from wanting to hug us non-huggers. Some people just really can't help themselves, and there are some of us who are just uncomfortable with it. One thing I'm actually pleased about is that going forward, we should see more people that think before hugging.
  25. Reflection and Equinox sent another group home on charters from Barbados earlier this week. Both ships, along with a couple of Royal ships have been acting as a hotel for crew trying to fly home. Constellation just released another group of crew today, including some from Europe that had been on board the entire time. Here's hoping they get a short break at home, then are ready to return. A number of them live in areas with few jobs available and need the job on the ship to take care of families. I'm supposed to be on the Constellation for the holidays. I'm hoping to be there. I don't really care where we go, although I was looking forward to the Canal. If the ship doesn't sail, I'll be looking to book a BNB or hotel in South FL for the holidays. I'd rather be on a ship though.
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