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lifeisrealygood

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  1. 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 cruise, and rebook using the FCC. CAN'T DO IT!!!!!! Read the small print near the bottom of the "Cruise with Confidence" document. It specifically states you can not use the FCC for a cruise originally booked, then cancelled. So, if you even cancel a cruise, you cannot use the FCC to book the same cruise. You must book a new cruise. Totally new and different. The cancel and rebook thing will not work. So I was told. Yikes!!!!! That is my experience. I booked a new cruise entirely. Could not apply the FCC to an existing but not yet paid for cruise. Please someone say they actually did apply an FCC to an existing but not yet paid for cruise. Not just talk, actual example. I could not do it, even if I cancelled and rebooked the originally booked cruise.
  2. 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 cruise, and rebook using the FCC. CAN'T DO IT!!!!!! Read the small print near the bottom of the "Cruise with Confidence" document. It specifically states you can not use the FCC for a cruise originally booked, then cancelled. So, if you cancel a cruise, you cannot use the FCC to book the same cruise. You must book a new cruise. Totally new and different. The cancel and rebook thing will not work. So I was told. Yikes!!!!!
  3. If you have extra nonrefundable OBC, just go to the casino cashier. She will give you house chips to use at the tables. That is, they are, for example, five dollar "fake" chips that you can bet. If you win, they pay you in real money. So, you convert "fake" money given to you via the OBC and walk away with real money, assuming you win anything, of course. Just play blackjack, where your odds are maybe 52/48 in favor of the house, but you certainly will walk away with some money if you just follow the blackjack rules. Remember, if you just break even, and start with $100 in "fake" chips, you walk away with $100 in real money. My wife does this all the time with some of our nonrefundable OBC. When she uses up the casino "no value" chips, she goes to the cashier and cashes in her winnings. She is always excited and says "look at all this money I have won", even though she may have just broken even. Just converted the fake money to real money.
  4. Thank you for the info on the music. So nice to have a couple of bands. And other quieter stuff. We had Nu Image last year on either the Edge or the Equinox, probably the Equinox. I remember them as being very good.
  5. Additionally, who is the party band and who is the dance band, if they have both? Thank you.
  6. For anyone on the February 14, 2020 Silhouette cruise, first voyage out of dry-dock: Who is the Captain and the Cruise Director?
  7. Information please!!! My wife and I have been on 28 Celebrity Cruises. We are US citizens on Medicare with a secondary insurance plan. We always take the Celebrity Vacation Protection Plan and that, combined with what medical benefits come with our credit card, we believed to be adequate medical coverage. With this Coronavirus thing, I thought it would be a good time to look at just what coverage we have. We are on the March 15th Caribbean Cruise on the Silhouette to the Southern Caribbean. Let's assume that we need to be airlifted or transferred from the port to the nearest hospital to be treated. With our credit card, we have unlimited coverage to get us to the hospital, including medical supplies and procedures en-route. With our credit card, once we get to the hospital, the credit card medical coverage ceases. With the Celebrity Vacation Plan, we get medical coverage up to $10,000. That is really not a lot of money if you have something serious. If we die, both plans I think ship "the box" back to the States. We don't want that to ever happen!!!! My question is this. What additional insurance coverage do you United States Citizens purchase to cover what could be a huge medical bill at a hospital not in the United States, say in Grenada or St Vincent? We have been very lucky thus far on our many cruises.
  8. The Celebrity Summit has been doing the winter season with Southern Caribbean cruises out of San Juan for the last several years. Then, when the Caribbean season ends, the Summit sails from New York to Bermuda. Then, in September, it sails the New York, New England, Quebec round trip, before it goes back to San Juan. Something like that. Something very different is happening in 2020 and 2021. In August of 2020 and August of 2021, the Summit is leaving either Boston or New York and sailing for fourteen nights over to Dublin (2020) or Southampton (2021). Then, it immediately leaves Dublin or Southampton, cruises for fourteen nights, and returns to New York or Boston. It is called a transatlantic cruise, but it is not the normal repositioning cruise. It just takes the month of August, and goes to Europe, then returns. Then it does its normal New England/Quebec cruises. This itinerary is appealing because it stops for three days in Iceland (two ports), and one day in Greenland. The 2020 tour stops in Cork Ireland on its way to Iceland, with the 2021 tour stopping in Kirkwall Scotland on its way to Iceland. Both cruises I believe have seven sea days. Now my questions. First, I was led to believe that transatlantic cruises were normally of the cheaper variety, because they were repositioning cruises. These cruises are pretty expensive, just like other European itineraries, and not of the cheaper variety. Secondly, for the August 2020 cruises, which I know is still six months away, there are no excursions listed for Greenland yet, and the excursions for the two ports in Iceland have few excursions listed. For the 2021 cruises, there are also no excursions listed for Kirkwall Scotland. Can anyone shed light on why the celebrity excursions are scarce, or shed light on which excursions once offered are terrific if you have been to Kirkwall, Iceland, or Greenland before? Very wordy, I know, but what should we do in port in Iceland, Greenland, and Kirkwall Scotland?
  9. We went on the Edge last March. We also like to listen to music and dance, more of the rock & roll, not the ballroom stuff. We were very disappointed with the Edge. The central area where the martini bar is kind of replaces the Rendezvous Lounge on the M class and the Grand Foyer on the S class. And, there was NO DANCING in that area on our cruise. And, other than the DJ or piano player from time to time, no music. We like listening to various types of music and dancing in both the Rendezvous Lounge (M) or the Grand Foyer (S) in the early evening hours. Could not do that on the Edge. They do not exist. There also is no Sky Lounge on the Edge. Nowhere up top of the ship for late night dancing. We like the various types of music and dancing at the Sky Lounge (or top deck lounge) on both the M and S class ships. However, I will admit that when the house band or dance band or DJ played up in the Sky Lounge after ten in the evening, there often times were not a lot of people up there on several of our cruises. But the people that were there had a great time. The Edge did have THE CLUB, which was more of a, well, club setting. Kind of like a club that our twenty something children would have gone to in downtown Chicago. It was okay for late night dancing, but we still liked the Sky Lounge or Grand Foyer better. Brighter and seemed more energized than the Club. The edge also had Eden on the aft of the ship traversing three decks, maybe decks three, four and five, but even when music was playing in there, no one was dancing. There really was not a dance floor per say. Now, we were on the Edge shortly after its debut, and hopefully things have changed relative to their nightly music and dancing. We have been on 28 Celebrity Cruises. We now just seem to cruise on the "S" class, and enjoy the Grand Foyer, pool deck (on theme nights), and Sky Lounge for late night dancing. And a nightcap in the Ensemble Lounge is a nice quiet end to an evening, if it is still open when we get there.
  10. The luggage tags we receive in the mail from Celebrity are of good quality. When we order them through the on-board booking process, we noticed a few years ago that sometimes we get them and sometimes we don't. So, this time, I ordered the luggage tags, then three days later, ordered them again, to make sure I would at least get one of them. Well, today I go to the mailbox, and, what is there, both sets of luggage tags. Silhouette, March 15th, here we come!!!!!
  11. We normally cruise in the Caribbean over St Patrick's Day. Yes, it is hit or miss. But, we have been on several cruises over St Patrick's Day when we were at sea (a sea day). The duo on board (normally a singer and a guitar player) played a lot of Irish tunes. The guitar player on board (solo) also played Irish tunes on that day. I guess it just depends on who the entertainment is and what their repertoire is.
  12. Just some basic information. When you check-in at the pier and go through the boarding area, you will get the Celebrity Today for your first day. That Celebrity Today will just be two pages, a front and a back, and is a condensed version of the entire "Celebrity Today", which is always four pages. When you board, go down to Guest Services on deck three, and there will be two kiosks full of the entire Celebrity Today, all four pages, for the days activities. Go get one. At that kiosk near guest Services, they usually have the Celebrity Today in several languages.
  13. It usually lasts about a half an hour.
  14. It is not necessarily line dancing, but on most Caribbean cruises on sea days there will be a zumba type class on the pool deck around noon. Sometimes as early as eleven and as late as 12:30 or 1:00. Look at your Celebrity Today each night before a sea day, and look for the time and place. It is a fun activity hosted by the activities manager, and sometimes the CD.
  15. My wife and I have cruised a lot on Celebrity. Normally, it is just the two of us, and we always have traditional dining, early seating. We always request a table for two, which is always honored. The first thing I do when I board the ship is go to the Maitre D on deck four S class and ask to see our table assignment. Sometimes, we change the table assignment, and have never had a problem. The Maitre D was always responsive. This cruise, we are traveling with another couple. This other couple just booked the cruise in January for March, and were only able to get Select dining. For those who have experienced this in the past, what are the chances of the Maitre D giving all four of us early dining, table for four, starting the first evening. I would request this change as soon as we board the ship. Anyone experienced this before?
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