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  1. the "revolutionization" was supposed to happen in November 2020 but was put off. is there any information that it will still happen before 2022?
  2. Last sale in the summer prices remained the same and I was able to get a B2 veranda for the price of an inside cabin. saved several thousands of dollars. who knows what Monday will bring?
  3. I had looked into some of those ships. so far all I could find was about 3x what Celebrity has. also not sure my wife would be up for the expedition excursions, so a "drive by" might be all we could hope for at this point. I still have a year before final payment to keep looking though!
  4. got a brochure in the mail promoting the black friday sale, with "up to" 4 category upgrade. fine print says the sale runs 23 Nov-2 Dec. the brochure didn't list anything I'm interested in, but last time they had a 4 category upgrade sale there were some good prices. I guess we'll have to wait until Monday to see which cruises will have those sale prices applied.
  5. we are doing the Antactica trip. on average, they are more than the around the horn trips. I had priced it out back in October, then prices went up, so I went ahead and booked in case the All Inclusive made the prices go up even more. final payment isn't due for a full year still--I think we'll be cruising by 2022, but I figured I'd book and lock it in but have a full year to cancel. and I can still take advantage of the cancel within 48 hours for a FCC if I wanted to extend beyond final payment and still wasn't totally sure about going.
  6. looks like all South American sailings of Silhouette in 2022
  7. we were booked on the Silhouette in South America in 2022, but all itineraries now show Infinity. when I called to rebook, they had both cruises still showing...
  8. had booked a cruise for 2022 the other day. today, the ship had changed from Silhouette to Infinity, and the All Inclusive had started. rebooked from a VS to a C1, added the Elevate package (pay $168 get $200 pp shoreex) and ended up saving $1400. not sure if better pricing is from the ship change or the new All Inclusive but I'll take it. there is an option to make the booking refundable, it was $658 total for the booking. the other day the non-refundable pricing was about $2000 more.
  9. I suppose if you wanted to, you could book refundable deposit and sometime down the road reprice it to non-refundable if those choices work the way you want. Since final payment on the cruise I'm looking at isn't due for a year, I could easily switch to non-refundable if the price is right and things look like they'll be sailing by then.
  10. I see what you mean, maybe they hope people will miss the "2 perk" option. selecting internet and prepaid gratuities I end up paying $1200 more for the non-refundable privilege. I'd prefer to just get gratuities with the non-refundable price. perhaps again I'll just have to book it that way and maybe a better offer comes up that lets me choose something other than drinks.
  11. with Celebrity promoting their best price guarantee, I wouldn't expect them to adhere to "new bookings only" and allow you to take advantage of any upcoming promotions. I would also expect that changing to better pricing with the nonrefundable pricing would not trigger the penalty.
  12. on the cruise I'm looking at, only the drink package still for refundable--plus it's about $1700 more. depends on the cruise I guess.
  13. that's helpful. I could I guess book now and change later if the perk offerings change without affecting the price that much. I usually find prepaid gratuities being of greater value to me than a drink package.
  14. I haven't been paying attention to what Celebrity's been up to all year. Thinking about booking a 2022 cruise, but right now the promotion is "free drink package" without a choice for anything else. Has that been common recently, or do we just wait for the next promotion to come along and then we might get to choose something else? Have they been offering anything but drink packages recently?
  15. IMHO, filing a dispute puts a credit back on your card, which you can use to delay payment of other charges. the credit card knows how to handle it. it may be confusing watching credits post, then refunds post, then charges reposted to reverse the double credit, but not sure what "muddy the waters" means. either HAL gives you a refund or the credit card company makes it permanent. in the meantime you have a credit that can offset some other bills.
  16. I had 2 cruises booked with HAL--one for June that I canceled 10 days before they did, and another in August. I do not believe it matters how long you give HAL before contacting the credit card company. there is nothing on their process that tells you to wait a certain amount of time. the best thing about disputing is I did get "conditional" credit for everything, so now I don't have to pay my credit card bills this month (or the next and maybe the next). sure they can take back the credit, but the cruises are really canceled and there is no reason for them to not grant the refunds
  17. rather than wait for HAL to keep my money interest free (when they are giving 12.5% to investors for their funding and bonds), I disputed 6 charges on two cards last week. two $50 charges for small deposits were immediately and permanently refunded. the remaining are now "in process" and waiting for feedback from HAL, but should resolve within 45 days. HAL's primary interest is for the shareholders, not the customers. they will do what's necessary to keep the company afloat (pun intended) first, then pay out to customers as they can. disputing the charge is kind of like going to t
  18. North American crew members on HAL are not yet disembarking. A recent article stated from HAL that the CDC requirements were too onerous to comply with. Those included having to charter flights or provide private transportation, but apparently the biggest problem is the cruise line executives must legally certify that the ship does not have an infection. Cruise leaders are hesitant to bind themselves legally to this. Just yesterday several cruise lines went ahead and made those certifications allowing NCL, Disney, and some RCL crew to schedule disembarkation. https://www.cnn.com/t
  19. this. only 2 reasons for refunds to take a long time. either it's a manual process that requires some approval (I doubt that), or it's a cash flow issue (not enough cash to keep the company alive and refund everyone all at once).
  20. technically the american express offer must be made from the hal website, not onboard. that doesn't mean it won't work, but just do it ahead of time to be sure. for those buying obc, is it refundable if it's not all used?
  21. Update on my offer. Booked 2 shore excursions and 2 bus transfers at the same time. Two different charges posted to my account based on the purchase category I guess. One cleared 2 days before the other, neither was over $500 by themselves, but both together were over $500. Eventually got the $100 credit once the second charge cleared. I have a second offer for 10,000 points I'll likely just pay $500 on the cruise as I haven't hit final payment yet.
  22. It seems some are able to get a refund for the shore excursion they booked and then use the OBC to pay for it onboard. The policy is that any "refunds" of pre-paid excursions have at least a 10% cancellation fee while onboard (no fee if cancelled before you board). Refunds go to your shipboard account as refundable OBC, then at the end of the cruise put on the card you gave them for the cruise (not necessarily the same card you used to book the excursion originally).
  23. I booked a shore excursion and bus transfers to the airport for a total of over $500. However, there are two separate charges on my card. I got a text/email stating I made a charge on the offer and would get the offer IF it met all the terms of the offer. Now I'll wait to see if the two charges are treated together for a total over $500 or if maybe I won't be getting the credit because neither charge was over $500. If it doesn't work, I'll just cancel the shore excursion and try something else (or buy another shore excursion so the total goes over $500).
  24. I'd choose later, even first week of October. In US cities, the "color" was inconsistent--often still green with some yellow leaves. More color as you go farther north. Inside the cities seemed to be yellow trees, but out in the country was different. We were the 2-4 week in October, and some places like Maine and Halifax has bare trees at higher elevations, or lots of yellow color but most of the red leaves had already fallen. Also, we somehow thought we'd see a lot from the ship, but really we'd arrive before sunup and leave about sundown so we could never really sit there an
  25. Some lines are able to go to Montreal instead of just Quebec if they have a smaller ship. We just got off after leaving 16 oct and were too late for the best color (although it’s not totally predictable a year in advance). Possibly ending mid October would get more color than starting mid October. Still saw yellows and some reds but in some higher locations trees were completely bare.
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