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  1. True the T&C are at the bottom of the email in 7.5 pt type which I can't read even with my glasses. 10.5pt type As a welcome gift, please enjoy a special discount of up to $200 off your next new sailing with us. We'd love to help you celebrate your next birthday or any other special occasion. To redeem this offer, simply give us a call at 1-888-283-8993, or contact your travel advisor, and mention promo code "BIRTHDAY". 7.5pt type *Promo code is required to get this offer: Birthday. Birthday Savings offer applies to
  2. Well I signed up for Celebrity email promos. What a hoax. They say to use the promo code "Birthday" for up to $200 obc however when my TA request it be applied to my January sailing, she was told that it doesn't apply to the new ships Edge and Apex. Don't waste your time. Just another case of dangling the carrot and finding ways to keep you from using it. Why would the new ships be restricted from the birthday gift?
  3. Another consideration when upgrading is to check about sales tax with the bartender if you haven't sailed yet. Some ports also require drink purchases made within the 3 mile limit be charged the local sales tax. I got stuck with that on the upgrade once in FL.
  4. The last cruise I booked this week on AZ for an aft Veranda through my TA got me $200 cruise line obc and $725 refundable TA obc. If I booked directly, guess how much I would have gotten? The $200 is non refundable but I can go to the ship's customer relations desk and have them peel out $725 cash if I don't use it. Plus if I need something for the cruise, the TA waits on hold, not me.
  5. And without me too. As you eliminate police, crime rises because they can get away with it. I have a cruise booked next June out of Seattle. I am very concerned with how Seattle will deteriorate if the current situation continues. This has not been a short duration so far.
  6. I seem to remember several Canadians dissin' Americans over the virus. That sword cuts both ways. Me, I don't care cause lots of Canadian women are beautiful. I just hope the NY Governor & Mayor don't chase more NYers to move to FL for lower taxes and to be closer to the cruise ports. 😁 After reading all the posts in this thread, I had no idea there were so many experts and prognosticators on CC.
  7. You suppose he's still on hold with Celebrity?
  8. Would someone mind calling the glue factory please? I think this horse has been beaten to death. 😜
  9. Our first X cruise was on the Mercury in 2010. Obviously we fondly remember her. We also sailed on her last Celebrity voyage out of Baltimore. That one was sad. They started dismantling her several days before we returned to disembark at Baltimore. This was taken in 2010 when we were returning to where she was anchored for tendering .
  10. You're tilting at windmills. You cancelled before Celebrity cancelled the cruise. You were only entitled to 100% FCC based upon YOUR decision which you accepted at the time. You did have the option of not accepting the FCC and take the loss for not sailing. Now you want to change the rules? hat's your right. However remember the Golden Rule. He who has the gold, rules. You may chose not to sail Celebrity again. It won't matter to Celebrity. I hope you find a cruise line that you like better. As Bo says, Bon Voyage.
  11. Headline NYT: Man eaten by shark died from Covid-19! (for those who don't realize it, this is a joke based in some truth) In U.S. hospitals if you died and happen to have covid-19, you're listed as dying from the virus. The hospitals receive federal monies for Covid deaths. Thus the incentive to list that as the cause of death. There is a huge difference between dying with Covid and dying from covid. Believe whatever numbers you wish. They're all true. You read it on the internet and those releasing figures don't have any agendas.
  12. Bo, Azamara uses R class ships with under 700 passengers if fully booked. However they prefer European and other non U.S. ports. To the others that think U.S. residents being barred from the Bahamas is a wonderful anti American sentiment, too bad. It's irreverent. No cruise ships are sailing until AT LAST October. So what difference does closing it's borders now make anyway? A one day POC is more than enough for me.
  13. What a waste of mental energy hypothesizing about things nobody knows about yet which may or may not happen. Even the top officials at the cruise lines can't predict the future.
  14. As stated previously there is no additional gratuity charged on drink packages as a perk. You both must select the same package when booking. However once on board, only one person can upgrade to premium while the other remains at classic. The upgrade includes the difference plus 20% gratuity on the difference. That's $10/day plus $2/day gratuity.
  15. 26 nights where Concierge earns 5 points/night are 130. Well above the 94 needed even without the power up. You want sympathy?
  16. Celebrity can no longer be called X since that disappeared when the five year commitment upon RCL purchase ended. It is just a shell of what the original Chandris Family envisioned for the cruise line. Forever forward it will only be Celebrity in my mind. Therefore X is no longer appropriate. It should be XX. The double cross company. 😁
  17. When the link didn't work, did you change the CC number to your own and not the one from the link?
  18. Funny. She moved from Royal as a hatchet cost expert which is exactly what she did to Celebrity as soon as she settled in. I have never seen anything from her that wasn't fluff. She tells you what she wants you to hear not the real basis in fact IMO.
  19. The first two people in our community to die from the corvid-19 virus was a couple who returned earlier this year from visiting NY relatives. So if you don't wish to sail out of FL, enjoy where you are. I personally don't mind if our two 2021 cruises do sail. One out of Fort Lauderdale in January and one out of Seattle in June. If I were to cancel one it would be the Seattle cruise. Don't want to be cooped up in a plane for so long with who knows what.
  20. If you haven't found out what you're looking for and if you have a celebrity website log in & captains Club number, log into your account. Then click on your name that says "welcome XXXX" at the top of the browser. You'll see the link on the pull down menu that says past cruises. It will show you your CC points and list all the cruises you booked. Then there's an email link to CelebrityEngagementCenter@celebrity.com from which you can request your portfolio information.
  21. With all the lift and shift plus the cruise lines sidelining some of their ships (or downright eliminating them) there's bound to be an anticipated lack of inventory by the time the ships sail. That's probably what Celebrity is counting on IMO.
  22. Thankx for the heads up!! We just saved $1,700 on an Edge S1 aft 1/17/21. I did have to give up the captains club $400 obc promo and another $175 from my TA but cash in the hand is better than having to find something to spend it on.
  23. SRY. Guess I was late to the party because I watch the financial channel who was late broadcasting the story more than living on her thread. I prefer independent sources than people who share information with an angle or agenda.
  24. You may be interested in this story on CNBC this afternoon. I was surprised when I saw Fain and Del Rio join together to form a panel of top health advisors to help through the rough patches. CNBC did a five minute segment (unusually long) which is included in the attached story. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/07/cruise-companies-hire-dr-scott-gottlieb-other-coronavirus-experts-to-help-overcome-rough-patch.html?&qsearchterm=cruise%20ship%20health%20panel
  25. Actually with the OBC posted to your account, when the Gratuity debit is posted to your account daily, the balance is automatically reduced by that amount until the credit is $0. Then it starts increasing for you to pay by whichever method you set your account up to pay with.
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