Constellation stuck (for now) in Key West

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#21
Southwest Florida
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Originally posted by Tom-n-Cheryl
Guest services called us a short time ago to make sure we were enjoying our cruise (never had that happen before)! She offered no updates or additional insight as to alternate plans. I did tell her if we don't get going soon we'll probably be looking at an extra sea day or Nassau!

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It's possible that someone from Celebrity HQ or from the ship is following cruise critic closely (which is great IMHO) and they figured out who you were....or perhaps they are just doing some proactive, good customer service which is excellent.

Sorry to hear you'll miss Cozumel, but my guess is that you would not have enjoyed the Florida Straights tonight, so maybe this is for the better. Enjoy dinner, have a few drinks and enjoy the evening. BTW, the casino will most likely be closed, but that would save me some money so I'd view it as a positive
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Originally posted by ghstudio
It's possible that someone from Celebrity HQ or from the ship is following cruise critic closely (which is great IMHO) and they figured out who you were....or perhaps they are just doing some proactive, good customer service which is excellent.
That's certainly possible, or they might just be contacting their suite and/or elite guests.

The CEO of Norwegian replied to me on a thread after we got off the Epic!

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They are tying us back up now (that may not have come across right...lol)!

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#24
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Originally posted by Tom-n-Cheryl
They are tying us back up now (that may not have come across right...lol)!

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Maybe you can go ashore for after dinner cocktails.
#26
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Although disappointing, i am sure the cruise line is making the decision based on safety and security. Trust me, their port fees are adding up. At leat you are not stuck in an airport, or worse .. On the Tarmac...
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#27
San Jose, Calif
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Originally posted by Bpp2451
I'm "stuck" here too, and not happy about it. Before everyone gives the "cruise lines can alter at their digression" line.....it was known he winds were terrible today and Carnival cancelled their stop here today.

I'm assuming most are like me and would have preferred to skip our morning in Key West to make it to Cozumel. Now, it would appear we will have to go somewhere else.....since we will not have time to make it to Cozumel......maybe Nassau?
Damned if they do, and damned if they don't. I can only imagine the howls of complaints if the Key West stop had been cancelled. In difficult situations, it is impossible to please everyone. Be thankful you are on a beautiful cruise ship and not at work doing some mundane job like many of us who are sneaking a look at CC and reading your reports.
#28
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I was trying to hold back but I can't take it any longer.
I would gladly give up my spot on this lovely (if you like freezing temperatures with 30+ mph winds) Friday evening to be "stuck" on a cruise ship in Key West.
#29
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Originally posted by Chillaxn'
I was trying to hold back but I can't take it any longer.
I would gladly give up my spot on this lovely (if you like freezing temperatures with 30+ mph winds) Friday evening to be "stuck" on a cruise ship in Key West.
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#30
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Originally posted by Tom-n-Cheryl
. . . She offered no updates or additional insight as to alternate plans. I did tell her if we don't get going soon we'll probably be looking at an extra sea day or Nassau!
Tom: Thanks for the earlier text message. Sorry to hear that the itinerary wasn't seamless as planned.

Guess the ship will have to go somewhere, so as to stay 'within the rules' since you left a US port and then visited another US port before going home. Have an enjoyable time, my friends . . . and best wishes for success in the casino.

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#31
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Originally posted by Chillaxn'
I was trying to hold back but I can't take it any longer.
I would gladly give up my spot on this lovely (if you like freezing temperatures with 30+ mph winds) Friday evening to be "stuck" on a cruise ship in Key West.
The wind in NC is terrible today! I agree!
#32
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Originally posted by DGP1111
Tom: Thanks for the earlier text message. Sorry to hear that the itinerary wasn't seamless as planned.

Guess the ship will have to go somewhere, so as to stay 'within the rules' since you left a US port and then visited another US port before going home. Have an enjoyable time, my friends . . . and best wishes for success in the casino.

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At the show tonight the captain announced that we will try and leave sometime tomorrow, with the rest of the day being a sea day followed by Nassau on Sunday (times TBD).

SOMEHOW the casino is open. "Special Permission" indeed (as the announcement stated) - I know that happens in Nassau at times, but we are docked in FLORIDA!! hmmm!!

Tom
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#33
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Originally posted by Tom-n-Cheryl
At the show tonight the captain announced that we will try and leave sometime tomorrow, with the rest of the day being a sea day followed by Nassau on Sunday (times TBD).

SOMEHOW the casino is open. "Special Permission" indeed (as the announcement stated) - I know that happens in Nassau at times, but we are docked in FLORIDA!! hmmm!!

Tom
I don't think it's legally possible for the casino to be open.....but enjoy it and good luck.

gambling in Florida is legal on casino boats, "Indian casinos" and pari-mutuels in two counties. Casino gambling is legal in international waters, so casino boats from Key West travel nine miles offshore into the Gulf of Mexico.

My understanding is that according to Florida law, Celebrity is at very high risk of being fined mucho $'s and possible criminal charges, if the state finds that they operated a casino in Florida waters. There is no such thing as "special permission" because there is no one empowered to give "special permission"
#34
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Well, Key West is known for making their own rules! I mean, not surprising they opened the casino, since you can walk around in Key West with an open container of booze and the bars there close when the people leave. Not part of the state law and a local told me they just do their own thing. HEHEHE

I don't know about you, but if the casino is open and I can get to a bar, I personally would be OK. However, it really does not compensate for missing a very popular port-of-call. Try to have fun and let me know how much money you win!

We in Colorado had that storm affecting your cruise just two days ago. It passed very quickly.
#35
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Originally posted by Tom-n-Cheryl
. . . SOMEHOW the casino is open. "Special Permission" indeed (as the announcement stated) - I know that happens in Nassau at times, but we are docked in FLORIDA!! hmmm!!
Aha!! Your sailing has seemingly uncovered the long-kept secret of the relationship between Celebrity and the Seminole Indian Tribe.
Hey, if it works for Hard Rock . . .

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#36
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Originally posted by DGP1111
Aha!! Your sailing has seemingly uncovered the long-kept secret of the relationship between Celebrity and the Seminole Indian Tribe.
Hey, if it works for Hard Rock . . .

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Was getting hungry a short time ago. Room service quoted 45+ minutes so we opted to hit the pizza place. No pizzas available... none in the oven... and perhaps the most surly crew member I've encountered manning the place!

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#38
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7:30 AM: looking at the little blue arrows ofr cruise ships on the radar. Seems as if Connie is still docked in Key West and Westerdam is heading into Key West as scheduled.

I have family on Westerdam which is why I happen to be looking at the ship tracker.
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#40
Richmond VA
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Still tied up at the Navy mole. Although a harbor pilot boat is circling nearby. The forecast wind are 20mph from the north till about 1pm....

We are supposed to get an update at 10.
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