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  1. @Miaminice glad you got the opportunity. We did as well, as we were on the inaugural. Prices were too rich for our tastes given we were in Suites already. But next time an edge villa for sure 🤣
  2. Was there a post I missed on when Celebrity shifted to all fully vaccinated 12 and over starting 8/7 on all ships? They updated Healthy at Sea yesterday (8/4- https://www.celebritycruises.com/healthy-at-sea/us-travel-requirements) "All guests 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated with all COVID-19 vaccine doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing." I saw on a travel site I frequent that this is now effective through at least 10/31. I also read that this is potentially only for ships that stop at USVI ports per their recent change (https://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/USVI-bans-cruise-ships-unvaccinated-passengers) Someone help a girl out! Anyone traveling on Saturday or beyond get an updated notice?
  3. Yes to vaccinated, as all pax were required to be vaccinated with PCR tests within 72hrs prior to sailing. No idea on symptomatic at this time. @TenneSea seems as though they had tested early and were isolated early. Not sure what the timeline is, but my guess is that it was around the time I had tested (10:45am) as they called and pulled crew before their mid-morning shift started. I saw quarantine cabins on deck 11 but hadn’t thought much of it. Hopefully others have more details - the whispers are starting.
  4. At 4:40pm it was announced that 2 passengers sharing the same stateroom tested positive on re-entry testing. They and all of their contacts were tested again with PCR. No identified close contacts tested positive on first or second tests. The Tracelets came in handy after all. If more info comes available, I will share it here. I encourage others onboard to share any experiences they have.
  5. Hi all - letting you know that 2 passengers out of 499 have tested positive with the No close contacts, including crew, have re-tested positive with PCR. I’ll be back with more updates if there are any.
  6. I did this a month ago, the same week of sailing. No issues with dropping them from the booking. We were told we would get FCC but instead ended up with a full refund for the third guest.
  7. As of this week - Aruba and Curaco yes, Barbados no. Also no independent disembarkation with unvaccinated children under 15.
  8. @abbydancer- I’d have a booked or backup Celebrity Tour just in case things change, as we were originally told only ship tours if you want to disembark in Barbados. Things are constantly changing, and I’d hate for you to not be able to get off the ship because you had advice that was too dated. They seem to have a wide berth with private journeys if you can convince your friends to book with you.
  9. It is the Tropitini. Grey Goose Vodka, Bacardi Limon Rum, Blue curaçao, and pineapple juice.
  10. Sea Day photo dump Barbados, pool bar, cellar masters, sushi on 5, martini bar.
  11. Yesterday Barbados, today at sea. We ended up doing the catamaran with turtle stop as our ship sponsored excursion. It was an excellent choice as always even if the kids didn’t want to spend a lot of time in the water. I think I sanitized my hands no less than 8 times before I boarded the catamaran, and masks were required from stepping off the ship until onto the boat, and vis versa. You were allowed to browse the terminal shops post excursion, and if you did not have an excursion we were told that certain government taxis were available to escort you to several sites as part of retaining the idea of a bubble tour. YMMV. We did Tuscan Grill for dinner. This is the first time we’ve been in several years, and weren’t impressed. Service was fine, food was fair. The items they excelled at were great; others were so far off that I was concerned. For example, I had the lemon garlic chicken and it was sickly sweet with no discernible garlic notes. The meatballs on the other hand were fantastic, as was the lemon marscapone cheesecake. We will go again one more time, so I will have an open mind for the next visit. Hit up the spa for a massage that was pleasant but expensive. All of the spa employees are still wearing masks and I’m not sure if it is a supplier’s requirement or if they aren’t past the vaccine threshold for celebrity yet. The 3 sea days make for a pleasant journey and I’m pretty sure I could handle a B2B for next week if we weren’t already heading for another week in Florida.
  12. For any geeks who want a partial tear down photo….there’s a watch (button) battery powering a tiny circuit. My first tracelet lasted until about 9pm this evening, at which point it fell apart in the restroom while I was helping my daughter. I cleaned and returned the pieces to the front desk and got a new (and sanitized) one for myself. My second one caught the lip of the cabinet and came apart. I luckily had all the clean and dry pieces to photograph this time. If you press hard they do have a red/pink light to show they are active. I’m not the only one of my traveling party to have one fall apart. They pop together pretty easy…this doesn’t bode well for durability. In talking to guest relations they said we are still in testing mode with them and they have a giant pile they are handing back to their QA engineer that don’t work. They are not impressed but are all hoping the trial ends without full implementation. I reccomended they keep plenty of data on issues and replacement needs.
  13. A photo dump, as I go along my sea day… Bakery in Oceanview cafe, Retreat Lounge, entry to Oceanview, Pool deck in late afternoon, mast grill, camp at sea, and sunset bar
  14. It was a docs verified wristband for folks before you completed checkin. able to be removed onboard.
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