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  1. As someone who worked at Seattle's Pier 91 during the Alaska cruise season, I can attest that for every cruise there is some poor soul that has shown up without the proper ID. The majority of those passengers were able to get a copy of their birth certificate faxed or photo texted/emailed to the port in time to board the ship, but others were not so fortunate and didn't sail.
  2. I appreciate your response, along with JRWLOBO's observations. It helps to know that others are in the same boat (pun intended). Looks like I will just have to get on the phone with Celebrity and make sure we are in the queue for our refund. Thanks again for taking the time to share your experience.
  3. My friend, while I haven't read all 63 pages of messages, I have read many pages over the weeks I have been dealing with this. If it helps to show a little bit of empathy/kindness to me, I will share with you would normally be working at Seattle's Pier 91 dealing with cruise passengers heading to Alaska on Celebrity, HAL, Princess, RCCL and Carnival. I, like many others in our country will have no income this season due to the cancelled season. I am just asking for a little information from my fellow CC friends. We are living through extraordinary times, and kindness and helpfulness to oth
  4. We had requested a refund for our cancelled May 21, 2020 Alaska cruise, but received a FCC instead. At the time we thought that maybe celebrity was sending (via email) the FCC in hopes of passengers opting for the credit rather than the refund. Here is our timeline: March 24 - Celebrity cancelled Alaska cruise scheduled for May 21 March 25 - we request a Cruise refund May 2 - we receive a Future Cruise Credit via email (the FCC is also on our Celebrity Capetian's account page) May 9 - Celebrity refunds Excursion ($1K) May 23 - Celebrity refunds $364 Taxes
  5. We received the same/similar email. Upon reading the small print, it says: Celebrity Cruises reserves the right to void the FCC Savings amount if the guest named above receives other reimbursement which includes claims through our travel protection or requesting a refund. Since we had requested a refund we should still be getting refund on our credit card. I agree with onyourmak that it might be Celebrity's way of hoping that passengers with cancelled cruises opt for the FCC rather than a refund.
  6. I had the same type of incorrect date on my cruise. I click on the closest date and proceeded without any problem. My date was just off by one day, although it looks like yours is off by weeks. Hopefully your cruise reservation # that the systems asks for will give the cruise line all it needs to process your refund/FCC (which ever you are requesting). Good luck!
  7. At first I thought you meant this May 21 (2020), then I realized that you were talking about May 2021. LOL Yes, we are all hoping next year is calm, stable and healthy.
  8. Save your money and cancel the cruise. Re-book the cruise next year.
  9. There is no place for the town car to just wait for you outside the terminal. The traffic control staff will shoo any vehicle that is not actively picking up/loading a passenger. The town cars are usually waiting in the cell phone lot awaiting their passenger's call.
  10. The Sea Bands work for me. Since they are so inexpensive (less than $10), it might be worth your while to buy a pair and try them. The Sea Bands are reusable so if they do work for you, they can be used on future cruises.
  11. Just heard on a Canadian radio station (CBC) that Canada will airlift any Canadians on the Grand back home to Canada.
  12. Leaving out of Seattle? If so, hopefully by then there will be a 'best practices' system in place so the passengers/crew will be screened and the embarkation/disembarkation will all be routine and straightforward.
  13. Unless you plan to be the very last person off the ship, you will most likely be at SeaTac before 10:30 AM. While SeaTac is very busy during the summer months, you should not have any difficulties making a 12:30 pm flight.
  14. Traveling/Cruising in Asia? Make sure you bring your entire supply of medication, not just for enough for the duration of cruise. Make sure that everyone does the on-line check-in. It is the passengers responsibility, and not the big-box store or travel agent. If you need Visas for certain countries, make sure you have them, or you will not be allowed to board the ship. Good luck!
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  16. Carnival is strict on their arrival times. I am assuming you are embarking out of Pier 91 in Seattle, so I can speak to what happens there. You will receive an arrival time which is printed on your boarding document. If you arrive at Pier 91 at the stated time, you will be directed to the "On-Time" line where you will be Checked-in/Scanned in by staff using hand-held mBark devices. If you arrive earlier or later than your assigned check-in time, you will be directed to the Early/Late line which could take a little bit longer, as the passengers in the On-Time line get priority. (Folks who
  17. Thanks Aquahound for some sane words of reason. People are starting to fear monger (albeit unintentionally), and generally speaking, not using their rational mind. Folks, let's stay calm, rational and compassionate.
  18. As I type this (Monday 3/2/2020 at 4 PM Seattle time), no actual Seattle public school has been closed for cleaning due to COVID-19. There are individual schools across the state that have been closed for a day or two 'out of an abundance of caution', with the decision being made at the local level. Best thing you can do is wash your hands and use healthy common sense. Keep calm and carry on!
  19. If you had a 4 PM sailing, the muster drill is usually held at 3:15 pm (at least at Pier 91 for the Alaska cruises).
  20. It's amazing observing what luggage some passengers use - including old school hard-sided suitcases with just the one handle (the kind of suitcase you would get for a graduation gift in the 1970's). Once I saw an old steamer trunk being used. One little kid (part of an Asian tour group) had a completely clear carry-on sized suitcase. Folks use all kinds of luggage!
  21. I sent in my final payment for our Alaska cruise a few days ago - so looking forward to the cruise!
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