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  1. I don't think anyone has any scientific data on when the cruise industry will be able to sail. Everyone is just guessing at this point, even the cruise lines.
  2. My august cruise on Harmony has not budged in price at all, and is still higher than what I paid 8 months ago. I do see some previously sold out categories are now available though. I can't imagine they're really going to drop prices at this point, given it's very uncertain when they'll be able to cruise again, how many ports they'll be able to cruise too and what demand will be like. My guess is they're just going to pause everything and wait and see how it all plays out before doing much with prices.
  3. I think the odds that they'll be able to start up again on April 11 are fairly slim at this point.
  4. How did you upgrade? I keep checking for our 8/30 sailing but prices haven't budged.
  5. If you cancel, is your credit per booking or per cabin or per person? Say I booked 2 cabins, one for 3 people and one for 2 people. Would I get a credit that has to be used for 2 cabins, one for three people and one for two people? Or would I just get the equivalent of a gift card saying "you have $X,000 to spend on a future cruise for whatever people and cabins you want"?
  6. A week ago I was thinking about picking up some RCI stock on sale. This week though I'm starting to get nervous about them actually making it through this. I doubt they'll fold forever, but I feel like there's now a decent chance they'll have to declare bankruptcy and restructure, wiping out any stocks I purchase. Of course this could all blow over sooner rather than later and things could rebound, but it's looking like a riskier bet this week than last thanks to the state department announcement.
  7. My cruise is in August and I'm a little concerned as I have 6 weeks left before final payment (and thus losing more money than just my deposit), and their recently announced 48 hour cancellation policy only applies for cruises through the end of July. If they don't extend the policy in the next 6 weeks, and this doesn't all blow over, I'm going to have to make a gut call on whether to cancel before more than just my security deposit is on the line. Not super pleased about that! I'd be happy to hang in there and see how things play out by late summer if I knew I wouldn't risk losing money if things work out badly. Like others I'm not that worried about getting sick, but I am worried about missing ports or getting stuck in quarantines. And I have 3 people over the age of 78 going on our cruise so that is a big concern as well.
  8. That's strange, because when I choose something in the cruise planner it makes me select the guests by name who it is for...
  9. We are letting my daughter take a friend on our cruise in August, but at the age of 14 there is a lot of drama in her friend group and she's already changed her mind twice on what friend she wants to bring. I booked the room a while ago knowing that I could always change the name, but I'd like to book some excursions ahead of time before things sell out and I'm wondering what happens to that if I change the name on the reservation. Do they get cancelled? Or transferred to the replacement name? Also does anyone know what the deadline is to change a name? I found some posts saying you could do it up to 24 hours before departure but those were from a decade ago and I can't find anything current in royal caribbeans FAQ.
  10. I was excited to see this as an offering on our royal caribbean cruise next august, but looking at it I see they claim it's an 8 hour trip. The schedule shows an 8am departure and 4am return time (the boat doesn't leave until 6pm). From what I have read, the trip is about 5 hours by bus plus 1.5 hours by ferry, which puts us at 6.5 hours of travel out of an 8 hour trip. Add in some misc delays and transfers and it's likely less than an hour at the site. For anyone who has been there, is that worth it? It seems like a place I'd want to spend more time at so I'm contemplating doing one of the ruins trips at Costa Maya instead and perhaps saving Chichen Itza for a future non cruise trip...
  11. Awesome, I'll have to keep an eye out. What section in the cruise planner is it under? I'm guessing Internet & More? I'm so far out everything just says it's unavailable except excursions at ports.
  12. Does anyone know how far in advance they start selling this? My cruise is a good 18 months out and lots of things aren't available in the cruise planner, but I'm curious when I should start watching out for the key to be purchasable.
  13. I don't know if this is the right board to ask this but I don't see other "general discussion" kinda boards... I'm looking to book a cruise in late august 2020. I've got a narrow window because I want to go after my son turns 21 and before my daughter starts school. This leaves our departure window to be roughly August 26 - August 30. We're looking to do a caribbean which puts us with 3 good options that I can find and we're looking for 2 balcony cabins. MSC Seaside I actually already booked this one but it's completely refundable. The big pros are what I would consider the best itinerary and lowest price. The ship also looks beautiful. By the time of our trip the cruise will stop at their private island and unlike every other line will stay docked at the private island until 11pm. I feel like this would be awesome, to not be rushed to get back for dinner and get to enjoy the sunset and stars on the island. The other ports also look great (Ocho Rios, Georgetown and Cozumel). Price is amazing at $4200 for 2 balcony cabins. Downsides, the reviews are real questionable. Every cruise I've been on have bad reviews but seaside seems like the ratio of negative to positive is a lot worse. I'm slightly concerned about some of the amenities we might miss though from our past RCL cruises (no real video games in the "arcade", no rock walls, no ice skating, etc etc). Little worried it will be boring, and also it seems like less food options than other cruises (my kids love johnny rockets on RCL, on MSC it looks like you basically have the buffet or dining room and that's it). Carnival Vista I like this option because of the havana cabins. While not quite a balcony, having a private pool area would be amazing and I like the lounge chairs on the patio. This is a reasonably good value too, with the havana cabins working out to around $5400 for 2 cabins. The ship looks pretty nice too, and a more similar atmosphere to our past cruises. The itinerary is just a bit meh (Cozumenl, Belize City and Roatan). But with that private havana pool area sea days might be a lot more pleasant. One concern is the Galveston departure. This is not actually bad since we have some family in Houston we could visit but I heard from someone else that cruises departing from Galveston tend to be 90% Texans and have a bit of a Texas vibe that may or may not be great depending on your perspective... Also from the reading I've done it sounds like the port at Galveston is a hot mess compared to the florida ports. There's also the option of doing the Carnival Horizon out of Miami but it's a 6 day instead of a 7 day and instead goes to Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Harmony of the Seas We've already done Harmony and like the boat so we pretty much know what to expect on this one. The itinerary looks pretty good (Perfect Day at Cococay, Cozumen, Roatan, Costa Maya). All things considered we'd probably do this one again but it's by far the most expensive at $6700 for two balcony cabins. Ouch! But it might be worth the splurge.
  14. I've been on 4 cruises to date, all of which had a bunch of negative reviews. I loved all 4, even the el cheapo carnival cruise on an old boat going from LA down to baja. Maybe I'm just easy to please, but I don't let negative reviews get to me. I've booked an MSC cruise on seaside for next summer because there are really only 3 boats that are an option for us and MSC looks like the best value for the itinerary (Harmony of the seas would be a whopping $2500 more for 2 balcony cabins). I'm also really excited about stopping at their new private island with a late 11pm departure which is something I don't think any other cruise line does (at least all the ones I've done depart their private island by 5 or 6 pm and you never get to spend an evening there). Most of the complaints don't concern me. I've seen complaints about too many rude foreigners on board. Well every cruise I've been on has been full of rude people and I don't personally care what nationality they are. Staff who aren't always in your face happy? That sounds better, I get slightly freaked out by the Disney style of service where it's just so over the top trying to make everything "magical". I've seen show complaints but then descriptions and reviews of the shows sound great to me and I like that they are shorter and offered every night rather than most cruise lines doing 2 big 1+ hour shows a few nights of the cruise. The only things that slightly concern me are: 1. Lack of comedy shows. Improv is ok but I always enjoy stand up on boats. 2. Lack of casual dining options. My kids really liked having johnny rockets and the like on RCL ships, looks like on seaside your options are basically buffet or dining room. 3. All the yacht club people on here talking about how non yacht club passengers are treated like dirt. I suspect it's just a bit of snootiness from people with large pockets and high standards and we'll be just fine but it does make me wonder if my bella balcony experience is really the modern equivalent of steerage... At the end of the day though I'm pretty undemanding and don't get worked up over things, and every cruise I've been on had bad parts which in the end aren't a big deal if you just accept it and enjoy your trip. And I look forward to trying something a bit different. When we were on Harmony last summer we saw the Seaside and I'd never heard of MSC before but though the ship was beautiful and different, so I can't wait to give it a try.
  15. I'm hoping so as well although the drink package is pretty limited, but it makes upgrading cheaper. I went ahead and booked for August 2020, given they have full refunds until 90 days out I figure if a better deal comes along later on I can either try to convince them to give it to me, or worst case cancel and rebook.
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