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micheleg

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  1. Hi All...was doing our health check in on the Celebrity App for our upcoming Edge sailing. When you get the the vaccination status it asks for the date that you got your final shot? Both my husband and I have received our boosters already. Are we supposed to use the booster date, or treat the final date as the 2nd Mandatory vaccination which is required? This was my source of angst last night since our CDC cards do show the 3rd booster date. Any help would be appreciated, and if this was already asked in another thread, I apologize as I apparently missed it. Thanks, Michele
  2. It's like found money. Go nuts! Buy some booze that you've always wanted to try but thought was too expensive, tip everyone extra that gave you great service or went out of their way for you, buy something shiny bright that you'd never spend money on at home, try a specialty restaurant, or go to one for lunch instead of the buffet. It's great to have that option and then to have a zero dollars bill at the end of your cruise! Have fun with it!
  3. I think you're wrong, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The Beach Club portion at Coco Cay is essentially private with a full scale private restaurant included. You have to pay extra to go there, and the cabanas at the beach club are very pricey. Word has it that they're also planning to expand to another area for an Adults Only area. I think Celebrity stopped Labadee because they couldn't keep it up to the standards of what a Celebrity passenger wanted, besides all of the political issues with Haiti, even worse now with no president, earthquakes, hurricanes, and probably the most vaccine hesitancy in the world, even Royal won't be going there anymore. I don't know what videos you've watched, but Coco Cay is beautiful, and since Celebrity is now aiming at a younger more professional demographic with or without children. I'm sure you've seen their new ads, hardly one strand of grey hair anywhere. I'm in my mid 60's and you can bet your sweet life I'd be the first in line to pay for my spot at the beach club at Coco Cay or any private island if they started calling at one.
  4. We got Roatan instead for our November Edge cruise. Yuk. No thanks....another wonderful ship day for us! 😃 Really was hoping that Celebrity would wake up and let us take advantage of a Perfect Day at Coco Cay as well, but no such luck. The beach club there is right up a Celebrity passenger's alley.
  5. We're just staying on the ship, we feel that's the safest place. If we see too many folks in one place, we'll just slide our masks on, we don't have any problem doing that. Just getting away is good enough for us. We're not risking islands that are at a Level 4 and mostly unvaccinated. The activities on land are not worth the risk for a case of breakthrough Covid to us. We've been to all of the islands a gazillion times, so enjoying the ship and the pool is what it's all about this time. By the time we sail in November, both of us will have had our boosters, so we're feeling really good about going.
  6. Great pics! What capacity is the ship sailing at? It looks empty. We can't wait for April! Have a wonderful cruise!
  7. I go through a travel agency and always use my BOA card. The charge always shows from Celebrity Cruises so I get my double points. The only real change is that they've removed Azamara Cruises since they are no longer owned by the RCL group. So you still get double points for anything purchased through RCL or Celebrity, and then 1 point per dollar for anything else. Azamara is now treated like any other merchant. Hope this clarifies.
  8. I would love for Celebrity to start stopping at Coco Cay. The Beach Club looks fabulous. We never get off the ship in Nassau anymore.
  9. Thanks for the info everyone. Hopefully it'll stay this way until they get the variant under control.
  10. Was the Oceanview open for dinner or breakfast and lunch only? Were the passengers taking it upon themselves to wear masks inside and maintaining social distance, or was it so capacity reduced that no one had to worry about it? We're booked for November, so just wondering how it will be for us.
  11. Asked...Reservation Agent had no clue. That's why I'm trying to get an answer from someone that has recently sailed. No point spending additional time in Cozumel if you can only do ships excursions. Coco Cay would be the ultimate. More revenue in RCL's pocket...only makes sense, especially with the Beach Club which is an additional charge which Celebrity pax would most likely want since it's more upscale.
  12. I just booked a November 2021 sailing on the Edge. Grand Cayman is still showing as a stop. In the meantime, the government of the Cayman Islands does not expect to allow cruise ship passengers back on the islands until sometime in early 2022. So...another sea day, plop the anchor in and just spin around as if we were tendering in, jump up and down from the upper decks to get views of 7 mile beach? Anyone recently have a westbound cruise that still showed Grand Cayman? What did you end up doing? I'll be honest...I wish Celebrity would add a Perfect Day at Coco Cay instead of Nassau, or as a replacement for Grand Cayman. I haven't seen Labadee offered in ages. All reports from our pals at RCL is that this is one fabulous day, and I could see myself at the Beach Club without blinking an eye. 😉 Thanks all! Michele
  13. Both of our cruises on the Apex are still not showing. Says the reservation numbers are invalid. Hopefully whatever happened didn't include our personal information.
  14. There is always an area before you get to security to leave your power chair, scooter, etc. There was never a problem, I would go all the way down, park my scooter, take the key out, and down the gangway we went. Just ask the crew where you can park when you get down to the gangway area. Someone is always there to help. Once you get down the gangway, there's more crew to assist. If it was too far from the gangway to the buses, the crew would put me in a wheel chair and away we went. Never did I have to have my husband take my scooter back to our cabin. I hope this helps!
  15. We dined mostly outside on the table on the balcony which was quite lovely. We never had dinner for room service, but when we had breakfast and weren't ready to eat outside, our butler put our breakfast on the coffee table in front of the sofa. My husband sat and ate there, I took my food and sat at the desk and put my food there in front of the mirror. Still a cozy breakfast, just inside. Also, all beverages in our fridge was included when we were in the Sky Suite on both the Reflection and Solstice. We never paid extra. Great suite, just look out for the pole by the bed if you're in the Sky Suites all the way aft. 🙂
  16. I'm a Moderna girl and DH was Pfizer. Got a bunch of friends that were J&J as well. DH and I compare notes on how different each trial is being handled. We're not sure it's the site itself or the manufacturers, cause he got a CDC card for Pfizer and I did not. At least no more panic attacks every time I have to go because everyone's vaccinated at this point. 🙂 Thank you for participating and believing in the science!
  17. And then there are those of us who participated in the Clinical Trials. I didn't even get a CDC card. Once we were unblinded and found out what we got, then we got cards that we associated to the Trial and Drug Manufacturer. No lot numbers because that was all blinded, and just the dates we got it, and the site name that administered it. I go back for another blood test next week, and am going to ask them to give me a CDC card (hopefully they have them). And for those concerned with the long term effects...that's what we're around for. Just because the vaccines got approved for Emergency Use, doesn't mean the trials stopped. Yes, some did drop out because all they were concerned about was getting the vaccine. Then there are those of us in it for the long haul. I go again next week, and this would be my 5th blood in about 7 months. So believe you me, they're still looking at everything, and it's our antibodies, and our reactions that are going to tell them if boosters are needed, etc. So..for all of you that continue to say NO to the vaccines, thanks for nothing. For those that said YES, it was worth risking my life for you and everyone else to live a healthy life and for our country, our allies, and the rest of the world to flourish and defeat this horrible virus, and you're welcome.
  18. Same protocol as when Norovirus is on board. No self-serve anywhere. By doing this across all lines, Noro most likely will be eliminated. Another plus IMHO. 🙂
  19. The only reason it's going to go up is because people refuse to get vaccinated, continue to participate in super spreader events, stop wearing masks, etc. (I am not talking about the ones that cannot because of medical or religious reasons). As a participant in one of the first Clinical Trials, and was willing to risk my life (not only because I also felt it was my patriotic duty to the US) to ensure that the world will have a safe and effective vaccine, I take it as a personal insult from those that either refuse vaccination or deny that this virus even exists. Stop placating what is really the issue here. The percentages of infection must go down and the cruise lines need to prove they can do this. It's the people that are hindering us from sailing. Not the CDC.
  20. Everyone's got their opinions, every politician is on one side of the other, the CLIA has to look out for everything in their charter, my cruise line friends have been out of work and money for over a year, and we sit here hoping our next cruise doesn't get cancelled, yadda yadda. The most political part of this entire situation now, involves the segment of people that refuse to get vaccinated. Get the message to and talk to those people. They're the ones keeping us from sailing. Let the June cruises sail and hope that the infection rates in each state drop...if no issues, that will send the biggest message to the CDC and Washington.
  21. We played cabin roulette as well this morning. Prices just too steep, especially when you have to add Business Class air. Also, the sailings didn't push all the way out to Labor day, so the earlier sailings didn't work for us. Hard for us to have to pay air for a 7 dayer when we're used to just stepping on the ship at Fort Lauderdale or Miami. We'll just wait for our April 2022 Apex 14 dayer which is essentially paid for from our 3 previous cancelled sailings and save our money for a 2023 blow-out cruise! Happy sailing for everyone that is going to go in June/July!
  22. Can you please provide the direct link to that? I still cannot pull it up.
  23. I was wondering about masks as well. Only required indoors? Are they required outside on open decks as long as social distancing is maintained? Did they spread out the deck chairs by the pool? Are the chairs at the bars spaced out? Oh, so many questions. No matter what, have a blast!!!
  24. Sold out or capacity controlled? That is the new question.
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