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  1. wow, thank you for all the intuitive reading, I really appreciate it! As one of those who says 'I'll wait a couple of years' before I get the vaccine, not even knowing which one will be the one that's good for most and for me, and understanding it might be the end of my world travel I am continually entertained by conversations talking about 'listening to the experts'. Who are the experts? Who designated them better experts over others? How many contradictory statements/writings/rulings should be made before they are no longer considered an expert? What we were told in the spring, when this supposedly started, has changed week by week by week with new information and new guidelines. And the places with mask MANDATES are still seeing incremental rises in their infection rates so, is that truly a remedy? First they said 'put on a mask and don't touch it', then they said wear it only outdoors, then indoors too then while you're eating (which means you touch it and touch it and touch it). They said dining inside is dangerous but outside is ok now it's not. The constant back and forth of information is mind blowing. And the continual back and forth of data and 'new information' is as well. 2 almost fully EUA approved Vaccines and a couple more on the way. Has anyone heard/read anything about what the differences are? Which one's work for whom? I know that every single drug introduced has challenges interacting with peoples health and other drugs they might be taking, from everything I'm reading about these vaccines they're all good for everyone? Although now the Pfizer vaccine isn't good for those with bad asthma issues... Anyways, there's so many angles to this difficult and tragic situation. I wonder if we can ever feel that we're getting some degree of 'real' information? 🤔
  2. We are booked on the Flora, Galapagos 3.0 since we were originally on the Xpedition June 2019, cancelled due to government issues, moved to July 2020, Covid now July 2021, praying!!! I remember reading some articles about doing the Galapagos from a hotel at one location and much of the issue was the tremendous loss of time traveling to and from each island. We are lucky as we've just been transferring the $$$ we paid for Xpedition forward from year to year but for this trip of a lifetime I think doing it the right way is so important. We did Africa a couple years ago thru AMA, LOTS of money! But it was so beautifully coordinated (and I'm truly a DIY person and organizer for everyone else too!), every little detail taken care of, all we had to do was fly in and out of South Africa...definitely made a huge difference! If we do ever get the chance to go it truly might be Once in a Lifetime!
  3. I had a client/friend booked on Windspirit Feb 2021 and when I got notification of cancelation the rep told me no benefits will be transferred, when they rebook it'll be as a new booking. 😰 Feel so bad, this client has had 4 cruises canceled on them!
  4. ok, trying to get some updated info. We're going in Sept and, of course, the day in Santorini has 4 ships! I am leading a group of, maybe, 20 adults. We're in port from 7-7 so if we get off early the boats to OIA won't be running, correct? So, we can 1) get off early and plan on doing the cable cars up or 2) wait a bit and then the boats to Oia will be running? Also was planning to get a private group tour to do the beaches and wine tasting...last time I was there we did it ourselves with the donkeys (was hysterical!) and public bus to Oia but with a group of this size I think a tour would be better. Any advice???
  5. It was 6 days out! Actually, one of my friends/going with us had read about the week before (I think that's the first week) was cancelled so when they called me, as the agent for everyone, I was not surprised but at that time there was absolutely NO information or reason why....and even though I spoke with the Galapagos desk numerous times over the next couple weeks (trying to get the refunds going at that time was mind-numbingly frustrating!) there was no info as well. Hoping that now, after all this time, they have it down to a science? Very excited to go on Flora. PLUS after we booked, prices came done (for a short time) and we were able to score the $1000 flight credit as well...really turned out great as long as we were willing to rework our schedule and luckily we have the ability to do so!
  6. I believe that no company offers points for sailing on their other ships, other than Azamara to RCCL. Sailing on Royal doesn't add points to Celebrity and vice versa...it's an interesting one way benefit!
  7. A big thank you to all who have posted and researched so that those of us who were 'bumped' have some good info. We were to take Expedition with the MP extension on June 9th....were all packed and ready to fly out June 5, got the call May 31. Opted to cancel and move to Flora for July 2020, have 6 in our group (now 5, one was unable to rebook) and we're very excited about being able to experience Flora, although (since we booked 2 years in advance) it's still a long wait! Now that I have more detailed info on what actually happened (or what we THINK actually happened)….I can understand that even though Celebrity might've communicated better, they keep working under the premise that things will work out and possibly that's why they're not cancelling too far out?
  8. I have looked far and wide and just need clarification...is Qsine still operating on the Connie? I see the only Specialty Resturants on the Connie are Tuscan Grille, Qsine and Sushi on Five...was hoping Le Grand Bistro might have appeared? Thank you!
  9. how do you find it? We're on Edge in Europe next year...would love any discount!
  10. It's too bad things turned out for you the way they did. We were booked on Xpedition on June 8, booked this cruise 2 years ago and had a group of 6 going...but when we found out the June 1 sailing was cancelled I was not surprised when the call came...I've been waiting to do this trip for so long but we all (I have a group of 6) opted to take the refund and future cruise credit, then we booked the Flora for next year and actually came out with quite a bit of money left over It's so interesting to see all the different opinions/comments on what happened. I can't imagine that Celebrity blatantly tried to mess this up for so many...reading the info from the Ecuadorian government and after multiple calls with the Galapagos desk I truly believe they were doing everything they could to smooth this over and NOT have to cancel cruise after cruise after cruise...yes, it's expensive but it's also their brand ID and after doing many Celebrity cruises (both as a passenger and as a TA) and many conversations with different management depts. I tend to believe they were, by all good intentions, working from the view that this problem could be rectified instead of over cancelling. It's very unfortunate for those who were already travelling when their cancellation came thru but this is when Travel Insurance comes into play...another crap shoot for those who don't ascribe to adding that to their trips. We never know what might happen! I also have many friends who have done the MP trip on their own and to do something equivalent to what Celebrity offers would not be much less...all depends on each persons budget and what's important to them. I hope everyone that is booked can experience what we're all looking forward to...as for saying so many days was not necessary because there wasn't many sightings...I just got back from my 4th trip to Alaska (which we booked last minute when this cruise cancelled) and it's the first time I saw sooooo much wildlife and many many many whales...you never know and since these areas are not Disneyland the wildlife is not 'on call'...we just have to hope that what we see is special enough to stand out in our memories. Oh, and btw, there recently was an article in Travel and Leisure on how to do the Galapagos on your own. Mostly what was stated is that if you don't do a cruise you lose so much time getting from your hotels to the different areas, this method of travelling the area isn't as productive as a cruise would be.
  11. Hey, Marilyn,,,thank you for your continued addiction to the Edge! Here's my two cents! I did one of the pre-season but were in a Panoramic oceanview which is basically the IV without a balcony,..problem with those is that they all overlook the tenders so view wasn't great. Had a large group on in Jan, everyone had IV's. I really like the cabin but not the shade, which I think they didn't plan out well. For those of us who like to peek out during the nite or in the am when our companion still sleeps there's no way unless you raise the shade all the way up...In Jan we just left it all open and had the extra 'real estate' for our room. 😉 Many of us did book the Edge for next year in Europe but we all took sunset verandahs (we have all of deck 10!)...the new people that booked to go with us did take IV's...said they were ok with the shade challenge. My other 'complaint' is that there's no real area to gather in the atrium except the Martini Bar. I had a large group that wanted to meet each nite for drinks before dinner and the last nite, the atrium was filled with people who had been sitting there allllllll day (because weather wasn't good enough to go outside) with ipads and cards and no drinks...we had to go to Eden to find seats. On the other ships there's many more areas to sit and enjoy a drink, on Edge it's pretty much Martini bar or Eden.
  12. I am a TA and also sail quite a bit. We did the Milennium in 2014 and selected the foreward most oceanivew on deck 6 for it's large size (first time sailing with my travel buddy). The second nite around 1am the thumping started, I called Pursers desk, they sent security to investigate and it quieted down. Half hour later it started again...I called, they checked, it quieted down, 30 minutes later...... After two nites of this found out we were above the crew disco 🤔 I pitched a fit and they moved us the next morning...thankfully a balcony cabin had opened up. I do alot of research when selecting cabins for myself and clients...this info isn't really available so you have to do as much 'due diligence' as you can and hope for the best. My friends just got off another ship where we selected what we thought was a 'safe' location, turned out it under buffet where there was no carpeting so chair scraping noise was heard alot!
  13. Great idea...I can hold up a sign...'Can I reliever you of your extra bottle of wine?'
  14. Quick question, we just booked last minute and not clear on policy re: bringing wine/champagne onboard. We can bring 2 bottles/cabin with no charge and after that $18/bottle fee? If we buy any of the wine packages, do they keep track if we don't finish the bottle for use the next night? (as they do on a couple of other lines) 🍷 Prefer to avoid the total drink package using nightly Happy Hours and behaving cost wise!!! 😉 Thank you!
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