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  • Location
    San Diego, CA
  • Interests
    swimming, hiking, cycling
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Regent & Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Hong Kong, but you need 5 days there

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  1. With all kinds of opinions flying around I would like to know what actual current policy is for Regent ships as to if masks are ever required onboard and if they are in what situations?
  2. How does this work compared to the bidding system? When the bids come out you simply contact celebrity and ask for a discounted upgrade?
  3. Delta has already peaked in the UK and cases are declining. Likely that will occur elsewhere. However there are already 4 more mutations coming after Delta. In Los Angeles is appears there is a breakout of fast growing Epsilon and in other countries Zeta. People don't seem to want to research the 3 most recent SARS viruses before Covid-19 and each one had a long series of mutations that followed. The difference then was it was neither political and media worthy. Most people don't realize that 7.7 million people die per year in the USA (the 5-year average ending in 2018). North do they know that right now the Red Cross is desperately calling out because of an extreme increase in demand for blood and blood platelets. Hospitals are filled up with cancer and heart diseased critically ill patients. So many either were shut out from the hospitals and doctors or they were freighted. According to the Red Cross in the past 3 months there is a huge increase in critically ill patients that has nothing to do with Covid or Delta. The media campaign to frighten people has been very successful. I am not discounting covid or Delta deaths, but merely pointing out there are far more people dying right now from non-covid illness.
  4. I spoke with Celebrity today and ask how full the ships are right now and was told that most cruises during August are at 50%. I replied that on my October cruise it shows all the suites sold out and she said that is because Celebrity is only releasing some of the cabins to keep the overall occupancy down. If this is the case it may be different bidding on upgrades than in a normal timeframe?
  5. How much did you bid to get that upgrade? We want to advance from sky suite and not sure how much to bid
  6. I would like to know the facts regarding past experiences with passengers placing bids to upgrade their cabins in the weeks prior to departure. I have a few questions, but beyond my questions I would like to hear the experiences of other passengers. 1) If two passengers bid the same amount for an upgrade does the passenger with more Captains Club points win? 2) Can you bid to move up more than one class of cabin? 3) What is the bid range that works to win a higher level of suite? To move into Aqua Class or from Aqua Class to a suite or move from a Sky suite to a Celebrity or Royal Suite? The dollars it takes to win these upgrades on average? Please give examples of what you paid to get a successful upgrade or amounts you offered and didn't get the upgrade. 4) Do passengers who book directly with Celebrity have an advantage over a passenger who booked through an outside travel agency? 5) Does Captain Club tier level have any value to upgrades? Thanks for all the facts that you have experienced.
  7. Does "B2B" mean "back to back cruises?" Thanks for your insight on Infinity. We are looking at shifting that cruise schedule (March 2023) to a cruise on Oceania or Regent. We want to go to South America and our previous S.A. cruise was covid-cancelled, but several friends have told us the suites on Infinity are in disrepair. I like the financial analysis that "Stockjock" gave and to me, I don't think any of the cruise lines are out of the woods financially. The three big public company cruise lines borrowed a huge amount of money to survive covid and those loans/bonds will have growing debt service (especially if interest rates rise in 2022 & beyond). Covid has added all kinds of costs to their respective business models and the inflation in food, fuel, labor, port fees, etc will all significantly increase costs. I simply don't see the money to rehab ships as every bit of cash needs to used for the ongoing financial bleeding. It is not far-fetched to consider that there might be more mergers of the big co's simply to survive this mess. For us who like to cruise I would expect us to be paying a lot more in the coming years to cover the increased costs to operate a cruise ship. Just my gut instincts telling me surprises will occur that many passengers did not expect.
  8. Any chance another ship will replace Infinity in 2023 if it is not fully revolutionized by then?
  9. We have a cruise booked from Buenos Aires on March 11, 2023. Some friends who are avid Celebrity fans told me we won't like the ship unless it is upgraded or substituted for an updated ship. The enhancement that was scheduled I believe was postponed due to Covid and the financial hit Celebrity took. I'm trying to find out what the current plan is for this ship to modernized.
  10. Dear all, My wife tells me she read that on RCL that if a passenger tests positive that others onboard must start wearing a mask in public venues. I am not looking for opinion, but simply want to know what the Celebrity policy is right now.
  11. Does Celebrity require passengers wear masks on upcoming sailings in Jan/Feb? We respect people with conditions that are at risk, but we will not sail with a rule that passengers must wear masks. We are interested to book new cruises and want to know what the current policy is for Celebrity and mask requirements. Thanks
  12. Be careful about a broad stroke to quickly dismiss all antibody tests. The leading manufacturers have had their tests reviewed by 3rd parties with over 99% accuracy. I have read several of the diagnostic reports and there are a number of small CO’s using tests that have reliability down to 85%. Some in government feel threatened by antibody testing as they don’t have an answer to increasing numbers of people who show evidence they already have had the virus. These antibody tests are being questioned over a lack of reliability and also the premise that we don’t know if a person can get the virus more than once. While it is possible people can get the virus more than once the more likely answer is that some people carry the virus for a long period of time with several spikes in symptoms. Regardless, very soon there will be hundreds of thousands of people who have had the virus and scientists and medical professionals will be able to definitively say if people have gotten the virus twice. For now my view is that past similar viruses were not caught twice, but there were people who carried the virus for several months. Some government leaders fear an inability to stop people from an active lifestyle and so their first defense is to brush off the antibody test results as inaccurate and/or saying there is no evidence you can get the virus a 2nd time. When this is cleared up (by monitoring people who have had the virus to see if any have gotten it a 2nd time) there likely will be large numbers of younger people purposely exposing themselves so they can put this issue behind them. That is something that really scares the government officials who are attempting to keep a lid on the virus by changing all society rules.
  13. Here are some facts from people who died on cruise ships this year. Diamond Princess 2666 passengers plus 1045 crew and 14 died Grand Princess 2422 passengers plus 1111 crew and 7 died Ruby Princess 2700 passengers plus 1100 crew and 21 died That is 11044 people and 42 dead. Most of the passengers were over 70. The cumulative death rate was 0.38% That is a very low death rate compared to the exaggérated death rate published in the media, but I would guess on these same ships in 2019 less than 3 to 5 people died on the same voyages. COVID is highly contageous at a much higher rate than the normal flu. How many of you are booking your next cruise on Carnival this Summer?🤥 More info at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic_on_cruise_ships
  14. My wife and I don't have any of the comorbidities and our lungs are in top shape. We will cruise when it is allowed AND the following: No restrictions at any of the ports of call No restrictions on the ships (we will NOT cruise if we must wear a mask all the time). We don't want to run scared the rest of our active lives. If we get COVID (if we have not already had it) the odds are greatly in our favor that even if we get a bad case our bodies will fight it off. The best example of COVID 19 is to study the 1968 Hong Kong flu which is almost identical in nature. Many people in the USA and the world died, but society and business did not shut down. Cruise ships are very dangerous for people with risk factors because viruses like this one spread very quickly. But even on the ships with thousands of passengers (including the navy ships) the number of people who died is a very small number. And for cruise ships the demographics during February and March were a substantial majority of people over 60.
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