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    Gears got a reaction from Ogilthorpe in What’s the strangest thing you have seen on a cruise ship?   
    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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    Gears got a reaction from PhantomWolf in Refunds?   
    I see the RCL stock price is down about 2% on news of your cancellations... ?
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    Gears got a reaction from ehw51 in Refunds?   
    I echo that.
    On Monday I was generally positive. Today (Friday), that positivity has disappeared and has been replaced with the opposite.
    The deal breakers, all the black Friday, extended to the weekend and then cyber Monday deals...only to outright cancel the cruises a day or two later they were advertising sales for. The continual marketing to buy-buy-buy only to announce more cancelations and say 'we don't know when' followed by more buy-buy-buy marketing...not a place I want to keep our money waiting.
    We'll look at coming back when there are green lights across the board.

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    Gears got a reaction from Elzbeth in Refunds?   
    I see the RCL stock price is down about 2% on news of your cancellations... ?
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    Gears got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Refunds?   
    I see the RCL stock price is down about 2% on news of your cancellations... ?
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    Gears got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Refunds?   
    I echo that.
    On Monday I was generally positive. Today (Friday), that positivity has disappeared and has been replaced with the opposite.
    The deal breakers, all the black Friday, extended to the weekend and then cyber Monday deals...only to outright cancel the cruises a day or two later they were advertising sales for. The continual marketing to buy-buy-buy only to announce more cancelations and say 'we don't know when' followed by more buy-buy-buy marketing...not a place I want to keep our money waiting.
    We'll look at coming back when there are green lights across the board.

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    Gears got a reaction from Mrs. RoyalMoyal in Refunds?   
    I see the RCL stock price is down about 2% on news of your cancellations... ?
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    Gears reacted to twangster in Refunds?   
    In fairness to Royal I don't know that any other cruise line is any better right now.  They all seem to be having money problems and can't pay out refunds that are due.  That's inevitable with no revenue for a year.
    I'm hesitant to give money to any vacation company that requires 100% payment 3 months in advance right now.  The risk-reward isn't there.  If the cruise lines fail I don't want to be the one out of pocket for thousands of dollars. 
    Hotels you can pay when you get there.    I can deal with that in 2021 once travel becomes a reality.  
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    Gears got a reaction from JLMoran in Refunds?   
    I see the RCL stock price is down about 2% on news of your cancellations... ?
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    Gears got a reaction from JLMoran in Refunds?   
    I echo that.
    On Monday I was generally positive. Today (Friday), that positivity has disappeared and has been replaced with the opposite.
    The deal breakers, all the black Friday, extended to the weekend and then cyber Monday deals...only to outright cancel the cruises a day or two later they were advertising sales for. The continual marketing to buy-buy-buy only to announce more cancelations and say 'we don't know when' followed by more buy-buy-buy marketing...not a place I want to keep our money waiting.
    We'll look at coming back when there are green lights across the board.

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    Gears got a reaction from twangster in Refunds?   
    I see the RCL stock price is down about 2% on news of your cancellations... ?
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    Gears got a reaction from sk8erguy1978 in Refunds?   
    I see the RCL stock price is down about 2% on news of your cancellations... ?
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    Gears got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Refunds?   
    I see the RCL stock price is down about 2% on news of your cancellations... ?
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    Gears got a reaction from twangster in Refunds?   
    I echo that.
    On Monday I was generally positive. Today (Friday), that positivity has disappeared and has been replaced with the opposite.
    The deal breakers, all the black Friday, extended to the weekend and then cyber Monday deals...only to outright cancel the cruises a day or two later they were advertising sales for. The continual marketing to buy-buy-buy only to announce more cancelations and say 'we don't know when' followed by more buy-buy-buy marketing...not a place I want to keep our money waiting.
    We'll look at coming back when there are green lights across the board.

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    Gears got a reaction from ehw51 in Norwegian Cruise line cancels cruises through March   
    You're not the only one. ?
    They will have plan B, C, etc. They're just talking about all the options behind their closed doors and not telling us ? what they are looking at. RCI hasn't announced cancellations to the degree other cruise lines have...could be a very good reason behind that. ?
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    Gears reacted to twangster in Refunds?   
    Refunds of cruises is variable for me. 
    In cases where I have a refundable deposit before final payment and I choose to cancel I have been getting refunds in 7 to 21 days.
    Refunds of cruise planner purchases are back to pre-pandemic timeframes.
    I had over 20 cruises booked with them going into this pandemic.   There have been enough WTF moments dealing with various cancellations that it has soured my opinion of the cruise line.  Around 75% of those 20 bookings cancelled gracefully.  I'm down to 4 cruises booked that are non-refundable and I'm hoping they eventually cancel so I go through the refund process as painful as that may be.   
    Where I struggle with refunds is when Royal introduces shenanigans when cruises are cancelled.  I've had a couple of cruises where Royal is playing games.  In separate cases they have covertly changed refundable bookings to non-refundable and you only have 24 hours to catch when they do this or they refuse to switch it back.  Then the cruise is cancelled and they only allow FCC or change the options since it was not a refundable booking (which it was).
    For two other cases where they cancelled the cruise and we requested the refund option they ignored that and proceed differently. 
    One was issued as FCC despite requesting a refund.  Eventually this was resolved and a refund was issued 78 days later.
    The other is pending resolution.  This time they chartered the ship for a 2022 cruise and they gave us three options.  The option for price protection was to a date that had no cabin availability for what we had originally booked.  How they thought this was equitable or doable remains a mystery.  We chose the refund option.  Following up several weeks later they claimed we were not eligible for a refund since we cancelled the cruise.  They chartered the ship and they cancelled the cruise.  After escalating they have stated they will refund our deposit in 45 days.  Time will tell.    
    To be completely honest I've lost faith in Royal Caribbean.  I've cruised them a fair bit and up to this point they would always do the right thing when things went wrong due from everything like hurricanes or a crane fell on a ship. 
    I get the company is struggling and navigating uncharted waters but that doesn't give them license to lie, cheat and steal.  All I want is honesty and fairness even if it takes months to do the right thing, the thing they say they will do but then they proceed in a different direction making false claims and refusing refunds that are clearly due.  
    My personal approach right now is to book nothing more with Royal until the pandemic is clearly over and everything is back to normal.  Once bitten twice shy sort of thing.  
    I like Royal in general but they've lost their way in this pandemic.  Once I see them getting back to the Royal I used to know I'll come back.
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    Gears got a reaction from RBRSKI in Norwegian Cruise line cancels cruises through March   
    You're not the only one. ?
    They will have plan B, C, etc. They're just talking about all the options behind their closed doors and not telling us ? what they are looking at. RCI hasn't announced cancellations to the degree other cruise lines have...could be a very good reason behind that. ?
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    Gears reacted to monctonguy in Quantum from Singapore - get your cruise fix   
    SO if tests don't work, then why let people on the  ship...because masks and social distancing works? If so, then why bother with the cost and time of tests that apparently don't work.....and if masks/social distancing work, then anybody should be allowed on the ship sick or not based on that logic.
    If this is the case moving forward, then vaccines wont mean a damn thing...masks and social distancing and faulty tests will be the norm...good luck cruising with that kinda system in place.
     
    They had to do all this for a country that has ONE case?.....how in any world would anyone think that this going to work somewhere with millions of cases.
     
    I hope everyone here is wrong, but if you are all so sure and confident of this, I fear for the long term viability of the cruise industry.
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    Gears got a reaction from Baked Alaska in What's the best Black Friday deal you've found so far?   
    Water package for 50% off.
    Other than that...
     

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    Gears got a reaction from Ogilthorpe in What's the best Black Friday deal you've found so far?   
    Water package for 50% off.
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    Gears got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in What's the best Black Friday deal you've found so far?   
    Water package for 50% off.
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    Gears got a reaction from USCG Teacher in What's the best Black Friday deal you've found so far?   
    Water package for 50% off.
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    Gears got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in What's the best Black Friday deal you've found so far?   
    Water package for 50% off.
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    Gears got a reaction from acesandeights in What's the best Black Friday deal you've found so far?   
    Water package for 50% off.
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