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  1. We tried it the first time we were on the Equinox. I think they bring the food from the MDR galley, so it took a while to get. The burgers were so-so because they weren't terribly hot. The cheddar soup was good, though. And thanks, by the way, for a great thread.
  2. When they had the Costa tragedy we put a buy order in for another 100 shares of CCL, at about 8.00 less than it was selling for before. It never got that low.
  3. I was able to do it on the Edge with my Iphone6s. DH wasn't able to with the 5s.
  4. We were in a suite on the Reflection in 2017. There were a couple of nights that we thought the Blu menu looked better than Luminae, but they wouldn't let us in because there was no room, as they were (properly) giving full priority to Aqua guests. They did say we could come at 5pm if we wanted to eat there, but no later than 5:30. And Luminae was great, and not over crowded. There was one night where we waited for a table, but that was because the ones open weren't in locations we were happy with. It was our choice.
  5. We were just on a cruise where the prices dropped dramatically after final payment. We're in the US so we were able to upgrade from an SS to a CS for 300.00. Two days after doing that, the CS dropped several hundred dollars below what we paid. They happily gave us the 300.00 back as refundable OBC. It then dropped again, I called about maybe some extra OBC, and was very friendly, polite and with no expectations. The first time I called the agent actually said something about they wouldn't ask for extra money if the price went up, so why should they give us credit if the price went down. On a subsequent call about something else, I asked again, and they gave us a little more OBC.
  6. I was in a situation where I'd finish our January cruise 10 points short of Elite. We live on the west coast, so a short cruise for status would have been hard on X (easy on Princess since they have about 6 ships in California, and lots of short cruises). However, a month after final payment, the price of a Celebrity Suite (we were in a Sky Suite) dropped to within a couple of hundred of what we paid. So we upgraded and now I'm elite.
  7. On our cruise in January the prices on the various suites dropped a lot after final payment. We were able to move from an S2 to a CS for no more money.
  8. Good point. I believe somewhere I read that the nearest distant port to Hawaii is Fanning Island, adding about 3-5 days to a cruise to get there and back. Hence probably why our cruise in 2021 goes Honolulu to Vancouver.
  9. Oops. Realized that it can’t go the other way either. A ship can’t go one way between Hawaii and Seattle.
  10. Now I see what you are saying. However, they can't get on the ship in Seattle and leave in Hawaii. If that's the case I'd like to see the thread. They can do it the other way, ie start in Hawaii, leave in Victoria, and then get back on the ship in Seattle. But that would be at the start of the Alaska season I think.
  11. In my case, no. The cruises were round trip Seattle once, and and a coastal from SF to Vancouver - neither of which had been near Hawaii for months, if at all. How would that work? If the ship started in Hawaii it would have to end in Vancouver (I don't think Victoria is set up for a full embarkation and disembarkation). And it can't start in Seattle and go to Hawaii, unless it's Round Trip with a stop in Victoria, but I don't know of ships doing that. We're doing Hawaii on X at the beginning of the season, but it goes directly to Vancouver.
  12. I've only been to Victoria on Princess, but every time I've been in Victoria with disembarkation in either Vancouver or Seattle, there are lots of people disembarking. I've always assumed it was because most live in Victoria, and it's not worth getting back on the ship just to sleep one night and then have to take a ferry back home.
  13. I came from Princess to Celebrity, and even though going the other way, had pretty much the same experiences. "This is better on X" or "This is better on Princess". And as far as entertainment, I've now done 5 Celebrity cruises, and in my limited experience, the entertainment depends to some extent on the cruise director. I've had two with no real dance music, and only one production show, and three with decent entertainment. The two mentioned first had the same cruise director. The other three had different cruise directors. I hope to never be with the first mentioned again.
  14. When we booked our August cruise last year, it was going to Punta Cana. The itinerary now has Tortola instead. There was a thread about it a while ago.
  15. I'm on what I think is the same itinerary in August, so following.
  16. We did Chacchoben with Native Choice through one of the shore excursion companies, followed by a lunch with at a native house - it was great. As others have said you have to get out of the port area (their document said not to exit where the cabs are but you can), and over to their office.
  17. And so, continuing. It’s Tuesday, and our second sea day. Today was the cruise critic slot pull after breakfast. We had breakfast, and then I headed to the meeting at the martini bar for the slot pull. There was quite a crowd there, but Kristi and Pat had done a great job with organizing it. I gave them my name, and my 15.00 and we headed to the casino. They’d picked out a 1.00 machine, and fed a lot of small bills to it. We each took our turn, and by the end, we were up, to about 20.60 total each. We agreed that everyone would get 20, and the person with the best spin got the extra 19.00. Jacqueline and David then decided to cash in their Elite 3 match plays. I did too, and decided to try to cash it out on roulette. It turns out I have to put the coupon and 5.00 on something. I put it on Red, and tried to put another 10.00 on black, but he wouldn’t let me do that. So I just watched David and Jacqueline play out theirs. At 12:30, we met Mike and Kathy for lunch. Apparently, they had 1:30 spa appointments, but an hour should have been enough. We were seated and ordered. And waited. Apparently, everyone had arrived at about noon, so the kitchen was backed up. At about 1:15, we’d been served appetizers (K had ordered from the main menu and that ended up delaying things a bit), but they had to leave. Mike had ordered Risotto, and Kathy a turkey panini. They left and I asked that two paninis and their desserts be sent to their room for after their spa visit. I heard later that that was successful. After lunch, I came back to the room and found a few messages from CC friends. I set up a couple of meetings and helped Carolyn find a couple of singles for Volunteer point. Wee had made up to meet our friends for a game of Catan. We headed to the card room and set it up. Fortunately, there was a table available. We realized that we’d forgotten our rule book, so I’d pulled a pdf up on my laptop (need it if we haven’t played in a while). It worked but not well, so I decided I’d ask John to print one for me later. We played, Donna won (a reoccurring theme has it’s turning out), and we agreed to keep doing it. Our next venue was to meet our Ft. Lauderdale CC friends up in the sky lounge. We’d had dinner with them when we were in Ft. Lauderdale in November. We quickly found them and met the friends they were traveling with. We were there for about 45 minutes, and then had to head to Qsine for our Petit Chef dinner. We joined Kathy and Mike, Jacqueline & David and also Ed and Judy, who’d decided to join us for this dinner. For those who don’t know, the Qsine menu has been replaced by Le Petit Chef, a four course meal in which each course is accompanied by an animation of the chef projected onto the table, making the course. I have video, but it’s easer if you google it, as it’s on you tube. While we all enjoyed it, (and I did think the steak was very good), I can’t see repeating this again. We’d also done it on the Edge, and we’d enjoyed it, but it was a different show, so we did it on this ship as well. It’s really a once and done thing for each show. They claim they will update each ship yearly, but I’m still not sure I want to do it again. The sad thing is, that on the Edge menu, I’d do the menu again, but not the experience. The other effect of is is that it’s pretty rushed, as you have to eat at the pace of the show, not your own. After dinner, we gathered our jackets and took a walk around the upper decks. We then headed to Michael’s club, where we ran into our various friends. Jacqueline was preparing for silent disco, which tonight was at the Disco on 4. She left and I followed. I didn’t see her when I first got there, but I did see some of my other CC friends. I danced with them for a bit, and then went back to get Glen. I did tell him it was less crowded than when we went to the Sky Lounge on the Reflection, so he came back. I had him do a swing with a fellow CC member who dances, but no partner on the ship. We danced a bit and then went back to Michael’s club for a while. Another fun day at sea in the books.
  18. We sail Princess a lot, and I haven't noticed pre staging the night before (until our last cruise on them) but we often try to leave as late as possible. We'll sometimes pack up everything and leave our carry ons in the closet while we get breakfast. We then go back and get them, and sometimes the room is all or partially made up for the next people. Not a big deal - we take them and go to a lounge. I don't particularly feel rushed off.
  19. Or ours in August, although presumably it will be fixed well before that.
  20. Ok - here you go with the first sea day. I probably won't post sea day pictures since they are mostly of food and I didn't keep close enough track of what we ate when. o, the first of our 3 start off sea days. We began with breakfast in Luminae, and were seated at the same table as last night. We had the same serving team of Richie and Fernando. After breakfast, M&K were off to the spa, and Glen and I were going to the official cruise critic meet and mingle. We had a bit of time, so we went to the store to check for reading glasses, since Glen couldn't find his. They didn't have any. We arrived just in time for the M&M. The cruise director introduced most of the officers, and we chatted with our fellow CC members. They also let us have the mic to introduce tours, and some of the members asked me to introduce myself, since I coordinated the roll call and thus was known to all. It was a fun gathering. Afterward, Jacqueline asked me if I wanted to go to an aerobic dance class on the pool desk. I said I would in a bit. In the meantime, Mike had come down since there was a mixup on their spa appointment, and he wanted to go back up to check on Kathy. So, we walked up together. I joined Jacqueline and did some of the aerobics, although the music kept cutting out. After about 15 minutes we'd had enough since it was hot and inconsistent because of the music problem. So we headed to her room. I chatted with her & David for a while, and then at about 12:15, we decided to go to lunch. We'd already agreed to meet M&K at 1, so I decided I could do lunch in parts. I called Glen and we had a nice lunch with Jacqueline and David. As they were leaving M&K arrived so we had coffee and a second dessert with them. Long, but a nice lunch period. After lunch, I decided to deal with the ongoing DVD crisis. While we were at dinner last night, they did set up the DVD player, but it was very difficult to use their remote to change the source back to the ship system. I had some spare batteries, so I'd put them in some of those, and that solved it. Since it was their remote, I figured they should supply them. Plus, we still did't have our DVD that Glen'd put in the mini mac. I went to John, and asked him to help. He rummaged through his desk, but didn't find AAA batteries, and said he was having trouble finding them, but that didn't mean the ship didn't have them. He contacted engineering, and said they'd come by the room if I was there. I said I would be. I went back to the room, and soon after an engineer arrived. He pulled out the mini mac, and said he'd extract the DVD and be back with both soon. I also mentioned the remote needed AAA batteries, and he said that a butler would bring them. Soon a butler arrived with a new standard remote (the one that controls the Celebrity app). We said no, we needed batteries for the Samsung universal remote that they gave us. (Turns out we should have kept it as we had one to control both tvs on the X app). So he left an came back a little while later with a box of 4. I put 2 in, and we were good to go, although if we wanted to see our accounts, or watch tv we had to back to the now single basic remote. Soon after, the original engineer arrived holding our dvd, now removed from the mac mini which he was also holding. He reattached it and now all was well. We then decided to start watching the Hobbit trilogy, extended edition. After watching that for a while, it was time for our next adventure - officer meet and greet in Michaels club followed by dinner in Tuscan. We arrived in Michaels and took a seat. Soon after, waiters with drinks and appetizers and officers started arriving and doing the rounds. M&K joined us soon after, and we met and had a picture with the captain. (Note that the photos arrived in our cabin the next day - nice as we never actually buy them). At 6, we headed to Tuscan for our first specialty dinner. There were six of us, as Jacqueline and David were joining us. Because there were 6, the waiter suggested we order all the appetizers and the charcuterie plate. We shared all the appetizers, and some of the plate, but there was a lot of meat and cheese left over. I had the ribeye for my main, and it was very, very good. But, by this point we'd been there a couple of hours. My plans for the evening was to assume we'd be done in 2 hours or so, and then we'd head to the evening show - which was Topper. It's a full production show, and Beth and I thought it was cute when we saw it on the Equinox in 2017. It was evening chic night, so we'd get reserved seating at the 9pm show. Somehow, by the time we finished, it was about 9:15, so so much for reserved seating. We did catch the end of show. After that, back to the room for a little moving watching and bed. Another exciting day of doing not much looms tomorrow.
  21. Since this now appears to have become a thread about drive by vs land, does anyone still want me to do my blog thing? If so, I'm happy to. If not, I'll drop it and just move it to my blog.
  22. I sail both, and find them more similar than different. The MDR menu on Celebrity is slightly more upscale, but food quality can vary with the ship. It's easier to get to Elite on Celebrity (depending on what cabin you get) but Elite perks are better on Princess. More internet, and more free laundry. They both have an elite lounge in the evening. Celebrity has passed appetizers and a limited menu of free drinks, but the number is unlimited. Princess has a better closet, but Celebrity rooms have couches. Princess bathrooms have shower curtains, Celebrity has doors (at least on the ship I was on). And mini suites on Celebrity get suite perks, including the butler, restaurant and private club. They are more expensive though. I think our current thinking is longer itineraries on Celebrity and getaways and Alaska on Princess, since we live on the west coast.
  23. I think what you are missing is that people on active roll calls enjoy meeting each other, and it's nice that the cruiseline provides a way to do that early in the cruise. And while the snacks provided aren't something they couldn't get anyway, some people enjoy having them. Also, there are usually some ship officers there to say hello. Sometimes they stay a bit to chat, some times they just say hello when introduced and then leave. It's a nice way for people who have been chatting for months or years to put a face to a name.
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