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57 minutes ago, Vancity Cruiser said:

Unfortunately Royal has all sailings through January frozen for new booking and no one at customer service was any help.

Some of the February sailing are also marked as SOLD OUT and have been removed from ability to search them.  Haven't looked at any March yet

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1 hour ago, Vancity Cruiser said:

We just landed in Miami 2 hours ago after 12 hours of travel through snowstorms from Vancouver to find our Symphony sailing tomorrow is cancelled. Literally got the notification at the second wheels touched down. Obviously disappointed but we knew things are crazy and anything was possible. First reaction was let’s see if we can get on another Royal cruise sailing in the next day or two. Unfortunately Royal has all sailings through January frozen for new booking and no one at customer service was any help.

Ever the optimist, my wife got on the phone with Norwegian and long story short, we are boarding on Norwegian Joy in 17 hours. What a wild ride!! 🤯

‘Atta girl! I like the way your wife thinks! 

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2 hours ago, Vancity Cruiser said:

We just landed in Miami 2 hours ago after 12 hours of travel through snowstorms from Vancouver to find our Symphony sailing tomorrow is cancelled. Literally got the notification at the second wheels touched down. Obviously disappointed but we knew things are crazy and anything was possible. First reaction was let’s see if we can get on another Royal cruise sailing in the next day or two. Unfortunately Royal has all sailings through January frozen for new booking and no one at customer service was any help.

Ever the optimist, my wife got on the phone with Norwegian and long story short, we are boarding on Norwegian Joy in 17 hours. What a wild ride!! 🤯

Sometimes a trip to the dark side is necessary. 

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3 hours ago, Vancity Cruiser said:

It was a wild ride for sure! I was ready to cut our losses and book a couple nights in a hotel and head back but my wife always finds a way to make things happen

You are one lucky person!!! Buy the wife whatever she wants, she saved the day!❤️
I have a Monday Freedom sailing. Tomorrow we’ll find out if Covid denies us our trip, Sunday we are set to fly to Miami but now an ice coating heading our way for the time we are supposed to be traveling.  .  We just had one this past week with 2 deaths and 2 40 car pile ups.  I’m thinking the travel Gods are saying stay home!

 

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8 hours ago, Beaker said:

And so it begins...I'm glad we had looked at other alternatives.  Still flying to MCO on Sat Jan 15th.  I've always wanted to drive to the Keys, I'll get that chance if they cancel Harmony on the 16th.  

That was out backup plan too for this 12/31 cruise on Symphony. Had the car rental reserved. After some research… Here is where I would have stayed-  https://www.parrotkeyhotel.com

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On Brilliance right now. Talked to the head of host services earlier tonight. @16 peeps with Covid (13 crew/3 pax). BOTS will get some of the crew off of a cancelled ship tomorrow in Tampa. He said there is plenty of crews for all the ships, but now they can increase service even more. This ship is empty, I kinda like it. 

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8 hours ago, b0o5h said:

My wife and I are on Symphony on Feb 5th, really hope it happens.

We are on this cruise too. We were on the Symphony December 4th with no problems. We’ve applied our FCC’s to this cruise for a suite again so it would be a hassle to cancel at this point. Our agent had a hard time getting the credits applied for the Feb 5th cruise, don’t want a re-do of that.

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Wondering about Brilliance out of Tampa.....

As a result of the ongoing COVID-related circumstances around the world, and in abundance of caution, Royal Caribbean International is pausing operations for the following ships:
Vision of the Seas’ return to cruising is postponed until March 7, 2022
Serenade of the Seas sailings from January 8 – March 5, returning after dry dock on April 26, 2022
Jewel of the Seas sailings from January 9 – February 12, returning on February 20, 2022
Symphony of the Seas sailings from January 8 – January 22, returning on January 29, 2022
We regret having to cancel your clients’ long-awaited vacations and appreciate their loyalty and understanding. Our top priority is always the well-being of our guests, our crew and the communities we visit. Despite stringent health and safety measures, including vaccination and testing requirements for guests and crew, and extensive contingency planning, we have had to move forward with this decision.
Our teams will continue to consider every option and resource to keep cruising safe and enjoyable as the world and the cruise industry continue to adapt.
Guests affected by these cancelations will be notified shortly and presented the below compensation options to consider, provided they did not already cancel under our Cruise with Confidence policy.
For Serenade departing January 8, 2022 ONLY:
Booked guests will receive a 100% refund of all funds paid, which will be returned to the original form of payment. Additionally, a 100% Future Cruise Credit will be issued in hopes of welcoming your clients onboard with us in the future.
 
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5 hours ago, GaryAA said:

We are on this cruise too. We were on the Symphony December 4th with no problems. We’ve applied our FCC’s to this cruise for a suite again so it would be a hassle to cancel at this point. Our agent had a hard time getting the credits applied for the Feb 5th cruise, don’t want a re-do of that.

We were actually supposed to go back in October and early last year when COVID numbers were going way up and cruises still not happening and a lot of uncertainty, I figured lets move it out a few more months with the hopes things are better.....they are just worse now. I regret not going back in October 😑

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5 hours ago, GaryAA said:

We are on this cruise too. We were on the Symphony December 4th with no problems. We’ve applied our FCC’s to this cruise for a suite again so it would be a hassle to cancel at this point. Our agent had a hard time getting the credits applied for the Feb 5th cruise, don’t want a re-do of that

We are also on symphony on the 5th we fly to miami on the 2nd from spain! Praying this doesn't get canceled! 

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I think it's more than expected now with this new uber-transmittable variant. Especially with the robust weekly (or twice weekly for front of house crew) testing procedures. Hopefully all are either with minor or no symptoms. Having a few Delta positives seemed more concerning than having a couple dozen Omicrons. Apples and oranges. 

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Agreed Brian, it’s fools gold at this point to aim for a zero Covid policy like China and Hong Kong are attempting without draconian measures (which aren’t working). What the cruise industry has done with Mandating vaccines, pre cruise testing and strategic masking is all anyone can reasonably do. And yet cases are still occurring, though I suspect most are asymptomatic especially amongst the crew. We will get through this wave and hopefully enough population immunity will have been achieved that we will have a solid backstop against future variants, which will occur, and be endlessly mentioned by the media. As has been mentioned ad nauseam by now , you are more likely to pick up Covid on land than a ship. 

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13 hours ago, Swar said:

On Brilliance right now. Talked to the head of host services earlier tonight. @16 peeps with Covid (13 crew/3 pax). BOTS will get some of the crew off of a cancelled ship tomorrow in Tampa. He said there is plenty of crews for all the ships, but now they can increase service even more. This ship is empty, I kinda like it. 

Great!  I'm on it the end of the month, hopefully!!  As long as my flight doesn't cancel...

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After having to cancel our cruise on the Odyssey for this past week due to my getting Covid (right after getting my booster), we rebooked for the end of February on the Allure. What are our chances that the ship will still be sailing? We had to cancel our long-awaited African safari trip planned for March 13. 2020,  so another doomed vacation would just be so pitiful. We had reasons for not rebooking the cruise for later in the year. 

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