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Ian T

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  1. After a long period of pestering we finally convinced good friends of ours to cruise with us and are booked on Anthem out of NJ in Dec 21. We have booked through MEI but as it will be their very first time cruising I am acting as the point person for them. They have a balcony cabin for their family of 4 and repricing has saved them a total of USD 2,424 so they are super pleased... we are now keeping everything crossed that we will actually get to sail so they can see first hand just how good an experience they will be getting for their money!
  2. I have a question that has no doubt been asked a number of times already so I apologise... Are the taxes and fees the only element that cannot be covered by the FCC or do the pre-paid gratuities also fall into this bucket (the comments above suggest they do)? The reason I ask is I have a FCC in GBP that more than covers my only remaining future booking in this currency (the rest are booked in USD following my conversion to team MEI) so I will end up forfeiting the balance. If pre-paid gratuities can be included then I "only" stand to lose about USD100, but if they cannot I am better
  3. Absolutely! Each time I call I am asked to hold at the end in order to answer a feedback question but each time I wait a few seconds and the call disconnects. I have flagged it to the rep on a few previous occasions but it seems the gremlin that is causing it refuses to budge. I'll keep a look out for a possible feedback request...
  4. I want to give a big shout out to a hard working RCL employee. I have just put down the phone from calling the number for the UK regarding my cancelled Anthem Oct 2020 Southampton cruise, where I reached Mary. I proceeded to throw a whole host of requirements at her including refunds of FCC and CP purchases, conversion of an existing unused FCC into a refund (required as this was the last opportunity to use it - it is issued in GBP and all my future sailings are now booked in USD through MEI), reactivation and reallocation of a CP 125% credit voucher - and to a TA booking to boot, and cha
  5. Not necessarily a good thing IMO. I get that the Commission is looking to drive consistency of approach in the industry toward consumers but, although we may have some frustrations with the current situation, it seems to me that we have more favourable and flexible options available to us than we would under the Commission's proposed standards... I am not saying that they will do this as I would expect commerciality to win the day, but in theory if the cruise lines were to adopt the standards they would appear to be well within their rights to drop any 125% FCC or similar compensation offers a
  6. I don't see it as a contradiction - The website alludes to the information on the FCC email when it opens with "Future Cruise Credits in most cases are nontransferable." It then goes on to set out where "most cases" doesn't apply. At least that's my take on it... I have to admit that I haven't put it to the test and will of course defer to the experience of anyone who has.
  7. Have just read my last post back and am sorry if it sounds like a moan... that really wasn't my intention, I just felt like sharing my thoughts! Staying with the positive, another bonus should RC cancel is the CP credit is issued in USD regardless of the currency used to book the cruise fare, so I will be able to take advantage of the 125% uplift and apply it to one of my later cruises
  8. I also expect RC to follow suit - NCL have made the decision despite the work being undertaken by the healthy sail panel and I can't see RC being in an different situation, particularly given that the panel is a joint venture - however given RC's track record in this regard the big question is when... This is important to me as the final payment date for an October sailing out of Southampton is looming. I have been doggedly holding out but, sadly, more in hope than expectation and given the recent developments in Spain I have now resigned myself to the fact that I won't be cruising again
  9. This is a shock to me too as it is contrary to what I have been advised by RCI.
  10. Nope not yet, but if you choose the 6th Feb 8 day sailing you may well see us on board!
  11. I am a UK citizen due to sail on Anthem out of Southampton on 17th October, but I still don't know if I will be able to travel either given the recent UK FCO advice to simply avoid cruising indefinitely... whilst it is an advice rather than an order, if the advice does not change I wonder (i) whether RCI will bother to go ahead with the sailing given that a large proportion of the guests are likely to be UK citizens, and (ii) if the sailing does go ahead, how my travel insurer will feel about me sailing contrary to FCO advice! Much as I hate to admit it, cashing in my FFCs for refunds a
  12. From the Q&A section on RCI's web site: I am presuming that the "new Future Cruise Credit" can then be transformed into a refund as per the following:
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