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    IRMO12HD reacted to crisgold52 in Some realistic analysis from a Canadian - fall 2020   
    Oh yeah I think by Q2 or Q3 should see somewhat of a relative return to cruising though not entirely as it will take a year or more for the industry to recover to pre-covid levels and this is assuming there's mitigation, a vaccine or a combination of both in place.

    My advice at this point is if ANYONE has booked with an FCC which covers 100% of the total pre-tax cruise fare; that FCC can be unapplied from one reservation and applied to another. At any given time I always have one main booking which is the dates I intend to go plus in recent times, an alternative back up booking.
     
    So I simply get the post-cruise team often times with a Resolution Specialist (RSS Consult escalation) to move my FCC between bookings on a regular basis. The key here is one has to be clear what they are asking for and how its phrased... and to avoid dealing with front line reservations as only post cruise can handle this work order.
     
    My final payment is due Aug 30 for a Nov 12 sailing and my backup is Feb 15 with a Dec 9 final payment, so depending how the tea leaves go, I will simply up and move my FCC over to the new booking due Dec 9... and then work with RSS at that point to move my REFUNDABLE deposit to a new set of dates for my 3-nighter thereby making my original booking my 'new backup' and my actual backup the 'primary'. I've actually kept this going since April so at any given time its good to have two deposits two bookings going. Its relatively easy to manage if its a 3 or 4 night sailing that leaves either every Friday or every Monday.
     
    So the new reality is yes many cruise ports are hesitant to permit ships, hopefully that will change in 2021. I'm glad I didn't rebook for September though, as that would be more musical chairs again just to move that.
     
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    IRMO12HD reacted to twangster in How WIll RC Limit Capacity?   
    A couple U.S. based airlines have moved past the distancing concept.  They are back to normal seating.
    People at a pool outdoors or a house party indoors for a couple hours are spreading it.  It's a lottery right now.  Pick the right seat on a plane next to someone who is asymptomatic and you'll probably be infected by the the end of the flight.  The airline industry needs to be grounded.  They should just stop pretending.  
    At least on a cruise ship the maximum time I spend next to a stranger is at a show or muster drill.  I can choose to skip a show or leave 10 minutes in.  Stop the shows and that's solved.   In the WJ I can be in and out in 20 minutes, if I take it to go 1/3 of that.  
    Walking through a grocery store isn't the primary source of spread.  That's kind of what a cruise is like.  Walking past people but not sitting beside them for hours and hours.  That pretty much is an airplane ride.  
    On a plane I'm stuck next to a stranger with no escaping it.  If they start coughing or sneezing all I can do is scream inside.  Every time you board a plane it's spin the wheel and see if you get the virus.  It's much safer on a ship.
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    IRMO12HD reacted to crisgold52 in RCL to Resume Cruising 9/16   
    Actually there is a way. An FCC can be unapplied from one reservation and applied to another. At any given time I always have one main booking which is the dates I intend to go plus in recent times, an alternative backyard booking.
     
    So I simply get the post-cruise team often times with a Resolution Specialist (RSS Consult escalation) to move my FCC between bookings on a regular basis. The key here is one has to be clear what they are asking for and how its phrased... and to avoid dealing with front line reservations as only post cruise can handle this work order.
     
    My final payment is due Aug 30 for a Nov 12 sailing and my backup is Feb 15 with a Dec 9 final payment, so depending how the tea leaves go, I will simply up and move my FCC over to the new booking due Dec 9... and then work with RSS at that point to move my REFUNDABLE deposit to a new set of dates for my 3-nighter thereby making my original booking my 'new backup' and my actual backup the 'primary'. I've actually kept this going since April so at any given time its good to have two deposits two bookings going. Its relatively easy to manage if its a 3 or 4 night sailing that leaves either every Friday or every Monday.
     
    Cases continue to spike across the South though and as a Canadian looking at this from the outside in I'm starting to have doubts. Sept. 16 despite it being the official will not happen. November might but even then its far fetched. The ships have to be re-crewed and redeployed to various ports before embarkation can take place. Plus with the Health Panel releasing plans to NCL and RCL on AUG 30 its awful close to Sept 16. All that's left now is figuring out when the new slate of cancellations at least for the remainder of September will be and for how long.
     
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    IRMO12HD reacted to Baked Alaska in B of A OBC from cancelled cruise.   
    Yes, contact the redemption number that @USCG Teacher gave above. Not possible to do this on the BOFA site. Also, if you want to have the OBC applied ASAP (as in a couple of weeks from now as opposed to a couple of weeks prior to your sailing date, ask the BOFA person that you speak with to apply it "now" (after you get that cruise booked, you'll need to give them the reservation number). Say "now" to them and let them know that there is a sale going on for some items you're looking at in the cruise planner. 😉
     
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    IRMO12HD reacted to teddy in Be Sure and Check for Military Discounts, if you Qualify   
    Many thanks to everyone for this information.

     
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    IRMO12HD reacted to Floski in Be Sure and Check for Military Discounts, if you Qualify   
    What about us Air Force folks??

     
    I keed, I keed
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    IRMO12HD reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Be Sure and Check for Military Discounts, if you Qualify   
    Thanks to @michelle, here are the requirements to claim a military discount:
     

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    IRMO12HD reacted to Pooch in Be Sure and Check for Military Discounts, if you Qualify   
    Don’t know what I’d do without you guys!!  Learned so much!  Thank you to all and especially Matt for all your hard work😁😁
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    IRMO12HD reacted to Pooch in Be Sure and Check for Military Discounts, if you Qualify   
    Saved $101 on it!  The military discount is actually $510 but the price of the cruise is up since my last reprice.  Hoping for more July 4th maybe?
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    IRMO12HD reacted to Floski in Prices Going Up on Cruises   
    When all else fails, I tend to follow the WWTD axiom.
     
     
     
     
     
    What Would Twangsterbot Do?
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    IRMO12HD reacted to twangster in What's your dream itenerary for 2022-2023 sailings   
    The Panama Canal is totally worthy of "dream" or "bucket list" designation.  The world will likely never again see a project of this scale and impact.
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    IRMO12HD reacted to SpeedNoodles in What's your dream itenerary for 2022-2023 sailings   
    Panama Canal Grooooop Cruuuuuuuuz!
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    IRMO12HD reacted to Matt in What's your dream itenerary for 2022-2023 sailings   
    Panama canal!
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    IRMO12HD reacted to SpeedNoodles in Something to Think About   
    CruiseTipsTV, TipsForTravellers, and CruiseRadio are my go to channels (also RCB YouTube videos #supportmatt)
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    IRMO12HD reacted to SpeedNoodles in Something to Think About   
    Don gets things wrong on a fairly regular basis.  He seems nice, but I don't find his content valuable.
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    IRMO12HD reacted to sk8erguy1978 in Swinging on cruise ships in a post covid world   
    Phew. I'm not alone.
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    IRMO12HD reacted to Ampurp85 in Swinging on cruise ships in a post covid world   
    Omg I thought the same thing....

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    IRMO12HD reacted to USCG Teacher in Swinging on cruise ships in a post covid world   
    Okay, I'm just relieved that this is direction this thread is headed in...
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    IRMO12HD reacted to Ampurp85 in Cancellation Policy   
    All cruises booked before Aug 1st 2020 would be subjected to the current Cruise with Confidence policies. Under CWC you can cancel any cruise booked by that date and get 100% of your fare in an FCC. You have up until 48 hrs before you sail. This is good on cruises that are schedule to depart before April 2022 and based on nonrefundable deposits(NFD). If your deposit is refundable you will get all your money back as long as it is before the 90 day mark. If you cancel a cruise then you receive no cash back on a NFD, just a FCC that can be used to book another cruise.
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    IRMO12HD reacted to sk8erguy1978 in Issue W/ Travel Agent   
    @crisgold52 I'm so sorry your agent has put you through this, I too am a control freak and the vacation planner (I joke that's why my wife married me, outsource her vacation planning). I've mentioned this before, but my wife and I planned a group cruise for our wedding in 2016. I was the group contact. Never again. I had to direct my family and friends through the groups department to pay (with restricted hours), nothing could be done online, I received 5 different answers to the same question from 3 different group "specialist" and had to manage the entire thing. Way more stress than a groom needed.
    When we decided to do another group cruise for my wife's bday, I immediately hit the affiliate link here as everyone raves about MEI. I was randomly assigned an agent and she's been great. She has been invaluable. I knew immediately I wanted to be #teamtravelagent and passed along another booking I made (not group related).
    Due to COVID-19 both sailings are being cancelled and sorta combined into one for next September. She's handling it all. I get one correct answer with possible ideas / solutions I never even thought about.
    Hopefully, some day you'll give the travel agent route another try.
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    IRMO12HD reacted to AnnetteJackson in Issue W/ Travel Agent   
    You should be able to ask on the call to have your reservation given back to you from the agent.  They will have to go to resolutions and then contact the agency owner to have them release it, but it can be done.  Have you called the agency owner instead of the agent.  That might help as well.
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    IRMO12HD reacted to SteveinSC in Vaccine optimism....maybe.....if youre into that kind of thing   
    Im not a conspiracy theorist.....at all. Im aware the newest vaccine may not be the one we end up with as the best vaccine....but ill get whatever comes out.  Like I said, my wife is an RN,  and will have to get it, so by default....i will too.....because i do what she says. Look....if something comes out that lets everything get back to normal, sign me up. I havent seen my dad since January, am tired of working from home, I love my kids but I am a better father to them sane, and would love for them to be at summer day camp and daycare while I work.....AND I WANT TO GO ON MY CRUISE. I dont give two rats tails about politics and all that....im neither rich enough, or poor enough to ever feel the effects of that hot garbage. LETS F-ING GO!  
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    IRMO12HD reacted to USFFrank in Vaccine optimism....maybe.....if youre into that kind of thing   
    From what I heard last, there are several vaccines in development and testing phases and they are very promising. Also because of the current promising results, the manufactures are making 10's of millions of their vaccines now in the hopes of once given the green light (perhaps early fall) they can be distributed right away instead of waiting till the green light, then making them, and us having to wait longer to get them.
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    IRMO12HD reacted to Ampurp85 in Vaccine optimism....maybe.....if youre into that kind of thing   
    @Ogilthorpe I would very much agree with you, only I think the Friday before the 1st Tuesday in November to give people hope and changes some minds. I stated this in the CDC post...... but they don't cure a lot of things because money is to be made in stabilization of a virus or disease. The vaccine may imitate the antibodies people may or may not get, 3 months or even 4, so that we would have to get the shot at least 2x a year. Also I stay away from stuff like FB, Twitter, etc but for the most part am okay with this board. Most people are respectful but some people like to be opinionated by what they read, ignore and continue to enjoy the site.
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