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About nekzaadvakil

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    Mumbai, India
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe, Venice, Barcelona, Malta, Rome

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  1. Thank you Sara & Linda. So glad to see you enjoyed the review. Was quite surprised to see a post on this review after nearly a year and a half. Sara - you're going to love the ship and the sunset cabin. Cheers! Nick
  2. We were on the Eclipse last year in a sunset Veranda Cabin. Didn't have too much sun. Tons of pics in my review (link in signature below) Cheers! Nick
  3. Yup, we were really lucky on the GTY, we also usually never go for GTY cabins, unless its the only choice left. with regards to the gap between the balcony and the edge of the ship, no - no one can walk there, I think that's just for safety. However, since the aft cabins are not one above the other, the people on the cabins above you can see maybe 10% of your balcony from above. Wasn't really a big deal and definitely better than ordinary balcony cabins. Cheers! Nick
  4. Been to the Med on the Celebrity Silhouette in 2013, and again in 2014. Took the same ship to Scandinavia in 2015. Did the Med again on the Reflection in 2017. Each time we had the best cruise vacation. Absolutely beautiful ship. Excellent staff. Awesome food. And an amazing crowd that was great fun. The only thing I complain about Celebrity Cruises are the prices (recently). Other than that, I'd jump on board any of their amazing S class ships anytime. Nick
  5. We snagged a sunset veranda cabin, right at the back of the ship on our cruise last year on the Celebrity Eclipse (a sister ship to the Celebrity Solstice) It was the best cruise ship cabin we had, especially on sea days. No problems what-so-ever. Tons of pics of the cabin, balcony in my review (link in my signature below). Cheers! Nick
  6. To those who have posted so far, thank you for your comments. Really appreciate you guys taking some time to detail out your experiences. Keep them coming. I will certainly look at prices for the YC and see how they compare to Celebrity. Honestly I'm in 2 minds since Celebrity really is the perfect fit for us in terms of ship, the people sailing on it, the staff and the food/ entertainment. From the comments, I think it makes sense to keep my expectations low and hope for the best. I had read alot of negative comments about cruising out of China. We took the bait in June this year and did a 7N Japan cruise from Beijing. We kept our expectations low and we were absolutely blown away. The Quantum became DW's favorite ship (it helps that its very similar to Celebrity's S class ships). The staff were amazing. The food in the buffet was the worst of our 10 cruises (but that didn't really ruin our holiday) I think I'll try a quick Med cruise on the MSC (a short 7N one) and check it out. Thanks again for all your comments and assistance. Cheers! Nick
  7. We've been loyal to Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises all this while and we've always had some amazing holidays with them. Celebrity's S class ships are our favorite and we feel that its just right for us in terms of ship size, kind of cruisers on board and the overall upmarket but yet laid back feeling on their cruise ships. However, lately the prices on Celebrity have just been sky rocketing. We've been seeing & hearing some good things about MSC (especially their new ships - MSC Seaside and MSC Meraviglia). I went to check the prices and was pretty surprised to see some really good value. We usually cruise just once a year, so I don't want to risk having a bad cruise, but then you've got to take some chances right? Has anyone here tried MSC lately? There were initial reports of the food not being as good as other cruise lines (which is subjective) and the entertainment being ordinary. We're a couple in our mid-late thirties from India, and our taste in food is a lot more American than European. Should we risk it or pay more and stick with Celebrity? Cheers! Nick
  8. I love longer cruises, but its got to be on the right ship. The Oasis class is miles ahead of anything else. I'd stick with the Oasis class even though its a shorter cruise.
  9. Yup, add me to this list too. Really excited to see the new Celebrity APEX doing the Norway cruises, even though its only 7N. We wish they were longer and we had more of these kind of new itineraries.
  10. Yup, I agree. New itineraries are important. How about some black sea cruises with Israel? Something in South Africa? Also how about one of those amazing S class ships in Japan?
  11. I think they will place one of their ships in Europe and the other in the Caribbean. I see the Apex in Europe next year and the Edge in the Caribbean. Until the 3rd Edge class comes out in 2021, I don't see it in Alaska anytime soon. Although I'm quite happy to see Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas which has a lot of things common with Celebrity's S class ship in Alaska. Definitely looking at that option. Nick
  12. With the Spectrum now out of Shanghai, and the Quantum sailing from Beijing (Tianjin), I think they will slowly keep the Ovation between Australia/New Zealand and Alaska. Anthem between the Caribbean and Europe.
  13. We paid just a little over $700 plus taxes, plus gratuities (per adult) for a Balcony cabin on Deck 9. This was one of the least expensive cruises I've been on. The cost of a suite started at $2000 (per adult). I tracked it for over a month, before they were all sold out.
  14. We just got off the Quantum of the Seas earlier this month. It was a 7 night cruise out of Beijing (Tianjin Port). The charges for North Star were alot more. We paid $20 per adult for a 10 minute session when we booked online. When we were at Guest Services, we were informed that the $20 session just goes up and comes down. If you want to be able to go on both sides, which is where you can really enjoy some good views, we needed to take the extended 17 minute session which was for $40 per person. We did end up buying that since it was the first time on a Quantum class ship. I have plenty of pictures in my review (listed in my signature below) BTW, we also did not have access to the Solarium which was reserved for suite guests. They were allowing us to buy access to the Solarium but the cost of that was $50 per person, per day, and you had to take it for everyday of the cruise. This meant an additional 50 x 2 x 7 = $700 for me and my wife to access the Solarium. Inspite of this, we had a very very enjoyable cruise. Nick
  15. We've sailed on 3 S class ships and the burgers in the Mast Grill have always been something we've looked forward to. I usually go for the beef one, my wife's a vegetarian and she loves the veggie burger. We felt the burgers in the Mast Grill were definitely better than the burgers in the Oceanview cafe buffet. We just completely a cruise on Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas and the burgers in the Windjammer buffet were the worst ever. Really missed Johnny Rockets, which isn't available on the Quantum since its all sailings from China.
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