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  1. Thank you. I did. I cancelled my May 1 cruise. Would I have come out ahead if I'd waited for them to cancel, which is looking more likely? <sigh> Yes, probably. I'm dealing with too much to have that trip hanging over me and friends and family asking about the trip - if it's on, will I go, why, am I worried? Yes, maybe, I don't know! I like cruising. I will cruise again. So, I took the 100% FCC and I'll sail again. Do what's right for you. I will sleep with one less worry running through my head. Be safe. Be sane. Be kind. Julie
  2. https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/city-to-provide-saturday-update-on-coronavirus-response-in-columbus/ Stay safe everyone.
  3. In this time of crisis, I'll give them a pass on marketing materials. Many databases I've worked with only process some data weekly, so it's possible the program that pushed the cruise documents doesn't know that I cancelled yet. No harm, no foul. I'd rather they focus on taking care of their customers, figuring out upcoming itineraries, and staying afloat (ha!). IT and the website are going to take longer to fix!
  4. This morning Celebrity sent me my Cruise Documents for the May 1 Spain & France cruise that I cancelled Wednesday. Thought it was my FCC, but no, salt in the wound. Yesterday, received a promotional mailing from Princess. "Embark on a life-changing adventure." I'll say. Hope the industry survives this. I have worked in direct mail. Yes, campaigns are planned months in advance, and it can be difficult to pull back a campaign once it's past a certain point. It's a gaffe their campaign analytics team will grapple with in the weeks to come!
  5. Agreed, it's a gamble. At this point, I'm in the 60-31 day 75% cancellation fee window, so I have the rest of this month to cancel and get anything back as CC Cash refund. As we've seen a whole lot can change between now and then! My other (first world, poor me, can't believe I'm going write this) "problem" is that I would need to use the FCC on a cruise this year. I only have so many vacation days from work, and family has a big trip planned for next year. Not many itineraries that I'm as excited about that I could use the credit on. I'm sure it will all work itself out. Talking cruises and vacations is a nice distraction from my 401k!
  6. Currently booked on the 8-night Spain & France Silhouette cruise out of Southampton, May 1. In the last week or so, I've noticed on the Celebrity website and other sites that it has been renamed "Talkeetna Treasures Cruisetour 1B". Last time I checked, that was an Alaskan itinerary. I thought maybe the itinerary had changed, but no, still Spain and France. I realize it's the least of their worries, and mine too at this point. It did give me a chuckle, though, which is much needed these days. Imagine sled dog pups and glaciers in Spain! (Yes, technically Spain still has glaciers in the Pyrenees, but you get the gist.)
  7. I'm on the first Silhouette sailing of the European season, May 1, out of Southampton. I guess I'll watch to see what happens in Europe. What are the chances that the TA and Europe season could be delayed/cancelled? Could Celebrity keep Silhouette in the Caribbean longer? Who knows!! It's a logistical nightmare everywhere. I guess I'll wait to see if the TA departs as expected. Glad they're allowing cancellations up until 48 hours!
  8. I wonder how air booked through Celebrity ChoiceAir will be handled? Royal Caribbean has information posted on their website https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-with-confidence but no mention of air travel booked through them.
  9. To the OP, you're not crazy. Celebrity used to have a "# of guests" filter. I was hoping its disappearance was just one of their notorious website snafus. After you selected the dates, destination, and port in the quick search filters and hit "Find Cruises", the full list of available itineraries appeared. From there, you could select additional filters for packages or cruise only, # of days, ships, and (until recently) the number of guests. It was nice because if you chose 1 guest, the fares would be displayed with the single supplement. I miss that feature. Now, I just assume I should double it. There are probably some families and groups who book 3-4 to a room that miss it too!
  10. I wish I had remembered to tip the gentleman making all the baked goods in the open bakery on Edge. It was fun watching him roll, twist, and shape dough into the delicious creations we enjoyed each day. You could see his passion for baking. We had some great chats. I did remember to mention him in the post cruise survey! Sorry to go seemingly off topic, but the point is that anyone can be recognized. He made my days on board brighter, and whether through a tip or mention in the survey or comment cards, it's nice to recognize those who work so hard.
  11. If you want to tip someone in a venue that charges (bartenders, Cafe Bacio, sommelier in MDR), you can ask for a charge slip. If you're on a drink package, they can still print a zero charge slip so you can add a tip that will go against any OBC in your account. For others (cabin attendant, restroom attendants, etc.) Guest Relations can handle it. At least that's how it worked on my Celebrity cruises last year.
  12. For a nightcap and music, check out the Ensemble Lounge. In the evenings they usually have a soloist or small group performing. It's darker, low key, comfortable seating nooks. Cellar Masters is nice and usually quiet. You can still hear what's happening in the grand foyer, but it's lower key. I hear this is changing from a wine bar to a craft beer venue at after the "revolution", so I don't know what the future may hold for this venue. For innovative drinks, try the World Class Bar. Quieter than the Martini Bar and true mixologists. I usually eat in the MDR, but I tried the buffet for dinner on my last cruise on Edge, and it was wonderful. Quiet, great selection, some items cooked to order, attentive servers for drinks, everything from charcuterie to grilled whole fish. I was amazed! It was a very relaxing evening without the intensity of the MDR. I hope you have a wonderful cruise. The Silhouette is a great ship.
  13. The Paloma is a good alternative to a mimosa at breakfast, leaving plenty of time in the day for the rest of the list! 😉 Cheers!
  14. I think smoking is allowed in the common, open areas on Deck 5 port side of both the Solstice and Millennium class ships. I've stayed in veranda cabins on decks 6-8. Deck doesn't matter as much to me, but I prefer not to be over the smoking areas.
  15. I have had luck searching my preferred airlines and creating the itinerary I want. Then, I call Choice Air and see what they can do with those flights or if they have a better option. When I flew to Australia I was using points for a couple legs and paying for the others. Flying on Hawaiian Airlines between Honolulu and Sydney was far cheaper than other airlines, so don't tie yourself to a single carrier for the trip. I flew American roundtrip between Ohio and Hawaii with my Honolulu-Sydney/Auckland-Honolulu sandwiched in between.
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