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About RemPuck

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    Chicago - United States
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    Galapagos, Panama Canal

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  1. The bow looks “pointier” in the photo than in the rendering. The windows are also spaced further apart. Could this be a wide angle or panoramic shot? Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  2. It looks like the $89/day cost is on all cruises throughout 2021. The “All-In Package” is available to purchase now on more than 550 cruises (ranging from 7- to 56-days) sailing to destinations around the globe into 2021 including Tahiti and the South Pacific, Alaska, Europe, Transatlantic, Canada and New England, Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Panama Canal. Even after guests board the ship, the special package price of $89 per person may be purchased up through day two of the cruise. https://www.windstarcruises.com/blog/windstar-cruises-all-in-package/ Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  3. We’re also looking at Alaska in August. We had a full trip planned for this summer and we’d hope to try again. But as you note, there are a lot of unknowns. I’m at the point where “crappy cabin” actually sounds enticing. Fingers crossed 🤞 that successful cruising (and travel in general) returns soon. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  4. My TA called me out of the blue last week to let me know that there are some “extra OBC offers” available for people sitting with FCCs. She was really vague on the amounts (“depends on itinerary/room typed booked/etc”) but was good for bookings made through September. It’s combinable with other offers as well. She also confirmed that FCCs can be used as a deposit on a new sailing. I don’t want to be out any more $$ at this point but had been told previously that I’d need to pay a new deposit out of pocket before applying the FCCs. I let a good 7-for-7 go by a few weeks ago because of this. We’re still debating summer 2021. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  5. We had a balcony on the Breeze for an Aruba to Costa Rica trip in December 2018. Our original booking was for a standard room but we were able to take advantage of a price drop to change rooms and save money at the same time. There was enough room to stand on the little ledge. It was even possible to somewhat sit, wedged into a corner, if one wanted. I enjoyed opening the doors every evening to watch the seas as we were getting ready for bed and again to watch our arrivals into port or anchorage. We were supposed to have been on the Breeze this summer in Alaska and I’d also booked a balcony, even with knowledge of cooler, wetter weather. The ability to step out, even by a foot, was important. (For reference, we selected an original layout with the sitting area by the balcony. ) Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  6. On thing I’m curious about is the number of adjoining rooms post rehab. We were booked on the Breeze for this summer (cancelled obviously) and were supposed to be in 520. Our TA confirmed it was an adjoining room but also agreed it made no sense since it was an original room and wasn’t adjoining pre-refit. I’m very curious to know what the reality is once we can finally see the interiors. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  7. We actually received our FCC certificates today (4 June). Timeline: Cruise scheduled for 2 August. Cruise cancelled by Windstar 1 April (just before the penalty phase kicked in) FCC received 4 June (about 65 days) Per the FCC notice, if we request a refund, it will be processed in 4-6 weeks from the point it's received. We're still debating. On one hand, many other lines are quoting "up to 90 days" to get a refund, so the 4-6 weeks seems like a good deal. However, it took us more than 60 days to get to the point of being eligible to request a refund; another 30-40 days to actually see the money is just like everyone else.
  8. We were supposed to be on a Breeze trip to Alaska in August. A few excursions sell out quickly (zodiac at the glaciers) so I pre-booked. About $1200 total for three excursions for 2 people. We had decent OBC but it could not be used until on board. Cruise was cancelled. Excursions rolled into “all monies paid to Windstar” and will be part of the FCC/refund. If we stick with the FCC, it’s part of the 125%, so it adds up. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  9. Update: per my TA, Windstar is now saying FCCs are taking about 10 weeks from the time of cancellation. Our trip was cancelled on April 1st... we’re looking at mid June for the first FCC. I don’t want to think about time to an actual refund if we ask for it then. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  10. Not quite cancellations, but close. We were to be on a Seward to Vancouver voyage in early August on the Breeze. Just before our final payment date, Windstar cancelled all of the Breeze's North America itineraries for the summer. We received notice on April 1 that the cruise was cancelled and we were automatically getting the 125% FCC for "all moneys paid" (which was a pretty hefty deposit plus some excursions purchased through Windstar). Feedback from our TA was that it would take "about a month" for the FCC to be issued. It's May 8th and nothing yet. Has anyone had a similar experience? We are still debating keeping the FCC or taking a refund (and per my understanding, I can't request the refund until I receive the FCC). Any similar experiences appreciated. RemPuck
  11. From their website: TRAVEL ADVISORY April 20, 2020 Due to the continued effects of COVID-19 on the world’s population and expanded travel restrictions enacted by multiple governments, Windstar Cruises is extending its temporary suspension of operations until June 30, 2020. Windstar will begin operating cruises aboard its yachts and small ships again in July 2020. The health and well-being of guests, crew, land-based employees and people in the communities we visit is always a top priority. For those guests with canceled cruises due to this extension, Windstar is offering a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) valued at 125% of all monies paid to Windstar Cruises on the booking. Guests will have until December 31, 2021 to book and sail with their FCC. Guests may also request to exchange the FCC for a refund of 100% of monies paid to Windstar Cruises on the canceled booking. Guests have until December 31, 2021 to request the refund. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  12. Our August 2020 Alaska trip was cancelled by Windstar due to a combination of Covid restrictions and ongoing delays with the stretch of Star Breeze. Fortunately this happened before final payment so all I have as a FCC with Windstar is my deposit and the amount I'd paid for some ship's excursions. I did not want to be in a situation where I'd made final payment and then had a significant sum with the line and a general uncertainty about the overall future for Windstar (and other lines). I do agree that being on a small ship is definitely better than being on the huge ships, and we really do want to cruise Windstar again. At this point, I'll keep my FCC on the books and watch for the world to change and settle and will hopefully book with them for summer 2021. Fingers crossed that they have the funding to stay viable.
  13. An interesting addendum.... When we booked our trip in August 2019, we initially included the Denali "cruise tour" at the advice of our TA. She recommended that we add the cruise-tour at the start so that we could take our time and figure out if we wanted/could do the pre-cruise portion independently. During the fall, I did my own research and created my own itinerary. In January, I formally cancelled the pre-cruise portion via Windstar and asked that any additional deposit I'd paid for the cruise tour just be added to my overall account. At the same time, I pre-booked three Windstar excursions: Zodiac rides on each of the 3 glacier days on the itinerary. From what I'd read of the 2019 season, these were often over booked and we really wanted to do them. As such, I paid over $1300 for the three excursions. Now with the trip being cancelled, my FCC is based on "all monies paid" to Windstar. This includes the additional deposit for the original cruise tour as well as the three excursions. My FCC is nearly the cost of a single full fare on the cruise! At this point, we're rolling this forward and do hope to do the trip in 2021. I've not yet figured out what I may be out with flight costs; even with waived fees, I will not be able to roll my 2020 tickets to 2021 given the airline restrictions. Windstar is very clear that they are not covering any non-Windstar costs. We hadn't taken insurance (and at this point, the cost of the insurance would have been beyond what we may be out). Will Windstar still be around in summer 2021?
  14. It's a quickie for sure:
  15. Or maybe I have a cruise? When I go "My Windstar" now that my cruise has been cancelled, I see that I am on a "Ghost Sailing" out of San Juan in April!
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