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  1. Thrak, I posted the 37 excluded sailings in this thread, post 41
  2. I think if you search online for 3 Day Sale you will find it
  3. Your "normal TA" can book this for you if your normal TA is part of this company. As noted before it is not a big box store but sometimes referred to that way. It is a lot of small boxes in Canada and US.
  4. We disembarked Royal Princess on May 11 and flew home from YVR and this was also our experience - needing to show our cards to pre-clear via expedited screening. I actually had to show my card on more than one occasion to get through the entire process heading to the gate. I always have mine along with me, but I imagine sometimes people are caught by surprise. I found YVR, using expedited screening, was a breeze and I flew through all the checkpoints, taking 14 minutes from start to entering the lounge.
  5. Main Cabin is Economy. You may be thinking of Basic Economy, which is also seating that is located in the Main Cabin but is more restrictive - you aren't booked in Basic Economy though, or you wouldn't have seats assigned at all until check in, and Viking doesn't use Basic Economy. You are booked in Main Cabin Economy, and some Main Cabin Economy tickets are not upgrade able.
  6. I agree with klfrodo. I'm not that concerned about covering the cost of a trip I have to cancel, but I am concerned about medical coverage and evacuation coverage. Interestingly, most travelers are much more focused on recouping the cost of the trip. So, you have to decide what is important to you, and what it is you want to protect/insure. DH and I have always believed in the adage that insurance should only be used for something you cannot recover yourself from. For example, the cost of the trip, it's money already spent, money you can afford to do without, and would disappoint us to lose it but won't damage us to lose it. Conversely, a medical emergency in a far away place, and possible evacuation, could jump up into the 5 to 6 digits price, and would be painful to absorb.
  7. $250 off of flights was a booking promotion. When you have your agent refare to the new promo you will lose the flight promo credit of $250 off of flights, but you will not lose your flights saved to your booking (you will have them at the rate they were when you saved them). If you cancel and rebook, which is different than refaring, you will lose your promos, as well as your saved flights, from your current booking.
  8. Well, I went ahead and took a leap of faith and jumped on board! I booked DH and I on the July 21 sailing to Norway and Spitsbergen. I hope the ship is ready, or I guess we'll be knocking around inland Norway.
  9. If they are cutting and repairing, do you think they will make the June projection? Or do you think they will postpone again?
  10. That's one way to look at it. Or, you could look at it like at least someone you know got the TC credit, rather than someone you didn't know (ie the agency) getting the TC credit, which happens often. When cruise lines release their sailings, major travel agencies hold group space on many, many sailings. Most major travel companies have thousands of "groups" via group space held, their individual agents book clients on cruises at the current best rate available at the time the client is booking, and then move that client into the group for extra perks for the client. At the same time this agency is building towards their TC credits, which come to the agency after the sailing in the form of additional commission. This is how you can sometimes find a better perk or better offer from a company.
  11. This is the list of sailings that are excluding from this years 3 Day Sale; they are the same as the exclusions from this years Sip and Sale. To clarify, the 3 Day Sale and the Sip and Sale are the same with the exception of the 3 Day Sale having the addition of pre-paid gratuities, and being offered only from one agency.
  12. There is generally a disclaimer on cruise air (Choice, EZ, etc) saying that the international legs of your itinerary will be in Business Class and that the domestic legs may be in a different class.
  13. Here are the excluded sailings. Listed as Sailing number, Ship, # Days, Sail Date, Name: 3022A Crown Princess 22, 7/11/2020 0:00 2020 Baltic & Norwegian Fjords Medley 2006 Island Princess 28 4/11/2020 2020 Hawaii, Tahiti & Samoa E004 Emerald Princess 28 2/1/2020 2020 Hawaii, Tahiti & Samoa M104B Diamond Princess 8 1/30/2021 0:00 2021 Japan & Taiwan (from Kobe) M106A Diamond Princess 8 2/15/2021 0:00 2021 Japan & Taiwan (from Kobe) M106B Diamond Princess 8 2/18/2021 0:00 2021 Japan & Taiwan (from Taipei) M104 Diamond Princess 8 1/28/2021 0:00 2021 Japan & Taiwan (from Tokyo) M107A Diamond Princess 8 2/23/2021 0:00 2021 Japan & Taiwan (from Kobe) M105 Diamond Princess 8 2/5/2021 0:00 2021 Japan & Taiwan (from Tokyo) M108 Diamond Princess 8 3/1/2021 0:00 2021 Japan & Taiwan (from Tokyo) M105C Diamond Princess 8 2/10/2021 0:00 2021 Japan & Taiwan (from Taipei) M105B Diamond Princess 8 2/7/2021 0:00 2021 Japan & Taiwan (from Kobe) M106 Diamond Princess 8 2/13/2021 0:00 2021 Japan & Taiwan (from Tokyo) M107 Diamond Princess 8 2/21/2021 0:00 2021 Japan & Taiwan (from Tokyo) S004 Sun Princess 46 1/24/2020 0:00 2020 Indian Ocean & South Africa Odyssey 6033A Coral princess 48 10/31/2020 0:00 2020 Panama Canal, Andes & Cape Horn (with Total Eclipse) C107B Sea Princess 11 2/21/2021 0:00 2021 Southern Australia Explorer C107C Sea Princess 17 3/4/2021 0:00 2021 Northern Explorer S015D Sea Princess 11 10/23/2020 0:00 2020 Southern Australia Explorer S015B Sea Princess 17 10/6/2020 0:00 2020 Northern Explorer 2104 Island Princess 10 2/9/2021 0:00 2021 World Cruise Segment - New Zealand & Australia 2106 Island Princess 11 3/4/2021 0:00 2021 World Cruise Segment - Malaysian Peninsula & Indian Ocean 2105 Island Princess 13 2/19/2021 0:00 2021 World Cruise Segment - Asia &Australia 2102 Island Princess 14 1/3/2021 0:00 2021 World Cruise Segment - PanamaCanal (Connoisseur) 2107 Island Princess 17 3/15/2021 0:00 2021 World Cruise Segment - Holy Land, Turkey & Aegean Sea 2104A Island Princess 23 2/9/2021 0:00 2021 World Cruise Segment - New Zealand, Australia & Asia 2106C Island Princess 28 3/4/2021 0:00 2021 World Cruise Liner - Indian Ocean & Mediterranean Sea 2108A Island Princess 38 4/1/2021 0:00 2021 WC Liner-Mediterranean, Transatlantic Crossing, Panama Canal 2107B Island Princess 41 3/15/2021 0:00 2021 World Cruise Liner - Mediterranean & Transatlantic Crossing 2103E Island Princess 45 1/17/2021 0:00 2021 World Cruise Liner - South Pacific & Asia K004 Pacific Princess 45 2/19/2020 0:00 2020 World Cruise Segment - IndianOcean & Africa C010E Sea Princess 49 5/14/2020 0:00 2020 World Cruise Liner - Brisbaneto London (Dover) A110A Grand Princess 38 3/23/2021 0:00 2021 Indian Ocean & Europe Grand Adventure G032B Regal Princess 44 10/17/2020 0:00 2020 Four Continents Grand Adventure G032A Regal Princess 46 10/17/2020 0:00 2020 Four Continents Grand Adventure A035A Grand Princess 46 10/24/2020 0:00 2020 Pacific Crossing & Asia S008C Sea Princess 49 4/15/2020 0:00 2020 Circle Pacific Liner Sydney toSan Francisco
  14. Yes, it does. The dates are Jan 2020 - May 2021 sailings, 7-49 days (with 37 sailings excluded). If you booked directly with Princess, the travel agent will not be able to cancel this, you'll need to cancel this. But as mentioned earlier, best to wait until the day the sale starts to see the posted rate for your sailing. I've seen them stay same price, go up in price, or go down. You always have to run the numbers on any new promotion.
  15. I don't feel that this issue needs to be a divisive one. It is most likely simply solved. Princess works well with groups and has one of the most user friendly programs in the business. I work with them often in this area. Most likely, the OP can have her cabin refared on the new promo and still retain her original booking number, and her place in the group. The group prices that were contracted when the group was established are more of a hold by Princess to allow that the prices do not increase, as long as group space has not been recalled by Princess, allowing group members to book at this price even when the public rate has increased. The travel agent who is booking the group can also book the member at the lowest price/best deal going independently, and then move them into the group. If the promo the guest wants is for new bookings only, it becomes a bit more complicated as it involves a cancel and rebook, risking losing the cabin, if EZ Air is on the reservation this is washed away. Although, still the guest should be able to have the travel agent cancel the booking, rebook at the new promo, and then move the guest into the group. As to the group leader wanting the TC credit, I don't see a problem with this, that is a perk of being a group leader and often times there is quite a bit of work involved, in both time and emotional calming. And to be clear, a TC credit is not that great of shakes, it is generally that the 16th berth (bed) is free on 15 paid berths; on rare occasions this is a different ratio. It also calculates based on double occupancy. It also does not include NCF's or taxes and port fees. The actual credit is rather small in exchange for all the work, planning and hand holding involved; many group leaders come away from the experience feeling like it wasn't a good trade off.
  16. The sailings that are excluded from the 3 day sale, which are the same ones excluded from the Sip and Sale, were released last night. There were only 37 sailings excluded, with several of them being world cruise segments on Island, and shorter Japan sailings on Diamond, so most will apply. Included sailings are 7-49 nights, sailing January 2020 through May 2021, with the exception of the 37 excluded sailings.
  17. Princess protects group amenities down to one cabin, so your amenities that were established with your points when your formed the group with Princess do not change no matter the amount of guests. What changes is the TC credit, which is based on berths. If you plan on crediting back to the group the TC credit, most people just do this after the sailing once they receive the check from Princess, and divvy it up.
  18. Did you use a travel agent? If so, most agents have access to "cruise fares" from consolidators. To book them, the agent just need to supply documentation that you are actually booked on a cruise, which you are. If you didn't use a travel agent, then most agents would not want to deal with you on air.
  19. DH and I filed for a renewal at the same time. He was approved almost immediately, I was notified that I had to come in for a new interview. The appointments were quite full online, and I happened to be flying out of New Orleans in the next couple of weeks, so I just popped over to the Global Entry area and signed in, and asked "any chance you can work me in, as I happen to be at the airport today, if not, no big deal." The guy said, "we usually don't do this, but we are slow today, so come on in". My re-interview was a total non-issue, and took maybe 5 minutes. I had some clients who were getting ready to travel in a month and had applied for their initial Global Entry, but no interview appointments were available for several months out. I suggested they might try just showing up, and see if it worked for them, and recounted my experience. The tried this and were told the same thing, "we usually don't do it this way, but come on in" and received their interview and approval.
  20. Oh sorry, I didn't know you had an EZ air itinerary held already. I would have added earlier to cancel first and could have saved you some time.
  21. If you only want a return flight, not a round trip flight or an open jaw flight, you change the drop down box near the top of the flight information box to the return flight only. It is auto set to search for round trip.
  22. That part is a bit strange to me as well. Anytime I am selling into group space, or promoting a group, part of the marketing is the amenities and perks.
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