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  1. I fully agree... please provide us with an update on the 23rd. If the TA still says no I’d reach out to Captain’s Club and/or LLP.
  2. If/when you rebook it would be at the pricing and promotion in effect at that time. Celebrity wouldn’t honour your current pricing if you cancel.
  3. Had a similar issue. Called Princess and got a word salad response and an offer to complete my booking at the higher price. Glitch yes... take responsibility (and / or fix the glitch) no.
  4. You say inept..... seems to me they figured out 18 months in advance that there was a problem with the date and were proactive in reaching out to you. It is too bad they couldn’t offer you anything that would make you happy but it’s not like Celebrity has dozens of ships/sailings doing Hawaii.
  5. I was in a similar situation with Princess. As a Canadian Citizen my passport does not have to be valid for 6 mths past my scheduled return date to/from another commonwealth country. When I tried to enter my passport information I got an error message saying that my passport expiry date was invalid. Calling Princess I got the following reasons: - It doesn't matter that it's a commonwealth country, US Homeland Security says it's required (I'm Canadian, no part of the travel was in or through the US) - I was interpreting the rules incorrectly (I had a letter from the British Embassy confirming) - Regardless of the above, Princess was not going to let me board the cruise unless my passport was valid for 6 mths past the cruise debarkation date. Rather than run the risk of being denied boarding I renewed early. It sucked but I had a great cruise and didn't have to worry. Ultimately I understand. The cruiseline is trying to safely navigate the world passport/id/immigration requirements and when in doubt takes the safest position. Hope your passport arrives in time, enjoy your cruise.
  6. I think you're all being a little hard on Celebrity. I think they are just expanding their previous ad campaign that showed ice burgs and penguins where they shouldn't be 😜. Below is a photo of the Seal Island Bridge just outside Sydney NS. It actually is similar to the Sydney Australia bridge.
  7. IMHO the SV cabins are the best. That said there can be a bit more movement. I’ve never had an issue but if ship movement bothers you mid-ship might be better.
  8. To the OP, congrats on your rate reduction. I look at my cruise fare once a week and have already had two price drops for a March sailing on the Equinox. I’ll continue doing this until sail date (yes, even past final payment). Sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t. X does make it hard by constantly switching up the promos meaning it’s a little difficult at times comparing Apples to Oranges and what perks mean anything to me.
  9. The answer is “maybe”. We find different venues offer a different selection and sometimes that selection changes during the cruise. I’ve had wines I’ve really enjoyed but by day 5 I couldn’t find them anywhere. Best you can hope for is the run out of wines avail in the classic package and offer a couple nicer ones to make up for it.
  10. A cruise I have booked is the same price it was last week (still more than I booked it for a few weeks ago) with the added perk. It however has changed to a non-refundable deposit. When I looked a couple hours later, it was refundable with the one perk fare non-refundable.
  11. Big difference is X doesn't take your money until you win your bid... and you can cancel your bid as long as you haven't been selected for a bid upgrade. It's not for everyone but I enjoy it. If I have a cabin I really love I won't bid. If I have a cabin that I like and the bid costs aren't too great I'll bid (I've bid and won) and if I happen to have a cabin I'm not keen on you can be sure I'll bid. But, it's not for everyone.... no need to bid if you're not comfortable with the process.
  12. IMHO promotions basically shuffle the various components of the offer but ultimately the total price doesn't change all that much. I've done much better catching a deal when Celebrity has actually dropped the price on a cruise due to cabin availability. As others have said, check out how many cabins are available... keep an eye on the pricing and go for it when you feel the price is right.
  13. RickT

    Wind speed.

    Google is your friend. I quickly googled you question and got a lot of results many of which were an interesting and informative read.
  14. You don’t mention the dates of your travel but even if they are next summer I agree with Zach. Any change wouldn’t happen overnight and they would still have flights operating. As a further note, it was in the news today that the government is concerned about Air Canada increasing its monopoly and will most likely delay any approval for at least 150 days.
  15. My wife and I usually take one suitcase and a small carry on. My packing list is quite simple...pack whatever I can fit in after my wife has completely filled both cases with her stuff....lol on a serious note, having access to the Elite laundry bag has certainly made traveling light much easier.
  16. I’ve never been able to upgrade my package on-line. I’ve always had to call.
  17. Really no different than most other things. Want to buy a car? Dealer A wants $X but will give you $15K for your trade. Dealer B wants $Y but will only give you $10K for your trade. Both result in a balance owing of $35K. Different route same end result. What I don’t like is booking a cruise then constantly watching the pricing in case a better deal comes along. Too often a cruise price will go up and down 6 times in a year.... current cruise I’ve rebooked twice already. Once to switch from CDN pricing to US, even with the exchange and credit card fees I saved about 10%. Two weeks later noticed price had dropped by $350 US (perks the same for both). I’m happy to have saved but as a loyal X customer you think there would be a better way? oh well... first world problems.....
  18. I’m on the Equinox in March. Do I care who the Captain is? Meh... as long as they get me from point A to point B safely. I do find the Cruise Director a bigger deal as they often set the tone for fun and entertainment. That said, get me on a nice ship with cold drinks and good food and I’ll be happy!
  19. When looking at a March cruise I decided to go with the Equinox over the Edge and save about $300. I’ve been on the Equinox and quite frankly didn’t see the need to spend more money for the Edge. I’m sure the Edge would be interesting but IMHO not worth $300 extra for a week.
  20. Many of us often say.... Thank god the onboard experience is better than the on-line experience.
  21. jelayne, not sure you’re talking about the new Premium Plus package (one level above the Premium Package). Both the price you quote and what it gets you are more in line with the regular Premium package. In fact the per drink prices you quote above appear to be from the Classic package (except for the $15 price you list).
  22. RickT

    Crazy air fare?

    To the OP. Like you I’m travelling from Canada and am comparing flights from March 2019 to my upcoming cruise March 2020. Last year I paid approx $500 for direct flights on Air Canada (mainline, not Rouge), those same flights are now approx $875 and are on Air Canada Rouge. I suspect the fares will drop this fall but who knows. I don’t recall seeing them that high in the past except around Christmas and New Years. I did read an article in the Globe and Mail stating that Canadian airfare prices have increased due to the 737 Max issue. If the fare stays this high I may reconsider my cruise.
  23. I suspect this post will get removed, but like others I have been eagerly awaiting L L-P to come to the board and answer the questions that have been asked by the CC community. Well, that occurred today and from a review of the responses the question being asked is not really being answered. Instead we are given a generic response or weblink that does little to address the question or concern. I don't want my post to reflect that I am not grateful for the opportunity to interact, I just wish we would get some honest responses that would indicate the question has actually been read and the concern understood.
  24. “I think you’re crazy”.... sung by Gnarls Barkley.... 🎵 After sailing in an Aft cabin it’s my favourite.
  25. It’s interesting to note that with the promo nothing on the website offers pricing for booking a cruise with a refundable deposit.
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