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    Fort Myers, FL USA
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    St Thomas

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  1. In my case, it is Bad News/ Good News. The Bad News is that I have $1,300 in Carnival Gift Cards purchased a considerable time ago when you could get discounts on the gift card purchases. If Carnival goes under, I figure they are saw dust any way. I had 2 cruises cancelled but still have one booked for January, 2022 with an obc of $650. When my final payment of $971.64 comes due in September, I might as well use the gift cards to pay for it. Nothing to lose at this point but even now, I have my doubts about that cruise actually taking place. Have completed 23 Carnival cruises and have se
  2. If I cannot leave the ship without taking a ship tour then I expect that Carnival should provide many activities on the ship while in port. I cruise not to rest but actively participate. So there should be Bingo, shows, comic sessions, etc. If not, I can sit him on my lanai and get all the rest I want for a lot less.
  3. Does anyone know if the VA offers this in all states or just Texas? I never received an Email like that. I did enroll on a Florida State Email site and was enrolled to receive the vaccine. That was weeks and I never heard from them again and now we have the weather delay.
  4. There is another way to look at this. If there are 500 crew members and 3 with the virus then that equals .006 percent. That's a much lower percentage than if they lived on shore. You might be better off sailing. I know I am exaggerating but it is food for thought. Now if I could only get the vaccine.
  5. My insurance was with Travel Insured International. I cancelled a January 2021 cruise and booked the May cruise which I have also cancelled. The final result was that for the first cruise the insurance was applied to a January 2022 cruise. For the second cancelled cruise, the deposit was credited to my charge account. Was very satisfied with the handling.
  6. The problem is that if I wait for that, I have to make the final payment of a nearly $2,000 within the next couple of weeks with the possibility of losing that.
  7. Had a cruise booked for this month which was cancelled and so I booked another for for May. Doubt May will take place so I cancelled it (I think) because my final payment was due. Because of the cruising problems, my Cruise Agency is on the verge of bankruptcy and it is almost impossible to deal with. They said the cruise would be cancelled and I would get an Email as confirmation. Never got it. They also said I would lose the deposit. Be strange if the May cruise is actually cancelled and I lose my deposit for a cruise that never takes place. You know Carnival will get a letter on that
  8. Cruised on the Tropicale in 2000 and we went through the Panama Canal. Even though a rather small ship there was only a foot or two of space on either side of the ship when going through the locks. They really had to be careful. We went through the locks and then entered Gatum Lake where we stayed an hour or so and then went back through the locks. When we would be in port and docked next to the larger cruise ships, we would be on the top deck and would be looking directly at deck 5 of the ship next to us. Then I would wonder. What would it be like to be on such a large ship?
  9. Well, based on the opinions provided so far, prices will definitely, without any doubt, go up or down. Glad we got that settled. All kidding aside, it's a heads or tails determination.
  10. I am surprised that no one has mentioned that some one or some entity bought the $102,909,930.47 of stock so they must have thought this was a great deal and were going to make money out of it. They certainly thought that Carnival would not be going out of business. I hope they are right although I, myself, am dubious. You would have to be a billionaire to play games like this.
  11. The unknown factor here is the vaccines and how fast they can be distributed. I have a cruise booked for May 1 and I am a bit skeptical. Like testing now, I see long lines and maybe several attempts. You can be sure you won't cruise until you get one. The trouble is I have to make final payment in late January.
  12. The first tought I had on reading the title was this should not be allowed on Cruise Critic. Then I read the actual post. It's just me. Then I got a big smile on my face. You are absolutely right. I enjoy hearing those ship horns along with a couple of hundred other passengers. I guess we all get horny when we cruise.
  13. I understand that when given the virus tests, about 7 percent test positive (This number varies a bit depending who you ask). So if 2000 people cruise (not counting the crew) and take tests after the cruise, you would expect 140 people would test positive. I know I am playing games with numbers but I did think it interesting. Now if they had stayed home, would the number still stay at 140 cases? By the way, I am not taking any sides in this matter but am just curious. I imagine we will now hear from both sides of this matter proving opposide points.
  14. How about we add a cruise line called MISCELLANEOUS. One entry and it solves the problem. Not serious debating. Just having fun.
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