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  1. Canada has banned all ships with over 100 people (passengers and crew). So no Celebrity ships will be able to do Alaska cruises this year.
  2. I was part of a group of 10 that sat together in Blu on Millennium. There was one big table near the entry that we sat at every night. It worked out well for us, and I do not believe we disturbed folks seated near us.
  3. When I was on Millennium in 2018, you could get espresso and other coffee drinks to go in the morning at one of the bars near the entrance of the Oceanview.
  4. We dealt with a similar issue last year. We contacted both Celebrity and the host Agency, and after the host agency agreed, the reservation was transferred to Celebrity.
  5. I do not see any way they will be able to resume cruising as early as August. Large cruise ships with thousands of people onboard will be one of the last parts of the economy to reopen.
  6. A tougher question would be about a June 2021 cruise. I was thinking about booking one today, but am worried that if there is no vaccine by then, there may still be no cruises.
  7. If you are going to lose money by cancelling, I would pay now and wait until they cancel, so you will get a full refund. I would be worried about the future value of a FCC. If a vaccine is not discovered (or the virus does not magically goes away), there may not be any cruises for a very long time, and Celebrity and other cruise lines could end up in bankruptcy.
  8. Unless you never leave your cabin, and somehow manage to get into the cabin without going through a common area, you are going to be breathing some unfiltered air that others are also breathing. Until there is a vaccine for the virus, I am going to be very reluctant to go on a cruise.
  9. Carnival’s passenger contract states that they can only be sued in Miami. So they have agreed to be sued there, which is why a passenger can do so.
  10. According to this article, Celebrity started sailing out of Dublin in 2018. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2016/11/30/celebrity-cruises-dublin-ireland/94656484/ We were on one of the Reflection cruises out of Dublin in 2019. The port was a short drive to the city center, but taxis and public transportation were not that easy to get. We really enjoyed our visit to Dublin. We heard that cargo deliveries have increased in Dublin since Brexit. They are picking up deliveries that used to go to the UK.
  11. You are generally out of luck. However, you can pay to upgrade to any category that is currently priced higher than what you initially paid.
  12. I do not see any cruises departing by late May, especially from New Jersey, which is being hit hard by the virus.
  13. Even if the entire industry failed, which I believe is unlikely, private equity companies will come in and buy the ships and restart the industry. We will still be able to take all the cruises we want to. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/25/private-equity-eyes-coronavirus-hit-industries-theyve-been-waiting.html
  14. Almost everyone in Hawaii has now been ordered to stay at home. https://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2020/03/24/hawaii-news/ige-stay-home-hawaii-governor-issues-statewide-lockdown-through-april-30/
  15. For us, the main advantage is eating in Blu. We like the food much better there than the MDR, and it is a much smaller room, and not as packed in.
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