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Joanne G.

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  1. I don't know when I will cruise again. My long-anticipated British Isles cruises in May was canceled. I researched replacement cruises in 2021 and 2022 on which I could use the FCC, but ultimately I decided to take the refund instead. There are too many unknowns about cruising, and travel in general, for me to be comfortable making any plans at all right now. I was going on my canceled cruise as a solo, and the social nature of cruising was why I felt comfortable doing the trip by myself. How does one be sociable while social-distancing at a dining room table, at a bar, in the theater, around the pool? I wear a mask when doing essential errands around town, but I don't want to wear one on a vacation. I view the need for one as a recognition that a potentially deadly virus is still circulating, and perhaps it's not a good idea for me, as a senior citizen, to be in crowds as long as masks are recommended. What will flying be like? Arriving at the airport 4 hours before the flight to allow for additional screening and spaced-out lines? What will airline pricing be if a certain number of seats are deliberately left empty? How many seats need to be empty to allow passengers to be 6 feet apart? How comfortable would I be on a flight without social distancing? After many cruises in the Caribbean, I am primarily interested in cruises (and land vacations) in Europe at this time. What will social-distancing be like at the Eiffel Tower, Westminster Abbey, the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, Edinburgh Castle, and all the other popular sites? Extremely high admission fees to reduce the crowds, with reservations needed far, far in advance? Whatever one chooses to do, it seems impossible to avoid crowds on port visits. I also wonder if the currently published 2021 and 2022 itineraries, particularly in Europe, may be altered if demand doesn't bounce back. I don't want to again have to deal with a canceled cruise and then have to cancel flights, ground transportation, admission to attractions, and hotels. (I know any cruise can be canceled for any number of reasons; it's happened to me a few times on Caribbean itineraries. But I see a higher-than-normal risk in these times of travel uncertainty, and I am more comfortable avoiding that risk than taking it on.) Before the pandemic, I had booked a cruise in Europe for late August of 2021. I will keep that reservation, as it's a refundable deposit and final payment isn't due until next May. At that time, I will be in a better position to decide if I want to go. I will wait until then to make flight reservations. We all adapted to increased security measures after 9/11, so maybe I will adapt to whatever changes come due to this pandemic. But I don't know what those changes will be, or what the status of a vaccine will be, so my choice is not to make any big plans for the time being. I don't know what I will do for travel or recreation in the meantime. Maybe take walks in some lightly-visited state park that's within driving distance. Maybe nothing. It makes me sad, but staying healthy is more important. But as a show of faith that I will get to Europe at some point, I am hanging on to the euros and pounds that I got for my canceled cruise rather than selling them back to my bank. 🤞
  2. Sea day afternoon, pool deck on a Carnival cruise. The cruise director called for volunteers, 5 men and 5 women, without telling them what they had to do. When he had the brave volunteers, he told them each team had a short period to time to put together a water ballet, and the rest of us would pick the winning team. The men won by a landslide (loud applause), doing a number to the Titanic theme song. They started at the top of the stairs on the deck above the pool, descended with much drama, and continued the hilarious movements upon jumping into the pool and doing their synchronized cavorting in the water. We laughed harder at that than we have at any of the onboard comedy shows.
  3. Wow! It's a good thing I am an accountant so I can follow that LOL! Thanks for the details. I work with a long- time trusted travel agent for booking, but I do my own preliminary research and this is good to know in advance.
  4. There are multiple parts to the question of whether there will be cruising in 2021. What will the cruise lines be doing? What will pricing be? What will the airlines be doing and what will their pricing be? How many and which ports will be welcoming cruise ships? And, most importantly, what will we all feel like doing? I am in the process of deciding between a refund or a FCC for my canceled NCL cruise. If I decide on a credit, I will look at 2022 itineraries, some of which are now out. I will sit on an existing Carnival reservation for late summer of 2021, which I made long before this crises, and will decide about it at the time of final payment. But I don't want to make any other plans for 2021 and risk more turmoil and cancelations - including flight cancelations.
  5. That is my expectation, too. The remaining 2020 and even the 2021 itineraries were set long before this crisis, and a different level of demand may result in ships being shuffled around and itineraries being altered. I believe we should be prepared for changes on anything currently booked. I am looking at 2022, but even that far out, no one can predict what the demand will be. How the airlines recover is also a factor. Cheap flights to encourage people to fly? Expensive flights as they try to build up cash? Fewer flights? Mergers? Lots of unknowns, but one way or other, sooner or later, the travel industry will recover. And I am going to do my part to help it along. 😉
  6. Love the positivity! My May 17 British Isles cruise was canceled just last week. I knew it would get canceled, but I am still so sad, as I had looked forward to it for over a year. I booked as a solo, so it was a lot of money to me, and I planned to request a refund. I long ago booked a 2021 cruise on another line. But when I saw how big the FCC would be, combined with the fact that 2022 European itineraries are now posted, I am now leaning towards putting that big credit towards a similar itinerary, this time in an upgraded cabin. Being solo, that big credit is all mine LOL! Like others in this thread, I like making a show of faith in NCL and cruising in general. Plus I avoid the stress of waiting for a refund that could be months away. Instead, I can have a paid-for vacation to look forward to. 😄
  7. Good point. Thanks. Another reason to just go for the refund. Then I will have the ultimate flexibility on what and when my replacement vacation will be.
  8. So I take that to mean if I canceled a rebooked cruise, within the normal cancelation guidelines at the time, I would get back the credit to use on yet another cruise, not a refund. I could live with that. Thanks for the information.
  9. I would be more inclined to take a FCC if it came with some flexibility. I would not want to book a new cruise for a 2021 sailing with a FCC and have it be non-refundable. It seems safer to go for the refund - assuming NCL eventually cancels my May 17 cruise.
  10. I don't know the answer, but my question would be the opposite. If I book a future cruise using the incentives, could I change my mind and later request a refund? What might the cancelation policy be on that re-booked cruise? Has anyone had experience with changes like these?
  11. United Airlines is allowing cancelations of flights through the end of the year for a credit to be used for future flights. The details are on their website. Read everything carefully, but it looks like you can save the value of your flights for a trip next year. The alternative to you canceling for a credit is to keep checking to see if United cancels your flights, in which case you are theoretically entitled to a refund, though reports are - and my own experience is - that could take a while. If you booked through a travel site, then you need to deal with them. A co-worker of mine was able to cancel a United flight through Expedia for a credit. I feel your pain. I am on the May 17-31 Star cruise around the British Isles, which also has not been canceled by NCL, but I am definitely not going on it. If NCL doesn't cancel, then I will before the 48-hour period, which will get me a credit, not a refund, but better than losing it all. You have that same option to cancel anytime up to 48 hours before sailing for a credit.
  12. Is it normal for a travel agent site to have the information before it's on NCL's site? I might be interested in using a FCC for 2022, but I can't do any research until the itineraries are made public.
  13. I bought my American Airlines ticket on an American Airlines credit card -- not an AA branded Visa or MC, but a credit card just for flights. So I probably won't win a dispute with that CC company. 🙁
  14. Waiting for the same answer regarding my May 17 British Isles cruise from Southampton on the Star. My pre- and post-cruise hotels canceled before I got around to it. The tour company I had booked with for transportation to and from the port has suspended operations. The Van Gogh museum, which I had planned to visit on a port stop, notified me that they are closed, and they are refunding my prepaid admission ticket. Only NCL seems to think this cruise is happening. American canceled my direct flights and put me on flights with layovers. I canceled on that basis. My request for review is "pending review."
  15. From reading these boards lately, it seems Delta has been more accommodating than American, the one I am dealing with over a May flight to London for an NCL cruise, which I will cancel if NCL doesn't. The advice I got was to keep checking my flight reservation to see if the airline makes any changes to my flights, as that can present an opportunity to request a refund if you don't want to accept the change. Eventually, American canceled my direct flights and put me on flights with layovers, and I canceled right away online and requested a refund. A week later, my request is still pending. Who knows how hard I will have to fight for what I am entitled to (per DOT regulations) or if I will ever get it. Anyway, you can check your reservation periodically for such a change. Otherwise, you may as well wait until closer to the date of your scheduled flight to call them and plead your case. Good luck.
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