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  1. Update: Princess refund (13k+) was posted to account on June 4. It showed on app on June 9 and I called Citi and requested full credit to my bank. Called today for progress report. Was approved yesterday. "Watch for it soon" HOWEVER, they deducted my balance due (2K) from the the credit due as my due date was yesterday, which is what I asked them not to do so my paper trail for accounting was clear. (I pay off my card monthly). Had nice lady trying to resolve, but was disconnected at the 16:30 minute as she talked to people. Call back got me a guy who could do not
  2. Hmm. Seems like it should be easier as they are refunding $$ that have been refunded to them. But, I suppose such transactions are open to fraud. OTOH, Citi was very quick in taking care of hundreds in fraudulent charges (Time-Warner cable fees, Netflix, some credit monitoring charges) that appeared on my account over a week. New card overnight, too.
  3. Thanks for the heads-up. Find it odd, but waited this long, anyway. They may want to reverse the reward that was originally credited last year? Wonder if the lag-time on the refund date and posting was on Princess or Citi? Usually "pending" amounts are shown quickly.
  4. Received credit today (June 9) for April 11 (28 day LA-Hawaii-Tahiti RT) cruise. Credit dated June 4. Cruise cancelled by Princess in first round. NO CALLS to Princess or agency made, NO CC dispute made. I just let the process work and saved the angst. Requested most efficient credit back to my bank from Citi. They advised they will make direct deposit back to my bank in 3-5 days as refund must be reviewed because it is a large amount. Alternatively, I could have left as a credit balance. (Presumably no review was necessary for that 😉) FCC of 25% was also received some week
  5. Re: furloughs-"why would they do that?" You misunderunderstand who was furloughed or let go. Entertainment travel coordinators, ship supply logistics, etc are obviously (and sadly)not needed currently. More staff has been assigned to speed up refund processing which more people are reporting.
  6. When you rebook, you will have the opportunity to find an agency offering the OBC or perks you will not be using on the cancelled cruise. And likely some Princess FCC as well.
  7. FWIW - I find this a better way to look at the refund I also am waiting for: It was money set aside for a special cruising experience. If I don't get it back, I am no worse off financially, but I will have lost the experience. Others - crew members who serve us so well- who have much less than you or me have lost months of the ability to support their families. All my fretting will not get a dollar back a day sooner.
  8. Do not know the terms of the NCL infusion. Words is they carry the most debt of three majors While it is shaky for all, imagine terms of some current debt will be renegotiated as I do not think banks/investment firms want to own cruise ships.
  9. Sure they paid a premium for financing, but it is encouraging to know there are still investors who think cruise lines will make it. Closer than we were yesterday to being on the high seas.
  10. That's my take on it. Buffet just sold his airline positions, doubt he'd want a ship. CCL and RCL don't have extra dollars for expansion. Seems to me the buyer pool is small.
  11. Right now it seems NCL is offering equity and a board seat, for cash. Not outright sale of assets. If you want to buy assets, buy them cheap in bankruptcy where there will be little competition. No bank or investment firm wants to own a cruise ship.
  12. After cancelled spring and summer cruises, looked at September B2B Solstice cruises yesterday (Alaska/Hawaii). Would have booked until I noticed no shortened final payment date/cancellation date for September. So final would be due in June before they actually sailed first proposed sailing in July. Perhaps they'll adjust again if the really want new bookings, which I think they do.
  13. One of the boys of cruising is interacting and learning the stories of the wonderful international crew. This was very touching and gave me a lump in my throat.
  14. Since this Cruise Critic board represents a tiny fraction of the Princess cruising public, we really don't know how many are getting refunds at this point. Wish we did.
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