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  1. I’ve also got a Europe trip and cruise planned for next year. Also a result of a canceled March 2020 sailing. I didn’t purchase a cancel for any reason travel insurance policy. I’m not aware this option is available anymore. My Travelex plan stopped selling cafr options in March 2020. The cost of cafr insurance was pretty high back when they still sold it- about 10-12% of trip cost. The terms on rescheduling are currently much better with regard to airfare and cruise fares. I booked Airfare with British Airways. I used miles but noticed they had really flexible book
  2. Cruise nexts? I used some cruise nexts along with the fcc’s and 25% discounts. I didn’t give any additional $ but did get some sailings booked for 2021. idk what will actually happen when businesses start honoring all the credits. Airfare and cruises will have the credits dispersed over a couple years but what about stuff like concerts? Makes no sense with 2020 canceled and rescheduled for 2021. They were paid for 2020 and then working for free in 2021?
  3. It’s not just a marketing ploy to get us to book again. We’ve learned a considerable amount from diamond princess, restaurant, factories, meat packaging plant, nursing home, and even carpool outbreaks. We’re making huge strides with environmental changes that reduce spread. As long as Covid-19 is around and no vaccine or effective treatment, further outbreaks on a cruise ship will kill the industry. Even if the cruise lines were able to pack out a ship with willing passengers and crew, there’s just no ports that can afford the repeat cost of handling outbreaks. Ports turn away ships
  4. Wasn’t that an incredible vacation. I remember writing a port review and the only negative (pre covid) was all the passengers who were sick yet still going on tour busses... I hope crew will be enforcing a quarantine of sick passengers from now on. It will be a welcome change and make cruises a little less stressful for those of us that were not crazy about fellow passengers germ spreading habits even before covid-19. We spent quite a long time planning for that sailing, which was half the fun. I’m hoping to be cruising next spring. Stay well friend.
  5. I get what you’re saying but not sure it’s fair to single out the cruise population. Depending on what media and political view we subscribed to way back in January and February - we were either dealing with a common cold/political hoax or an almost certain pandemic unless we started widespread testing and social distancing. Cruise lines didn’t do anything different than our government, airlines, and the general public were doing. They were just easier to identify, single out and blame. People were inadvertently and unknowingly getting on flights, ships... because they had zero ability to
  6. Less than 20 years ago ncl was in danger of a Carnival takeover. They had some junk bonds due to Carnival and sold a couple ships and made good on the bonds/avoiding the hostile takeover. What they’re doing right now makes sense. They’re one of many companies that raise $ this way. I know Del Rio is someone to villanize but sounds to me like he’s showing us why he’s in charge. I remember reading how much these guys are paid in stock. I’d guess he has a strong desire to keep the business afloat and successful. I have faith that the cruise industry will be different but
  7. Does Genting HK and Apollo even have stake in NCLH anymore? Regardless I can see another big player coming into the picture. I ended up buying some stock when it first went into the $7’s. It’s been fun playing with it. A person could have tripled the investment with the wild swings. More fun than just reading the news. I know it’s risky and no different than gambling and but it has actually made me $.
  8. Me too. I’ve always had wonderful cruises on Ncl’s ships. I do prefer their smaller ships and I’m not big on the shows, smokey casinos and mass gathering events onboard. I’m more about watching the sea, relaxing, and the ports. I think there’s a lot of similar people who will be happy to resume cruising with more social distancing less pool parties and less tolerance for obvious sick people spreading viruses. I think ncl will need to figure ways to make money with potentially less crowded ships, which I’ll likely complain about but accept. I see costs for everything going up. I was happy
  9. Sorry had my years mixed up. The 19 night in February 2021 was the longer sailing I was thinking of. The suite prices are too high for me on that one but it looks like an excellent sailing. Getaway had some 10 & 11 night fall 2021 that are a little more reasonable. I personally prefer the Jewel class ships but did place a fcc on the Getaway Europe fall 2021. I figure at least I’m getting my previous fcc’s and cruise nexts parked on something tangible on paper. Gives me something travel wise to look forward to without spending more money. The Jewel 11 night Hawaii to Vancouver April, 202
  10. Perhaps your terms are different but I received 20% off future cruise fares in addition to the 125% fcc’s from the canceled cruise. Using your example of a $1000 canceled cruise: the fcc’s are $1000 plus an additional 25% or $250 fcc. Some closer in cancellations received a 150% fcc. Mine was a 3/29/20 sailing and qualified for the 125%. Again using your example: The 20% discount on a $1500 future sailing reduces that fare to $1200. The 25% ($250) fcc from canceled 1k sailing further reduces the fare to $950. The 1k original fare from cancellation is then credited
  11. Ymmv but I didn’t get a double credit. I used a pre covid fcc to book a March 29 canceled sailing. My 125% was based on the $ spent above and beyond the cn’s and fcc’s. My pcc was finally able to get me squared away and rebooked on a haven suite with no cash outlay. The ncl pcc can see that the fccs and cn’s are going to come back at some point but with all the additional cancellations it’ll be a while. The 20% discount, 125% fccs along with previous issued fcc’s and cruise nexts got me down to a great deal on a more desirable replacement sailing. A little patience paid off and at least I’
  12. I’m waiting on two Haven cruise next returns from my March 29th sailing. Still no fcc either. Ta said to check back mid April. husband received an initial email mid March with some pretty off the $ mark credits. He also initially had a $250 cruise next put back in his account which all have since disappeared. I think it’s just taking a while to get sorted out. I was initially offered a 20% off rebook if done before 4/10. I think that’s been extended till 4/14 so hopefully we’ll get the proper credits before that deadline. I think ours might be taking a little longer to process because
  13. I was notified on 3/13/20 that my 3/29/20 sailing was canceled. I’ve yet to see anything in my account or on my cc. My pcc says I now have one $250 cruise next. I had used (2) $500 Haven cruise nexts to book along with cash and fcc’s from a previous mishap. My husband’s “my ncl” has zero fcc ... and it’s not showing him booked on the sailing. My account still shows me as booked and departing today. Pretty frustrated because I could not get the correct proof of cancellation in time so was denied a refund /credit on my independent insurance policy. I did eventually get ahold of the ta and
  14. So some good news to report about the travel agency- they actually Called me! They are not charging the $100 cancellation fee And they’ll refund the $24.99 booking fee. They said ncl is canceling the sailings and it just takes a while. They were really nice and said they’ll call me back when they have more information.
  15. my biggest gripe is with the travel agency. I used a company that advertises they only do cruises. They are Loosely affiliated with Some airlines. They charge $24.99 processing fee and $100 cancellation fees. They are definitely not refunding the already charged $24.99 processing fees. Not sure how the $100 ta cancellation penalty will play out but they have the nerve to penalize their customers, provide zero help and zero ability to contact them and still beg for my business. I will never use or recommend Cru....Only to anyone. If I were them I’d at least have sent me an email letting me
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