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  1. @MarinerBoy Just posting the quote about "Not your grandma's cruise" - https://wtop.com/business-finance/2021/09/richard-branson-hates-cruise-ships-so-whyd-he-build-one/ Is really out of context here in the forum. The point of the quote in the article is that the setup of ships in not the same as other cruise lines today - where each restaurant has its own kitchen / executive chef vs one for the entire ship. Based on reviews on CC - If you are expecting an exclusive 20s/30s drinking crowd - It is my opinion you will NOT find this. I think you are going to find a very eclectic mix of folks spanning the age range. Some that just want the adults only and don't care about the "party" side of it - and others who normally would be going on Carnival for the "party" but want a more upscale line Footnote - I don't think VV is trying to be an upscale Carnival - I was just using that as an example
  2. @cdn_tbird I missed that last line - but I'm about a 30 minute drive to the port so for me that isn't a big deal
  3. @canderson They are providing transportation to FLL - so it's more so people that have flexible schedules
  4. @amevola Long and short of it - any group shot is an automatic disqualification
  5. As of 8:30am eastern on Instagram there are about 50 posts - about probably about another 50 between facebook and twitter. They are giving away 10 cabins - what is interesting is that many of these entries will be disqualified as it is clear people didn't read the fine print : )
  6. @ubarpants Having been on Oceania - I can at least comment on them. For both Oceania and Azamara, I would put them in a different class than Virgin. I just turned 40 this year. My wife and I have been on Oceania a few times with my parents (about 10 years ago) and we were very happy with it. Both of these lines in my opinion tend to be more about the destination you are going to than the ship. Due to the smaller ships of Oceania and Azamara - you don't typically see any stage shows - they typically have various types of music (a piano lounge, a string quartet) that sort of thing. Their cruises are typically longer (9+ nights) and typically everything is included - in some cases airfare and excursions are included as well. In terms of dress - at least when we were on it, I would call it business causal. While food is subjective, I can almost 100% assure you that you will have better quality than the previous cruises - think of Oceana and Azamara as fine steak house. As others have said it's hard to comment on Virgin until they have done some "normal" cruises - but as I said - I think you are comparing apples to oranges in the comparison
  7. I was curious - I'm assuming this is the Key West & Mexico cruise on the Summit - It is showing a Celebrity Suite available for just under 11k with a discount applied - So if you look at it from the perspective of selling you an 11k suite for 8k that's a great deal. I agree with you if you are spending 1500 right now - unless it was something really special that doesn't make sense. I also know that some people are going with the suites as they haven't travelled in 2-3 years and have said if I took what I would have normally spent on each - I'll spend it on this one and get an nicer cabin. I agree that the prices right now do seem higher - but this is across the industry as there is pent up demand and since there is limited inventory the prices are holding - what will be interesting is as more ships resume sailing and the cruise line increase capacity will you see the Supply / Demand curve move back down. Time will tell - but based on posts on the various cruise message boards when you see round the world cruises selling out in under a day and at higher prices - I don't know how quickly prices will drop back down
  8. @sid_9169 I just tried on my iPhone 12 and got the same thing you did - both on wifi and Verizon
  9. @sid_9169 Hopefully you are correct - from the conversation on the Celebrity thread there seemed to be mixed understanding if it is 14 days from arrival in the US or 14 days from last passengers - So if they do the TA without guests and it's been 14 days since last guest and they haven't had any covid cases on board....in theory you should be good to go. I hope you get to go - our cruise isn't until march.
  10. @sid_9169 - This may affect you depending on when they ship comes over..... This was just posted on the Celebrity board regarding one of their ships which is currently sailing from St Maarten and will be sailing from Miami instead. The CDC has currently advised any ship returning to the US after having traveled in international waters may not sail with guests onboard for at least 14 days. There was another thread about some of the UK sailings disappearing I wonder if this has something to do with it.
  11. Not sure if this is available on Android - but here is the information on iPhone https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203032
  12. @sid_9169 - LOL @fubarbloke - The issue is they treat the bar tab and non-refundable - "Any unused Bar Tab credit (both purchased and bonus) will not be refunded to the Sailor at the end of the voyage." So that is even more so says why they can't / won't - that being said - I agree with your point - I'm sure VV has done some pricing models to figure out the pricing / what people will spend per day. What will be interesting is how / if the bar tab changes over time. I also wondering if people will be purchasing wine towards the end of the cruise and just not opening it in order to use up the tab
  13. @fubarbloke A couple remarks to your post 1) The 2022 for the FCC was in the original posting / information 2) Not being able to carry over the tab is not unique to VV - This is true across all cruise lines as each voyage is a new "account" - the same way having to get off the ship and back on. This is common as they have to zero out the ship. It would not surprise me if as VV gets going they have B2B policies - most of the cruises line give you a letter explaining the procedure - typically all the B2B cruisers meet at say 10am in some lounge - they check them out and check them right back in - this also means they don't need to go through passport control etc - however if they do leave the ship they typically need to wait until boarding has started to get back on
  14. @TFree I used CelebrityEngagementCenter@celebrity.com which I found on one of the emails / website. I emailed last saturday and heard back yesterday - so about a week. I really didn't have any expectation as to timing on a response as I'm sure they are dealing with lots of issues and figured it would be just in the order they received it.
  15. Just for a change of pace / topic.... I was checking my points level and noticed that mine was correct and my wife's wasn't. She has the same cruises in here account as I do with the same points per cruise but somehow, she was missing about 70 points. So I sent Captains Club an email with the 2 numbers and not only did they fix it, they also called us to confirm it was done. Now I just need to wait until the middle of August to make sure all my power up points post and will get me to Elite - YEAH free bag of laundry 🙂
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