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Old February 2nd, 2005, 12:35 AM
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Default Q & A From an Actual Celebrity Employee

Just thought I would post this as I am noticing there are many first time cruisers and first with Celebrity reading these forums.

As an employee with Celebrity, I am happy to answer your questions and provide a more accurate depiction of what one might expect on a cruise.

I know someone has posted something similar to this already, but as I still work for Celebrity, I am more up to date on the Celebrity Cruise experience.

Any Questions?
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Old February 2nd, 2005, 01:43 AM
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Just thought I would post this as I am noticing there are many first time cruisers and first with Celebrity reading these forums.

As an employee with Celebrity, I am happy to answer your questions and provide a more accurate depiction of what one might expect on a cruise.

I know someone has posted something similar to this already, but as I still work for Celebrity, I am more up to date on the Celebrity Cruise experience.

Any Questions?
Obvious questions:

-- as you are currently employed by X, what are the parameters for what you feel you are able to discuss? We understand there are some limitations imposed by the company.

-- are you a shipboard employee or land based? In either case, can you also tell us in general, or better yet, specific terms, in what capacity you work for X?
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Old February 2nd, 2005, 06:23 AM
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Hi you work for the company now? I am sailing Century next month....do you know or can you find out who the Restaurant Manager of the Grand is? Just wondered if it is Jorge (from Portugal)?

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Old February 2nd, 2005, 07:30 AM
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Just thought I would post this as I am noticing there are many first time cruisers and first with Celebrity reading these forums.

As an employee with Celebrity, I am happy to answer your questions and provide a more accurate depiction of what one might expect on a cruise.

I know someone has posted something similar to this already, but as I still work for Celebrity, I am more up to date on the Celebrity Cruise experience.

Any Questions?
Is there any way to find out if there are any large groups on a sailing? My cruise for next October is showing sold out for all suite and balcony cabins, with only 3 OV and inside categories left! Thanks
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Old February 2nd, 2005, 09:15 AM
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Talking Large groups

How does one learn if there is ANY large group (e.g. 50% more ship's capacity) onboard a sailing. Only by having TA make a specific inquiry? - and will X disclose anyhow?

I don't begrudge any group their trip - I just don't want to be in the middle of someone else's 'family reunion' atmosphere. I've seen other posts about large groups tying up areas on the ship.
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Old February 2nd, 2005, 10:15 AM
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As an employee with Celebrity, I am happy to answer your questions and provide a more accurate depiction of what one might expect on a cruise.

I know someone has posted something similar to this already, but as I still work for Celebrity, I am more up to date on the Celebrity Cruise experience.

Any Questions?
In this cynical age, in the interest of fellow board members, we need you to pass a test to confirm your real X employee status. ONLY an ACTUAL X employee could know the answers. This is only a test, and if there had been an actual alert, you would have been instructed to tune in your EBS channels.

1. Which cruiseline has higher food and service quality: RCL or X?
2. What is the average number of X breadsticks consumed by a female CpnClub elite member at dinner?
3. Do X cabin staff (vigilantes?) keep a "dust-bunny' reserve to intentionally place under the beds of 'difficult' cruisers in order to drive them away? Has it become a game among colleagues to plant dust-bunnies at random to see if the cabin steward catches on?
4. In compensating for pets not being allowed, has the ship's staff given fond names like 'Spot' to animal-shaped carpet stains?
5. Is there a staff betting pool on how many pax can be crammed in to a ship's tender at one time? Are there record high's that newer staff are shooting for?
6. Does staff sometimes slip extra chemicals into the T-pool as prankish fun to see the effect on pax bathing suits? Are there bonus points if the suit actually disintegrates from their body as they leave?
7. Was intro of 'topless' sunbathing area on X male staff's idea?
8. Are the DR wait staff the strongest proponents for X's formal attire in the hopes that more pax would behave politely?
9. What's the name of that little fleshy dangling thing that hangs down from the back of a person's mouth?

Only if you can dazzle this board with correct responses that only an actual X staff would know can we have full faith and confidence in your competency.
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Old February 2nd, 2005, 10:36 AM
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Old February 2nd, 2005, 12:28 PM
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While you have been employed by Celebrity, have you had occasion to cruise Europe-Med, and if so do you have any favorite ports?
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Old February 2nd, 2005, 12:46 PM
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Alright, let's get the test out of the way.

1. Having eaten in both the RCL & X restaurants, hands down X has better service and food.
2. Average number between 1 & 1,000,000
3. No Comment
4. Actually, all the animal shaped stains aren't actually animal shaped at all. They are called "Elvis"
5. The pool is up to about 100 give or take a wheelchair or scooter.
6. No Comment
7. Topless sunbathing was introduced on the Alaska cruises. Having had little success, the signs were never taken down. Go figure.
8. They are only that way as they want people to wear tight constricting bow ties as well. Misery loves company after all.
9. I only know the spanish name for it, having cruised Mexico for awhile. "El Flesho"

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Old February 2nd, 2005, 12:50 PM
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How does one learn if there is ANY large group (e.g. 50% more ship's capacity) onboard a sailing. Only by having TA make a specific inquiry? - and will X disclose anyhow?

I don't begrudge any group their trip - I just don't want to be in the middle of someone else's 'family reunion' atmosphere. I've seen other posts about large groups tying up areas on the ship.
If there was a group who consumed 50% of capacity, the company would have the group charter the ship, meaning they would have the ship to themself.

I have done many cruises with large groups and by that I mean a couple hundred people max, and they usually occupy a lounge or area right before main seating as to not disrupt passengers too much.

We do our best to make sure that the group is as non intrusive as possible.
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Old February 2nd, 2005, 12:53 PM
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Obvious questions:

-- as you are currently employed by X, what are the parameters for what you feel you are able to discuss? We understand there are some limitations imposed by the company.

-- are you a shipboard employee or land based? In either case, can you also tell us in general, or better yet, specific terms, in what capacity you work for X?
I am a shipboard employee. A member of the Activities Staff. I can discuss what you can expect on board from a service and entertainment standpoint, as well as protocol. I cannot however, divulge info about internal company operations.
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Old February 2nd, 2005, 12:54 PM
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While you have been employed by Celebrity, have you had occasion to cruise Europe-Med, and if so do you have any favorite ports?
I have not had opportunity to cruise Europe yet unfortunately.
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Old February 2nd, 2005, 01:11 PM
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In the past, my wife and I have taken the time to make friends with staff on board. What type of items could we pick up and bring along as gifts for our new found friends?

How many contracts have you served through?
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Old February 2nd, 2005, 04:42 PM
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In the past, my wife and I have taken the time to make friends with staff on board. What type of items could we pick up and bring along as gifts for our new found friends?

How many contracts have you served through?
This is an excellent question. I myself have received gifts from cruisers. I would recommend you stay away from anything involving alcohol or food. This avoids complications during cabin inspection.

I have gotten things like lapel pins, keychains, baseball hats and even the odd T-Shirt.

What I feel the best gift is for you to invite your new friend to eat with you in the restaurant. As the food for the crew is not the same as the food you eat, it would be a treat to have dinner with you, provided you have space at your table. You would have to ask the staff member in advance though as they have to get permission from the appropriate people. I should note that the dining privilege is reserved for members of activities, youth, dancers, assistant cruise director and so on. Pretty much anyone from the Entertainment Dept. onboard. Unfortunately, other crew members aren't allowed this privilege. So any of the gifts I have mentioned above, would be acceptable.

Obviously, some of the staff might prefer a gift over the dinner invite, and I am only speaking about what I would like. It can't hurt to ask though.

I will be signing on Summit on Feb 28 for contract number four.

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I tried to get an answer ftom the other person with the similar post... no luck. What is the reason that a potty-trained 2 year old is not allowed in the Fun Factory even with a parent?
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Then I will see you on the Summit April 1! But...how do I know who *you* are so that I can say hello????? (smile)
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On our last cruise onboard the Summit, we noticed that some of the staff had their family on board while we were in port. Is that something new or has Celebrity always offered that benefit? Are the family members only able to walk about the ship or are they able to have lunch with their family crew member? I think it's a nice touch, I'm sure they really miss their families being away so long.

Probably a dumb question, but, is being a part of the waitstaff in the specialty restaurant a higher paying position?
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Old February 2nd, 2005, 05:18 PM
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Cruiser013,

This past year, we learned so much as to making friends and on the Summit last year had the luck of being the only two people seated at a table for 4. We invited two Activity staff members to dinner one night and the Concierge and International Hostess another and had the luck of dining with the ACD in the Normandie, he was a long time friend.

May I ask, what ship were you on Jan and April 2004. I am always looking for our friends. We do keep in touch, but didn't get the e-mail addresses for 3 members of our crew last January.
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What a coincidense, we will be sailing with you on 2-28 ! Since you are a singer are you part of the show group or do you sing with a lounge group?

Who is the cruise director when the Summit returns to service tomorrow ?

Do you have any comment on the Cirque de Solil ?


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I tried to get an answer ftom the other person with the similar post... no luck. What is the reason that a potty-trained 2 year old is not allowed in the Fun Factory even with a parent?
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I will give you the answer straight from the Youth Supervisor. The reason is that the US Public Health Commission doesn't allow any child under the age of 3 in there potty trained or not. I don't know why the magic number is 3. I will try and find more information for you and post at a later time.
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