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  1. You can use your phone to open your door. It's free, you need to turn on Bluetooth. They can be a little wonky but it's cool when it works. I think you have to scan your passport/ID to verify that it's you getting a digital key for your cabin.
  2. There are 2 best price guarantee programs. The regular one is for within 48 hours of booking. The other, part of Cruise With Confidence applies after final and you'll get OBC. If you haven't made final, then price can be adjusted as long as it's NOT for new bookings only. I just refared one on my own this AM. If it's AFTER final, then your TA can do it through the agent site. Sometimes it will give an error, if you've used FCCs and Royal had to plug the price. Then they can fix it. But I did my own price drop twice on line. 😉 If your TA calls and it told no, they need to call back. I've gotten OBC on 4 reservations at LEAST twice in the past 4 weeks.
  3. I had the same issue. It literally took 9 months to get it fixed. My financial institution had ZERO record of any money coming to me from Royal and it wasn't floating around anyplace. I disputed it, twice. I even emailed my contacts at Royal. Honestly I can't even remember how I finally got it back. But it took 9 months. Argh
  4. I sailed Apex from Athens in August. To my knowledge, no one tested positive at check in. I'd spent 2 days in Athens pre cruise. The test at the pier was easy (the whole process is pretty smooth). I know that 2 people tested positive on the day before we returned. They were to be housed in a hotel at the expense of the Greek government for 10 days and then I presume Celebrity sent them home. The Greek quarantine was mandatory. I do not know what happened after the 10 days. I was speaking to some other guests who also spoke with one of the positive cases. She had not heard from them (they actually live close to the one guest who was positive so they swapped emails). I am not sure if the 2 positive cases were a husband and wife, but I only heard of one up until a week ago.
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  6. My tests from Optum arrived the next day or the 2nd day, I can't remember. But I had them within 48 hours. Haven't used them yet, got them for Greece and didn't need them, but they'll be good well past my next cruise in October so I'll use it then.
  7. Ahhh.... good to know. Of course, on Apex a couple weeks ago, the bartenders at the martini bar had loose interpretations of the Captain's Club drink menu. I didn't have the Always Included stuff since I booked the simply sail rate. I drank several martinis each night. My bar tab for a week was $35 bucks. Paid for exactly 2 drinks. 😄 😄 😄 "Make me something of your choice" coupled with those pretty thank you notes on green paper paid off.
  8. So if you order the crappy drinks in the DL OR a good drink in the DL, you have to use your vouchers? If so, then it's not worth going to the D lounge for the usual boring selection of cocktails.
  9. All the categories ( 1B, 2D, 1K) you've booked are wait listed except the OS so you can't get a price reduction since nothing's available. You SHOULD be able to upgrade the other ones. I'm looking right now at the TA site. Your agent should be able to move you to better cabins though.
  10. https://store.optum.com/shop/products/abbott-binaxNOW-COVID-19-ag-at-home-test-kit-2-pack THAT is the same thing that you can order in a 6 pack BUT here, it's only 2 tests. They also have 3 packs as well. I will be using for Oasis in October. I got them in case I had difficulty getting tested in the correct time frame when returning from Greece. I didn't use them but they'll still be good in October.
  11. The smokey smell in Athens is pretty bad, at least where I am. I hope they can control it soon.
  12. My gut says they'll go to 100% vaccinated cruises first, concurrent with litigation if necessary saying their ships, their rules, their livelihood. I hope they do not suspend again. Too many interested parties have way too much to lose. Again, this is from my crystal ball.
  13. Got an email for August 7th as well! Dear Guest, We look forward to welcoming you aboard the Celebrity ApexSM for your 7-night Greek Islands cruise vacation. Before we set sail, we have some important information to share regarding our itinerary. Celebrity Cruises has been working closely with health and government authorities, in each country we sail from, to outline a clear path for cruising with new health and safety measures. As we return to service, we are continuously evaluating all itineraries and the status of travel conditions around the world. At this time, out of an abundance of caution, we will be replacing our scheduled call to Limassol, Cyprus on Monday, August 9, with a visit to Dubrovnik, Croatia as well as modifying our call dates for Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini, Greece. For your convenience, we’ve included our revised itinerary below. While visiting the Greek Islands, on-your-own tours will be permitted in Athens, Santorini and Rhodes along with Dubrovnik, Croatia. However, Celebrity Cruises curated tours will be required in Mykonos, Greece. Please note, unvaccinated guests and families with unvaccinated children may only go ashore on curated tours provided by Celebrity Cruises. Guests with Shore Excursions in Limassol, Cyprus, booked through Celebrity Cruise Planner, will automatically receive a refund to their original form of payment. Additionally, all Celebrity Shore Excursions in Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini, Greece will automatically be adjusted to our new arrival dates. New excursion opportunities for Dubrovnik, Croatia will be available to book onboard. Guests with independent arrangements should contact their tour operators as soon as possible. Celebrity Apex will sail with a vaccinated crew and at least 95% of guests fully vaccinated. Guests 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated with all COVID-19 vaccine doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing. For details on our current health and safety protocols please visit https://www.healthyatsea.com. Face masks must be worn onboard, both indoors and outdoors, except while eating, drinking or in your stateroom. Masks will also be required ashore based on local regulations. We’re sailing with fewer guests for more space – and more luxury with even more activities to avoid large gatherings in public spaces. Additional testing and protocols will be confirmed closer to your sailing departure date in line with the most up to date recommendations from local government and health officials as well as our Healthy Sail Panel. These measures, including vaccination and testing requirements, will evolve along with public health standards. We apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause. We're confident they will deliver a more satisfying vacation experience. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Celebrity Cruises at 1-844-418-6824 in North America or (316) 554-5961 worldwide. Sincerely, Celebrity Cruises
  14. From Celebrity's consumer site just now, revised as of today: While Ashore On-Your-Own Tours are permitted in Athens, Santorini, Rhodes and Dubrovnik. Celebrity Cruises curated tours will be required in Mykonos. Nothing updated for my sailing as of yet. I guess that will happen later today.
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