CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TRAVEL ALERT

A message from our Managing Partner and Tournament Coordinator, Debbie Longenecker

To our valued Bingo Cruising Family,

There is no higher priority to our World Championship Bingo Tournament and Gaming Cruise Family than the safety of our guests and staff. We are in close communication with our representatives with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, who are in very close communication with the medical professionals, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), government agencies, and their internal teams to stay on top of this evolving situation.

 

At this time, the COVID-19 virus poses no immediate threat to our cruise. Our Bingo Cruise will be sailing in over 240 days, and there is no indication that any Royal Caribbean sailings will or should be disrupted during this time period. We expect no changes to our scheduled sailing out of Galveston, Texas. We will, however, continue to monitor the situation with our cruise partner Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines during this time.

According to the most recent information from the CDC, for most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. As always, the health and safety of the cruise passengers remains the top priority with Royal Caribbean as per an emergency Webinar I participated on this past Friday, March 6th with top management of Royal Caribbean and their sister companies Azamara and Celebrity Cruises.

At this time, Royal Caribbean has introduced a temporary change to their cancellation guidelines which will allow for greater flexibility. All guests sailing on or before July 31, 2020 only, may now choose to cancel their reservation up to 48 hours prior to departure. Should a guest wish to cancel after their final payment deadline, a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) will be administered in the full amount of each guest’s applicable cancellation fees. FCC amounts will vary and are dependent upon the standard cancellation timeline. Guests can apply these credits to any future cruise of their choice departing on or before December 31, 2021.

I can personally attest that Royal Caribbean was one of the first cruise lines to implement stricter standards in their screening process when this began more than a month ago. I encountered such screening when doing a site visit of a cruise ship in Ft. Lauderdale. Days after visiting the ship and the spread of the disease overseas, they shut down all non-essential guests on the ship in order to keep the risk of this virus coming onboard.

Full details of the current strict standards taken by Royal Caribbean to combat this virus and to keep their cruise passengers healthy and safe may be found at https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/itinerary-updates

What is the CDC saying?

CDC typically posts travel health notices for countries and other international destinations, not conveyances, such as ships, airplanes or trains. Because of the unusual nature of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the US government is advising US travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, to defer cruise ship travel at this time.  

More information may be found at:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/covid-19-cruise-ship

As always, should you have any questions or concerns please reach out to me directly at 1-800-326-0373 or via email at D.Longenecker@longeneckerboon.com

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