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Everything posted by travelgoddess1

  1. I think it’s more a matter of cruise lines not allowing them to return to ships, if they hold passports from certain countries.
  2. And now there is this (sorry if it has already been posted, I have not seen it before now): https://www.khon2.com/top-stories/state-official-asks-white-house-to-stop-cruise-ships-from-docking-in-hawaii-over-covid-19/
  3. Not sure if this has been posted. Heads up if your cruise plans include Hawaii, like me. https://www.khon2.com/top-stories/state-official-asks-white-house-to-stop-cruise-ships-from-docking-in-hawaii-over-covid-19/
  4. I sincerely hope that none of you ever has your home defended by firefighters. IMO, they deserve more than a free cruise.
  5. Good luck, I hope things get sorted out for you!
  6. Your best bet is Imperial Jewelers in St. Thomas, or Kay’s Jewelers (several Caribbean locations). I don’t see the C&A jewelry on ships at all now, and only rarely in the past.
  7. Do you have access to the Galapagos Desk? 866-973-8466 is the number we call from the States. Even Celebrity’s main number should be able to help you. Good luck!
  8. It is doubtful that Royal would leave Radiance in Australia year round. It is a perfect ship for the Alaska run and has had much success there for the past several years. Actually, since it came out of the shipyard. So successful, in fact, that Royal has added Serenade to its Alaska itineraries. Voyager is rumored to be in LA in summer, 2021, doing 3- and 4-night sailings out of San Pedro. There has been no official announcement. (See my post above)
  9. I'll try to remember. I seem to put my brain in vacation mode when I board a ship.😁
  10. SoCal Traveler, thank you for sharing your experience. It does give me the time perspective I didn't have. How odd that some Celebrity reps knew you were supposed to be onboard that cruise, and some did not. Left hand, right hand. I hope you were able to enjoy yourselves, regardless of all the mixup. Again, thanks for taking the time to explain what happened.
  11. Well, that would be nice if he were still onboard. I'll find out soon enough! Thanks for the update.
  12. Six hours? IMO, that is unacceptable. For the inconvenience this causes, and price paid, I would expect better communication and customer service.
  13. I have done both: purchased travel protection insurance and booked my flights through Celebrity Air. (They are refundable, BTW, until paid for at time of final payment.) I think I remember reading on one of these threads, that some folks on canceled Expedition cruises had their airfare refunded. I do not remember the exact circumstance, i.e, how their airfare was purchased.
  14. I had hoped to sail with Captain Claus this Sunday, on Oasis. I now see that he will not be onboard. Thanks for the information, Barb.
  15. I agree. I booked this cruise, plus the MP add-on, two years ago, and I still have 8 months to go! While I think my chances are pretty good that my cruise will operate, who knows? It has already been a large investment of both money and time, which I am happy to do, IF the ship sails.
  16. Royal does not do Panama Canal cruises on a regular or even a seasonal basis. There was a gap of a couple of years between about 2013 and 2015, and then another gap until 2018. Serenade is doing a Westbound full transit on May 4, if there is any space to grab. Final payment is coming soon, so cabins may open up.
  17. I think you mean John Blair, not Jeff. I sailed with them for the first time in 1997, and have enjoyed sailing with them frequently as the CD/AM. I think they are changing ships.
  18. You certainly got an earful in the lounge on your Oasis class sailing, much more "interesting" than conversations I seem to get involved in. If I had to listen to topics like that, I might rethink going to the lounge at all.😮
  19. I had the misfortune to sail with her on a Radiance 11-night Hawaii cruise this past May. She was just back from vacation and due to immigration restrictions, she was not allowed off the ship in port (first cruise back from vacation, this restriction applies to non-US crew members in many, if not all, US ports). On her morning show, she let everyone know how unhappy she was, repeatedly. It was annoying and gave me an unpleasant impression of her. Fortunately, she was not onboard when I sailed Radiance again in September.
  20. I might eventually do that with mine, but I'm going to wear it a few times first.😉
  21. A post on another site says that John and Katrina are coming to Vision soon -- they are on vacation now. Not sure when, and I wonder where Steve Davis will head next. I agree, I like Vision Class.
  22. Neither Voyager nor Explorer had Chop's when they first sailed, they only had Portofino's. Radiance was the first ship to have Chop's onboard, and it was such a success that Navigator and Mariner were built with both specialty restaurants. I mention this only for the sake of accuracy.
  23. Try not to take these decisions personally, and I speak from some experience. Los Angeles had Royal ships for many years, before finally departing in 2011. They have not returned, although rumors are getting stronger that they will. The primary reason was simple: revenue. There wasn't enough of it being produced in onboard sales. Other factors aside, if there is another port with the potential for more revenue, Royal will redeploy there. Until then, I will continue to pay a king's ransom to fly to a Royal Caribbean cruise. If you had the unfortunate experience to be on Jewel in late 2015, it was a horrendous debarkation and embarkation. The ship was parked at a parking lot with no terminal, just a couple of temporary "tents." Fortunately, that has not happened since, and there is now talk of a new terminal to be built at that very same parking lot. The other two cruise terminals in San Pedro do a decent job with disembarkation. I think the traffic flow you are referring to is on Harbor Blvd, trying to get to the cruise terminal in San Diego. It has been pretty bad on the several occasions I have embarked there. And I share your dislike of Galveston dis/embarkation. I almost booked Allure out of Galveston last week, but I couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger. No, at this point, nothing has changed. It was fun to watch Mariner back up the channel early in the morning, if you were up.
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