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Virgo61

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    Celebrity
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    Europe

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  1. I am also trying to book our first Viking Air tickets. Our cruise leaves on September 15th, 2020 and returns on September 29th. All of the airline schedules were up when I called on Nov. 5th but they told me that I couldn't book until Nov.10th. I called back on the 10th (yesterday) and was told that I couldn't book until 310 days from the RETURN date. That works out to around Nov. 25th.
  2. Regarding my previous post, I thought that the cancellation penalty for the Edge cruise made the sale not worth it. The reason is because the Celebrity website would not price it with 4 perks and when I selected that option, it would add almost $700. So I went to that NH website and found the correct price. Then I called my big box agent and they called Celebrity. Bottom line was after paying the $500 penalty I came away with a $237 refund, upgraded beverages, free gratuities, unlimited internet and an extra $200 SBC. Well worth the trouble of re booking 3 shore excursions and 1 specialty dinner. The Celebrity agent re booked all of my dinner reservations in the 4 dining rooms for me. My advice is ignore the Celebrity website and either call them or your travel agent.
  3. I just happened to check the web site early yesterday morning for our Apex cruise in June of 2020. I got a ridiculously low price on the website which I took to be a glitch but I called my Big Box travel agent at 8 am and they called Celebrity and although I didn't get that original price, I did get one that was close. I am paying for 3 cabins and my total savings was $4883. The cabin with my veteran husband was $200 less than the other 2. We are also on an Edge cruise in February of 2020 but because final payment was a few days before, they would not give me the new promo and paying the $500 cancellation penalty made it not worthwhile.
  4. I just happened to check the web site early yesterday morning for our Apex cruise in June of 2020. I got a ridiculously low price on the website which I took to be a glitch but I called my Big Box travel agent at 8 am and they called Celebrity and although I didn't get that original price, I did get one that was close. I am paying for 3 cabins and my total savings was $4883. The cabin with my veteran husband was $200 less than the other 2. We are also on an Edge cruise in February of 2020 but because final payment was a few days before, they would not give me the new promo and paying the $500 cancellation penalty made it not worthwhile.
  5. I booked a cruise directly with a Viking agent. I happened to mention that I usually use a TA but my regular one doesn't deal with Viking. She told me that I could certainly transfer my booking to a TA of my choice. She was not allowed to recommend any but encouraged me to shop for one online. I was able to find one and was quite happy with the result.
  6. Thank you for your replies. I checked TripAdvisor before I booked but thought I would seek first hand info from a cruise critic member. There are so many hotels in Rome that I knew it was a long shot.
  7. Thank you for your response. It sounds like it will be fine for our one night.
  8. Considering a stay here due to good location. Anyone stay here and have opinions?
  9. We have booked a stay in the Ohla Barcelona for July 2020. Has anyone stayed there? if so, can you comment on it please.
  10. I was just on the Reflection for the Baltic cruise and enjoyed our experience very much. Each day as I fought to get a seat at Cafe al Bacio, I would look over at the completely empty Sushi on 5 and think "what a waste of space!"
  11. The Baltic cruises are generally very expensive. We were on the same cruise as Mercruiser (8/25) on the Reflection. We booked it when we were on board a cruise in February 2018 (18 months in advance). We booked a C3 cabin for $7473.64. Celebrity was giving 1 perk on their web site but for booking on board we got an additional perk (we took Beverages and gratuities) and $200 OBC. Fortunately our usual TA had a group rate of $6569.12 which we were able to combine with the on board offer so that was our final price. The TA also gave us an additional $50 OBC and a cash card. I believe Mercruiser actually booked after final payment.
  12. We sailed on the Chandris line so long ago I don't remember it but we have sailed Celebrity pretty consistently since 2007 (14 times). The food has definitely gone down hill but we just came off the Reflection Baltic cruise and the 4 of us thought the MDR food was as good or better than we have had recently. We've also sailed several times on Princess and feel they do a few things better than Celebrity but also many things not as well. We have considered trying Holland but wish they had a shared loyalty program with Princess.
  13. I am on this cruise as well. If you are on the Roll Call you are probably familiar with Pennypop. I am Mrs. Pennypop (Joyce). We're flying out on Saturday, arriving on Sunday which I am regretting. With all of the storms right now I hope we make the ship!
  14. I have 4 upcoming cruises on Celebrity. Called my travel agent yesterday with mixed results. First cruise is already after final payment. I booked with a group rate and 2 perks since we booked on board. I asked for the 3rd perk and was denied. No surprise there. Second cruise is on the Edge and was not included in this promo. Third cruise is on the Apex in 2020. We are paying for 3 Aqua cabins. We booked with a NRD and 3 perks. The price for a refundable deposit 3 perk cabin is slightly less than I paid but I knew they wouldn't change the deposit from non to refundable but I came away with the same 3 perks and $1260 in savings. The last booking was on The Milly in January of 2021. Because the price went up slightly the 3rd perk was a wash with the new price so I didn't do anything. Now I think I should change it because in the future I can get a price drop but they may never have the 3rd perk again.
  15. Our first Celebrity cruise was on the Summit in 2007. I miss Michael's, the old specialty restaurants (our great meals in Normandie), and the French baker that was on deck 5. She would make delicious quiches and sandwiches at lunch and fabulous croissants at breakfast. There were also macarons every day, long before they became so popular in the states. I don't miss the every night buffets but I do miss the 1 grand buffet.
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