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  1. We did not find that to be the case at all. We disputed a charge of over $5,000 with a major cruise line years ago and our credit card company got it all back for us. We are still using that credit card to this day and have paid for many more cruises with it since then.
  2. In the past, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean would routinely comp transfers between their ships for B2B passengers who were changing ships. They would even provide an overnight hotel stay, when that was necessary. Many of us used their free transfers between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. They even comped us an overnight hotel room in London after a transatlantic cruise, with ground transfers and meal vouchers included, when we were changing from a Celebrity ship to a Royal Caribbean ship. Then they discontinued the policy several years ago. I don't remember what year that happened., but maybe someone else will.
  3. In years past whenever they canceled our cruise, they would return whatever cash we had already paid, and additionally give us FCC as compensation for the inconvenience and incentive to book with them again. Surely the cruise lines carry insurance to protect themselves in emergency situations, but we don't know which circumstances would be covered and which would be excluded.
  4. No problem using a laptop with Windows either.
  5. It just seems to depend on who happens to be on duty at the entrance to the dining room at the time that you arrive and whether or not "they" happen to notice what you are wearing, or even care. That is why one guy wearing shorts may be seated while another one may be turned away. These days it seems that most ship employees really don't care what you wear and they prefer to avoid confrontation. But there are still some who are sticklers about enforcing the dress code. In any case, it is no big deal and certainly nothing worth worrying about. The very worst that could happen is that you may need to go back to your cabin, change clothes, then return and be seated five minutes later. I have never seen anyone post about any woman being refused entry or asked to change clothes. Is this discrimination? 😉 P.S. I take that back. On second thought, I do recall a woman once posted that she was denied entry to a Captain's Club happy hour because she was wearing sandals!! But that was a long time ago.
  6. The TA is the one to cancel it with the cruise line. When you use a TA, you are the client of the TA and the TA is the client of the cruise line.
  7. As well as visiting travel agents and their guests, visiting entertainers, guests of officers, and likely some other categories that we have not yet encountered.
  8. March 2 - NBC News Coronavirus prompts a dozen schools in Washington state to close March 2 - The Seattle Times As more coronavirus cases emerge, schools in Washington state are closing, cleaning and waiting
  9. This is a different situation. Spouses living at the same address are given the same points and the same perks. That does not apply to friends or other family members sharing a stateroom with you who reside at a different location. Yes, it is still as you describe. At the beginning of the cruise, visit the Captain's Club Host/ess together with your family member to explain your situation and your roommate should be given either a special card or sticker good for admission to all the Captain's Club events on the cruise (e.g., the wine tasting, backstage tour, elegant tea, possibly a helipad sail-in or sail-out) as well as the CC breakfast and happy hour. Your roommate is welcome to partake of the food and beverages that are served at those events. But as MEcruzr explained above, your roommate does not receive the elite perks that are loaded on your seapass card.
  10. Excellent advice. There are very few ports where you need to take your passport off the ship with you (e.g., St. Petersburg, Russia) and the ship will inform you when you need to do so. At other ports, a photocopy of your main passport page works well for ID purposes, unless renting a motor vehicle, in which case you should bring your driver's license. I would be foolish to risk having my passport, or even my driver's license, lost or stolen by taking it off the ship and carrying it around at a port where it is not needed as it would be a real hassle to get it replaced. If the photocopy should be lost or stolen, I can quickly and easily replace it.
  11. Either way is fine; whichever you prefer. For nights when you know in advance that you will want to eat at a specific time, you can select a time in advance and for nights when you want to remain flexible, you can just show up whenever you feel like going, knowing that you may or may not have to wait to be seated.
  12. We did something similar a number of years ago, and our best bet at that time turned out to be the Quick Shuttle (Quick Coach) which ran an express bus from the Canada Place pier directly down to SEA airport and the Seattle cruise piers. A lot of cruise passengers who disembark at Vancouver fly in and out of SEA. The express bus picked us up right where we got off the first ship in Vancouver, at Canada Place. The only other stop it made along the way before Seattle was at the border crossing. Even though the Quick Shuttle cost more than the Bolt bus, it was a lot more convenient as it took passengers from one ship to the other with no other ground transportation needed. We had briefly considered flying, but ruled that out as it would have necessitated additional ground transportation to transfer us and all our luggage at both ends. Besides, small planes are often grounded or delayed due to weather or mechanical problems. Important: Regardless of how you ultimately decide to do the transfer, near the end of the first cruise contact your next cruise line to let them know you are on your way to the ship, explain the circumstances and ask them to notify the Oosterdam to make sure they have your names on the passenger manifest. Take their contact telephone number and a cell phone along with you on the day of your transfer. Just in case there should be an unexpected delay of any kind on that day, then follow up by calling them again directly to assure them that you really are coming, and have them double check to make sure that the ship is expecting you and that they have you listed on the final manifest. That way you can breathe easy, knowing that you will still be allowed to board, even if you should get delayed beyond the regular requested boarding time. (You probably already know this, but if you are not listed on the final manifest and just show up at the dock at the last minute, you can be denied boarding.) Hopefully it will all go smoothly, and you will have a wonderful time on both your cruises. As for early disembarkation from the first cruise, just talk to the people at Guest Relations on your Celebrity cruise a few days in advance of disembarkation, explain your situation, and ask them to give you luggage tags for early disembarkation, so that should not be a worry. If you are able to carry off all your own luggage, you can even self-disembark, if you prefer.
  13. I would price out and compare the costs of various car rental location combinations for pick-up and drop off on the dates you want. Sometimes it is more cost effective to take a taxi to an off-airport location instead of renting at the airport. We have saved hundreds of dollars doing that. Generally off-airport location rental prices are lower, but if picking up and dropping off at two different locations, that can make a difference in the price too. As Jim_Iain noted, we have also had the experience where the cost was higher to pick up a car at the airport, but not to drop it off there. By all means do check out the cost of renting a car right at Canada Place, or nearby.
  14. It is a sit-down and be served lunch, typically held in a section of the main dining room on embarkation day. It is now commonly called the Concierge lunch, but there are several other categories of people who may be eating there as well. You can ask to look over the menu at the entrance before deciding whether or not you want to be seated. The menu there is very limited, but if you see anything on it that looks appealing, you can just order one or two items from it and then go elsewhere on the ship for the rest of your meal, if you wish. The people at the door may recognize you from the previous cruise and not even ask you to show any ID at all. That has happened to us, when they just smiled and said welcome back.
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