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Old January 31st, 2012, 03:19 PM
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Default Host Andy, can you help with wine immersion?

We are booked on one of the wine immersion cruises this fall and I am wondering if perhaps Host Andy can get us any further info on special events or any special allowances for bringing wine onboard - to be uncorked for a fee?! It seems silly to not make some allowances for this as the theme of the cruise and the venues chosen are for "wine immersion". Thanks for any info you may be able to get for us thru contacts you may have with the head office!
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We are booked on one of the wine immersion cruises this fall and I am wondering if perhaps Host Andy can get us any further info on special events or any special allowances for bringing wine onboard - to be uncorked for a fee?! It seems silly to not make some allowances for this as the theme of the cruise and the venues chosen are for "wine immersion". Thanks for any info you may be able to get for us thru contacts you may have with the head office!
Hi Sue,

I will be happy to ask for you. If I receive an answer, I will post on this thread. Stay Tuned !
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Hi Sue,

Just to clarify - are you asking about the Connie sailings from Sep - November 2012 ?
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yes Andy, the Connie cruises out of Southampton
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I would love to know as well, never seen anything since the announcement. Changed our booking from Eclipse to Connie, love the thought of overnights in port!

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I am booked on one of the Connie Wine Immersion cruises, so just checking in so I get notifications of any postings on this thread too.

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Just had a look,

The tours for the September 19th cruise are listed on the Celebrity site.

Details and prices available.

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We are booked on one of the wine immersion cruises this fall and I am wondering if perhaps Host Andy can get us any further info on special events or any special allowances for bringing wine onboard - to be uncorked for a fee?! It seems silly to not make some allowances for this as the theme of the cruise and the venues chosen are for "wine immersion". Thanks for any info you may be able to get for us thru contacts you may have with the head office!
Hi Sue,

I asked Celebrity the following 2 questions. Here is their response :

-- Will there be special excursions or onboard events planned ?
Yes. We have introduced some very special shore excursions to visit wineries in the regions. We will also have some overnight excursions to allow for even more time and visits. Those have been posted on our website in the shore excursion section. In addition to the new shore excursions, as well as our already extensive wine enrichment programs, we will have guest lecturers, additional tastings, and special pairing seminars and dinners hosted by special guest wine educators from local wineries and wine distributor affiliations.

-- Will the Guest policy concerning bringing Wine onboard, be relaxed for these sailings ?
Yes. We recognize that guests may be eager to purchase wine while visiting these wonderful wine producing regions. In fact, we have made a change that considers all the wine cruise sailings we offer. The modification to the policy for those specific sailings on Millennium, Constellation, and Century is:
Guests who book a company sponsored shore excursion are permitted to bring back 2 bottles of wine per stateroom on the day of the excursion. When consumed in any shipboard restaurant, bar or dining venue, each bottle will be subject to a $25 corkage fee. This amendment to the policy will be available on our website and communicated to Travel Agents.
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Default thank you Andy!

thank you for checking on this and getting some info from the home office for us. I have found the shore excursions listed - lots of excursions (and wine) to choose from. Again, thanks
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If you take a ship's excursion to a winery and buy two bottles, do you think the cruiseline gets a kickback?

If yes, do you think it is excessive to also charge a corkage fee?
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Default Many thanks.....

Thanks to Sue for raising the questions and Andy for getting the answers. I like the sound of those extra on board events, so will watch out for those.
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Hey we are considering this cruise in Nov. as well, thanks for the info.

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Hi Sue,

I asked Celebrity the following 2 questions. Here is their response :

-- Will there be special excursions or onboard events planned ?
Yes. We have introduced some very special shore excursions to visit wineries in the regions. We will also have some overnight excursions to allow for even more time and visits. Those have been posted on our website in the shore excursion section. In addition to the new shore excursions, as well as our already extensive wine enrichment programs, we will have guest lecturers, additional tastings, and special pairing seminars and dinners hosted by special guest wine educators from local wineries and wine distributor affiliations.

-- Will the Guest policy concerning bringing Wine onboard, be relaxed for these sailings ?
Yes. We recognize that guests may be eager to purchase wine while visiting these wonderful wine producing regions. In fact, we have made a change that considers all the wine cruise sailings we offer. The modification to the policy for those specific sailings on Millennium, Constellation, and Century is:
Guests who book a company sponsored shore excursion are permitted to bring back 2 bottles of wine per stateroom on the day of the excursion. When consumed in any shipboard restaurant, bar or dining venue, each bottle will be subject to a $25 corkage fee. This amendment to the policy will be available on our website and communicated to Travel Agents.
Do you know if this has been implemented on the website? Would love to have this printed straight from the website to take along on our 11/18/12 Immersive Wine cruise . (BTW, I did try a search.)

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Do you know if this has been implemented on the website? Would love to have this printed straight from the website to take along on our 11/18/12 Immersive Wine cruise . (BTW, I did try a search.)

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Do you know if this has been implemented on the website? Would love to have this printed straight from the website to take along on our 11/18/12 Immersive Wine cruise . (BTW, I did try a search.)

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I'd like to do that too, for our upcoming Millie Pacific Coastal wine cruise. Often times, the folks in charge of enforcing rules on the ship are unaware of policy changes at corporate!
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I do not know the answer, but will be happy to ask. Stay Tuned !
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Hi Sue,

I asked Celebrity the following 2 questions. Here is their response :

-- Will there be special excursions or onboard events planned ?
Yes. We have introduced some very special shore excursions to visit wineries in the regions. We will also have some overnight excursions to allow for even more time and visits. Those have been posted on our website in the shore excursion section. In addition to the new shore excursions, as well as our already extensive wine enrichment programs, we will have guest lecturers, additional tastings, and special pairing seminars and dinners hosted by special guest wine educators from local wineries and wine distributor affiliations.

-- Will the Guest policy concerning bringing Wine onboard, be relaxed for these sailings ?
Yes. We recognize that guests may be eager to purchase wine while visiting these wonderful wine producing regions. In fact, we have made a change that considers all the wine cruise sailings we offer. The modification to the policy for those specific sailings on Millennium, Constellation, and Century is:
Guests who book a company sponsored shore excursion are permitted to bring back 2 bottles of wine per stateroom on the day of the excursion. When consumed in any shipboard restaurant, bar or dining venue, each bottle will be subject to a $25 corkage fee. This amendment to the policy will be available on our website and communicated to Travel Agents.

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We are on the Century wine cruise departing Vancouver on September 25. We never bring wine on board at the departure port, however, it would be nice to be able to bring wine on board from various ports along the way, even if we don't take Celebrity's shore excursions. We have friends in San Francisco who may take us to wineries in their car. It would be great if we could bring bottles on board - whatever Celebrity usually allows at the port of embarkation.
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I do not know the answer, but will be happy to ask. Stay Tuned !

Have you received any further information??

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