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  1. Sorry - I'm not certain of American directives. Our Canadian public health officials and government have said no non-essential travel of any kind. Of course, this is a recommendation. They can't force people to listen.
  2. Thanks for your honesty. I am getting really tired of the people on the news (and on these CC boards) still going on holidays (cruises, all inclusives, or other) now and stating that they deserve it, don't think the virus is "that bad", etc. They are selfish, considering they are now exposing themselves to even more potentially sick people and, upon return, even if they show no symptoms, can be infected and pass it on to other more vulnerable people. They are travelling despite warnings from their governments - how irresponsible. As you said, everyone has the right to enjoy a va
  3. Thanks, but we do mock bookings all the time. We went right through and saw the "correct" pricing screen - over $2000. more than our original booking cost. The only pre-booked people that will benefit are the ones that overpaid in the first place. No savings here. It's a constant irritation that Celebrity promotes this as a freebie(s).
  4. We checked one of our upcoming booked cruises (Apex, October 22, 2020), and it would cost us over $2000. more to get the "all 4 perks deal". LOL - not a deal and certainly not free, as some people still insist on using as a label for perks!
  5. We're on the same page here (and I'm sure the original person who brought this up would agree). AP students are totally different; they are more likely to monitor themselves, get their work done, perhaps not need as much catch up help, etc. We both said that it's the weaker students who are hurt most from excessive absenteeism. If your daughter is taking work with her on her holiday and you're monitoring her progress while away, that's a HUGE difference, as well. Many students are unwilling to do this, or, indeed, do homework at any time of the year. Your daughter
  6. Just finished sub teaching (taught full time for 32 years and have subbed for another 3+), so just catching up on this whole thread. Fascinating!! My apologies if I'm "extending" the meandering response to the original poster's question. My husband and I chose to have no children. We have travelled extensively and had mostly positive experiences with kids. Occasionally, we've run into an unruly or noisy or rude kid whose parent/guardian appears to have given up - sad. Thanks to all the strong parents I've seen in my career and travels who tirelessly raise our good future citizens.
  7. Thanks - I know in the past the casino bar area has had lots of sports on (football, soccer, tennis, etc.), but we've never tried to watch the CFL Grey Cup. It would have to be a TSN or ESPN feed or something. Plus, Americans definitely outweigh Canadians in cruise passenger numbers, so we'd have to do a little begging, maybe?😉😉
  8. Anybody out there successfully used Sirius radio streaming on the SURF (not unlimited) internet package?
  9. And now for the most important topic of all😉...We will be on the Celebrity Eclipse on November 24, the day of CFL Grey Cup game. We will be at sea, having left Puerto Vallarta and headed for Huatalco. Any Canadians out there every been on a cruise during Grey Cup? Could you watch it on the ship? We've been on many cruises but never during this important (to Canadians) game. We will have the surf internet which doesn't allow video streaming, so we will have to depend on the ship for access to the game. Thanks for any feedback.
  10. Anybody know if the surf package can be used for streaming Sirius radio? I know it doesn't allow video streaming, but what about audio? Thanks!
  11. He also watched US college football there.
  12. We sailed on the Reflection and Edge in January this year and my husband watched NFL games in the casino bar.
  13. Thanks for your recommendations! We, too, have Blue Cross (I'm a semi-retired teacher, so we have a decent plan through that), and we also use an Avion card for most purchases, so have some coverage through that. You're so right, though - we have to look into buying extra, as the above don't cover enough in a "worst case scenario" situation. We cruise once or twice a year and go on all-inclusive land holidays as well. We are also at the point where we are planning on spending extended amounts of time in hot locations (renting a condo/apartment, etc. for weeks/months in the Caribbean).
  14. This is an excellent topic, but most posters are American. Insurance options and recommendations for Canadians are often very different than those for Americans. We have medical insurance and limited other insurance (int., canc., and baggage), but are looking at more. We are healthy but getting older and more worried about aging relatives and, of course, our own aging! What specific companies/options are best for those living in Canada? Thanks for all information from those Canadians who have done this before us.
  15. On the Edge in January, we were using refillable metal water bottles; no plastic bottles were used for drinking water. Perhaps, soap and hair products will eventually be distributed in a more eco friendly material too? I bring my own hair and body wash products, so I don't use the Celebrity products, but my husband does. BTW, the amount of lather is not an indication of product quality but just something that a lot of people like in their hair or soap products (me included😄). My expensive (unfortunately) salon shampoo really helps my hair, but it doesn't lather as much as my hu
  16. Thanks for bringing this up again. I tried to get it going on another poster's thread, but no one's responded. Anyone have any experience (now or recent past) with the Surf Internet Package?? Thanks, (especially from us Canadians)!
  17. I think an earlier poster said you can't stream video on this package.
  18. We're on the Eclipse in November and the Apex next year. We're trying the Surf package for the first time. We, too, are wondering about communicating on WhatsApp, etc. We don't care about streaming video, but it would be great to be able to use our Sirius radio on our phones. Anyone on ships right now and using the Surf package? Thanks, in advance.
  19. I agree totally with the last two posters. I enjoy bringing a lot of fun things to wear (casual, dressy, swimwear, etc.) in a new setting. I don't want to wear the same three items over and over (even with good laundry options on ship). I would get bored. Again, I see creatively moving our fairly large amount of luggage around as a fitness challenge😊. Maybe I'll change my mind when I get older? For now, toting around luggage is a sacrifice I'll make to be happy in my clothes and have everything I need.
  20. We take the stairs throughout our cruise, since the elevators are always super busy and full, and we'd rather walk. We like the added exercise. On the last day, we got up and lined up very early to get an elevator and walk our luggage off. We knew that everything would be very congested later on. We actually had an elevator to ourselves!
  21. We have been on several cruises and tried all the dining options (just the two of us, a set table of 6 or 8, moving around every night, etc.). We've enjoyed all of them and have met some great friends that way (and had some very good talks with just each other, too). We usually book a few specialty dinners for variety, so there are some nights we aren't in the MDR. It's just a meal, so we don't worry if we, or others, don't show. On a side note, the most interesting and challenging cruise dinner experience we had was the cruise we were on when Trump was elected. We had a set table of 6 c
  22. Yes, the Magic Carpet is a cool concept to look at, but when we were on the Edge, there were many days it was near empty because of so much exposure: gale force winds and cooler temps. The few diehards were wrapped in blankets and wearing heavier clothes. The Edge WAS really attractive with modern, creative art, furniture, lighting, etc. (if you like that; we do). But I agree with an earlier poster. The Edge was fine, but we had a better time on our cruise before that on the Reflection. I would never say the Edge was one of the "world's greatest places".
  23. I guess I'm too honest of a person because I could never misrepresent myself or my situation to get in front of others. I think it's very selfish. Taking our luggage off ourselves on our last cruise helped us get to an early flight, so it was a great option. I would never want to drag my big bags around the ship if I brought them on myself the first day. I'd make sure there was a storage spot. Re: people who insist on just a carryon, I actually get a really good workout the day I have to creatively maneuver all my luggage around by hand😀, and who doesn't need that? That being said, on t
  24. I’m with you, Phoenix Dream! We could easily take plan for and take just a carryon, but we value several things on our holiday, and they require more luggage. We actually like dressing up and pampering ourselves - again, more room required! We have gotten more and more frustrated with more people relying on overstuffed carryons only and the airlines that allow them - it can make for crowding in overhead storage and floor space in the plane. Last time we stopped in Toronto, the staff took pity on several pax with massive backpacks and let them through without making them check anything.
  25. We, too, have grand plans, but don't do as much as we probably should (but, hey, it's a holiday, right?). On sea days, I love just reading and relaxing and maybe listening to some music. We always do a gym workout those days too, so we don't end up sitting all day. We like some evening shows, and the one thing we don't miss is the Silent Disco. It's a hoot if you like to dance and get some activity in after supper. Plus, it's hilarious to watch others and know you look just as silly!!
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