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  1. In normal times...Bruin Steve, quite often I wonder if we actually did live in normal times! But seriously, I concur with every word of your post, I too do almost the exact same things, though we usually cruise only once a year. We book when itineraries are announced and I plan the whole trip in great detail, both cruise as well as pre and post land stays. We were to take a Southampton to Barcelona Iberian peninsula sailing on the Apex this May, which of course Celebrity cancelled. No lift and shift at that time, though this itinerary isn’t being offered next year. We’re now booked on 12 night Apex cruise out of Barcelona for May 2021, though right now am not sure if it will happen, or if we will want to be on the ship. We also have a South American cruise for January 2022, which looks more promising. Needless to say I haven’t made any other arrangements, not even checked out either of the Roll Calls. I’m hoping we’ll have a better idea of the situation by early next year, fingers crossed...😊
  2. Another vote for Albrego del Senato. They also have a rooftop bar restaurant where breakfast is served, you can also relax there in the evening with a glass of vino. You can find cheaper hotels but the location and views here are stunning IMO. Ask on your Roll Call about sharing a ride to Civitavecchia, easy to set up. The Italy Ports forum will give you names and details of several companies who do transfers, way better and much cheaper than going with Celebrity!
  3. I make it a point to stop at the Martini Bar every evening and try out different mixed drinks, something I never do on land! Haven’t been to a show in many years, maybe we’ll go next time. Perhaps try a spa treatment, I’ve wanted to but somehow never made time. One thing we’ll definitely do is make the most of our time in port, stay out as long as possible. And of course book another cruise, we also take just the one each year. Maybe we’ll book a TA with several sea days when we can explore and enjoy the ship...
  4. We’ve been cruising since almost 20 years but I joined CC only much later. Have always enjoyed interacting with fellow cruisers and got loads of useful tips over the years, have tried to give back a bit too. The Roll Calls used to be very active but nowadays very few people sign up, with naturally much less information on ports and tours. Some threads get to be pretty nasty at times, but I see this trend on other travel forums too. People are impatient and quick to make cutting remarks or comments, though most posters are helpful and friendly. I continue to believe in the innate goodness of humanity and must say for the most part I haven’t been disappointed!
  5. We had three sunset verandahs booked for this May at a decent price, the same cost significantly more for next May. So we decided to get IVs, the money saved will go towards specialty restaurants.
  6. hcat, we should have sailed on the Apex this May, we’re now booked for May 2021. Fingers crossed and hoping it works out...
  7. We were to sail on the Apex Southampton-Barcelona cruise this May, which was of course cancelled. I really liked the ports on this one, as it went round the Iberian peninsula to places we haven’t seen. We’re again booked on an Apex Med itinerary RT Barcelona for next May, though I still don’t know if we’ll be ready to cruise by then...
  8. I too am waiting for for the Europe 2022/23 itineraries, we’re booked on Apex for May 2021, but like Denny01 not sure it’ll go, or we’ll go even if it sails. The new itineraries usually come out end November, but I wonder if will they stick to that schedule under the present circumstances...?
  9. Thanks DominicAUS, will ask my TA to reprice the cruise. The price was higher when we tried with the promo which ended on 7/7, but a girl can alway hope...😉
  10. Are you allowed to reprice an existing booking with the current flash sale? Will see if we can too...
  11. We checked too, but our May 2021 Apex sailing is over $1000 more and the January 2022 Solstice one over $2000! But it never hurts to check, last time we got a price drop on both, a huge one actually on the Solstice. There’s a new 5 day flash sale coming up July 16-20 with three free perks, though it’s apparently only for new bookings. But again, am going to call and try my luck...😉 http://creative.rccl.com/Sales/Celebrity/General_Info/Special_Offers/CEL_July_5Day_Flash_Sale.pdf
  12. We got a double refund on our May 10 Apex sailing, the second one a few days after the first. We’d paid for three cabins, so it was a whopping amount of almost $20000! Of course we immediately informed our CC company and the refund was reversed.
  13. That’s right John, the vaccine is being developed by Oxford University, to be manufactured by AstraZeneca. AZ has just signed a contract with Serum Institute of India, the largest vaccine manufacturing facility in the world. Production has already started and they hope to have 2 billion doses ready by September, in anticipation of successful trials. Half the supply will go to low and middle income countries. Apart from other concerns I have a sisterly interest here, my brother works for AZ and actively involved in this project!
  14. I don’t recall either the TA or the Celebrity agent mentioning they were rebooking the cruises. My booking numbers are the same and the onboard booking OBC for the Solstice sailing remains. We got $100 each OBC on the Apex when we booked in April which we had to give up, but got free wifi instead, so three perks instead of the two which came at the time of booking. As you say Celebrity is consistent in its inconsistencies, but it worked in our favour and we aren’t complaining! 😉
  15. Reel Love and Fouremco, we had the Loyalty discount applied to existing bookings. A Solstice sailing in South America for January 2022 booked last December netted us $1700 on a 1A cabin, Apex for May 2021 much less, about $600 if I remember. Both had been booked with OBC as a perk, which we had to give up for free wifi, the other two perks, bev package and free gratuities stayed the same. But we’re fine with it, the price drop more than makes up!
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