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    We cruise for itinerary, not line
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  1. Thanks for the update! Glad you had a great trip.
  2. Do you know which company the driver worked for? I would not have been happy. (Viator is a third party vendor who only resells the services of providers, after adding on their commission.) Were you compensated for the error?
  3. Which port did you check for? Althought the country-wide risk is rated "exercise increased caution", this is further down the page: Do not travel to: Azuay, Bolívar, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Guayas (including Guayaquil), Imbabura, Loja, Los Ríos, Manabí, Pichincha (including Quito), and Tungurahua provinces due to civil unrest. Celebrity rarely posts warnings, or notifies TAs. It is worisome that X is not even communicating alternate plans in light of this warning from the State Department.
  4. Thank you for reporting in and glad you had such a positive experience. When we were with Celebrity in Lima, there was some political unrest (not to the degree in Ecuador) and the guides handled it beautifully. There are a few references to the experiences of other cruisers in this thread. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2675233-galapagos-problems/
  5. Welcome to the Cruise Critic Boards. Due to the limited number of passengers, there are rarely active specific roll calls. Here is a general thread of info that will probably get you better results.
  6. Thank you for your update! During our trip there was unrest in Lima and Celebrity did an excellent job of revising the itinerary. Glad you made it. Have a great trip!
  7. Hope none of our cruisers will be impacted! https://www.record-eagle.com/nation_world/ecuador-president-declares-state-of-emergency-over-strike/article_ce22c46a-d2c9-555e-8327-00afd3efd6cb.html
  8. Although many do have good expereinces with Viator, they are indeed a third party vendor, tacking a comission on the toiurs (which you can usually book directly). Since they are not the actual providers, you have little recourse if you do have a problem. https://www.trustpilot.com/review/www.viator.com
  9. Be aware that their evacuation coverage only applies IF they preapprove it and make the arrangements.
  10. What you can see from your balcony/cabin is entriely dependent upon the port, cabin location and the side of docking (port or starboard). We always book direct aft and have been able to see the pier or port on many occasions.
  11. For those whol worry about the soap/shamooo dispensers being tampered with, now it's even more of a possibility!!!!! 🤣
  12. Well I'm here to to say that we "don't want to add" additional daily tips unless their service exceeds what is customary service. Sometimes service is absolutely exceptional, and sometimes its mediocre. I have already paid tips and frequently add more ($20 - $100+), but have never taken tips away (even though we've had staff that performed poorly). I know this is probably not a popular opinion, but I believe many do not express that opinion because we tend to get blasted.
  13. Great news for both of you! Just curious - were the upgrades to Flora at no charge? I am assuming that you both had booked your flights through Celebrity in order for the changes to be accommodated in your schedules.
  14. We had no issues on the islands last fall. I guess it would depend on each particular island. There have been some reports of stinging wasps, but not sure repellants would deter them. We did however use repellant at MP! Just a reminder that this board is a great resource for all questions related to the Galapagos cruises (there in another thread for Flora, but not very full yet as the ship is no new).
  15. Happy for you! Since you've been assigned a cabin, there is no reason whatsoever that your TA could not have given you that information (and he/she is making a lovely commission off this cruise).
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