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  1. Totally agree that the prices are ridiculous. As a loyal Celebrity cruiser I can't see us taking any more if this level of pricing continues. We did a Fjords cruise from Southampton a couple of years ago that had been heavily marketed here including a drinks package. The queues at the bars were horrendous the whole time. After that we said ' never again ' !
  2. We always stay in Fort Lauderdale for one or two nights after the cruise. Given that it's usually an early start for disembarkation it makes for a very tiring day when you have a long flight at the end of it. We can then time our hotel departure to suit our flight. We too are booked for Jan 2022 but not booked flights yet but it will be to Miami airport as usual ( even though it's a terrible airport ). I don't think there are any direct flights to Fort Lauderdale from the UK since BA pulled out. Of course we still have fingers crossed that the cruise will go ahead !
  3. Definitely not for me ! I want a holiday not a hospital experience. I know some might be okay with all of this but honestly I'm not that desperate for a cruise.
  4. It must be about five years since we did this but the last time we sat on the coach for almost an hour at the hotel while they tried to track down two missing passengers. Eventually we left without them. They probably just took a cab, which is what we have done ever since !
  5. We've just taken the decision to lift and shift to Jan 2022. Celebrity website says we only had until 1st August to do it. Was amazed we could keep the same price and perks even though the same cruise in 2022 was priced at more than our current deal with no perks either! Crazy prices. Now trying to see if Virgin will allow us to cancel and take a credit to use when flights are available for 2022. Sad times but nothing else we can do.
  6. We have a Jan 2021 cruise booked on Equinox. As we also booked onboard we booked our own flights pre Covid so now we have the problem of what to do if we move the cruise and the flights are still going ahead ?
  7. Just looking at our cruise for January 2021 and there are no dining packages showing. Strangely there are first night discounts showing for Murano and Tuscan ( Equinox) but nothing else. I have always been able to book a package early on using our OBC and first night discounts usually show just before sailing. Does anyone know if packages are being discontinued? I really hope not.
  8. We have done this many times. Firstly be prepared for the long immigration queues at Miami. In January we celebrated only queuing for 55 minutes but sometimes it has been over two hours. We always book Larrys Limos to take us to Fort Lauderdale. It's easy to book either on their website or simply just send them an email. We paid $90 last time and to have a driver waiting for you when you finally exit the airport after the long flight is worth it believe me. I know you can take shuttle services but you have to drop off at other hotels and often there is a wait before you leave the airport. Some
  9. Safari on my iPad is now working fine and I didn't clear my history or anything else.
  10. I agree there are some huge price rises at the minute. I also wonder what will happen to future pricing when the Company counts the cost of all the cruises cancelled because of Coronavirus ?
  11. Make sure you take your invoice with you. We had a problem on our last cruise when our classic package was not showing on our sea pass card. We had to go to guest relations and show them the invoice and it took a while to sort out as they had to call the head office. Initially they had no record either but it was eventually honoured because I had the invoice to prove it. Not the best start to a cruise but it was quickly forgotten after a couple of drinks!
  12. As we're off on Reflection next week , I thought I would price up a couple of Caribbean cruises for January 2022 ( I already have 2021 booked ! ) as we usually book onboard for the extra OBC. The Celebrity UK website only offers the 'lowest rate ' and alongside is a rate including $200 OBC. No sign of any drinks packages on offer. The lowest rates are crazy prices and the extra OBC would cost £300 more ! Now I'm no mathematician but the current pound to dollar rate here is around $1.29 to £1 so why would anyone want to buy at that price ? When I moved to the payment page just to see what
  13. Yes you can bring your own hairdryer if you wish. I find the ones supplied in the cabin aren't very powerful and pretty useless for my long, thick hair. You cannot bring irons onboard. Hair straighteners are also allowed.
  14. I bring my dyson hairdryer. It will not work on the US voltage but there is a European socket so bring a European adapter and all will be fine !
  15. So funny and so true ! Not so long ago they said you couldn't have cans of soda on the classic package even though they cost around $4-$5. We never had a problem getting cans as I think the bartenders ignored this. I hope it's still the case now.
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