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  1. We had our March 14, 2020 cruise cancelled the day it was due to leave and took the 125% credit at the time. I don't see us possibly getting a chance to use it until 2022 (personal circumstances, not COVID) so I am wondering if there is a way to now ask for a refund and just look to rebook later down the road.
  2. If we are waiting on taxes refund and refund of cruise planner should I ask for an update from travel agent or RC directly?
  3. Our March 14th cruise was cancelled and we took the FCC for the fare, but haven’t received a refund for cruise planner or taxes for the cruise. Should I reach out to them or continue to be patient?
  4. My March 14th cruise was cancelled and I received the FCC today via email. We have not received a refund on the credit card for the taxes paid on the cruise or the internet/drink packages we purchased through cruise planner. Should I be concerned about that or is everyone in the same boat just waiting for those to be refunded?
  5. Thanks again AshleyDillo, you have been very helpful!
  6. I looked at the MEI site and their prices are similar to most for the August 22nd sailing I’m looking at, but a bit pricier than some. Are they able to work with the price at all? I’m willing to pay a bit more for great service, but wondering if the price on the website is what you get. I want o act quick and get a deposit down before April 13th when most people with and FCC will look to book. RCCL also has some good incentives now, some of which expire March 17th
  7. Thanks so much for the information. Sucks that it’s another deposit but will do what we have to. Does anyone have a real good agency they would suggest that was good to deal with as far as an FCC is concerned?
  8. I’m going to walk through my example so I can get this right, with a few questions if anyone can help: Paid $4300 total for the cruise $590 of that total was tax Considering that, here are a couple questions/comments: 1. We would receive a cash/credit card refund for the tax, which would be $590. 2. Would the 125% FCC be applied to the $4300, or $4300 less the refunded taxes? 3. When we receive the FCC April 13, are we only able to use the FCC to book directly through Royal, or can we use a travel agent? 4. I know that if we rebook before we receive the FCC, we can’t apply it to the deposit we already paid, but if we book once we have the FCC, could we just apply it to the trip without having to do a cash deposit (provided the cost of new cruise doesn’t exceed the FCC). If so, the only money we would need to pay would be the taxes. Do I have that correct? Don’t want to be out more cash (especially since I’m now in Florida and trying to make a vacation out of it with the kids so unexpected costs now this week). Too bad because I would like to rebook for August right now but would need to pay a deposit that the FCC wouldn’t cover after the fact. Thanks for any help
  9. We were booked Symphony for tomorrow, so hoping to rebook on that ship, but is there really a huge difference between the oasis class ships, or should I stick with symphony as the “biggest and best”?
  10. Just hit the Florida state line. Staying at mother in laws in Fort Myers tonight, and if RC ends up cancelling then we’ll look for an Air BnB in the keys or somewhere else for a bit. Either way I’m not going back to the cold until next weekend!
  11. Leaving tomorrow on Symphony. To anyone going on a cruise in the near future, I would suggest shutting off your social media, as the shit talking crap you’ll take from your friends and acquaintances will be too much. i thought we had up until 48 hours to cancel cruise, and wife and I were mulling it over yesterday morning only to learn that we had to cancel midnight the night before. That made our decision for us. Not throwing 8k down the drain to avoid a disease that is EVERYWHERE now. The world has lost its mind, but I choose to use logic and common sense. With everything I’m hearing about RC’s steps to screen passengers and precautions on the ship, at this time I feel more confident and safer taking a cruise than a trip to the local Costco
  12. Driving down to Florida in 15 minutes for our sailing on the 14th. Pretty sure it’ll be cancelled by the time we get down there. This reaction to this is extraordinary and stupid. Oh well, I like long drives, might get to do both legs back to back
  13. Yep, just pick your ship and date using “cruise finder” and then select availability and pricing and you have to select each category and count. Putting in 2 people will show different results than if you put 3 or 4 people, so it’s not perfect, but gives you a pretty good idea of what it looks like
  14. Here is a copy of the information they received. Some friends got off the plane in Miami this morning and just saw it then
  15. Not sure if this is the right spot for this, but thought it was interesting the reason given passengers for today's cancellation of the Caribbean Princess sailing. Passengers received notice that it was being cancelled as they anticipated a "shortage of labor" in the Port Everglades terminal.
  16. I'm assuming you don't need to rush off the ship? If it arrives at 0700, how late can you wait to disembark? We're driving home so no need to wait with people in a hurry to get to the airport
  17. When do they allocate the upgrades via RoyalUP? I put bids in but hoping to secure a free upgrade before they allocate. If I do, am I able to cancel my bids?
  18. Can't answer your question, but did you upgrade by paying, or were you able to secure an upgrade for free by contacting them?
  19. Unfortunately that's who we booked with. Can't get in touch via phone which I can understand with the chaos, but our agent emailed back that she is going to contact them. First time cruisers (other than when I went as a kid multiple times) so lesson learned for the future. Up until now they have been very good, but we didn't have any special requests before now
  20. I went to seascanner.com and you can check availability for each class pretty easily. I went through and by my rough count, Symphony has 269 empty cabins for Saturday's sailing as of now. More elbow room at dinner I guess
  21. Is the 500+ rooms for the Symphony sailing on March 14th? We contacted our travel agent yesterday to see if they could get us an upgrade, but apparently they are swamped as we were told they are calling people back in the order they received our call. Haven't heard from the travel agent yet, fingers crossed that they are able to try and get an upgrade for us
  22. Are you able to share the website that you get this information from? I'm going on Symphony in 2 days and interested to see how it's looking. Think it will make for a better cruise with less people, but a really large number of empty cabins may make it feel like a ghost town on a ship that big
  23. I think you are making the right choice. We are going on Symphony in 3 days, but we are in our 40's with kids in our teens and early 20's. If we were older or if we were bringing our parents we wouldn't take the chance. I think things are way overblown but older people are at much more risk. Enjoy your future cruise when this dies down!
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