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  1. Welcome to the sport, and welcome to cruising. I hope you come to love both as much as I do. 1. Since my wife doesn't dive, I don't have a dive buddy. How hard is it to find a dive buddy on a ship excursion? Any cautions? There are a few different options: One use your cruise’s roll call here on Cruise Critic, and see if there are other divers on your cruise planning to dive in the same port. If so, you can email back and forth and get some ideas who you’ll be diving with. Otherwise, if you don’t have anyone in advance, you’ll either be paired up with another di
  2. A prior CABG is not an absolute rule out for Snorkeling or Scuba. You're clearly thinking properly, and not trying to "get around" anything. The primary concern is does your cardiovascular condition allow you to tolerate not only the exercise of the activity as planned, but also for a reasonably foreseeable additional load brought on by a change in conditions. Also factor in the requirements of getting to and from the site (entry and egress from boats, carrying equipment, etc). While you're focused on snorkeling, I'll attached the medical evaluation for for scuba. For scuba, including a D
  3. Part of the reason is the overhead danger you reference, but the bigger reason is the subsurface hazard. The flag is aligned with the forward end of the bulbous bow, which is cylindrical and extends forward, just below the surface; like the red protuberance in the photo below (and yes, I've been waiting to say "red protuberance" on Cruise Critic for a long time 🙂 ). Harris Denver, CO
  4. I've used the Lift & Shift for three cruises; two that have actually cancelled, and one that I expect will be. In each case the price I had was considerably lower than the one year out cruise I moved to; so it was a very beneficial program for me. The process was simple enough. Considering the Lift & Shift is completely above and beyond what Celebrity has to do, I think it's great. Harris Denver, CO
  5. First, you either begin or end your cruise with a string of sea days. i like this because it is great to unwind. Compared to a land trip to Hawaii, you'll get a "little bit of everywhere" versus an extended stay. It's good you've been there before on land visits, as you will likely have a good idea of things you want to see. With planning, you can get to the sites you want during a port visit, but it is different when you're in ports for one day, versus having several days or more on a land-based vacation. The ship will have a "Hawaiian Ambassador" on for the entire
  6. Since you made 11 payments, be vigilant if you used different credit cards. They refund each payment to the card upon which it was made. It puts a pterodactyl in the ointment if you've since closed that account. Harris Denver, CO
  7. Here's my best guess as to what's happened, and why Celebrity has referred you back to the travel agency: Lets say the "brochure price" for your cruise is $10,000.00. By getting a large block of rooms, a travel agency can secure better pricing. Lets say they get the rooms for $7,500.00 each. They then take their block (Celebrity considers this a "group" booking, since they sold a block of rooms to the agency) and sell each room to individual customers, at whatever price the market will bear. You would have been one of the customers, and consequently part of the grou
  8. I should have made myself more clear, since your question involved the free cruise being cancelled. I chose to move mine, it ws not cancelled by Celebrity, so I don't know what effect that would have on options. Harris Denver, CO
  9. I had this come up with my free cruise for reaching Zenith. Normally they want that used within 1 year of reaching Zenith, but I asked to move it it back, and it was no problem. Celebrity is not currently trying to hold anyone to the one year time limit on this. The move was not treated as a "lift and shift", but more as a simple cancel and re-book. I have a free cruise from the Casino, but I haven't tried to move that one (and hope I don't have to). That would likely be a different story as the original offer limited to a few dozen specific cruises; and it so it's not likely
  10. Everyone talking of the Mercury should remember that It joined the fleet AFTER Celebrity was part of Royal Caribbean. The point of the merger was to make Celebrity's growth financially viable. My first cruise was also on Mercury, and I too have fond memories. However, I also recognize that one tends to remember the good and forget the bad. I was on the last cruise on the Century, and while it was still wonderful, the design that we all look back on now; had in fact become quite dated. For example that class of ship had a much smaller ratio of balcony rooms, and those balconies were much
  11. Well, I'd say you'd want to not make that final payment then. Harris Denver, CO
  12. The alternative that occurs to me is put a refundable deposit on the 2021 cruise (all deposits are refundable right now). Then, if the 2020 cancels, take the 125% future cruise credit, and use it when the final payment is due on the 2021. That way you lock in the current pricing for the 2021, and take advantage of any price drops before final payment. The only way this wouldn't be a logical way to proceed is if you got some type of amazingly low price on your current booking. If that's the case, your travel agent definitely shoudl be going to bat for you. Harris
  13. I was looking at the website, every cruise this afternoon (6-18-20) is showing "No rooms available for this sailing". The Royal and Azamara sites are not even letting one get to that point on a booking. It's also not possible to sign in to the site with the user name/password. As I posted this I checked again, and the site is now down for maintenance. Harris Denver, CO
  14. You've got a 3 perk promo, and the selected perks are the beverage package, Wi-Fi and Gratuities. Had you selected on-board credit, the leters "OBC" would replace either "BEV", "WI" of "GRT". Harris Denver, CO
  15. Actually, it sounds like normal language for a promo. They generally time time them so as to exclude sailings within - or soon to be within - final payment date. Harris Denver, CO
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