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  1. Situation where we had booked it very early. We had a 17 day booked to Hawaii on HAL for 1/21 and a 15 day cruise to Alaska for July/21. We did a 15 day to Hawaii in January 2020. While we were still on that one, we and our traveling companions decided to cancel the HAL cruise since we had already been to Hawaii many times and for some reason the 15 day we were on just seemed long and a different vibe. We canceled the HAL right away in January when we got home, but kept the Alaska booking for awhile as we did some soul searching. Over the last couple of months we have been discussing why the l
  2. Cancelled a July 2021 cruise on May 4th. We had placed a $200 deposit. At time of cancellation I was informed it could be 90 days before my deposit was refunded to my credit card. Received a credit for $200 on May 29th. Sorry for those waiting on much larger amounts. I realize that mine was an "easy" one because it did not involve any FCC and was well outside any penalty window.
  3. Just providing information and references from official sites. I realize that many will ignore the guidelines. Again, from the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html Countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission): Australia Brazil Canada Chile Ecuador India Indonesia China Europe (Schengen Area): Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, L
  4. Some seem confused or not aware regarding official guidelines regarding isolation upon return. Here is the link to the CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/returning-cruise-voyages.html Basically: Stay home for 14 days from the time you returned home from a cruise ship or river cruise and practice social distancing: Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school. Keep your distance from ot
  5. FYI, I know you had tried to get a balcony room and were told they were sold out. There are now some balcony and mini-suite cabins available.
  6. Yes, ColoradoMom!! we were on the same cruise. As with any cruise by the time we disembarked there were a lot of coughers! We have had stuffy noses since coming home, but nothing serious. One of our travel companions though became quite sick the day she got home with flu like symptoms and a deep cough - she is a smoker. I thought the concept of the hand washing station at the buffet was good, but the water would not run more than a couple of seconds, or frequently not at all. Not sure how effective that is, especially when most people would pass it by. We enjoyed this cruise, but n
  7. We disembarked on 1/28, less than 2 weeks ago. Enjoy your cruise.
  8. We were recently on this cruise. There were a large number of Asian passengers. Where they were from, China, Japan, US, I have no clue. I also noticed more crew members from China on this cruise, including 1 who told us he had "just arrived for his first contract". If I were going to embark during this current outbreak I would ask the corporate office if passengers (or crew) who have traveled through China or Hong Kong in the past 2 weeks are going to be allowed to board the ship in LA. With that information you would be better able to evaluate the potential risk and make the best
  9. The amount will depend on the length of the cruise. From the Princess website. If the cruise is 6-24 days 57 to 89 days Assessed: Cruise fare Cancellation fee: Deposit^ Amount
  10. Think it depends on if you regularly get massages at home and what type. At home I get pretty regular 90 minute massages and reflexology with stones. I have gotten different types of treatments on-board, Swedish, hot stone, bamboo, salt scrub/massage, and seaweed wrap with massage. The quality of the treatment depends on the therapist you get and your expectations. My recommendation is if you aren't use to massages go for the 50 minutes the first time, to see what you like and how your body reacts. I pretty much like them all except for the bamboo, which left me bruised even though I had asked
  11. When we received an upsell offer from obstructed view to balcony for our Hawaii cruise, I responded that I would only accept the offer if we could be moved to a specific cabin # that was a premium balcony. They accepted my request. Guessing they would have turned me down if I requested a mini-suite at the same upsell price, but next time I might try.
  12. If they build something like you suggest they assume liability for those that use it. Not to be rude, as I sometimes have difficulty getting in and out myself, but it is a risk one takes when getting in the ocean.
  13. Southwest won't open June 2020 flights for scheduling until later this year. Is there any reason you have to fly Southwest?
  14. Steelers, have had it happen many times over the years when booking FF tickets or through cruiseline far in advance that a change is made to an airline schedule (one leg of a trip) and suddenly your rebooked flight first leg is now arriving after your connection, or rebooked second leg leaving before you arrive (guess that is the same thing only different!). Agree they will not allow you to book an illegal connection initially, but once you are booked and schedule changes happen the computer can do wonky things. We are seasoned travelers and usually book flights 1/3 on our own, 1/3
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