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  1. Yes, thanks for the suggestion, have tried that but still get a message saying the booking is ineligible for a l & s.
  2. It has to be a perfect match not almost perfect. We were denied the L & S because it was two days outside the four week time frame. There’s no way we’re paying the final balance and X will probably end up getting less money from us. We’re booked in a suite for 10 days. If the new prices are ridiculous we’ll use our FCC (ie our deposit) towards a 7 night cruise in a balcony. We’re fine with that. Not sure what you mean by saying there is nothing American about it. As far as I can see, the conditions apply equally to the world wide market.
  3. Thanks for the info. I hope it all works out. 2022 seems such a looong way off. 🙁
  4. Interesting! Did you book directly with X or with a TA? Our TA just said no, but maybe I’ll ask him to see if there’s a longer cruise where we can pay the difference.
  5. We’ll be taking a FCC for our deposit, before the final balance is due.
  6. Our experience is with Celebrity but rules for the Lift & Shift are the same as RCCL as far as I’m aware. We're booked on December 2020 Solstice out of Sydney to New Zealand. Just can't see that happening now. We requested a lift & shift to the exact same sailing, same number of nights, same itinerary, departing on November 24 2021. It has been refused because it's two days out of the four week window, ie we could only change to a cruise departing on or four weeks after November 26. There are no other cruises that we could L & S to. So beware anyone making a new booking (if anyone is at this point in time!). If you're thinking you'll be able to L & S, check first to be sure there's a cruise that meets the criteria before you book.
  7. We're also very disappointed with Celebrity's attitude. We're booked on December 24 2020 Solstice out of Sydney to New Zealand. Just can't see that happening now. We requested a lift & shift to the exact same sailing, same number of nights, same itinerary, departing on November 24 2021. It has been refused because it's two days out of the four week window, ie we could only change to a cruise departing on or four weeks after November 26. There are no other cruises with the same number of nights that we could L & S to. We feel that the Lift & Shift offer has been somewhat misrepresented. It was promoted as part of the conditions when we booked, yet there are no sailings available to L & S to. So beware anyone making a new booking (if anyone is at this point in time!). If you're thinking you'll be able to L & S if you wish, check first to be sure there's a cruise that meets the criteria before you make your booking. Wrk2cruise - our TA tried and I just put our reservation in on the Celebrity site, got this message: "The reservation number entered is not eligible for the Lift & Shift program. There are no alternate sailings."
  8. Thinking about a L & S for our 24 December (2020) cruise. Do all the same conditions apply? I see that NCTeacher got the best price guarantee, is that standard for all L & S? Can you still cancel up to 48 hours prior to sailing and get a FCC? Have to make the decision before August 1st but as the days go by I really can't see an Australia-New Zealand cruise happening this year.
  9. Hoping you've had a last-minute change of mind from Celebrity? So ridiculous that they are being totally inflexible with the lift and shift. Why on earth can't passengers pay the extra couple of days at a pro-rata rate! As TFLG says, Australia is closed, we can't get out and latest news is we may not be able to travel internationally until July 2021! (Praying that a vaccine will be available way before then so things can change). Am keeping an eye on the 28 September Solstice voyage HNL-SYD, for if it doesn't happen, there surely won't be an AUS/NZ season 2020/21. And from how things are turning, it doesn't seem very likely.
  10. Must admit that also crossed my mind but I wasn’t going to click on any of those links to try it, in case it is a scam, also I have no reservation number.
  11. Exactly what I thought, not going to hold on in the queue to find out.
  12. I just received an email, purportedly from Azamara, advising that our cruise on Journey on 01 August has been cancelled, offering FCC etc etc. We have no bookings at all with Azamara so I’m wondering if this is a scam. Anyone else without a booking received one of these emails?
  13. Bonnie, you will be missed enormously. Look forward to seeing you back here, hopefully soon. Meanwhile, maybe you’ll have time to pick up the paint brushes more often. We did all have fun at the art classes on our Japan cruise. September seems a long time ago! Please stay safe. Robert and Brenda.
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