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  1. Impressive fall storm and picture! I hope all passengers will find ways to enjoy the day anyway.
  2. My sincere condolences for the lost of your MIL. This type of moment is unique in one’s life, intense, demanding and where we become more vulnerable. It’s touching to hear that Celebrity Cruise Line was able to take your unique situation in consideration and support you in this difficult time, Thank you for sharing your experience and best wishes for healing and serenity.
  3. The St-Lawrence river is very cold all year long slightly east of Quebec. It saddens me to hear about people desperate enough to risk hypothermia and their lives, for a chance to flee their homeland and start anew in a new world. The Journal the Montreal mentioned the likelihood that the two Celebrity employees will be claiming refugee status in Canada. The Journal de Montreal also mention that an immigration investigation will be initiated. It is such a contrast between the passengers having a good time on a vacation cruise, while some employees serving passengers are going through trough life and death decisions. So sad indeed!
  4. Dear OP, There are a few treads on a similar topic, which could be helpful to you using the search function. On X, there are mainly 4 classes of ships : Millenium Class ( M Class), Solstice Class ( S Class), Edge Class ( for Edge and Apex) and the smaller ships sailing in the Galapagos. My experience only includes RCCL, X (S and M Class) and HAL. So, my information will be limited, but just in case in may help! Going from RCCL to X, I noticed the following: Celebrity is not equipped with climbing walls, deck trampoline, surf rider equipment, water slides etc. Celebrity aims to appeal, may be to a slightly older clientèle. There are no belly flops games or similar activities. Food and Service on X are generally excellent; although I believe specialty restaurants are a bit more expensive on X. On all my X ships, I found that the captain and senior officers were both visible and very friendly. Fewer announcements on X (one, once a day). More subdued atmosphere including a pool area specially dedicated to adults. Shows on X ( S and M class) do not have the same envergure as the shows on the Oasis Class ships on RCCL. The ship size will influence the range of available options on both Cruise lines. For example, the experience on Enchantment of the sea is different from the experience on Oasis of the seas. In your case, your experience on Apex should be similar to Edge rather than Infiniti. This said, a few elements on X seems appreciated by most X passengers: Ships where you don’t feel overcrowded, buffet areas with Islands rather than single line up counters, Cafe Al Bacio, Martini Bar, Silent Disco and karaoke, the Solarium, Trivia, Lectures, Music in some public areas and bars, etc. Apex will be X newest ship! I look forward to read about your experience on it! Enjoy your cruise.
  5. Thank you very much Yoshkitty for the detailed information. It really helps my decision process. This is confirming my concern regarding the taxi option, that we may end up having to split our group in the midst of the chaotic taxi line. I am travelling with my wife, but also with my dear daughter and her new boyfriend. Sending them in a separate taxi, in country they have never been, involving a language we’re not familiar with, makes me feel somewhat uneasy. Although, they are both adults, I feel responsible for their safety... which I could not assure if they are in a cab that ends up in a different location for unknown reasons. So, I will definitely further study other options. Thank you again once more for taking the time to provide me with this information. I really appreciate it!
  6. The tipping issue is always a topic that makes me feel uncomfortable. I know and agree that the crew works hard and deserve compensation. This is not my issue. Before we had prepaid gratuities, cruise lines issued specific guidelines on how much and to which members of the crew, tipping was expected. This was relatively simple, at least. Now, that these are prepaid, people are discussing « extra tipping », « tipping time » and soon, we will have extra tipping, on the extra. It almost feels that passengers are competing for the service, by tipping earlier and earlier or more and more. I recognize that tipping is a cultural issue. I also recognize that cruising is a luxury vacation. I am just not comfortable to be perceived as cheap, because I did not fully understand, the last trend on how fast to tip, how much extra to tip, or to how many employees, I should extend tipping? ( Examples: Nice Maitre D, Nice Casino Attendants, Friendly and smiley security personnel, helpful guest service employee etc.) Finally, my cruise ticket is not cheap either. So, I am left wondering which members of the staff are adequately paid by the cruise line? In short, what am I buying when I pay a cruise ticket? I wish there was a simpler way then this competition for the tipping policy, to ensure that the staff is duly compensated for their work, without making passengers feel cheap for not giving the most extra tip. And I would conclude by saying that the number of recurring treads proves my point: that the tipping issue is complex and leaves numerous passengers feeling unsure or uncomfortable.
  7. Thank you very much for the suggestion Mr. Click. I will also check it out. Many thanks!
  8. Thank-you very much for all the suggestions. I really appreciate your insights and it provides me with more concrete ideas to research. Thank you very much again!
  9. Hi, I have been searching options for a transfer from Hong Kong Airport to a hotel located in the Kowloon area for a group of 4. By searching on line and on these boards, I have been able to gather some information, but not quite enough. So your help would e really appreciated! Options and information found so far: Option: A Hotel/Airport Shuttle: Pro: Reasonably priced: About $25 Cdn/person. Seemingly user friendly. But....it seems to be a milk run. I am not certain that a long bus trip, with many stops, would be enjoyable after along flight from Canada to Hong Kong. Option B: Hong Kong taxi (Red color): Pro: Always available, price divided by 4, seems also reasonable. Concerns: Are taxi vehicles big enough for 4, each of us with a big suitcase and a carry-on. Other concerns: cash payment only and likelihood of being driven by a driver with limited English. Private transfer: I found 2 or 3 companies on line. None that I ever used before. On line reviews for each companies are hard to find, and I am challenged to find one, that clearly indicate being able to carry all of us (4) and our luggage (4 large suitcases and 4 carry-on). Therefore, I thought of asking you, if you had any suggestions or experience with transfers in Hong Kong. Your help will be greatly appreciated!
  10. We were in Rome in May 2019 and loved our « hotel », the Navona Queen. It’s location is fantastic! Within 5 minute walking distance from the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Actually, within a couple minutes walking, we were on small streets, with boutiques, and restaurants. We found small treasures in the areas.. About 20-30 minute walking distance from St-Peters, the Spanish steps, the Trevi Fontana and the Coliseum. It has a bar roof top and we enjoyed the included breakfast. Furthermore, it was quite reasonably priced. After booking it, we learned it was a bed and breakfast. The room was a bit small, yet very clean and the staff very helpful. It seems to be run by members if the same family. If I were to have an opportunity to go back to room, I would book the Navona Queen again without hesitation. P.s. My wife is nervous in big cities/crowds such as Paris, New-York yet she loved Rome and our hotel location. Enjoy your time in Rome!
  11. Thank you very much Happy Cruiser 6143 and Jelayne. I appreciate the feedback. Keeping my fingers crossed while looking forward to this cruise. Cheers!
  12. DW and I booked a C1 aft cabin on Millenium in March 2020. Our DD was travelling with us, initially in our cabin, but as a result of the recent refurbishing of the Millenium, she was placed in a different cabin. Furthermore, she recently met a boyfriend and their relationship is progressing well. He is now planning to come on the cruise as well and share our DD’s cabin. Is there any way or chance, for the four of us to be able to sit on our fairly large aft cabin balcony, for example, to enjoy a drink while watching the ship’s wake? Will we have enough chairs? In the negative, would it be realistic to ask for additional chairs and have a positive response? Thank-you in advance for your suggestions.
  13. We like both HAL and X and will choose based on itinerary. On the plus side for X: (in my opinion), friendliness and visibility of captains and senior staff. Fewer announcements. Less agressive art auction staff. We also love Cafe al Bacio and the Martini Bar. We prefer sea days on X, versus HAL. On HAL, especially the Rotterdam, the wood work and decors (numerous and impressive museums style pieces) gave us a sense of more traditional cruising, which we enjoyed. The Maasdam was a bit less impressive. Food is good to excellent on both lines, and as mentioned, cheaper specialty restaurants on HAL.
  14. Bravo Equinox! Passengers, crew and cruise line!
  15. Thank-you very much vtcruising for the detailed feedback. I am learning something new almost every day!
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