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  1. I'm sure this has happened to someone before, just not due to the Coronavirus. Here is the question I need answered. I have booked a November 20, 2020 cruise for nine nights on the Explorer of the Seas. Final payment is due in a month or so, but I booked this cruise with a $500.00 non-refundable deposit. I know that if I cancel, I am out the $500.00. I understand that. But with Princess today just canceling pretty much all their cruises through at least December 15th, maybe RCCl will cancel this one in the next month or so. If RCCL cancels, do I get my non-refundable deposit back? Or do I just get a future cruise credit for the $500.00? Or am I out the $500.00. What has happened to someone who in the past has had their cruise canceled for some reason, maybe a charter, for example.
  2. For those of you using Amsterdam as the beginning or ending embarkation/debarkation port for a cruise, let me offer this suggestion. If your cruise is to the British Isles, Celebrity will usually have an overnight in Edinburgh. In August, Edinburgh has the Military Tattoo, an unbelievable event. Google it, the "Military Tattoo". You can get tickets on your own, or as a "shore excursion" through Celebrity. It is an unbelievable show, but only takes place throughout the month of August, and sells out fast. It takes place on the palace grounds, and has great music played by the military bands throughout the British Isles and beyond. While we were there, military bands from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and the United States performed, as well as many from the European continent. The Military Tattoo is one of those bucket list items that should not be missed in one's lifetime if Edinburgh is on your itinerary.
  3. Stayed in Amsterdam for five nights pre-cruise in August 2018. Cruise was a 12 nighter on the Celebrity Equinox, I think, cruising the British Isles, beginning and ending in Amsterdam. We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria which just opened that year. Pricey, but fabulous. Great location, can walk anywhere. Over the first four days, my wife and I walked 46 miles, a great walking city. Just walked the four canals over and over, and got to see everything. The Waldorf Astoria is close to the museum district, and an easy walk to Anne Frank (West and North of the hotel) and the City Center, Red Light District (North of the hotel), the flower district (on the way to Anne Frank), and everything in between. A great central location, a more upscale area of Amsterdam, with great evening entertainment and food/wine. They have a transit system to get you around, but no need for that. It is easy walking. My wife and I are in our early seventies, and had no problem getting around and felt safe the whole time. (Except for the bikes which you need to watch out for. In Amsterdam there are two bicycles for every resident.) The many museums (we especially loved the Van Gogh museum), Anne Frank House, Red Light District, the many canal boat rides, the outdoor cafes, all wonderful. I highly recommend Amsterdam. It is truly a vibrant city, with many very happy people. (Maybe the legalized pot has something to do with that, but...................)
  4. Hey NewYorkRay, I know this may seem a little too inconvenient, but I wanted to cancel my Hilton Hotel and my United flights for a cruise that my wife and I were all set to take, but cancelled. When I called both Hilton and United several times, I got the "your wait will be one hour and forty five minutes", or some other ridiculous wait time. Of course , I just hung up. But, I called at 2:00 in the morning, and had no wait time, got right through, and talked to someone here in the States, and had no problem getting the cancellations taken care of. They must be working 24/7 given the current environment. I realize two in the morning is inconvenient, but there was no wait. For my United flight, I was supposed to be charged $250 or so for both my wife and I for the cancellation and refund, but she said no problem, she would cancel with no fees, given the current circumstances. She did not have to do that, but she said she could. Even at two in the morning, the person I was talking to said she was the shift supervisor. I also got right through to Hilton reservations, and cancelled with no problem. Just a thought.
  5. I cancelled my March 15th cruise on the Silhouette using the "Cruise With Confidence" thing. I received via e-mail my FCC in the amount of what I paid less the taxes and port fees, which I am waiting to be credited to my credit card. I then called Celebrity, and tried to apply my FCC to a similar Caribbean cruise next March (2021), this time on the Equinox. Same itinerary, different ship. I had already booked this cruise previously. I was told that I could not use the FCC on an already booked but not yet paid for cruise. I told the agent that I would just cancel the cruise, and rebook using the FCC. CAN'T DO IT!!!!!! Read the small print near the bottom of the "Cruise with Confidence" document. It specifically states you can not use the FCC for a cruise originally booked, then cancelled. So, if you even cancel a cruise, you cannot use the FCC to book the same cruise. You must book a new cruise. Totally new and different. The cancel and rebook thing will not work. So I was told. Yikes!!!!! That is my experience. I booked a new cruise entirely. Could not apply the FCC to an existing but not yet paid for cruise. Please someone say they actually did apply an FCC to an existing but not yet paid for cruise. Not just talk, actual example. I could not do it, even if I cancelled and rebooked the originally booked cruise.
  6. I cancelled my March 15th cruise on the Silhouette using the "Cruise With Confidence" thing. I received via e-mail my FCC in the amount of what I paid less the taxes and port fees, which I am waiting to be credited to my credit card. I then called Celebrity, and tried to apply my FCC to a similar Caribbean cruise next March (2021), this time on the Equinox. Same itinerary, different ship. I had already booked this cruise previously. I was told that I could not use the FCC on an already booked but not yet paid for cruise. I told the agent that I would just cancel the cruise, and rebook using the FCC. CAN'T DO IT!!!!!! Read the small print near the bottom of the "Cruise with Confidence" document. It specifically states you can not use the FCC for a cruise originally booked, then cancelled. So, if you cancel a cruise, you cannot use the FCC to book the same cruise. You must book a new cruise. Totally new and different. The cancel and rebook thing will not work. So I was told. Yikes!!!!!
  7. If you have extra nonrefundable OBC, just go to the casino cashier. She will give you house chips to use at the tables. That is, they are, for example, five dollar "fake" chips that you can bet. If you win, they pay you in real money. So, you convert "fake" money given to you via the OBC and walk away with real money, assuming you win anything, of course. Just play blackjack, where your odds are maybe 52/48 in favor of the house, but you certainly will walk away with some money if you just follow the blackjack rules. Remember, if you just break even, and start with $100 in "fake" chips, you walk away with $100 in real money. My wife does this all the time with some of our nonrefundable OBC. When she uses up the casino "no value" chips, she goes to the cashier and cashes in her winnings. She is always excited and says "look at all this money I have won", even though she may have just broken even. Just converted the fake money to real money.
  8. Thank you for the info on the music. So nice to have a couple of bands. And other quieter stuff. We had Nu Image last year on either the Edge or the Equinox, probably the Equinox. I remember them as being very good.
  9. Additionally, who is the party band and who is the dance band, if they have both? Thank you.
  10. For anyone on the February 14, 2020 Silhouette cruise, first voyage out of dry-dock: Who is the Captain and the Cruise Director?
  11. Information please!!! My wife and I have been on 28 Celebrity Cruises. We are US citizens on Medicare with a secondary insurance plan. We always take the Celebrity Vacation Protection Plan and that, combined with what medical benefits come with our credit card, we believed to be adequate medical coverage. With this Coronavirus thing, I thought it would be a good time to look at just what coverage we have. We are on the March 15th Caribbean Cruise on the Silhouette to the Southern Caribbean. Let's assume that we need to be airlifted or transferred from the port to the nearest hospital to be treated. With our credit card, we have unlimited coverage to get us to the hospital, including medical supplies and procedures en-route. With our credit card, once we get to the hospital, the credit card medical coverage ceases. With the Celebrity Vacation Plan, we get medical coverage up to $10,000. That is really not a lot of money if you have something serious. If we die, both plans I think ship "the box" back to the States. We don't want that to ever happen!!!! My question is this. What additional insurance coverage do you United States Citizens purchase to cover what could be a huge medical bill at a hospital not in the United States, say in Grenada or St Vincent? We have been very lucky thus far on our many cruises.
  12. The Celebrity Summit has been doing the winter season with Southern Caribbean cruises out of San Juan for the last several years. Then, when the Caribbean season ends, the Summit sails from New York to Bermuda. Then, in September, it sails the New York, New England, Quebec round trip, before it goes back to San Juan. Something like that. Something very different is happening in 2020 and 2021. In August of 2020 and August of 2021, the Summit is leaving either Boston or New York and sailing for fourteen nights over to Dublin (2020) or Southampton (2021). Then, it immediately leaves Dublin or Southampton, cruises for fourteen nights, and returns to New York or Boston. It is called a transatlantic cruise, but it is not the normal repositioning cruise. It just takes the month of August, and goes to Europe, then returns. Then it does its normal New England/Quebec cruises. This itinerary is appealing because it stops for three days in Iceland (two ports), and one day in Greenland. The 2020 tour stops in Cork Ireland on its way to Iceland, with the 2021 tour stopping in Kirkwall Scotland on its way to Iceland. Both cruises I believe have seven sea days. Now my questions. First, I was led to believe that transatlantic cruises were normally of the cheaper variety, because they were repositioning cruises. These cruises are pretty expensive, just like other European itineraries, and not of the cheaper variety. Secondly, for the August 2020 cruises, which I know is still six months away, there are no excursions listed for Greenland yet, and the excursions for the two ports in Iceland have few excursions listed. For the 2021 cruises, there are also no excursions listed for Kirkwall Scotland. Can anyone shed light on why the celebrity excursions are scarce, or shed light on which excursions once offered are terrific if you have been to Kirkwall, Iceland, or Greenland before? Very wordy, I know, but what should we do in port in Iceland, Greenland, and Kirkwall Scotland?
  13. We went on the Edge last March. We also like to listen to music and dance, more of the rock & roll, not the ballroom stuff. We were very disappointed with the Edge. The central area where the martini bar is kind of replaces the Rendezvous Lounge on the M class and the Grand Foyer on the S class. And, there was NO DANCING in that area on our cruise. And, other than the DJ or piano player from time to time, no music. We like listening to various types of music and dancing in both the Rendezvous Lounge (M) or the Grand Foyer (S) in the early evening hours. Could not do that on the Edge. They do not exist. There also is no Sky Lounge on the Edge. Nowhere up top of the ship for late night dancing. We like the various types of music and dancing at the Sky Lounge (or top deck lounge) on both the M and S class ships. However, I will admit that when the house band or dance band or DJ played up in the Sky Lounge after ten in the evening, there often times were not a lot of people up there on several of our cruises. But the people that were there had a great time. The Edge did have THE CLUB, which was more of a, well, club setting. Kind of like a club that our twenty something children would have gone to in downtown Chicago. It was okay for late night dancing, but we still liked the Sky Lounge or Grand Foyer better. Brighter and seemed more energized than the Club. The edge also had Eden on the aft of the ship traversing three decks, maybe decks three, four and five, but even when music was playing in there, no one was dancing. There really was not a dance floor per say. Now, we were on the Edge shortly after its debut, and hopefully things have changed relative to their nightly music and dancing. We have been on 28 Celebrity Cruises. We now just seem to cruise on the "S" class, and enjoy the Grand Foyer, pool deck (on theme nights), and Sky Lounge for late night dancing. And a nightcap in the Ensemble Lounge is a nice quiet end to an evening, if it is still open when we get there.
  14. The luggage tags we receive in the mail from Celebrity are of good quality. When we order them through the on-board booking process, we noticed a few years ago that sometimes we get them and sometimes we don't. So, this time, I ordered the luggage tags, then three days later, ordered them again, to make sure I would at least get one of them. Well, today I go to the mailbox, and, what is there, both sets of luggage tags. Silhouette, March 15th, here we come!!!!!
  15. We normally cruise in the Caribbean over St Patrick's Day. Yes, it is hit or miss. But, we have been on several cruises over St Patrick's Day when we were at sea (a sea day). The duo on board (normally a singer and a guitar player) played a lot of Irish tunes. The guitar player on board (solo) also played Irish tunes on that day. I guess it just depends on who the entertainment is and what their repertoire is.
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