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  1. Cruisernewbie44 - I think I answered the specific question you asked but it might help with a bit more detail. I posted earlier that one martini, a cappuccino, and a vitamin water pretty much pays for the $10/day charge. Others have posted the wine is (to some degree) better with the premium package. My family and I consider the premium drink package upgrade cost as "part of the cruise price" even though it technically is not.
  2. The upgrade has been $10/day/person + 20% gratuity OR $12/day/person USD. Not that I expect it to change soon, this reply is valid until I hit submit. Celebrity likes to change things sometimes regularly.
  3. Long way to my point, but when my brother forced me to take a shot of Jameson as soon as our wives and we boarded a cruise a couple of years ago, it has now been a 2 cruise tradition and I plan to make it a third cruise in Dec. I saw the same (hopefully) oversight on the beverage package sheet. Luckily my loving bride was able to calm my fears and found Jameson listed at one of the bars through the Celebrity app at a price indicating it was part of the classic beverage package. Here's to hoping...
  4. As I posted on one of these boards, I am not trusting the Celebrity app data until I board in Dec but maybe not even then. It seems to change every time I check it. Maybe Celebrity is telling me not to be so anxious about the cruise... Anyway, on the app, for the MDR menu on the wine option, the following Elevated wines are being offered. It appears to me that (maybe) with the Elevated package, a $16 glass of white wine or $28 glass of red wine would be "included" without additional cost. Anyone have any experience with the Elevated package and a possible different drink package?
  5. Concur on the two $15 martinis. My selection of drinks was more to address the comment "a lot of premium drinks to warrant the upgrade." I thought about just using non-alcoholic drinks, but figured might was well throw in one martini.
  6. Classic drink package covers drinks up to $9 each, excluding expressos/teas, vitamin water, etc. Upgrade charge from Classis to Premium = $12 / day with gratuity Appears least expensive martini per Celebrity app is $13 Out of pocket per martini with classic drink package = $4.80 with gratuity Expresso or specialty tea $4.80 to $6 with gratuity Vitamin water = $5.40 with gratuity One martini, expresso, and vitamin water (classic drink package) = $15 /day vs $12 for upgrade
  7. I offer the following analysis for the group to critique: I added the 20% gratiuty to the drink package upgrade to "get more" value out of the deal, since it is a cost savings. Obviously, I did not include just the upgrade from Classic (All Included) to Premium as a separate line item at either $10 or $12 / day. Tim
  8. I think I have part of this figured out, but the other part has me completely stumped at this point. What I think I understand (referencing only drink packages), I can go with the "Always Included" for "no additional" cost. Upgrade classic drink package to premium for ~$12/day/person OR upgrade to Elevate for $30/day/person. Understanding there are additional perks with the Elevatee package. This is the part I haven't gotten figured out: Looking at the Celebrity app for a Dec cruise, the data I have seen hasn't been consistent on different days. So, assuming some of the data is not necessarily correct 5 months out. But, with that caveat, looking at the MDR wine menu, is has a grouping of wine by classic package, by premium package, and Elevate package. The elevate package has a couple of wines for $16/glass. Has anyone cruised lately that can confirm there are now at least three different drink packages? Is there an "Elevate" drink package that gets more expensive drinks than the Premium drink package. I posted on the Dec roll call that several of the martinis (again on the app) are showing a price of $16. I know it is only $1.20/drink extra with the premium package but ... Tim
  9. We did a cab transfer this summer and absolutely no issues. Fixed rate from Piraeus to airport. I don't remember what the rate was but fairly certain it is posted online.
  10. We've always purchase it for our cruises. On our last cruise in July, I actually did it a little differently. I used the travel insurance from my credit card to cover up to the card's limit and then purchased insurance from a source other than the cruise line (don't know that it was better or worse, but like to spread the money around!), and then a small portion was left uninsured/self-insured. Now that I am on the "older" side of life, the full insurance is getting more expensive. Need to "save" for the cruises rather than the insurance! BTW, so far haven't had to use it. I hope to keep that record intact.
  11. A couple of years ago, when looking for flights on the Celebrity site, I was using the "just looking" option vs booking. When I finally got around to actually booking something, prices didn't match. Imagine that! Just repeating what I was told: the just browsing option accesses a static view of prices and the booking option accesses "live" prices for flights. I can't independently confirm this, only relaying what I was told.
  12. We enjoyed a two night stay at The Athenian Callirhoe Exclusive Hotel pre-cruise.
  13. We were able to enjoy the water deck on our first SB cruise last month to the Greek islands. It guess it makes sense after thinking about it, but the rules are no one allowed in the water off the deck. Not intentionally, but we did fall over backward off the doughnut while being slowly pulled back to the ship. We didn't get yelled at, however, ...
  14. This post is NOT directed at any posters on this thread/site, only asking an obnoxious question. I ALREADY REGRET this post, but here goes anyway... What is the difference between a tip being accessed on a passenger at the end of a big box cruise line and a tip already being factored into the cruise total cost for a premium line? On big box cruise line, I (made up numbers) pay $300/day for the cruise, $15/day for gratuities, $$85/day drink package, and $30/day for wifi ($430/day "all in"). On a premium cruise line, I pay $500/day, but don't know how this payment is broken out for the same services, not same level of service. In either case, I have the option to pay additional funds to ship personnel.
  15. Back to my sample of one with my first SB cruise, I did book one night online for the TK and had the opportunity to book at least one additional night but never got to it. Before the cruise, all nights were booked. Again, sample of one, but in my case it would appear more than one person booked more than one night before the cruise departed. I am relaying what other people said on the cruise: even if a party of two were seated at a four top and volunteered to have another couple join them, the staff said that wasn't an option.
  16. After our cruise last month, we just got one of the taxis waiting outside the terminal. No issues getting to the airport.
  17. I don't think this is hijacking the OP's original thread. I didn't have a request, but feel this is SB going beyond what is expected without asking for something. My wife and I took our first SB cruise last month and were VERY PLEASANTLY surprised, early on the cruise, when we headed to a couple of deck chairs to lay in the sun and one of the waiters delivered two ice waters, before we were even seated, and then asked what else he could get for us. Something small, but something big!
  18. Last month, I was on the Odyssey for my first SB cruise, so a sample of one. For my cruise, no reservations for MDR, Colannade (most nights), and (can't remember name) the evening dining area on the pool deck. All three were first come, first served. The pool deck dining was the only location that I saw any issue with the limited seating. The Colannade had two nights on 14 night cruise (that I remember) that had reservations required. Once was for Thomas Keller fried chicken dinner and one other night (I think) was a steak special menu.
  19. I completed my first SB cruise last month and was able to get/use the first time SB cruiser coupon after having made final payment.
  20. Per my final documents for next week's cruise, I received newbie credit and stockholder credit. Tim
  21. I don't have a coupon to provide as I am a first time SB cruiser in 8 days and 18 hours.... But to your question, you can use a coupon after your final payment or at least I was able to use one after my final payment. I didn't see the credit on my account until I got my final documents from SB.
  22. Not sure how current this posting is, but it gives some additional options: https://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=45
  23. My first SB cruise is next month and I think we are on the same cruise. Trying to approach this issue from another direction, if you know or can determine the brand of tv in the cabin, you might be able to download the associated app for your smart phone and have the control you need.
  24. @Bobal, it is a GREAT thing this cruise line like some/many/most/all other cruise lines have different people "driving" the ships than "driving" their web site support. Looks like the web page is working now.
  25. My first Seabourn cruise is in about 4 weeks, so can't answer many questions, but can point you to the cabin setup page. Scroll to the bottom of the main SB web page and click on "Check In" in the middle column at the bottom of the page. Enter booking/confirmation number and last name, then Continue button. Select "All Guests" and Continue. Select Prefs and enter login information (email/Seabourn club number) and password. Select booking number. At this point, you should have page allowing you to select items for cabin bar, pillow types, celebrations, etc. I am ASSUMING SB will be the same as on our other cruise lines. You can do what you want (within reason) and the cruise line doesn't care. You are not required to use SB shore excursions, if that is what you are asking. Also, at least some shipboard facilities will be open. Again, on other cruise lines, spa prices tended to be lower on port days. I do NOT know that is the case on SB. Happy sailing!
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