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  1. Log into your account, find a cruise and begin the booking process. When it asks for your loyalty number on the reservation put it in AND then push the tiny “APPLY” button. If you do not push reply it will not show the discount.
  2. I did not receive the email but read about the sale here. I took a screen shot, did a dummy booking with the discount, and sent it off to my TA for our May 2021 booking. We received a $500 discount, but it cost us $150 OBC. It’s a win! I tried booking a Nov 2021 cruise and no discount showed up. I really wish they would post which cruises it’s applicable to.
  3. We were scheduled on the Equinox on Mar 14. We cancelled through or TA on Mar 9th. No contact from Celebrity or the TA since. We called Celebrity today to find out where our FCC is. The Celebrity agent was very nice and helpful. The story we received however, is hard to believe. We were told that our TA cancelled our cruise but did not specifically request a FCC so it was never processed. Now that we have called, our port fees and taxes will be refunded to our credit card and the FCC will be issued. The kicker is we are now at the end of the line and can expect to see the credits on May 14! If it has been 30 days and you haven’t seen your FCC or refund I recommend calling Celebrity.
  4. We had to provide a doctors statement and shot records on Ponant to Antarctica as well. It is required for all passengers regardless of age. As explained, to us you are a 2 day sail in treacherous waters from the nearest hospital with no coast guard, or military, or anyone else to rush to your aid if needed, This is a true safety mitigation. It is very different from sailing a loop in the Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico.
  5. How about one way corridors with arrows on the carpet in cabin areas. Delta Airlines is currently not assigning center seats. Maybe the cruise ships will leave every other cabin vacant in the beginning. Perhaps ordering drinks on a Princess like medallion doesn’t sound so silly anymore. The multiple hands on cruise cards has to go.
  6. With each passing month there is less opportunity to use a FCC issues due to COVID. We had a cruise cancelled on Mar 14 and have not received our FCC. We have a European cruise booked in Aug which most likely won’t sail either. Delta airlines just announced that their credits due to COVID can be used until Dec 2022. This is a much more reasonable date.
  7. It will be roughly a year until there is a viable vaccine in sufficient numbers to begin inoculating folks. Self distancing will be the norm until that time. I have tried, without success, to figure out how passengers could self distance on a Cruise ship. Maybe a 1/2 full ship with staggered dining, propositioned lounge and bar chairs, etc. But, then there are the elevators and narrow hallways. Pools would be off limits. Its hard to place a bar or dinner order with 6 ft between you and the server. How could this work? What would the “new cruise vibe” be like?
  8. We cancelled on Monday for our cruise which was supposed to sail today. We are also hoping for the extra 25% credit, but not holding our breath. The same cruise next Jan is double the price for the same cabin and perks. We have a British Isles cruise booked in Aug. We have considered applying our FCC to that. However, if we have to cancel that one too, what happens to the FCC money. Is it refundable?
  9. This evening on the news someone asked Larry Kudlow if he had family traveling overseas or taking a cruise what would he tell them. I thought I heard him say, “Don’t go.” My guess is the cruise lines will hold the line as long as possible.... as will the passengers. If things don’t improve there will be many cancellations and fire sales. Reminds me of 2012, when due to the economy, we booked a 7 night Med cruise in a Verandah on RCI for $434 pp. Even with air, it was cheaper than cruising the Caribbean. It is a very uncertain time and we will have to evaluate the risk of travel as our vacations approach. Only time will tell.
  10. Has anyone requested a foot stool or lounge chair for the suite balconies. The new outdoor dining style chairs look very uncomfortable.
  11. You could sail a luxury cruise line for much less....
  12. We are on your Equinox sailing in March. I was pretty excited to see that I might finally get shareholder credit like we have been getting with CCL for years. I emailed in the form and documents on Wed. I received a confirmation email from Celebrity that it was received. I was delighted to see an email from Celebrity this morning until I saw that I had been denied. I went to the link provided and the only thing I can find that would apply is that our reservation was made in Jan 2019. Since you frequently get different answers from different people at Celebrity, I’m wondering if it’s worth trying again next week.
  13. We have heard that Carnival intends to build a pier at HMC. Could this be the reason?
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