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  1. This is exactly why I did not cancel before Celebrity cancelled for me. Likewise, I have not yet cancelled my airfare since the airline is currently only waiving change fees or offering future credit, but once they cancel the flight you are entitled to a refund.
  2. Consider that given the original timetable, all the components going into the Amp are likely already fabricated and either at or ready to be shipped to the shipyard. The only question now is when will the ship be able to enter the dry dock? It could not be for several weeks or months, as by the time the dry dock may already be busy with the next scheduled ship. Until all the pieces shake out, it's impossible to plan. One thing that should not be a factor is the cruise schedule, as even after cruises resume demand will be way down, and keeping some ships out of service would be a more prudent decision than sailing well below capacity.
  3. I cancelled my MoveUp bids for the May 3 cruise as a precaution, but don't plan on cancelling the cruise until they cancel for me. At this point though, I'm not expecting to go.
  4. You should get an email at 60 days before sailing with your upgrade offers, as long as you didn't book through a non-participating travel agent.
  5. The MoveUp price on Apex in May starts at $1300 PP to go from C3 to S3, while the price difference to upgrade directly is only $1700 PP. I'm disappointed with the high starting price and am not planning to bid, but will continue monitoring for price drops. On the other hand, bids on the Edge Villas start at $3000 PP vs about $14000 PP to upgrade directly, so there could be some deals to be had there if not completely over budget.
  6. It looks like nothing more than a typical Unisex bathroom with a new inclusive-sounding name.
  7. The article claims they'll be sailing back to New York at a later date for introductory activities. The problem is the ship is fully scheduled through July 2021. Unless they plan on cancelling sailings, they wouldn't be able to do a New York launch until August 2021 at the earliest. However, this would line up perfectly with my previous speculation that they could run a brief Bermuda season from New York in August-October 2021.
  8. It may be nit picking, but the ship does not do 360s in Glacier Bay, only 180s. You will cruise all the way through the bay to Margerie Glacier and stop there for an hour. Port side will face the glacier to begin, then eventually the ship will turn around so starboard is facing the glacier. The ship will then depart and go down Johns Hopkins Inlet. There are glaciers on both sides of the ship, and the ship will stop about a mile from Johns Hopkins Glacier (which will be off the bow of the ship). The ship then turns around and departs, so you'll see the opposite glacier you saw on the way in. All this said, it's best to be on the open decks or bow while cruising Glacier Bay, as this will give you views of all sides.
  9. I downloaded the app and was able to sign in, but it's showing the wrong stateroom (Central Sea Terrace instead of Sweet Aft Suite). I checked on the website and it still shows the correct cabin, so I'll just consider it an early glitch for now.
  10. Cafeteria did come to mind, but I think they'll try to give it a more upscale feel than that. Concession Stand may be a better comparison, where most of the ingredients are pre-cooked (or already being cooked before you order) and they assemble it once you order.
  11. Joy is doing Bermuda in 2021. Beyond that is unknown.
  12. The main difference between a food hall and buffet is whether the food is plated and served to you, or you dish it out yourself. It does appear at least some items are self-serve such as the salad bar and desserts. Hopefully this is not the case for the hot food stations, or else it really is just a buffet under a different name. I would welcome a true food hall type setup because it would be much more hygienic, without having to worry about who else may have touched the food or serving utensils.
  13. They tried to pull the same "deal" when I was on Bliss last year. I don't cruise on NCL often enough to need 4 certificates at once, so I prefer to stick with 2 at a time. Why let NCL hold onto my $250 for that much longer?
  14. As long as Virgin focuses on short, accessible itineraries, they will have a younger customer base. Most people can manage to get vacation days up to a week at a time. Once you go over 8 days including travel time, it becomes more difficult for people to get the time off so you end up with mostly retirees. At this point, all of the itineraries are doable with 3-5 days off work.
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