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  1. In that case, you were very lucky to get anything back... unless you had the travel insurance.
  2. Yikes! That's right. With those $100 "special" deposits, once final payment comes along, it turns into a full deposit amount when cancelled.
  3. Since we have snow today in TN, and temps dipping to 13 F tonight, I would pick the warm cruise. 🌞 In fact, the Reflection cruise in January looks pretty tempting to me! Have fun with whatever you pick! πŸ˜‰
  4. It's a strange situation. Did you ever get any type of reminder that your cruise deposit was due? Check your SPAM folder! My guess is that Celebrity will reach out to you by phone eventually. If you don't want to go, I'd leave it, and the deposit. If you want to take the cruise, you had better get in touch with Celebrity before your stateroom is given away.
  5. We took a private tour through Viator. It was from Le Havre to St. Michel on our second day docked there. The first day we went to Normandy, also by private tour. Highly recommend taking private tours. You will have much more time to see the sights!
  6. You are quite welcome. We corresponded with someone named Martin Stich. πŸ˜‰
  7. We used the following company from Prague to Passau with excellent results! https://www.taxi-transfers.cz/
  8. We had 9237, same location on Deck 9, for the inaugural cruise. Loved the location! Bed by bath. Blu was outstanding. We did miss the windows in the mornings. Tried to eat out on the Blu deck one evening, but it was too windy. Very weird that we had to practically go through the kitchen to get out there. πŸ™Š
  9. Look at the bright side. Your packing should be easier because you just finished washing the clothes from your last cruise. What you took then, and what you need to repack should be fresh in your mind! πŸ™‚
  10. Very important: Make sure that you are not connecting with the ships cell tower!!! If you read the instructions on the link that I posted earlier, you will be able to avoid these problems. Setting up at home is a smart thing.
  11. We use Wi-Fi Calling with unlimited minutes on a River Cruise in Germany. Made many calls with no charges. Used our Captains Club minutes and Unlimited on Celebrity with no problems while in Europe and in the Caribbean. I think your friend must have forgotten to put his phone in Airplane mode. Turning off roaming is also a good idea.
  12. Verizon, and some others, have what is called Wi-Fi Calling (located in your cell phone settings). You can call anyone from anywhere...FREE, (including out at sea) as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. Since Internet minutes can be eaten up so fast at sea, I usually try to wait until I am off the ship and can find a free Wi-Fi source for using Wi-Fi Calling. Many cafe's offer the free Wi-Fi with a purchase. This link further explains Wi-Fi Calling.
  13. We enjoyed the convenience, but I do recommend ordering them ahead of time. First of all, we had a trouble finding an onboard bar tender that had the cards. Secondly, when we did find one, they had limited amounts in their drawer. We ended up having to visit 2-3 times to buy the cards in smaller amounts than we wanted. I seem to remember that he had $50 cards, but nothing over that amount. It wasn't a pain to visit for more cards because the bar was in the area where we preferred to have drinks, however, the bar tender was unpleasant. He acted like it was an inconvenience to him that we were purchasing the cards.
  14. I agree! And you should not have to wait until Wednesday to receive an answer!!! BTW- The $900 deposit is for a cruise that is longer - 10 days and up. A deposit for a shorter cruise is less. At the least, you should get back some of your deposit because the cruise was shortened to 4 nights. "Deposit requirements vary based on length of cruise and number of guests per stateroom. Generally, deposit guidelines for double occupancy staterooms are $200 per stateroom for 1 to 5 night cruises, $500 per stateroom for 6 to 9 night cruises and $900 per stateroom for 10 night or longer cruises."
  15. I received an email from my well known TA with the following new offer. I'm sure we would still be paying the fees somehow, but it looks better on paper. Book virtually any NEW 4 nt. or longer Celebrity cruise sailing January 2, 2020 through May 3, 2021 during our sale and receive: A Classic Beverage Package for TWO (A value of $70.80 per person/per day, includes all gratuities)(Beverage package increase cost of $14 pp/day, will be reimbursedin the form of shipboard credit) PLUS, Pre-Paid Gratuities for Two PLUS, Up to $300 Shipboard Credit per cabin (Inside: $25; Oceanview: $75; Balcony: $100; CC Balcony: $200; AQ Balcony: $300) PLUS, Select Sailings ALSO receive: Up to $400 Shipboard Credit per cabin ($200 Inside/Oceanview/Balcony; $400 Suite) (based on double occupancy ) PLUS, Kids Sail Free (select sailings - 17 yrs. and younger) (not applicable to cruisetours) NOTE: Some Rates feature a non-refundable deposit.
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