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29 minutes ago, KathyC said:

I see some sailings during that time: image.thumb.png.5c9c3d04047512d15cec8c67c00b814a.png

 

The original post included images from the Norwegian Cruiseline site, which is not relevant to Royal Caribbean's plans. I understand everyone is on "pins and needles" and wants to know what the status of their cruise may be, but i personally don't think it's healthy to speculate based on the actions of another company.  Royal has provided us with many options to manage our vacations and if you are "on the fence" about going,  you can certainly take action on your own, with the understanding that you may "miss out" on a potential "deal" they may offer if they cancel on thier own. 

 

Will they cancel? will they not?  The only correct answer is that no one knows until it is announced, so it's not helpful to your stress levels to worry about what "may happen".  My advice is to make your own personal decision, based on the facts you have at the time.  Make the best decision you can and move forward.  Life is too short and you never know what could happen (as we've all learned) so live life to the fullest and enjoy it.

I'm a "planner" type person and the uncertainty is extremely frustrating, but I also want to go on the vacation i had originally planned, so we have some "backup options" that we could pull the trigger on should a future cruise get canceled.  

 

Stay Safe

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10 hours ago, princevaliantus said:

Can this be another sign of more cancellations coming? Signals coming from NCL's website, if history repeats itself, as it has been doing for the past year, well ... you know the rest of the story.

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Well that's cans our July NCL cruise, and frees us up to book a round the UK cruise or 2. We were struggling to choose between trying something new (Celebrity) or sticking with Anthem, perhaps we can do both 🙂

 

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Lots of shuffling going on.

I had a Greece cruise on hold with NCL for October. I tried to pay the deposit this morning, but it's no longer available. I also had an NCL Bermuda cruise from New York bookmarked, and that too is no longer available.

It sure feels like 2021 is going to be another "lost" year for cruising.

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NCL's sailing suspensions were through June 2021 per their last announcement copy below. Supposedly, there is a new announcement forthcoming per C S. Rep I spoke with.

Updated March 16, 2021:    Your safety is our #1 priority—both on and off our ships. Due to the current global environment, we are extending the suspension of cruises to include all cruises embarking through June 2021.

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17 minutes ago, Matt said:

Seems to be. Before I could see various sailings in July. Example was looking up sailings for Pride of America.

Other thought is NCL has put in place a stop sale so further bookings can't be made. Just think it is too soon to blanket cancel two more months.

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If we're in Phase 2B, in theory, should be open to test cruises after the gov't processes and approves the request (which provides all the risk mitigation processes 60-day review).  Then 30 days for sail certificate.  So minimum of 90 days of processing paper.    Those cruises will need to be less than 7 days despite the rest of the world.   Maximum time lag is unknown.  If still 2A, we're still chasing our tails, and clock  can't even start.  '21 is fading.

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28 minutes ago, cruisellama said:

If we're in Phase 2B, in theory, should be open to test cruises after the gov't processes and approves the request (which provides all the risk mitigation processes 60-day review).  Then 30 days for sail certificate.  So minimum of 90 days of processing paper.    Those cruises will need to be less than 7 days despite the rest of the world.   Maximum time lag is unknown.  If still 2A, we're still chasing our tails, and clock  can't even start.  '21 is fading.

We are in phase 2a.  Phase 2b is the simulated voyages. 

CSO introduced: Oct. 2020.

CSO phase 2a details provided: Apr. 2021.

I'm sure the phase 2a approvals leading to phase 2b simulated voyages will be approved promptly.  By CDC standards prompt is between six and eighteen months.

 

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1 hour ago, Matt said:
Yes, it is Matt.  When the question was asked on the NCL FB webpage, this was the response given:
"With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to impact communities and ports around the globe, we are working to determine our next course of action. While we evaluate the opportunity to resume with sailings, we have temporarily frozen voyages that might be impacted should we need to delay sailing further. Please bear with us. We will make a decision shortly and will provide information as it becomes available."
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10 minutes ago, jticarruthers said:

Did Royal cancel June yet (Except for the OUS cruises) or is that still to come? I know NCL cancelled June, thought Royal was still holding on to it but that basically has to go soon right ?

No official word yet...

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On 4/3/2021 at 6:25 PM, princevaliantus said:

Can this be another sign of more cancellations coming? Signals coming from NCL's website, if history repeats itself, as it has been doing for the past year, well ... you know the rest of the story.

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Watched Governor Ron DeSantis with Dept. of Transportation Secretary and the Florida Attorney General with reps from RCCL, NCL, MSC, Disney and Carnival and it was mentioned that the no sail order is in effect until the end of October 2021.  Here is my proof:  https://www.portcanaveral.com/About/Recent-News/Governor-Ron-DeSantis-Highlights-Florida's-Vital-C      It was stated in the video that the CDC is in over-reach, and I said this on this blog months ago and got slammed for saying it, but here we are still not cruising because of the CDC.

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I'm surprised that both Norwegian but especially Carnival aren't doing the same thing Royal Caribbean is doing by offering a limited number of cruises out of Nassau or some other island.  They almost seem to have been caught off guard by Royal Caribbeans decision to sail out of Nassau and Bermuda.  Knowing that it takes planning to pull off what Royal Caribbean is doing, it looks like while Royal was working a their contingency plan to jump start their cruise season both Carnival and Norwegian were sitting on the sidelines hoping the CDC would come through.  I found it quite funny last week watching  Christine Duffy's video where she claims Carnival is America's cruise line as she struggled to  come up with several reasons (excuses in my book) as to why Carnival would not temporarily reassign a small number of ships to new homeports in the Caribbean or Bermuda. 

 

Regardless to what Norwegian does it is clear Royal Caribbean is charting its own path and if  the CDC won't let them resume cruising from US ports they will simply find another port within striking distance.  Judging from the response, homeporting in Nassau and Bermuda is paying off for Royal and it wouldn't surprise me if both Norwegian and Carnival are kicking themselves in the rear end asking why didn't we think of this.

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Honestly I would be shocked if any cruises sail from US ports in 2021. I hate to be pessimistic but I feel like I am being realistic. We all want cruising to start so bad from the US and even with all that has been done the past few weeks the CDC still came out with a joke of an update. It seems so obvious that cruises are not sailing from the US anytime soon, but they will from non-US ports. I am totally okay with that, I just hope they move my Symphony cruise early next year away from Miami instead of cancelling it. I don't mind flying a little bit further like Nassau to get on a ship, flying all the way across the county as it is! 😄

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