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lifeisrealygood

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    Celebrity
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    Caribbean

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  1. After hearing the CDC Director speak yesterday with her expression of "impending gloom and doom", what is the possibility of a twelve day Caribbean cruise in November, let alone a seven day cruise out of a US port? I realize whatever we say is speculation, but to me it appears that a lot of these people in power still believe the old adage that cruise ships are petri dishes, and one should never set foot on a ship. These people have probably never cruised, call the ships "boats", and really have a negative attitude. I just miss cruising, and would just like the people in charg
  2. I would overnight in Jerusalem. We took a cruise a few years ago that stopped in Haifa for the day, then continued to Ashdod overnight. Many passengers got off the ship in Haifa, stayed overnight in Jerusalem, then returned the next day to Ashdod to reboard the ship. This was perfectly allowed by Celebrity. We did not stay overnight in Jerusalem, which we now would probably do. The first day, we got off the ship in Haifa, and took a day long tour over to the Sea of Galilee and visited many sites that followed Jesus in His heyday. Then visited Nazareth before returning to Ha
  3. People sure are bummed out. There has been very little postings on any roll calls. Even though the spread of gloom and doom seems prevalent all over the media, it just feels that things are turning around. Vaccinations are becoming more available every week. And when two weeks ago, people I had been talking to were discussing how hard it is to get the vaccine, those same people all seem to have found a way to get vaccinated. I am booked on two caribbean cruises. One in November, and one in March, 2022. I am still skeptical about the November cruise. But, I ju
  4. Celebrity using Barbados as a Home Port may be something they must do if they still want to cruise the Southern Caribbean. You can't do a seven night cruise to any of the Southern Caribbean ports out of Miami or Fort Lauderdale. Eastern or Western Caribbean, yes, but, Southern Caribbean, no. In the past, San Juan has been used to go to the Southern Caribbean for seven nights. Since the CDC is saying seven nights is the maximum one is allowed to cruise, Celebrity must find a port in the southern Caribbean to use as their home port. San Juan being a US port may not be possible.
  5. We have been on 27 Celebrity Cruises over the years. Five times on the Eclipse and five times on the Equinox. The Equinox is our favorite ship. We chose the Eclipse for a few as that ship did the 14 night Southern Caribbean while the Equinox only did 10 nights. (Equinox now does 12 nights, as the 14 days have been removed from the Southern Caribbean). And the Eclipse did some nice European sailings out of Southampton and Rome. We enjoy both ships a lot, but for some reason, maybe just the "feel", we like the Equinox best. We have been on her two times "post-revolution" and fo
  6. We also cruise every February, and are very depressed. We have several "bucket list" cruises remaining, and we do not know which will come first: Taking our "bucket list" cruises or "kicking the bucket."
  7. My wife and I have been on 27 Celebrity Cruises, and a taste, one or two cruises each, on Royal Caribbean, Regent, Holland America, Princess, and Tauck (River). We continue to like Celebrity, maybe just because we know the product, which gives us what we need. We are in our mid-seventies, so we are pretty much done with the European, South American, Far East, Australia and New Zealand cruises, the ones where there is a lot of sightseeing. We pretty much now stick to the Caribbean sailings, and our shore excursions each day consist of getting off the ship, and getting on a Catamara
  8. My wife and I always seem to receive the classic beverage package as one of our perks when we book our cruises. We have three upcoming cruises, one at the end of 2021 and two early in 2022. We always upgrade to the premium drink package a month or two before we sail. With all the changes to pricing being made, does anyone think you can still upgrade your classic drink package to premium? Or, since so many of us have cruises booked, will they honor our perks when we cruise, as the new pricing is just for new cruises being booked?
  9. I have three cruises booked for late 21 and early 22 on the Equinox. Given the uncertainty of sailing, I have not yet booked any excursions or packages. Both my wife and I have the classic beverage package as a perk. We always upgrade to premium before sailing. Can you still upgrade from classic to premium with these new "RULES?"
  10. I'm sure this has happened to someone before, just not due to the Coronavirus. Here is the question I need answered. I have booked a November 20, 2020 cruise for nine nights on the Explorer of the Seas. Final payment is due in a month or so, but I booked this cruise with a $500.00 non-refundable deposit. I know that if I cancel, I am out the $500.00. I understand that. But with Princess today just canceling pretty much all their cruises through at least December 15th, maybe RCCl will cancel this one in the next month or so. If RCCL cancels, do
  11. For those of you using Amsterdam as the beginning or ending embarkation/debarkation port for a cruise, let me offer this suggestion. If your cruise is to the British Isles, Celebrity will usually have an overnight in Edinburgh. In August, Edinburgh has the Military Tattoo, an unbelievable event. Google it, the "Military Tattoo". You can get tickets on your own, or as a "shore excursion" through Celebrity. It is an unbelievable show, but only takes place throughout the month of August, and sells out fast. It takes place on the palace grounds, and has great music played by th
  12. Stayed in Amsterdam for five nights pre-cruise in August 2018. Cruise was a 12 nighter on the Celebrity Equinox, I think, cruising the British Isles, beginning and ending in Amsterdam. We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria which just opened that year. Pricey, but fabulous. Great location, can walk anywhere. Over the first four days, my wife and I walked 46 miles, a great walking city. Just walked the four canals over and over, and got to see everything. The Waldorf Astoria is close to the museum district, and an easy walk to Anne Frank (West and North of the hotel) and t
  13. Hey NewYorkRay, I know this may seem a little too inconvenient, but I wanted to cancel my Hilton Hotel and my United flights for a cruise that my wife and I were all set to take, but cancelled. When I called both Hilton and United several times, I got the "your wait will be one hour and forty five minutes", or some other ridiculous wait time. Of course , I just hung up. But, I called at 2:00 in the morning, and had no wait time, got right through, and talked to someone here in the States, and had no problem getting the cancellations taken care of. They mus
  14. I cancelled my March 15th cruise on the Silhouette using the "Cruise With Confidence" thing. I received via e-mail my FCC in the amount of what I paid less the taxes and port fees, which I am waiting to be credited to my credit card. I then called Celebrity, and tried to apply my FCC to a similar Caribbean cruise next March (2021), this time on the Equinox. Same itinerary, different ship. I had already booked this cruise previously. I was told that I could not use the FCC on an already booked but not yet paid for cruise. I told the agent that I would just ca
  15. I cancelled my March 15th cruise on the Silhouette using the "Cruise With Confidence" thing. I received via e-mail my FCC in the amount of what I paid less the taxes and port fees, which I am waiting to be credited to my credit card. I then called Celebrity, and tried to apply my FCC to a similar Caribbean cruise next March (2021), this time on the Equinox. Same itinerary, different ship. I had already booked this cruise previously. I was told that I could not use the FCC on an already booked but not yet paid for cruise. I told the agent that I would just cancel the
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