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  1. I live in NYC in a high rise building. There are lots of people on the streets most days. So many, mostly younger, people have refused to wear masks from the beginning of the pandemic to the present. I rarely went out before getting vaccinated although I am now going out regularly and even went into a small store to shop this week for the first time since mid-March, 2020. We have been getting food and other supplies delivered. I would not get on a cruise unless everyone - pax and crew - were vaccinated. We love cruising but if there are reasons why this is considered unfair to people who can’t or won’t get the vaccine shot and the 100% cannot be enforced, we won’t be cruising any time soon or perhaps not at all.
  2. We have been on 3 Oceania cruises - 2 on the Marina (Baltic and Med) and 1 on the Sirena (Cuba, luckily, in Dec 2018). We enjoyed all 3 cruises immensely. On Marina we had B1 veranda cabins. On Sirena we had a concierge A1 cabin. We booked that because A1 cabins are mid-ship and had cabins above and below. Our Sirena cruise was pre-renovation. The cabins are small and we were apprehensive about the size since they were smaller than we had been in previously. The bathrooms are minute but we could deal with that. The main part of the cabin was extremely comfortable and felt roomy, and had lots of storage. The entertainment is not in a theater but in a lounge. The shows were not the big production shows but we loved them - Broadway and standards, familiar classic rock, terrific musical acts and even a comedy/ ventriloquist act. The latter sounds lame but was terrific. Sirena is the only R ship with Red Ginger, which is our favorite specialty restaurant. The food in the specialty restaurants was very good but in the GDR and Terrace Cafe the food was not up to the standard on the Marina where the food in those venues was excellent. Generally we do a mix of O excursions, 3rd party tours, and on our own. In Cuba we did all ship excursions. If you have tender ports I recommend doing O tours unless you are just wandering around on your own and time is not an issue. We also do O tours if we are going very far from the port. O has several discounts options if you book enough of their tours. We would definitely book Sirena again. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to do so safely in the future.
  3. In 2016 did a 7 day Bermuda cruise on the Summit with my sisters. We had 2 adjoining OV cabins - the newer ones on deck 3 starboard side. We picked beverage and obc as our 2 perks for both cabins. When we boarded, somehow one cabin also had a free Internet perk which we all shared. Don't know if this would be considered real freebie or just Celebrity IT screwing up, for once in a passenger's favor!!
  4. When the hurly burly's done When the battle's lost and won
  5. ECCruise, must say I agree with you. Even if we did not get sick ourselves, someone else could, and we don't want to float around the ocean for months with no way to get off. Are there still passengers from South America on the Eclipse or were they finally able to get home?
  6. There is a TV network called AWE - a wealth of entertainment. We watch it on Verizon FIOS. Don't know if other providers also have it. There is a show called Dream Cruises - some ocean, some river. See lots of places we've been and can reminisce, place we are (were) planning to go in the next year but have potponed, some places we would not go but that were fascinating, and some places we would never want to visit. Not sure if this is satisfying or torture. They have ships from a variety of companies, haven't had any X ships. Saw a few on Carnival - never would consider a Carnival cruise after watching the shows. Not that we ever considered it anyway.
  7. We live in NYC, in Manhattan. We know people who won't wear a mask outside and others who say they don't get flu shots and don't intend to get a covid one when/if it's available. I have actually seen postings on CC by people who say the same about shots.
  8. Annie - Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It's giving us a real lift. You were so brave to kiss the stingray. We went to stingray city on our first Celebrity cruise 5 years ago. When the photographer asked me to kiss the stingray, I said I only kiss mammals. He insisted that the stingray was a mammal. I said nope. He got annoyed and walked away. Had similar experience to yours in Cartagena. One vendor (selling hats) actually tried to follow someone onto our bus.
  9. Not a chance. Had Med cruise scheduled for Oct and canceled it. Also moved Anthem out of NJ for Jan 2021 to Jan 2022.
  10. No cruising or flying for us until there is an effective vaccine and treatment. We are in mid 70s, no underlying conditions. We live in NYC in a high rise building and have been notified there are cases in our building. We have to go through elevators and other common areas to pick up deliveries and that's enough risk for us. We canceled an Oceania Mediterranean Cruise for Oct 2020. We moved an Anthem of the Seas cruise out of NJ from Jan 2021 to Jan 2022. We have a Mediterranean Cruise on the Constellation scheduled for May 2021. When (if) 2022 cruises are announced we will likely move that one as well.
  11. Our Oct 4 Riviera cruise has dropped $700 pp. In any case we canceled it a month ago. Not getting on a cruise ship this year.
  12. I would wait until there's an effective vaccine. However, not everyone gets flu shots so maybe some would not get this vaccine either. My fear would be someone who didn't get the shot gets sick. While I might not catch it, would not like to be on a quarantined ship floating around the ocean indefinitely with no chance/place to disembark.
  13. Funny, right after I saw this thread we got an email from Delta about extending our eCredit. (Flight was not associated with a cruise, just to visit relatives.) Great news!
  14. Just to add - We have a Barcelona to Venice scheduled on X for May, 2021.
  15. I had decided no cruising until there is an effective vacine. Then I started thinking - not everybody gets flu shot, pneumonia shots, etc. If I get the vacine and people who don't get the virus on the cruise - maybe I won't get sick but could still be quarantined. Unless perhaps they let vaccinated people off.
  16. Purchased the insurance for one cruise in Nov 2018, for other cruise in Feb or March 2019. Found the email off-putting whether I would need to use the insurance or not.
  17. Got lovely email from my trip insurance provider that if my flight or cruise was canceled by the airline or cruiseline because of the virus, I am NOT covered. Nice, yes?
  18. Just moved 11-day Anthem cruise in Jan 2021 to Jan 2022. Don't think winter 2021 will be a good time for cruising because of possible 2nd wave.
  19. We canceled our Riviera Med cruise for Oct 4 2020 a few days ago. Dont want to cruise this year, especially to Italy, Spain etc. Canceled shore excursions first directly with Oceania and the credit hit our card within 2 or 3 days. Had to cancel cruise through TA and who knows when our deposit will be refunded if there are 29000 requests pending!! Sad to cancel, loved the itinerary - was Athens to Lisbon - and don't see anything quite like it in 2021.
  20. We usually book with TravelGuard. They are usually ok with date changes as long as it's the same cruise line. This true for NY and NJ but can vary from state to state. When changing cruise lines it's more of a hassle - seems to depend on which customer service rep you talk to.
  21. We usually book 3rd party trip insurance. We also book flights on our own. Were we to cancel our flights, there would be a cancelation fee and the rest would be issued as a credit with the airline which would have to be used within a year or be lost. The trip insurance would cover the cancelation fee but not the credit. So the best you would do even with 3rd party insurance would be to get back the RC cancelation fee. You would be "stuck" with the FCC and lose it unless you could book something else in time.
  22. The last time I waited until onboard the basic price for the Surf package was higher than if I had booked in advance. I had waited since part of my obc from my TA was nref.
  23. I have a lot of nref obc from Celebrity, decided to purchase surf internet for one device with my elite discount since the price seemed pretty reasonable. This is for a cruise on the Constellation for May, 2021. I called the Captain's Club number and was told it's too early for the discounts to be loaded for my cruise. The package (without discount) is available on my cruise planner and has been for a while. Is this usual? Are captains club discounts usually unavailable this far out? Note - I am not ranting, just curious.
  24. Ah, the human comedy. Still laughing reading this. And I have trouble dragging my luggage around as it is.
  25. For some reason we were able to do Facetime with the Surf package on our Canada/New England cruise on the Summit in Sept. Don't know if this was a fluke since it's not supposed to support video.
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