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    Former Cruise Critic Host & 10,000+ Club

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    Boca Raton, FL
  • Interests
    Cruising, Cruising, and MORE Cruising !!!
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Crystal, Azamara
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anywhere in the Caribbean !

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  1. Agree Host Grandma. **IF** anything were to happen to Azamara (and I sincerely hope it does not come to that !) I'd be confident they will allow you to move FCC's to Royal or Celebrity. Marinaro brings up a good point about Silversea. They would be the only Royal brand (sort of) in the same Universe as Azamara. Whether they would accept their FCC's is uncertain, but I would think it's possible, as they are now part of the Royal Family -- again, IF it ever came to that. I highly doubt any of us knows what the future holds. Honestly, I felt pretty good about Azamara's future, until L
  2. I should have been more precise Phil. When I said "run independently" - I meant the brands are run independently as far as management teams go. Has that changed ? I was aware that Azamara shares services with other departments at Royal. Not sure who is handling FCC's for Azamara, but (FWIW), when I asked Celebrity about their FCC's this week, they stated they're handling their Celebrity bookings. Whether that's 100% accurate, is anyone's guess. Hope all is well with you. Please stay safe.
  3. It's always been my understanding that all three brands are run independently. Unless something has recently changed, I doubt that folks waiting for refunds/FCC's at Azamara, are being thrown in with Royal Caribbean & Celebrity Guests. While it's possible there's a directive from the RCCL Executive team - IMO, that would be a poor decision for all involved. I absolutely believe it''s a case of tremendous amount of paperwork/accounting/procedural stuff going on, and that all takes time. For those that are upset about refunds, I sincerely hope it will be resolved as s
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    Larry Stepping Down!

    The same thought crossed my mind today. I always hoped he would be the Master of Ceremonies at the naming ceremony, watching his dream come to reality. Sad.
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    Larry Stepping Down!

    Hi Everyone, Hope my dear Cruise Critic friends are doing as well as possible, during this horrible Pandemic. I wanted to also share how sad I am, to learn of Larry's resignation. I've had the pleasure of meeting Larry, and I was always impressed by everything about him - especially how passionate he is, about all things Azamara and the Cruise industry. To describe Larry as "Brilliant" & "Visionary" isn't nearly enough. Azamara, and the entire industry was lucky to have his leadership. While Larry's departure is a massive loss for Azamara, I believe they
  6. Hi Oceangoer2, How are you ? I hope all is well ! In most corporate structures... the email address is typically the first letter of the person's first name, and, their entire last name. For example, Joe Smith would be "JSmith@aaa.com". Celebrity has 2 email domains : @Celebrity.com & @Celebritycruises.com . FWIW, I've tried emailing Ms. Lutoff-Perlo in the past (via email & via Twitter), and have not received a direct reply. With that said, your email will undoubtedly be read, and it's likely that someone from her team will respond. Thank you for y
  7. Hi Everyone, Celebrity Press Release (1/28/20) highlighting updates to Celebrity Apex. Enjoy ! https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/reaching-the-apex-of-luxury-at-sea-celebrity-cruises-unveils-encore-in-edge-series-with-new-celebrity-apex-300994472.html
  8. Hi Tom, Welcome to Cruise Critic. Nice first post ! We're on this sailing too. Celebrating a BIG birthday for My incredible Mom. My Sister & Nephew are joining us. Hope to meet you onboard. Will you be attending the Meet & Mingle ? Safe travels to Sunny Florida. It's a beautiful Morning here !
  9. Thanks very much for your kind words Hcat ! It's been a very challenging few months. Had a wonderful Social Media project in deep discussions, and was fairly certain it was going to happen. Out of the blue, it fell apart earlier this week. While I'm extremely disappointed, I must move on. One thing I've learned from personal experiences, is that when something doesn't happen, it seriously hurts for a little while... but, it usually opens the door for something MUCH better. We'll see ! I've also been writing a book about Cruising and, in part, my experiences and passion
  10. Hi m8zenblue ! If all goes according to plan, Sue Denning should be the CD on Silhouette in December. IMO, she's a fantastic Cruise Director, and a tremendous asset to Celebrity. Which sailing are you on ? We're expecting to be on the Dec 1st sailing. Hope this helps !
  11. My pleasure Katie. Happy to be back. I hope all is well !!!
  12. Hi Njmelis24, It's really haphazard. Sometimes we receive a call, sometimes we don't. It's pretty much a friendly soft sales call, to see if they can offer you items to purchase on your sailing. Good sales/marketing I suppose. Hope this helps !
  13. Already a thread on this topic here : . Hopefully, the mods will merge.
  14. BTW, my sincere apologies for not posting lately. Work has been extremely busy, but I will make every effort to participate as much as possible ! Miss everyone very much. Hope you are doing well.
  15. Hi Everyone, Today's Press release (9/20/19) from Celebrity : Celebrity to launch new ad campaign "Wonder Awaits", on the 71st Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 22nd. BTW, Spoiler alert for Captain Kate fans 🙂 Here's a link to the Celebrity Press Release & Video : https://multivu.com/players/English/82190510-celebrity-cruises-unlocks-world-of-wonder/ Thought this might be helpful. Enjoy !
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