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  1. The exact same thing happened to us. When we attempted the home test, the bottle containing liquid was empty. Luckily we had ordered a set of three so we had a back up. We were given a number to call for a replacement. Here's where it really gets weird. They promptly sent us six more test kits, yes six more free! A friend of ours is cruising soon, so we gave some to her.
  2. I didn't mean CDC policy, I meant the ship's COVID protocols, I was wondering if possibly the ship had a more relaxed attire policy about chic nights for whatever reason. By "very few dressed up at night", I meant I saw only a few people really dressed up on chic night the second one. By a few, I meant maybe twenty percent. I recall past cruises when nearly everyone I saw was dressed up for chic nights or the long past formal nights in days of yore. So, in short, the clothing choices on this Equinox cruise were decidedly more casual throughout most of the ship than have experienced in the past for whatever reason passengers made those choices. I am NOT second-guessing their choices.
  3. All told, I would have to say that the twelve-night cruise on Equinox I just sailed was the most casual I have ever sailed on any ship. Yes, there were passengers who dressed to the nines at night. I don't know how passengers dressed in the main dining room. I don't eat in the main dining room any more having given that up several years ago. but I did notice that guests at the Martini Bar on Deck Four usually did seem to be quite well dressed. Not sure why that would be. We ate in Murano one evening and for lunch the one day it was offered. Most were well dressed at night, but some were casual. At lunch more were casual such as men wearing shorts. Some will believe that because it was lunch, such casual attire is totally acceptable and others will argue that it isn't a good choice in a fine dining restaurant. Regardless of what guests wore, the Murano staff appeared to be doing their best to provide a high standard of service.
  4. Just got off Equinox twelve-night Southern Caribbean cruise on Oct 8. Hardly any guests wore masks. Yes, a few did. The crew was fully masked at all times. Some wore double masks. A few crew members allowed their masks to slip below their noses. If I recall, you did have to mask up in the Fort Lauderdale terminal before your vaccination card and negative COVID tests were checked. Ports (Leeward Island ports) required masks be worn. You also have to show vaccination cards to leave ship in those ports.
  5. Just left Equinox 12 night. To my surprise, chic night was the third night and maybe the next to last night. I say "maybe" because very few dressed up that night. I had packed clothes for three chic nights on a twelve night cruise, but never saw any written announcement about chic night after the first one. I don't know if this represented a new policy or COVID policy or if each cruise director has the say over this on his or her particular ship.
  6. Tell you what I'll do; we may be sailing on Sept 26. We are Elite Plus and not in a suite. We very much enjoy the elite breakfasts. I'll gladly tell you if this perk is still offered. But this is the caveat...we want to go one minute and don't want to the next minute. We have never felt so unsure about any cruise before, but this one has us worried. However, we are leaning toward going right now, so I'll answer your question if we do go. Or perhaps some kind soul will beat me to it.
  7. Say, anybody know why a large life boat appeared to be chasing Equinox out of Port Everglades?
  8. Hubby and I really enjoyed the Edge sail away. It was so much fun to hear the ship's horn again (and again and again!) It was nice to see so many folks gathered on the grass watching Edge. Also was happy to see the fire boats spraying a greeting. Plus, just like old times, the trumpets and other noise-makers put on their usual display. I'm so happy that cruising is coming back. At some points over 3, 600 people were watching the web cam. Maybe they were as happy as I am.
  9. Well, for what it is worth, we just booked a twelve-night Sept cruise on Equinox a couple of days ago. Celebrity took our money as we had to pay in full because of the date. We have our fingers crossed hoping the cruise isn't canceled, but, frankly, I am more worried about hurricanes than an outright cancellation. It looks like this is starting out to be a very busy hurricane season.
  10. We just spoke to a Celebrity rep an hour ago and were told that at the end of our cruise back in Fort Lauderdale, every passenger would be given a nasal swab test. Our cruise will end in October, so no telling if that rule will still be followed.
  11. Thank you very much for your quick reply. It looks like Mariner has a lot of exciting new features. Mariner was the very first cruise we ever sailed. It will be nice to sail again on that ship. Brand new to sailing, I thought she was pretty darned impressive then, but it will be fun to see how Mariner has changed after all these years.
  12. We are considering a 2022 cruise on Mariner of the Seas because we especially like the itinerary. Thing of it is, we haven't been on Mariner since one of its earliest sailings out of Port Canaveral years ago. Has anybody sailed on Mariner just before the big cruise close downs? Has it undergone any major renovations, design changes,improved amenities or such in recent years in an effort to be more like Royal's newer ships?
  13. Doesn't the state of Florida have some say in this? Gov. DeSantis placed strict limitations on municipalities to impose restrictions on behavior such as COVID-19 mask mandates, curfews, closures of certain businesses, etc. The state of Florida has other limitations on municipal powers reserving that certain rulings can be made only at the state level. I don't know if anyone in Tallahassee has weighed in on the cruise ship limitations approved in Key West. I do wonder if the municipality of Key West does enjoy unrestricted ability to make such a broad policy.
  14. We've sailed into Key West many times and spent many happy times there when we drove to the Keys and stayed a few days. For us there are distinct advantages either way. I can see why residents of Key West might resent the cruise ships that tower over the piers and unload passengers by the thousands during the day time. But we will miss being on those ships if they really never can dock in Key West anymore. But my understanding was the main issue was the environmental impact of the big ships, It has been said the water has cleared up beautifully since no cruise ships have arrived. Key West did allow a considerable number of impressive power boats to dock there this week end, Nov 11 to 15, even though the annual power boat races were canceled & replaced with a toned down Poker Run. While I do appreciate the environmental arguments, I do feel that the economic impact of this decision will have a great impact on many businesses in the Old Town area where more cruise ship passengers visit. It may take quite a while to deal with the fallout, but Key Westers did get a preview of what will happen because of the lengthy COVID-19 lockdown. They knew how hard it was on businesses and employees, but chose to limit cruise ships anyway.
  15. I had my hopes up the OP had inside info on some fascinating new ports, but I had a good laugh anyway, which I need.
  16. Not entirely. Perks such as priority boarding and departure, special exclusive events such as cocktails and meet the captain, premium bathroom soaps and amenities, afternoon canapes and treats delivered to the room, priority seating in the theater and priority reservations in premium restaurants, and so on could go to highest loyalty tiers. What might be impacted is classes such as Concierge Class or Aqua Class cabins. Not sure what advantages they would have if paid perks are now all-inclusive.
  17. Much as I dream of cruising again or going to Disney World, I really don't dare try either one. Even if I did want to, my husband doesn't want to. So that's that.
  18. My husband, my sister and I have enjoyed all three seasons of High Seas. Sis and I really enjoy the fashions, hairdos and red, red lipstick. We enjoy the ship's decor but miss balconies. Those suites seem really big. So much closet space. The plot isn't the best, but so much abut the show makes up for that. We are really saddened that the third season will be the last. We also watch Love Boat. That show really makes me miss cruising and ache to cruise again. We have three cruises booked, but don't know if any of those cruises will be sailing. We are still hoping against hope that the 2021 New Orleans Mardi Gras cruise on Equinox will sail, but because it is early February, I 'm not sure it will happen.
  19. That is really a cute name. I really like it. The masks had better come in sizes for both adults and children.
  20. I miss cruising so much I would be willing to wear a mask in public places if everyone was required to do so. It would bother me, however, if some did not when everyone was required to do so. I assume the captain has the right and power to eject passengers from the ship at the next port if they refuse to wear a mask. Masks should be for sale in the shops for anyone who loses a mask or forgets to bring one.
  21. That is also totally my post cruise grudge...unpacking, laundry, putting things away and missing the room steward cleaning my bathroom twice a day. I get so spoiled on a cruise.
  22. Will do. I'm really upset to think some folks are getting an attractive offer such as this and I'm not. With it maybe we could finally reach Zenith, a goal we won't reach at present cruising rate until our early nineties.
  23. We are Elite Plus, but have not received this offer. I wonder how Celebrity chooses who will get the offer to "Power Up".
  24. Honestly if I have to wear a mask on a cruise ship, I don't think I will go. Maybe I'd wear the Sea Face mask in port, but what fun can excursions be when one is masked? Also, must you wear a mask in the dining room? How do you eat. And if it is safe to be unmasked in the dining room or at a bar, you might as well not wear one anywhere on the ship. I think I'll wait to cruise until masks are no longer needed.
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