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  1. Northern loop on Xploration booked for Feb 12th sailing 2022. Thought we would give all of 2021 a miss just reduce chances of this situation messing up yet another cruise. Fingers crossed for 2022 - hopefully third time lucky.
  2. Just received email from Celebrity saying our October cruise is cancelled - actually it's a relief knowing where we stand. Our travel agent is going to speak to Celebrity and hopefully re-arrange for Feb/March 2022. From what I can make out, the cruise credit will be 125% of the cost of the cancelled cruise which was also a cruise credit. Presumably this allows for any price increases so we will not have to pay any more towards it.
  3. We are booked for the Xploration on 10th October but can’t see that happening. It’s not just the cruise itself, all but essential travel to Ecuador is not advised from UK and would presume it’s the same for the US as well. What I have read regarding entry into Ecuador is that negative COVID test certificates are required and they were also saying that 14 days quarantine is applicable too. Return to the UK also requires 14 days quarantine. So far, according to the Celebrity website, the last cruise cancelled is 26th September but we are just waiting for the date to be pushed forward. In all honesty, I just want them to confirm the cancellation as soon as possible so we know where we stand and can reschedule for same sort of time 2021. This cruise was booked using the cruise credit from when the Xpedition ran aground last November. With the tourist licence issue, civil unrest in Ecuador and then the running aground which all happened last year, it seems like we will never actually get to The Galápagos Islands.
  4. We had an update from our TA this week and it’s better than we initially thought, all we have to contribute is £200 for the whole thing. The only other expense we have is the flights to Quito - these were separate and were never booked through Celebrity so this is expected. The reviews I have read for the Xploration cruise all say it’s a fantastic experience and we are so pleased we can get to the Galapagos next year using this most generous credit instead of having to save up for a few years to do it. In answer to your question - the full refund was used for an extended stay in Costa Rica, if it wasn’t used for that I don’t think it would have covered rebooking the same again on the Xpedition as it looks like the prices have increased.
  5. We altered our plans and spent two nights at the Marriott in Ecuador and then moved on to spend two weeks in Costa Rica instead of the five nights we had already booked for after the cruise. Costa Rica was fantastic. We were lucky in a way as the cruise and everything we planned and booked was a bespoke package through Trailfinders in the UK. This meant that as soon as the cruise was cancelled a full refund for everything we had paid for was instantly available. We decided to use what we had already paid to cover the extended stay in Costa Rica and as this was cheaper than what we had already paid for our original itinerary we received a substantial refund for the difference. Again, this was all handled super efficiently by Trailfinders. This refund is paying for trip to Hawaii in February 😀. This week we received the cruise credit certificate by email from Celebrity. I think this is great customer service from Celebrity and is very much appreciated. The cruise credit (not sure if this applies to all credits issued) is very specific in that it is purely redeemable against the price of the sailing itself. It does not cover the pre & post Marriott stays or the transfers & Baltra return flights. Our cruise credit was around £11k - this is not enough to rebook the original package on the Xpedition without having to add another few thousand into the equation. We have now booked The Xploration northern loop sailing for October 2020 - our cruise credit covers this sailing comfortably. The Marriott, Baltra flights etc.we had to pay extra for along with our own flight arrangements to get to Quito. Saying that, we are more than happy to do this as it will get us to cruise The Galapagos at a massively reduced cost. Overall, after the initial disappointment of he cancelled cruise things have worked out well for us.
  6. Who would have thought that after the license fiasco that there would be another major problem with the potential to wreck our holiday plans. The latest news is such a relief - I was starting to think that this holiday was not meant to be! I hope that normality resumes as soon as possible for everyone - tourists and residents of Ecuador. Thanks for posting that link Paulekrause - it has certainly made me feel a lot better - I even spoke to my holiday insurance company earlier today to find out how it works if the holiday is no go. The UK government foreign travel website currently shows Ecuador as "Essential travel only" - I'll be so pleased to see that go back to normal.
  7. I find this all rather worrying. I have read that the president has declared a state of emergency for 60 days - will travel insurance still be valid if we knowingly travel to a country that is in a state of emergency? Still going though as long as the cruise is still happening (9th Nov sailing). Hopefully things will have settled down by then - not overly bothered about the Quito tour - can just chill at the hotel instead.
  8. Thanks for posting, glad you enjoyed it - such a relief that the Xpedition is sailing again. We are on the Nov 9th trip so not too long to go now😀
  9. The last two and a half months have been frustrating and worrying but it looks like things might have finally been sorted. Will be eager to see comments and reviews from people who are hopefully on the Xpedition having a fantastic time this week.
  10. This does look promising! All the time this problem has been going on it has never showed a location like this. It has been permanently anchored at Salinas apart from the other week when it went to Manta and back. Will be keeping an eye on this for sure.
  11. Out of interest, do Celebrity contact you directly regarding any changes or is it through your travel agent if you booked through one? Thanks.
  12. I had not even considered the enhanced suite amenities. I remember reading about this happening from August but got so wrapped up in this current situation I had not given it any thought. We have a suite booked and was looking forward to those benefits. Part of me thinks now that one of the other vessels with 50% refund is preferable. This whole thing is starting to do my head in!
  13. I had got to the point of thinking that this situation would still be ongoing for our November cruise, let’s hope that the Xpedition is back to normal for then. I like the idea of the reduced numbers but will it be 48 or 64? Will some passengers have to go for the alternative offered?
  14. Apologies MountainEER74, I was going to reply to your post regarding picking up supplies in Manta (a comment about frozen lobster) but thought better of it. I couldn’t find a way of deleting the quote/reply when trying to reply to jamacka’s posting regarding altitude.
  15. Altitude is a strange one, it can affect some people and not others regardless of how fit you are. A few years ago I went to Bryce Canyon in Utah which is around 9000ft above sea level and noticed no difference at all. I didn’t even know that we were at at higher altitude whilst we were there.
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