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  1. Not exactly - the State Department’s Office of Citizen Services is the best guide. They run the SMARTTraveller program and manage travel warnings.
  2. I had a studio on the Escape in May. I loved every single thing about it. I agree with everyone who says to get one on the same deck as the lounge. Mine was perfect - not too close to be bothered by noise and not too far that I couldn’t run over in my pj’s for coffee and a croissant. Also, it was nice to be on that level the times our singles’ dinner group went straight from the 5 pm get together to dinner - I didn’t delay the group when I zoomed to my cabin to grab my handbag...
  3. We are! We’re from Seattle. Our daughter lives in the Outer Sunset... but she is grown up and married now and not going.
  4. I, too, am watching this closely as we are on the holiday cruise this December that ends in HK. (SF - are you on our sailing?) From my point of view, there are TWO completely different issues. First, is the issue of people worrying about safety in HK - which is not my concern right now at all. I am not even slightly worried about that. Frankly, the Chinese are too totalitarian to tolerate letting dissent affect tourism. But I I do think it’s legit to worry about Celebrity or airlines rerouting us. It will be interesting to see if they change the final port.... Macao? Stay in Vietnam? I dunno. I retired five years ago from the State Department’s Foreign Service after 25 years. I had two assignments in crisis management and several overseas jobs in which I was the person at the Embassy that helped US citizens in difficulties. I also did two tours in the office that issues travel warnings - and, yes - I was indeed working in that job on 9/11. And, yes - Americans were stuck all over the world. They were safe, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a huge logistical mess. So, I thought I should say that in my mind, it’s worth separating the issues of personal safety and travel hassle. Like I said, I am not worried about the former, but I can tell you that if there is a chance that Celebrity’s insurers tell them they cannot dock or if airlines like Cathay Pacific continue to have cancellations, we may have real difficulties. NB: I am retired, so that’s not the official word. Please, please, please consult your own foreign offices or the US State Department directly. I will tell you that State doesn’t put out travel warnings lightly - a ton of work and clearances go into them so I would heed them. BTW, I am headed to Beijing from HK on United FF miles afterward and then doing a big solo trip til January 21, when I am supposed to fly from HK using BA frequent flier miles on Cathay Pacific. My husband still works and has to get home too soon. He is leaving from HK at the end of the cruise on a revenue ticket for Singapore on SingaporeAir. Of course, we will continue to watch all these moving parts carefully and I will post more if I hear anything from Celebrity or any of the various airlines.
  5. I, too, am watching this closely as we are on the holiday cruise this December that ends in HK. (SF - are you on our sailing?) From my point of view, there are TWO completely different issues. First, is the issue of people worrying about safety in HK - which is not my concern right now at all. I am not even slightly worried about that. Frankly, the Chinese are too totalitarian to tolerate letting dissent affect tourism. But I I do think it’s legit to worry about Celebrity or airlines rerouting us. It will be interesting to see if they change the final port.... Macao? Stay in Vietnam? I dunno. I retired five years ago from the State Department’s Foreign Service after 25 years. I had two assignments in crisis management and several overseas jobs in which I was the person at the Embassy that helped US citizens in difficulties. I also did two tours in the office that issues travel warnings - and, yes - I was indeed working in that job on 9/11. And, yes - Americans were stuck all over the world. They were safe, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a huge logistical mess. So, I thought I should say that in my mind, it’s worth separating the issues of personal safety and travel hassle. Like I said, I am not worried about the former, but I can tell you that if there is a chance that Celebrity’s insurers tell them they cannot dock or if airlines like Cathay Pacific continue to have cancellations, we may have real difficulties. NB: I am retired, so that’s not the official word. Please, please, please consult your own foreign offices or the US State Department directly. I will tell you that State doesn’t put out travel warnings lightly - a ton of work and clearances go into them so I would heed them. BTW, I am headed to Beijing from HK on United FF miles afterward and then doing a big solo trip til January 21, when I am supposed to fly from HK using BA frequent flier miles on Cathay Pacific. My husband still works and has to get home too soon. He is leaving from HK at the end of the cruise on a revenue ticket for Singapore on SingaporeAir. Of course, we will continue to watch all these moving parts carefully and I will post more if I hear anything from Celebrity or any of the various airlines.
  6. I have a question for anyone anyone who has done previous Celebrity cruises out of Singapore. With this nice itinerary having the first night as an overnight in Singapore, My husband isn’t planning to fly in until midnight on Saturday/Sunday. (I will have gone a few days earlier to explore Singapore on my own) Does anyone know if he will be able to check in/board the ship at maybe 1or 2 in the morning Sunday? Or should he book a hotel until the morning?
  7. And I agree your on/off situation sounds awful. Thanks for warning me!!!!
  8. I have a question for anyone anyone who has done previous Celebrity cruises out of Singapore. With this nice itinerary having the first night as an overnight in Singapore, My husband isn’t planning to fly in until midnight on Saturday/Sunday. (I will have gone a few days earlier to explore Singapore on my own) Does anyone know if he will be able to check in/board the ship at maybe 1or 2 in the morning Sunday? Or should he book a hotel until the morning?
  9. I have a question for anyone anyone who has done previous Celebrity cruises out of Singapore. With this nice itinerary having the first night as an overnight in Singapore, My husband isn’t planning to fly in until midnight on Saturday/Sunday. (I will have gone a few days earlier to explore Singapore on my own) Does anyone know if he will be able to check in/board the ship at maybe 1or 2 in the morning Sunday? Or should he book a hotel until the morning?
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