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  1. Hi Bo1953, I have a question about gratuities on the beverage packages that I hope you can answer. Does Celebrity charge gratuities on drinks in addition to the cost of the beverage package? So say you pay X amount per day for the premium package, and order 4 drinks through the package. Does Celebrity add a gratuity for each drink you order onto your shipboard account, or are the gratuities already incorporated into the price of the beverage package?
  2. Part of what I like about cruising is the opportunity to dress up and enjoy an elegant evening meal. To that end, I expect my fellow passengers to show me and others the courtesy of following the stated dress code in the main and specialty dining rooms. The dress code is there to ensure that a more formal atmosphere is maintained in these venues. If passengers want to dress like they're going to their local Applebees or Dennys, they should go to the buffet.
  3. Ship: Eclipse Length of Cruise: 7 days Cruise Sail Date: June 30, 2019 Date email offer received: Can't recall Captain’s Club Tier: Classic Booked through Celebrity Direct OR via TA: Direct Current Cabin: 9143 Bid? Yes/No: Yes If YES - Bidding Details: Cabin Category: Concierge Class / Aqua Class Bid Offer: $225 CDN pp/ $305 CDN pp Notification Date: June 24, 2019 Accepted / Rejected: Accepted for Concierge Class General Comments: assigned a Category C3 Concierge Class cabin.
  4. Are there any self-service laundry rooms on Celebrity ships? I looked at the deck plans for Eclipse but I didn't see any. I know on Princess they do have laundry rooms with washers/dryers and irons, and they're very convenient and easy to use. It would be great if Celebrity had the same thing.
  5. It's Waterfront Station. When you get there, make sure you take the YVR-Airport train. Sounds obvious, I know, but there is also a Richmond-Brighouse train that goes in the same direction for most of the trip, but then veers off into the City of Richmond pretty close to the airport.
  6. Definitely get off the ship asap, and don't bother taking a cab. As others have noted, the SkyTrain is super quick. If you're off the ship by 8:00 or 8:30 at the latest, you should beat the rush to YVR.
  7. I've stayed at the Pier Sixty-Six hotel whenever I've traveled to Fort Lauderdale for a cruise. It's a lovely hotel, and they offer a sip n' sale package where you get a free drink, breakfast, and transportation to Port Everglades. The hotel has beautiful grounds so we tend to have breakfast and then lounge by the pool until it's time to head to the port. If you do stay at the Pier Sixty-Six, definitely try to get a pool-view room. You can sit on your patio with a coffee and enjoy the sunshine!
  8. I would say the chance of getting Global Entry approved by September is slim to none. The application process is quick, but once conditional approval is granted, the applicant has to schedule an appointment at a Global Entry Enrollment Center (https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry/enrollment-centers/arizona). From experience, I know appointments are hard to get. It can take months before one is available. PS I've been at YVR when cruise ships have arrived and passengers are returning to international destinations. it's an absolute gong show. Don't count on customs or security being quick, especially if you don't have Global Entry.
  9. For real?! No wonder the Celebrity website is terrible.
  10. Same here. I priced out the cost of wifi, the premium drinks package, and the tips separately, and it was clearly far more expensive than bundling them together.
  11. My husband and I are on the same cruise! We plan to eat lunch in the main dining room. We did that on our last cruise and found it a relaxing and elegant way to start our vacation. If you want to go more casual, the Horizon Court is a good option. My favourite things to do once on board is to check out our cabin (if it’s ready...it might not be as we tend to board early and cabins may not be ready until 1:00 pm). We then like to tour as much of the public areas as we can. We usually check out the plaza (piazza?) level, then the shops level and the various lounges and theatres, then head up top to the sun and sports decks to check out the fitness and spa areas. We then have a 24 karat gold margarita (only one as we have to stay sober for muster!). We then typically head back to our room to settle in and enjoy the view from our balcony.
  12. On the Ruby and Emerald, they do this. Was on the Golden recently but I don’t recall being served snacks. If they did, it wasn’t very memorable.
  13. We’re on the same cruise! E720.
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