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Posted by Nancy R

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      Just got my cabin for this cruise. I bet it is totally sold out in a few days! The people who just finished the 2019 cruise had 1st dibs to rebook for 2020, then the presale for returning cruisers (I went in 2018) was today at 9 am EST. Sale to general public is tomorrow. If anyone is interested, here’s the link:

      https://flowerpowercruise.com/

        On ABC Nightly News tonight they said "Don't get on a cruise ship." Great. Our cruise is a charter which will not be refunded or credited by Celebrity. Has to be by Star Vista who arranged the cruise. Unless they (or our government) cancel the cruise/all cruises for the foreseeable future, we are effed! Why they are allowing cruise ships to still sail is beyond me! Even though they are screening us prior to boarding (taking temps, etc) you know someone will get sick during the voyage and then we will be stuck in quarantine for at least 2 weeks! If they won't refund us, just credit us for the  2021 cruise which is already in pre-sale to alumni cruisers. 

          Found out today Delta will refund entire cost of my flight! And the hotel for the night before the cruise can be cancelled without any charge. Now if only Star Vista would wise up and cancel the cruise. They could let us put the money we paid toward the 2021 cruise. 

            Nancy R wrote:

            Found out today Delta will refund entire cost of my flight! And the hotel for the night before the cruise can be cancelled without any charge. Now if only Star Vista would wise up and cancel the cruise. They could let us put the money we paid toward the 2021 cruise. 

            Sending prayers your way.  I don't blame you for not wanting to go. It's like a Petri Dish. Plus the Demander in chief didnt want to let the people who were on the cruise, off the coast of San Francisco off, "because it would hurt his numbers on the virus" Too late for that! You can't demand a virus to stop because the numbers are growing... Thank goodness Pance let them off! Good Luck to you!

              love2travel wrote:

              Nancy R wrote:

              Found out today Delta will refund entire cost of my flight! And the hotel for the night before the cruise can be cancelled without any charge. Now if only Star Vista would wise up and cancel the cruise. They could let us put the money we paid toward the 2021 cruise. 

              Sending prayers your way.  I don't blame you for not wanting to go. It's like a Petri Dish. Plus the Demander in chief didnt want to let the people who were on the cruise, off the coast of San Francisco off, "because it would hurt his numbers on the virus" Too late for that! You can't demand a virus to stop because the numbers are growing... Thank goodness Pance let them off! Good Luck to you!

              Thanks! Unless either the government or StarVista cancels the cruise, I will be out a lot of money. I was traveling alone (and meeting up with friends) so paid extra for solo cabin. Three of my friends have already said they're not going. Another friend's husband just had a TIA (stroke) and I doubt they'll go. The whole thing is a hot mess/clusterf@&k!

                The cruise was cancelled/postponed (?) by StarVista/Celebrity! Yay! This is the final saga in the "cancellation" war! Posted this on our FB Flower Power chat group:

                It is currently 2:20 am. I was on hold from 12 am to 1:30 am ET with Delta. Got the runaround from an Oriental sounding woman who was not going to honor what a previous customer service rep promised me about a week ago. (wasn’t ready to cancel yet) So, I asked to speak to her supervisor. He was real nice and apologized for putting me on hold several times for a few minutes, but eventually I got an even better deal than the first guy promised! I got 10,000 points returned to me (instead of just a measly $100 for them), plus the rest of the plane fare ($376.60) will be credited to my Delta Sky Miles AMEX card! I made sure he knew ahead of time that I was a loyal Delta customer for all the many (but one) plane trips I’ve taken in my life, and a longtime Delta Sky Miles member. So, if you find yourself in the same situation, ask to speak to a supervisor! Persistence pays - I was on the phone with them from 1:30 - 2:15 am!! Luckily I’m a night owl and always stay up until at least 3 am and sleep until about 11 am! So, everything is sorted now except whether the 2020 cruise will be re-scheduled or just totally cancelled and then I’ll go on the 2021 FP cruise. ❤️ P.S. Also already cancelled hotel (no charge) and the (worthless) insurance. Next year getting it from Travel Guard/AIG.

                  Nancy R wrote:

                  Found out today Delta will refund entire cost of my flight! And the hotel for the night before the cruise can be cancelled without any charge. Now if only Star Vista would wise up and cancel the cruise. They could let us put the money we paid toward the 2021 cruise. 

                  My wife and I are scheduled to take cruise to Alaska in mid May. Princess cruise line anounced this week they are not sailing for two months and will resume 5 days before our cruise is scheduled. Princess just revised their cancelation policy and we can now cancel up to 72 hours before the cruise date and get full refund. If we take the cruise, we will get an additional $200 shipboard credit. American Airlines has told us we have until April 30th to cancel our flight in mid May. The hotel we are staying at before the cruise, we can cancel reservation up to 48 hours before the date. 

                    Yankeefan2 wrote:

                    Nancy R wrote:

                    Found out today Delta will refund entire cost of my flight! And the hotel for the night before the cruise can be cancelled without any charge. Now if only Star Vista would wise up and cancel the cruise. They could let us put the money we paid toward the 2021 cruise. 

                    My wife and I are scheduled to take cruise to Alaska in mid May. Princess cruise line anounced this week they are not sailing for two months and will resume 5 days before our cruise is scheduled. Princess just revised their cancelation policy and we can now cancel up to 72 hours before the cruise date and get full refund. If we take the cruise, we will get an additional $200 shipboard credit. American Airlines has told us we have until April 30th to cancel our flight in mid May. The hotel we are staying at before the cruise, we can cancel reservation up to 48 hours before the date. 

                    IMHO, you should totally cancel this trip since you can get full refund for everything. If my cruise gets rescheduled too early (May) I will probably choose to go on the 2021 cruise next March. 

                      Nancy R wrote:

                      Yankeefan2 wrote:
                      Nancy R wrote:

                      Found out today Delta will refund entire cost of my flight! And the hotel for the night before the cruise can be cancelled without any charge. Now if only Star Vista would wise up and cancel the cruise. They could let us put the money we paid toward the 2021 cruise. 

                      My wife and I are scheduled to take cruise to Alaska in mid May. Princess cruise line anounced this week they are not sailing for two months and will resume 5 days before our cruise is scheduled. Princess just revised their cancelation policy and we can now cancel up to 72 hours before the cruise date and get full refund. If we take the cruise, we will get an additional $200 shipboard credit. American Airlines has told us we have until April 30th to cancel our flight in mid May. The hotel we are staying at before the cruise, we can cancel reservation up to 48 hours before the date. 

                      IMHO, you should totally cancel this trip since you can get full refund for everything. If my cruise gets rescheduled too early (May) I will probably choose to go on the 2021 cruise next March. 

                      We have a wait and see attitude at this time since we have plenty of time to monitor the situation. Princess will be closed for two months so there is plenty of time to do some excellent cleaning of all ships. Workers will be off and hopefully like the rest of us are staying away from crowds etc and being healthy. Alaska cruises are usually not full of young people so an older crowd is more likely to take care of themselves with this virus.  I told my wife I am leaving the decision up to her. If we got stuck on a ship for some reason, she is the one who would miss work. I am retired now (yeah) so it would not be as bad for me. I have no problem putting the trip off to a later time, guess we will see in a bunch of weeks.

                        Nancy R wrote:

                        The cruise was cancelled/postponed (?) by StarVista/Celebrity! Yay! This is the final saga in the "cancellation" war! Posted this on our FB Flower Power chat group:

                        It is currently 2:20 am. I was on hold from 12 am to 1:30 am ET with Delta. Got the runaround from an Oriental sounding woman who was not going to honor what a previous customer service rep promised me about a week ago. (wasn’t ready to cancel yet) So, I asked to speak to her supervisor. He was real nice and apologized for putting me on hold several times for a few minutes, but eventually I got an even better deal than the first guy promised! I got 10,000 points returned to me (instead of just a measly $100 for them), plus the rest of the plane fare ($376.60) will be credited to my Delta Sky Miles AMEX card! I made sure he knew ahead of time that I was a loyal Delta customer for all the many (but one) plane trips I’ve taken in my life, and a longtime Delta Sky Miles member. So, if you find yourself in the same situation, ask to speak to a supervisor! Persistence pays - I was on the phone with them from 1:30 - 2:15 am!! Luckily I’m a night owl and always stay up until at least 3 am and sleep until about 11 am! So, everything is sorted now except whether the 2020 cruise will be re-scheduled or just totally cancelled and then I’ll go on the 2021 FP cruise. ❤️ P.S. Also already cancelled hotel (no charge) and the (worthless) insurance. Next year getting it from Travel Guard/AIG.

                        So happy you got this!  I've been praying for you.  

                        Going on a cruise in November. In the footsteps of Apostle Paul. Im  really looking forward especially to see Israel and Greece! Hope we're all better by then. Going to miss the election at home. My family wants to be away then.

                          love2travel wrote:

                          Nancy R wrote:

                          The cruise was cancelled/postponed (?) by StarVista/Celebrity! Yay! This is the final saga in the "cancellation" war! Posted this on our FB Flower Power chat group:

                          It is currently 2:20 am. I was on hold from 12 am to 1:30 am ET with Delta. Got the runaround from an Oriental sounding woman who was not going to honor what a previous customer service rep promised me about a week ago. (wasn’t ready to cancel yet) So, I asked to speak to her supervisor. He was real nice and apologized for putting me on hold several times for a few minutes, but eventually I got an even better deal than the first guy promised! I got 10,000 points returned to me (instead of just a measly $100 for them), plus the rest of the plane fare ($376.60) will be credited to my Delta Sky Miles AMEX card! I made sure he knew ahead of time that I was a loyal Delta customer for all the many (but one) plane trips I’ve taken in my life, and a longtime Delta Sky Miles member. So, if you find yourself in the same situation, ask to speak to a supervisor! Persistence pays - I was on the phone with them from 1:30 - 2:15 am!! Luckily I’m a night owl and always stay up until at least 3 am and sleep until about 11 am! So, everything is sorted now except whether the 2020 cruise will be re-scheduled or just totally cancelled and then I’ll go on the 2021 FP cruise. ❤️ P.S. Also already cancelled hotel (no charge) and the (worthless) insurance. Next year getting it from Travel Guard/AIG.

                          So happy you got this!  I've been praying for you.  

                          Going on a cruise in November. In the footsteps of Apostle Paul. Im  really looking forward especially to see Israel and Greece! Hope we're all better by then. Going to miss the election at home. My family wants to be away then.

                          Was in Greece last September and it is wonderful. Went to Santorini, Mykonos, Athens and Olympia, hope you get to go and have a wonderful trip !!

                            Yankeefan2 wrote:

                            love2travel wrote:
                            Nancy R wrote:

                            The cruise was cancelled/postponed (?) by StarVista/Celebrity! Yay! This is the final saga in the "cancellation" war! Posted this on our FB Flower Power chat group:

                            It is currently 2:20 am. I was on hold from 12 am to 1:30 am ET with Delta. Got the runaround from an Oriental sounding woman who was not going to honor what a previous customer service rep promised me about a week ago. (wasn’t ready to cancel yet) So, I asked to speak to her supervisor. He was real nice and apologized for putting me on hold several times for a few minutes, but eventually I got an even better deal than the first guy promised! I got 10,000 points returned to me (instead of just a measly $100 for them), plus the rest of the plane fare ($376.60) will be credited to my Delta Sky Miles AMEX card! I made sure he knew ahead of time that I was a loyal Delta customer for all the many (but one) plane trips I’ve taken in my life, and a longtime Delta Sky Miles member. So, if you find yourself in the same situation, ask to speak to a supervisor! Persistence pays - I was on the phone with them from 1:30 - 2:15 am!! Luckily I’m a night owl and always stay up until at least 3 am and sleep until about 11 am! So, everything is sorted now except whether the 2020 cruise will be re-scheduled or just totally cancelled and then I’ll go on the 2021 FP cruise. ❤️ P.S. Also already cancelled hotel (no charge) and the (worthless) insurance. Next year getting it from Travel Guard/AIG.

                            So happy you got this!  I've been praying for you.  

                            Going on a cruise in November. In the footsteps of Apostle Paul. Im  really looking forward especially to see Israel and Greece! Hope we're all better by then. Going to miss the election at home. My family wants to be away then.

                            Was in Greece last September and it is wonderful. Went to Santorini, Mykonos, Athens and Olympia, hope you get to go and have a wonderful trip !!

                            Wow that sounds like a fun trip! Have been to Mykonos ans Santorini, this time I'm going to Rhodes,then Ephesus Turkey, then back to Athens and Corinth Greece. Going to Pompeii at the end and that should be good too! I'll be good and ready after being stuck in the house for the Spring! 😃

                              love2travel wrote:

                              Nancy R wrote:

                              The cruise was cancelled/postponed (?) by StarVista/Celebrity! Yay! This is the final saga in the "cancellation" war! Posted this on our FB Flower Power chat group:

                              It is currently 2:20 am. I was on hold from 12 am to 1:30 am ET with Delta. Got the runaround from an Oriental sounding woman who was not going to honor what a previous customer service rep promised me about a week ago. (wasn’t ready to cancel yet) So, I asked to speak to her supervisor. He was real nice and apologized for putting me on hold several times for a few minutes, but eventually I got an even better deal than the first guy promised! I got 10,000 points returned to me (instead of just a measly $100 for them), plus the rest of the plane fare ($376.60) will be credited to my Delta Sky Miles AMEX card! I made sure he knew ahead of time that I was a loyal Delta customer for all the many (but one) plane trips I’ve taken in my life, and a longtime Delta Sky Miles member. So, if you find yourself in the same situation, ask to speak to a supervisor! Persistence pays - I was on the phone with them from 1:30 - 2:15 am!! Luckily I’m a night owl and always stay up until at least 3 am and sleep until about 11 am! So, everything is sorted now except whether the 2020 cruise will be re-scheduled or just totally cancelled and then I’ll go on the 2021 FP cruise. ❤️ P.S. Also already cancelled hotel (no charge) and the (worthless) insurance. Next year getting it from Travel Guard/AIG.

                              So happy you got this!  I've been praying for you.  

                              Going on a cruise in November. In the footsteps of Apostle Paul. Im  really looking forward especially to see Israel and Greece! Hope we're all better by then. Going to miss the election at home. My family wants to be away then.

                              Hope you are able to go. I got my 10,000 miles back in my Delta Sky Miles account! The $ hasn't credited Amex yet, though. StarVista is going to announce a reschedule date for the 2020 cruise. I hope they don't say May-July - that is too soon! I will probably opt for the 2021 cruise next March. 

                              Also, who knows - Beatleweek in August may cancel and I'd have to deal with getting money back for that! Have different (better) insurance for that trip. Would get 100% ($2200) back, then I'd have to get my Delta Sky Miles returned.

                              My mom and I voted early (last Thursday) before they postponed the Mar. 24th primary. It will be in April sometime.