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    Port St. Lucie, FL USA
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    Playing and appreciating music, woodworking, food & wine appreciation, travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Viking, Celebrity
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  1. That sounds fab! Thanks for the very tasty review! If you have time, could you answer a couple of questions? Did you have to book this onboard? We're unable to book it online as of now for some reason. Does the wine pairing work off the premier beverage package or is it a separate charge?
  2. Of course, all of this legal maneuvering will be moot if even one more COVID variant worse than Delta arises, and the chances of that occurring are high. We're teetering on the brink of yet another shutdown once again if the current situation continues unabated. The irony is that if the cruise lines can reject unvaccinated passengers, the ships may well be the safest place to be!
  3. Like many on this board, we're long-time Princess cruisers and have been quite loyal to the brand. We currently have three future cruises booked, with an additional one on Celebrity. Frankly, we don't really know how different the experience will be when we finally return, but we expect it to be different - noticeably different. We hope it's not different in a negative way, but if it is...c'est la vie. Mr. O'Brien's sudden departure - at such a early stage in the return - is not a good omen, imo. While we don't necessarily care much as to who is the CD or ED on our cruises, we do not
  4. Thanks to Jeremiah1212 for the breaking news. We immediately called our TA with this information. She, with us on the other line, immediately called Celebrity for clarification. The Celebrity agent who handled her call was not aware of this! The agent asked for time to contact their manager for further info and, after several minutes, came back on the line confirming NO B2B's! They added that an official notice will be issued next week to all reservation holders. We're not about to fly to St. Martaan, at a considerable expense, for a 7 day cruise - which we normally avoid anyway as w
  5. Hi Ken, condolences on the Tide's exit from the Big Dance (or are you an Auburn fan?!) Hate to keep rehashing the b2b saga but we're still holding our two for July 10 & 17. It's a big Anniversary for us and we really would like to go. Must tie it all up by April 6, so we keep going back-and-forth on the planning. One day it's on and the next it's off. Today, we planned our beach days. We have spoken with a couple of Celebrity agents on the phone and still - we're being told it's no problem. Frankly, I don't know what to think at this point. Out TA is very nice and efficie
  6. Appreciate your work on this, Anne. We just called Celebrity - again - this AM to confirm our b2b booking for the St. Martaan sailings in July after seeing your updated info. We were told, again, that our b2b reservations are perfectly fine. Where is all the misinformation regarding b2bs coming from? Certainly the St. Maartan insurance mandates requiring additional $30 payments for each reentry into the country are prohibitive enough as it is! (That's at least two purchases, three for a b2b.) This is starting to fall apart quick!
  7. Jet Blue flies direct to St. Maartan from Fort Lauderdale - it's about a 3 hour flight. Both coming and going are day flights.
  8. We didn't attempt any trickery as we had no idea, based on everything we read from Celebrity, that b2b wasn't being allowed. Frankly, we're still don't. We have spoken with a Celebrity agent regarding flights and some other details - they obviously seen our reservation - and still no pushback. As far as we know, the 7 day limit is a CDC rule and this cruise is outside of their jurisdiction. Our TA did book the cruise(s) this AM - she didn't mention any restrictions either and she booked the two legs - with Celebrity - with us on the phone. We use a cruise-centric company and the agent i
  9. We're booked for the b-2-b's for 7/10-24, although it's booked as two separate reservations, in one cabin thankfully. Suites were already sold out for those dates by 9am - we're going concierge level.
  10. I agree with just about everything in this thread so far, so I'll add my little peeve: wine service. Can we please get all available glasses or bottles of wine onboard in the MDR - and served (without asking, in a whisper, for a real wine glass) in a proper glass? Of course this would require dedicated wine/beverage service in the MDR which is sorely needed back again. It's a folly to have to run over to the Vines to get a good glass of wine while eating. While they're at it: include a Vines on all ships, please. The newer ones have apparently eliminated this popular spot.
  11. I would think that anyone of us who love to travel would be sizing up alternatives to cruising these days. That said, cruising is still our preferred vacation and we are anxious to see the industry rebound. The cruise lines have an interesting problem ahead of them, aside from the obvious current layup, and that is how to regain their market. Many folks on these pages are "givens" to cruise lines - we cruise whenever we can and more than a few of us already have several bookings in the que. We're ready when they are. It's everyone else that the cruise lines must attract back. To that
  12. Agree - it was a pretty nice card too! Happy Birthday!
  13. We were halfway through our 28 day RT LA-Hawaii-Tahiti. Valentine's Day was fun onboard. Hard to fathom - a full year of this.
  14. We like them long now - at least 21+ if possible. The last one, Feb '20, was 28 days RT from Long Beach to Hawaii and Tahiti. We've had several 25+ TA's with the first or last European cruises added on. Whatever the length - it goes too fast!
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