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nate91

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  1. Thank you both for your help! I think I'm just going to take the refunds, as I feel that the crystal ball as to when cruising will return and what it will be like gets fuzzier and fuzzier as time goes on. Then I'll have maximum flexibility.
  2. That's what I was afraid of. So if I use a $1000 FCC on a remaining cruise balance of $900, I will be issued a separate $100 FCC that can only be used on one sailing with no other FCCs allowed on that sailing, correct? This essentially negates the usefulness of the extra 25%, at least for me, and makes me think I may need to convert my FCC's back to refunds before it's too late. Also a bit concerning is the lack of extension of FCC usage, as far as I'm aware.
  3. Hi all, I have a very specific FCC question that I hope someone can answer. I've been trying to find an answer for this on the blog and could not. This article: https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2020/06/26/you-can-combine-future-cruise-credits-instead-of-separately-being-reissued tells how I can combine FCC's. My question is, if I have a cruise (CRUISE 1) that has been paid for partially in FCC, and partially by credit card (let's say $1000 FCC and $500 cash for total cost of $1500 cruise), and I have another entirely separate FCC for say, $700, from an entirely different cance
  4. Fond memories of this morning when I had my finger over the mouse for the drink package at $44 a day on Oasis 12/6. I guess I'm glad I didn't now!
  5. Well stated. And the changing goalposts that a few have mentioned. I refrain from politics here, but the fact remains that much of this cruise shutdown and pandemic in general, has become more politicized than a health related situation should be. I have seen many organizations, governmental or otherwise, use this as an opportunity to gain more power, and I'm afraid the CDC is one of the organizations that sees the pandemic as allowing them to have broader powers than they had before 2020.
  6. Depending on which ship you're going on, I would say two cruises. On many ships the Junior Suites are just a small bit larger than the balconies, and many of the newer ships (Oasis and Quantum class) have huge balcony cabins. Unless you want a specific benefit of the Jr. Suite, such as the extra points or the bathtub, I say go two cruises!
  7. Cruise planner and everything is working properly for my 12/6 Oasis cruise. Attempting to stay positive..but it's getting more and more difficult!
  8. @RBRSKI, would you be willing to amend the date on this? I have an Oasis cruise on 12/6 that I would really like to sail!
  9. I agree. As much as we'd love to see the testing schedule and know every little detail, those may not be released. All we're likely to see is which cruises they plan to sail, at least in early December. They seem to be trying to cancel cruises about a month out, so I'm guessing the next week will let us know which ships they are likely to start with. I do however, think that they *could* be ready for paying customers on December 1st (staying optimistic). They have a lot of these requirements laid out already with the Healthy Sail Panel, and I assume that they are ready to go at implementi
  10. To follow up to this, Explorer did not get her recent renovation, as Matt said. However, I sailed on her February 2020 (barely before COVID), and LOVED the panoramic ocean view staterooms. These are at the front on deck 12 and were added in 2016, so they still feel much newer than the rest of the ship (light wood vs dark wood, etc.) We also enjoyed the hot tub in the gym, which was to be removed during the renovation. Even without the waterslides and new (planned) additions, Explorer is a great ship!
  11. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/readout-vice-presidents-call-u-s-cruise-industry/ Pretty unclear.
  12. Has he even heard the "Wash your Hands" song? Does he know that it was actually around pre-COVID? He'll be humming that little diddy all the way back to DC! Don't get me excited for no reason now haha! It's not official until @Matt posts it haha!
  13. Apparently CDC Director Robert Redfield and Richard Fain are in the conference. Oh to be a fly on the wall (or Pence's head) in that meeting as they go head to head. From what I've heard Redfield is very against cruises starting back up in the foreseeable future.
  14. I'm also hoping that it changes. The regulations now really only apply to Singapore cruises, since they're all that is approved so far (fingers crossed for others). I know mask wearing is more normal (before 2020) in most Asian areas than it is in the US. Thinking that may have something to do with the sweeping mask mandates.
  15. Sure hope this gets thrown out of court. That's the stock market for crying out loud! If you can't afford the risk find a less risky investment or diversify.
  16. Looks like it starts in about ten minutes. Finally something to give us hope!
  17. Sounds like there's not much to do at the port, you'll really have to take an excursion. Looks like normally a Carnival port, but I'm sure COVID has changed many things around. Found some good info here: https://www.caribeez.com/dominican-republic/article/la-romana-cruise-port Not decided yet if this is a "stay on the ship" port or not. I have decided that I'm very sad about St. Lucia.
  18. I love your confidence! I really hope that you're right, as I would love to see cruises get started again. Most of all, I think we all seek some definitive answers, as in are November/December cruises happening or not?
  19. Agreed. Plan B for me was booking Majesty of the Seas...for a sailing in May 2020. "Cruising will definitely be back by May," I said!
  20. Got it. I'm not going to argue over whether Vegas should or shouldn't have opened. It did, it is, and I used it as an anecdote to my point, not as the main point. Thanks for your input though!
  21. And they remained open, and are now having their lowest deaths since June. My point is that the CDC is essentially playing favorites while saying they are protecting us, but it's pretty hard to believe them right now.
  22. Trying to leave politics out of it, but simply by comparison, restricting cruises now, and especially until February, makes no sense. I think Vegas is the closest land based approximation of a cruise. - Trying to keep people in a small bubble (the Strip) - Casinos, fine dining, hotel rooms - Visiting different destinations during the day but returning to home base at night - Live shows (currently closed in Vegas due to COVID, but scheduled to return in November.) Vegas is open (with restrictions like social distancing and masks). I see no reason that is not pol
  23. I choose to look at the bright side of this: If some people's cruises are cancelled, or they use cruise with confidence 48 hours before, will the rest of us, or some of us get free cabin upgrades?
  24. I don't think they have much choice. I assume if the CDC is to extend the no sail order, cruises will be cancelled, and if not cruises will be attempted to start November 1st. It would be nice if the CDC were to signal their intention, eg "The No Sail Order will be allowed to expire on October 1st." They have showed no intention of doing this, so cruise lines are at their mercy.
  25. I will say that I finally got moved, and had something funny happen to me: I went on Liberty of the Seas in 2018, Independence's sister. Well of all the luck, I was assigned the EXACT same cabin that I had on Liberty on Independence! Now I'm wondering if it was indeed random or if someone went back to see what cabin I had on Liberty. If it was random that seems like a very low percentage chance with the hundreds of balcony cabins on the ship. Not like I had a GS or anything, haha!
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