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  1. Good to know - was not aware you could do that.
  2. The OBC is tied to the stateroom and the account associated with that stateroom. It is not transferable between different staterooms or accounts. You could always try to have one of your parents book the spa time and then have you show up with them and have your parent approve the charge to their room and see if they would let you use the treatment instead.
  3. Never expected this to be so contentious as I am only conveying information based on my direct knowledge, but I can only sum it up by saying when I have purchased flights through ChoiceAir: First / Business class was first / business class in the aircraft described in the first / business flat bed seats selected at the time and the price paid which was the same or lower than the direct booking price at the time in comparison. Ditto economy and economy plus (and not basic economy). I paid nothing until final cruise payment and have changed flight schedules and airlines after booking and prior to final payment with no fees or penalties and have captured reduced fares that became available after initial booking. Have done so on United flights to Hawaii, United / Lufthansa code share to Rome, American to Miami, and American to Puerto Rico as recent examples. Not anecdotal - actual experience. Agree I was unclear with stating "best alternative transit" when meaning assistance with alternative flights. Fortunately that has never happened with us so I cannot say from experience, but it has happened with others from another state with whom we were traveling and they received re-booking assistance to make the ship. Have also been a high level frequent flyer on USAir/American, Delta, and United with extensive business and personal travel for over 40 years so not exactly my first rodeo. I do understand airline booking policies and codes and understand how to compare to those booked through ChoiceAir. I respect everyone's input and information as I am only doing the same, but believe as you wish.
  4. There are no holes and what you experienced is how ChoiceAir works. Here is my previous post for you to review: ChoiceAir tickets are issued through the cruise line by the airlines and are exactly the same as those purchased directly. RCI/Celebrity have negotiated terms with the airlines (as with Princess as well) whereby they offer both refundable and non-refundable fares. Non-refundable fares are just that and operate the same as with directly booked flights. The refundable fares are fully refundable, flexible for transfer to a different flight schedule and airline if desired, and do not require a deposit and are not due for payment until final payment for the cruise. You can also benefit from any reduced fare that may come into play after booking. The only caveat is that they need to be tied into a cruise booking reservation and will appear on that invoice. There are no cancellation fees prior to final payment and only come into play with cancellations or changes made after final payment. They also carry the assurance of being backed by the the cruise line for best available alternative transit should a delay or airline flight cancellation occur. I know this from direct experience with both domestic and international flights that I have booked, with situations with both types where I made changes and have benefited by price reductions.
  5. Roatan is very safe and we found the people very friendly and helpful. We did an independently planned beach day at West Bay beach and had no issues whatsoever when we were there this past March.
  6. Understood. But in our experience the total price paid through ChoiceAir was the same as, and in several cases lower, than that shown by the airlines with the final booking amount.
  7. I guess I misunderstood your comment about not being 100% the same thinking you meant they are not real or issued tickets. They are sometimes the same fare, other times (in particular with international flights) are at a better fare. The negotiated terms also have to do with the flexibility and payment terms, which are as described in my previous post. However the ticket class is the same - First/Business with ChoiceAir is First/Business with the airlines, etc. The key difference is the flexibility as described in my prior post with the refundable ChoiceAir fares. This to me is significantly advantageous over direct bookings. The apple to apple comparison would be with any refundable or flexible fares offered by the airlines with their terms and guidelines v those indicated with ChoiceAir and at what fare to each. The screenshot example attached does not show the fare code but provides a class description.(Business, standard economy, etc.). The confirmation issued with the booking includes the airline tracking number, which, when accessed as you would on the airline website with directly booked fares, does indicate the fare code with the booking. While some airlines will delay the date available for seat selections many do not and typically you can choose your seat when the booking is made as well.
  8. This is incorrect regarding ChoiceAir. ChoiceAir tickets are issued through the cruise line by the airlines and are exactly the same as those purchased directly. RCI/Celebrity have negotiated terms with the airlines (as with Princess as well) whereby they offer both refundable and non-refundable fares. Non-refundable fares are just that and operate the same as with directly booked flights. The refundable fares are fully refundable, flexible for transfer to a different flight schedule and airline if desired, and do not require a deposit and are not due for payment until final payment for the cruise. You can also benefit from any reduced fare that may come into play after booking. The only caveat is that they need to be tied into a cruise booking reservation and will appear on that invoice. There are no cancellation fees prior to final payment and only come into play with cancellations or changes made after final payment. They also carry the assurance of being backed by the the cruise line for best available alternative transit should a delay or airline flight cancellation occur. I know this from direct experience with both domestic and international flights that I have booked, with situations with both types where I made changes and have benefited by price reductions.
  9. That probably is the result of that being the only sea day, with many passengers wanting to take advantage of the specialty restaurants then, as there would be no conflict with timing on a port of call and a nice dinner at sea after a relaxing day on board. In other words you were far from alone in your plans on how to spend that only day at sea.
  10. Celebrity does that in the same manner as RCI as you indicate, but once on board you can adjust the schedule as needed, depending on plan purchased, to another night if desired. We typically eat the majority of our meals on both lines in the specialty restaurants and in our experience, the restaurants only hold a certain number of people seated by reservation - and are staffed to accommodate that - and the crowd levels are therefore limited to that number on any given night. So although some nights are less crowded than others, it doesn't typically affect the service level. 🙂 But to your point, the first night can be chaotic in any restaurant on board which can have an impact on service.
  11. More like 7:30. But that would be too late that night to fit with their dining plans, so.....
  12. Which fits with the time the OP indicates they would plan to dine.
  13. OP indicates the port departure times and has already determined that day 3 is no good as they are in port until 8:00 PM. The other port days 4 & 5 are 4:00 PM and 2:00 PM departures respectively. The rest are sea days, which is why I thought 2, 4, 5 or 6 would work, which agrees as well with your 4 & 5 suggestions. 🙂
  14. Just to clarify, Celebrity has moved away from any formal night several years ago - they now refer to it simply as "chic", by which any dress from casual and up is completely acceptable. Any night would be fine in La Petit Chef, but if you want to avoid any time constraints with port days I would think nights 2 or 6 as you indicate would be good choices. Days 4 and 5 would work as well, so plenty of good choices. You will not miss anything special IMO on any nights in the MDR and La Petite Chef is so unique that it is in a presentation class by itself.
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