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  1. The letter I received is below: Dear <ME!>, The last few weeks have been trying times, to say the least, and we now find ourselves in undeniably rough seas. But, as our wonderful Celebrity Captains will tell you, sooner or later everyone sails into bad weather—what makes a great mariner is how they’re able to sail out of them. It can be hard to envision calmer seas ahead when you’re in the middle of the storm. But we’ll get there. And we’ll get there together. As our most loyal guests you have always been there for Celebrity Cruises and we will always be here for you. We are assessing new developments constantly to comply with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organizations. Nothing is more important to me than the health and safety of our guests and crew. That is why we have enhanced our global boarding and health screening measures; implemented temperature screenings using digital, non-touch scanners for guests, crew and visitors; reduced travel to impacted countries; increased sanitation safeguards at cruise terminals and onboard our ships; and implemented rigorous medical protocols. We know that many of you are nervous about traveling for health reasons—or are anxious about unexpected itinerary changes. That is why we have launched our Cruise with Confidence cancellation program to enable you to cancel up to 48 hours before your sailing and receive a full Future Cruise Credit. First and always, you must take care of yourself and your family. If you are not feeling well, have an underlying condition, or are high risk for complications from illness, re-book your cruise for a later date when all of this is behind us and you can enjoy a relaxing get-away. Things are changing everyday so for the latest on travel alerts, our safety protocol and our Cruise with Confidence program, visit www.celebritycruises.com/travel-alert. I look forward to the calm seas ahead and seeing you onboard. <A PR image of LLP with her signature and title>
  2. If that is your thought / approach, then you can take the action you deem appropriate. My thought / approach is different, so I'm going on my sailing (assuming the cruise line doesn't cancel). Like many other transmittable diseases, one can catch this at the supermarket, restaurant, office, bus, airplane, sporting event, or other routine human interaction. While I am washing my hands more and (trying to) keep my hands away from my face, I am not stopping my life. Neither are my 80 year old parents (in good health). I do believe that this is overblown and over-hyped. Not to say it isn't serious (especially for anyone with a loved one impacted), but many diseases cause death. I don't believe this is the plague or as deadly. Time may prove me right. Or wrong. And I'll adjust based on new events and facts, not on every "news" story or anecdote. However, to each their own... if you would be worried throughout the cruise, you likely wouldn't enjoy it - so what's the point in that? Cancelling is appropriate in that case. I, however, will be sitting at the sunset bar enjoying a cocktail and a smile.
  3. Like so many nautical names, I think it should have personal meaning, so I'm suggesting Pour Choices (spelling intentional) and Bottoms Out. Then again, these could be just the mottos for travel stocks right now.
  4. The best bar is the one I'm at 🙂 with a full drink. sorry, couldn't help myself....
  5. Glad to hear it's good coffee! This was the announcement a year ago. https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/news/2019-press-releases/news-20190122-Coffee18.html
  6. @DaKahuna is correct, with one qualification... the price difference plus a 20% gratuity on that difference
  7. We generally give $2 per normal breakfast delivery from room service. It is a luxury that we appreciate and the delivery person (who is generally not our room steward) is always helpful and happy. It is a small token. If we have dinner it is $5 tip, but that only happens if we are hung-over... I mean... not feeling well. Not that we are wealthy in anyone's mind, but we know that if we are lucky enough to cruise, bringing an extra $10-20 for room service tips isn't going to break the bank and it means a lot to the staff (and their families). You do not NEED to tip for a delivery, but we find it appropriate.
  8. Thanks all! I’ll be (somewhat) patient.
  9. There are menus appearing in the Celebrity app for a cruise in March. Should I believe these and book specialty restaurants on the nights I don’t like the menu, or is likely to change closer to sailing? Thanks!
  10. You can see how much OBC you have from the cruise line (not a TA) by going to your cruise(s) and clicking on Plan my Cruise. You may get a pop-up with how much OBC you have, or it is at the top of the screen (just to the left of cart). This is on a PC -- it might be different on a phone / iPad.
  11. That is true..and the $9 includes the gratuity ($7.50 + 20% gratuity = $9)
  12. I noticed all the items on the Cocktail list are above $15. That means they all have up-charges, even if you have the premium package, correct? If so, pretty poor job by Celebrity. Wait, soon they'll have a super-premium package that allows up to $18/drink. 😡
  13. Recently had the D&M on a 5-nighter. A no brainer as the $50/ea was greater than the $45/ea upgrade cost from premium. Having the items in the mini bar was convenient (very limited choice - titos, some splits of wine, coke, pringles, and kind bars). The wine tasting was poor at best. We couldn't GIVE away the 2 bottles of wine from the room (we didn't even want the other two). As a note, we are going on a week long cruise in a few months and we are NOT purchasing it. We just didn't find the value...
  14. And you really should go on many VACATIONS 🙂
  15. This is from https://www.celebritycruises.com/company/customer-support/help-and-faqs/pre-cruise/all-pre-cruise-faqs Emphasis is mine. “Celebrity’s minimum age to sail unaccompanied on sailings originating in North America is twenty-one (21). The minimum age to sail unaccompanied on sailings from South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand is eighteen (18). Celebrity Cruises retains the right, on rare occasions, to raise the minimum age to sail unaccompanied on any sailing when local laws require or permit such a modification. For voyages originating in North America, no guest younger than the age twenty-one (21) will be assigned to a stateroom unless accompanied in the same stateroom by an adult twenty-one (21) years old or older. A guest's age is established upon the first date of sailing. This age limit will be waived for children sailing with their parents or guardians in connecting staterooms; for underage married couples; and for active duty members of the United States or Canadian military. Certain other restrictions and conditions will apply; such as compliance with the age twenty-one (21) alcohol policy, and proof of marriage for underage couples or proof of active duty military status required.”
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