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About floridacruisers

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    Titusville, FL
  • Interests
    Cruising (duh!), boating,travel by rail, gardening, model railroader (Phil), scrap booking (Laraine)
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity followed by most others except Carnivor
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anywhere but Nassau

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  1. We are booked on the Rotterdam for Oct 10-24, 2021 on the trans Atlantic. Is that the one you are on? The only concern we have is it is still in hurricane season here in FL. We'll chance it to go on the new Rotterdam. Were originally booked on a canal cruise on Zuiderdam in March 2021, but since that could be questionable moved to the Rotterdam. There's only one cure for CSWS! Phil.......floridacruisers .
  2. S.S. Volendam November, 1979. That all it took for us to get hocked on cruising... Phil........floridacruisers
  3. We travel on both HAL and Celebrity with each having strengths that we like. The folks over at the HAL site are having the same problems with refunds. We have one ourselves. Just have to be patient regardless. Good thing we always use a credit card. Phil.....floridacruisers
  4. The only cruise I have currently booked with Celebrity is a T/A on the Reflection next year. It is a non refundable deposit so the most I could be out is $200.00. Not happy about that, but I can live with it. In the meantime, I do have a cruise booked on HAL which is refundable up to 90 days before. Will hang on to the T/A as long as I feel there's a chance that the virus will have burned itself out by then. If not, oh well. As my mother would always say.."and this to will end".... Phil......floridacruisers
  5. skylane, Thanks for posting about the Veendam. My daughter Carol, and family (spouse and two teenage boys) are on the ship with you. They don't have internet and you are our only link to what's happening on the ship. Very much appreciate you keeping us informed. Phil..................floridacruisers
  6. We're also booked on the Reflection 2021 TA in AQ1 class. Got it for $2479 each with insurance and taxes. Now it's $3479. We booked while on the ship so got some OBC and gratuities. Don't really need the drink package as we are Elite+ and do not drink that much. It was $2279 before we got on the ship so I booked as soon as I got onboard. Feel as though I got a fair price for the cruise. Just have to watch the price before final payment because you never know what inventory control will do. Next hurdle is airfare from AMS to Orlando without being crammed in like sardines. Phil......floridacruisers
  7. How about "duck and cover"! Bert the turtle told us what to do in case of an attack by Russian bombers and missiles...fallout shelters stocked with stale crackers, nasty water and Spam...
  8. We were on the same cruise as you on the Reflection. We enjoyed the cruise. Since we were AQ we did have most of our dinners in Blu and enjoyed them. We also ate in Tuscan and the LCG. Like your experience they were wonderful. After 25 Celebrity cruises I thought we would be jaded. Nope, had a ball. Loved the live music in the atrium in the evening. We booked the April 2021 trans Atlantic while on the ship so how bad can it be. Phil.............floridacruisers
  9. Thanks Quartzsite Cruiser for the info. Just goes to show that sometimes the smaller ships have something going for them that the larger ones don't. Phil......floridacruisers
  10. Can you get to the Observation deck on the Lido deck on the Veendam during departure and at sea. Also same question for the Veranda deck forward?. Thanks, floridacruisers
  11. As the OP I should have said lagging behind Princess in my text instead of slipping. My bad. Here's my take: ...We're Elite Plus on Celebrity with 25 cruises and 3 stars on HAL so I'm familiar with those products. Tried Princess a few times and didn't bother again. Celebrity and HAL are better IMHO. ...With that, I think Celebrity should be ahead of Princess and close to HAL. All I did was report what was written. I think HAL and Celebrity are close but different lines. ... Am going on Celebrity Reflection this winter then HAL's Nieuw Amsterdam in the late fall. Like them both for different reasons. ...Haven't done Edge because I think it is way overpriced. Not sure if that's part of the issue here with the rankings. With such modern beautiful ships as the S class I'm not sure I want to spend the extra big bucks for Edge. Haven't been on any revolutionized Celebrity ships which is why we're on the Reflection.. Phil...........floridacruisers
  12. In the most recent Conde Nast Traveler readers choice awards, Celebrity is slipping behind: Large Cruise Ships (2500-4000) 1. Disney 91.77 2. Cunard 90.39 3. HAL 89.55 4. Princess 88.00 5. Celebrity 86.44 6 Carnival 83.57 7. RCI 83.18 (excluding mega ships) Medium Ships (500-2500) 1. Crystal 97.27 2. Viking 94.47 3. Seabourn 93.35 4.Regent 91.28 5. Cunard 91.16 6. Oceania 90.55 7. Azamara 90.35 8. Silverseas 87.82 9 HAL 87.75 10 Celebrity 82.84 11 P&O 82.30 12 MSC 81.43 13 Princess 80.86 14 NCL 80.50 I would love to be a fly on the wall when LLP trys to explain this....... Phil.........floridacruisers
  13. Our first cruise was on the S.S. Volendam out of Miami to Jamaica and Haiti November, 1979. We were hooked. Did have to pay an extra $40.00 each for fuel surcharge due to the situation in Iran. It cost us $350.00 for the both of us (plus the surcharge)for a 5 day cruise. Here we are soon going on our 45th cruise on Celebrity's Reflection and after that HAL's Nieuw Amsterdam. I guess you could say we like cruising......... Phil......floridacruisers
  14. Dig the Jefferson Airplane song(I have it on vinyl from when it came out).... would like to know what they're smoking these days in Miami so I can have some. Like....wow.... I'll need it in order to book my 25th Celebrity cruise! Phil......floridacruisers
  15. If HAL is getting rid of the YYM they might as well change the company name to "Generic Cruise Line"!!!! Phil.............floridacruisers
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