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  1. Those prices will likely come down. And you are right about the view from the bedroom. And that hot tub is a vast improvement over the M and S class hot tubs - it was more like a plunge pool.
  2. Keep an eye on the pricing for the Villa, if steps are not a problem for you. It was a truly extraordinary experience.
  3. Sunrise about five hours outside of Bermuda. I was so lucky to be in the Penthouse. I grabbed my phone and ran outside. I couldn't believe how calm the water was, and how beautiful the sky. This photo is my Screensaver, and I've looked at it countless times in the last four months, remembering how lucky I was to have seen this.
  4. My mom is a sapphire, and we cruised in February (free for her cabin). She's received emails and US mailings offering free cruises in the past 6 weeks, including Christmas cruises on the Edge and Apex. Tip for other sapphires, just tell them what non-suite cabin you want. I've never been told no if the cabin is available. Sometimes I've booked before their casino rates have been loaded, and I've been quoted almost rack rate, but in time they've been reduced to taxes and fees.
  5. I applied for a refund through Celebrity's site on March 27 for a cancelled Alaska cruise. Hearing nothing, today I called credit card company - American Express Platinum card - and immediately received almost a full refund, including a $25.00 deposit made in January 2019 "on them". They are investigating a payment of $500 charged by the TA, and not by Celebrity, but I am confident it will come through. Yesterday I received a full credit card refund for a nonrefundable Air Canada $4000 ticket. I explained that Air Canada cancelled three of my four flights. That dispute has been
  6. Reservations made through Blue Chip Club for July 2020 cruise. Cancelled on March 27, fully refundable reservation. On April 19 received full refund on one cabin, taxes and fees only on another.
  7. I vote for the Penthouse. It’s an extraordinary experience from beginning to end. Then save like crazy for the next one. My equal choice to this would be the villa suite on the Apex.
  8. Even if the parent files for bankruptcy protection, I think there’s a good chance that they will reorganize, not liquidate, and emerge as an entity looking very similar. I don’t know who their lenders are, but it seems to me that the lenders will stand their best chance of recovery by letting the cruise line get back into business. And it will be an uphill battle to shed their Petrie dish image and attract cruisers. Therefore I don’t think they will stiff their customers who are holding FCC. They will need to fill their ships quickly, even if just for tips and ancillary income, and holders of
  9. His work set the bar of quality in the beginning, something that I believe continues today. Peace to his family.
  10. And only the cruiser can decide whether waiting to request a cash refund is in their best interest. It is not always. I am getting a cash refund on three trips, but I am waiting to request it out of respect for others who are trying to get through now, but there is a certain amount of risk in that approach. Thanks.
  11. One more thing - even if they do survive this financially, why make a $22,000 interest free loan to them (by letting them keep your money)? Let the money sit in your bank account - safely - even if you earn just $100 on it.
  12. Something else to consider: I don't know what else Viking owns, or who owns them, but some companies will go bankrupt over this (one low cost air carrier did today). If Viking goes under, you will become an unsecured creditor, likely holding a worthless claim for $22,000. Again, I know nothing about their financial health, but I would not want to be in that position, however remote.
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