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  1. Thanks for your help, vtcruising. I appreciate it.
  2. My TA said that "Cove Balconies" are 1A cabins located on decks 6 - 9 forward. She said "you have a regular walk-out but a large window at the end.'" I was looking to book that category on the Apex next year. Not sure now.
  3. The Apex will have veranda cabins known as Cove Balconies. Any idea what that might be?
  4. What a great opening read to this thread. Certainly indicative of what one would expect from seasoned cruisers with a positive attitude and an open mind. We sailed Edge in January of this year, seven nights to Eastern Caribbean. We found her to be regal and proud yet welcoming and comfortable. Her presentation - as you are becoming aware - is very different, both inside and out. For us, it was different in a good way. She showed us a good time. You have entrusted Edge to your care for several consecutive ocean-going days without a port break. Hopefully she will meet, perhaps even exceed your expectations. One thing for sure, Edge will do her best to earn a positive review at the end of the journey.
  5. When the new footstools are once again a part of X balconies, all other balcony furniture will be removed. The footstools will provide two functions. They will serve as a table for the canapes. Also, should you wish to sit on your balcony, you may sit on the railing. The footstool will give you a step up.
  6. Spif Barwunkel Cool Cruiser September 1, 2014 282 posts Report post #27 Posted Friday at 08:05 PM Actually, I'm not questioning Celebrity nor am I protesting. I'm questioning anyone who will listen. Answering, or not, is totally up to the individual and whether or not it seems worthwhile. You, mitz18, are the third person (one on each of my other two threads), who wants to know who I am and what I am all about. You realize that I am certainly not obligated to enlighten anyone about anything. Right? However, this is my last thread so here goes. At the risk of being tedious...… My cruising days go back to Premier Cruise Line and The Big Red Boat. In the years up to now I have been fortunate to sail with several companies, the most recent being Celebrity. The more experienced a cruiser becomes the more aware he/she becomes of the many variables and influences that affect the journey. No cruise that I have taken has been perfect, but every cruise has been extremely enjoyable. Now hear this, and it is important, over all these years, what I've seen, heard, felt and read about - mostly pertaining to my fellow passengers - in a negative light has accumulated to the point where I just wanted to put some queries out there soliciting feedback. I thought about doing it in one thread. That would have been boorishly cumbersome. So, I put it out there in three different versions. Take notice, it's not about footstools or frosted glass or three beans in a five bean salad. It's about the human element, the interaction and consideration between cruisers as well as ships staff and passengers. So there you have it, nothing nefarious, mysterious or with ulterior motive in mind. Thanks to all respondents on all three posts. I am enlightened and I have a good idea where your heads are. More importantly, I've got nothing else for you. By the way, billslowsky. I can certainly feel you when it comes to that frustratingly unreliable "Ignore Button." But hey, we are our own best ignore button. So if you are reading this, yours must have failed....again. Tech support can't help you with this one. **I brought the above post over from another of my threads. Not a defense mechanism, just an explanation. All three threads did get attention, not me. That's on the viewers and respondents, not on me. Is that not what you want when you ask a question? Everyone could have subscribed to the final paragraph above. Again, that's on you, not on me. 4 cruises planned on X between 1/20 and 2/21. I'm on board.
  7. Actually, I'm not questioning Celebrity nor am I protesting. I'm questioning anyone who will listen. Answering, or not, is totally up to the individual and whether or not it seems worthwhile. You, mitz18, are the third person (one on each of my other two threads), who wants to know who I am and what I am all about. You realize that I am certainly not obligated to enlighten anyone about anything. Right? However, this is my last thread so here goes. At the risk of being tedious...… My cruising days go back to Premier Cruise Line and The Big Red Boat. In the years up to now I have been fortunate to sail with several companies, the most recent being Celebrity. The more experienced a cruiser becomes the more aware he/she becomes of the many variables and influences that affect the journey. No cruise that I have taken has been perfect, but every cruise has been extremely enjoyable. Now hear this, and it is important, over all these years, what I've seen, heard, felt and read about - mostly pertaining to my fellow passengers - in a negative light has accumulated to the point where I just wanted to put some queries out there soliciting feedback. I thought about doing it in one thread. That would have been boorishly cumbersome. So, I put it out there in three different versions. Take notice, it's not about footstools or frosted glass or three beans in a five bean salad. It's about the human element, the interaction and consideration between cruisers as well as ships staff and passengers. So there you have it, nothing nefarious, mysterious or with ulterior motive in mind. Thanks to all respondents on all three posts. I am enlightened and I have a good idea where your heads are. More importantly, I've got nothing else for you. By the way, billslowsky. I can certainly feel you when it comes to that frustratingly unreliable "Ignore Button." But hey, we are our own best ignore button. So if you are reading this, yours must have failed....again. Tech support can't help you with this one. Four X cruises planned between 1/20 & 2/21. I'm still a go.
  8. Certainly the most simplest of titles to introduce you to this thread. A modern day "caste system" on the high seas, where even though we sail together we sail apart. Should distinctions and levels of entitlement exist on todays cruise liners? Is it necessary for X to put people in classes based on accumulated points which designate where we belong? Is your Royal Suite more deserving of better service and attention than my lower deck inside cabin? For the most part distinctions go unnoticed but on occasion the rift is obvious. Nothing new here, been around for a long time. You know what, you're still a nice person but you can't have my jello.
  9. TeeRick - See posts 54, 55, 66 on the "Is Celebrity Sailing On Troubled Waters" thread. I hope that is sufficient in satisfying the inquiring minds.
  10. All you good folks who have taken the time to respond to this thread, thank you! There is a lot more to be said, I am sure. To Hlitner and phoenix_dream, the fervor with which you expressed your thoughts and opinions is certainly laudable. However, I assure you that the OP is not frustrated nor angry. As to meters on chairs and loungers, not a bad idea, but that would require a substantial X expenditure when you consider meter cost plus the hiring of meter persons to issue summons's. I am sure that those costs would be passed on to the cruising public. Maybe someone at Celebrity will run with that. Also, "I have the right." Has this statement become overworked and overused? Has it become a catch-all for anything controversial or not in keeping with an individual's thoughts and opinions? Perhaps "I have the right" allows us the opportunity to mask the fact that we really don't have any consideration for our fellow cruisers. I paid the price, I don't need to be nice...so to speak.
  11. And therein lies the acumen of what this thread is intended to elicit. Whether or not "Troubled Waters' is valid here speaks to the health of the product versus the intuitiveness of its customers.
  12. Den, I did indeed address the nappers, the talkers and the listeners. They would be "the idlers."
  13. As the typical cruiser becomes more seasoned, it is natural to develop a liking for particular areas on a cruise ship. In some cases, that place(s) becomes your go-to space for fun, socializing, personal/more private enjoyment, etc. Café Al Bacio and the Martini Bar are perfect examples of extremely popular public spaces that have developed quite a following on X ships. Using these two venues as examples, but certainly not limiting this discussion to just those two, what are your comments and ideas regarding the following? Café Al Bacio attracts readers, card players and idlers. Nothing the matter with that. The Martini Bar attracts drinkers - alcohol, non alcohol and idlers - nothing the matter with that. At both venues when a seat becomes available, it is taken immediately. You can not expect to get lucky every time you visit your favorite place. Popularity brings in big numbers and everyone needs and deserves a chance to enjoy that atmosphere, should they desire. However, on many occasions there are those folks who have finished ordering or have ordered nothing at all. Yet, they continue to remain seated for long periods of time with no regard for other passengers who would like to have something to eat or drink, at that specific venue. In addition to that, servers and bartenders and X are not making any money on those seats. Is this okay? Is there a solution that could respectfully alleviate the problem? Is it even a problem? Is your favorite public place losing its appeal?
  14. dkjretired, I assure you I am just another traveler. Like anyone else here who enjoys cruising, I want to hear about experiences, contemplate opinions and be an intelligent contributor to various forums. My only connection to PR is a Private Reserve single malt scotch that I enjoy on occasion. Honestly.
  15. That is correct and we are still going in that direction. However, there are other factors, as stated, that could affect the validity of a concern or potential problem. Just trying to tie it all together.
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