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  1. Most of the shows shown on Smithsonian Channel, including Mighty Ships, are produced in Canada and shown there first. It sometimes takes a year or more before the shows air in the U.S.
  2. I can't see any of Alaska's seasonal businesses operating this year even if given a 1-2 month window to do so. The same holds for cruise lines repositioning their ships which are largely still in their winter homes. This season isn't going to happen.
  3. This is the announcement I was waiting for. Hopefully they'll announce some 7 day Caribbean cruises for 2022, otherwise I'll take the refund.
  4. This story is 2 years old, and recently there was news that they may be postponing this move to allow cruise lines more time to adapt their fleets to the new regulations.
  5. A 60 day final payment would be greatly appreciated. My final payment is supposed to be in early June, and at this point I feel there's too much uncertainty to make that. I still would rather cancel and book a longer cruise elsewhere this fall if conditions permit, but only if Virgin allows deposit refunds or extends the rebooking window beyond 12 months.
  6. My 125% credit managed to cover the cost of going from 7 to 9 days, 3 to 4 perks, C3 to C2, plus an extra $300 OBC. The only trade off was going from Apex to Silhouette, although I'm sure some around here would consider that a plus as well.
  7. Yes, they are sent individually to the person to whom they apply. A couple tips though. The certificate numbers were consecutive, with the second guest certificate one letter higher than the primary guest. However, you don't really need the certificate numbers if you call Celebrity to book, as they will apply them from your original reservation number.
  8. They are going to Portsmouth, Virgina, not Portsmouth, England.
  9. Wonderland is in the same place as always. Teppanyaki is next to the Windjammer on the port side.
  10. My FCC arrived today for Apex scheduled to leave tomorrow. Already rebooked for next year, no charge other than taxes & fees by calling. There was no wait time surprisingly.
  11. I also received luggage tags today for my cruise that was to leave Sunday. I never requested them and am only Preview status. I wish they'd issue my FCC already so I can start looking forward to next year.
  12. I don't see why they would have an interest in doing so. The Virgin companies are largely independent from each other, aside from the ownership shares of Sir Richard Branson. With Virgin Voyages headquartered in the U.S. and flagged out of the Bahamas, there really isn't any benefit to the U.K.
  13. I'm not clear what happens if you pay the deposit on the new cruise, but later apply a FCC that covers the full cost of the cruise. Will they refund your deposit, or keep your deposit and only apply the FCC to the balance, potentially leaving you with extra FCC? It seems like the only way to avoid paying the deposit up front is to book via phone.
  14. Some of the Concierge cabin inventory is reappearing. They are now classified simply as "Suites", consistent with the non-Haven cabins on Jewel class ships.
  15. The change is live on ncl.com. They are listed as "Club Balcony Suites".
  16. Even if the amplification is postponed, Allure still needs to go into dry dock for its 10 year inspection and to have the propulsion issues fixed before it can return to service.
  17. Both Bliss and Joy have Spice H2O. Joy originally had a really tiny fitness center adjacent to the spa, but it needed to expand for the western market . Since there was no room for it on Deck 16, they repurposed the restaurant space on Deck 17 for the fitness center then used the former space on Deck 16 for more spa treatment space. There are no announced plans to add a thermal spa, nor would I expect any major work to be done anytime in the near future due to the current situation.
  18. This is exactly why I did not cancel before Celebrity cancelled for me. Likewise, I have not yet cancelled my airfare since the airline is currently only waiving change fees or offering future credit, but once they cancel the flight you are entitled to a refund.
  19. Consider that given the original timetable, all the components going into the Amp are likely already fabricated and either at or ready to be shipped to the shipyard. The only question now is when will the ship be able to enter the dry dock? It could not be for several weeks or months, as by the time the dry dock may already be busy with the next scheduled ship. Until all the pieces shake out, it's impossible to plan. One thing that should not be a factor is the cruise schedule, as even after cruises resume demand will be way down, and keeping some ships out of service would be a more prude
  20. I cancelled my MoveUp bids for the May 3 cruise as a precaution, but don't plan on cancelling the cruise until they cancel for me. At this point though, I'm not expecting to go.
  21. You should get an email at 60 days before sailing with your upgrade offers, as long as you didn't book through a non-participating travel agent.
  22. The MoveUp price on Apex in May starts at $1300 PP to go from C3 to S3, while the price difference to upgrade directly is only $1700 PP. I'm disappointed with the high starting price and am not planning to bid, but will continue monitoring for price drops. On the other hand, bids on the Edge Villas start at $3000 PP vs about $14000 PP to upgrade directly, so there could be some deals to be had there if not completely over budget.
  23. It looks like nothing more than a typical Unisex bathroom with a new inclusive-sounding name.
  24. The article claims they'll be sailing back to New York at a later date for introductory activities. The problem is the ship is fully scheduled through July 2021. Unless they plan on cancelling sailings, they wouldn't be able to do a New York launch until August 2021 at the earliest. However, this would line up perfectly with my previous speculation that they could run a brief Bermuda season from New York in August-October 2021.
  25. It may be nit picking, but the ship does not do 360s in Glacier Bay, only 180s. You will cruise all the way through the bay to Margerie Glacier and stop there for an hour. Port side will face the glacier to begin, then eventually the ship will turn around so starboard is facing the glacier. The ship will then depart and go down Johns Hopkins Inlet. There are glaciers on both sides of the ship, and the ship will stop about a mile from Johns Hopkins Glacier (which will be off the bow of the ship). The ship then turns around and departs, so you'll see the opposite glacier you saw on the way
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