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  2. Even though a cruise may not seem like a good idea for the moment (it’s still 2020 after all), it never hurts to be prepared. So, if you’re already dreaming of your next cruise, here are a few tips and tricks to make the most out of the experience. Take Advantage of The Setting Depending on the type of cruise you select, there will be certain perks included in the package. Things like massages, time spent by the pool (sunbathing or just chilling), fancy drinks, and great company can turn a vacation into a wonderful experience, so why not enjoy it? Of course, you don’t have to spend all your time by the pool or in the bar. You should also find physical activities to keep you active and social. Also, some cruise ships also offer access to a casino room, with access to a pool table, roulette, and other joyful activities someone on vacation may want to try. If not, don’t worry. As long as you have access to the internet, you’ll always have access to sites like Casumo. This way, there is plenty of entertainment available even if the cruise ship is a bit lacking in offers. The secret to a great cruise experience is to keep your mind open and take advantage of everything that’s available. Don’t OverIndulge Food and drinks are usually available in a wide range of options for everyone. However, it’s best to keep an eye on your eating and drinking habits. If you overindulge or allow the kids to go crazy on sweets and candy, there’s a high chance you’d get sick (especially if you’re not used to life on a cruise ship). Even on vacation, it’s best to eat and drink in moderation. This way, everyone will have a good time and you won’t end up with a few extra pounds at the end. Also, if you’re not much of a drinker, pay attention to the drink packages offered by the cruise line. While it may sound nice to forgo any money worries while on board, these packages usually include around six or more daily alcoholic beverages, which can be a lot even for two people who only drink occasionally. Use Your Devices Back in the Dark Ages, cruise personnel used written documents and lists to organize life on the ship and communicate with passengers. Luckily, nowadays, we can use our smart devices to book trips, order food, and keep track of everything that’s happening on the ship. There are a few apps you can download for free on your smartphone (ask the organizing company about it) and then connect to the ship’s itinerary and schedule. Some apps even allow for different passengers’ groups anyone can join, which may lead to making new friends. However, in our device-oriented world, there may not be enough slots in your cabin to charge everything (especially if the entire family is present). As such, it’s best to think ahead and get a multi-port adapter. Take the Trips While life on board can be fun, it gets boring pretty quickly. True, the personnel will provide entertainment of various kinds, but there will be days when all you can see is the ocean and the other passengers. So, to make the most of this experience, try to take as many trips inland as possible. It may be a bit costly, but you won’t forget it anytime soon. Also, the pictures and videos will be you next months’ bragging posts on social media! Wrap Up Whether you’re preparing for your first cruise or you’re just looking forward to a new experience, it is best to have a few tips and tricks up your sleeve. Depending on the type of accommodation you book, life on a cruise ship can be quite constraining since every inch of space is used with efficiency in mind. Still, if you know what to expect and prepare ahead, nothing can ruin your vacation! So, make sure to stay informed and stay open to a new point of view on the world.
  3. Even though a cruise may not seem like a good idea for the moment (it’s still 2020 after all), it never hurts to be prepared. So, if you’re already dreaming of your next cruise, here are a few tips and tricks to make the most out of the experience. Take Advantage of The Setting Depending on the type of cruise you select, there will be certain perks included in the package. Things like massages, time spent by the pool (sunbathing or just chilling), fancy drinks, and great company can turn a vacation into a wonderful experience, so why not enjoy it? Of course, you don’t have to spend all your time by the pool or in the bar. You should also find physical activities to keep you active and social. Also, some cruise ships also offer access to a casino room, with access to a pool table, roulette, and other joyful activities someone on vacation may want to try. If not, don’t worry. As long as you have access to the internet, you’ll always have access to sites like Casumo. This way, there is plenty of entertainment available even if the cruise ship is a bit lacking in offers. The secret to a great cruise experience is to keep your mind open and take advantage of everything that’s available. Don’t OverIndulge Food and drinks are usually available in a wide range of options for everyone. However, it’s best to keep an eye on your eating and drinking habits. If you overindulge or allow the kids to go crazy on sweets and candy, there’s a high chance you’d get sick (especially if you’re not used to life on a cruise ship). Even on vacation, it’s best to eat and drink in moderation. This way, everyone will have a good time and you won’t end up with a few extra pounds at the end. Also, if you’re not much of a drinker, pay attention to the drink packages offered by the cruise line. While it may sound nice to forgo any money worries while on board, these packages usually include around six or more daily alcoholic beverages, which can be a lot even for two people who only drink occasionally. Use Your Devices Back in the Dark Ages, cruise personnel used written documents and lists to organize life on the ship and communicate with passengers. Luckily, nowadays, we can use our smart devices to book trips, order food, and keep track of everything that’s happening on the ship. There are a few apps you can download for free on your smartphone (ask the organizing company about it) and then connect to the ship’s itinerary and schedule. Some apps even allow for different passengers’ groups anyone can join, which may lead to making new friends. However, in our device-oriented world, there may not be enough slots in your cabin to charge everything (especially if the entire family is present). As such, it’s best to think ahead and get a multi-port adapter. Take the Trips While life on board can be fun, it gets boring pretty quickly. True, the personnel will provide entertainment of various kinds, but there will be days when all you can see is the ocean and the other passengers. So, to make the most of this experience, try to take as many trips inland as possible. It may be a bit costly, but you won’t forget it anytime soon. Also, the pictures and videos will be you next months’ bragging posts on social media! Wrap Up Whether you’re preparing for your first cruise or you’re just looking forward to a new experience, it is best to have a few tips and tricks up your sleeve. Depending on the type of accommodation you book, life on a cruise ship can be quite constraining since every inch of space is used with efficiency in mind. Still, if you know what to expect and prepare ahead, nothing can ruin your vacation! So, make sure to stay informed and stay open to a new point of view on the world. View full article
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  5. Many great memories on the Fascination and Imagination 😕
  6. Jan - since our November FCC was from a deposit, can we use it for another deposit? Do we HAVE to use it for another deposit?
  7. Hey W4E, Welcome to CruiseCrazies! I encourage you to take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the many features and friendly faces you'll be seeing around. Some basics on getting started: View & customize your profile here: View Member Introduce yourself in our "New Member Introductions" forum Submit your first cruise post in our "Lets Talk Cruise" forum Share recent onboard experiences: Post a Cruise Review Customize your cover photo, profile and settings here The complete guide to "Getting Started" is available here. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! See you around! ?
  8. Jason

    Welcome, W4E!  See you around!

  9. What is Future Cruise Credit and How Do I Use It? If you’ve been one of the many who have had their 2020 or 2021 cruise canceled due to Coronavirus, you’ve probably been given the option of a full refund or a non-refundable Future Cruise Credit (FCC) toward a new future sailing. The amount is usually based on the fare or deposit paid toward the cruise, less any taxes and fees (which would be refunded to the guest). To sweeten the pot and entice cruisers into re-booking their cruise, the cruise lines have recently been offering bonus amounts of FCC, resulting in more value than if the cruise were simply canceled outright. If the amount of the new cruise is less than the amount of the FCC, the difference would be reissued as a new FCC voucher with the same expiration date as originally issued. If the amount of the new cruise is more than the FCC, the guest would pay the difference. How do I Get My FCC? Normally, a Future Cruise Credit is delivered to the guest by email in the form of a voucher. During the current COVID-1 pandemic, though, because of the unprecedented volume of cruise cancellations, Future Cruise Credits are generally held by the cruise line in the guest’s name until they are ready to rebook, at which time they would contact the cruise line or their travel agent to apply that credit to a new cruise. The FCC is not transferable and can only be used in the name of the guest on the original booking and goes toward the cruise fare. In most cases, it cannot be used as a deposit toward a new cruise. When will I receive my FCC? Guests should expect to receive Future Cruise Credit a week or two; however, with so many cancellations by the cruise line due to COVID-19, it can take several weeks. If the guest is registered with the cruise line or is a repeat guest, the guest on-line portal may list the amount of the future cruise credit in the guest account. To confirm the receipt of your Future Cruise Credit, a call to the cruise line or your travel agent may be required. What will an FCC NOT cover? Future Cruise Credit is meant to be paid toward the cruise fare. Generally, FCC cannot be used to pay future charges such as port taxes and fees, initial deposits, prepaid gratuities, shore excursions or any onboard spending. Read the Fine Print Each cruise line has different rules as to how a guest can use Future Cruise Credit, and will assign blackout or an expiration date. Be sure to read the terms and conditions to avoid disappointment or loss of your FCC. When in doubt, contact the cruise line or your travel agent. Be sure to understand what happens to your FCC if you or the cruise line cancels the new re-booked cruise. Keep track of your future cruise credits - don’t rely on the cruise line to do it. ______________________________ By Janice Neves, CruiseCrazies Authorized Agent; Photo Credit (Unsplash Stock)
  10. What is Future Cruise Credit and How Do I Use It? If you’ve been one of the many who have had their 2020 or 2021 cruise canceled due to Coronavirus, you’ve probably been given the option of a full refund or a non-refundable Future Cruise Credit (FCC) toward a new future sailing. The amount is usually based on the fare or deposit paid toward the cruise, less any taxes and fees (which would be refunded to the guest). To sweeten the pot and entice cruisers into re-booking their cruise, the cruise lines have recently been offering bonus amounts of FCC, resulting in more value than if the cruise were simply canceled outright. If the amount of the new cruise is less than the amount of the FCC, the difference would be reissued as a new FCC voucher with the same expiration date as originally issued. If the amount of the new cruise is more than the FCC, the guest would pay the difference. How do I Get My FCC? Normally, a Future Cruise Credit is delivered to the guest by email in the form of a voucher. During the current COVID-1 pandemic, though, because of the unprecedented volume of cruise cancellations, Future Cruise Credits are generally held by the cruise line in the guest’s name until they are ready to rebook, at which time they would contact the cruise line or their travel agent to apply that credit to a new cruise. The FCC is not transferable and can only be used in the name of the guest on the original booking and goes toward the cruise fare. In most cases, it cannot be used as a deposit toward a new cruise. When will I receive my FCC? Guests should expect to receive Future Cruise Credit a week or two; however, with so many cancellations by the cruise line due to COVID-19, it can take several weeks. If the guest is registered with the cruise line or is a repeat guest, the guest on-line portal may list the amount of the future cruise credit in the guest account. To confirm the receipt of your Future Cruise Credit, a call to the cruise line or your travel agent may be required. What will an FCC NOT cover? Future Cruise Credit is meant to be paid toward the cruise fare. Generally, FCC cannot be used to pay future charges such as port taxes and fees, initial deposits, prepaid gratuities, shore excursions or any onboard spending. Read the Fine Print Each cruise line has different rules as to how a guest can use Future Cruise Credit, and will assign blackout or an expiration date. Be sure to read the terms and conditions to avoid disappointment or loss of your FCC. When in doubt, contact the cruise line or your travel agent. Be sure to understand what happens to your FCC if you or the cruise line cancels the new re-booked cruise. Keep track of your future cruise credits - don’t rely on the cruise line to do it. ______________________________ By Janice Neves, CruiseCrazies Authorized Agent; Photo Credit (Unsplash Stock) View full article
  11. Azamara, which bills itself as the destination-focused cruise line, unveiled the remainder of programs for 2022 as well as for first quarter 2023, featuring more than 80 new itineraries and more than 170 overnights and 300 late night stays. As the brand furthers its commitment to more in-depth exploration by connecting guests to a country’s local life and culture, Azamara will offer more country-intensive voyages between 2022 and 2023 than ever before, allowing guests to experience iconic destinations as well as hidden gems within a single country. “As the leader in destination immersion, we are always enthusiastic about sharing our new deployment,” says Azamara Chief Operating Officer Carol Cabezas. “this year it’s even more special as we have the opportunity to announce an extension of our country-intensive voyages. When we were working on our itineraries for 2022/2023, our goal was to invite new and returning guests to explore places they have never visited before, or better yet, connect our guests to a country they have traveled to before, but adding in ports that are considered hidden gems to allow for a new experience, which our country intensives are designed to offer.” With more than 275 ports of call in more than 70 countries, Azamara will feature 26 ports in Greece alone, with two maiden ports—Syros, and Tinos. Azamara will also add on returning guest favorites, including Greece country-intensives, voyages to the Black Sea and Egypt-Israel intensive voyages. Further south, Azamara will continue with another guest favorite, South Africa intensive voyages. Highlights of some maiden ports include: Syros, Greece: Far less hedonistic than its neighbors, Mykonos and Santorini. Syros offers an authentic look at what Greek life is truly like in the Cyclades. Home to fantastic food and beautiful beaches, Syros is a hidden gem that doesn’t necessarily want to be discovered. Dakar, Senegal: Enigmatic, electric and explorable, Dakar dazzles on the West African coast. Jutting out on the Cape Verde Peninsula, the city is the westernmost point of the African continent, and was an important trading point for European colonial powers. Aberdeen, Scotland: From urban delights to pastoral pursuits, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city, a surprising gem with distinctive architecture and a cosmopolitan feel. Guests can admire the granite architecture that varies from highly ornamented Victorian to robust, rough-hewn Scottish façade in the heart of quaint Old Aberdeen. Azamara is an upmarket cruise line and a leader in destination immersion, with three mid-sized ships sailing to all seven continents of the world. The boutique-style vessels allow guests to visit marquee ports around the world and dock in smaller less-visited hidden gems. Guests can experience a boutique hotel at sea with inclusive amenities such as gratuities, beverages and more. For more information, click on Azamara New Ports or visit www.azamara.com. ________________________________ SOURCE: Insider Travel Report, James Shillinglaw (September 18, 2020); Photo Credit: Azamara Cruise Line Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  12. Azamara, which bills itself as the destination-focused cruise line, unveiled the remainder of programs for 2022 as well as for first quarter 2023, featuring more than 80 new itineraries and more than 170 overnights and 300 late night stays. As the brand furthers its commitment to more in-depth exploration by connecting guests to a country’s local life and culture, Azamara will offer more country-intensive voyages between 2022 and 2023 than ever before, allowing guests to experience iconic destinations as well as hidden gems within a single country. “As the leader in destination immersion, we are always enthusiastic about sharing our new deployment,” says Azamara Chief Operating Officer Carol Cabezas. “this year it’s even more special as we have the opportunity to announce an extension of our country-intensive voyages. When we were working on our itineraries for 2022/2023, our goal was to invite new and returning guests to explore places they have never visited before, or better yet, connect our guests to a country they have traveled to before, but adding in ports that are considered hidden gems to allow for a new experience, which our country intensives are designed to offer.” With more than 275 ports of call in more than 70 countries, Azamara will feature 26 ports in Greece alone, with two maiden ports—Syros, and Tinos. Azamara will also add on returning guest favorites, including Greece country-intensives, voyages to the Black Sea and Egypt-Israel intensive voyages. Further south, Azamara will continue with another guest favorite, South Africa intensive voyages. Highlights of some maiden ports include: Syros, Greece: Far less hedonistic than its neighbors, Mykonos and Santorini. Syros offers an authentic look at what Greek life is truly like in the Cyclades. Home to fantastic food and beautiful beaches, Syros is a hidden gem that doesn’t necessarily want to be discovered. Dakar, Senegal: Enigmatic, electric and explorable, Dakar dazzles on the West African coast. Jutting out on the Cape Verde Peninsula, the city is the westernmost point of the African continent, and was an important trading point for European colonial powers. Aberdeen, Scotland: From urban delights to pastoral pursuits, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city, a surprising gem with distinctive architecture and a cosmopolitan feel. Guests can admire the granite architecture that varies from highly ornamented Victorian to robust, rough-hewn Scottish façade in the heart of quaint Old Aberdeen. Azamara is an upmarket cruise line and a leader in destination immersion, with three mid-sized ships sailing to all seven continents of the world. The boutique-style vessels allow guests to visit marquee ports around the world and dock in smaller less-visited hidden gems. Guests can experience a boutique hotel at sea with inclusive amenities such as gratuities, beverages and more. For more information, click on Azamara New Ports or visit www.azamara.com. ________________________________ SOURCE: Insider Travel Report, James Shillinglaw (September 18, 2020); Photo Credit: Azamara Cruise Line Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  13. MIAMI, Sept. 16, 2020 – Carnival Cruise Line today announced the sale of Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination, which had previously been put on long-term lay-up status and removed from published itineraries. The sale of Carnival Fascination, launched in 1994, and Carnival Imagination, introduced in 1995, is in line with Carnival Corporation’s plan to accelerate the removal of less efficient ships from its fleet. This follows the sale of Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration which took place in July. Upon return to operations, Carnival will still operate four upgraded Fantasy-class ships – Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Elation and Carnival Paradise – which feature additional balcony staterooms as well as enhanced dining and entertainment options that are part of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement program. “While we are sad to see Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination leave our fleet, it is a necessary move as it allows us to focus on ships that offer the greatest variety of features and stateroom accommodations for our guests,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. Related to its ongoing ship enhancement program and the current pause in cruise operations, Carnival also advised guests and travel agents that it is delaying the return to guest operations for four ships until after scheduled dry dock enhancements are completed in the first half of 2021. The four impacted ships and resulting cancelled itineraries include: Carnival Magic itineraries operating from Miami will be cancelled until Mar. 13, 2021 Carnival Paradise itineraries operating from Tampa will be cancelled until Mar. 19, 2021 Carnival Valor itineraries operating from New Orleans will be cancelled until Apr. 29, 2021 (including the transatlantic cruise from New Orleans on Jan. 25, 2021 and the return from Barcelona on Feb. 26, 2021) Carnival Spirit itineraries operating from Brisbane will be cancelled through May 16, 2021, with the first sailing being the Singapore to Brisbane voyage embarking on June 12, 2021. “This extended pause in our operations has also impacted shipyard availability, and we’ve had to reschedule required dry docks. As we continue to work through issues related to our eventual return to operations, we are committed to providing our guests and travel agent partners with certainty where we can, although we regret disappointing our guests. We appreciate the continued support and understanding of our guests and hope to welcome them back on board soon,” Duffy said. ___________________________ SOURCE: Carnival Cruise Line, (News Release-September 16, 2020); Photo Credit: Carnival Cruise Line Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  14. MIAMI, Sept. 16, 2020 – Carnival Cruise Line today announced the sale of Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination, which had previously been put on long-term lay-up status and removed from published itineraries. The sale of Carnival Fascination, launched in 1994, and Carnival Imagination, introduced in 1995, is in line with Carnival Corporation’s plan to accelerate the removal of less efficient ships from its fleet. This follows the sale of Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration which took place in July. Upon return to operations, Carnival will still operate four upgraded Fantasy-class ships – Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Elation and Carnival Paradise – which feature additional balcony staterooms as well as enhanced dining and entertainment options that are part of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement program. “While we are sad to see Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination leave our fleet, it is a necessary move as it allows us to focus on ships that offer the greatest variety of features and stateroom accommodations for our guests,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. Related to its ongoing ship enhancement program and the current pause in cruise operations, Carnival also advised guests and travel agents that it is delaying the return to guest operations for four ships until after scheduled dry dock enhancements are completed in the first half of 2021. The four impacted ships and resulting cancelled itineraries include: Carnival Magic itineraries operating from Miami will be cancelled until Mar. 13, 2021 Carnival Paradise itineraries operating from Tampa will be cancelled until Mar. 19, 2021 Carnival Valor itineraries operating from New Orleans will be cancelled until Apr. 29, 2021 (including the transatlantic cruise from New Orleans on Jan. 25, 2021 and the return from Barcelona on Feb. 26, 2021) Carnival Spirit itineraries operating from Brisbane will be cancelled through May 16, 2021, with the first sailing being the Singapore to Brisbane voyage embarking on June 12, 2021. “This extended pause in our operations has also impacted shipyard availability, and we’ve had to reschedule required dry docks. As we continue to work through issues related to our eventual return to operations, we are committed to providing our guests and travel agent partners with certainty where we can, although we regret disappointing our guests. We appreciate the continued support and understanding of our guests and hope to welcome them back on board soon,” Duffy said. ___________________________ SOURCE: Carnival Cruise Line, (News Release-September 16, 2020); Photo Credit: Carnival Cruise Line Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
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  16. Jan, thanks for sharing this update. The industry has had plenty of time to update their onboard protocol so I'm hoping to see the industry begin to come back to life ASAP!!
  17. Welcome, MorganLucas!  See you around!

  18. Hey MorganLucas, Welcome to CruiseCrazies! I encourage you to take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the many features and friendly faces you'll be seeing around. Some basics on getting started: View & customize your profile here: View Member Introduce yourself in our "New Member Introductions" forum Submit your first cruise post in our "Lets Talk Cruise" forum Share recent onboard experiences: Post a Cruise Review Customize your cover photo, profile and settings here The complete guide to "Getting Started" is available here. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! See you around! ?
  19. Over the next three weeks, I’ll be celebrating ‘Six Years of Cruising with Princess Cruises!’  Let me know if you were on the 20th September 2014 cruise (booking number: # 7T3THX) to Fiji and the South Pacific departing from Sydney on board the (late) Dawn Princess Cruise Ship; and let’s celebrate together.

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  20. Cruise lines are ready to get back to business safely and thousands of jobs depend on that, industry leaders, suppliers, retailers and longshoremen told Miami-Dade lawmakers Thursday. 'The cruise industry is close to devastation. The market capitalization of the three public companies has dropped by nearly $50 billion. We've had to raise $20 billion' to stay afloat, Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said. 'We've got to get to work, commissioner. Enough is enough,' an impassioned Del Rio told Miami-Dade County Tourism and Ports Committee Chair Rebeca Sosa. 'It's been more than six months. We as an industry and society have learned a lot about how to live beside COVID,' Del Rio said, pointing to how NCLH and Royal Caribbean Group convened their joint Healthy Sail Panel of experts more than five months ago. 'These are the best people in America, and they have been working for us,' he went on, adding that in the next week to 10 days the companies will submit their protocols to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Del Rio voiced confidence that it will be safe to cruise from America, just as a small but growing number of lines are doing in Europe. 'We've been quiet for too long.' The US no-sail order is 'affecting the lives of thousands of employees, their families and their children,' Del Rio continued. 'And yet we see airlines flying. I want someone to tell me how it's possible that COVID-19 doesn't occur on an airplane when you're sitting four inches away from a person ... ' 'It's unconscionable what's happened to the cruise industry. We've been quiet for too long.' For his part, 'We are totally committed to working with CDC,' Arnold Donald, president and CEO, Carnival Corp. & plc, told commissioners. 'We have been working nonstop ... to develop science-based COVID-19 protocols to be sure the cruise industry can handle the risks without any burden on local resources.' Aiming for less risk than similar shoreside activities. 'We want no one to experience a greater risk on a cruise ship than they would in similar shoreside activities. Historically, we had less risk than shoreside, and that's our goal now as well.' Illustrating how cruising's shutdown has caused a 'tsunami-like impact' on small businesses, Donald played a short clip of Jerry Kaye, whose Lucite Creations makes signs for the cruise industry. According to Kaye, with 40 years in business, work dried up when the ships stopped sailing. He got choked up as he said: 'If I had to leave [this job], it would destroy me.' Lines want to help economic recovery. 'We are ready to work with authorities in the US. We want to be a significant contributor to supporting restart efforts ... both for people in our industry and the many supporting sectors that work with it,' said Rick Sasso, chairman of MSC Cruises USA. MSC Grandiosa began sailing in Europe in mid-August and is now on its fourth successful cruise. 'The protocols are working.' 'Our experience to date shows that cruising can be done safely,' with adherence to protocols and 'going above and beyond the required standards,' Sasso said. 'Guests are enjoying cruises once again and applauding us ... The protocols are working.' Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, noted the cruise industry is vital to Florida's economy, contributing over $8.5bn in direct spending annually. Also, about 60% of US-based cruise line employment is in Miami. 'Miami is the gateway to the Caribbean,' Bayley continued, adding that 40 Caribbean countries count on the cruise business. Bayley co-chairs a task force with Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley that's forging a universal set of guidelines to dovetail with those of the Healthy Sail Panel and protocols that lines will submit to the CDC. 'We're ready' to return to service.' 'It's time that the cruise industry returned to service, and we're ready,' Bayley summed up. Caitlin Gardner, representing the giant home-based travel advisor network Cruise Planners, argued it's 'unfair to single out the cruise industry,' which should be treated like other businesses such as hotels and restaurants — that are open. 'Use your voice to urge CDC to allow the cruise industry to return,' Gardner told commissioners. Others who spoke in support of cruising included Gregory Martin of satellite connectivity provider SES Networks, David Harris of Ensemble Travel Group, Wendy Kallergis of the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association, Torin Regan of the International Longshoremen's Association and PortMiami Director Juan Kuryla. Commissioner Sosa and her committee made it clear they heard the industry's plight and that of PortMiami, where investments in new cruise terminals continue. NCL's 'Pearl of Miami,' Terminal B, sits completed — and empty. New facilities are under way or planned for Carnival Cruise Line, MSC Cruises/Disney Cruise Line and Virgin Voyages. Miami-Dade commissioners recently approved general obligation bonds that earmark $335m for these projects. Sosa scolds the CDC Sosa repeatedly took the CDC to task for not communicating with the cruise lines and keeping them hanging for months. 'It's unfair that they don't even answer ... Listen to the plans. Correct the plans. Tell them what they need to do,' she scolded. The CDC has set a Sept. 21 deadline for public comments about ways to safely restart cruising. Sosa said Miami-Dade County will be writing to CDC and to Florida's representatives and senators to press for a quick CDC response to the cruise lines' protocols. 'We are going to pressure the CDC to do the review and come back to us,' she said. Many families' livelihoods, she added, are depending on it. _________________________________ SOURCE: SeaTrade Cruise News, Anne Kalosh (Sept. 10, 2020); Photo Credit: Janice Neves Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more or more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  21. Cruise lines are ready to get back to business safely and thousands of jobs depend on that, industry leaders, suppliers, retailers and longshoremen told Miami-Dade lawmakers Thursday. 'The cruise industry is close to devastation. The market capitalization of the three public companies has dropped by nearly $50 billion. We've had to raise $20 billion' to stay afloat, Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said. 'We've got to get to work, commissioner. Enough is enough,' an impassioned Del Rio told Miami-Dade County Tourism and Ports Committee Chair Rebeca Sosa. 'It's been more than six months. We as an industry and society have learned a lot about how to live beside COVID,' Del Rio said, pointing to how NCLH and Royal Caribbean Group convened their joint Healthy Sail Panel of experts more than five months ago. 'These are the best people in America, and they have been working for us,' he went on, adding that in the next week to 10 days the companies will submit their protocols to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Del Rio voiced confidence that it will be safe to cruise from America, just as a small but growing number of lines are doing in Europe. 'We've been quiet for too long.' The US no-sail order is 'affecting the lives of thousands of employees, their families and their children,' Del Rio continued. 'And yet we see airlines flying. I want someone to tell me how it's possible that COVID-19 doesn't occur on an airplane when you're sitting four inches away from a person ... ' 'It's unconscionable what's happened to the cruise industry. We've been quiet for too long.' For his part, 'We are totally committed to working with CDC,' Arnold Donald, president and CEO, Carnival Corp. & plc, told commissioners. 'We have been working nonstop ... to develop science-based COVID-19 protocols to be sure the cruise industry can handle the risks without any burden on local resources.' Aiming for less risk than similar shoreside activities. 'We want no one to experience a greater risk on a cruise ship than they would in similar shoreside activities. Historically, we had less risk than shoreside, and that's our goal now as well.' Illustrating how cruising's shutdown has caused a 'tsunami-like impact' on small businesses, Donald played a short clip of Jerry Kaye, whose Lucite Creations makes signs for the cruise industry. According to Kaye, with 40 years in business, work dried up when the ships stopped sailing. He got choked up as he said: 'If I had to leave [this job], it would destroy me.' Lines want to help economic recovery. 'We are ready to work with authorities in the US. We want to be a significant contributor to supporting restart efforts ... both for people in our industry and the many supporting sectors that work with it,' said Rick Sasso, chairman of MSC Cruises USA. MSC Grandiosa began sailing in Europe in mid-August and is now on its fourth successful cruise. 'The protocols are working.' 'Our experience to date shows that cruising can be done safely,' with adherence to protocols and 'going above and beyond the required standards,' Sasso said. 'Guests are enjoying cruises once again and applauding us ... The protocols are working.' Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, noted the cruise industry is vital to Florida's economy, contributing over $8.5bn in direct spending annually. Also, about 60% of US-based cruise line employment is in Miami. 'Miami is the gateway to the Caribbean,' Bayley continued, adding that 40 Caribbean countries count on the cruise business. Bayley co-chairs a task force with Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley that's forging a universal set of guidelines to dovetail with those of the Healthy Sail Panel and protocols that lines will submit to the CDC. 'We're ready' to return to service.' 'It's time that the cruise industry returned to service, and we're ready,' Bayley summed up. Caitlin Gardner, representing the giant home-based travel advisor network Cruise Planners, argued it's 'unfair to single out the cruise industry,' which should be treated like other businesses such as hotels and restaurants — that are open. 'Use your voice to urge CDC to allow the cruise industry to return,' Gardner told commissioners. Others who spoke in support of cruising included Gregory Martin of satellite connectivity provider SES Networks, David Harris of Ensemble Travel Group, Wendy Kallergis of the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association, Torin Regan of the International Longshoremen's Association and PortMiami Director Juan Kuryla. Commissioner Sosa and her committee made it clear they heard the industry's plight and that of PortMiami, where investments in new cruise terminals continue. NCL's 'Pearl of Miami,' Terminal B, sits completed — and empty. New facilities are under way or planned for Carnival Cruise Line, MSC Cruises/Disney Cruise Line and Virgin Voyages. Miami-Dade commissioners recently approved general obligation bonds that earmark $335m for these projects. Sosa scolds the CDC Sosa repeatedly took the CDC to task for not communicating with the cruise lines and keeping them hanging for months. 'It's unfair that they don't even answer ... Listen to the plans. Correct the plans. Tell them what they need to do,' she scolded. The CDC has set a Sept. 21 deadline for public comments about ways to safely restart cruising. Sosa said Miami-Dade County will be writing to CDC and to Florida's representatives and senators to press for a quick CDC response to the cruise lines' protocols. 'We are going to pressure the CDC to do the review and come back to us,' she said. Many families' livelihoods, she added, are depending on it. _________________________________ SOURCE: SeaTrade Cruise News, Anne Kalosh (Sept. 10, 2020); Photo Credit: Janice Neves Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more or more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  22. People go on solo cruises all the time for all types of reasons. One of the many benefits of Single or Solo Cruising verses Family or Group Cursing is 'you have more freedom (because it’s just you) and you get to do cruising your way.' Like most Cruise lines; Princess Cruises caters for the needs of Solo Cruises. During most Sea Days, the Princess Cruise line holds 'Singles or Solo Afternoon Tea Events.' These events were designed to make Singles or Solo Travellers feel more at home whilst on their cruise. However, as well as feeling lonely and invisible despite being around a lot of people; ‘some Cruise ships also come with the occasional heckler' (these are people who like to give solo travellers a hard time for traveling on their own). If this happens to you during your cruise, tell your cruise director (if you can), and then when you get home report the incident in the Passenger Cruise Questionnaire email you’ll receive from the cruise line. So, what are the Dinning options for solo cruising? When it comes to meal times; my advice is don’t choose the ‘anytime dinning option,’ and then eat your meals in the Smorgasbord restaurants when you get on board the ship. Instead, choose to go with the ‘eight seater option at either the 5pm or a 7pm dinner seatings in one of the ships main Restaurants. That way, you’ll be able to meet new people, build relationships, and have people to talk to during your cruise; instead of doing it on your own. And, what’s involved with booking a cabin for a Solo Cruise? Zoe Elcock (A Travel Agent from Flight Centre in Castle Hill, Australia) said, "It's a Twin Cabin so when you'll be paying for 'two people.' But because you're travelling on your own, you'll get it for a bit cheaper." But that's not all. As well as booking a Singles Cruise through Flight Centre; you can also arrange to share a cabin with another solo traveler. So many things have changed since the Cruise Industry began, and it seems the top deck is no longer the limit because the options are endless, and the cruising world is in your hands. Solo Cruising verses Group Cruising; the choice is yours. Happy cruising!
  23. Welcome, Jurgen!  See you around!

  24. Hey Jurgen, Welcome to CruiseCrazies! I encourage you to take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the many features and friendly faces you'll be seeing around. Some basics on getting started: View & customize your profile here: View Member Introduce yourself in our "New Member Introductions" forum Submit your first cruise post in our "Lets Talk Cruise" forum Share recent onboard experiences: Post a Cruise Review Customize your cover photo, profile and settings here The complete guide to "Getting Started" is available here. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! See you around! ?
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