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Gears

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  1. I am now finding some TAs are quoting with the Classic Package included and other TAs are quoting the Premium Package included.
  2. Interesting to see Ms. Freed's comments that a relationship with a government body (the CDC) is a 'partnership'. She's delusional. The definition of a partnership includes the goal of mutual benefit. She has confused the concept with what is called 'regulatory risk' in the business world. The CDC has now proven themselves to be massive regulatory risk...businesses will find a way to reduce or eliminate regulatory risk (especially if it is overbearing), it just takes a little time.
  3. Under the category of 'I knew there had to be a catch!' I found out Celebrity's Always Included program is 'somewhat included'. Their new policy of Always Included includes 'a' drink package for all adults. BUT...said package is actually what they define as the 'Classic Package'. Seems there is a separate drink package called the Premium Package that is not included. OK...so does anyone know the upgrade cost to get the Premium Package? ?
  4. Many of us take no responsibility for many of the head scratching decisions being made. Banning cruise ships essentially 13 months out...well, I would like to understand the rationale for that. An extension now...for six months I could understand based on available data.
  5. https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/covid-19-ban-on-cruise-ships-in-canadian-waters-extended-to-2022-1.5296063
  6. PR has had the requirement for a while. We "were" scheduled on a cruise out of PR and that was on the entry to the country requirement list.
  7. Canada now has the same requirement as of January 7th for anyone 5 years of age or older. Of course...there are countries where flights originate on a 'temporary exception list' where a test result is not required to board the plane...primarily because these countries do not have the capacity to test and provide results within 72 hours. Alas...flights have arrived from these countries where the entire flight - all rows - has been identified as potentially exposed to C19. Even with a negative test a 14 day quarantine on return is required.
  8. Just landed in my inbox today...looks like a go.
  9. Hang on a minute... Your first post says "So we made what we thought was the best decision and canceled our trip." Your second post says: "If things were different and we canceled then I can see them keeping the deposit."
  10. Any and all 'Port Shopping' seminars... One of our first cruises...naively thought this was a good idea. Ended up being "Make sure you visit the Diamonds International and pick yourself up some rare crap-o-lite jewelry!". Curious how there is a Diamonds International at every port of call...
  11. Here's a link to an FDA FAQ page. Not a great deal of certainty on many topics. https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-legal-regulatory-and-policy-framework/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions
  12. @monctonguy Same here. I remember back in the day (March 2020) when the plan was to extend March break by two weeks and everything would open up again by the first week of April. The no need wear a mask, it's 'low risk', no need to close borders, it's 'low risk'. Now it's a province wide shutdown (again!...rinse & repeat expecting a different outcome) and you can get an $800 ticket for having too many people in your house. Meanwhile, increasing lockdown measures over the past 6-8 weeks and the cases/day numbers either still go up or stay the same. I don't think they (or anybody) really knows what to do (without causing issues/deaths from other reasons). Agree...it does not look good for cruising based on what we see today.
  13. I think the media headlines have led the public in general to believe the vaccine is some sort of 'cure-all bubble shield'. The number of hospitalizations and deaths will certainly plummet considerably overall...the population will be far 'less sick'. Discontinuation...nope.
  14. I think you are going to see vaccinations being a requirement of countries of ports of call factoring into a cruise line requirement as well.
  15. Wife and husband portrait on a formal night. The folder of pictures is like a time machine...
  16. I'm hearing business opportunity...for someone with time. @Lovetocruise2002?? ? ?
  17. We have requested refunds through this link on the health and travel alerts page. If I try to enter the same booking number again the system tells me there is already a refund request being processed. https://cancellation.royalcaribbean.com/?brand=R&_ga=2.229053980.1074290171.1608209331-1417170877.1594931665 However, on my profile, there is no record or reference of any bookings, refund requests or FCC amounts. In fact, the only notification received was refunds for Cruise Planner purchases using OBC. If I didn't actually know about the bookings and refund requests, I wouldn't know a thing. The unsettling part is that the only record I have is the original booking and payment confirmations from the travel agent.
  18. Our final payment was November 20 for cruises cancelled on December 2nd. We are submitting a dispute to our credit card company for the charges based on 'cancelled services'. Although we have submitted refund requests to RCI...I can't say I have any confidence that said refunds will be processed in a reasonable time based on people's actual experience.
  19. We have joke in Southern Ontario...it's cheaper (all in) to fly to a US city to see the Leafs play than it is to buy Leafs home tickets.
  20. Management heads hitting the ceiling of salary cap while at the same time reaching for the basement door. A feat that can only be accomplished my TML management, year, after year, after year. When cruising (what's that??) and people ask where we are from, it's not uncommon to be asked if we follow the Leafs. The answer..."Well, we know about them. It's kind of like a reality show, but with a real live arena where you pay in the area of $400/ea for nose bleed seats hoping to be on TV. None of it is real."
  21. If you fly to Toronto...after landing...the PA announcement: "Welcome to Toronto everyone! Proud home of the 1967 Stanley Cup Champions.".
  22. Correctamundo. The sports channels up here are all over that...higher domestic ratings when Canadian teams play each other. Oh...and the Leafs still won't make it past the first round anyway.
  23. Perhaps not well known that you can do this (at least you could at one time...back in 2009)... Embarkation day at Port Everglades for a 7 night Eastern Caribbean itinerary...about 12 motorcycles were loaded on to the ship. A group had arranged to have them on the ship and go on self guided tours at some of the ports of call. Port day at St. Thomas...about 4:00 pm...beep beep beep...of the tow truck backing up with a bent up Harley Davidson Buell hanging on the hook. Watching them get it loaded back into the cargo hold...that was interesting. Rider was OK...some scrapes, bruises and a damaged ego, but was lucky.
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