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  1. 0, I’m good day 1, this virus has a very short lifespan, a couple of days and its gone. Happy to take advantage of any discounts for those first ships out of the gate!
  2. This was probably when it was served in the Parmesan cheese basket but that’s a topic for a whole other thread! 😉. They do have an amazing fettuccine Alfredo.
  3. This! This is on my bucket list! Absolutely beautiful.
  4. I hope our paths will cross one day on a cruise (also would love to meet @Pam in CA and @PescadoAmarillo)! Its hard to even explain, walking off that gangway onto the ship, its like a huge weight is lifted off your shoulders and you just take this big cleansing breath.
  5. This was likely just a CYA thing, which is why its a notice posted to their website and not a wider messaging. Likely what happened, a couple of employees clicked links in emails they weren’t supposed to and gave the bad actor their credentials. It wouldn’t be limited to emails that YOU sent Princess, but what those respective employees sent internally to other employees, which is much more likely (depending on their position) to contain more personal information. That said, its likely its VERY limited information int the grand scheme of things. Most major companies archive all employee emails, so they likely have an idea exactly what was potentially compromised and posted this to cover themselves. Just my thoughts.
  6. With all that’s going on in other threads: discussion, panic, things in between, I thought it may be nice for a break and for us to focus on why we choose to cruise and why Princess makes cruising home for you. Please leave the virus discussion to the dozens of other threads, lets focus on the wonderful bits of life here. For me there is nothing better than a blended drink with an umbrella, no ringing phones, no responsibilities and the wonderful motion of the ocean making me sleep like a baby! (Ok so that last one in in Puerto Rico pre-cruise, but close enough!)
  7. Just because its on the internet doesn’t make it true. This is just blatantly false information, and spreading it just confuses people. Unless you can show me a link to a policy that lists “Cancel for any reason” and has stipulations on cancelling then please stop sharing this information. The reason you won’t find this is the company would get sued immediately, you cant say you can cancel for any reason and then say well not because of epidemic, etc. This is VERY different than being able to obtain this rider for a policy, yes many companies offer stipulations on purchasing this rider, but again its very easy to find a policy that you can get CFAR without many restrictions,. I posted about one earlier, Princess directly offers it as long as its before final payment.
  8. A lot of policies cover pre-existing conditions, generally have to purchase before final payment, that’s the catch.
  9. Ive never heard of a CC policy that includes CFAR, I think the OP was just saying they have trip insurance and tried to.claim interruption or cancellation due to the disease, which I have yet to see a policy that includes that, in any form (epidemic, pandemic etc). which is why everyone is now recommending your policy have a CFAR provision. If you find a CC that has this please let me know, Ill sign up for that in a heartbeat.
  10. Yup, exactly my point, you know the risks and are comfortable with any losses you incur. One thing I will point out is that US health insurance abroad is generally secondary insurance, meaning you have to pay at time of service and get reimbursed when you get home. This could be tens of thousands of dollars if not more, many people (you seem to not fall in this category) cant float that kind of money. Which is why picking the right cruise insurance policy is best to ensure they cover for what YOU need, which everyone will be different. My post was mainly for those that like to hop on here and complain that a for profit company isn’t willing to give them every penny back due to something the company has no control over, and then they say this creates a financial hardship. That’s where I was going. Keep me in mind in case you change your mind on the adoption, DW and I are great “kids” to have around 🙂
  11. Sorry, I checked and its 75% here are the qualifying conditions for adding this on: If You cancel Your Trip for any reason not otherwise covered by this Certificate, the Company will reimburse You for the percentage of the prepaid, forfeited, non-refundable Payments or Deposits You paid for Your Trip shown on the Confirmation of Coverage provided: a) Your premium payment is received prior to or on the date Your final deposit/payment for Your Trip is received; and b) You insure all prepaid Trip costs that are subject to cancellation penalties or restrictions and also insure prior to or on the date Your final payment for those arrangements the cost of any subsequent arrangements (or any other arrangements not made through Your travel agent) added to Your Trip; and c) You cancel Your Trip two (2) days or more before Your Scheduled Departure Date.
  12. So check out the Nationwide Luxury Cruise policy, i get their insurance every time. When I compared policies years ago Even when adding CFAR it was still cheaper than Princess with free Platinum upgrade. Granted we only get 80% back on CFAR, but hey something is better than nothing, plus they have great cruise specific items like missed ports etc. I had to file a claim once when fog in Galveston had us leave a day late, we missed Key West and got $500 back. Easiest claim I ever had. Our total trip cost is generally around $3-4K and we never pay more than about $200 for both of us. Plus their medical and evacuation limits are outstanding.
  13. My 2 cents here. We are in our 30s and will NEVER book a cruise where we cannot afford to pay the insurance (third party, Princess Insurance costs us more money and has terrible medical benefits), we consider it part of our cruise fare and build this into our vacation cost. IMO traveling without it at any age is irresponsible unless you are fully prepared to lose your full travel costs and can self insure medically for well into the 6 figures, which if you can and are looking to adopt please let me know! That being said, airlines are generally the worst with cancellation policies and fees etc. Even some of them are letting anyone on any itinerary makes changes without penalty. Princess could do the same. Should they give refunds, no that’s what insurance is for, but could they let you move the funds to another cruise on a different date, I think that’s reasonable. As mentioned previously, cancel for any reason options are just that, you can cancel for ANY reason. Saying there are exceptions to this, and that pandemics etc don’t qualify, is also irresponsible and has no basis in fact.
  14. I would take the very first cruise offered. Can all but guarantee the ship will have never been so clean, hell probably even cleaner than its maiden voyage. The PR disaster that would ensue if someone got sick from sailing onboard would be devastating, they will likely take extraordinary measures to ensure that doesn’t happen.
  15. You’re right, hand soap isn’t designed to kill anything (yes we can get in the debate about antibacterial handsoaps, but lets just go with the normal variety for now). Hand soap is designed to loosen the virus/bacteria etc from your hands and then wash it away with copious amounts of water, which is why they say to wash your hands for 20 seconds to let water do the real work and get the stuff off of you, not kill it. Well I am no doctor but I believe that’s correct, the issue is with how hand sanitizers generally work, which is via alcohol or some variation thereof. Great against killing bacteria, not so great a viruses. I’m sure there are variations and people will say theirs is better or what not, but the thing is it never beats washing your hands, reference my comment above.
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