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Happy Cruiser 6143

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    Cape Coral, FL
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    cruising, reading, travel
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  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Canada/New England

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  1. My 5 points were there. Ahead of time. Maybe Celebrity has learned to under promise and over deliver.
  2. I've learned that I miss cruising and my cruising friends! 52 nights at sea down the tubes so far this year. I still have one left in November. Don't know if it will go or not. It's not with Celebrity. I've also learned that I would never have been made whole had it not been for my wonderful TA and her rep. Crazy things happened. Things were credited to a friend's credit card but counted as part of my refund. But my TA, who is also her TA, recognized the last 4 digits of her credit card number (all that Celebrity would provide) and helped get it sorted out. So, I will continue to use a TA. Unfortunately, my TA is retiring at the end of the year. I'm trying a new one. I've also learned not to pay in full for shore excursions with Saga Tours of Iceland, who went bankrupt and left me and many others out hundreds of dollars. Apparently they were using the money we gave them 1 1/2 years in advance for current operations. They, of course, had wonderful reviews on Trip Advisor. Some people were successful with getting a chargeback with their credit card company. I wasn't. I won't be doing any more business with Capital One. There are other reputable credit cards out there that offer no foreign currency exchange fees. Celebrity has always been consistently inconsistent, and I have no expectation that they will change. But I enjoy the experience on their ships, so I will probably continue to sail with them. I do have three cruises booked with them for next year, all repeats of ones I had hoped to do this year. We shall see. I'm also looking at cruises on other lines, such as a cruise down the Mississippi River and a cruise on the Great Lakes.
  3. Perhaps because he wanted to take that cruise? Not your call.
  4. I agree. I think it's all about the $$. The Bigelow stuff is cheap. When they started all this talk about reducing plastic waste, I asked why they were still using those ridiculous small plastic spoons at the ice cream station. That would be an excellent place to start! Since they have a ton of real spoons on board.
  5. Great idea! I don't use bar soap except on the ship at the sink. It is very nice soap. I usually save these for guests. But they can be saved for guests and scent my suitcases at the same time!
  6. I was impressed with them also, but not in a good way. They took our money for tours for this year over a year in advance which were allegedly fully refundable if cancelled in advance and then went bankrupt, leaving us holding the bag. Obviously, they were using that money to finance their current operations. A few have reported success with filing chargebacks with their credit card companies. Capital One refused mine. Needless to say, I won't be doing business with Capital One again and have withdrawn the substantial deposits I had in its bank.
  7. That sucks. I've finally been made almost whole for my 5 cancelled Celebrity cruises this year, three of which were paid in full and two of which were only deposited. Actually, the deposits came back fairly promptly. Sounds as if MSC is even worse. Doesn't make me want to rush out and book with them again.
  8. I can't remember the name offhand, but the Bvlgari was definitely gone when I was on Equinox in September. I think everyone gets the same stuff now. Interesting, since the suite prices have headed into the stratosphere. One would think that would include enhanced toiletries.
  9. Great idea! I need to break out my stash. Especially since they're no longer providing it on Celebrity.
  10. The service on Mercury was what hooked me on Celebrity. It was amazing.
  11. You got the bargain of the century! Nassau is a pit. To be paid not to go there is awesome. Enjoy your first cruise! And welcome to Cruise Critic! Most people here want to be helpful. Just ignore those who don't.
  12. Not a problem in Florida. Yes, the public displays have been cancelled. However, everyone in the neighborhood will be shooting off their own displays. Some have already started.
  13. Hosting a sailaway in the PH seems like a good idea until more than 100 people show up! It was an open invitation to all on the roll call, back when lots of people actually participated in roll calls. The suite and the expansive deck can accommodate that, but it was crowded. After that experience, future sailaways were by invitation only to either friends or people from the roll call.
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