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  1. I don’t know what you mean by “small..” From what I have seen of the Edge class ships (ads, comments by passengers etc) I have no interest nor intention to sail on that class. No, I wouldn’t find it overwhelming, just poorly designed with kitsch over functionality. I am happy on M class, also S class, looking forward to Windstar and Hurtigruten cruises.
  2. Sorry, I had no intention to minimize the upcoming cancellations. I know the pain, I have had 10 trips involving 17± cruise legs cancelled or rescheduled since March 2020. I recently cancelled and moved my last remaining 2021 trip, a 4-week Iceland trip that was to happen this August, but now is reconfigured and delayed to August 2022. Nothing left on the books for us in 2021, and my next hope is for Jan-Feb 2022 on what will be our first Windstar cruise. When I saw the title of the post "Windstar Cancellations as of..." and then saw the listing, it seemed that the poster was pointing to Carib
  3. You almost ruined my day! But I followed the link to the WS page, and all is good, so far. According to the WS page, the dates you show in your note are not cancellations, but rather are the dates when travel is expected to resume. So a November 3 resumption of operation for the Star Pride in the Caribbean gives me hope that my mid-January 2022 trip on Star Pride will actually happen. Stan
  4. In the highly unlikely event that cruises start soon from Florida, I would hesitate for a long time before I would travel to Miami or Lauderdale to embark/disembark. It might work for Florida residents but would many people really want to travel there? If/when Florida gets its act together, then maybe they can start leaning on CDC, the Coast Guard, the cruise lines etc but meanwhile I am not sure that they are in a good position to complain. Stan
  5. Hard trade-offs need to be made in times of scarcity. In the medical and health - care communities there is an ongoing debate as to whether it is better to have more people with at least a small bit of protection (just the first jab), or to have a smaller group of most vulnerable people who have received the most protection (two jabs). Trying to limit disease spread, trying to reduce deaths, trying to reduce hospitalizations so that the systems are not overloaded, trying to protect the grocery-store clerks and the nurses and teachers and food producers... There cannot be one right answer, and
  6. Also note that Estancia provides a similar experience. We went with estancia, had a great day (including a box lunch prepared by the owner’s mother. And the owner’s father was one of the drivers. We liked the family operation vs commercial tour agency.) But that was in 2015, I have no idea what the current conditions are like.
  7. Since I mentioned the issue here, I have had 3 different emails saying “we understand you have been trying to reach us and we will respond soon.” Most recently 3 days ago. I guess they have no answer to my questions which are a) is my itinerary in 2022 still going to sail? b) if you switch to a ship with smaller cabins, what compensation might I receive? c) will you please send me a full refund? No answers, no real contact. Except that I keep getting their ads extolling their wonderful itineraries. I would be tempted by some of the options if I had any faith in the company. St
  8. If the suit gets wrinkled to the point you cannot stand to wear it, have it pressed.
  9. Thanks for that info. Our booking is supposed to be on MS Otto Sverdrup for 27 March 2022 Bergen-North Cape - Bergen White Winter Expedition. At one point it seemed they were doing a similar itinerary from Hamburg, and if that were the alternative I would definitely cancel. A large part of the attraction of this itinerary was the Bergen departure and the opportunity to visit Norwegian friends before or after. I have seen some Azamara itineraries which go to at least some of the same spots along the Norwegian coast and if I have to depart from someplace other than Bergen I would prefer a more c
  10. Are all the employees furloughed? I do continue to get automated offers for future cruises, but their website is totally unresponsive. As are the people who should be reading email. Specifically, for many months now, when I put my reservation number into the web form to "check your reservation", I get a "sorry we are not working now" message. When I look at the website to see my March 2022 cruise, zilch, nada, nothing. Our ship doesn't show up at all, but maybe it is there a week or 10 days earlier and maybe it shows up again the following month. But no indication of our March 2022 Expedition
  11. Thanks for that update. Good to know.
  12. They haven't yet, or at least as of yesterday. I have 2 October 2021 cruises booked, mostly paid for with FCC from 2 cancelled cruises. The October cruises are now cancelled. Yesterday I had the discussion with my Celebrity Vacation Planner about whether to get a refund or 125% FCC on the dollars I had spent. My old FCC will be reissued, but any new FCC would be in separate certificates and no, I would not be able to use more than one FCC per voyage. Stan
  13. When I started this thread 2 weeks ago or so, I said that Celebrity told me “refunds are coming “. Two days ago the final refund notice from my BOA Celebrity credit card system hit my inbox. Today I took a deep breath, poured fresh coffee, and prepared myself for a long bout with the BOA automated phone system. I called. The system asked for the last four digits on my card. I did that. The automated VOICE said “you have a credit on your account of $xxxx. Would you like us to mail you a check?” Yes, I said. “All right. Check will be sent.” Amazingly easy process. And I had barely touch
  14. I believe inmates are people also. And they are high risk given their living conditions. Home health care aides have far more opportunities than inmates to acquire and use PPE. So, the policy decision makes sense to me.
  15. I haven’t asked for a cash refund from Windstar yet, but my experience has been positive. I had a November 2020 cruise booked. Cancelled, took 125% FCC. Booked January 2021. The FCC showed up on my invoice from the TA as a Coupon for $xxxx which was applied to the higher cost of the new cruise. The January 2021 was cancelled, I opted for 125% FCC. (At this point I had the original FCC plus 125% of the price difference between November 2020 and January 2021.) I then booked a similar trip for January 2022. The 2022 price was way higher than the equivalent 2021 cruise would have been. My TA asked
  16. I had nine future cruises scheduled on Celebrity, a single, a B2B, and two B2B2B. I was told recently that my furthest out cruises, B2B2 in January 2022, were cancelled. Refunds on the way. But all the intervening cruises are still on the books. Hmmmmm. And I have read quite a few comments here and elsewhere about cancellations in the November 2021 to April-May 2022 period. I think that Celebrity is taking the long view. They are putting in place the deployment and schedule changes for late next year and on into 2022. Doing it now so that we will have a more stable set of schedules t
  17. I heard an interesting discussion about the vaccines today. They will do a very good job keeping people from getting too ill. But even once vaccinated we will still be able to catch and transmit the covid-19. As far as they know now. So we might get sick, mild flu-like symptoms or maybe totally asymptomatic, but will still need to distance, mask, etc. to protect others. I will be in line to get the vaccine, but I will wait for those more in need to get their shot first. Stan
  18. LauraS was quoting someone else, but same comment, I am sure that the same reply applies. A year or two ago I was following a discussion on the Photo board, topic was what gear to take on a cruise to such-and-such a destination. One CC member listed out the shelves of gear he has and which items he travels with. Hmm, I thought. So he has these multiple thousands of dollars worth of gear, most of that is at home in an empty house when he travels, we know at least when he cruises, someone could go help themselves... I took about 10 minutes and I was able to find his real name, his ad
  19. I do hope anybody zooming, particularly for social/family stuff, is using Celebrity’s poolside backdrop or the martini bar...
  20. mmeg29 - I don't think we are seeing a mutated strain of virus, but rather a backsliding population. Too many being too careless. And then there are those who care less. A friend had a local appliance shop send guys out to do annual furnace maintenance. They didn't wear masks. She said nothing, kept her distance from them. But later she got more and more irritated at herself and the company, and went to their store. Spoke to the clerk (who was maskless), got the manager to come out. Also without a mask on. She started by complimenting the work accomplished, and then asked why he wasn't wearing
  21. We are booked for our first Windstar Cruise(s) January 16 2021 from San Juan, returning to and departing from San Juan Jan 23, returning to and departing from San Juan Jan 30, returning to San Juan and disembarking Feb 6. The first two weeks are booked as one two-week voyage, and then the third week is booked as a single week. A. As I understand the CDC guidelines, you may only be doing one-week cruises. Would this impact our two-week + one-week = three-week trip? B. If you will be requiring testing/screening before each embarkation, how will that be handled for those like us who emb
  22. As my Grandma used to say: God willing and the creek don't rise... We are booked for our first Windstar. January, 2021. Three weeks total, booked as a two-week trip followed by a one-week trip. The FAQs say: --- When does my status get updated and my benefits go into effect?Your Yacht Club status is updated as of October 5, and going forward, the day after you complete your qualifying cruise. --- I am mildly curious to know whether the points I earn on the first week or the first two weeks will give me any benefits during that third week. We had a similar situation on
  23. 1. Waterline. In the drawing we see the whole height from keel to mast top. The actual ship in the water appears shorter because we don't see all the way down. 2. As you pointed out, more open deck atop, so that area is less visible and doesn't contribute to an impression of height. 3. Same is true in the stern. Artist's rendition makes that area look closed in, photo makes it seem open, almost as though it weren't there, thus reducing the height visually. 4. I saw the brief video of the ship headed out on it's first sea trial. My only thought was "I want to be there!"
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