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About AmberTeka

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    North East Florida
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  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival, Princess, HAL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Port Canaveral

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  1. Carnival Cruises has announced they will implement the following Covid-19 prevention protocols aboard all ships when their cruising reopens in November, 2020 In November, Carnival Cruises is scheduled to ADD departure sailings from: Miami Port Canaveral Orlando They have a list of things that will happen. Protective wise. May be true. May not happen. Interesting article,
  2. I grew up in Muscle Shoals. We played a High School in Huntsville (football) my Senior year. I remember when Huntsville was not a big city! North West Alabama is beautiful and the people are so nice. I don't miss the winters. I still have family in MSC. I called Carnival today, and they said it had not been cancelled. I think it is sailing, if it does. with fewer passengers. If we have to use masks, I am fine with that. If they serve all of the food, I like that. If they give a covid test when you board, I like that. If they take our temperature, that is fine. Currently my social life is going to Publix. And I really like Publix, and like their staff and food, but I just want to see people. People safe spaced. With masks. Well tested. Who use the same huge amount of disenfectant as we do.
  3. I was burned very badly when I was a child. Plus I have a very rare blood type. The local radio stations put out a call for people with my blood type to please donate. My Mother told me people lined up to get tested and donate blood. I was in the hopital for six months, and then spent years having plastic surgery. Every day of my life has been spent thanking those volunteers.. And when I had a small pox shot, I was already immune. I had received it from a donor. It does greive me that in time people have been forced to do it. But my donors volunteered. They saved my life. I like to think that they are all a part of me.
  4. I had a lot of Carnival Gifr Cards from my cancelled cruise for my husband and me, and my daughter's family. It took a long time to get a refund but I did. I do not want Carnival to go belly up. So I figure that if they cancel all cruises until 2021, I would get a refund. If they tested everyone getting on the ship, and just floated around for a week or so, I would be happy. I like ending the buffet too. Holland America, I think, always serves the food when you go thgough the line. ( think they do so). They have, or are, moving the Breeze to Cape Canerval. We are booked on the Dec. 5.2020 Cruise to Aruba.
  5. Thank You. Volunteers like you always amaze me. Many of our worst diseases have been cured by brave people stepping up. God Bless You.
  6. The Magic will be sailing out of Port Canaveral on Nov. 8, 2021.
  7. I am leaving a fun Trivia round, heading to the casino to donate my $40 bucks, then when I have lost it, heading to the coffee shop for a skim milk latte and a big chocolate cookie. I wish!
  8. If you live in Northeast Florida, and read the Florida Times Union, there is a LOT of testing going on. And More is coming. The Death rate in Duval for the entire pandemic is 70 people. All over 70. Every death is a loss, but all of those who died were very old. ( I am too) Most were in nursing homes. Very expensive nursing homes so it was not a lack of care. The Deerwood area in JAX and one in Orange Park. I do not know anyone who has had it. I do not know of anyone who knows of who has had it. I have had three repair folks in my home during the Pandemic. I asked them if they had been busy during the Lock down. All said they were swamped from Day one. They did not know of anyone who has had it here and do not know of anyone who knows of anyone who caught it. Our Hospital beds are not full. Ordinary surgery has been delayed. I think they do some now. Medical workers have been laid off. We have a good governor. He sent the National Guard in to disinfect all nursing homes, and there has been one small outbreak. I think something fishy is up. But I don't believe in most conspiracies. I do think some are using it for political reason . I hope it is over sooner than later. Everyone stay safe and well. Live to cruise another day.
  9. I have received my e-mail. It stated that cabins would be assigned starting last Friday, and we would be notified of our cabin number. It also said that we all have $200 On board credit.
  10. We were booked on the Radiance for Dec.2020. 1 Made the reservation almost 2 years ago. I am worried about catching the virus, but I do take hydroxychloroquine ( for Rheumatoid Arthritis) and have for 20 years. It lessons the damage inflammation RH does to heart, lungs, etc. Makes sense it would help lesson any inflammation. But my husband does not. I am praying we have a vaccine before that. I think about when it will be normal again, but will we be the way we were then? DO you have hand sanitizer in your car, your glove compartment, your China cabinet?) Do you have enough masks to host a Halloween party? Will you ever let anyone shake your hand again? Hug you? Other than that, I love the Breeze. We have been on it once. It is big. Lots of dining venues with most free or very affordable. Loved the casino even though it did not love me back. Loved the Trivia. I am very hopeful. And I thank God every day that no one I know, or know of, has had covid-19. If we get onboard credit, can we use it to upgrade to a Cove Balcony on the Breeze? We were booked in an Ocean View on the Fifth Deck of the Radiance ( the new ones). It seems to be like the Sunshine except the Interiors with windows on the Third Deck does not have the sofa on the Radiance. I LOVED those cabins on the Sunshine. They were the best deal we got in cruising.
  11. It was a HUGE hassle to get my refund. I had been told that $400+ ( cruise credit) would be added to a reservation I booked for March 2021. That was some weeks ago.. So that means I have to call Carnival again. and just the thought makes me grit my teeth. I love to cruise, I have always loved Carnival. so from now on,..after I use the gift cards I received for the refund, it will be in cash. That might just be me. But for me, it is not worth the hassle.
  12. Thank for the photos. I did not realize that they were that obstructed. I may see if we can change cabins.
  13. Carnival Legend. Upper Deck. Cabin 5142 Does anyone know how obstructed it is? Thanks for any information. The cruise is not until next year. It is to the Panama Canal, and I would like to see some the canal from the balcony when the ship does a partial transit. Thanks for any information.
  14. I received my replacement gift cards this week. I was stunned. As I have no other place to spend the cards, I am booked on another cruise for next year. I will NEVER pay for a cruise with gift cards again. I will NEVER buy travel gift cards again. But After getting the cards back, I was not so mad at Carnival. I like cruising. I have never had another complaint against Carnival. I am not quite the cheerleader I used to be, but it is going to be tough on Carnival. Everyone I know is scared to death of this disease and the doctors, imho, pile it on. I still have about $400 in a cruise credit I think, and I did not get the $600 in onboard credit because my daughter's name was on the booking, but on my credit card. That chaps me. But all in all, I am a lot happier with Carnival than before this lock down. AND I do not believe there was any covid-19 on Carnival ships. I know they were on Princess, and HAL, and they are owned by Carnival, but ran by other groups. I have always felt like Carnival was clean.
  15. I thought I was getting the shaft. I cancelled my reservation March 10. It was paid off with AARP Gift cards + a 507 deposit. It was for my daughter, son in law, grandchild. It was an Alaskan Cruise from Seattle, It Cost 3461.92. I was told the refund would be in gift cards with a check for the deposit. But even though it was charged to my credit card, only my daughter could get it, because the booking was in her name. And the rest would be loaded on a gift card which could only be used by her, because the booking was in her name. I am platinum on Carnival I am platinum on Princess I have sailed on four cruises with Holland America. My daughter and her family were on five of those cruises. I paid for them with my credit card. I said O.K. Then I called at the end of the 8-10 days they said it took. No cancellation confirmation. No cards. Then carnival sent an e-mail. I ( my daughter) could get a cruise credit and $600 onboard credit. I did get a note..(one line) when I clicked on that one. I did not take a screen shot. I never got any notice about having a cruise credit. It is now April 21.2020. I have tried not to call too much. I have been told the cards are on the way, the cruise credit is fine, 8-10 days. the card for my refund was cut on April 1, and should arrive in 8-10- days. I have called accounting. WOW. Rude. Dismissive. Told Up to 90 days. click' The first agents I reached always tried to help me. I stayed on line for hours yesterday. I talked to guest services, accounting ( little talking, lot of holding) and as of now......the gift card will be sent. Ditto check. I can use the cards, and the check will be made out to me. I am to receive it within 90 days. I think that when that happens , pigs will come out of nose, and monkeys will be flying around my head. I will call again after the 8-10 period. I may be dumb, but I am persistent. I wish someone had the President of Carnivals' number. We should be calling him/her. I commiserate with everyone who posted. God bless you all, and keep up hope we all get our refunds or future credits. ( Either one would be fine with me. I can't use the cards any place other than Carnival) THIS is the first time I have had an issue with Carnival.
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