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  1. Thanks for the advice, I will reach out to Celebrity. I'd told them the situation when we needed to change our cruise date and they let me do it directly with them. I'm bummed about losing the perks we had with our MIA agent.
  2. We were supposed to take a Galapagos cruise on Xpedition in Dec 2020 and obviouusly that wasn't going to happen. I tried to get through to our TA for a month last April (calls, emails, no answer and voicemail was always full) before calling X and asking to "lift and shift" our booking to Dec 2021. I thought maybe our TA was just swamped last spring with all the travel disruptions and maybe I would be able to reach him after things settled down. Still no reply to email and not reachable by phone. We've booked through him once before and he always was responsive, so I am concerned th
  3. Thanks for your reply. The TA is a one-man agency, so my option is limited to moving it to a different TA. I guess what I meant to ask is, once I move the booking back to X, can I move it to another TA or does it remain with the cruise line?
  4. I am in this situation now with a X Galapagos cruise. We were supposed to cruise in Dec 2020 and tried to get through to our TA for a month (calls, emails, no answer and voicemail was always full) before calling X and asking to "lift and shift" our booking to Dec 2021. I thought maybe our TA was just swamped last spring with all the travel disruptions and maybe I would be able to reach him after things settled down. Still no reply to email and not reachable by phone. We've booked through him once before and he always was responsive, so I am concerned that he is either out of busine
  5. I doubt it will be before 2021. We were scheduled for Xpedition first week of December to celebrate my 50th bday but moved our cruise to the same week in 2021. Celebrity offered to let us do this without increasing the cruise fare and we were able to get our miles back for the air we booked from AA. I think there will have to be wide-spread vaccine availability before cruising can resume most anywhere given what happened just this week with Hurtigruten in Norway.
  6. My husband and I were extremely disappointed to miss whale watching in Samana. We picked this itinerary for this cruise stop as we love seeing humpbacks. We got up early and waited hours in the Equinox theater, where we were repeatedly told that things were moving along with the port authorities and that we should continue to wait in the theater. Finally around 11am we were told that it was unclear when we would be cleared and we could leave the theater and wait elsewhere for an announcement to return to the theater. I stopped at the spa to book a massage and then went to the buff
  7. My husband feels the same way. He'd love to wear a sleeveless shirt to lunch and doesn't think it's fair that I can but he can't. i told him it's the one time male privilege doesn't apply and I'd gladly trade it for equitable pay, no pink tax, cheaper haircuts, and $1.99 wash and press shirts at the dry cleaners. He shuts right up.
  8. I'm on Equinox on Saturday. Will try the various techniques and report back.
  9. I think a quarantine aboard ship is unlikely at this point. We are sailing Equinox out of FLL and I don't see an American port refusing to allow American citizens off the ship. And given the Diamond Princess debacle, I think it's clear that quarantines in close quarters is a terrible idea. Nevertheless, I'm bringing my work laptop in case we are quarantined on land and not allowed to return home. I do think we will be just fine and are more likely to die in a car crash on the way to the airport than to contract coronavirus and have severe complications.
  10. Limiting travel at this point is largely for show, so that people don't panic and so they feel like the authorities are doing something. More and more mathematical models and infectious disease specialists are admitting that stopping the spread of this virus is nearly impossible. What should be talked about more is that the vast majority of people who contract the virus will be fine. The mortality rate among known cases is around 3%. It's likely lower than that in reality because many people have had a mild case or no symptoms and so were never diagnosed. I'm truly sorry for those who have
  11. Which pier did you dock at in San Juan? Will be on Equinox next Saturday and wondering how far the walk is into old San Juan.
  12. Thanks everyone for the replies. The reviews I've read of the cabin say it is generally quiet. But then I read about people being invited to the helipad for sailaway and wondered about hearing a party on the other side of the window. Sounds like it isn't anything to worry about. Cruise Critic is the best!
  13. Wondering if these happen at every port and how long the party lasts. We're booked in a cabin that looks out at the helipad on Equinox and just want to know how much we will be disturbed by a party outside our window.
  14. Plan to stop in for a pineapple mule on our cruise in a couple weeks. One of the few cocktails within the premium package limit. Probably won't pay extra to try any of the others.
  15. Yes, we had this iced tea on our last cruise on Summit. It just can take a long time to get it made and it isn't very portable. It is delicious though. Problem is my husband can easily put away half a gallon of tea a day (he's a Texan, that's how they roll). If we could easily grab a bottle of tea when passing through the OVC, he'd always have some at hand. The free iced tea in OVC isn't very good according to him.
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