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  1. Very enjoyable read, thank you! I'm scheduled to sail with Emerald Waterways on the same itinerary in mid-October. Hopefully, the ship will sail, and I can get there from the U.S. We'll see.....
  2. I am on Grand from Singapore to Rome, March 23-April 20, 2021, and it looks like this cruise is right on the cusp of the change. Currently, this sailing will still be on the Grand, but as the details emerge it could get moved to the Regal. No worries though, I'm okay with either.
  3. Obviously my coffee had not kicked in when I posted this. I meant I "find a bit of levity helpful" no brevity! Hah. Although I do appreciate brevity too.
  4. I understood it as a joke, and did not take it any other way. Yes, we Americans are not getting a handle on this situation due to many people making poor choices. I am still able to find humor in situations, and find a bit of brevity helpful during these unusual times of negativity.
  5. In both instances the clients paid a "cash" deposit with their personal credit cards.
  6. I have air booked for a trip that begins in Bangkok and ends in Rome for March 2021.
  7. I don't know if this will help you or not, but I will give you 2 examples of clients cruises I have dealt with from Princess that are similar. Cruise sailing date July 11, 2020. Client decided they were uncomfortable with cruising and cancelled cruise on March 21, 2020. Deposit of $200 returned to clients credit card on June 28, 2020. Cruise sailing date August 16, 2020. Princess cancelled this cruise on May 6, 2020. I requested refund on clients behalf on May 13, 2020. Client still awaiting return of $200 deposit.
  8. Yes, DH and I are visiting Thailand and Cambodia independently next March, before we board the Grand Princess in Singapore. (Well, you know, we hope we are visiting them....) And we've been reading on this. Currently, we'll pay a $3,000 per person deposit to enter Cambodia, and that will cover the required COVID-19 test at the airport, and if needed, quarantine, medical care, etc. They've made it so that if one person tests positive on the plane, then we have to enter 14 days quarantine. We are keeping a watch on this, as we'll drop Cambodia from our trip rather than navigate this.
  9. You will also want to take into consideration that ships often practice rafting, whereby river cruise ships are docked side by side and the passengers need to walk through other ships to reach the shore, or when returning to their ship. Also, the gangway to the shore can be steep at times. This can sometimes create challenges for those with mobility issues.
  10. Oh darn, I was hoping that could be a solution. I hear very good things about Aqaba though, so should be a fun alternative.
  11. Did you see Avram's quote below yours about golf carts? This may be able to help you.
  12. We are on the Grand Princess, Singapore to Rome, March 23, 2021. Stops in Oman, Abu Dhabi, Aqaba (for Petra) and several other ports. DH and I are also on the Emerald Azzurra Red Sea cruise with a small group, Feb. 5, 2022, which starts in Aqaba.
  13. What do you think of the idea that Avram3 posted just after you on the tour to Petra with the possibility of adding the camel or cart for transportation? Do you think that would work for you. I'd be in for that tour if we kept it between 7-10 people (7 or more get us an English speaking guide for the full day). If you think that wouldn't work, the port town of Aqaba is a beach resort town with a promenade and some charming atmosphere.
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