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Dental-chic, didn't mean to dump on you. Just chalk it up to frayed nerves, and way too much stress. But I have to say that I am a yankee, and DH will tell you never happier than when driving I-95 N. You can take the yankee out of the north but not the north out of the yankee.

Curly4dana, we still have power as I'm typing this we just lost our cable. If that is the worse I'll take it. Have sister in the Melbourne area and things are not looking to good for her. She won't take a direct hit, but they are expecting wind of 100mph for extend periods of time between 12AM - 4AM. DD#1 is in Orlando and I don't know what they are forecasting for them. She said earlier that the winds were only to 80mph by the time Jeanne gets to them. This is the 3rd time she's been run over by a hurricane this year.

Stay save everyone & I check back as I can. Take Curly & look forward to hearing from you again Dental-chic.
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Hi all --

My wife and 5-month old son are supposed to be taking our first cruise on the Majesty of the Seas leaving Monday, Sep. 27, along with a dozen of my wife's extended family, including parents, aunts, uncles, and grandma (she's turning 80 and this is the celebration).

With all of these other ships having their arrivals pushed back from Sunday to Monday, is it likely that there will be a big jam-up at the Port of Miami?

Also -- anybody know about the situation at the airport? We're in California, scheduled to fly out of SFO on the tonight (Sunday), and then take the red-eye from Las Vegas to Miami, scheduled arrival at 6:30am. [I just spoke to America West and the Phoenix -> Miami flight at noon has been cancelled. That can't bode well for us...]

Prior to Jeanne, we figured that 5 1/2 hours would be enough time to make it to the Port for a 12noon boarding, but I'm imagining that there will be some delays now. :-}

Any advice? Also, we've got Berkely's LesureCare protection -- any idea on how good they are at helping in situations of delays and such?

Thanks a lot!

--Darryl
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[quote name='notyou']

With all of these other ships having their arrivals pushed back from Sunday to Monday, is it likely that there will be a big jam-up at the Port of Miami?

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Yes, it probably will be very busy with ships, but Miami is also a port that can handle a lot of traffic at once.
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Well...we are beginning to get slammed here in New Tampa...and the leak near my bedroom window that was supposedly fixed by the builders is already leaking and the rug is beginning to get wet....again....argh!!!

This...in my opinion...is the worst we've been hit in this area...by any of the hurricanes that have effected the state so far...we are getting the northwestern portion as of right now...and the rains are coming in sideways.

Angel...I took no offense...my nerves are a little frayed too. But what people should concider...is this is not the norm...for me it is...lol...because since I've moved down...this has been what it has been about...preparing...trying to get back to norm...preparing...trying to get back to norm...lol.

Lets just hope that next year...we are spared.

God bless...be safe.
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Hi all! Sitting in our hotel room in Clearwater. We flew into Tampa yesterday from chicago - we were the last flight into Flordia from Chicago yesterday and that was at noon. We are scheduled to leave on the Mariner on Monday out of PC. Not sure how PC is doing... some reports said they were hit hard - downed power lines, transformers that have blown up.

Clearwater was supposed to be clear, but now we are in the hurricane track! :eek: Some folks lost power in Tampa already... so I will keep this short.
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I'm onboard Mariner and this is latest update frmo the bridge:
We are now off the northern coast of Cuba, it's gorgeous, lots of small ships. They are still telling us that we are going to Port Canaveral tomorrow.. He said Disney and Glory are going to alternate ports after the ships that normally go there will have priority.

He said that of course they cannot go into PC until the Coast Guard surveys the channel for depth and channel markers and to det. that there is no damage to port structures etc. He is planning a conference call later this afternoon with headquarters in Miami and may have a further announcement then. There is also the consideration that the ship cannot go into the Port if winds are 30 knots or so etc. as you all probably remember from Frances! He did mention the possibility that we could have to wait till Tuesday but is still optimisically telling us that it will be Canaveral tomorrow :confused: Bottom Line: they don't have a clue yet because conditions at the Port are such that no one can begin to assess damage etc. in area.

NOW THE "UNOFFICIAL": a friend we are traveling with is from Melbourne /Cocoa Beach area and cruises often on RCI and knows the officers here onboard.. They are telling him that a decision has been made NOT to go into any port other than Port Canaveral i.e. that passengers who were scheduled to board ship today (26th) are so far scattered due to airline schedules (Orlando doesn't open till tomorrow), etc. that it would be a logistical nightmare to get in touch with air/sea, independent air and driving passengers to tell them that the port has changed and get buses etc. And there are so many ships "backed up" at Miami and Port Everglades that we would be way way down the "line" so to speak to get in to dock! As of right now no one can even get across causeways to Cocoa Beach etc, power is down on barrier islands where port is located and they live and conditions are such that residents cannot return.

So it may be tomorrow and it may be Tuesday.. I will post later today if there is a further announcement or when our friends onboard here from the folks that they live near and who are actually at Cocoa Beach area.

This will be posted on the other threads also and if I can't get on CC again will email Host Mirian so look for updates from her also.
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hi kids!!! west palm checking in!! we have no power and i'm on my battery at this point. we have a generator, so we have the fridge and tv and a huge fan running!!!
they say over one million people are without power. i have to say, i don't expect it to come on anytime soon, either.
but at least i won't miss the nascar race!! lol small things in life make me so happy...lol
caroline...great to hear you guys are ok on the mariner!!! give the hounds a great big howl from me will you!! i hope you like sea days....you might get more of them than you bargained for! stay safe!!
ok, i'm gone before my battery dies...hope y'all are safe in northern florida!!!!!!!
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We're up here in Jacksonville..getting the brunt of the storm right now...back door just flew open! I had to put towels along the door so the water doesn't come into my kitchen. I can hear the roof creak and the wind hit the house....luckily my work is cancelled for tomorrow and my daughters school is closed.

Everyone stay safe!
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thans miriam! yeah, the generetaor is reat. we have a lamp or two that'll work and the tv, too. the phone lines seem ok, s i can still log on and post to all my cc buddies. the problem is that we're on a well for water and without power, we have no water. looks like we'll be going to mom's for showers.
we also have a small bbq, so we were able to make believe we were camping and do breakfast. dinner will be another adventure...lol
the yard is flooded and what's left of my trees after frances are heavily damaged. :( i love the few that were left and now the have to come down. they're so damaged that to leave them would be hazardous. crap!
aslo fp&l the power co. keeps saying that they may not be able to get all the power restored for almost 3 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!! yikes!!!!!! 3 weeks??? oh geez...we'll lose our minds by that time for sure!!! the heat and humidity are making up weak.
the house, thank God, is perfect. 56 yrs. old and not a drop of damage. most of the newer homes have all kinds of problems. we are very, very lucky.
i think all the prayers frm my cc budies did the trick! no other explaination!
thanks for asking, by the way. did the mariners get home yet??? i see pammuhound on mu buddy list, but i'm not sure if she's home or still at sea. i'll have to im her and see.
hope all in floridians fared well...at least as well as we did!
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OK. We were due to sail on Mariner today and now it's been delayed until Tuesday night.

In people's experiences, what can the on-board ship credit be used for? Now that we'll be going to the Bahamas, can it be used for excursions there? Can it be used in the casino on-board? Used for alcohol? We have a $500 credit and only one new port to use it in.

Can the on-board credit be carried over to our next cruise with RCCL?

Anyone?
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I am going to tag onto her question...We leave Friday for a 3 day on SoS. I know we aren't going to Coco Cay, which bums me out. What shape is Nassau in? And is it possible that we could end up going somewhere else? And on top of all that, let's say we do get to Nassau, but we know that we aren't going to Coco Cay (so they add a day at sea), would we get any shipboard credit?
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[quote name='JulieandRob']OK. We were due to sail on Mariner today and now it's been delayed until Tuesday night.

In people's experiences, what can the on-board ship credit be used for? Now that we'll be going to the Bahamas, can it be used for excursions there? Can it be used in the casino on-board? Used for alcohol? We have a $500 credit and only one new port to use it in.

Can the on-board credit be carried over to our next cruise with RCCL?

Anyone?[/QUOTE]

I don't think it can be carried over but it can be used for tips, purchases in the gift shops, photos, drinks and excursions. Don't think they let you use it in the casino.
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[quote name='ccturner26'] we know that we aren't going to Coco Cay (so they add a day at sea), would we get any shipboard credit?[/QUOTE]


If you paid for a 3 day cruise and you get a 3 day cruise, you will not be compensated because they substitute or delete a port due to circumstances beyond their control.
Those that have been given ship board credits are those who have had cruises cut short.
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Complimentary transfers from Port Canaveral to the Port of Miami will be offered as follows:
Orlando International Airport: Between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Terminal A and B.
Port Canaveral: Between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Terminal 10.
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport: Between 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. from Terminal 2.
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[quote name='ccturner26']... What shape is Nassau in? And is it possible that we could end up going somewhere else? And on top of all that, let's say we do get to Nassau, but we know that we aren't going to Coco Cay (so they add a day at sea), would we get any shipboard credit?[/QUOTE]
The Sovereign stopped in Nassau yesterday (Mon, Sep 27). Most everyone got off and went ashore. (I didn't, so can't tell you anything about what shape it was in.)

I wouldn't think there would be justification for them to compensate you for not going somewhere you already weren't planning on going. Or even somewhere you were, for that matter. Ports of call are always subject to change. That just goes along with cruising.
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[quote name='chuleta']I don't think it can be carried over but it can be used for tips, purchases in the gift shops, photos, drinks and excursions. Don't think they let you use it in the casino.[/QUOTE]

You can use the credit for anything you can use your Seapass for, including the casino.
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Boy I would love to know where you got a $250 deductible on hurricane damage. As stated previously, our policy has a 5% deductible (per storm) so I am looking at $10,000 per storm. Yup you read that right. So Frances and Jeanne are really ruining my cruise plans. I am not even sure I can squeeze a cheapy 3 dayer in. Oh well lots of people have it really bad. I did not get home from Las Vegas until late Monday night. I was really suprised to fly into WPB and see so many lights on. But the drive home was another story...pockets of darkness that wasn't visible from high up. Found house intact....although roof tiles everywhere. Also had more damage to patio roof....a couple of leaks turned into one massive leak. DH worked all day yesterday trying to get pool back to looking like a pool and not a cesspool. But we have lived in Fl for 25 years and this is the first (and hopefully the last) time we have had to face this. So I count my blessings and Venice will still be there in a couple of years (that was my dream cruise).
Chris
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