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I like it for international as it tends to assemble reasonable connections and they'll reroute you if something is delayed.  I fly from DFW, a major hub.  I find for domestic, they do not open up non-stops until much closer to the cruise departure which corresponds to a higher cost than if you book the non-stop directly with the airline as soon as the flights are available.  Direct/non-stops for domestic is one of my requirements.  But, it's nice that you can defer payment until final cruise payment.  Another plus. 

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20 hours ago, em.down.the.rabbit.hole said:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/09/travel-news-holiday-abroad-covid-restrictions-spain-portugal/

Scroll through this article (post at 3.47pm most interesting) .... International cruising from UK expected later on this summer... not just domestic cruising.

That would be great if they start international passengers later this summer.  I cannot open this article, need to subscribe.  

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Prices seemed to have dropped on Air2Sea for Bahamas. They're now cheaper than I can find elsewhere.  But what a fickle website. Even though it lets you pick multiple airlines, it doesn't seem to actually search on all of those airlines.

And there's now a direct flight from Denver!  I'm not at all comfortable with that 11:37am return time though, at least in a post-covid world.

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57 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

Prices seemed to have dropped on Air2Sea for Bahamas. They're now cheaper than I can find elsewhere. 

Makes sense, and I'm kicking myself for missing out.

Royal Caribbean said it is discounting fares through Air2Sea.

I bought my airfare a week earlier thinking I was super smart to beat the rush for flights.

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We don't even try to fly in day of cruise.  As it stands now we're flying in 2 days before (usually 1 day, but it's the Bahamas, so why not 2?).

It might turn into 1 day though depending on what the final decision is for RC's testing requirement for those under 18. Bahamas doesn't require a negative PCR test for those under 10, so timing on the testing window RC requires could affect how early we get in.

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6 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

We don't even try to fly in day of cruise.  As it stands now we're flying in 2 days before (usually 1 day, but it's the Bahamas, so why not 2?)

Two words... PCR Test

Until I have a better understanding of timelines and a solid plan for getting PCR test results in hand in time to board a flight and use them to meet both cruise line and country requirements I'm flying in the day of.  A2S is part of my insurance for doing the unthinkable. 

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9 minutes ago, twangster said:

Two words... PCR Test

Until I have a better understanding of timelines and a solid plan for getting PCR test results in hand in time to board a flight and use them to meet both cruise line and country requirements I'm flying in the day of.  A2S is part of my insurance for doing the unthinkable. 

You bring up a really good point.  I booked A2S but am coming in the day before.  I am wondering in RCI will help with arranging the tests.  Do you know whether RCI or Bahamas government will accept the rapid test?

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That's a good point.  I'd booked using some flight credits I had leftover on Delta, but looking at the pricing through Air2Sea right now I might want to switch to that just for the added insurance of using it, and the cost savings of not needing a hotel for the night before.

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23 minutes ago, twangster said:

 

Southwest A-List myself but in these wonky times flying in the day of the cruise and with rapidly changing rules for international travel I'm sticking with A2S even if Southwest returns to Nassau. 

Also A-List with companion pass. I am hoping they return service to Nassau soon but will most likely go with Air2Sea for the convenience.

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11 minutes ago, wordell1 said:

You bring up a really good point.  I booked A2S but am coming in the day before.  I am wondering in RCI will help with arranging the tests.  Do you know whether RCI or Bahamas government will accept the rapid test?

Bahamas is PCR only (for those over age 10) within 5 days of arrival.

RC is PCR for those under 18, but with no mention of how recent the test has to be.

If RC is also 5 days, then there's no way I can rely on flying in 2 days early.

 

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19 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

Bahamas is PCR only (for those over age 10) within 5 days of arrival.

RC is PCR for those under 18, but with no mention of how recent the test has to be.

If RC is also 5 days, then there's no way I can rely on flying in 2 days early.

 

OK, I would think that RCI would have already stated the testing requirement since they did for under 18.  

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I'm also waiting to see how formal night factors in IF the WJ isn't open for dinner.  I'm not an MDR person and often eat dinner in the very relaxed WJ.  That allows me to stay in shorts for dinner.  

That plays into packing and being able to go without checked bags.  I can do week long business trips with carry on so I can do a week long cruise with carry on only but not if I don't have to pack long pants and fancy shirts to eat in the MDR because the WJ is closed.

So yes, the WJ policy during the pandemic impacts my checked bag count for flying.

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40 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

I don't know how they can't keep WJ open. Surface transmission of covid has been thoroughly downplayed, even by the CDC.

Was under the impression it would be open, but you would be served at the various food stations.

 

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All, thanks for the great info above!  Hope this is an appropriate question for this thread.  Please re-direct me if not...

Concerning our July Anthem GC, I received a final payment email from Beth @ MEI.  Her email describes a list of Cancellation Penalties.  Maybe I have this wrong, but I was under the impression that the Cruise with Confidence program overrides any/all cancellation penalties.  Is this not true?  Thanks in advance for any help...

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6 minutes ago, YOLO said:

Concerning our July Anthem GC, I received a final payment email from Beth @ MEI.  Her email describes a list of Cancellation Penalties.  Maybe I have this wrong, but I was under the impression that the Cruise with Confidence program overrides any/all cancellation penalties.  Is this not true?  Thanks in advance for any help...

You're right, and so is she.

What Beth sent you is penalties after final payment date passes and you request a refund(cash).

Cruise with Confidence allows you to cancel and get a future cruise credit.

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