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8 minutes ago, twangster said:

American Cruise Lines has some ships that are small enough that the CDC orders don't apply although the American Queen isn't one of those ship that is small enough to escape the CSO.  So far they have aligned themselves with CLIA but that isn't a requirement.   

As far as test cruises, keep in mind the CSO was put together on very short notice.  It included a lot of checkpoints aimed to give the CDC a lot of different ways to kill cruises.  With the risk lowering not everything in the CSO will be needed. 

American Queen Steamboat is a different line than American Cruise Line. 
 

A friend of mine is the Hotel Director on American Countess and apparently they are starting next week. That one holds 450 but won’t sail at that capacity 
 

American Cruise Lines just had a ship leave Amelia Island (FL) a few days ago. 

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The CDC is an interesting agency.   It is an example of government doing what it does best.  Nothing. When a cruise ship had an outbreak off the California coast the CDC did nothing.  They didn't

HOT DAMN!!!   RANGER COOKIES ARE BACK!!!

I hope it is news of a US restart.  If it is get ready for a flood of bookings and that surge in demand could cause prices to bump so today could be a great day to consider a refundable deposit b

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It's interesting that Virgin have done fully vaccinated...being a British company (usually)

In the UK the problem they are trying to work through (as they know it'll be needed by other countries) is vaccine passports.  It has legal complexities for us - regarding those that do have vaccines and those that don't at a particular point, the fact that vaccines are voluntary (although  think travelling is also a choice),  and those that will continue to be asked to practice all the health advise opposed to those that will look like they're able to do what they like (because they have had the opportunity to be vaccinated already)...sure there's other legalities but not sure whatbthey are....

Personally I would like cruises to be fully vaccinated when they start up (negative PCR tests for under 16s), with just contract tracing and improved medical facilities for people who fall ill...cruise lines should be able to sell socialising and non-mask wearing cruises as holidays...a real selling point I think...never happen tho

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31 minutes ago, Jill said:

American Queen Steamboat is a different line than American Cruise Line. 
 

A friend of mine is the Hotel Director on American Countess and apparently they are starting next week. That one holds 450 but won’t sail at that capacity 
 

American Cruise Lines just had a ship leave Amelia Island (FL) a few days ago. 

Didn't say they were the same company.  Both agreed to respect the CLIA shutdown when they have ships that could have been sailing this entire time.  

That ship with a capacity of 450 is subject to the CSO regardless how many board her.   The CDC is using "capacity to carry" not the actual number of souls on board.  

Perhaps your HD friend can eloborate how they escaped the CSO.  Maybe the big 3 could borrow some of that. 

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29 minutes ago, twangster said:

Didn't say they were the same company.  Both agreed to respect the CLIA shutdown when they have ships that could have been sailing this entire time.  

That ship with a capacity of 450 is subject to the CSO regardless how many board her.   The CDC is using "capacity to carry" not the actual number of souls on board.  

Perhaps your HD friend can eloborate how they escaped the CSO.  Maybe the big 3 could borrow some of that. 

Sorry misunderstood your post. I’m pretty sure they’re sailing at 1/2 capacity. He invited us to come sail in April but we’re not able to at that time. 

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1 hour ago, em.down.the.rabbit.hole said:

How do you tell if you have a refundable cruise deposit?  Trying to book cruises for 2022 online (Royal's UK site) in lieu of FCC arriving from cruises just cancelled...

I don't think refundable deposits are a thing in the UK. For as long as I can remember, including 20+ years as a TA, deposits were never refundable in the UK. That was one of the reasons for taking out travel insurance the minute you booked your trip; in case you had to cancel, thereby resulting in a loss of deposit.

That said, Royal bookings made anywhere at the moment (and up until 31 May 2021) are "refundable" in the form of an FCC under their Cruise with Confidence programme, although this would require that the sailings you are looking to book fall within the dates stipulated in the programme (sail by 30 April 2022). Otherwise, under normal UK rules you would only get your money refunded in cash if your cruise is cancelled by Royal.

You could consider using one of the MEI travel agents who can be contacted via this site. That is perfectly above board and would give you access to North American rules under which you can make a booking with a genuinely refundable deposit. The flip side of that is your booking would be in USD (think exchange rate fluctuations and foreign currency transaction fees possibly charged by your credit card provider) and also you are no longer covered by the safeguards provided under ABTA rules. You would have to weigh up both sides and see which works best for you.

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46 minutes ago, em.down.the.rabbit.hole said:

 

In the UK the problem they are trying to work through (as they know it'll be needed by other countries) is vaccine passports.  

BA has announced it will trial vaccine passports for anyone flying ( i think Qatar and possibly Quantas have are also implementing this) Other airline companies will follow same route

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6 minutes ago, FionaMG said:

 

You could consider using one of the MEI travel agents who can be contacted via this site. That is perfectly above board and would give you access to North American rules under which you can make a booking with a genuinely refundable deposit. The flip side of that is your booking would be in USD (think exchange rate fluctuations and foreign currency transaction fees possibly charged by your credit card provider) 

This is who i use and i use the Revolut card for payments in $$$$ with no fees 

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@Jill All I know is what has been posted- that maybe something good will be announced. Could be a teaser, could be something real. We'll know on Wednesday I guess!

Oh yeah Vicki is "Senior Vice President- Sales & Trade Support and Service" so I don't know exactly what she does but she gives a weekly "coffee talk" to travel agents on Wednesdays. They normally are not too informative.  Vicki is the person who I would say is in charge of connecting with us.

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I wonder if before there are any announcements about test cruises starting or revenue start up dates, there would be something forthcoming from the CDC. The CDC website is still advising against cruise ship travel.  I find it difficult to believe that a cruise line would reveal any changes by the CDC BEFORE the CDC itself.

 

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Carnival's Princess Cruises and Holland America extend cruise suspensionsF

Carnival Corp. CCL, -5.30% said Tuesday that its Princess Cruises will extend the pause of its cruises sailing out of Seattle through June 27. And Carnival's Holland America Line said it was extending the pause of cruises to now include all June 2021 roundtrip sailings to Alaska from Seattle. "We continue to stay actively engaged in dialogue with authorities in Canada and the United States to understand what cruise opportunities may still exist in Alaska, knowing how important this market is not only to our brand, but to the communities and individuals who depend on our business," said Holland America Line President Gus Antorcha. The extended suspensions come after fellow cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. NCLH, -4.72% said earlier Tuesday that it was extending the suspension of all of its cruises through June. Carnival's stock dropped 4.2% in afternoon trading and Norwegian shares shed 4.0%, while shares of fellow cruise operator Royal Caribbean Group RCL, -5.17% slumped 5.2% and the S&P 500 SPX, -0.16% edged up less than 0.1%.

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7 hours ago, DisneyWorld30th said:

Travel agents were informed today at 9:15AM that there is Breaking News to be announed to agents tomorrow.  Here was the message:

 

I can't contain my excitement, I have some late breaking news to share with you all! The anticipation is too much for me to wait another week to share this news so I will be switching up my previously planned Coffee Talk. Join me tomorrow Wednesday, March 17 at 12 p.m. EDT, for an exclusive Coffee Talk with some hot off the press updates. I guarantee this is a session you will not want to miss out on - I'd say this is the news we've all been waiting for!

 

Maybe the CDC safe sail specs get released to the lines?

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