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  1. We were on the Eclipse in Alaska in June. This was our first time where Luminae was an option, although definitely not our first suite. The Luminae experience over-all was excellent, food quite good. We do not feel that spending $50 or so per person to dine in any of the specialty restaurants was worth it. When we go out for dinner at home, at our typical high end restaurant in the NY Metro area, other than at the tip steak houses, dinner entrees are in the $30-$35 range, Appetizers $15-$20, and although you get 3 courses in a specialty restaurant, we rarely have 3 courses per person at home,
  2. Vulcan, I know that is their policy, but it seems that many now have a sense of entitlement when it comes to what they wear. It's as if they are saying, "I'm the paying guest, so they can't tell me what to wear.". And, there were some who wore shorts, t-shirts and flip flops at dinner. I was on an Alaska cruise, and some say that is more casual. As far as their dressy nights, which they are not calling formal nights any more, I saw a handful of people only in dressy clothes, no tuxedos, and nothing special worn for dinner. Coincidentally today on a restaurant Facebook page that I am on locally
  3. I am not an idiot, but maybe my husband is. As I said, he forgot to turn it off. As far as phone calls, if you want to pay for those calls in international waters, then be my guest. You can get texts from the ship wi-fi, and when you are in port in Alaska put your cell service back on. We had Unlimited wi-fi as a suite perk. Stupidly some of the data charges were when my husband and I were texting back and forth, so it would have gone through with the ship wi-fi. We both get the unlimited wi-fi on the ship.
  4. It's not even the perks as much as the space. I always say that the only people who say that they don't want to waste the money on a suite because you don't spend that much time in your cabin are the people who have never cruised in a suite. Which leads you to the problem that once you have cruised in a suite, it is hard to go back. As far as the perks go, the best one honestly is dining in Luminae. No need to go to specialty restaurants, unless you don't have anyplace good to eat out at home, then you might want to try them. Michael's, although dark and pub-like, is a nice quiet place to rela
  5. Warning, if you are using either a Smart Phone or tablet with cellular, make sure your cellular is turned off. We were on an Alaskan cruise a few weeks ago. I got my bill today. My husband forgot to turn off his cellular service, and we were charged $168 for things that must have downloaded when we were in international waters. Our AT&T service includes Canada, so it wasn't when we were in Vancouver, but there were plenty while we were outside of range of Canada and Alaska.
  6. That's like asking whether you would notice a difference between driving a Chevy Malibu and a Cadillac.
  7. Just as an FYI, Michael's was the name Celebrity gave on other ships to the Cigar Bar. I was not on the Eclipse before, but on their other ships that was what it was. It was dark, but the Concierge there was excellent, as were the others who worked there. If you were on July 4th week, and had breakfast in Luminae, and say the service was great, it means that they took to heart the various things we mentioned to them that we had issues with on the sailing on the 16th. I think one of the reasons that people might be more casual on Alaskan cruises is because of the times that you are in port. Icy
  8. We have been back since August 23rd, and one of the best parts of the cruise was being able to dine in Luminae. We never had to wait, however I will say that the service at breakfast was far below the standard of what it should have been. It seemed like we were always waiting for something that was being brought to another table, coffee and pastries in particular. If someone has a carafe or a tray, they should at least glance around and see if someone was trying to get their attention. It seemed as though their focus was only on bringing whatever it was to the person they were serving at that
  9. Definitely cheap, did it say how long either was, or describe it. Although St. Maarten is a small island, it still takes quite a while to drive around the whole island. I think the beaches in Antigua are beautiful, and we are not really beach people, but usually just get a taxi to take us to a beach that has a restaurant by it so we can have lunch.
  10. We still laugh about something that we did about 20 years ago or more. We stopped in San Juan, did not book an excursion in advance, and we went with they guy who had a sign, "Rain Forest, No Shopping". Unfortunately some kind of shopping is associated with most shore excursions. Many of them not like described. We took one from HAL in the Caribbean that said it was a hands on cooking class, but when we got on the bus they said we were going to watch the woman prepare a dish.
  11. We were on the June 16th sailing of the Eclipse. The itinerary is slightly different, we stopped at Icy Straight Point instead of Sitka. I felt that arrival by taxi at Canada Place was simple, we were routed by someone to the correct area, easily unloaded our luggage and walked in. We were told to arrive any time after 11 am. We arrived at 11, but were in a suite, so we basically had no line to check in, and we were able to walk right on board. The other advantage of a suite is having access to Luminae as a dining room, which was very good. We only ate in the buffet once, for lunc
  12. We just returned from our cruise, and after many sailings on Celebrity ships all in suites except for 1 that was a music specialty charter, the addition of Luminae ranks high on my list of great additions by Celebrity. I know people like the specialty restaurants, but in my opinion paying $50 or $55 extra for specialty dining is just not worth it. I agree that not every dish was quite as great, overall we had much better food, and served in a much better atmosphere, than we have had during any other cruise. We ate all our breakfasts there as well. If service was off, it was only at breakfast,
  13. We just got back from a cruise, I was pretty surprised that they let someone in to Luminae with not only shorts, but a t-shirt and flip flops. Personally, I think this is disrespectful to other diners. As far as teenagers go, we cruised with our 2 sons from the time they were 5 & 8, until the graduated from high school. Back in those days everyone dressed for formal night, and there were absolutely no shorts or jeans allowed in the dining room. They grew up learning that there are times when you have to dress appropriately for an occasion. They are now in their 30's, and although it has be
  14. We did this quite a number of years ago, and if they still give you either the glasses, or a voucher for glasses, definitely worth it. We are big wine drinkers, and have even brought a case of mixed wines with us on ships and paid the corkage. We just returned from a cruise, and with the premium beverage package we still paid extra for better glasses of wine on many days. That being said, I was previously very skeptical about the idea that wines taste different when drunk from different shaped glasses. I got a real education from this class, it positively makes a difference.
  15. We have AT&T, and our service includes Canada and Mexico.
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