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  1. Think we need to be careful how we analyse the data here. Some countries may be reporting more because they are testing more. As of yesterday, UK had tested just over 30k people, to arrive at ~560 positives. I’ll leave you to do the comparisons for other countries.
  2. I am struggling to understand how this action is aligned with ensuring guests safety or managing spread of the illness. It is not a logical thing to do in that context. There may be logic in doing this if the intention is to reduce their exposure to having to refund cash in the event they decide to cancel. You can be sure that there will be someone in head office sitting with a spreadsheet for every cruise and will be calculating the net effect of celebrity sailing or cancelling. I’d also expect that for each cruise there will be a tipping point at which it makes economic sense to ca
  3. Looking for input on a question I have........... we are due on cruise in Caribbean in next few weeks. We have weighed up the situation and as thing stands at present it is our intention to go ahead and join the ship. also thinking about bidding on move up for an upgrade, which has me wondering about how a successful move up bid might be treated under the cruise with confidence rules. Does anyone know if it would be refunded in cash or as FCC if we decide later to not go? Im also keen to understand how close to departure I can make a move up offer? Appreciate any thoughts o
  4. Yeah, What you say is not wrong, but equally at this point in time there is no reason to believe that cruise ships would not be welcome in Europe. I think we all need to have realistic expectations going forward. The world will continue to turn and folks need to live their lives and go about their business. Now I don’t mean to minimise the seriousness of this outbreak, but if we all have a look at the personal consequences of catching the virus and the risks associated with that; we can make a rational decision about how much, if any, we want to modify our actions and behaviours. I
  5. We are also on this sailing. I had noticed it wasn’t showing on X website yesterday. It is still showing on at least a couple of the larger online TA sites, and they appear to have a few cabins for sale still. My thoughts are that this omission is more likely due to Celebrity’s typically inept IT........................
  6. I don’t know. My experience is that when I have had a quote from Celebrity UK or UK based TA it has consistently been significantly more expensive. I will say however, that I stopped even asking for quotes quite a few years ago. It may be different now, but I expect not given that the subject is aired regularly on here.
  7. Great that you are are using the best option for you. 😊 But the point is that you don’t “have to”, you are free and able to make that choice. Continue to pay higher prices in the UK/Europe, or as you have done on this occasion give your business to the folks that best fills your needs.
  8. Gee, I had no idea folks were so passionate about this. .......... I don’t accept that Celebrity sets its t and c’s and marketing strategy without reflecting the prevailing consumer protection laws for that market! In addition to that, cabin prices will largely be determined by the market. The more demand there is, then the more a company can charge for its product. I do accept that in some markets, folks can, and do book more than one cruise on a RD basis. They do so because they can and it suits their needs to have that level of flexibility. I also accept that thi
  9. Mmmm, I’m not so sure I agree with some of the above. Celebrity's T and Cs are largely driven by consumer protection laws, particularly in the UK. I just can’t see anyway that Celebrity could offer ‘universal’ conditions for different countries with different laws. Celebrity (and any other company) will charge as much as they believe the market will be willing to pay for. A simple price and demand equation. Demand goes up, then price goes up, or the opposite, as they case may be. If anyone believes they are paying too much by buying in the UK, then go and give their business to
  10. I just grabbed it. An S1 for $749 (b4 taxes) pp on March 15th sailing next year. Too good a deal to miss, well just need to make the dates work.😎
  11. There was one available at $746 when I looked earlier today. We couldn’t do the dates but called a friend who we thought might b interested, but it had gone up in price by the time they checked it out. Up to $1700 pp now. Good for you negrilgirl.
  12. If I were you I would be formulating my contingency plans now. Then continue to monitor as situation develops or hopefully recedes. If mattes do star to deteriorate you would be in position to act immediately. There are other options to connect through to get to Sydney, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Kuala Lumpur, Perth, and more I’m sure......... From what I’ve read the airlines are being reasonably flexible and acomodating.
  13. This sounds a pretty good deal. Just to confirm, this is $50 casino credit and 2 bottles of wine per person?? I can see it discounted online in cruise planner, but I can’t see how to upgrade from our current Classic package. I guess I may need to call?? thanks
  14. The Uber/Lyft pick up area is immediately on your left as you exit the main doors and is clearly signposted. Can’t comment on free WiFi at that spot outside, sorry.
  15. We were on Reflection in November. We ate all our dinners in MDR and never had cause to complain. There was at least one, and often more choice that suited us. I wouldn’t go as far to see every meal was excellent, but certainly very good. As other have said, food is very subjective and I do get that not everyone will have a similar taste. I would say though, that if you are never satisfied with anything on your plate, you should bring it to the staffs attention. PS. does anyone else think that the shredded lamb in phyllo pastry is good?
  16. We too have experienced waits for sommelier service in MDR. On at least two separate occasions I have had a conversation with the maitre d and had good outcomes. On our last cruise on Reflection this past November, we had very good service. I also noticed there were additional drinks waiters in the MDR.
  17. Sorry to hear your mother is ill. I hope she gets well soon. Best advice I can give would be to talk to your travel insurer as soon as you can.
  18. Avis/Budget are very close to gate to the docks. Our experience is not so much proximity but rather getting space on the shuttle buses to take you to the rental car depot. On one occasion we waited for about an hour as several shuttles went through full, before we jumped in a cab to take us to depot. lately, we have been using Uber to take us to airport to collect our car. Last month it took 6 minutes for Uber to arrive and around 10 minutes to get to airport a a cost of $13.50. Uber pick up is immediately outside cruise terminal exit on the left.
  19. We were on same thanksgiving cruise and facial recognition was not used on disembarkation. I believe, that it is normally used, however the system failed that morning and CBP had to revert to the old fingerprint and photo process. I did post about it at the time, you should be able to find it if you can get the search function to work.
  20. Hi folks, looking for some advice please. My son and wife have booked first cruise with NCL for special occasion. They have booked cabin in Haven category. Cruise is in February and he is only now looking at making dining reservations and finding very limited availability. He has got a one night booked at reasonable time but the other nights are all very late at 9:00 pm. Any suggestions how best to manage this? Is there any access to priority booking or onshore concierge, given he’s in the Haven? thanks in advance
  21. Ah, ok, a system failure. Good to know that Friday morning experience is not typical. Our experience was similar to yours, but we were in group 15 and waited until called and then had to queue for what seemed ages both in line on the ship and then again in the terminal. We enjoyed our cruise and are now looking forward to next one on Edge.
  22. Mmmm, I suspect you may be right. I had thought this initially, but all but one of the booths were manned. Perhaps they need back office staff to be working for some of the newer technologies?? Reading the other posts, yesterday may not be a typical experience. We are back on Edge in 4 months, so can do it all over again 😊
  23. From some of the comments it would appear that there are various systems being used. Yesterday they weren’t using facial recognition, all the booths were using finger print scans. From what I could make out, there was no expedited process like GE or mobile passport available. It was a pretty frustrating experience all round, especially since it was so slick in the past.
  24. Initially they tried us with a replacement Carmenere which was not to our taste at all. We then tried an Argentinian Malbec. I can’t recall the name now but it it is a short 5 letter name in yellow coloured writing. This was on the classic beverage package.
  25. We disembarked from Reflection yesterday in Port Everglades at terminal 25. Pretty slow process and took us more than 2 hours from leaving ship to getting outside. Passengers were being streamed by nationality with priority given to US passport holders. I guess if that is how the authorities wish to manage these things, then so be it. It is their perogative. Not a problem of the cruise lines making, nevertheless, I feel that Celebrity should deal with consequences of this in a better manner. At the very least they need to let folks know what is going on. I heard several folks aroun
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