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  1. I wish I felt better about Celebrity offering extra Power Up Points or Captain’s Club Points in connection with cash outlays for pre purchase of spa and photo packages, or new bookings. Now, I have been in Celebrity’s corner for many years and I am still firmly entrenched there today. What concerns me is the concept of cash deposits or pre-purchase cash leaving our pockets in a time when, even the most business savvy, cannot predict with any accuracy, which, if any of the major cruise companies will experience financial issues too difficult to overcome. We had 3 cruises cancelled in 2020 and fully expect our cruises in 2021 may be at risk. Although we really do love Celebrity with a passion, we are not about to give them any more cash until we are confident that the future of cruising is right for us. If that means our journey to Zenith ends before reaching the finish line, then that’s the way the cookie crumbles for us. Randy
  2. Just to reiterate..... If you attempted to log in and could not...if you did not receive an email today or if you simply did not have the most pleasant of experiences while attempting to watch the webinar....my recommendation is this...... Wait until mid November to see if you receive your 5 Captain’s Club points. If you do not see them credited, call Captain’s Club to see about having the oversight corrected. If you need to place a call, when talking to Celebrity staff, please remember, “you will always attract more bees with honey than you will with vinegar”. Randy
  3. Unless I’m mistaken, I believe this webinar initially began on an “invitation” basis. Celebrity would then have a better idea as to potential participants based on those invitations. Many Captain’s Club members did not receive this email invitation, and expressed their frustrations on these boards. As a result, some posters actually shared their personal invitation particulars or the link to the Captain’s Club Power Up Points on the Celebrity website with other fellow cruisers who had not received the original email. This action was certainly meant to be helpful, however, it appears Celebrity’s registration process did not have a maximum number of participants built into it, and as such, that could certainly explain the larger than expected audience. I agree that Celebrity should learn from this experience. It’s not unusual for companies to review the good aspects and challenging aspects to any presentation. I have to believe that Celebrity will review last night’s presentation as any good company should, in hopes of becoming more comfortable with webinars in the future. Randy
  4. Absolutely agree about an early sign on not guaranteeing a better experience. We were signing in early in order the avoid the last minute sign on congestion. The webinar experience we had here was probably more a result of good luck rather than good planning. Randy
  5. Melody I suspect you will get the points. Celebrity had suggested that you needed to be available at the beginning and the end in order to qualify for the points. Given the issues that were experienced with sound and freezing of screens, it would be a simple call to Captain’s Club if by chance the points don’t show by mid November. Randy
  6. The No Sail Order was extended by the CDC on Sept 30/20 through to Oct 31/20. Randy
  7. Yes, we both received separate emails, so we both signed up independently. I can’t really speak to linked cc numbers, because so far, we have each received separate emails for each of the Power Up Points offers to date, and we have both received the same points. As of today, our points are the same. Randy
  8. Perhaps an early launch of the Celebrity itineraries after May 2022? (other than Galapagos) Randy
  9. We learned a long time ago that it is important to join these types of presentations early. Many times, people try logging in close to start time and, as such, it can become frustrating. We logged in at 5:45pm. I used an iPad and my wife used an iPhone. Other than the voice delay, which was no big deal, clarity was fine and picture quality was fine during our time on line. Randy
  10. We did 1 Lift and Shift around 1 of the cruises we had originally scheduled for 2020. The other 2 cruises could not accommodate a Lift and Shift because our stateroom was not available for any of the alternatives. We did an outright cancellation on both of those. We have 3 cruises booked for 2021 and if Lift and Shift is available for any or all of these bookings, we will be taking a pass and doing outright cancellations before final payment. We are open to re-evaluation if and when cruising returns in a fashion that is comfortable for us.
  11. I absolutely agree with this. Frankly, I am disappointed that someone in the Celebrity marketing department approved this for distribution, thinking this was an appropriate ask. We are long time Celebrity cruisers and there is no way we will be participating in this one.
  12. Hi Hilda You could join us May 3/22 up the Pacific Coast (San Diego to Vancouver). The Cast of Characters is beginning to build nicely. Randy
  13. We had 2 refunds credited back to us. One was the cruise fare from a cancelled cruise and the second was the refundable deposit for a future cruise. Both credits were backdated to April 1/20 (Wednesday) and April 27/20 (Wednesday). Randy
  14. It appears Carnival is cancelling some cruises right through to November 1/20. Those ships affected appear to have their “North American” itineraries kicking in around October and November. The following list was taken directly from the Carnival Cruises website. CANCELED CRUISES All San Francisco sailings through 2020 All Carnival Sunrise sailings through and including October 19, 2020 All Carnival Legend sailings through and including October 30, 2020 All Carnival Radiance sailings through and including November 1, 2020 All Carnival Spirit Alaska, Hawaii, & Trans-Pacific sailings through and including October 6, 2020 Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream, Carnival Elation, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic, Carnival Sensation, & Carnival Vista sailings through and including July 31, 2020 All Other Ships sailings through and including August 31, 2020
  15. Hurry, I’ve already taken “my medicine” Randy
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