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  1. Hi, Thanks, I am trying to decide if canceling my cruise at this point will cost me $1,000 (25% of fare paid) or $4,000 (100% of fare paid). Fortunately, I only booked a category A1 stateroom. Unfortunately, I booked a pre-cruise package in Nassau through Crystal and paid the 25% single supplement. Chuck
  2. Hi, When I booked (and paid for) the cruise departing from Nassau on September 18, the itinerary didn't include Miami. I intentionally booked a cruise that should have avoided this situation. Chuck
  3. Hi, At this point, I don't think it is mandatory that passengers wear masks on the Crystal Serenity. However, I think it is a good idea to wear a mask on the ship considering the recent virus trends. I know that some other cruise lines are requiring passengers to wear masks on their ships. On July 10, I sailed aboard the Celebrity Summit out of St. Maarten on a seven-day cruise. The cruise was outstanding (only 410 passengers on a 2000 passenger ship) and I had a wonderful time. Everyone on the ship was required to be vaccinated. The crew members wore masks but the passengers did not. However, we were required to wear masks in some of the ports. All of the passengers tested negative at the end of the cruise. I was hoping to have a similar experience on the Crystal Serenity in September, but the virus situation has grown much worse during the past month. The cruise has become much less appealing after I paid for it a few weeks ago. Chuck
  4. Hi, I am beginning to feel the same way. This cruise honestly doesn't sound like it is going to be very enjoyable (wearing a mask the entire cruise, constant COVID fears, etc.) Chuck
  5. Hi, I am booked on the Crystal Serenity's cruise departing from Nassau on September 18. I have paid for the cruise in full. This cruise is becoming increasingly less attractive. If I cancel my cruise by August 16, I should be entitled to receive a refund of 75%. At this point, is Crystal currently paying out refunds? Will I actually ever receive this 75% refund? Thanks, Chuck
  6. Hi, It seems like there should not be too many passengers on this ship that need to be cleared in Miami, but having only two officers must greatly slow down the process. I must admit that the likelihood of me deciding to cancel my September 18 cruise on this ship is increasing. This cruise is becoming less attractive. If I cancel within the next seven days, I should (in theory) receive a 75% refund. Chuck
  7. Hi, I have a feeling that this dispute will drag on for a long time. Chuck
  8. Hi, This is bad news. I was hoping to stay aboard the ship in Miami. Chuck
  9. Hi, I took my first Celebrity cruise on the Horizon back in 1991. Since the Horizon, I have taken eight additional Celebrity cruises over the years. Most recently, I cruised aboard the Celebrity Summit from July 10-17, 2021 out of St. Maarten. This was an outstanding cruise that exceeded my expectations. However, there were only 410 passengers on my particular cruise. As a result, I think this was better than a typical Celebrity cruise. Even though times have changed, I still think Celebrity is a very nice line. Chuck
  10. Hi, Thanks for posting this. The information is very helpful. Chuck
  11. Hi, I have decided to keep my cruise on the Crystal Serenity that departs from Nassau on September 18 rather than change to a Miami departure. I have paid for my cruise in full and booked the two day package with Crystal at Baha Mar in Nassau. This will at least minimize my time in Florida. However, I need to change planes in Miami prior to my flight to Nassau. I realize that the Bahamas aren't great regarding the virus, but I live in a high-rise building in downtown Chicago and risk exposure every day. Of course, my cruise is six weeks from now. It is impossible to know what the situation will be at that time. If the number of passengers remains so low, do you think Crystal might cancel the cruise? I cruised aboard the Celebrity Summit out of St. Maarten on July 10 (fully vaccinated cruise) and had a wonderful time. There were only 410 passengers on the cruise and the service was incredible. Even though this cruise was only a few weeks ago, a lot has changed (for the worse) since then. Chuck
  12. Hi, I have paid in full for the September 18 cruise and can't make a reservation for Prego as a solo traveler. After I enter party of one, I always receive a message that "no tables are available for your party size at this time." I have tried this for various days and times. Chuck
  13. Hi, Thank you very much for the detailed and thoughtful review. I am booked on the Crystal Serenity's cruise that is scheduled to depart from Nassau on September 18. This will be my sixth Crystal cruise. It sounds like there may be some differences between this and my prior Crystal cruises. However, I should have a great time. Chuck
  14. Hi, I cruised aboard the Celebrity Summit out of St. Maarten from July 10-17, 2021. This cruise spent a day in Curacao. The port was open to visitors and we were able to move about the port on our own. I did a shore excursion in the morning and walked around the town in the afternoon. Other than a few shops which had signs on their doors stating that masks were required, the port seemed unchanged from my visits to this port in past years. Of course, this is subject to change. Chuck
  15. Hi, I recently cruised aboard the Celebrity Summit (July 10-17, 2021) and electronically submitted my request for the shareholder credit. The credit appeared on my cruise planner and I was able to use the credit during my cruise. Chuck
  16. Hi, Keith, thanks for your well-reasoned message. One of the primary reasons that I booked my cruise on the Crystal Serenity departing from Nassau on September 18 was because there was a requirement that all passengers be vaccinated. Earlier this month, I sailed on a cruise on the Celebrity Summit out of St. Maarten and the cruise line retained its requirement that all passengers be vaccinated. My cruise had only 410 passengers (on a ship that can accommodate over 2,000 passengers), but this is a larger line that can better afford to operate cruises at a loss (at least for the short term). I don't like Crystal's sudden decision to allow unvaccinated passengers to sail on these cruises, but I understand the reasoning. Other cruise lines are following a similar approach to cruises departing from Florida. I decided to keep my booking and plan to enjoy the cruise. I am fully vaccinated and careful around other people. However, I live in a high-rise building in downtown Chicago and undoubtedly risk catching the virus on a daily basis. Because I live on a high floor, I need to ride an elevator several times a day. My recent cruise on the Celebrity Summit was outstanding and I intend to have an equally wonderful time on the Crystal Serenity. Chuck
  17. Hi, I have decided to keep my departure from Nassau on September 18 rather than changing to a Miami departure. Also, I already have paid for the pre-cruise package at the Baha Mar SLS that I booked through Crystal. Earlier this month, I sailed aboard the Celebrity Summit out of St. Maarten. As a result, I already have experience dealing with the COVID protocols in foreign airports. Chuck
  18. Hi, For what it's worth, the Crystal Serenity has being sailing with around 650 passengers (which is a very low number of passengers for a ship that is nearly 70,000 tons). This should at least help to prevent crowding. Chuck
  19. Hi, I guess I misstated the requirements in my prior message. Even so, won't the Bahamian government be able to share with Crystal who is fully vaccinated? They will know who has shown proof of vaccination to avoid the COVID test. Chuck
  20. Hi, I just spoke with Crystal again. They are working closely with the Bahamian government which requires proof of vaccination. Therefore, Crystal will be able to know exactly who is vaccinated. At this point, unvaccinated people cannot directly book the cruise and are placed on a wait list. Chuck
  21. Hi, I just spoke with a travel advisor at Crystal. As I noted above, I am booked on the Crystal Serenity's September 18 cruise. I certainly don't like the change concerning Miami, but I now feel a little better about the cruise. Because of the very strict requirements that they are imposing on unvaccinated passengers (they won't have access to large areas of the ship or be able to go ashore in the Bahamas), they don't think there will be many unvaccinated passengers on the cruise. They expect that most passengers boarding the ship in Miami will be vaccinated. Unvaccinated passengers will be wearing a bracelet that is a different color. She said that passengers were having difficulty making air arrangements to Nassau and that they needed to board more passengers in Miami to make the cruise viable. Otherwise, it sounds like they may have been forced to cancel the cruises because the passenger numbers were so low. As everyone knows, Crystal is not in a very good financial position. Earlier this month, I cruised aboard the Celebrity Summit out of St. Maarten on fully vaccinated sailing. The cruise only had about 410 passengers (on a ship with a passenger capacity over 2,000) and obviously could not have been profitable. However, Celebrity's parent company (Royal Caribbean) is in a strong enough financial position to operate these low occupancy cruises in the short term. It sounds like Crystal does not have the resources to operate the low occupancy cruises and was forced to make the change of allowing passengers to board in Miami. I am not happy about this change, but I have paid for my September 18 cruise in full. I paid a considerable amount of money to Crystal because I paid the 25% single supplement and booked the pre-cruise hotel package through them. At this point, I am not going to cancel the cruise. Chuck
  22. Hi, I recently cruised on the Celebrity Summit out of St. Maarten (July 10-17) on a fully vaccinated cruise. The cruise was very nice and Celebrity did not change their rules. The atmosphere on the ship was wonderful, but I think it would have been very different without the vaccination requirement. Chuck
  23. Hi, I recently cruised aboard the Celebrity Summit from July 10-17 as a solo cruiser. On my cruise, I was not seated with other guests in the dining room the first several nights. However, I was seated at a table for two that was very close to other tables. It was easy to converse with guests at the other tables. During the cruise, I met a group of people who asked me to join them for dinner. I was allowed to dine with them, but this seems inconsistent with the general rule described above. I had a wonderful time on this cruise. Chuck
  24. Hi, I think we should be able to get a full refund. This change is unacceptable, especially considering the recent spike in COVID cases. Chuck
  25. Hi, I am booked on the September 18 cruise and just received the same email. I intentionally chose this cruise because all of the passengers were required to be vaccinated. I am thoroughly disappointed about the decision to allow unvaccinated passengers on this cruise. Also, I have the inconvenience (and additional expense) of flying to Nassau for the cruise. It is not right that people can now board in Miami. I would cancel this cruise if I already hadn't paid for the cruise in full. Chuck
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