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basenji56

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  1. I would love to see basenjis in the wild. My current basenji is descended from recent African imports!
  2. Have you had any complications if your previously booked person was a no show?
  3. I recently booked a cruise with the AI pricing. (My Travel Agent also has prices without AI but in this case, the AI was a better deal). I don't drink alcohol but do drink specialty coffees and sodas. I sure wish that sparkling water (Perrier etc) was included in the basic drinks package but it apparently is not. I can get around that by ordering club soda but still. I wonder how busy Il Bacio is going to be now that almost everyone can order specialty coffees.
  4. Has anyone actually stayed in one of these single cabins? I booked one for a September Edge cruise and am interested in your experience. The cabin I booked (6218) is not listed as an obstructed view. It just is smaller size but still has the infinite veranda. Celebrity Edge Cabin 6218 - Category ES - Edge Single Stateroom with Infinite Veranda 6218 on iCruise.com
  5. As I read this, it is limited to 10% for Elite members and above. 5% for lower level members. Exclusive Captains Club Newsletter December 2020 (celebritycruises.com) Now through January 31, Classic and Select members will save 5% on cruise fares and Elite members and above will save 10% on cruise fares when you book a veranda stateroom or higher.* This incredible offer is valid on sailings departing between July 1st, 2021 - December 31st, 2021 (excluding Galapagos), plus additional Celebrity Eclipse Sailings out of Australia and New Zealand through April 17, 2022.
  6. Celebrity might have issued an actual enhancement--10% off for Elite members on new bookings. Not sure how real the discounts are though.
  7. ROYAL CARIBBEAN NORWEGIAN PUT ON CREDIT WATCH BY S&P RATING AGENCY ARE SHARES DUE FOR A FALL? - YouTube
  8. Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings were put on watch for a credit-ratings downgrade amid concerns about their recent extensions of U.S. cruise suspensions into February and March. S&P Global Ratings said it has placed Royal Caribbean Group (ticker: RCL) on credit watch negative following the suspension of cruises. It did the same for NCL, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) that holds debt.
  9. AYX: 4 Downgraded Stocks to Avoid (stocknews.com) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH - Get Rating) Times are tough for NCLH and fellow cruise line operators. NCLH owns and operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Oceania Cruises. All in all, NCLH has 28 ships and nearly 60,000 berths. The POWR Ratings reveal NCLH has an “F” grade in the Buy & Hold Grade component along with a “D” grade in the Industry Rank component. NCLH is ranked fourth of five stocks in the Travel – Cruises category. The stock has a year-to-date price return o
  10. Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line Are Put on Credit Watch Over Extended Suspensions | Barron's
  11. Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line Are Put on Credit Watch Over Extended Suspensions | Barron's
  12. I am not asking for any TAs to identify themselves and mention their business. Just was interested in general terms.
  13. It is my understanding that travel agents haven't really gotten any commissions since the industry shut down. Is this correct? How are TAs getting compensated? I know that my TA is very busy in cancelling and rebooking cruises--but I don't think that she is receiving any commissions??
  14. “We owe this to the travel agents”: Celebrity Cruises - Travelweek 2. How has Celebrity handled refunds throughout this crisis and, more importantly for travel agents, how has it handled commissions? “We have been leading the way in this very important area since day 1 of the pause. We came out with the ‘Cruise With Confidence’ in March to ensure we were and are protecting our guests and ultimately our travel partners. We have strategically waited to announce further pauses to our fleet to protect our travel partners and guests. The bookings have been protected and we are even
  15. Those that are promising refunds are doing so to avoid looking bad to future customers, he said. Meanwhile, the cruise lines continued to take payments for scheduled cruises that have later been canceled as the pandemic drags on, he said. “It’s a giant Ponzi scheme,” he said. “The cruise lines are marketing and selling cruises knowing they will be canceled. Then they hold onto the money and offer future cruise credits.” A newly formed organization called Global Cruise Activist Network, which is pushing the industry to improve how it treats th
  16. Cruisers still awaiting refunds, anger at MSC and Norwegian - South Florida Sun-Sentinel (sun-sentinel.com)
  17. Cruisers still awaiting refunds, anger at MSC and Norwegian - South Florida Sun-Sentinel (sun-sentinel.com) Those that are promising refunds are doing so to avoid looking bad to future customers, he said. Meanwhile, the cruise lines continued to take payments for scheduled cruises that have later been canceled as the pandemic drags on, he said. “It’s a giant Ponzi scheme,” he said. “The cruise lines are marketing and selling cruises knowing they will be canceled. Then they hold onto the money and offer future cruise credits.”
  18. I believe that alcohol consumption WAS declining up until this year. However, this has changed given the lockdowns and the new normal. US alcohol consumption is up 14% during COVID-19, JAMA study finds (usatoday.com) "Any increases in alcohol use during the pandemic could be a cause for concern, particularly if the increases stem from an attempt to cope with negative emotions associated with the crisis," Koob said. The World Health Organization in April warned that alcohol consumption can put people at increased risk of contracting the coronavirus because a
  19. Of course no one is "forced" to do anything. Hence my quotation marks around the word "forced." Last week, I was able to book a seven day Alaska cruise without the amenities. Subtracting out the gratuities, the price was $700 more with the amenities. I decided to book the cruise without the amenities. I would have chosen not to book if I were required to purchase amenities that I didn't need or want. I don't drink alcohol so I don't need to spend $700 for a few sodas and lattes.
  20. I think that you are correct. And you are exactly correct about the drink packages. When you look at what they charge for drink packages, its pretty crazy given their cost. "Forcing" people to buy the overpriced drinks package is what this all about. I'm not sure about the margin on the surf wifi package, but forcing people to pay $119 pp for a seven day cruise has to have a big profit margin too.
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