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Oasis class is coming. I'm wondering if Celebrity will move a ship there. The new port will be very large and I would think they would be using it for other ships. The number of cruises out of Galveston is increasing tremendously. 

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At this point Celebrity has not announced anything. My travel agent spoke to a Celebrity rep and was told they have no plans to have a ship in Galveston at this time. But who knows if he/she really knows for sure.

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Oasis class most likely Nov 2022.  Allure was supposed to arrive in Nov 2021, but port upgrade is a year behind due to plague.  Really wish Celebrity would sail from Galveston, even if it were seasonal like Disney.  Would really provide a nice option.

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With the pandemic there is possibility and opportunity in all the dread.

Celebrity like all cruise lines will need to look with fresh eyes as the world moves through this and the aftermath.  That opens options that few of us could have predicted based on historical pattens.  You just never know. 

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I live near Austin, TX so cruising out of Galveston is great for me. The only real problem I see is geographical. The number of interesting ports within sailing range is very limited. Right now RC does itinerary A (Cozumel, George Town, Jamaica), then itinerary B (Cozumel, Puerta Costa Maya, Roatan), then A, then B, ... Some variety would be nice. But unless they have a Star Trek transporter, I don't see it happening.

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2 hours ago, stevendom57 said:

I live near Austin, TX so cruising out of Galveston is great for me. The only real problem I see is geographical. The number of interesting ports within sailing range is very limited. Right now RC does itinerary A (Cozumel, George Town, Jamaica), then itinerary B (Cozumel, Puerta Costa Maya, Roatan), then A, then B, ... Some variety would be nice. But unless they have a Star Trek transporter, I don't see it happening.

That's why Carnival moves ships in and out more frequently.  If the ports can't change, the ship can.  

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Looks like Jewel in Galveston in 2021 is being impacted.

Liberty amplification has been put off so she's returning early and using the dock when Jewel was supposed so...

 

 

ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING TRAVELS
 

Dear Guest,

We hope this email finds you well during this challenging time. While this is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced, we continue to evaluate how it impacts our upcoming sailings. With that said, we have an important change to share with you. 

Given the closure of shipyards along with the disruption to the supply chain caused by this pandemic, Liberty of the Seas’ amplification has been postponed to a later date, and the ship will sail to Galveston earlier than planned. Regrettably, only one ship can dock at the Galveston pier at a time, so we have to cancel our February 14, 2021 Jewel of the Seas cruise. We know how much time and effort go into planning your vacation, and we’re terribly sorry for the inconvenience. 

To help make up for this change, we have some options for you below: 

1. 125% Future Cruise Credit: We’re providing you with a 125% Future Cruise Credit to book a new cruise by December 31, 2021 for sailings on or before April 30, 2022. 
  • This amount is based on your total cruise fare paid. And, we’re giving you a little extra, knowing that this is such a unique circumstance.
  • We will automatically send your Future Cruise Credit via email by August 7, 2020. So, there’s nothing for you to do!
  • Taxes & fees and any RoyalUp upgrades will be automatically refunded. Current refund processing is around 45 days. We are working as quickly as possible, and we appreciate your patience. 
  • Please note: 
    • If you opted into the Cruise with Confidence 100% Future Cruise Credit, this offer does not apply.
    • And, if you previously used a Future Cruise Credit (including previous Global Suspension FCCs), you’ll receive a new Future Cruise Credit. This will be for 125% of any new monies paid on this sailing, plus the value of your original credit at 100% of its value, with an expiration date of December 31, 2021 and a sail by date of April 30, 2022. 
    • If you were already impacted by our global suspension (sailings March 13 – September 15, 2020) and paid additional monies on a new booking onboard Jewel of the Seas, you are able to opt in to refund one or both cancelled bookings via the process below.
2. Move your Jewel of the Seas reservation to another sailing: If you prefer to move your existing booking to an alternate sailing – we’re happy to move you! We’ll price protect the original pricing and/or promotion on any 7-night Caribbean itinerary within 1 week before or after your original sail date.

If you prefer to move your existing booking to a 2022 sailing instead, you can take advantage of our Lift & Shift program. We’ll price protect the original pricing and/or promotion on any same itinerary, length, product, and stateroom category as your original sailing within 4 weeks (before or after) of the original sail date in 2022. For example, as you are moving from a February 14, 2021 sailing, you must move to a sailing that is the same itinerary, length, and stateroom category, and the sail date should be between January 14, 2022 – March 14, 2022.

  • Price/promotion protection excludes taxes, fees, gratuities, and other non-cruise fare items.
    • If you were already paid in full and your cruise fare rate decreases, we’ll provide you with a refund if there is any difference in pricing. You can expect to receive your refund to your original form of payment 45 days after your move is processed. Kindly note, refund times may vary depending on your financial institution.
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  • Please contact us to start the refund process, forfeiting the higher value of your 125% Future Cruise Credit. 
    • To avoid waiting on the phone to cancel and start the refund process, please click here and we will get it started for you. Note: Please know, once we receive your refund request, we unfortunately won’t be able to accept an FCC request if you change your mind. 
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7 hours ago, stevendom57 said:

I live near Austin, TX so cruising out of Galveston is great for me. The only real problem I see is geographical. The number of interesting ports within sailing range is very limited. Right now RC does itinerary A (Cozumel, George Town, Jamaica), then itinerary B (Cozumel, Puerta Costa Maya, Roatan), then A, then B, ... Some variety would be nice. But unless they have a Star Trek transporter, I don't see it happening.

4 hours ago, twangster said:

That's why Carnival moves ships in and out more frequently.  If the ports can't change, the ship can.  

Is there a logistical reason that Galveston can't doesn't do longer itineraries to reach some of those more distant southern and eastern Caribbean ports? Just surprising that they limit themselves to two itineraries that offer no variation, quickly forcing travelers who want to cruise into making their vacation a "ship is the destination" trip if Galveston is the only viable port for them.

Why can't / don't they do like the sailings out of NJ, with alternating longer and shorter options like 9-night and 5-night, or even a few 11- and 12-night runs in the "deep off-season"? That would easily let them get the southern Caribbean or far Eastern, giving some variety. If they can sail a ship for 3 days down and 3 days back on a Caribbean sailing out of NJ, shouldn't they be able to do the same at least a few times a year for a port like Galveston? Maybe adding some additional Mexican ports into the mix for western variety?

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7 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

Is there a logistical reason that Galveston can't doesn't do longer itineraries to reach some of those more distant southern and eastern Caribbean ports? Just surprising that they limit themselves to two itineraries that offer no variation, quickly forcing travelers who want to cruise into making their vacation a "ship is the destination" trip if Galveston is the only viable port for them.

Why can't / don't they do like the sailings out of NJ, with alternating longer and shorter options like 9-night and 5-night, or even a few 11- and 12-night runs in the "deep off-season"? That would easily let them get the southern Caribbean or far Eastern, giving some variety. If they can sail a ship for 3 days down and 3 days back on a Caribbean sailing out of NJ, shouldn't they be able to do the same at least a few times a year for a port like Galveston? Maybe adding some additional Mexican ports into the mix for western variety?

Royal has sometimes brought in a second ship, Vision or Radiance class and done longer or varied itineraries on them, but they don't seem to get into the long ones from Galveston as often as they do from Bayonne.  I'm not sure why.  They've traditionally treated Liberty like she was Oasis class - 7 night, turn and burn, rinse, lather, repeat over and over.

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3 minutes ago, twangster said:

Royal has sometimes brought in a second ship, Vision or Radiance class and done longer or varied itineraries on them, but they don't seem to get into the long ones from Galveston as often as they do from Bayonne.  I'm not sure why.  They've traditionally treated Liberty like she was Oasis class - 7 night, turn and burn, rinse, lather, repeat over and over.

Seems really weird, considering that the ships make all their profit from the on-board spend and not the bookings. Seems like a no-brainer to have longer cruises that keep people buying booze, playing in the casino, and doing specialty dining for more nights than just pump-and-dump every 7 days.

Maybe the more-stable weather in the Gulf (at least outside hurricane season) makes it more practical to stick with 7-night sailings year-round? I'm sure a big part of the 11- and 12-night offerings in Bayonne is to get the ships the heck out of those rough Atlantic winter waters for as much of the season as they can.

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9 minutes ago, cruisellama said:

There are some future Liberty itineraries that are more than 7 days.   Include a canal pass-by and Columbia.

I am very interested. Where did you see these itineraries? I looked on the RC website and only saw the standard 7 day cruises for as far out as the "Find a Cruise" page gors.

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