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dabear

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    Northbrook, Illinois
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    travel/sports/collecting
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    Oceania/Regent/Azamara/Celebrity
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    The next one
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  1. If the rules were "very clear", why has X made many exceptions to them? See many posts on this topic on CC.
  2. I agree if the cruise lines did not permit some exceptions, but once the door opens, make it fair to all. I'm so glad you got what you wanted but from your comment apparently you don't care about other cruisers.
  3. We cancelled our 9/20 med cruise since we expected it to be cancelled & ports were closed & rebooked the same cruise, ship & itinerary for 9/21. Our same cabin (S1) was almost double the price so we booked a lower grade. Two days after we did the transaction X came out with the L & S program. They refused to permit us to qualify for the program. We took the issue to higher ups and they also refused saying no exceptions!..It's left us with a bad taste, especially since they have made exceptions on other issues including non identical itineraries, dates and ships.
  4. I just received an email from Azamara that all cruises have been suspended until Quest sailing 3/20/21 in Europe., Journey 4/9/21 & Pursuit 5/9/21. For cruise before 4/30/21 that are being cancelled you can get 100% refund, 125% fcc or lift & shift.
  5. We also have ben to Ephesus twice, once from Kusadasi and once from Izmir. Both were not too far from the ship. We stopped once at Marys house, a nice visit if you are a believer. We also were forced once to stop at a rug factory (of course where the tour guide got a kickback).Try to avoid it if possible as it was a waste of time. We do recommend seeing the terrace houses as the mosaics were excellent. and it was not strenuous. It was interesting that the temple at Ephesus was of the same design as the Treasury at Petra in Jordan. Enjoy.
  6. I believe that the premium beverage package is included with all suites currently. It may depend upon the package & promotion at the time of your reservation.
  7. The article indicates HAL and Princess ships were included
  8. The internet reports that Carnival's 3rd quarter earnings report recently issued, discloses they are planning to sell 18 ships .
  9. I just heard on television news that Carnival Cruise Lines sold 18 ships (besides it's prior sale of older ships)from their various cruise lines and is looking to sell more. Looking to find more information. Can RCCL be far behind?
  10. We previously stayed at the Gran Havana also, liked the location and had a nice sized room on the top floor with a balcony overlooking the city. How come you are not staying at this hotel again?. I did notice the rates have gone up since our last visit.
  11. If airfare prices drop, you may not always get the reduced fare from Celebrity Choice Air. We booked PE Chicago to Hong Kong for last October since it was less than on the fare offered by Cathay Pacific. CP dropped their price by over $800 but CA said that their contract could only offer me a $300 reduction less a $50 change fee. We took it but ending up paying more than $500 by using CA. BTW same flight and same airline.
  12. You also are comparing an April cruise when weather & possible covid restrictions may still apply vs September when weather is warmer and is considered more of a high season for this type of cruise.
  13. Combining administrative staff including accounting, marketing, customer service, supplies managers etc. These functions often overlap from a merger & jobs are lost due to duplication.
  14. Yes, we enjoy all of the m class ships(includes Infinity). We prefer their size and have no interest in cruising on ships today that have 5,000 or more pax. They are about the size of Zuiderdam sized ships , which we also sailed on, but have better food and entertainment.
  15. Do you remember the midnight buffets every night with one grand buffet on every cruise?. Also the parade by the waiters carrying baked Alaska in the main dining room.
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