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  1. 1 hour ago, Merion_Mom said:


    Just a plain rubber band works, too.  🙂 


    Then there is every traveler's favorite...........duct tape.  😄


    I always pack a rubber band just for this use then leave it for the next person.  Had someone do this years ago and continue to pay it forward.

  2. 20 minutes ago, TechPotato said:

    Technically, it's more like:

    If you are flying to Atlanta and because of engine troubles they drop you in Poughkeepsie.

    Then, they keep flying the plane for a year with the same engine troubles, and redirect EVERY flight booked to Atlanta to Poughkeepsie, but don't let people who have booked the flight previously change to a different flight that will actually GO to Atlanta. 
    If people have booked their flight more than 90 days in advance, they will let you change to a different flight on a different aircraft, but they will charge you a $100pp change fee. If THEY have no other flights on the same date, they will not refund any of the deposit.



    I see it more like your flight still gets to Atlanta but instead of a stopover in NYC your stopover is in Poughkeepsie.  The flight still starts and ends in the same place but takes a different route to get there.


    I have stated on other threads about these issues I truly feel for those whose itinerary has been changed but this is part of cruising.  


    Been cruising for many years and always tell people asking about cruises if you want to get to a certain place never book a cruise to get you there.  Too many things can happen to change itineraries, at least those impacted have time to change plans.  Most often with itinerary changes, weather, medical, mechanical, etc happen while onboard with little or no time to adjust.

  3. Agree with Capt BJ.  Your age for the duration of the cruise is whatever it is on the day you board.  If you really want to change it you can go to guest services with proof and get a new card.


    My son turned 18 on a cruise, he wanted to use the teen club so stayed 17 for the duration with a "kids" seapass.

  4. 1 hour ago, actuarian said:

    My wife and I have been on 84 cruises and one thing we have learned from that experience is to never book a cruise based on a particular port on the itinerary.  The cruise contract line always gives the cruise line the right to cancel a port for any reason.  Moreover, once the ship has set sail, the captain has that right.  If there is a particular place that you really want to visit, a cruise is not the way to do it.  Usually, this is not an issue for Caribbean cruises since Caribbean ports have relatively few unique attractions.  However, it can be a great disappointment when a port gets cancelled on a European or Mediterranean cruise.


    Agree have been cruising for over 30 years and always tell people don't book a cruise if you have your heart set on getting to 1, or 2, special places.  Remember you are on a ship, if mechanical issues happen they can't bring another in like a bus or a plane.  Weather, ocean conditions and many other things can impact the ability to dock somewhere.  Medical emergencies can change the course of a sailing, and I am sure many other things as well.  Is it a disappointment absolutely, but it's part of choosing a cruise vacation.  With cruises becoming common place many don't understand the risks unfortunately.


    As for the pizza, yes you still have a full pizza, just one of the slices has a different topping that you don't care for.  The only exception is to the sailing where boarding is delayed, in that case one slice has no topping.   Does the situation suck, yep, should there be some OBC probably, but cancelling over this to me is too much.   


    Never have had a port cancelled, but came close in the med once when riots were taking place in Athens.  We were disappointed when it looked like we wouldn't make it, knew about a week or so beforehand, but had plan b all ready.  Fortunately didn't need it.

  5. 23 minutes ago, citronella said:

    Life ain’t easy.  Should I start ?


    If you’ve got allergies, plan ahead - can’t deal with multiple tong use in the buffet, then steer away from cruise ships or all inclusives.


    Suck it up..........we all got issues.


    No life is not easy but just because you have an allergy or some other issue you shouldn't cruise???  If so the ships would be empty.  My daughter has cruised and faired very well.  She knows the questions to ask and the places to go.  However when you get inconsiderate people who go to the gluten free, vegan, etc areas and poke at the food there contaminating it that is just not right.  Unfortunately this does make life harder for people like my daughter because no she won't touch it unless she saw it come from the kitchen and can ensured if it's content.


    We have become a me me me society and very few think of others and how their actions impact anyone else.  Very sad commentary on our world.

  6. 1 hour ago, Cruise it or lose it said:

    But they would put chicken wings and fries together? Someone mentioned that in this thread, I believe.

    I don't know.. I  asked friends who are vegan why they  couldn't order fries and I was told that they believed more than fries got deep fried in the same oil. I never think of things like this when I go out to eat.



    My daughter has celiac disease.  The flour on the fish can set her off, fry the potatoes in the same oil as the fish and she has an issue.  She has learnt to ask how fries are cooked before touching any if them.


    Until she was diagnosed I never would have thought about cross contamination in this context but now do.

  7. To add, while the OP may know the details and only be looking for a simple yes or no answer, others may read this post and not.  By adding the additional info those posters could be helping others.  Once the OP got their answer no need to keep coming back. 


    Posts on an internet forum seem to have a life of their own and cannot be controlled by one individual poster.  This can be good, provides a wider breadth of info, or bad when it goes totally astray.

  8. 58 minutes ago, jewopaho said:

    For the first time since earning Diamond privileges long ago (we're now D+) I was questioned by the concierge as to why I was carrying two drinks from the DC to the adjoining Olive or Twist Lounge (Liberty of the Seas). Of course, the club was packed to overflowing, and my wife had found us a couple of seats in the lounge (also filled beyond capacity). My response was civil, although my thoughts were hardly so. The concierge replied that only one drink per member was permitted out of the DC, to which I requested that he find me two seats in the club, so there would be no question as to who the "prohibited" drink was for. I then simply walked away. The following morning, I spoke to the concierge, and in no uncertain terms (firm but fair)  let him know that his inference that I might be smuggling a drink to a non-Diamond member was unacceptable. He understood, but stated that he was bound by Royal's edict (now to be more strictly enforced), and that he also had to randomly check SeaPass cards of those in the DC at Happy Hour, lest an intruder find a way in. We've met some wonderful folks in the DC, and have maintained friendships with several of them. We'd hate to avoid the place, but we cannot tolerate such treatment by an individual whose reason for being aboard is to take exceptional care of us. "I'm only doing my job" is no excuse.    


    If people didn't try to sneak drinks to others or sneak their friends in, or sneak into the lounge themselves this would not be an issue at all.  


    A simple response of my wife got us seats while I got drinks was all he was most likely looking for.  I would prefer the question to be asked, nicely of course, and have benefits remain.  Too many people looking for exceptions and/or bragging about getting them any more.

  9. 14 minutes ago, leaveitallbehind said:

    That is because he was 17 at the time of sailing, which is the criteria used - age at time of embarkation / departure.


    Which is what I originally stated and Shmoo commented it didn't work that way on Disney.  I added my experience was on Royal and that each line seemed to handle things differently.  Bottom line ask the question on the line you are looking at to see what their rules are.

  10. 24 minutes ago, Shmoo here said:

    That's not how it works on DCL.


    A 17 year old can participate in the teen club until they turn 18 (while on a cruise).  Then they cannot.  But they can then "hang out" in the adult clubs and areas.


    Our experience was on Royal so I guess each line does it different.  He was definitely allowed in the teen club for the entire voyage even though he turned 18 a few days in.

  11. 3 hours ago, cb at sea said:

    Even if they're NOT allowed to drink, they can usually be in the clubs until a certain time....


    23 minutes ago, mjkacmom said:

    18 years and up are absolutely not allowed in the teen clubs.


    Not that i liketo agree with CB, but I am pretty sure they were talking about the night club's which are 18 and over.  While they can get in they cannot purchase alcoholic drinks until 21 on US based sailings.


    Agree, teen clubs are very strict, no one over 17 allowed, however that age is determined as of the first day of the cruise.  My son turned 18 during a cruise and was considered a teen the entire voyage.  Therefore he could go to the teen club but not night club.  If we/he wanted we could switch mid cruise but then he woudnot be allowed in teen club but would be in the night club.

  12. 14 hours ago, grandgeezer said:


    Another drink snob. Sounds like my ex brother-in-law, equates quality to price paid. I can't make the comparison as I've never tasted swill. If you are going to demean a person on the type of alcohol they drink, you must have a field day with other things like cabin type, food venues, type of car they drive, money, or anything else that doesn't jive with what you like. The word judgmental pops in my head. 


    10 hours ago, twangster said:


    Looks who is judging.  


    I don't like the taste.  Nothing about price.  I've demeaned no one, but you have.



    Agree, I can get one of my favorite wines for 9.99 a bottle.  Have had wines that are close to 100 and while they are nice, definitely not worth the cost to us.  Price has nothing to do with it, it's all about taste.

  13. 5 minutes ago, ValerieJo said:

    Yes, you do get three free drinks per Diamond member on your seapass card.  Be advised that the 3 free drinks are during Happy Hour only.  Typically around 5:00 until 8:00.  Times vary a little depending on the ship.


    And supposedly only those drinks that are on the Diamond list.


    To answer the original question I would love the discount for Diamond.  We find that what we normally drink is not of the Diamond drink list and the timeframe for those drinks does not fit into our schedule well. 


    On sea days we enjoy drinks by the pool, often frozen along with many bottles of water, on port days we usually get a frozen something to take back to the cabin and relax on the balcony (before lounge hours) as well as waters to take off in port.  We are usually getting ready during the earlier lounge hours, then head to dinner where we will have wine, don't care for the lounge wine get something else.  By the time dinner is over the lounge is winding down so our drinks at the show and on are too late.  Add on oj, coffee, and those bottles of water all day and night and it works for us.


    Could we make it work to have our drinks during the lounge hours, probably, but it's just not for us.

  14. 1 hour ago, papaflamingo said:

    What's amazing isn't how complicated the schemes are, but how many are so freely willing to scheme in the first place.  Whatever happened to integrity and honesty?   Sad. 


    1 hour ago, fsjosh said:


    Welcome to 2019 where it's ok to steal and screw people over as long as it's a big company or they are perceived as rich. 


    And brag about it on social media!

  15. Agree with others here the title is quite deceiving.  I see a string of little issues all coming together to make the OP feel unhappy.  However having done most of my own travel reservations over the years don't see a big issue.


    It all started with the feeling of overpaying, getting cheated by the cruise line, when the price dropped after final payment.  We have had both happen on both cruises, flights and hotels, some times you can a price adjusted others you can't.  In the long run they all average out.  Our next cruise has almost doubled in price since we booked, it is still 7 months out so I am sure there are plenty of adjustments to come. 


    The OP decided to ask their TA if something could be done, I as well as many others here I am sure would have done the same.  Where the 1st issue comes in is when the TA is on a vacation of their own.  Yes it was great she called on her vacation but I would bet if she was I  her office things may have gone differently.  I have learned to ask for a confirmation and verify the contents before getting off the phone to make sure all is as expected. If the TA was in their office maybe they would have done the same?  Maybe waiting for the TA to return would have gotten better results. I know TAs can do great things but personally prefer to do my own to be on my timeframe not someone else's. 


    Yes the rep gave incorrect info on the size of the cabin.  Unfortunately as customer service gets moved overseas quality slips.  They have a script and don't do much thinking.  This applies to a lot of companies not just Celebrity.  Here again I would have checked myself while on the phone but with the TA away and OP in their car it was not possible.  If the OP knew the size was the same would they have agreed to the upgrade? I am getting they would have.


    As for trying to remove the OBC,  this is again part of the script. They are not going to deviate without someone asking the question.  When the TA pushed it was all left in tact.  This all worked as it should have.


    Finally, the OBC was mistakenly removed. Yes this is an error. Celebrity, and their sister brands are not known for their IT systems, onboard experience us very different.  However if the confirmation was reviewed while on the phone this angst could have been avoided.


    The OP came here, was assured a phone call would get it all fixed which it was.  However they are still unhappy and place all the blame on Celebrity.  My suggestion at this point is to leave this post as their opinion is obviously different than most here and by reiterating the same thing over and over isn't helping their case.


    OP  I truly hope your cruise is wonderful and you can put this all behind.

  16. 30 minutes ago, leaveitallbehind said:

    I would call back and challenge that as we have friends who are Diamond on RCI that have cruised as Black with MSC.  


    The original status match for Diamond was Black, but that changed at some point in 2018.  Guess they had too many taking them up on their offer.  We originally dud the status match but were unable to sail within their time limit so lost the Black status 😔 and reverted back to the lowest tier.  Haven't tried but understand you can only do the status match once.

  17. Only you know your child and what they are capable of.  I will see if I have still have it but not sure, do a search 9n the family board for teens/kids rules, contracts, etc for things to think about.  My kids are older now with kids if their own but we used these as talking points when they were younger.  One took them very well, the other had to push and had consequences once, after he realized we were serious he followed our rules much better but still was a constant challenge.


    One thing I will add that is a newer thing than when our kids were younger us the whiteboards on the doors.  Personally I don't want others to know where my kids or I will be when, just too much for me.  We got extra keys for all cabins and designated one as the message central where we left notes for each other if necessary, yes we traveled before cell phones were prevalent.


    Bottom line go with your gut and if you are nervous go slow and start within your comfort zone and go from there.  

  18. 10 hours ago, Lady CJ said:

    You are fortunate to be able to control you BP with medication.  But there are  cardiac alert service dogs that monitor rises and drops in BP for people with certain heart conditions. He may have a legitimate need for the dog.


    If he has a legitimate reason then why has he been spotted in the hot tubs without the dog?  Hot tubs are known for raising blood pressure after all.

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