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  1. We will be on the Equinox, a Solstice ship. Once back , yes, I will post the situation with the balcony furniture. Hopefully the hotel director made a "special order" after reading all of this - ha ha!!!
  2. By then this will be resolved- I am certain!! Will post an update following our July sailing. We too look forward to every cruise!!
  3. Yes, deck 12 is the pool deck & deck 14 directly above has seating. Deck 14 is always our preferred but generally gets very crowded and almost impossible by late morning. Deck 16 always got those guests who enjoyed some quiet & being away from the crowds on decks 12 & 14 AND once those decks filled up. With deck 16 now reserved for suite guests, there no longer is a place for the overflow and for those who simply prefer a quieter area. DH & I from time to time went up there as well. Unfortunately deck 16 is no longer an option for us. In addition for those suite guests who don't want to go to 16 they will be looking for chairs on 12 & 14 anyway!!! Between the footstools, change of those comfortable balcony chairs & now this, we are not sure what to expect on our favorite Solstice ship in a few weeks. Hope that explains.
  4. Will be interesting to see how it all plays out. If the suite guests don't utilize their sundeck( lack of shade) and come down to the main areas on the pool deck and above, now we have even less room AND no deck 16 to escape to!
  5. Yes this is hilarious but sounds like many of us have lost another "something" on the plus side for choosing Celebrity. As many are saying we select certain cabin categories for comfort and the perks that come with the extra cost. We are paying more ( $400) than last summer's Equinox sailing( same cabin) and sounds like getting less for a C3 category. I also am concerned about getting lounge chairs above the pool deck now that deck 16 is the Retreat Sundeck. What a shame- we truly love this ship!
  6. Now that deck 16 ( I believe) is the suite sun deck , I would imagine the main sun deck for non suite guests is much more limited. It always was challenging without going to deck 16. Can anyone who has recently sailed comment on the change? We sail on the Equinox in a few weeks and can’t help but wonder what it will be like. Carrying lounge chairs to the grass may become the only option to avoid lots of frustration!! 😃 It’s great to enhance the areas for suite guests but what about the rest of us.
  7. Thanks much - exactly what we did. Murano booked for the first night. Holding off on the package.
  8. Thanks for the info. This is a story I thought I had heard in the past. We are going to book Morano for the first night and play it by ear from there. We too enjoyed the food in the MDR on the Equinox.
  9. Thanks very much. I guess the great bands that we know from Dazzles will no longer be.
  10. We will be sailing once again on the Equinox in July. Can anyone tell me if we purchase the 3 night dining package will we be able to select our restaurants and times? I seem to remember reading that you can not & the ships assign. If so, from experience, what are the chances of changing? Many thanks!
  11. Can anyone comment on the type of music/ bands that play in the Music Hall on Anthem? Understand they are replacing Dazzles with the Music Hall on Oasis of the Seas. Always love Dazzles on the Oasis Ships.
  12. Just read a RCCL blog re the changes coming to Oasis of the Seas. They mention adding the Music Hall with "cover bands" . Does this mean that Dazzles & the amazing bands that have played across all of the Oasis Class will be no more? Experienced the Music Hall on Anthem and it could not compare to Dazzles. Hoping someone from RCCL or anyone with any inside information reads this and can clarify. Just booked an OAS for Nov 2020 which I might want to change. Also with the restaurants there is no mention of 150 Central Park. Only Chops, Giovanni's Table & Izumi are mentioned. Loving the Oasis ships as we do, this is somewhat sad . 😥
  13. Thanks Bob- sounds like it should be fine. How about the adjoining situation?
  14. We have sailed many of the Oasis Ships, typically 6D on decks 10 & 11 starboard. Contemplating an OAS sailing in November 2020. The price is great but only for an 8D on deck 6 forward or all the way aft on deck 6. Can anyone tell me if we will be blocked somewhat from the lifeboats on deck 5 ?? Hopefully we are not making a mistake going down the ladder. Sailing on SOS this Dec but the rates are crazy for the following year. We just can't justify the higher price of $750.00 One other question - some of the cabins being offered are adjoining. I seem to remember some on the boards saying you can hear noise & see light from the adjoining cabins. Thanks in advance for your feedback! Paula
  15. Thanks to all who have replied! Great info & a terrific port link. We are sailing from Pier 26. Can’t wait! thanks again!
  16. We will be sailing on the The Nieuw Statemdam on Sunday. Can anyone comment on the closest garage. As usual I’ve packed to many bags! Many thanks!
  17. Paul- thank you once again for taking us along on your journey. You touched my heart today with your "mushy" moments from last night. You brought me to tears while reading about the couple you saw on the deck above the Martini Bar. It could have been my husband & I . If there was dance music you would have seen us dancing which we love. By the way is there any dancing on the ship? Enjoy EVERY moment of tomorrow & tomorrow evening. Happy Birthday! Paula
  18. Have a great cruise Paul & Edward!! Looking fo to following along! Bon Voyage!
  19. Ann, Thank you so much for posting the wine list, thermal suite info & answering the many questions you received. You are amazing! Yes, most helpful to many of us. Based on the limited wines for $9 , we may have no choice but to upgrade. At least we have that option - two years ago we did not. Enjoy your last day on board tomorrow ! Happy Holidays to all & Happy Cruising! Paula
  20. Thanks so much to VictOriann and all other on board who have taken us along & posted so much information . She looks beautiful! DH & I just booked the Nieuw Statendam( VC) for the end of March. We actually cancelled our Edge sailing despite a very low group rate. We very much enjoy dancing in the evenings and from what I have read it's basically non existent. It just does not sound like a good fit for us. We have always enjoyed the BB King groups & hope this is a good one! A few questions - We are going to purchase the Signature Beverage Package and upgrade on board if necessary. Is this possible? When we sailed 2 years ago HAL was not offering the premium package. We mainly drink wine throughout the evenings & remember the Santa Carolina Chardonnay was not at all to our liking. Can anyone comment on what is currently offered in the lounges & restaurant? We may wish to purchase the Thermal Suite Pass - how much is the week rate for a couple. On the Greenhouse web-site it says check at the Spa. Thank you & enjoy your remaining days on board!
  21. I just pulled the plug and cancelled our March sailing. This ship may be for some, but not us. Enjoy your remaining time on board Cruisestich & all others onboard. Hopefully the seas are calm & you can enjoy the sounds & views of the sea! Happy Holidays!
  22. Oh boy this truly may not be for us!! Certainly not expecting ballroom but Cruisestich we are with you on this. Presume you are on board and have first hand experience. Hope you enjoy the rest of your cruise! Thank you!
  23. Thanks for the replies- pretty much what I thought based on the Celebrity today that was posted. Almost at final payment & really thinking if this ship is for us. Esprit - enjoy your cruise & report back if you can.
  24. Hi Adam, Thank you very much for taking along & posting so much information. Has there been much in the way of evening dance music either in the Club or not sure where else it could be? With the Sky Lounge, Grand Foyer & Quasar which we are very familiar with GONE- are there any options for the evenings. It's a big part of our cruising experience. Many thanks!
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