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  1. So I called back this morning, with a cruise in 2022 chosen to move my deposit to. I didn't even end up needing to do that. The agent I spoke with gave me the full deposit $750 as a Future Cruise Credit without my even asking for it. Refunded what we had already paid. I'm not really a fan of "I didn't get the answer I wanted, so I'm going to call again until I do," but it seemed to work out in this case.
  2. Okay, I can change to something else for next year. We love Royal, we love cruising....just didn't work out this year.
  3. I really wish they would. My final payment date is Saturday. My cruise is Alaska out of Seattle for June 19. At this point, they haven't cancelled these cruises yet...but they aren't going to be able to sail because the Canadian ports are closed. I don't want to pay thousands of dollars toward something that isn't going to happen and have that tied up in a Future Cruise Credit. Sigh... I think we are canceling. When I spoke with Royal today, they told me that I would have a $300 penalty for canceling and the rest of my deposit would be a future cruise credit. Anything I've paid toward my balance would be refunded.
  4. We have a cruise booked for June 19, 2020 for Ovation out of Seattle. Until the Canadian ports closed, I was willing to stick it out with the Cruise with Confidence thing, but at this point, I just can't see how this cruise would happen. Our final payment day is March 21. We had a $750 non-refundable deposit and had paid $2,000 against the balance already. When I called today to cancel, the person at first tried to give me the entire $2,750 as future cruise credit. I nicely said that wasn't what I was looking for. I was hoping for my $750 deposit to be future cruise credit and $2,000 refund. The person told me that I would have a $100 per person penalty for canceling, so my FCC would be $450 (split between myself and the two members of my family), and I would get my $2,000 refund. I don't feel like I should have to have a $300 penalty for canceling at this point--I know they are going to have to cancel these cruises because of not being able to sail to a foreign port, but I don't want to have $5,000 tied up in future cruise credit. Is what I describe other people's experience? If I have to eat the $300, I will....but it doesn't feel great.
  5. We have an Alaskan cruise booked for June 19th out of Seattle. Even a few days ago, I was willing to pay my balance (final payment March 21) and wait and see how things played out. With Canada closing their ports, it doesn't seem to make sense to do that any longer. Is my best bet to call Royal to cancel? If I do that, I think I should get my deposit as a FCC and then a refund for the balance that I paid. Is that right?
  6. Thank you so much! Really looking forward to it! Our last few cruises have been bigger ships, so I"m looking forward to the size of Summit!
  7. Hi there, I have a couple of embarkation day questions that I'm hoping someone more familiar with Celebrity could answer for me: 1. My boarding documents list 2:00 pm as the time to be at the ship. I would prefer to go earlier, since we will be checking out of our hotel by 11:00. Is it a problem to go earlier than the assigned check in time? 2. What time are cabins usually ready on Celebrity? I would prefer to take my luggage (one suitcase and one carry-on) with me if the cabins will open up by 1:00 or so. If it matters, I am sailing in an inside cabin on Summit. Thank you for your help! I'm familiar with cruising, but only sailed once before (ten years ago!) on Celebrity. Becky
  8. Our flight out of San Juan does not depart until 3:45. I would love to explore Old San Juan, instead of sitting at the airport. What do you do with your luggage while touring, though?
  9. Thank you for the beautiful photos and entertaining review! I hadn't really considered this itinerary before, but after reading your review, I think I would like it!
  10. I"m glad so many were able to take advantage! Because it is my habit to check prices everyday, I scored a second price reduction this morning--an additional $200+ off. I think that my cabin category is going to sell out fairly soon, so I'll be glad of the price drops while I can get them.
  11. I just received another $200+ price drop on my Alaskan cruise for next June. Have had about $800 in price drops all together---check your prices! It might be worth your while!
  12. I tried to reserve the four hour snorkeling tour with Woodwinds for my day in Bonaire, but unfortunately, it was full. They offered spots in their 3 hour tour in the afternoon from 12:45-3:45. Our boat is docked from 8:00am-5:00 pm that day. I'm a tiny bit nervous about making it back to the ship in time. I know that cruise passengers are the companies life blood and they understand how important it is that we do not miss the boat, but that closer to 'all aboard' than I usually would do for an excursion booked outside of the cruise line. Anyone have experience with this particular tour and can reassure me? Thank you! Becky
  13. Hi all! I'm excited to be sailing on Celebrity Summit in October with my best friend! I was perusing menus in the Main Dining Room on the app and wondered if people had particular favorites. I've cruised Royal and Carnival many times, but only once before on Celebrity (about ten years ago). Lots of people on this board seem like they have sailed on Celebrity frequently, and I'd love to know what you love in the MDR! Thank you! Becky
  14. Just my opinion, but I would definitely try to move it to later in the week, when you are in a warmer climate. When we did it, you wore your regular clothes with a jumpsuit type thing over it. Even with a thick underlayer, I would have been cold in NJ in December. We sailed Anthem in March of 2017, and our first day sailing down and our last day sailing back were both pretty chilly. It would only be worse in December. If you can move it, I would. Enjoy your cruise! We loved Anthem so much that we are sailing on Ovation next year!
  15. What are the prices for standard alcoholic drinks on Celebrity ? I don't drink enough to justify the cost of the beverage packages, but I enjoy a drink or two most days of a cruise I've seen some menus online, but I think they might be older because the prices were fairly low co pared to my last two RC cruises Thanks !
  16. Can anyone tell me about the entertainment options on Celebrity Summit? My best friend and I are looking at taking a cruise together in October of this year. We did a cruise two years ago on RC's Freedom of the Seas and had a wonderful time. We are interested in doing Southern Caribbean, and have narrowed our options down to Celebrity Summit and RC Freedom of the Seas. We plan to enjoy the ports--we like to explore. We're 'sit in the sun and read' people on sea days. Sometimes do trivia, have a drink in the evening, maybe watch a show--pretty low key. I've only been on one Celebrity cruise before, and it was about ten years ago, so I don't have a good feel for the kinds of entertainment they offer. Does anyone know? Thank you!
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