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Stem to Stern

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About Stem to Stern

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Naples, Florida
  • Interests
    Cruising, gardening, music
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity and Crystal
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Italy, France, Spain, Bonaire, Curacao, Nevis

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  1. Thanks crickette. I was shocked to learn that the refund finally came through after nearly six months since my request. From the looks of the spreadsheet many people are still waiting, but many refunds were received in far shorter time than myself. This was on a Discover card.
  2. Oh gee thanks for helping to lead the blind. LOL!! I am happy to see some people are getting their refunds finally.
  3. 1/29/2021 Update: I am pleased to report that my $400.00 deposit was fully refunded back to my credit card. I never pursued the idea of getting involved in a dispute through my cc. Travel agent advised against the idea thinking it would muck things up worse. BTW I did not see my details on the OP's spreadsheet.
  4. Scheduled sail date 10/29/2020 Crystal cancelled on 7/30/2020 prior to final payment Refund requested 8/3/2020 No refund as of 10/9/2020 Crystal supposedly won't deduct admin fees from original $400 deposit (special $100 deposit per person per segment.) I am not waiting on a huge refund, but I feel entitled to it just the same. TA noted refund takes up to 90 days and notify her if not received by then.
  5. As others have stated it does seem unlikely that Celebrity and the other cruise lines will be fully up and running in January 2021. That is just a few short months away. The trend in worldwide daily new coronavirus cases is not a downward one. The process of restarting cruising will be very gradual. The Miami Herald article that was shared mentions upgrading air conditioning systems on board among other things. I can only imagine what air conditioning upgrades might entail and the logistics involved. I am just as eager as others to get back on a ship, but not planning to until a year fro
  6. I had two cruises cancelled this year, so I am not booking any others before my October 2021 cruise. And yes if we are cruising by then I will wear a mask when and where I am asked to.
  7. Here is a glimmer of hope for anyone who might be trying to Lift and Shift to a different duration itinerary in 2021. Yesterday my travel agent was on the phone with a nice Celebrity supervisor that was willing to make the exception, so I got the Lift and Shift from the 10-day 9/25/2020 ABC to a 9-night ABC in 2021. There are no 10-night itineraries in that timeframe next year. Yes, I lose a night and Key West, but comparing the price I had for the 10-day with the current pricing to rebook the same stateroom category on the 9-night ($1,675 higher) made it a no-brainer to do it. When she wa
  8. Last cruise I overheard a fellow passenger asking for a deck of playing cards at guest services. I wonder what else they could procure?
  9. Good topic. I often notice when checking availability on different itineraries on S-class ships that all of the S2s will be gone except on deck 12.
  10. What are you going to do if nothing changes before final payment is due? Is your deposit refundable?
  11. If you decide to do any site seeing make sure the sites are open for business. For example Vizcaya Museum and Gardens announced today they are closing until further notice. If you have never been to the pier at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea that would be a cute little neighborhood to check out. On Fort Lauderdale Beach there is Casablanca which is a wonderful lunch spot with a view. Time to make some lemonade gentlemen!
  12. You are off to a great start. You have chosen a great cruise line, a beautiful ship, and an awesome itinerary. We did it in 2018 and are repeating it this year. Love these long reports, so I am intrigued by the 60-day prelude and what it might bring. You have a great writing style. More please.
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