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    Toronto, Canada
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    Lawn Bowling, Travelling, Drinking Pinot Grigio :)
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    Still deciding after 20 cruises
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    The Med

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  1. I didn't know about their lack of participation in the move up bidding programme. I'll re-think using them again next time, but I will have to think about it, because their price was good, the perks they added onboard were good, and i came home to a $680 gift card for their warehouse.....so if I wasn't successful in bidding with another agency, I'd have lost all that.
  2. We were told by Celebrity directly that we were not eligible BECAUSE we booked with bigbox. We couldn’t submit an offer through TA, through Celebrity website, through phone call or Celebrity, through emails to TA and Celebrity. We were simply ineligible due to booking with bigbox.
  3. Sorry I didn't answer this earlier, Tom and Judy, I was away from cruise critic for a few days. I was going to post the email I received from Celebrity when I enquired earlier this year. It was exactly the same as you just received. I am booking another cruise, but with a travel agency that participated in the "move up" programme. (Although the cash card was nice to come home to!)
  4. I think you made the right decision! And if you precruise in Vancouver (and you should) your dollar goes a lot further with the exchange!
  5. Fill the bag is a joke. $49 USD for the few items you could cram in that small bag. Criminal.
  6. Thank you for this update, that makes me feel better about The Solstice (though The Eclipse did it right”
  7. I continue on my NZ travels, and Kiwis are indeed warm, lovely people. I am enjoying every moment (except for watching a certain group of tourists who do not care about “do not feed the animals” etc, who prefer selfies to saving endangered species). Continue being you, do not let this unnamed Aussie Nationalist mar your personal National humanity, beauty and warmth.
  8. Wonderful to know that the Captain of the Eclipse made this gesture, even while sailing in other waters. Classy.
  9. a) what does this even mean, and b) were you on the Solstice in New Zealand on that sailing in question, and c) are you from New Zealand, or d) are you just chirping in where you don’t belong to have your words in print without being involved in the event aka a very sad “15 minutes”?. This thread addresses how those of us who were ON THAT SAILING feel. Sad you. I am still in New Zealand, feeling it all, until April 2. I do not want to jump to conclusions, but feel you may be from a country of mass shootings and/or violence, and you are completely numbed by it all. To the original poster, and to all New Zealandera, please know most of us feel it with you.
  10. a) what does this even mean, and b) were you on the Solstice in New Zealand on that sailing in question, and c) are you from New Zealand, or d) are you just chirping in where you don’t belong to have your words in print without being involved in the event aka a very sad “15 minutes”?. This thread addresses how those of us who were ON THAT SAILING feel.
  11. I think it was classless to not acknowledge this. Period, full stop.
  12. You are missing the point. We were in New Zealand when this happened in New Zealand. Cruise ships in other places of course would not be expected to express shock and solidarity to this event, particularly since apparently many have become desensitized to such events, and can ramble off a multitude of similar situations. Note to 4774Papa.....this was New Zealand’s FIRST massacre. It has numbed the country. If you are IN the country, as we were, it would have been classy to acknowledge that. Remember back in the day in 1995 when the entire world sat aghast when Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people in Oklahoma City? This was New Zealand’s “Oklahoma City”. They aren’t numbed to the point of sending monthly “thoughts and prayers” to victims. I hope they never are.
  13. You aren’t the only one. I was also on board The Solstice, and also quite shocked that there was no mention whatsoever of this terrible mass murder, while we were IN the country it occurred in. No message or acknowledgement whatsoever, as we sailed the waters off the country affected. I approached Guest relations for something that day, and I mentioned how upsetting it was (I had watched it on the tv and internet news). The staff there had no idea what had happened. I can only guess as to why it wasn’t as important as other “terrorist attacks”. But if you happen to come from a nation of mass shootings and/or terrorist attacks, or bombings etc, I can see how it would appear non newsworthy to you. However, for New Zealand, this was a huge event, a loss of innocence for the nation. It should have been addressed. Luckily you in NZ have that incredible Prime Minister of yours to make the changes needed, and to offer genuine care and support.
  14. Probably was referring to food and beverage left in the cabin, I.e. a half drunk bottle of rum, or chocolates etc. They definitely are told for health and safety reasons they must throw them out. Some people truly believe leaving their cabin Steward booze they have not finished is a “gratuity”. Aye aye aye.
  15. If you must (and I say must) bring a “gift bag” and treat the staff as you would a friend hosting a dinner party, as opposed to someone doing their job, do not give them “phone cards”. Those days are long gone, they all have internet and cellphones. Those phone cards have gone the way of the travellers check and the “Internet cafe” that used to litter the ports. No need any more. And sorry, I am definitely in the “don’t do it” camp. The odds of them truly being delighted with choccies and soaps (expensive or not) and postcards (?) etc are slim to nil. But you seem to have your mind set on cluttering their teeny weeny shared cabin with things that YOU like, so do whatever floats your boat!
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