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    central illinois
  • Interests
    vacationing and home & garden
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    holland america
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  1. I will be sitting at the martini bar sipping a lemon drop and my husband will be sipping an espresso martini, talking with all of my new friends. I will be one happy cruiser. Hopefully this will take place for us February 25, 2022.
  2. We feel like many here, we’re retired, ages 67 and 69, cruising is our preferred way to travel. We feel as though we’re losing precious travel time. One of us has already had cancer and is doing fine now, but having looked the grim reaper in the face once, we realize that time is a perishable commodity. We have both been fully vaccinated and are more than ready to get out there on the sea again.
  3. We booked an inside cabin for our Alaskan cruise, because of the early sunrise. HAL gave us a complimentary upgrade to an Ocean View. The first morning as we lay in bed talking, it was quite light out, we decided to go up to the lido for breakfast. Fortunately we looked at our phones, it was 4:39AM. Needless to say, we went back to bed.
  4. We have sailed on Celebrity 3 times, far less than we have sailed on HAL, after our first cruise we were entitled to a one category stateroom upgrade, just had to ask for it at booking. No extra fee, just a loyalty perk. We enjoyed everything we ate in the main dining room, so a special item added to the menu is not necessary for us.
  5. Not sure that we would see much out of the Club Orange benefits. Not for us at this time.
  6. My husband and I are thinking about booking this World Cruise, the itinerary looks great, for the most part. We have never been on a cruise for longer than 23 days, and that was on the Zaandam from Ft. Lauderdale to Seattle in 2018. I imagine there is a lot of planning involved for the cruise, but, also in making arrangements to have our home looked after while we would be gone. Any tips or suggestions for a couple of WC novices?
  7. I have enjoyed every meal on Celebrity, but, my husband would be very disappointed if they discontinued the escargot every evening. I know that he has it every night.
  8. Our cruise was canceled March 25 (pretty sure that was the date, or close enough). We booked through an online agency, we requested the refund instead of the FCC. We were notified by our credit card company via email that we received a credit. It came for each person, in 2 amounts, the deposit and the final payment. 100% refund. I called our credit card company and requested a check for the amount as we do not carry a balance on our card, it is paid off every month. We should receive a check in 10 to 21 days or so. I just wanted to relay our experience.
  9. Cruise insurance, purchased through our online agency. They won’t refund the amount paid, but, we can apply the amount towards another vacation, we have a year to use it or lose it. $525 we will probably never see again. If we do get to use it in the future, will not purchase this insurance again.
  10. We began cruising in 2003 while we were still working. We took 7 day cruises to the Caribbean, it was a great way to vacation, we were hooked before our first cruise ended. In 2013, we took our first 11 day Caribbean cruise, heavenly. We retired in 2015 and began cruising 2 times a year, and, expanded beyond the Caribbean, going to New England/Canada, Alaska and our longest cruise for 23 days through the Panama Canal. This May 6, we were flying to Barcelona for a couple of days, then getting on the Infinity for our first 12 day Mediterranean cruise. We are so disappointed that it’s not go
  11. Not happy with our online agency/agent. Got the initial email, called agent and told what we wanted, no follow up email or verification. Called back about a week later and left a message, was called back, agent seemed a bit “put out”. Said we would like an email follow up to verify what it was we were wanting so there would be some sort of trail, nothing. We booked air, pre stay hotel and transfers for a Mediterranean cruise leaving Barcelona on May 9. Wish there was more communication, we feel left in the dark. We’re told we have to wait our turn, they are very busy.
  12. I love a Lemon Drop Martini, or two, in the Martini Bar in the evening. My daytime favorite is a Mudslide, so full of calories and decadent. I never drink Mudslides at home; however, I have learned to make Lemon Drop Martinis at home. I may have to indulge in May 2020 to drown my sorrows from our Mediterranean cruise on the Infinity being canceled.
  13. I just looked at several cruises by Celebrity in fall or early winter, going to several different areas of the world, prices appear to be very high. Since Celebrity cancelled our cruise in May, we will be opting for the cash refund, allowing us to spend our vacation dollars with whatever cruise line we choose, or, pick a different type of vacation altogether.
  14. Hello everyone, we are supposed to sail on the Infinity May 9. It’s the first Mediterranean cruise after her TA, somehow, I doubt that she will be sailing. At this point we are still holding out since it doesn’t make much difference if we cancel now or wait a bit, we have decided to take a cash refund if Celebrity cancels. I have looked for a similar cruise for May 2021, there is no cruise that comes even close. We booked last August and have been anticipating (like everyone does) our trip and carefully planning shore excursions. We’re not going to be able to travel in 2020 after June 10,
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