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  1. I thought that maybe I could get a head start on getting a refund on my deposit, and I figured I could almost assuredly re-book it if it turns out that it's going and I'd be comfortable aboard.
  2. I just cancelled my booking on a June 2021 Baltic cruise. I wasn't going to wait for them to cancel it for me, LOL. If things look up, I know I'll be able to book a 2021 cruise closer to the date.
  3. That depends on your definition of "solo friendly". For me, I decided Crystal was the most solo friendly because they have low solo supplements on virtually all voyages, and they treat solos well i.e. they treat solos exactly like any other passenger who is traveling with someone else. That's what I think of as "solo friendly" - no discrimination of solos, even in small things. I get tired of standing in line to enter or be seated somewhere and they address the pair behind me, as if we must be a group of 3. Stuff like that. And with solo supplements in the 25%-30% range, even a luxury li
  4. I think of it more as "for those who want to choose if or when to rub elbows with fellow passengers"
  5. Because being separated from everything, looking off the ship and seeing no commercial life, really helps me relax and feel calm. I could probably get equally as calm and relaxed in a solitary cabin in the woods, too, but cruise ships come with better food and service 😉 When I get to a port, even seeing the equipment and cars near a large port causes me to subtly tense up a bit. Other than mid-day trivia, I don't do any activities, even ones I think would be interesting......my time is spent watching the ocean, reading a book, listening to an audiobook, or playing Scrabble and chatting w
  6. But the reason it was not provided was not a fraudulent one. Fraud is more than just not delivering what was purchased - it's intentionally using deception to steal (that money, by not delivering the product). There was no deception involved.
  7. Hotels as well - I think hotels most of all, who were already having difficulty with the AirBnB type offerings.
  8. The difference is in the motivation, not the action. One is about a contagious disease, the other is about ideology.
  9. I would love a 14 day cruise with no port calls! I've almost been on a cruise leg like that: Hawaii to New Zealand with no stops, a total of 12 days at sea, if I recall. It was wonderful! (The cruise started in LA, and Oahu was the only stop on the trip to NZ.)
  10. It's hard - you kind of have to know why you like what you like, and look for signs that those same things (even in a different package) will be there.
  11. I'd rather not book a cruise than book a cruise I don't want.......there are lots of other ways to travel. I cruise for sea days not port stops, so if the ship isn't what I want, it's not worth it.
  12. You're right! The difference is astounding, far more than I'd imagined; it's shocking to see it in black and white like this (from the linked article): " The primary benchmark is the EU's average number of new infections per 100,000 people over the past two weeks. For the EU, that number is 16. For the US, it's 107."
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