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dreamr

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    South Carolina
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    Acting, singing, reading, surfing the net, chatting, and more.
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    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    Western Caribbean

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  1. I had booked one of those "we'll show you the hotel after you pay" deals on an online travel site. The site in question immediately began working with all of their hotel partners to offer refunds for everyone affected by the crisis. Three days and the money was back on my card. I didn't even have to call them. However, now that I have answered your question, I have to say that the fact that you would even make a statement like that shows me that we are on opposite sides of the empathy spectrum in this crisis. In a situation where thousands of people are losing their jobs and could use every extra dollar they can get, I believe a little compassion would go a long way. May you never find yourself in such a situation. Have a good evening. :)
  2. So because they are essential to some people, that makes it okay for them to require people to "use or lose" their tickets in the current situation? Sorry, I don't agree with that. Again, my issue is not the fact that they aren't offering refunds or that they have not shut down. My issue is the short time frame we have to use our ticket. If they would give us until 2022, like NCL has, or even sometime in 2021, I would have no issue.
  3. As stated in the post you quoted, this is not a normal situation we are in. No one could have predicted this. We (everyone who has had their travel plans canceled due to this virus) did not decide to stay home of our own accord. Cruises were canceled and travel warnings (or bans) were issued. People are dying from this virus. A virus that is easily spread in situations such as traveling in a packed airplane, and I venture to guess that a percentage of their customers would be considered high risk. I am not asking for a refund, but only giving us a few months to travel, when it is still considered unsafe to do so is wrong, in my opinion. For comparison, I had also booked a non-refundable hotel room and it was refunded within three days of the cruises being canceled. I do not understand why so many people are upset at NCL but giving the airlines a pass. Oh, I know they don't care. They are making that obvious. If I weren't located right at one of their hubs and therefore have very few options of alternate airlines, I would definitely book with another airline next time.
  4. While I'm assuming that I am younger than you, I am not a child. I do know how supply and demand works. I also know that everything you are saying is pure speculation and not fact. You may be basing it off of the theory of supply and demand or maybe even past experiences, but the fact is that we have no idea what the future is going to hold. These are unprecedented times we are in. Maybe the prices will drop in a few months, who knows? If that happens, then I may do what most people on this forum usually do and call for a price adjustment or an upgrade. However, my point was to let you know that the cruise I booked was not "super-inflated," as you had claimed, but was comparable to what I paid last year. I was not intending to debate whether or not the price might drop at a later date. Based on your replies to me, as well as your other posts in this forum, I can see that your mind is set that NCL is a bad guy whose sole purpose is to cheat everyone out of their money. I tend to think differently. I was excited about the trip I would have been on at this moment, and I am excited about the one I will (hopefully) be going on in November. If the price goes down, then so be it. That happens all the time anyway, crisis or not. I am happy with the price we paid and that does not make me a fool. Besides, as I said in the beginning of this, we have airfare that we will lose if we don't use it. We can't just wait until next year to see if prices drop, which is why I am more annoyed with the airline than with NCL. The airline is forcing our hand, not NCL. For that reason, I am now bowing out of this discussion. Good day, sir (or ma'am)! :)
  5. I guess I'm not smart then, because I have already used my FCC to book my next cruise, the price of which was about the same as what we paid for our canceled cruise. In fact, because the FCC was 125%, we actually have an additional $800 left to use on another one. So I suppose we'll just have to say that we have had very different experiences and we have very different outlooks. 😉
  6. Everyone has their own views about this situation, and there is no "right" view. Personally, NCL's motives (which are speculation at best, as none of us - as far as I'm aware - was in the room when the decisions were made) are of no importance to me. Their motives do not affect me. All that matters to me is that they are giving me two and a half years to rebook, meaning that if this situation takes much longer than we anticipate, we can rebook when we are more comfortable. The airlines are not doing that. Regarding your theory about NCL preferring new customers over those of us with FCCs, then I don 't understand why they would offer us an additional 20% discount if we use our FCC within the next few weeks? That sounds to me like they do, in fact, want us to book quickly. I will say again, I am not trying to "excuse" NCL, I'm simply saying that they are being more lenient than the airlines, and because of that, if I were going to file a complaint, I would be more inclined to do so against the airline before I did so against the cruise line.
  7. I hope that isn't directed at me. 😒 I understand the airline's normal policy regarding refunds. However, this is not a normal situation we are in, and in my opinion, they should be more willing to work with their customers. It's not like we all just suddenly had a change of heart and decided to change our plans and they know this. People are canceling their flights because they can no longer go where they were planning to go, either because of health reasons or the various travel bans that states are starting to enact. The airlines just don't seem to care and refuse to even offer refunds. That, to me, is more inexcusable. While I am not excusing the cruise line for the refund delay, at least they are giving affected people the option. Not to mention allowing people to cancel their own cruises and rebook without penalties. Before you say that's also what the airlines are doing, NCL is giving us two and a half years to rebook while the airline is giving us a handful of months, when we have no idea if life will be back to normal that quickly.
  8. I figured it had something to do with the price of your ticket (and also since they canceled, not you). Thanks for explaining. :) For those of us back in coach, they are only allowing a free change, and travel must be completed within one year of ticket issue date (or December 31, 2020, whichever comes first). Let's just say there are a lot of furious customers (rightfully so, in my opinion) who bought their tickets last summer, which means they have to use it in the next couple of months or lose their money. Fortunately, we booked ours in February, so we have until the end of the year. To make my post slightly more on topic, I'd consider filing a complaint again the airlines before the cruise lines. At least the cruise lines are offering refunds, even if delayed. Though, technically, only to those whose cruises they canceled. So I guess this situation just sucks all around. (At least we do have a longer time period to rebook with the cruise line.)
  9. I also booked with American Airlines and was told only about the waived change fee. So I am also curious about Cole's refund. Maybe they booked a more expensive ticket (not a "basic economy" ticket)?
  10. We were supposed to be on the Escape right now ( 😢 ), so we have been looking into using our FCC to book a replacement. I know NCL was generous enough to give us until 2022 to use it, but the airline is not being as generous. Therefore, we have to travel by the end of the year or we lose our airfare. My sister waited too long to book theirs and paid double what she normally would have, so she definitely doesn't want to forfeit that much money. Because of the airfare issue, we are booking the Breakaway for November 29, 2020. I'm hoping things are better by then...
  11. That is what I thought. Just wanted to make sure. Thanks. :)
  12. Just want to clarify...those stipulations are for CAS bookings, correct? If not, then if NCL is limiting the FCCs that much, then it sounds like the refund is a much better choice. We weren't booked through CAS.
  13. I honestly think giving up sugar is a big part of the reason I've been able to lose weight. I eat as little sugar as possible. It's extremely difficult (if not impossible) to not eat any sugar, as there is sugar in pretty much everything. I completely cut out most sweets, though, besides a few things that are naturally sweetened instead of using sugar (or they have very little sugar). My substitutions: - "Two Good" Yogurt. Only has 2g of sugar, instead of the 20g regular yogurt has. - Lily's chocolate bars. Sweetened with Erythritol and Stevia. - Enlightened Ice Cream. Mostly sweetened with Erythritol, but it does have some sugar. I'm not a fan of artificial sweeteners, so I don't drink diet sodas at all. I drink water 98% of the time. If I want something different, I will grab a BAI drink, which is sweetened with... you guessed it, Erythritol! haha
  14. I do intermittent fasting. I only eat between 12 pm and 8 pm. Though, because I work full time, I only eat a small lunch around 12 pm and then nothing else until I get home around 5-6 pm. Most days, I don't eat past 7 pm, but if I decide I want/need something else, my cut off is 8 pm. It was pretty easy for me to get into IF, because I wasn't a breakfast eater before this anyway. So I'm not really missing out on anything. On weekends, I push past 12 pm and see just how long I can go before eating. Today, I didn't eat anything until 3 pm and then ate some more around 6:30 pm. Haven't had anything else since, except for water. I drink a lot of water. lol In addition to IF, I also watch my carbs. I'm not doing "keto" specifically, but I do keep my carbs low. I completely cut out bread, potatoes, pasta, and as much sugar as possible. It wasn't easy at first, but I don't even miss those things anymore. As for whether or not this has been successful, I have lost 130 pounds in the past year. :)
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