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RickT

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  1. Booked on a HAL cruise departing San Diego on April 3rd. Looking at coming to the San Diego area for 3-4 weeks prior to the cruise. Looking for suggestions on hotels or VRBO’s in the area. Hoping to be $150/night or less. Looking for someplace in walking distance to the ocean with a few restaurants nearby.
  2. You have me concerned…. Was going to follow your B2B2B cruise in March 2020 until the cruise world got shut down. If it happens again with your upcoming B2B I may have to start blaming you for this whole Covid mess 😋
  3. Not sure what Celebrity might call it but I’ve ordered a Caesar at the sunset bar as well as the bar in the oceanview cafe with no issues. They have small cans of Clamato juice and other than spicing it wit Bloody Mary spice (Caesar’s just use Tabasco and Worcester plus a little celery salt) they are pretty darn good. Worth a try if you’ve never had one.
  4. Caesar…. Extra Spicy…. Grey Goose or Tito’s vodka.
  5. My $ is on a Celebrity website error….
  6. Not this cruise critic. Started out doing inside cabins then upgraded to oceanview. Largely sail veranda now but have done oceanview for certain itineraries.
  7. I will be cross posting this in the Celebrity forum. I understand 18 months have past since Covid threw the Cruise Industry a huge curve ball so perhaps things have changed but I want to discuss my Celebrity vs. Princess handling of a cruise cancellation. I had a March 2021 New Zealand cruise booked with Celebrity and not surprisingly it was cancelled due to Covid, My cruise did not allow any Lift and Shift because Celebrity had nothing similar to offer for 2022. There was a cruise in March 2022 that was one day longer but that was not an option due to the different length. I spoke with X and said I would pay the per diem upgrade but was told no. My option was to cancel and receive a refund or leave my deposit with them and get a 25% bonus. Unfortunately the March 2022 cruise was almost 30% more expensive so IMHO that wasn’t an option. Looking for a replacement cruise I found a similar 2022 itinerary on Princess very close to the original Celebrity price (with similar perks) so booked that and crossed my fingers. I recently received notification that my March 2022 New Zealand cruise on Princess was cancelled due to Covid cases in Australia and New Zealand. Princess graciously offer to move my booking to two different cruises in 2023 (same price, perks, etc) even though they were two days longer in length (and the current booking price was significantly greater than I was paying). IMHO the Princess process was more customer friendly and driven towards making me a happy/loyal customer than the Celebrity policy. Perhaps Celebrity has changed how they handle cancellations but if not they could learn a few things from Princess. I still love Celebrity…. But based on this experience will lean toward Princess in the future.
  8. I will be cross posting this in the Princess forum. I understand 18 months have past since Covid threw the Cruise Industry a huge curve ball so perhaps things have changed but I want to discuss my Celebrity vs. Princess handling of a cruise cancellation. I had a March 2021 New Zealand cruise booked with Celebrity and not surprisingly it was cancelled due to Covid, My cruise did not allow any Lift and Shift because Celebrity had nothing similar to offer for 2022. There was a cruise in March 2022 that was one day longer but that was not an option due to the different length. I spoke with X and said I would pay the per diem upgrade but was told no. My option was to cancel and receive a refund or leave my deposit with them and get a 25% bonus. Unfortunately the March 2022 cruise was almost 30% more expensive so IMHO that wasn’t an option. Looking for a replacement cruise I found a similar 2022 itinerary on Princess very close to the original Celebrity price (with similar perks) so booked that and crossed my fingers. I recently received notification that my March 2022 New Zealand cruise on Princess was cancelled due to Covid cases in Australia and New Zealand. Princess graciously offer to move my booking to two different cruises in 2023 (same price, perks, etc) even though they were two days longer in length (and the current booking price was significantly greater than I was paying). IMHO the Princess process was more customer friendly and driven towards making me a happy/loyal customer than the Celebrity policy. Perhaps Celebrity has changed how they handle cancellations but if not they could learn a few things from Princess. I still love Celebrity…. But based on this experience will lean toward Princess in the future.
  9. My March 2022 cruise on the Emerald was cancelled and I was offer similar itineraries on other ships in 2022 and 2023. Unless I’ve missed an announcement it seems they’ve pulled the Emerald for the 2022 season to redeploy elsewhere and are leaving two other ships. I suspect however that the 2022 season could be in Jeopardy due to spikes in the Virus.
  10. Fully agree! Fully vaxed and unlikely I’ve contracted Covid but would gladly be tested to increase my confidence level that I (and fellow passengers) don’t have Covid.
  11. Still waiting for my transfer to be completed but have been told everything will be transferred to my new cruise. It will be as if I booked the new cruise instead of the one that has been cancelled…..
  12. IMHO it all depends on your cruise itinerary. While it’s very likely you won’t have major travel delays there is always that chance (chance of delays increase the more connections you need to make). On the off chance you do miss the boat how easy is it to catch up to the ship? Where and when is the first port of call? How easy is it to get to? If you have the time and money arriving a day or two early and exploring Amsterdam would be worthwhile but if your work situation makes that difficult it’s not absolutely necessary.
  13. Friends from the UK have done this by using a US TA. Keep in mind the rules are a bit different. Also research any TA to make sure they don’t charge extra fees.
  14. Agree. Better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it.
  15. Not to get political but I’m pretty sure our Government was scrambling to get vaccines and didn’t want a little thing like the mixing of vaccines to screw up their plans. Doubt anyone knows how the effectiveness of mixing of vaccines will compare to two shots of one vaccine but I doubt that was one of their major concerns.
  16. The OP brings up a good point. I was fortunate enough to get the Pfizer vaccine first and when it came time to get my second dose Pfizer was in short supply and it was being recommended that I could mix and match and should get the readily available Moderna vaccine. I did my own research and while many countries are doing that it was clear that many countries weren’t and like the US it seems they won’t consider you fully vaccinated. To that end I held out for Pfizer and am pleased to say I’m now fully vaccinated. While it’s possible the US and other countries will eventually recognize mixed doses… it’s possible they won’t. And while I’m pleased with the effort the Canadian Government has done to get vaccines into Canadians I am disappointed that this possible issue is never mentioned.
  17. My experience has been hit or miss depending on which bar and what time of day. Often bars had both in stock but would run out of one or the other at some point in the day.
  18. Had my 2021 New Zealand cruise cancelled, unfortunately lift and shift to a similar cruise in 2022 wasn’t available so booked on Princess instead. That Princess cruise is now showing “currently not available” on the Princess website. Seems Princess may be cutting back on the number of ships down under in case Australia and New Zealand don’t open their borders.
  19. Based on my current booking (Emerald March 2022) it was a no brainer to go for plus. The price increase worked out to a couple drinks a day which is a deal compared to other cruise lines.
  20. Glad to see you back posting…. A few others have disappeared from the forum since Covid and I’ve wondered if they are safe and healthy and just taking a break like you.
  21. Based on the itineraries I am looking at certainly not! Prices now are significantly more than what I had booked and cancelled. My New Zealand cruise that was cancelled this past March is approx $2,000 more in 2022 and the only difference is one extra perk (I had 2 on my cancelled cruise). I’ve rebooked that cruise on Princess instead. Two other cruises I have my eyes on are also significantly higher than they were and generally more expensive than Royal and Princess. Hoping this is due to all the FCC’s out there and pent up demand but for now I’ll keep an eye on the price but most likely book with another line. For those of you who found similar pricing to last year…. Congratulations.
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