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It's one thing for the CDC to ban ships sailing longer itineraries due to public health concerns.  It's another matter altogether for the CDC to become involved with how cruise lines market cruises.

Oddly, I have (I think!) just been able to check us into our 8-night Anthem sailing on 6th Feb 2021. 😷 🚢 I initially received the Been A Glitch message but clicked again and was routed through to

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my big question is the legality of a u.s. agency limiting the days on a cruise going to europe and not returning. I understand the u.s. is the departure point, but not returning, takes it out of u.s. jurisdiction as these are not u.s. flagged ships.. we have 8 cruises booked starting end of march 2021.. jewel out of galaveston, 16 night to barcelona, back to back, 9 day barcelona to amstedam.. leaves march 22, 2021.. 8 day independance in july and 5 others between april and sept. 2021..  while the cruises for more than 7 days have been booked on the booking portal, they are still on my upcoming sailings list..  and by the way, I just received another e-mail for cruise planner discounts for my trans- atlantic sail this morning..lol....... luckily got 6 cruises in before shutdown...had 5 cruises cancelled for 2020 between april and august.. glad I didnt book last 4 months of 2020!!  its a wait and see game now..........and I am a big YES on volunteering to be a guinea pig!!

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6 hours ago, JimnKathy said:

We've a B2B on Symphony booked beginning in late Sep 2021...I wonder if those two 7-nighters spliced together will be allowed?

When you consider that ships commonly operate a same day turn around between cruises this technically creates a continuous succession of B2Bs - the concept of a B2B only really applies from a guest perspective when we happen to be on two separate but consecutive sailings. IMO therefore, as in your case neither sailing is longer than 7 days I would expect you to be fine.

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13 hours ago, livin-the-life said:

my big question is the legality of a u.s. agency limiting the days on a cruise going to europe and not returning. I understand the u.s. is the departure point, but not returning, takes it out of u.s. jurisdiction as these are not u.s. flagged ships.. we have 8 cruises booked starting end of march 2021.. jewel out of galaveston, 16 night to barcelona, back to back, 9 day barcelona to amstedam.. leaves march 22, 2021.. 8 day independance in july and 5 others between april and sept. 2021..  while the cruises for more than 7 days have been booked on the booking portal, they are still on my upcoming sailings list..  and by the way, I just received another e-mail for cruise planner discounts for my trans- atlantic sail this morning..lol....... luckily got 6 cruises in before shutdown...had 5 cruises cancelled for 2020 between april and august.. glad I didnt book last 4 months of 2020!!  its a wait and see game now..........and I am a big YES on volunteering to be a guinea pig!!

I’m on that same cruise on Jewel out of Galveston and was wondering the same thing. 
 

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On 11/12/2020 at 2:42 PM, Dad2Cue said:

Soooo .... Am I suppose to assume the 14 night Panama Canal cruise on October 1st 2021 isn't happening???

I was planning on using the FCC from our Trans Atlantic cruise on Anthem scheduled for April 2021 on the Panama cruise.  I don't think the Trans Atlantic will happen so the Panama Canal cruise was my back-up. 

Any recommendations??  I wonder if lift and shift to 2022 will be an option???  Are longer cruises done for the foreseeable future??

hang tight I called in on this as well and they are saying system error and for people not to panic yet...

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On 11/12/2020 at 4:17 PM, WAAAYTOOO said:

Yes, I’ve noticed that the CP is still fully functional for my >7 night cruises even though those cruises are now closed to new bookings.  Royal will gladly still take your money for CP purchases.

😆 when they told me my cruise is gone be canceled or modified they ask me if I wanted to book any excursions 🤐

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On 11/12/2020 at 6:37 PM, Ian T said:

Holding out hope that rather than cancelling our 8 nighter in Feb, RCL will cut it down to 7 by missing out Port Canaveral or Nassau... who knows, maybe they will cut both of the other stops and we can overnight at CocoCay and still get back in 7! (Nothing wrong with having dreams, right? 😉)

I was told not to cancel until they send me an email with my options 

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On 11/16/2020 at 2:57 PM, michelle said:

hang tight I called in on this as well and they are saying system error and for people not to panic yet...

I'm not one to panic.  I'm just getting tired of revising my vacation plans and never actually going anywhere.  The April 2021 trans Atlantic was originally planned for April 2020.  I wonder if the FCC's due to expire at the end of 2021 will be extended to 2022.  It now seems like cancellations will continue well into 2021

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1 hour ago, JT2 said:

June 19th Indy, e-mail from RC early this AM stating items in my cruise planner have been cancelled and cruise not showing up in my future cruises.

Augh, we are on this cruise too. Not really surprised, just really disappointed....again. Just L&S my February cruise, but of course L & S for June wasn’t an option. I’m nervous about my Oct 29, 2021 cruise now since it’s 9 nights. 

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2 hours ago, JT2 said:

June 19th Indy, e-mail from RC early this AM stating items in my cruise planner have been cancelled and cruise not showing up in my future cruises.

My wife and two friends are booked on Explorer for a 12-night Miami to Galveston repositioning. No cruise planner cancellation email and it's still in her future cruises list. 

Clearly not a universal experience (at least not yet).

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5 hours ago, JT2 said:

June 19th Indy, e-mail from RC early this AM stating items in my cruise planner have been cancelled and cruise not showing up in my future cruises.

False alarm, for now: I'm back, Jim. It appears our system incorrectly cancelled your reservation. Your reservation is now reinstated and good. However, we're unable to go into Cruise Planner and reinstate what you had reserved there. You'll need to go back in and do it again. I'm truly sorry for the inconvenience.

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43 minutes ago, JT2 said:

False alarm, for now: I'm back, Jim. It appears our system incorrectly cancelled your reservation. Your reservation is now reinstated and good. However, we're unable to go into Cruise Planner and reinstate what you had reserved there. You'll need to go back in and do it again. I'm truly sorry for the inconvenience.

So now you have to buy back all CP purchases at current rate? I know we’re going into the Cyber Week sale period, so I hope you are able to get as good or better pricing than you had before, and that this doesn’t become a costly screw up (on their end) for you.

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8 hours ago, JLMoran said:

So now you have to buy back all CP purchases at current rate? I know we’re going into the Cyber Week sale period, so I hope you are able to get as good or better pricing than you had before, and that this doesn’t become a costly screw up (on their end) for you.

I’m not too worried about that but they had already assigned us a balcony cabin I was happy with and now I’m back to GTY. Still thinking they will have to cancel the longer cruises and redo the itineraries. No way cdc relaxes any time soon and RC won’t wait too long with all logistics involved.

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On 11/11/2020 at 10:33 PM, twangster said:

It's one thing for the CDC to ban ships sailing longer itineraries due to public health concerns.  It's another matter altogether for the CDC to become involved with how cruise lines market cruises.

Someone needs to challenge this in court.  It's a government overreach and potentially violates freedom of speech.  "If you talk about cruises longer than 7 days we are going to shut you down".  

#DefundTheCDC. 🙂 

 

I said this a while ago about the CDC and was silenced for doing so.  I am glad someone else said it.  I've delved through the 40 pages of new guidelines that they are requiring and I do not know how the cruise industry will ever sail out of US waters again.  I would not be surprised if they just started sailing out of non-US ports altogether.

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