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  1. @MamaFejI was just reading a couple of threads over on the Azamara boards and there was some discussion about the interpretation of those FAQs on Azamara's website. Some contend Celebrity's IT department would face too much of an undertaking to be able to remove our Celebrity earned points from our Azamara loyalty accounts. So maybe there is hope. If nothing else it has got me looking more seriously at booking Azamara sooner than later.🙃
  2. Same. Thanks for noting this. I have an account and an Azamara Circle# that I registered years ago, but have yet to cruise on the line. I will have to go investigate on the Azamara boards as to what the future of their loyalty program will look like after the Azamara line's ownership transfer.
  3. @SilkroadThank you for the reply. I just checked again this morning (8/14) and I now have an additional 23 club points on top of the 5 club points that were added yesterday (8/13) so I am feeling special. I am still not certain how the 28 points were tabulated since I believe I only did activities in July equivalent to 210 power up points = 21 club points, but I am not complaining. My partner did the same activities and he also received the 28 club points.
  4. Confused by points tabulation.... 7/23 - I received the email from Celebrity Cruises with "Power Up Points Is Turning One" in the subject line. 7/30 - I first discovered all of the fuss over PUP and turning every 10 PUP points into 1 club point, completed the Apex webinar (50 PUP points.) 7/31 - Completed the Alaska webinar and the Exotics webinar (100 PUP points.) Completed the Europe & Alaska Quiz, Exotics Quiz, and Beyond Wellness Quiz (60 PUP points.) 8/1 - I looked forward to the excitement of "Taking Luxury to the Next Level" with my earned 210 PUP points = 21 club points inching me ever closer to Elite tier 8/13 (today) - It appears as if I have only been awarded 5 club points (previous balance of 247 club points has inched up to 252 club points.)☹️ Is it possible that Celebrity has only tabulated through 7/30 and I will get the rest of the club points earned the following month? What should I do?
  5. Why do you suppose they cancelled your stop in the Bahamas? (Apologies for the hi-jack.)
  6. I guess so. But rather than lower the fares to help fill the ship, let's award loyalty points for booking. No thanks.
  7. Following along. A Publix sub does often help ease certain frustrations for me. Have a great cruise!
  8. Windstar Cruises has been on my radar. An award-winning cruise line with small, renovated ships sailing to small ports. There is not much more I could ask for. I love the itineraries out of San Juan. Are you doing the 7-night or the 14-night? Either way would be a nice way to try this line.
  9. Thanks for the live updates. We are all very excited for you! Enjoy!!
  10. I just did a double-take thinking PAUL was back on another cruise again. Nice to see one of his Live from threads pop up again during this long pause.
  11. Most if not all of Crystal’s Caribbean sailings are far below this pricing. I would definitely book Crystal again.
  12. A few of my 2017 Prego memories.... (Including an extra side order of lasagna...YUM!...guilty as charged.)
  13. One of these was the Baccarat. The other I forget. Both deliciously crafted by a wonderful bartender in The Avenue every evening.
  14. I was not aware. Photo is from my 2017 Serenity cruise. The soup was fabulous also. Hoping that still exists....
  15. I am curious about something else that has not yet been brought up here regarding this announcement. I understand the home port of Nassau can sometimes experience high surf and waves making conditions for docking less than desirable. I took a short cruise in November 2016 on Celebrity Infinity. The morning after we departed Port Everglades the ship ended up making a u-turn away from Nassau because of the rough seas. A crew member told me this happens frequently. We spent the day at sea and made an unplanned docking at Freeport the next day missing our other scheduled stop at Coco Cay. Now just so you know I am totally okay with a cruise to nowhere on Crystal Serenity. A day at the Bimini resort and a couple of other tender stops exploring deserted beaches would be fine with me after a year and a half of no cruising. But the seas will need to be calm enough for tendering to safely take place at those tendered ports. Maps pretty much indicate to me no docking facilities at any of these out islands capable of accommodating a cruise ship. Also I would hate to fly into Nassau expecting to board the ship on embarkation day and learn the ship is delayed getting into the port because of waves. I am not trying to be negative, but it is something that would give me pause when considering this itinerary. Thoughts?
  16. 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.
  17. Oh gee thanks for helping to lead the blind. LOL!! I am happy to see some people are getting their refunds finally.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 from now. Even then I am expecting extensive protocols and will follow them as asked. If your cruise does take place I would be prepared to be part of the herd of guinea pigs testing out these newly implemented, extensive protocols on board and in port (if port stops are even part of the equation.) Ports of call may not be anything similar to what is on your original itinerary if any materialize at all.
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