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  1. Have always purchased trip insurance. Have used it twice. Once my travel partner became very ill and was hospitalized four days before the cruise. Insurance paid in full. Last February was preparing to board the ship in FLL, received call that my brother was seriously ill and I immediately went to the airport to return home. My brother passed away three days later. Insurance paid un full and I received a call from the company extending their sympathy.
  2. My TA advised to NOT consider a solo cabin. It equates to being put in a closet! Perhaps, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, you should spend a week in one before raving about how sensitive Celebrity is to the needs of solo travelers.
  3. If by change you are going with Windstar, they will provide you all the equipment needed as they did us in Bora Bora and the Society Islands itinerary.
  4. I am the somewhat more rare male client who sometimes must cruise as a single since most of my friends are younger and simply do not have the financial ability. I understand the need for X to charge slightly more for the single passenger but, 100% is a good reason to not cruise as often as I'd like. X should give at least some consideration to the fact that we baby boomers are losing spouses/partners but would still like to enjoy X for a number years. I appreciate this thread where questions can be presented. I also note that NON, at least as of today, have been answered.
  5. Have cruised with RCCL and more often with X. Actually my upcoming cruise will be with RCCL because the friend that is going with me is an "activities nut." The next three cruises after that are all on X. I enjoy the more laid back but social atmosphere of X and have never had a bad meal on any of their ships but then again I'm not real fussy. I like the lay out of ships and I could be perfectly content on a sea day to simply sit on my balcony and take in the beauty of the ocean. Just take an X cruise and see what you think. My favorite X vessel is the Equinox. Happy cruising!
  6. Today our TA notified the four of us the she still has not received a return call from her HAL BDM with regards to the two perks that were revoked from our 4/4 - 3/11/ 2020 cruise that initially was suppose to go to Cuba. So, we told her to simply cancel our two cabins with HAL on this cruise and tell HAL exactly why! Rebooked with Celebrity, upgraded balcony cabins, good itinerary and pre-paid gratuities and $150 OBC pp, very good price and friendly and responsive X representatives took care of our TA and therefore ourselves too.
  7. Interesting; The four of us were scheduled on the Veendam Cuba itinerary 3/4 - 3/11/2020. Prior to the itinerary change and lowered price announcement yesterday, our TA was assured that the two perks we received with the original booking would be retained. Today, however, HAL says NO perks just the $100 OBC and lower cruise price, however we are welcome to add the two perks, therefore basically wiping out the lower price savings. Our solution is simple - cancel with HAL and rebook similar cruise with X at a similar price plus two perks and OBC from our TA.I suspect this particular cruise will have plenty of cabins available, including our two!
  8. Agree - OBC from my TA has always been refunded if not used. OBC as a perk is not.
  9. Glad to know that things went smoothly as I assumed they would with HAL. The four of us will wait and see what ports are added but I'm pretty such I could guess. I have no complaints if we decide to go ahead and take this cruise while maintaining our two perks plus the additional OBC per passenger. I see HAL as handling this situation very well.
  10. Our TA has already informed us of what CCLis doing by just adding another different Caribbean port and giving $100 OBC. With HAL making their decision known tomorrow, I'm sure it will be similar. The four of us will just cancel the cruise. Will probably rebook with Celebrity on a better itinerary. It is what it is!
  11. Have cruised on both the Allure and the Equinox. With your children involved, best choice would be the Allure.
  12. Darcy you are so correct. Mostly I have found age restrictions on snorkeling/diving and some long hiking tours. Likewise, although I'm age 73, I do CrossFit Wellness three days a week and walk 1-2 miles per day. Doesn't mean I couldn't keel over at anytime but, I'm most likely in better physical shape than MANY I see on cruises that are 30 yrs younger than myself. It is all about insurance company contentment which is also why I most often always take private tours: less expensive, much smaller groups, few restrictions.
  13. Something here doesn't sound right, maybe just because I'm a man. If you "already paid for the wedding portion" how could an increase in prices be pasted on to you now? I'd be making many more calls to Celebrity, working my way up the pecking order until I got some explicit answers and I wouldn't be paying more for what has already been purchased. Good luck.
  14. Just had Holland America notify us that our (party of 4) 3/18/20 cruise to Cuba is now chartered. We could rebook or cancel. We were able to rebook an earlier same cruise in March, got the same cabins and perks. They gave us $25 OBC per person for the inconvenience. Nothing to write home about but cancellations/charters can probably happen on any cruise.
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