Thinking of booking a cruise?

Old Sep 30th, 2021, 03:32 PM
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Thinking of booking a cruise?

It is probably safe to book cruises in the Caribbean and Western Europe, but many global cruises, cruises in Australia, New Zealand and Middle East, and some to Hawaii have very recently been cancelled. Some lines have cancelled only through
Jan 1, some through May, but a few even through next Summer.

They had not anticipated the extent of logistical issues resulting from the Pandemic. Supplies and food, delivery of goods, services for the ships in some ports and diminished crew and staff are all impacted and it is taking time to restore all of those things.
COVID situations and political situations are also having an impact.

It should be obvious that cruise lines do not want to do this, but they canít operate without crew and services.

Different lines are giving explanations and how they are handling things. One line stated that they were combining the crews from different ships to have enough for some ships. Another said that lack of services in some places and the COVID situation in others is causing their cancellations.

Just my personal thought, so may or may not be fact, but I am guessing that food offerings may at times be impacted. While probably not terribly noticeable to most, there are items (not anything rare or unusual) that have not been available in my local supermarket for weeks. Chefs on ships may have to make substantial substitutions.

To me, cruising is as safe (thinking of COVID) as any vacation, but might require some flexibility.


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Old Oct 1st, 2021, 02:49 PM
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True. As supplies are not at full tilt it could be that this will effect cruise ship as well.

Our next cruise is 6/2022 so I hope by them we will be well on our way to normal. But.....
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Old Oct 1st, 2021, 03:34 PM
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Jacketwatch, I bet your cruises will be just fine. A couple are saying Fall, but most major lines expect to be fully operational by Summer and the ones affected are in the Middle East, New Zealand and Australia, so should not affect you at all. We are hoping for another Caribbean cruise during GD’s Spring break, just beaches, snorkeling, shows on the ship, lots of ice-cream, stuff like that for her. We will wait a bit to book though, see how things are going.
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Old Oct 2nd, 2021, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Sassafrass View Post
Jacketwatch, I bet your cruises will be just fine. A couple are saying Fall, but most major lines expect to be fully operational by Summer and the ones affected are in the Middle East, New Zealand and Australia, so should not affect you at all. We are hoping for another Caribbean cruise during GDís Spring break, just beaches, snorkeling, shows on the ship, lots of ice-cream, stuff like that for her. We will wait a bit to book though, see how things are going.
Thank you.

I certainly hope so. its a really nice one out of Iceland with several stops there as well as Norway and Scotland.

We also booked the Rhapsody for 2/2023 for 14 days RT Barbados. Its an older ship but has stops in a bunch of ports many of which we have not been too. All in all it stops in Cartagena, Panama, Costa Rica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, the ABC islands with an overnight in Aruba and Trinidad.

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Jacketwatch, would you kindly share the name of cruise line & the cruise you are taking out of Iceland. Thank you.
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Old Oct 6th, 2021, 03:27 AM
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Jacketwatch, would you kindly share the name of cruise line & the cruise you are taking out of Iceland. Thank you.
Of course!

https://www.ncl.com/vacations?cruise...&date=jun-2022
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Hmmm. I C/P the above from the NCL site but say two mos. ago the Ireland and England stops were scrapped and stops in Norway, Olden and Alesund as well as Edinburgh and Kirkwall, Orkney Island, Scotland were added. I logged into my NCL account to check and yes the adjusted itinerary is the current one.
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https://www.ncl.com/vacations?cruise...norwegian-star

This is it. The top one is the one we are on. Why they list the older itinerary below it I have no idea. As you can see its the same ship and departure date for both.

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We currently are hanging onto two cruises in the Caribbean for Jan and Feb but am concerned about being allow to go ashore outside of the ship's bubble. We are now leaning towards cancellation.
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We just booked a seven day on Carnival out of Baltimore for January. We were comfortable with the Covid protocols, the port is an easy drive from here, and it's the Bahamas, so if they need to skip a port or we're not comfortable getting off, we should still have a good time. We hadn't expected to be doing this yet, but between the safety measures (it's a vaccinated cruise, and you have to test), and the unbelievably awesome price, we decided we were ready.
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Old Oct 15th, 2021, 11:56 AM
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Persimmondeb, please come back with a review of the ship after your cruise. I am anxious to see what it is like compared with the ships that did port from Baltimore. Have you cruised from here before? We live in Baltimore, so it is easy to port from here, but I lament the lack of interesting ports and the days of bad weather going and returning. We cruised on Pride a couple of times though and enjoyed it, especially when they still had hammocks in the adult area. They replaced those with sun beds, which take up less space, but are not nearly as nice or as much fun. The RC Grandeur of the Seas, which used to sail from Baltimore, was very popular and the adult pool with the retractable roof was nice even in bad weather. It was snowing once when we left Baltimore, so they let the children use that pool too. I thought that was very nice.
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Hi Sassafrass! It is the Legend, which is the same class as the Pride (I sailed on the Pride with my dad a few years ago), but we have not been on it before. From what I have seen online, it's quite attractive in the older Carnival style, and the Serenity deck looks nice. No hammocks, looks like they have sun beds, but it looks like a nice area, and I like the Serenity with the pool. We are taking DS, but since he's 26, he can hang out there with us (or go somewhere else, he's more or less a responsible adult). I think the rear main pool on Legend has a dome, so hopefully we'll be able to use it out of Baltimore.

We're actually really glad we're doing this. We hadn't expected to be cruising yet, but between the cautious, low key itinerary (Half Moon Cay, Nassau, Freeport), and the Covid protocols, we're comfortable (and we should have our boosters by early next month), and it's a time of year when I know we're going to be ready for some sunshine. We're viewing it as a week in a comfortable resort hotel (with all meals!) that magically transports itself to a subtropical beach and back again. I wouldn't have booked something we truly weren't okay with, no matter the price, but the great deal did make us look at it (and their safety measures) in a way we probably wouldn't have otherwise. I did buy the insurance though, which I usually don't.
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