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  1. Why do you think you could turn the FCC into a refund? I understand it's a use it, by the end of 2021, or lose it. I would gladly exchange my cruise for the same cruise next year with the same cabin category and perks. Initially, I thought I would take the 125% FCC, but then I checked prices for next year. The extra 25% does not get us what we have paid for. Celebrity is in complete charge of the prices and could raise them significantly and then we're stuck. Other people may not be planning to cruise again due to age and health issues.
  2. We love cruising and will book another cruise, once Celebrity is up and running again. I'm not interested in changing the minds of those who don't enjoy it or have preconceived notions. Who wants to be on a ship with a bunch of unhappy passengers.
  3. I would be flying from CT. I just received an email from JetBlue that we have been re-assigned to an earlier flight on the same day. No mention of the 14 day self-quarantine in FL. We know we will not be cruising, but I'm waiting for Celebrity to pull the plug on the May cruise. Once that is done, we will cancel our flights and hotel. I'm worried that Celebrity will play the waiting game, knowing that we will be banned from flying to FLL.
  4. I wish I could exchange my present cruise with it's perks for the same cruise next year. I got a really great deal. The present prices are high. Initially, I thought I'd take the 125% FCC, which has to be used by the end of 2021. It seemed like a no-brainer since we look forward to cruising again. If the majority take FCC, though, Celebrity could jack up the prices (even more) to recoup the extra 25% that they offered. Our cruise is in May, so I have some time to think about it.
  5. https://www.celebritycruises.com/travel-alert/voluntary-suspension-of-cruising?allowMobile=y&ecid=em_22921838&rid=151568647&mes=Celebrity LLP FOLLOW UP Mar 2020 EM&emsc=CCC_CLA_OUR_PAC_M_USA_CT_5_CVP&empf=Y&emct=C&lnkid=link
  6. I got my calm back as soon as Celebrity offered the cancel up to 48 hours in advance option. Our cruise isn't until May. We will talk to our doctors before then and re-evaluate. If we can't go, for whatever reason, we will happily accept FCC and book another cruise with Celebrity. For now, we will concentrate on important things, like supporting our local community in their efforts to prevent spread of covid19.
  7. We have an ABC Caribbean cruise scheduled for May. If our airline can get us to FLL and Equinox sails, we will go. I have had my moments of doubt and was relieved when Celebrity gave us the cancel up to 48 hours before sailing option.
  8. Thank you. It's nice to know that Celebrity is stepping up to alleviate some of the tension. We are booked for 10 day southern Caribbean in May. If Equinox sails, we'll be on her for some much needed R&R. I'm watching our flights now. With only 24 out of 150 seats sold, I'm worried they may ask us to change flights.
  9. If you want your butter in pats, you should bring your own. Pack it in your carry-on, or you may need to pick up your checked bags in the naughty room
  10. We booked our May 2020 cruise onboard in March 2019. Our 1A stateroom had increased $1000 per person before final payment with one perk We have 3 perks, extra OBC and are very happy with our deal. After final payment the prices have gone down a bit, but they are still way above what we paid.
  11. The late night delivery charge (11 p.m. to 6 a.m.) is about $5. The rest of the day, room service is free, but we tip the delivery person $3 to $5. The breakfast menu items are hot and cold cereal, muffins, danish, pancakes, waffles, toast, bagels, omelettes, yogurt, fruit, juice, coffee, tea, cocoa. There are a few extra charge items. For tea, we go to the buffet. They put out a lovely spread of sandwiches, pastries, cookies, scones etc...Sometimes we make up plates and bring them back to our balcony. On some ships, there are coffee/tea/cocoa stations on deck 7 near the midship elevator. Or you can order tea from room service. There are also sweets available at Cafe Al Bacio and extra charge specialty teas and coffees. The Al Bacio teas and coffees are covered by the Classic and Premium beverage packages.
  12. We just made final payment for our May Caribbean cruise. We will go. I'll follow the recommendations of several Cruise Critic members to pack extra meds and supplies.
  13. Meals in the main dining room, buffet, mast grill are included in the cost of the cruise. You may have a second dessert/appetizer/entree if you wish. Just ask. The buffet is open from early morning until late at night, although the late night offerings are scaled back. You may eat there as often as you wish. In addition, there is a cafe that sells coffee and tea, but the baked goodies are free. You won't go hungry on a cruise. You may buy drinks a la cart or you may buy a beverage package that suits your needs. We always buy our cruises when there is a promotion that includes a few perks. We pick the classic beverage package as one perk. There are specialty extra charge restaurants if you want a special treat. We have been very happy with the included restaurants.
  14. That's a great idea. I've never thought to do that. I put a few $10 bills in my purse on the last evening and tip a few who I wouldn't normally tip. The hardworking restroom attendant or a buffet attendant who has been helpful with my disabled son. We sail in veranda cabins. We give extra tips for excellent service. Our cabin steward gets $30 - 40 at the end of the cruise. Our head waiter $30 - 40 at the end of the cruise. Assistant waiter $10 - 20 if we've had the same assistant throughout the cruise. Bar server in the MDR $10 -20 We don't drink wine so no tip for the sommelier. We rarely use room service, but when we do $3 -5 depending on the size of our order, given at the time of service.
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