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  1. Give it some time. It took about two weeks from the time I cancelled until the refund showed up on my credit card. I just stopped looking after checking nearly everyday. The minute I just forgot about it, low and behold, it showed up. Go figure!
  2. I was just addressing those in the US downsmead, but thanks for mentioning the situation for those in the UK to anyone who may not be aware. One of the reasons I stay away from Royal Caribbean is that depending on the room category (suites), your deposit is automatically non-refundable. In those cases it's so hard to book out ahead to get the best rates because you never know what kind of curve ball life will throw at you. I do hope X will refund those in the UK their FCC in a timely manner.
  3. I could even see companies like Carnival dropping some of the cruise lines they own. Carnival is taking a real beating in all of this through Princess.
  4. I agree. That's why I book refundable and I got my cash back within two weeks of cancelling my June cruise with X. I'm not interested in credits I may not be able to use.
  5. Excellent point! I'd rather have my cash in hand than worry about all the stipulations X could put on how and when that FCC could be used. I got a full refund last week and I'm happy I got my money back. I can now wait and see what happens with the prices. I have a suite booked for next year, so I can apply that money to that cruise.
  6. I cancelled online and received an email from X a few days later. You'll hear from them. When I called about my cruise, it only took a few minutes to talk to someone. The agent was very understanding when I voiced concern about the trip. He answered all my questions and didn't attempt to rush me off the phone. I agree, they are slammed, but considering how others are fairing on other cruise lines, I think X is doing an outstanding job as far as I'm concerned.
  7. I cancelled my June 12 night Canada/New England cruise on the Summit. I got a refund of every dime. Plus X refunded and cancelled the shore excursions as well. It took about two weeks from the time I cancelled until I got my refund. I didn't want any FCC credits, so I'm happy I got all my payments back. I really hope X and Royal Caribbean as a whole can weather this storm. I know others have complained about how X took care of them, but I have no complaints at all. One thing I will say, NEVER, EVER book a non-refundable trip! I cancelled my trip before the 18th final payment date (right after the State department said not to cruise, but before Canada shut down all their ports until July). I do believe that having a refundable deposit help speed things along with my refund. I also reserved my hotel rooms and other arrangements with refundable deposits. I had no problems getting all of my money back.
  8. Lots of people will be noticing the same thing when they attempt to rebook using FFC.
  9. If you want that kind of security, then you have to be willing to pay a bit more money and go with the bigger, more established American cruise lines.
  10. The UK is saying it may going into 2021. This isn't going away any time soon.
  11. I agree! People need to for the cash instead of the FCC. FCC isn't worth it! They are going to restrict how and when you can redeem that FCC so they can recoup as much money as possible. Get the money!
  12. Exactly! FCC is worthless. They are going to put a bunch of restrictions and stipulations on those vouchers. Get your cash and get out while you can.
  13. Cruise lines like Princess have also had much worse publicity over this than Royal and Celebrity. Princess is going to have to offer the moon to get people to trust them again and forget about the people who were trapped in quarantine on ships.
  14. Smart move! People think they are gaining so much by getting FCC. If and when this virus blows over, the major cruise lines (if they survive this) will be seeking to get their money back. People have no idea what type of stipulations and restrictions they can put on the holders of FCC vouchers. The cruise lines will do their best to lure people back to cruising. Those will cash will be in the best position to get great deals, and not just on cruises. The travel industry as a whole is taking a beating. Cruise lines could offer excellent deals to those with cash, while telling those with FCC that they can't apply their credit to the new sales. If you can, get a cash refund and wait this out. Don't make the assumption that things are going to get better in time to salvage the summer cruise season. Get your money and wait this out.
  15. I agree! TAKE THE REFUND! Don't think you're gaining anything by opting for FCC. You don't want X or any other cruise line hanging on to YOUR money! You don't know what will happen in the future. People are ASSUMING things will get better quickly and go back to normal. The UK is already suggesting that this crisis my stretch into 2021. No one can estimate how bad this crisis will be or how long it will last. If you end up out of work because of this, how is a bunch of FCC going to help you? There is no cure for it right now. Doctors are saying that even if you do recover from the virus, your lungs will suffer lasting damage. Being safe and healthy is worth WAY more than some crazy FCC. If you can get your money to use to pay a bill or get important supplies, get your money from Celebrity.
  16. I was on this 12 night cruise and I canceled long before Canada shut down all its ports until July. This cruise is not going to happen. Canada is shut down and New England is a hot zone with increasing upticks in the new virus patients. Cancel before the 18th deadline and get your money back if you booked a refundable ticket. My booking was refundable and when the State Department announced that US citizens should stay off cruise ships, that's when I canceled. I don't want to be stuck with a bunch of FCC and Dr. Fauci is predicting that this is only going to get worse. People are making the assumption that somehow their summer cruises will be running. I don't think that's a good assumption to make. You don't know what the future will hold, but you can get your cash back and have it in your pocket in case you need to pay a bill or stock up on toilet paper or food. Get the cash and leave the FCC.
  17. Well said! Thank you for a moment of clarity. X and any other cruise isn't cancelling cruises, missing ports, having longer than usual phone wait times, and shutting down service completely for several weeks just to annoy people. These companies are seriously hurting right now while trying to find a way to keep customers happy. It's a great idea to just take a deep breath and realize that this too shall pass.
  18. Fair isn't defined by what works best for you. I'm sure the cruise line employees don't think it's fair that a virus has shown up out of nowhere that is spreading around the world and throwing a monkey wrench in the travel industry. Now that the State Department has warned against traveling on cruise ships, I'm sure they think it's not fair that they might lose their jobs because of something completely outside of their control. Cruise lines have employees to pay, ships to maintain, ships to build and all the other costs that go into running a business like this while still trying to eek out a profit to keep investors happy. Plus they have to find a way to keep customers happy and wanting to cruise (while trying to give customers a chance to cancel if necessary) without bankrupting themselves in the process. It makes logical sense that they would want to stabilize their income as much as possible. Not everything is about corporate greed and "fat cats getting over on the little guy". After all, how many cruisers would be willing to put their health at risk if the cruise lines offered rock bottom prices and full free perks, taking advantage of a bad situation for the cruise lines?
  19. D Don't be lulled into a false sense of security that because you do all these activities and consider yourself "fit", that you are somehow impervious to getting ill and/or death.
  20. So nice to hear someone give Celebrity praise where it is deserved. So many people complain about the furniture down to a lack of pens being offered on board. It's so nice to hear from someone who appreciates how hard the crew worked to help everyone on board have a great cruise. I was worried about my up-coming cruise on the Summit. News like this makes me more confident about traveling. This is why Celebrity is my favorite cruise line! Thanks for your post!
  21. I second that. That statement about Luminae is completely untrue. Even if steak isn't featured on the menu, you can ask for one and they will gladly provide it. Even the kids menu features a smaller steak option each evening. You can download the X app and choose an available ship and current sailing. From there you can check out the menus and the open hours for Luminae. Luminae is open for breakfast and dinner EVERY day and open for lunch on sea days.
  22. Based on what you said you like, it sounds like X is right up your alley. It's a really laid back "chill" atmosphere. You won't find lots (if any) kids running around wild. No one decorates their stateroom door. I've never seen anyone leaving dirty dishes in the hall. It's a more refined ship and atmosphere without being snobby. You'll love the coffee shop (look for the big yellow "Alice in Wonderland" chairs by the windows on the S class ships (my favorite spot for an afternoon iced latte). I think X will hit all of your high points. Hopefully you'll enjoy your first cruise!
  23. If you go to Harrison's Cave in Barbados, I'd recommend booking this excursion through the ship. The tour is set up where they take you around through the cave on a tram. The cruise will sell just the number of tickets to fill up a tram (I think they had two times you could choose from). The cruise also provided a smaller bus that fit the exact number of people who'd be on the tram (The cave is pretty far away from the cruise port. The added transportation made this worth the cost if you catch the excursion on sale). If I'm not mistaken, if you show up to the Visitor's Center for Harrison's Cave and you aren't part of a cruise ship excursion, I think they'll make you wait until they have enough people to fill a tram. This is a GREAT excursion and well worth it! Book it ASAP if you're interested since it filled up quickly and when people asked about booking it once on the ship, there were no seats left.
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