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lexmiller

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    New England, USA
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    Cruising!
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    Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mediterranean/Europe

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  1. We received notification from Celebrity directly this afternoon, and also, separately, from our travel agent. Canceled! Sad!
  2. All the answers are in either the write up port paragraph and then, scroll down, to the "Top Sights and Attractions", where any unanswered question will be answered. I had first googled all the answers, but got one wrong! You're allowed to do it again. I then went straight to what Celebrity had sent with the quiz, and it was MUCH quicker than my googling, and more accurate! Very fun!
  3. Yes, April, and they were VERY MUCH closed - not just Bridge Climb, but the country - borders had been closed for weeks at that point. We were coming via cruise ship......we all know how that ended.
  4. I wanted to check in and give you an update on how this all worked out for us (or, more to the point, did NOT work out for us). Many of you were very supportive and helpful, and I thank you. We contacted our credit card - they were great, fully understood the problem. They clawed back the money from BridgeClimb, but, BridgeClimb's bank took it back. Then, our credit card, once again, took the money back. And, once again, and that was the final volley, Bridge Climb took their money back. And that, our credit card company explained, was the end of the "dance". They were sympathetic, but B
  5. Ha, I SO beg to differ. We live half way around the world. We reserved for a very particular day based upon WHEN WE WOULD BE IN THE COUNTRY. They, therefore, by definition, could NOT provide the service. Our contracted date turned out to be when we could not even enter their country. We had a specific reservation - on a date when borders were closed! They could not provide the service. Therefore, they are morally bound to refund our cash. I honestly do not understand what is so hard about that to understand.
  6. No unfairness intended whatsoever! In fact you have misconstrued - my point is that all, every last one of the hotels, businesses, service providers - and most of them were indeed, small, family businesses - have ALL given us cash refunds. I was simply qualifying myself, I didn't want to say that ALL businesses with which we had contracted had given us cash refunds, as that isn't true - United Airlines has not. So, the problem with writing, without you hearing my tone and fully understanding what I meant, is the cause of your misinterpretation. So let's just put it this way - all of the sm
  7. We actually did think of that......let me look into it, to see if they are transferrable and what that entails - if possible, at least we'd get something for our troubles! Thank you, and also to "nnps".
  8. I wanted to give everyone the final update - Sydney Bridge Climb has REFUSED to give us a cash refund. In their opinion, a credit to climb within the next 3 years is dandy. We worked through our credit card company, which was very helpful - but it is a many stepped dance and we lost. We were credited the funds, but Bridge Climb clawed it back. Our card then credited us again, but, again, Bridge Climb clawed it back. And that was the final step. We did also go to the NSW Fair Trading and the ACCC - both agencies were sympathetic and helpful but in the end, we had no recourse. As said, we
  9. I am really sorry, I absolutely did not mean to offend anyone! I guess it's just me then! Again, no disrespect was intended whatsoever.
  10. I am a bit of a techno-phobe, and I know I'm not the only one. To be forced to use technology on a cruise, for just about everything - forget it. Not to be ageist, but generally speaking, changes like this would turn away the majority of cruisers.
  11. For us, we cruise with Celebrity for the entire package - modern luxury we feel is an apt description for Celebrity and we love it - we are inching our way closer to Zenith, though now we probably will never make it. We love the excellent stateroom service, especially the evening turndown - we can't afford hotels that do that second cleaning, so we really love it when we cruise - love the pampering! We don't want a diminished experience - the descriptions the OP listed, ouch, that is a deal breaker for us. We'd definitely rather stay home......after a vaccine is found, hopefully life may re
  12. Here are two direct quotes from the CNBC article, from a NCL official, which I thought were particularly revealing as far as the entire industry goes....... The coronavirus outbreak, “including its effect on the ability or desire of people to travel (including on cruises), is expected to continue to impact our results, operations, outlook, plans, goals, growth, reputation, cash flows, liquidity, demand for voyages and share price,” the filing said. “These factors have raised substantial doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.” “We cannot predic
  13. Outstanding article, excellent summation of what is currently known - two of the 4 authors are Pulitzer winners. The Washington Post can always be counted upon for reliable and well documented articles.
  14. Another poster posted this at the exact same time as I did, sorry for duplication but I didn't see the other post as, it wasn't there. Great minds think alike apparently, LOL! 😜
  15. https://presscenter.rclcorporate.com/press-release/96/royal-caribbean-extends-global-suspension-of-cruising/ Royal Caribbean and all it's brands, cruising suspended through June 111
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