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  1. Thanks for all that Jim_Iain. I have not read all of it but got the taste and you answered quite a few of my questions without even knowing it. Quite exciting here as we are packing for our Baltic Silhouette cruise on Sunday and delving into weather forecasts, average temperatures etc. Also hovering is a nearly forgotten Move up bid or two. If I can access internet I shall attempt a few meagre posts. First time Celebrity and really looking forward.
  2. Wondering how the Move up email recipients are chosen. I can't see how Celebrity can charge your credit card if you have not given them it. We booked through a mass market travel agent and paid them. They will have paid Celebrity. I did however purchase a Drinks Upgrade and had to ring Celebrity direct back in December as it was not possible to do it online. Obviously paid by credit card, so Celebrity has my credit card number. I did receive the upgrade offer yet to be accepted or refused.
  3. Hey, you will love it. Son and self just back from a coach tour to the Highlands where the weather was warmer and calmer than anywhere else in UK. Met several travellers carrying their hiking gear and wearing the rest, expecting dreek Scottish weather. Great time to visit. No midges, but not much water in the falls. Enjoy the quickly changing weather varieties.
  4. Thanks everybody, that's all I wanted to know. Last cruise I seemed to spend ages trying to change a note or two in foreign banks in an unfamiliar language.
  5. I have just looked at the wallet of holiday currency I ordered for next month's holiday and realise that they are in too high denominations (dollars and euros) for tipping etc. How accommodating is Celebrity at changing them, if I ask nicely? I have only previous experience of Costa and they were not helpful. I can go back to the bank I suppose but would rather not!
  6. UK booking. First time Celebrity. It's a bid of fun if you bid cheap. Like Premium Bonds you don't lose your stake (unless you win) and like a bet on the Grand National (UK horse race) nobody really knows which one is going to win. Adds of touch of piquancy to the last few weeks before a cruise. I like it.
  7. I always worry about the weather – can’t do anything about it. Always worry about getting to the port on time – can’t do anything about it. Always worry about the house, cats, dogs, children. Can’t do anything about it. Always worried on the cruise about losing documents. I do not worry about getting ill, sinking, disasters or anything global, so I’m pretty lucky really. Expectations are not cruise or company specific so I know I shall enjoy lots of things I was not expecting to. Hence, keep planning to a minimum . I do enjoy reading CC on a quiet evening however for a few tips.
  8. We have been obsessive savers and investors for over 30 years. We did without and made conscious choices in order to have the funds to travel extensively in our retirement. As I always say to my kids, "It's not my job to leave you an inheritance. It's my job to set a good example of thrifty living and wise money management, so you don't need one." Oh dear, Hank, I wish I wish. One of our offspring spends nothing, but will probably never go on a cruise because It's too expensive. The other will never go on a cruise because he's spent up. Life style examples to follow are strangely elusive. Think I should sub them both for a surprise cruise and see what happens. Whatever else neither of them would want to go with us!
  9. We really love cruises, but have not done many primarily because of the cost, but also because we enjoy more unscripted holidays. Cruise Critic is great, but it does tend to push you towards booking this and that and the other way before time because it may be a pound or two less if you cotton on to the latest Flash Sale or deal. For goodness sake, I don't know if I/We are going to want to go to Murano on Day 8 of our cruise for a slap up meal. Past experience says I will probably be full up by then. Every minute booked is a frightful weight on me to fulfill the schedule. Best holiday is with the bus pass and the railcard and only the bare bones prebooked, but that does entail its own worries along with the excitement of course. A cruise is fantastic because you pay for it all beforehand, put your wallet away, sit back and let it happen; you meet far more people than on other holidays. So we are coming up to our first ever 14 days holiday, first ever Celebrity and I'm very much looking forward. Just have to slap my wrists when I go into 'Manage My Booking'. Thought provoking topic though.
  10. We are also hoping there are boiling facilities on aboard. Lots of rich food and drink = dodgy tummy = hot water bottle = relief = start again tomorrow.
  11. I am amazed that anybody has the appetite after a few days on board to even consider spending any more on food or eating it, so for us refusal should be very easy. We were looking for a 2 day St Petersburg tour without a lunch, but they are thin on the ground Drinking is another matter. I think that on holiday everywhere you have to be thick skinned enough to withstand most demands for money because being generous can make your life more difficult. You are right Luvcrusn and others. Never been on a Celebrity Cruise yet but this sounds like well heeled begging.
  12. As a first timer for Celebrity I thought I would share our uncertainties about the Select Dining option and drinks upgrade. We booked a May Baltic cruise through a travel agent last October and had not specified Dining Arrangements. On the Celebrity confirmation, we recently noticed that it said, Dining (Waitlist) CEL SLCT ( ). Assumed we were on a wait list. Anyway some months later (Jan) I trawled though Cruise Critic and gleaned the info that we could choose our dining times but not until we had fully paid up. Not so. We have only paid the £150 pp deposit so far, but I went in as advised by your correspondents and booked our choice for the first night You have to click on save to basket although it looks like you are inviting other guests. That has gone through fine, but it’s not obvious We shall decide on other times as we go. I presume that part of the dining room is reserved for the first and second sitting times and the other is for the select diners. We also managed to upgrade our ‘free’ Classic drinks package to Premium in the sale back end of last year thanks to going on Cruise Critic, seeing the info and ringing Celebrity. The point I wish to make is that getting the deals right (and they are good deals) is not obvious or easy for a first time Celebrity cruiser. There is no way I would have seen all this if I hadn’t been retired with the time to waste thinking about it. Looking forward to our cruise immensely and enjoying the forum . Makes a change from Brexit.
  13. We have a Premium drinks package for May Silhouette cruise - first time Celebrity. Has anybody spotted Pernod or its like in any of the bars on board? Can't see it on any of the lists and little else satisfies that particular slot in the evening . Our only previous experience is with Costa and NCL where it was available. Have the option to carry on board a litre bottle of non-alcoholic Pastis which we buy in France and drink at home, but don't know if that is allowable and don't want to lug it with us if not necessary. I reckon that for 14 nights with two of us having one aperitif per night we would get through it.
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