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  1. If you are like us and have had your cruise cancelled recently by Celebrity, why would you not take the 125% FCC offer? Unless you either know that you will definitely not cruise in 2020 or 2021, or think that RCI/Celebrity is at risk of going bankrupt, it seems to make sense to take the FCC offer and then assess the current state of affairs over the coming months to determine when you wish to sail again. If you don't like how the recovery is playing out you can still take the 100% refund at anytime up until December 31, 2021. This seems to leave your options open. We had a group sailing together on our cancelled cruise and most are taking the FCC and looking to see how things go through this summer. If conditions are still frightful (government travel advisories, port closures, flights not running, etc.) then we are going to take our refund then. We can be patient for a few months. The 25% bump covers giving out an interest free loan (which isn't a big deal anyway considering the state of interest rates these days). Future cruise fares are already high, but we believe they may drop throughout the travel industry to get folks back into seats. If we are wrong: Then we can take the refund. A couple of note worthy items: 1. Should we decide to cruise, we will be sure not to self-cancel the new cruise to avoid loosing the FCC (it is considered redeemed once applied); and it will only be restored if Celebrity cancels the sailing. But if things have settled enough to get us back into the traveling/sailing mood, we probably wouldn't self-cancel anyway. Our travel insurance will cover any normal reasons we may have to self-cancel (become ill, job loss, pregnancy, etc.). 2. Also, since we have no claims on our travel insurance policy, we can move our policy dates from the April cruise to the new cruise dates for travel insurance coverage without the need to open a new policy. If we later decide not to cruise and convert our FCC into a refund from Celebrity, our insurance carrier allows a refund of the policy premium (though we'd have to open a case for this with the insurance company, they usually give no-claim premium refunds only up until the original trip departure date). Hopefully this may help some of our fellow cruisers who are still struggling with what to do after a cancelled sailing. (Forum moderator: Feel free to move this post to another FCC-related thread if this does not warrant one of its own. I just thought it would get buried in there.)
  2. Just received this email cancelling our Sydney to Honolulu April 25, 2020 sailing. Alaska sailings are also suspended through July 1st:
  3. Effective today, March 19, 2020, the U.S. State Department has issued a global Level 4 Do Not Travel Advisory: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html Certain to affect all future cruises. Expect will see response from the cruise lines as they absorb the impact.
  4. Our ship arrives at 10am and departs same day at 10pm. A 20-40 minute swing will cramp our three hour tour window, as we can't rely on the ferries leaving late for the return so we'll have to be back to board before the scheduled return. Only saving grace is that the current schedule has three ferries leaving at nearly the same time back to Papeete. So if one goes early, the other two may be on time (or late). Still a tough choice. ...Having 16 people in our group further complicates it - some are not as daring.
  5. We are going the opposite way on Sunday May 3rd, 2020. The ship arrives at 10am in Papeete and the next ferry from Papeete to Moorea is the Aremiti 6 at 2:55pm. We have a DIY tour planned from 3:30-6:30pm. The Last ferries out from Moorea back to Papette are at 6:50pm on Aremiti6, 6:45pm on the Aremiti Ferry 2, and 6:50pm on the Terevau ferry. Here's the questions: Do the ferries tend to run on time? With three ferries scheduled to leave around the same time, is it a good change that at least one will be operating on time? ...My concern is missing the last ferry, or it leaves earlier than scheduled. We can also return form our tour earlier than 6:30pm if you think that's needed. ...Really want to visit Moorea during this cruise. Is the schedule too tight, or will we be ok?
  6. Our ship arrives in Honolulu at 7am at Peir 2 and our flights do not depart until 3:30pm. We were hoping to storage our bags, preferably at the pier to avoid lugging them around much, and then head into town to explore. Does anyone have a good baggage storage suggestion that worked for them? I've read about storage at the pier, but when checking on-line it appears to be only at pier 11 which is 1/2 mile away - but maybe that's what we have to do?? Taking a taxi and the extra time isn't preferable. Has anyone used Aloha Luggage? I'm told they pick up your bags at the Pier and then deliver them to where ever you are when you are ready for them. ($20 1st bag + $5 each additional).
  7. We purchased the unlimited digital + print photo package for our Transatlantic sailing on the Reflection last year. The photo package was a first for us, and it freed me from having to do the sole photography work during the sailing. There were three of us in our cabin, and practically every time we saw a photographer, we took a photo. Going to dinner, take a photo (or several) along the way. Leaving the ship, take a photo. Up early on deck to see the ship coming into port, say "Hi" to the photographer likely there too and take a photo. Photo, Photo, Photo. We knew them all by name after a few days! The system has facial recognition, so when any one of us in our cabin was in a photo, that photo was added automatically to the digital portion of our package. You should go to the Photo Gallery daily to see your current digital prints at the kiosk, and then also pick your latest printed prints off of the print wall; upon handing them to a Rep they will store them in a folder for you for pick up before the end of your cruise. In all, the Celebrity photo staff took a total of 297 photos of us, and we walked off the ship with the prints nearly needing another suitcase to carry them all home. We also received a link to download every one of them in digital format after the cruise. If you do the math, that comes out to less than $1 per 8x10 photo – Best deal ever, especially considering that a single 8x10 runs $25 on board.
  8. Call your TA if you have one, or the cruise line directly if not. In my experience, Celebrity will allow you to move to another cabin in the same category if it is available. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Here's a review of our Transatlantic crossing on the Reflection last April. May be helpful: https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=618032
  10. Looks like the ferry schedules have changed. Our ship arrives in Papeete at 10am, so we can't take the earlier ferry - would have been nice. Our trip is in May of 2020 (on a Sunday), so I guess we'll have to keep an eye on the schedules and see if this remains possible as we near the date. As it stands now we'll have to take the Terevau 3:05pm Papeete to Moorea ferry, tour for 3 hours, then take the 6:45pm Aremiti2 ferry back to Papeete. Super tight. ...Would hate to miss Moorea, but if the schedule doesn't improve we may have to stay on Papeete for the day. We are planning a 4x4 Jeep tour with Safari Mario on Moorea. Maybe there is something similar on Tahiti?
  11. We will be in port for the day in Papeete, and we are planning on taking the Aremeti ferry over to Moorea for a tour. Problem is: It is on a Sunday and the ferry's don't run as often, so our tour will not return to the Moorea/Viare ferry dock until just before the last ferry departs at 6:45pm. Are we crazy for depending upon making the last ferry to return to Papeete? Does the last ferry ever cancel? The ship continues to Bora Bora at 10pm, so as long as the ferry is running we should make the ship. The worst case is we'll have to fly to BB to catch the ship should there be any ferry problems. Is there a high risk here?
  12. In the past I have used fellow cruisers postings of the daily in-cabin newsletters to help plan my own activities in advance of our cruise, so I don't have to take much time reading through them during my vacation. However, I could not find any here on the forums for our Alaska Cruise on the Celebrity Millennium. So, for anyone like me that likes to look at the newsletters in advance of your sailing, here are the daily newsletters from our recent cruise on the Celebrity Millennium's SOUTHBOUND sailing on May 20th-27th, 2016. I have also posted the May 12th-20th Northbound dailies separately (we went B2B). Also, I will soon be posting a review of our experience while on the Millennium for 15 days, and I plan to add a link to it here in a reply below once it is ready. I hope you find this helpful. Relish in your planning - it is half the fun! https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=9914F0610AA0189!1283&authkey=!AJfYDIfDQjzhC_8&ithint=file%2cpdf
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