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  1. I do agree about watching the wake. On ships with outdoor buffet seating we love eating outside and watching the wake. Not sure what it is about the wake, but it is really pretty to watch.
  2. We found a couple of cruises where the sunset verandas are fairly reasonable. Reading on here I have noticed that a lot of people really like to book them. So, what is the draw of these rooms? Is it more than the larger veranda?
  3. We were/are in the waiting it out phase too, and have decided to keep our early 2022 cruise for now out of Florida and continue to wait and see, but not the 2021 cruise. We are living our lives, not shut ins, but at the same time don't do something higher on our risk scale like flying to a cruise and cruising. For those that do cruise I don't have any issues with that choice and hope you have great trips. It is just to far out of our comfort zone. I am curious though why nobody is discussing the number of cases onboard each cruise? Is it against the new rules? I really think that a thread like that would be very useful for those of us that are on the fence and the direction of the wind could blow us either way. I had to go to you tube to get the last Edge numbers.
  4. So below is from the X website for Flordia. Sentences 3 and 4 seem a bit contradictory, but what is missing from the Florida column is the statement that at least 95% of the passengers must be vaccinated. So the current percentages may work out that way, but the way it is written makes me question the 95% rule in Florida. Am I missing something? Also to the Mods if I can't post info from the X website please delete. https://www.celebritycruises.com/content/dam/celebrity/pdf/celebrity-healthy-at-sea-protocols.pdf Vaccine recommended All guests 16 years and older must be fully vaccinated with all COVID-19 vaccine doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing. Crew onboard will be vaccinated. As of August 1, 2021, all guests age 12 and older must be fully vaccinated. For sailings from Florida – Guests 16 years and older (12 and over for any sailing on or after August 1st) who decline or are unable to show proof of vaccination at boarding will be treated as unvaccinated and subject to additional protocols, restrictions, and costs for COVID-19 testing. Additional requirements for unvaccinated guests 16 + -You will need to arrive for embarkation with a negative PCR test taken within 3 days in advance of arrival to the terminal. -You will be subject to a Covid-19 test at the pier. -A mid cruise antigen test onboard will be required. -An antigen test will be required at the end of the cruise. Please do not make early travel plans on the day of debarkation to allow time for the required testing process. -The per person cost for these tests is $178 and will be applied to your onboard folio. -Masks will be required at all times onboard except while eating or drinking. -Unvaccinated guests are required to book a Celebrity curated tour, and depending on local government requirements, unvaccinated guests may be further restricted from going ashore. -Unvaccinated guests will have designated seating areas* in all venues such as the dining rooms, casino, theatre, etc. -Unvaccinated guests will not have access to gym or spa*. *Venue access is validated via Sea Pass card.
  5. I tried to stay away from mentinoning Florida vs other ports to not turn this discussion that way. Right now there seem to be different rules out of Florida due to things.. For example I still follow a DCL forum and with their policy for their ships sailing out of Florida I wouldn't set foot on their ships right now.
  6. That is what I would do, but living in the Midwest, the whole point of cruising is to get a break from the snow and cold temps. As of right now we have 2 cruises booked during hibernation season, 1 in 2021 and 1 in 2022. So the better half would rather cancel than switch to before October 31st. I have thought of either driving down or getting a semi private jet down to minimize our risk. Somewhere I read some of the smaller jet services can be done for around the price of a first class ticket. While this would be a huge increase over the cheap southwest fares we pay, the added safety factor of not going through the terminal and on a crowded plane may be worth it. Now I just need to find these services and price them out.
  7. We also fall out of the time window when Celebrity will send you home and pay for your trip home if you test positive onboard. That means we have to find insurance that covers if we test positive and all that goes along with it. We both are fully vacinated, but so was the latest case on the Edge.
  8. Hopefully this poll won't break any forum rules. We have a cruise later this year going out of FLL, but are really questioning if that is the smart thing to do with the rise of the delta variant in certain areas of the country. The decisions that the states have made that impact/change the cruislines onboard policies for the percentage of vaccinated passengers allowed onboard will also play into our decision. Curious if others are factoring this in and are changing ports or canceling cruises due to these concerns. The poll is multiple choice because I see the possiblity of people choosing at least 2 answers. Hoping the poll makes sense, but guessing I missed an option, but you all will let me know;) Doing the poll because in some topics I have seen people hint that they were sailing out of one port or another due to the above reasons. Wish it were an easy decision, but it doesn't look like it will be for us. So getting a feel of how people are coming to their decisions will help us out. We tend to be lean towards being cautious, but at some point we have to live our lives too. Thanks to the Pandemic our vacation balances have really increased:).
  9. We are potentially cruising later this year. Is there a good resource to see how open the shops are in the ports? While we don't spend a ton of money, it is always fun to buy something from each port. So far all I have seen is Nassau in the Bahamas, and there a lot of the shops are closed. This would be a factor in our decision to keep or cancel a cruise. Would be nice if there was a website tracking this or a pinned thread with reports from cruisers about the different ports Celebrity calls on.
  10. Thanks for the replies and an idea of what we can expect. On some lines I had read it was better to just not touch the reservation and have the person as a no show the day of, but I never liked that because it was dishonest. We have the original invoice and will see what we decide to do depending on what the changes are to our costs then. We have the forward facing oceanview on the APEX that we were really looking forward to, but the ports are not our favorites. Also since this is still a cruise in 2021 and the Delta variant picking up steam if we can be sure they keep the cruise with confidence in place, we could delay our decision till very close to the cruise. Trying to decide to travel is still a interesting discussion, can't wait till it is a full non issue:)
  11. We likely need to drop a 3rd person booked in our room. We have a fairly good deal with some bonus perks picked up during one of their sales. Is it likely we will keep our perks and price or will they force us to rebook and pay a higher price with different perks? If it is the later we will likely just cancel.
  12. I am curious about this too. Haven't heard much on the Connie in a while and we have a trip scheduled early 2022 as well. Last rumor was a transfer to Pullmantur. and then that rumor kind of went away.
  13. I was hoping for a dual magic carpet, I kid, but we really did like spending time out on the magic carpet. The rooftop garden and the resort deck were areas that we spent the most time. We have never had a beverage package, so in the past we never were ones to hang out at the bars. Now that our next two cruises we have the beverage package we will see if that changes. Other areas we enjoyed were the theatre and the club area for the shows at night along with the 4 different free restaurants. That is the other thing we don't do is the upcharge dining. We only did an upcharge brunchand supper once on Disney, but since then we have eaten in the MDRs for all but one supper in all of our cruising. Other than that we hung out on deck outside of Eden watching the ocean go past. I think the cruiselines must hate us because we have a blast but don't spned a lot of cash. Some would say we are boring lol, but we use cruises to get away from all the stresses of life to relax:)
  14. Why yes I am going to critique the new build. We really liked the Edge and hopefully sail the APEX later this year, but had hoped to see some changes for the non suite passenger. Instead they made the suite life even better and increased some bars, neither apply to us. The biggest thing they don't have appeared to fix is an on deck forward facing view for the non suite guests. If the price is right on the beyond we will likely try it, but book a forward facing oceanview like we did on the Apex to get that view we like. Like BigAl94 said, the E class is kind of a 2 class ship. Depending on which class you belong too suite or non suite you will be happy or unhappy with the changes on the beyond.
  15. I am very surprised to say that I am disappointed in what I see with the beyond. Some will remember that I am a huge fan of the Edge. What I find disappointing as a thrifty cruiser by choice, they didn't seem to enhance the areas that we use. We were really hoping for a forward facing view for the non suite guests, looks like that didn't happen. Yes we could book a suite, but having done that level of service on another line we found it to be totally wasted money for us. We really didn't use or enjoy having that extra service level those rooms afforded us. So I guess we will have to wait and see what the pricing is to see if we do it. If we can get it for a similar price to the Edge and Apex I am sure we will try it, just bummed to see what we hoped would be in it isn't there.
  16. Always - Celebrity and RCCL and Disney (at a lower price point for Disney though) Never - Carnival Try - Cunard and NCL and Viking and Princess come to mind right now. The always is that we have had good luck on all three of these lines and have enjoyed the product. Disney however has ramped up prices way faster than the industry since 2016, so we won't be back there anytime soon, and their prices are likely similar to some of the luxury lines. As far as Carnival we are basing our decision on experiences from other family members and close friends to say that is not the type of cruise experience that we want. I have heard some of the newer ships are better, but we won't chance our vacation money on that specific line. The four to try our there because we do look at them when we book out our cruises, but for whatever reasons we have stuck to the 3 lines so far.
  17. Well bummer for her, she will just have to get up early;) That is an awesome view though. We had a forward facing on the Brilliance and thought the little port hole was incredible, this will be really nice. Thanks for sharing the picture.
  18. Could be it was because we were on the Edge as well then. We sailed one of the insides that is in the hallway shared with a Sky suite, it was a great room even with the King size bed. Thanks for the replies, I will continue to hold out hope that we will still get to sail in the forward facing ocean view. We chose that over some of the balcony options because the porthole looks huge compared to other ocean view rooms, and looks like has a curtain we can sit behind so we won't wake up our college aged daughter while we look out in the morning.
  19. Earlier this week we got a survey about infinite verandas on the APEX/EDGE. In hindsight I wonder if it was sent to gauge our interest in upgrading from our oceanview in late 2021, because they will still be not allowing those rooms at that point? Did others get this survey? I hope that we will be allowed to keep our oceanview room, as we chose a forward facing oceanview room to get the forward facing view without paying the suite price. This was our biggest disappointment in the EDGE the lack of a forward view for regular passengers. Not sure if I would upgrade or not, depends on the money involved.
  20. For us, I was just transitioning back to this board to follow the progress of the APEX that we were to sail on next and the Connie the year after that. We had done a Super Bowl 2020 weekend cruise out of Ft Lauderdale on the Adventure of the seas and had a great time. Funny/sad story though on how times have changed. On the flight down to that super bowl cruise, a lady had a mask on, and I think she may have had the only empty seat next to her because nobody wanted to sit next to her. Fast forward to now, the opposite would be true, where we wouldn't want to sit next to anyone without a mask.
  21. I have been away a while from the boards because honestly I never expected to get vaccinated in time for cruising. But now by the end of April when I am clear my wait on the second shot, my wife and I will be ready to go. Now we just have to hope our late 2021 booking on the Apex and early 2022 booking on the constellation stay intact and we can cruise again:) Really excited our jobs qualified us for early vaccination.
  22. I spend a fair amount of time on a DCL board, and while this person said those words, there is still frustration, because like all other lines they haven't cancelled that far out yet and are forcing people to decide to pay or not pay at final payment time. So he may have muttered the words but the cruise line itself is ignoring them lol. That said everyone over there expects DCL to be one of the last to go and I agree. They are very careful to protect their image, so I think they would wait and see how other lines do before they set sail.
  23. Here in WI it just seems odd and a bit unfair. My parents are down on the list a little because there Dr. isn't a direct link to one of the 2 big providers in their county. Wife's grandma in an assisted living situation still hasn't gotten it, but people are driving from other counties into that one that are above 65 but still 20+ years younger to get it. Not happy with how they are rolling it out, doesn't seem as if they have a plan, and if they do, there seems to be some loopholes in it. Seems like a bit of unfairness going on, but hopefully it will work out soon.
  24. They are overly strict imo with the lift and shift. We tried to get them to allow us some wiggle room with our APEX cruise because it would have overlapped with the Connie cruise in the lift and shift window. They were willing for us to cancel one of the cruises and not expand the window for us. We lucked out and got the same itinerary at an earlier date cheaper on the APEX and got perks for all 3 of us instead of just 2 like was originally set. In a scenario like ours they should have realized they could have lost money by not being flexible with the rules. Just glad it worked out in our favor:)
  25. 10 night southern Caribbean with 2 new ports to us. We have had a cruise for 90 a night per person on RCCL but there were no perks and that was before taxes and port fees.
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