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About JennAngel9

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    Los Angeles, CA
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    Seabourn, Celebrity, Regent

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  1. Has anybody tried to lift and shift when they had a FCC that expired between the date of the present booking and the "lift and shift" booking? We have a 3k FCC from a 2018 cruise that expires in about a year (already extended once, originally we were going to use it July 2020 but that didn't happen...), but I think we will probably be unable to sail before 2022 due to my daughter's health issues and high risk for COVID-19 complications. I would really hate to lose the $3000, but not quite enough to risk my kid's life. 😛
  2. Following up on my own question, earlier this week I was able to do this entirely through Celebrity's website and it was SHOCKINGLY EASY. It would have taken less than 2 minutes except I somehow had the wrong FCC number, but I was able to use the chat help person/bot to get my correct FCC # and I just typed it in, next cruise booked with no additional deposit. Woohoo!
  3. Wow, that's really cool. Thanks davekathy! If we can get the pandemic under control, I assume they will be Elite Plus by the time they turn 18-- and since I'll probably still be paying their onboard expenses for at least another decade, it'll be nice to save on incidentals. 😉
  4. Are you telling me that if I'm elite and I have a 4 and 6 year old (and, should it need to be said, they both live with me) that calling Captain's Club will make both of them elite? I'm now trying to think what benefits this would even get us-- an extra 2 bags of laundry? More free internet minutes? Can they get soda for free during captain's club happy hour? 😉
  5. Has anybody successfully used FCC to pay for the deposit? We would like to book a cruise for the 2nd half of 2021 (I assume they will be crowded and pricey with everybody holding a lot of credits and lift and shift, etc.) but as Celebrity already owes me $3k in FCC, I really do NOT want to pay another $500 (as an interest free loan) a year in advance to hold a room.
  6. I think the most critical elements of the health protocol are (1) enforcement and (2) only letting people from extremely low prevalence (low risk) areas on board the ship in the first place. In the US, we have no plan in sight to get Florida anywhere close to the levels seen in the average European country. I'm very happy for European cruisers that (so far) these protocols are being enforced and may be enough to get cruising restarted safely so long as local levels of COVID-19 remain low... but I worry American based sailings will think things like face shields are sufficient, even where 1 in
  7. My initial thought was that there are a lot of dumb investors who might want to dump "cruise stocks" and RC "Group" might not be as immediately obvious it's a cruise line holding. 😛 Just to be clear, I sold my RCL stock a long time ago and I'm not saying it's dumb to want to avoid travel stocks for now, just that you'd have to be really dumb if the name of RCL changes whether or not you sell it. 😉
  8. I really liked Azamara the one time (admittedly a decade ago) we sailed with them... but having subsequently sailed with Regent and Seabourn, I feel that the Azamara product is (or at least was) much closer to a small Celebrity ship experience, especially with newer luxury ships having bigger more comfortable rooms. I am not sure the Azamara niche (including higher prices but small cabins) is likely to survive a downturn... but I don't know what the additional costs of maintaining an extra brand are vs. simply calling it a Celebrity Port Intensive itinerary.
  9. A few people alluded to it above, but even if *cruising* is happening in August in varying parts of the world, I seriously doubt that those places are going to be eager to take Americans (or anybody who has recently traveled through major American, Brazilian, etc. airports) without making them quarantine on arrival. We were only barely trending in a downward case count direction when we suddenly decided to start opening up much of the country. If we have 100,000+ active cases around our country for the foreseeable future, we could be banned from sailings (much they way cruise lines original
  10. We like Qsine but I'm not sure I'd trade Ocean Liners or Murano for it and then once it became Le Petit Chef we lost interest in doing it more than once per cruise.
  11. We are suite guests and we were generally happy with Luminae, but I would take Ocean Liners over Luminae every single night (even if I had to pay an upcharge), so long as they let me in! I seem to recall getting a table more than 2x a cruise being difficult.
  12. 4 Unrelated Thoughts (all on topic): 1) Did anyone else notice that in the CC article summary (here: https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5359/) RCL executives said "The newer ships have more public space per passenger and have great consideration for return to service, as well as other ships we've modernized."-- Can this possibly be true? I haven't run the calculations on the Edge class ships, but the revolutions all seem to add cabins without adding much public space (and allocating some of the existing public space exclusively for suite guests). 2) I wish someone had as
  13. I am not not familiar with all of his details, but I am extremely sympathetic to cruisers who feel the benefit of force majeure should work both ways and that their cruiseline (Celebrity or otherwise) should be willing to refund money to everyone it could not provide the cruise they paid for-- even if some of them had the foresight to mitigate their losses earlier and reduce risks to themselves and the global population instead of traveling to a port for a cruise that was unlikely to sail.
  14. Good luck with your small claims case NHDoc. It doesn't make sense for them to be pursuing this strategy to try to claw on to a few hundred per person but alienating a huge % of their core customers at the same time-- especially if it is true that nearly 1/2 don't want a refund anyway. Given the date of your sailing, are you one of the unlucky ones who is trying to get back even more than a deposit?
  15. Thanks for the thoughtful response. I think there is a high chance I will end up litigating it with Celebrity--but maybe not as they are smart enough to know that litigation costs me nothing and would cost them at least a few hundred per hour...but not everybody has the luxury of a J.D. and bar admission. Your own situation demonstrates my point-- today they only are announcing cancellations as far as groups that have either had to make final payment or "accept" CWC. At the time we were told our only options were pay or CWC, more than 1/2 of our party was forbidden from getting on the shi
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