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  1. Looks like they shouldn't have included that part on my invoice. It seems to have been a recoup of commission from the travel agents company. All is well.
  2. Update. The cancellation invoice I received still tried to leave a charge of approx. $790 despite assurance of no penalty. More to follow.
  3. As stated earlier, they cancelled the cruise and first tried to offer only FCC. After my TA and I both called, they finally offered the refund. It took a day if back and forth to get it resolved.
  4. Finally got my full refund. US booking.
  5. The first agent made clear they could not do anything more than FCC. I made clear, very politely, that a refund was the only suitable resolution. I never speak from anger and appreciate the hard job they all have dealing with this. However, I am polite and firm in my expectation and I did reference their own terms and conditions. They said they have escalated for resolution. My TA followed up today and also got escalated for resolution. We will see what happens.
  6. Same here. I was told initially only FCC despite their cancelation and their terms and conditions. They told me they escalated it and I would get a call back. The front line person kept trying to get me to look at other cruises and ask when I could travel again. It was kind of pushy selling when I kept saying I wanted a refund more than to change my plans to some future date. This was going to be my second cruise with them and I was completely sold on staying with them after our first experience. We cruise frequently. Not feeling the love right now.
  7. Technically, you are right. Flu kills more people but also affects many more. At well over 15,000,000 affected, 35,000 deaths annually is under 0.2% mortality rate. This outbreak is currently above 2%. Flu is the worse threat on pure numbers, but this is worse on the ratio. Still not as bad of odds as many other medical chances people take but it's all relative. 😉
  8. Was hoping it worked out for you. At least it wasn't the swingers booking up another river cruise week. Seems like it was about the right time of year. Wonder what the other guests do who did not plan on joining in the group, no pun intended (maybe), cruise event?
  9. Your sacrifice is noted, brave soul. Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at the close of day; Rage, rage, against the dying of the tap.
  10. It surely can't be a party on Waist Line Cruises unless the alcohol, carb, and chocolate calories all come (Waist Line Cruises - purveyor of the Fun Hip®). Don't forget the 2am room service breakfasts after a night at the lounge/casino!
  11. Missed this thread all this time. Oct. 11 (OCS191011-14) Caldera to New Orleans, Notthemonkey, (Mark/Joyce)
  12. Yes, I missed that. End of work day and tired brain. ;)
  13. When I have flown into NRT for work in Japan, I have typically taken the high speed rail to Tokyo (the line is the Narita Express). It is cost effective, always on time, and has great drop off points. Plus, I always enjoy the high speed rail experience. You should be able to get a great drop off point near your hotel. Your hotel can arrange to pick you up. Saves money, very comfortable after a long flight, good scenery along the way, and high speed rail is always enjoyable to me (the little kid in me). Should have added pay a little extra for green class. Should run you about $100 one way for two people if I remember pricing right.
  14. I am pretty sure some cwazey guys may be wandering around that ship with a video camera saying, "Sir, Sir"... beware: mildly dangerous 😉
  15. Is they a double entendre? 😉
  16. Should a large framed tall male wear skinny jeans? Asking for a friend.
  17. Just for tracking information in this thread, our VG on the October Panama Canal trip was assigned. It was assigned to a B1.
  18. Does anyone else feel the compulsive need to stretch out and overly enunciate the word veranda with overtones of excitement? Veeerr-ann-duuuh! Asking for a friend.
  19. Ocean- Inclusive and Connoisseur Beverage Menu.pdfOcean- Inclusive and Connoisseur Beverage Menu.pdf
  20. She could go, choke on a prawn, and we would be in thirty days of mourning on this board. Keith would wax eloquent about everyone's preference is theirs and should not be judged, whether they leave her a flower adorned wreath or just a card. Vince would be on point and throughly contrite at the same time. Roland would remind that the offering plate is value based and one should not skip because the preacher does put forth an effort and is just not here to offer heavenly credit. Cats and dog will sleep together. The end is nigh!
  21. Since our early days of cruising, my wife and I were looking at the more premium lines wanting to step up from the RCCL and Celebrity ships for the greater cultural/educational experiences, better dining, and unique itineraries. When we first started cruising, these were out of reach due to our focus on our children and their preferred experiences - we were able to take some Celebrity cruises but RCCL was the primary (both lines treated us well and we have enjoyed all of our cruises). With our last child heading to college this fall, we are empty nesters and can focus on our preferences. We looked at Regent, Seabourn, Oceania, Silversea, and Crystal. Oceania dropped off the list first as the others seemed a cut above. Once the list was cut down, the experiences for dining and itineraries seemed comparable. Pricing also seemed similar within a small margin once you adjust for what is included on each. We finally settled on Crystal since our main focus is enrichment opportunities. In addition, we have friends who heavily endorsed Crystal and the reviews (and the fine folks on this forum) resonated with us more. We will always try other lines with the right itinerary but we are looking for our new 'forever cruise home'. Crystal is the first stop on that journey. As a plus, from the time we first booked our particular sailing, Crystal has made a few pricing adjustments allowing us to still pay the same amount but go to a higher cabin category.
  22. Join us! More the merrier. Celebrate Notthemonkey and spouse's first Crystal cruise! 😁 (prices way lower than when I booked - my TA did get an upgrade to a VG for me and some money back which was nice). I think I will pass on upgrading to the PG. Thank you, Drib, for keeping my updated!
  23. That is a better plan. I will see what is available near us in San Jose or at Puerta Caldera.
  24. With great regret on bumping parts of this thread back to the top, it seems like the appropriate place to ask this. I received info on ordering gifts for those onboard from guest services. In that document, they advertise packages on bottles of wine. The prices seem higher than what I see so that may be the gift price so this may only be a gift package item. However, that pricing is not the question I am after. If you wish to buy a fair amount of premium wine on the ship, are there packages for a number of set bottles like those mentioned in the gift document?
  25. You could write to onboard guest services and see if they have a way to accommodate you. I learned this trick from folks on the board recently. 😉
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