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  1. This is a bummer. Every morning on sea days (experience a lot of those since we like trans-Atlantics and long Pacific cruises) I do my sunrise walk/slow jog 🙂. On S class ships I walk/jog from almost bow to stern. Start at the track and go up the steps past the lawns and Sunset Bar. Then back to track up the stairs 2 decks to the Solstice deck where I round around back for another loop. I find this gives a little variety and little aerobic benefit doing the steps :). It's early, usually one of the few doing this. Nice early morning start.
  2. I don't know if you ever been to FCO (Rome Int'n Airport), they have security measures that are a little more involved (you go to one terminal and then transfer to another) then other European Airports that have flights to USA. Taking that in consideration and the chaos at Civtavecchia I would recommend a overnight. I usually stay at the Tulip Rome Airport. Good shuttle service, clean, nice breakfast, several nearby good Italian restaurants within walking distance and a reasonable price.
  3. I was booked on that cruise. Barcelona-Ft Lauderdale. I could really use a cruise now 😞 Maybe soon they can work out some Caribbean itineraries with viable safety measures in place.
  4. About 4 or 5 years ago I was on the Reflection and I took a big box snorkel tour in St Martin. The return was cutting it very close to departure and I would have normally have been sweating bullets but it was combined with the Celebrity snorkel tour. Saved between 10% to 15%. Under normal circumstances I say go with it. Travel from Malaga to Alicante is doable if you hung-up. With this pandemic situation, you may want to wait. If you book the ship tour as a back-up, you can cancel with a full refund up to 24hrs prior to the start of the tour.
  5. I always noticed when I pay for my Celebrity Cruise that it is listed as Royal Caribbean on my credit card bill.
  6. I think Celebrity is making a mistake by keeping the window to use FCC only till 12/31/2021. When Celebrity cancelled my April, 2020 Reflection trans-Atlantic cruise last March they gave me the option of full refund or FCC. I originally opted for the FCC with the deadline of 12/31/2020. Received a email stating that. After the wife and I thought about it with these questions-is this virus crisis going to be over? will we put our health in danger if we fill the standards Celebrity institute are unsafe? or will we be forced to settle for a cruise we really don't want just to get it in? We decided to call Celebrity, through our TA, to request a refund. To my surprise, Celebrity did agree with no hassle but it did take us 4 and half months for it finally appear on my credit card. If Celebrity made the cut-off till December, 2022, I probably would we stuck with the FCC and they would been sitting on my $. BTW, I did book a October, 2021 Solstice cruise (Tokyo-Singapore) with a refundable deposit. 🙂 Have till July 2021 for final payment. Hope we can get it in.
  7. We did something similar to this on the Solstice last Sept/October. Love the sea days, never bored.
  8. Finally! My refund for our April 24th Reflection Trans-Atlantic came in today. I originally cancelled my cruise end of March for FCC. Got the FCC letter in mid-April with the amount with a Dec 31st 2021 expiration date. After we thought about it taking in consideration this virus may not be over or we would have to settle on a cruise just to get it in, we decided on the refund. Called our big box TA and he called for the refund. He did note he was surprised that Celebrity agreed so easily but it would take 90 days. Well we in the process of selling a house and did not give much consideration till last week when we called the TA. Celebrity was notified and they said they get it right out. I did get taxes and port charges for this cruise early June. Celebrity still owes us for tours and when the TA spoke to them about the fare they said allow 4 weeks for the tours to be reimbursed. Also I had a Apex October, 2020 trans-Atlantic booked and the deposit on that came quickly. Nice seeing that credit on the credit card. 🙂
  9. 15 years ago I was working on the Gulf Coast and we took a 5 day cruise on the Carnival Holiday out of Mobile. I thought that was the oldest ship in the Carnival fleet. 🙂 It certainly looked it. We did take the RCCL Empress of the Seas about 2 or 3 years ago specifically to see Havana. It was old but refurbished nicely.
  10. Several years ago I was on the Silhouette and my cabin key constantly would not work. Must went back and forth to Guest Services 4-5 times for a 7 day cruise to get a new keys. Funny the wife's key worked all the time. They felt sorry for me and gave me a bottle of wine. 😉 And they did not charge me a corkage fee when I asked them to open it 😉
  11. Could be a reverse. If the globe moves into deep recessation and unemployment spikes (which it's already doing), cruise jobs can become very desireable.
  12. Why would they do that? On many of the cruises, if the total # of elites or higher are low, they already have a system with a menu. If they have to do it cafeteria style, they could do with limited staff with so few food options they now offer. I find it relaxing. I am not big fan of the buffet or spending the morning in the MDR.
  13. 😄 Old Saying: "A dog smells himself first"😅
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