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bebe08

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    Canada
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    travelling
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mediterranean

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  1. Thanks for the info. I didn't know about the Air Canada form, I will definitely check it out! This is new territory for me as with our Japan cruise X took care of the air refund even though it was non-refundable.
  2. The rules regarding airfare have changed. Our April 12 cruise has just been cancelled and we booked our nonrefundable air thru X. Here is what the letter says: "Guests with refundable air travel and hotel booked through Flights by Celebrity will be refunded automatically. Guests with nonrefundable flights booked through Flights by Celebrity or independent air arrangements need to contact their air carriers directly to make all required cancellations." I checked on the Air Canada site and it appears the flights we were booked on have been cancelled. I plan to sit tight for a bit in the hopes that we will be refunded automatically. By contrast, our April 10 Japan cruise which was cancelled a few months ago, the letter said as follows: "Guests with air travel and hotel booked through Flights by Celebrity will be refunded automatically. " For our Japan cruise, we have received a refund of all but $600 so definitely have been refunded for at least some of the nonrefundable airfare, as cost of air alone was $2000. I reached out a few weeks back to our TA re the remaining $600...he checked with X and apparently it is being processed.
  3. Love this thread! I have hope that some good comes out of this....learning to be more compassionate, caring and sharing; seeing what a positive impact staying at home can have on the environment, learning to appreciate the small things and don't take anything for granted. With regards to hope for eradicating the virus, apparently the initial estimate for a vaccine for H1N1 was 12-18 months, but it was on the market in a much shorter time (around 6 months) so there is still hope!!
  4. So many wonderful memories 🙂 On board we love Al Baccio and the solarium. Those are my happy places 🙂 Just thinking about that now makes me happy!
  5. True enough. These are stressful times and receiving that email from X yesterday seemed like the last straw regarding our cruise. I am expecting a cancellation notice and instead I get an email that edocs are ready. I do feel like they could be doing more with regards to communications. Thanks for the laugh, you put things in perspective 🙂
  6. To clarify I received an email today telling me docs were ready. I had been watching online in my cruise planner and docs and luggage tags were unavailable which I took as a good sign. Today the email advised they were available and sure enough they are.
  7. I understand that these are unprecedented times and X is very busy....but surely they should have pulled the plug on sending out edocs for a cruise that can't possibly go ahead as planned. No mention in the email of any changes even though it was announced last week that port of Vancouver is closed until at least July 1st. It worries me that there are people out there who aren't following the news who will attempt to show up at Vancouver port or this cruise. I have done my best to be patient with Celebrity and give them benefit of the doubt but ... The cruise industry already has a black eye and this is the type of thing that adds insult to injury. Yes I could cancel myself and take the FCC. However based on the way this is being handled not sure how much cruising is in my future; in addition I already have a FCC for a cancelled Japan cruise so I don't have the need for more. Here is an interesting article: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fpolitics%2Fcruise-ships-kept-sailing-as-coronavirus-spread-travelers-and-health-experts-question-why%2F2020%2F03%2F20%2F5b640f14-67e2-11ea-b5f1-a5a804158597_story.html%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2pS8lpwq9gFHrvVvQHCDOWy-nLFANscStB_GWLu3m7Pt8hWyFHY1cGcZA&h=AT0mXpIGXw9L5rwVSfNM5VVUg8digWZdeOprBSqDhWFUvd--DU0JGKDmusJqQB2P3Isf40bC-GHkztBzxLK_Gpare2Tbe4slnUNI8r-FYV3-JKeh3KVHapCV3BxRXIWr_oc
  8. Doesn't make sense...website says: March 14 plus 30 days is up to and including April 12. We are schedule on April 12 cruise to Hawaii and surprised it isn't included. So, beginning at midnight, March 14th, we are pausing the fleet’s US sailings for 30 days
  9. Thanks for the clarification much appreciated. I reacted strongly as I see this as discrimination and that gets my blood boiling. I would prefer to see a temporary halt on cruises (air travel too) similar to what Princess has done. We need to flatten the curve and encouraging people to stay home will help with this. https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-act-today-or-people-will-die-f4d3d9cd99ca
  10. We have a cruise booked for April and just received the email. Although neither DH or I are over 70 I am disappointed with Celebrity for this approach. Age discrimination is not the answer. There are so many restrictions in their letter that it should be obvious to X that it would be best to put a temporary hold on cruising and give us a chance to get past this. I find it ironic that we get this letter full of restrictions and doom and gloom and then the last sentence says have an incredible vacation. Wow.
  11. We had a cruise to Japan booked for April which was cancelled. So we replaced it with a cruise to Hawaii. Our govt has just advised today against cruising for all Canadians - it is fairly stern warning. In addition, Hawaii is asking to shut its ports as is Vancouver. So it looks like that cruise is very much in jeopardy. I am thinking about what to replace this with and figure that a road trip is safest, however would also consider flying within Canada. Not making any decisions yet in hopes that all of this is over before our cruise which departs April 12.
  12. I think the difficulty with cruise ships as apposed to airplanes is the difficulty that arises when someone onboard becomes sick...no one wants the ship in their port. While I agree planes pose a risk as well, you are on a plane typically for hours not days, and there are a lot less people on a plane vs a ship. That said, wouldn't be surprised to see further restrictions or recommendations from both our Canadian govt and the US govt in the coming days. I think one of 2 things will happen: 1) much greater restrictions will be imposed to try to limit spread of disease or 2) governments will decide it is too late to try to contain the spread of virus and will try to return to business as usual ie no quarantines etc, and deal with cases as required same as flu.
  13. Just saw live press conference Canadian government public health agency is recommending Canadians avoid all cruise ship travel. https://www.cbc.ca/news Health officials now say Canadians should avoid all cruise ship travel.
  14. This is good news. We have an April cruise booked and plan to go as of now....but happy to know this is an option. We booked our air thru Celebrity as well. Does anyone know how that will be handled?
  15. Yes thanks but unfortunately waaay too expensive. We paid approx $2700 CDN for our oceanview. Oceanview is now 5700 and veranda 9100 😲 Will keep watching tho!!
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