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  1. Thoughts on if Captain Kate will sail this route? I know there are certain places Bug cannot go (I don't know which places though). Could this be pointing to her getting Beyond from the get go?
  2. For the current sailing, MoveUp room changes were assigned Wednesday late afternoon/evening (EST). Hopefully you'll hear around then!
  3. They dd not know this about excursions, that's a big help. Thank you!
  4. Hi all- I wish I was posting about a cruise I am on, however my parents bid for a Sky Suite was accepted for the Apex this weekend! They sail frequently, so to save costs they never go with suites. I thought this might be a fun place to ask about all the tips and tricks about the Retreat that they should be aware of! They know what the Retreat entails based on the website, but I know you all have a lot of personal experience. I want to make sure they are taking full advantage of the perks available to them. For those curious, their minimum bid of $700/person from a IV was accepted. Thank you in advance!
  5. In my experience, Celebrity is happy to talk with me about excursions even when I have a TA. I just say up front that I let my TA handle the complicated financials/reservations and I like to plan the fun part. They're usually fine with that and will discuss excursions and booking them. I would just give Celebrity a call.
  6. Agree. I recently priced out several different lines for my boyfriend and his friends to take a boys trip together. Between Celebrity, Princess, and Norwegian the prices were all within about $100 of each other. For Norwegian, that would not have included tips either, amounting to about $17/person/day. Celebrity was an easy choice for them, they'll be on the Edge.
  7. Celebrity recently posted on Instagram with the caption: isn’t it time for something new? Coming 09.09.21. The video was just a loop of waves with the text: It’s time Could this just be more about the Beyond? It seems like a dramatic announcement because X deleted all their other Instagram posts besides this 1 announcement teaser. Thoughts?
  8. The final update! My TA got the email today that the July 16th sailing has been chartered. We're moving to the next week and got $200 OBC per person. I'm just glad it is all taken care of finally!
  9. Hi all, My parents have an awesome B2B planned in September on the Apex. They’ve been looking forward to it for a while but are now getting a little uneasy given the rise of the Delta variant. They’ve sailed Celebrity twice since June (Millie and Edge), so they trust everything Celebrity is doing and feel comfortable on the ships. Their concern is for what happens if they test positive while on-board. My mom called Celebrity and X said that they would get you home. We know this is how the Caribbean sailings have been operating. However, we recently saw conflicting info in a group on social media that said a couple tested positive on Apex and had to quarantine in Greece at the direction of Greece and in a hotel provided by the country. Can anyone confirm what the procedures actually are? Thank you!
  10. It's only about $200 cheaper for one room and same price for the other room. We'll probably double book so we can hang onto the original reservation but get preferred locations on the new booking. It's not ideal, but even though we can make both dates work, the 16th really would work better on the seemingly small chance it goes.
  11. Thank you for the info! We'll hang onto that original booking for sure, in case there is compensation, and on the off chance it does sail because that's our preferred date.
  12. There were not a lot of people commenting on this, but for those that were interested we have an update. My TA called and she basically got the run around for an hour and a half being transfered to different people. She ended up speaking to someone who told her that the sailing is down for inventory maintenance. My TA countered and said it had been down a long time and she was concerned it had been chartered. The Celebrity agent said "no, there's only 2 charters for 2022". After that, there was really no more info. My TA is now also convinced it is chartered. We're going to look into booking the following itinerary (that is no where close to sold out). Luckily, the dates work for us and the sailing is about the same cost as what we originally booked it for, as there is no way Celebrity would honor the original rate.
  13. I sailed mid-July on Edge and opt-ed into the Go Green program. I've never sailed Celebrity before, so I do not have a baseline comparison, but I was very happy with how our room was kept. From the Go Green description you still get 1 FULL morning cleaning and 1 light turn-down/tidy service in the evening. Our room was always perfectly clean after breakfast and beautifully turned-down in the evening (pillow chocolate and all). Our towels were not taken every day if we hung them up, but they were replaced if we left them on the bathroom floor. We ended up getting new towels about every 2 days instead of every day. I definitely think this program is worth it to help reduce environmental concerns. It is not worthy of all the fuss people are making about it.
  14. We could definitely do the next date Equinox goes to the eastern Caribbean, so that’s smart to look into that. Still plenty of rooms so I don’t feel a huge pressure. I’ll have my TA try to get an answer from Celebrity tomorrow (I feel bad having her call if it’s going to be the same canned answer of sold out) and then look into the next sailing. We were hoping to be done with the “will it sail” question!
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