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middlehaitch

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    victoria bc canada
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity....the one and only
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    somewhere warm and friendly

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  1. I would have said 9 nights would be our shortest, 16n our max because of work commitments (we live off the west coast of Canada so travel is flying and takes a day to most ports). However, friends found a 3 night Princess cruise from Vancouver to LA for $135 each. 6 of us jumped on the deal, had a fun cruise down on a line we hadn't been on before (only sailed Celebrity previously). At the end of the cruise we booked 3 nights in Hermosa Beach and met up with 2 couples we had met on a previous Celebrity Caribbean cruise. A great time was had by all, and we have since do
  2. Celebrity, and other cruise lines, could work around this by having the customer (us) enter their vaccine details on-line when entering their passport info etc. This would give Celebrity time to check any suspicious vaccine entries before sailings and give the option (ports willing) of putting a little verified V on our cruise card for port visits. (Heck they could even send us a little Celebrity vaccine card along with our luggage tags. ☺️) Of course this doesn't address the problem of staying in a country pre or post cruise or any other travel outside the
  3. My thoughts of the wording difference between 'test cruise' and 'simulated voyage', unless of course just a change of descriptor for the same thing. 'Test cruise', this means an actual sea voyage. for this to happen within the USA laws and regulations the ship would have to dock at a foreign port and allow passengers off. This could muddy the waters regarding the shipboard transmission rates etc, though make it a more true estimate of cruise conditions. 'Simulated voyage', this could mean that passengers (staff, volunteers) are boarded on the ship but never leave the
  4. Doesn't entice me, we book Ocean View and that is excluded. cheers, h.
  5. @Ken the cruiser, this says it was last reviewed today. I can't remember seeing this before. https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cruise/instructions-local-agreements.html https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cruise/covid19-cruiseships.html Cheers, h.
  6. Victoria can't be walled off, it is on an Island though so cut off from the rest of Canada and only accessible by ferry. (this has kept our Covid numbers under 1000 so far, though we are having a bit of a surge, relatively speaking) However, there is a huge parking lot at the terminal with gates so we could send in a few souvenir market stalls, food trucks, mobile bars, and a movie screen showing a tour of Buchart Gardens, and lock the gates for 5 or so hours 🤭☺️. In reality, Canada has to put its peoples safety first so no cruises for now 😞 It is lovely t
  7. I live in Victoria and over the years I have seen plenty of occasions where that, or similar, was the time frame for cruise ship visits. Unfortunately it is often treated like fulfilling a requirement rather than a port of call. Sunset is around 9:15pm in June so time for a stroll around the Inner Harbour with a stop for coffee or a beer (some good local breweries if you are interested). Cheers, h.
  8. You can look up cabin information in this thread. Not all cabins have been reviewed so don't hesitate to come back here with further questions. Welcome to Cruise Critic 🥂. Cheers, h.
  9. The fuzzy 'tiered response' is what puts me off, even if I could sail. These cruises are foreign ported for a reason, so the cruise lines don't have to take responsibility for C19 positive passengers like the CDC were asking. Until a defined set of procedures are set out that include responsibilities (cruise line, port, passenger) and insurance requirements (similar to UK?) they, for me, are not even worth considering. Cheers, h.
  10. One could also wear ones regimental tartan. My dad never owed a family tartan kilt (Forbes), but he did have his Black Watch from WWII. A 27" waist! I could haul it out to wear on a cruise but would def be improper dress for a woman. I'll stick with my little sparkley numbers (cocktail and long) that fit in a zip lock bag - much easier to pack and take up way less room. The above get dragged along on most cruises, easy wear, easy pack. The other half wears a dark suit for European, etc, but is more casual in the Caribbean. Smart shirt, usually no tie, and dress p
  11. @phoenix_dream Aren't those questions that you are asking just the ones that the cruise lines are avoiding by moving the cruises to outside the USA? To sail out of the USA the CDC need these kind of questions resolved before permission to sail is granted (at this point in time). I have no answers, but if I chose to sail I would make sure I had all encompassing insurance. Cheers, h.
  12. We nearly always sail OV, we just don't spend enough time on a balcony to make it worth it, for us. As the above posters have said the aft starboard Cabins are great with the extra large round windows. I'm 5'1 and could stand in it! Our favourite is 3142. Those 2 end cabins (3142 &44) are separated from the rest of the cabins by a door, very quiet. There used to be quite a fan club for those cabins and people used to leave things for the next occupant to find. That was a few years ago I don't know if that happens anymore. but worth checking 😊 If you are d
  13. Didn't know where to post this.... Hooray, America has joined other first world/wealthier countries in the WHO's COVAX efforts to provide money and vaccines to less wealthy countries. This may be a way forward for crew vaccinations. (sorry no link but it is on most news sites, haven't checked if the COVAX site has been updated yet) Cheers, h.
  14. It most certainly is official. Travel Alerts & Advisories | Celebrity Cruises Friday, February 12th, 2021 The Government of Canada has recently announced continued port closures for all cruise ships through February 28, 2022. In order to comply with these closures, Celebrity Cruises has placed all sailings with an embarkation or port of call in Canada, on hold while we explore itinerary options. While this news is certainly disappointing, we certainly respect their decision and appreciate that they have their own set of COVID-19 circumstances t
  15. Celebrity's Travel Alert update: Friday, February 12th, 2021 The Government of Canada has recently announced continued port closures for all cruise ships through February 28, 2022. In order to comply with these closures, Celebrity Cruises has placed all sailings with an embarkation or port of call in Canada, on hold while we explore itinerary options. While this news is certainly disappointing, we certainly respect their decision and appreciate that they have their own set of COVID-19 circumstances to manage. As we work on potential alternatives, we hope that guests will ke
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