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  1. Not sure of the tone of your post but I don’t consider myself an expert about anything. I am though confused by Celebrity and I contacted Celebrity Guest Services because I understand that CC Boards don’t make the rules but rather the cruise lines themselves do. In sharing a late post on this topic about a new 5 day requirement the Guest Services Agent said that the name mentioned was a VP at Celebrity. So as far as I am concerned CC Boards had some real value because it helped move the needle on an information void created by Celebrity even though the info came from what you call (CC EXPER
  2. I just spoke with a very nice lady at Celebrity in Guest Services as we have been unable to Check In for our 5 June Cruise from St Marten. She told me system isn’t yet operational and to keep checking back. I shared with her my frustrations with Celebrity’s failure to communicate with booked guest even the simplest of information/updates like failing to notify us of the system being unable top allow check in. I also added the failure and confusion about 3 vs 5 day PCR Testing. She told me that today the Celebrity site says 3 days. She assured me that she would forward these concerns on.
  3. I just spoke with a very nice lady at Celebrity in Guest Services as we have been unable to Check In for our 5 June Cruise from St Marten. She told me system isn’t yet operational and to keep checking back. I shared with her my frustrations with Celebrity’s failure to communicate with booked guest even the simplest of information/updates like failing to notify us of the system being unable top allow check in. I also added the failure and confusion about 3 vs 5 day PCR Testing. She told me that today the Celebrity site says 3 days. She assured me that she would forward these concerns on.
  4. Be interested to hear if anyone booked on the 1st June sailing out of St Marten has heard when Celebrity will open CHECK IN ability online. Just looked at our booking and still says “We are not ready for you yet”. We are able to do all other functions in the planning part of the page just not check ins. We will also be interested in seeing if they will open the ability for cabin upgrade bidding?
  5. We have had a number of bookings during Covid with Windstar and have had them refund, Lift & Shift, as well as provide options to maximize our sailing choice in a change. In every case we have found Windstar has been amazing and more then fare in each situation. Other cruise Lines could reduce its complaints by following the Windstar model of customer service during this time of such uncertainty and changes....
  6. Windstar just notified us that they were canceling our Dec Cruise from Miami and moving the ship to Barbados. Nothing listed yet for this port but certainly more ships moving to ports outside the US
  7. Just notified that Windstar is canceling its Miami 10 Day Cruise booking inDecember and will be moving to Barbados. This follows notification of a change earlier today of our March booking with Windstar from San Juan to now departing from St Marten. I am not surprised nor frustrated as given what’s happening with the CDC they obviously will need and will continue making big changes. Makes you wonder what sort of things like this are being worked behind the curtain for every cruise line.
  8. Yep, we booked Celebrity on first trip out from Str Marten in June . We do have a 4 July Carnival booking that we fully anticipate that Carnival will be canceling soon or we will cancel given Carnival has the no vaccine requirement. We also have a Carnival August booking and we will be canceling it as well if Carnival goes through with not requiring vaccine. Simply holding off to see if the CDC makes a decision for Carnival that provides additional reflection and comfort. We also have a Windstar booked and intend to book additional trips as we see how things proceed. We don’t plan on crui
  9. I agree with many of the comments here. We have vaccines and until we see some better science or actual sailings we will simply avoid lines like Carnival if they don not require vaccines to launch. We have a couple Carnival Cruises booked that we will cancel as not enough data to make us feel it worth the additional risks. Our first is 4 July and doubtful that it sails anyway so we will wait ti cancel. But we will hold on for now as we believe that the CDC will make it a requirement in order for them to sail. Sadly, its this sort of short sighted thinking that hurts the Cruise Lines when
  10. I don’t think your timeline is outside the boundaries of being a reasonable guess. Of course this comes from someone that still has June and July Cruises still booked so I am probably just wishing my life away. But heck all I have is planning, memories, and daydreaming to fill my days.
  11. Just interested in your thoughts on how Carnival will select Volunteer Passengers for the CDC Testing of Sailings ands would you go?
  12. Some wonderful comments here and as a Carnival stock holder I do have some concerns with the value of my holdings given Carnival’s money bleed. Clearly, these sorts of financial drains are never good for company. Having said that I am simply not ready to simply give up and throw in the towel. We currently have 2 Cruises booked out of ST Marten. The first with Celebrity in early June and the second with Windstar at the end of June. So clearly St Marten has decided so far they can handle 2 Cruise Lines. I won’t say I am confident that Windstar will actually sail although it certainly has n
  13. We are booked for 3 thrips and have our Vaccine and for us we applaud this decision. We were considering canceling these trips and will now proceed with keeping the bookings and wait and see if they actually sail. I don’t yet find much information about the Medical Safety side of Windstars rollout but probably just overlooking it.
  14. Well as we have learned “everything” and I do mean everything is subject to change. I suspect we will see a number of changes in the coming months with some expected and some coming from left field. Not all changes will be the same for all like Vaccine requirements are for some and not for others while mandatory Excursions through the ship for some (IE Windstar) and not for others (IE Celebrity).
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