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  1. Hi everyone ~ we are not permitted to copy and paste any material or articles that are copyrighted. That means please do not copy and post articles, photos, etc. You may provide a link but if you copy and paste, we must remove the copyrighted materials. THANKS for your cooperation!
  2. I felt this exact same way when they turned Michael's Club on the S-Class ships into the Suite Lounge. We did upgrade on Edge once to a Sky Suite and we enjoyed the Retreat but it is not even close to the same amenity on the S-Class ships. There are definitely far fewer "quiet" places on Edge and while there are some things I liked about Eden (which I consider the replacement for the Sky Lounge on the S-class ships), I missed being able to sit and watch where we were headed from the Sky Lounge. There are little to no smaller, intimate lounges on Edge. We really miss those, too. There's no question that many of the changes are designed to make the cruise line more money. The nice thing is that there are lots of other choices out there (or there were) for us to chose from.
  3. We had so much fun on some of these ships (Sun Princess, HAL Veendam, the Regal Princess sister ship, Crown). Great cruising memories....same for Celebrity Mercury & Zenith and RCCL Monarch (our first cruise). Would happily go back to those days of cruising.
  4. If they cancelled your cruise, you are NOT cancelling and being forced to settle for an FCC. Celebrity cancelled you and you can definitely get a full refund. Ask you travel agent or if you booked directly with Celebrity, call Celebrity (don't know if wait times are still really long).
  5. I'm confused as to why passengers who have made a final payment and have their cruise cancelled by Celebrity can only get an FCC. That's not true. There are three options: Life and Shift your cruise to the same cruise (relatively) next year Take the FCC Request a full refund Please call your travel agent to discuss these options. There is so much information floating around out there that it's difficult to navigate all of it. But if you have made final payment and your cruise just got cancelled due to the suspension, you can definitely request a full refund. I'm so sorry this has happened to everyone. I have two upcoming cruises (and doubt that either will happen). Please keep in mind that these decisions are not up to Celebrity alone and there are many people being affected by all of this in addition to passengers. I think Celebrity, her crew, entertainers, shore side employees, etc. want to Celebrity ships be cruising as much as we do.
  6. Hcat ~ they did have paper menus available for those without a mobile device.
  7. Germancruiser ~ can you tell us about any entertainment onboard? Curious to know if there was entertainment in lounges? I saw you mentioned you were going to make a reservation for a show in the theater. How did that go? You can see everyone here is very excited to hear about all your experiences. THANKS again for taking the time to share with us.
  8. Let's hope you will be cruising again soon, Lois. So happy to see you are recovering. Hang in there. I can't recall....did we sail Mercury together?
  9. Where2Next ~ are you using a travel agent? If so, that's where I would have started. They should be helping you with this. Are you familiar with Celebrity's Cruise with Confidence program? You can read about it here: https://www.celebritycruises.com/cruise-with-confidence. Read the "What You Should Know" under Flexible Cancellations. It clearly states in the last bullet point: Nonrefundable Deposit Bookings: If canceled outside of penalty, the full deposit amount will be returned (without penalty) in the form of an FCC. If canceled within any phase of penalty, the cruise fare including full deposit (without penalty) will be issued as an FCC. So I'm really not understanding your post above. You could have gotten an FCC for your non-refundable deposit which I consider generous. Since you let your final payment date lapse, however, I don't know that you'll be able to get anything. I strongly suggest that all cruisers become familiar with Celebrity's policies right now and if you have a travel agent, use them to help you.
  10. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us, Germancruiser! It's very much appreciated.
  11. While we are talking about Mercury, my favorite memory was of a Caribbean cruise and we were returning to Florida between Cuba and the Florida Keys. It was a clear, sunny day but the seas were unusually rough. Waves were crashing over the promenade deck (I'll have to dig out photos....I don't think I have them digitally). I thought it was fun (I am a bit crazy) but most people didn't. I loved this class of ship...smaller but not too small. Right now, I think I'd love any class of ship! Keep sharing your favorite Mercury stories (or Galaxy/Century).
  12. Thanks everyone for the laughs! Miami ~ thanks for the post. There's so much going on these days that confusion easily sets in 😉 Lois ~ Oh My Goodness ~ so wonderful to see you post here. Missed you and hope you are doing well. TeeRick - stop! You are too funny. I try hard to be helpful. I truly am hopeful that we can all cruise safely again. I was happy to read about Mein Schiff 2's recent sailing (even though she isn't the old Merc!). I thought the protocols seemed good and made sense. I like things that make sense. Thanks to all for chiming in.....
  13. While you are correct that Mein Schiff 2 is a new ship (I was unaware of that), Mercury was indeed Mein Schiff 2 until last year. I never mentioned Horizon and she was never part of TUI. Horizon was (is) part of Pullmantur. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Horizon#:~:text=MV Horizon (formerly Pacific Dream,Celebrity Cruises as MV Horizon. Sorry for the confusion....
  14. She is the first large ship back in service in Europe as the Mein Schiff 2 https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23286-1-200-passengers-are-back-on-a-cruise-ship.html?fbclid=IwAR1XUVL4CCvtgUwx2E2HktbIT29FJTXCw9ygNWCCT-7Y_TjmCnG3ddXvOAI She was always one of my favorite ships! We had some great cruises onboard Mercury. Happy to see she is still looking good!
  15. There's a TON of questions they are asking comments on. It's not easy to be concise when there are so many questions...they don't make it easy for the public to respond and make it meaningful with the number of questions.
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