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  1. Hi everyone! I wanted to share that creating a disturbance or hijacking during a "Live from......" topic is not allowed. We're grateful for members who take the time to post on their vacation -- and in this case a very special "test" sailing that will help reopen the world of cruising to all of us -- to share with us stuck at home. If you disrupt a "Live From...." thread you could find your posting privileges suspended. All eyeballs are on these "Live from..." posts; please treat them with respect.
  2. Cruise line top brass got together to wish all of you, our awesome Cruise Critic members, a Happy 25th Anniversary!
  3. (11:40 a.m. EDT) – Cue the Volunteers of the Seas. Fully vaccinated volunteers will be able to help Royal Caribbean on several upcoming "test cruises," the line said, in a Facebook post to its Crown & Anchor members. "After receiving an incredible 350,000+ responses last year from people interested in becoming Royal ... View the full article
  4. (11 a.m. EDT) -- Cunard has confirmed dates for the international of its fleet in 2021 and 2022. The "Grand Escape Voyages" ("Overseas Escapes" if you are reading this in the U.K.) will range from two to 40 night sailings, visiting more than 49 destinations on board flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, ... View the full article
  5. Hi, we're really just seeking your opinion on which you'd like better -- doesn't really matter where it comes from but let's just say: from a TA. Does that help a bit? Thanks for asking
  6. (2:25 p.m. EDT) My husband and I were setting out to explore pretty little Isafjordur, which like so many other towns on Iceland’s coast has the close-by trifecta of mountains, snow, and waterfalls. But first we had to spit in test tubes. We had arrived in town onboard Viking's Viking Sky, along with some 760 fellow passengers, everyone onboard ... View the full article
  7. (1: 45 p.m. BST) -- Jovonne John fell in love with travel while representing St Vincent & The Grenadines at netball and her competitive spirit has seen her rise through the ranks of Marella Cruises, from ice cream girl to Guest Relations Manager onboard Marella Explorer. We caught up with Jovonne on Marella Cruises' first sailing in 15 months, ... View the full article
  8. Ha! Great question of course. Unknown at this time. I think when I see see extras, it at a minimum makes me look twice!
  9. While booking your cruise, which of these two "added value items" would you choose? Make your choice, and then in the comments tell us if these items would sway your choice of online travel agency! Thanks! Laura
  10. Hi again @Tom-n-Cheryl Would you mind forwarding one of those emails where the link takes you to the co.uk version of the forums please? community@cruisecritic.com. Put "for Laura" in the subject line. Laura
  11. Yes, we added a new Roll Call forum for Atlas Ocean Voyages -- which means it will move all the others once "place" since it is arranged alphabetically in columns.
  12. (10:45 a.m. BST) -- Marella Cruises plan to restart fly-cruises from 3 September 2021 with ships based in Spain and Greece. Adults-only Marella Explorer 2 will be based in Malaga and offer two new Spain itineraries -- "Continental Coasts" will visit Palamos before calling in at Barcelona, Palma, Alicante, and Almeria. ... View the full article
  13. (6.30 a.m. EDT) -- Virgin Voyages has revealed three pre-summer cruises setting sail from Portsmouth, England in 2022 on Valiant Lady, its second ship. Valiant Lady will officially make its debut in Portsmouth on March 18, 2022, offering a mix of three-night, 11-night and 12-night voyages, including late-night and overnight stays in Málaga, ... View the full article
  14. Hi all, Host Jazzbeau says you need a Roll Call forum, so now you have one! Here's a link to the Atlas Ocean Voyages Roll Call Category, and here's a link to the World Navigator Roll Call forum. We've moved ALL existing roll calls into the new home! Hope you enjoy the new forum, Laura
  15. Hi all: I've been in contact with Royal Caribbean and yes, the official Meet & Mingle parties for Cruise Critic members have been paused and will resume in 2022. There won't be any parties on board during 2021.
  16. Hi all: I've been in contact with Royal Caribbean and yes, the official Meet & Mingle parties for Cruise Critic members have been paused and will resume in 2022. However our ROLL CALLS here on CC are in full swing...so go ahead and check them out -- and perhaps even planan "OLD SKOOL" get together -- maybe at sailaway!! Laura
  17. (6 a.m. EDT) -- Celebrity Cruises announced Friday it has resumed its expedition cruise service in the Galapagos Islands. The line's purpose-built expedition ship, Celebrity Flora, set sail today for the first time in 15 months on its weeklong journey through the Galapagos Islands. Its relaunch will be followed by Celebrity Xpedition on July 24, ... View the full article
  18. (11:15 a.m. EDT) -- Crystal River Cruises has unveiled its full 2021 deployment schedule as the line plans to resume operations in Europe beginning this August. The final 2021 sailing schedule has a total of 35 departures for the luxury line, ranging in length from seven to 11 nights. Crystal Ravel returns to the rivers on August 29, followed the ... View the full article
  19. (9:30 a.m. EDT) -- In a double milestone for Virgin Voyages, the line took delivery of its second ship, Valiant Lady yesterday, and had its third ship, Resilient Lady, floated out today. Both events took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, where all four of the ships are being built. A "float out ceremony" is when the ship's hull ... View the full article
  20. I get it, I really do. I'm thinking about how to accomplish this in a different way. The truth of the matter is, increasing the search will only tax the system and cause server issues. Right now it's searching back around 900 days. Best I could do at this moment.
  21. Hello: The correct answer is: the age of the content is the issue. There is a timeframe the search will go back, this ensures speed, accuracy and assists in making sure it doesn't break. That said, I've increased it slightly; let's see if that works. An idea might be to start a new topic (if you do, let me know and I'll pin it.) Laura
  22. Oh wait!!! I think I found the issue! It may have something to do with the age of the content. Trying something else.
  23. Hmm, so I'm wondering if it has more to do with the LENGTH of the word rather than the fact that it is in pinned topic. Because I was able to return the word "loveseat" in the RCI topic either way, but not a cabin number. Laura
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