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  1. Sailing Brilliance on 12/29 with an 8 and 11 year old. Does RCCL do an earlier NYE celebration/countdown for kids? Maybe with the Adventure Ocean staff? I can't imagine any of us will be able to stay up until midnight and I'm guessing the adults traveling without kids would love to not have them there at midnight 🙃
  2. Very interesting. We've only ever done MTD... it sounds like we might want to switch to the 5:30 seating then if we want to eat early? Is it better to do that and then switch to MTD if things normalize? Or easier to stick with MTD and switch to regular dining room at 5:30? Which is tougher to get?
  3. Are you saying you've seen earlier MTD reservations available on Brilliance? That's good news! Which sailing are you on?
  4. We love eating early in MTD and have never had a problem doing so. I have three cruises coming up, the earliest MTD reservation I could get on all of them were 6:30/6:45. I thought maybe this was because others had scooped up the earlier times but was skeptical given that I know we're often in the minority wanting a 5:15/5:30 reservation. I saw people talking on FB groups about the fact that My Time Dining doesn't open as early as it used to post-Covid but others saying that's not the case. The next cruise we have is December 29 on Brilliance and the app shows the MTD dining room opens at 5:15, despite the fact that the earliest reservations available since I started checking months ago are 6:45. I tend to think that the app opening time is right and we'll easily be able to slide into an early spot but it sounds like others are having a different experience. Any experts on here that have cruised recently have any insight?
  5. Interesting theory... I just went back to my original email, I had written "On our past Royal Caribbean cruises they've done an excellent job providing gluten free pizza, pasta, pancakes and all of the delicious foods an 11 year old girls loves. " Not sure if that's how they interpreted it but glad to hear everyone else thinks it's silly and should be ignored. Thanks everyone.
  6. This isn't our RCCL cruise with our celiac daughter. We've done a few and I always have the TA note her needs in our reservation and then I email the special_needs email address with a heads up. I usually receive a brief response that they've noted it, to touch base with the head waiter or a manager at the Windjammer, etc. We have an upcoming cruise in December on Brilliance and I got the response below. Not only poorly written but the part in yellow is interesting to me. In my email to them I mentioned how she loves how great RCCL is with gluten free food and they've always had GF pancakes, pasta, pizza and I hope that's still the case. This email says to bring our own gluten-free pancake mix and pasta, I've never heard of that. I guess that's fine but I kind of feel like we'll be looked at strangely when we show up in the dining room with groceries we want prepared for her? Has anyone had an experience like this? I'd also like to note they mention Sorrento's and, from what I understand, Brilliance doesn't have Sorrento's.. but that wasn't the weirdest part of this email 😄 Any thoughts from others that have dietary restrictions... should I bring food for them to prepare for her? ---------------------------- Good day, Thank you for contacting the Access department regarding your allergies/dietary requests. Allergies/Dietary needs are handled daily on all sailings. We have advised our ship staff of your dietary/allergy needs. Our galley has a separate preparation area away from the main production area to prepare meals for guests with allergies and to avoid cross-contamination of the meals. Our Food and Beverage Staff attend recurring training programs regarding allergy protocols. During the booking process, we ask that the guest choose a set dining time versus My Time Dining. This will provide the guests with a dedicated serving staff for the cruise. Once the guest is onboard, we ask them to visit the dining room, introduce themselves and speak with the dining staff to advise of the ( No Gluten ) allergy/dietary. Please advise the dining staff with your allergies at the table. Please be advised that we offer Gluten Free meals as a standard offering on our menus in the main dining room. We carry lactose free, soy, and almond milk onboard. Please meet with the Head Waiter in the Main Dining Room and Restaurant Managers at other dining venues to review the menus and identify selections you wish to have modified or avoided. When guests eat in the Windjammer, please ask for a manager so they can arrange to get a meal from the galley. This will avoid any cross contamination that may occur at the buffet. When eating in specialty restaurants or other food venues, it is important to advise our staff of the allergies. We offer lactose free, soy, and almond milk onboard our ships. (Regular not flavored) You may bring Non Perishable foods onboard, providing it is sealed and in original store bought packaging. Perishable foods and liquids are not permitted onboard such as milk and fruits, things that need refrigeration prior to opening. This is against U.S. Public Health regulations. As far as pancake mix and Gluten free Past please bring the this and the Chefs will make it for her. Please bring unopened and in the original box. If you have any questions please let me know. We have no gluten Pizza. Please let the Pizza Sorentos onboard Know and they can make her own PIE. If we can be of further assistance, please contact us. Have a great cruise! 😊
  7. Their website still implies what I (and apparently, you 😃) thought so I'm hoping this was a generic email sent out to all upcoming cruises, unedited for the different rules in Seattle. I'll try to call tomorrow to confirm when I have a little more energy if we don't get an answer here before then. Thanks for replying! 😊
  8. We are sailing on Friday and just got the email below. All of the rules I've seen say that the only unvaccinated passengers on cruises from Seattle to Alaska on Milennium are children that aren't eligible for the vaccine (under 12). The email below implies otherwise, see areas highlighted. Before I call Celebrity to double-check the policy... is there something I'm missing? We specifically chose to do this sailing instead of one out of Florida because the rules were stricter. Dear Guest, We look forward to welcoming you aboard Celebrity Millennium® for your upcoming Alaska Dawes Glacier cruise departing from Seattle, Washington. Before we depart, we have some important information to share regarding our Health and Safety Protocols. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has clarified their position regarding mixed vaccinations and provided Celebrity Cruises with updated guidance. Currently, the CDC does not recognize any mixed combination of COVID-19 vaccines as fully vaccinated. To be recognized as fully vaccinated, guests 12 years of age and older, must complete a vaccine series with products from the same manufacturer, with the last dose administered at least 14 days prior to sailing. Guests who decline or are unable to show proof of vaccination at boarding will be treated as unvaccinated and subject to additional protocols, restrictions, and costs for COVID-19 testing. As a reminder, starting August 6, all guests over the age two, regardless of vaccination status, will now be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result at the time of embarkation. This test may be taken as either a PCR test or an Antigen test, conducted within 72 hours of embarkation. Each guest is responsible for making their own arrangements with an accredited testing provider as well as covering all associated costs. Unvaccinated guests and children, under 12 years of age, will be required to take an additional antigen test at the terminal prior to embarkation, mid-cruise and on the day before disembarkation. A registration link for required testing will be sent separately. Should a guest be unable to complete the testing requirements, a 100% refund or Future Cruise Credit will be offered. Additional testing and protocols will be confirmed closer to your sailing departure date in line with the most up to date recommendations from local government and health officials as well as our Healthy Sail Panel. These measures, including vaccination and testing requirements, will evolve along with public health standards. For details on our current health and safety protocols please visit https://www.healthyatsea.com. We apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause. The health and safety of everyone onboard is our number one priority. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Celebrity Cruises at 1-844-418-6824 in North America or (316) 554-5961 worldwide. Sincerely, Celebrity Cruises
  9. That's what I was originally thinking but so many of them go to places with other people where mixing naturally happens... like in Ketchikan, Alaska, you can go on an excursion through RCCL to see the Lumberjack show... or save money and go on your own. I wonder if they'll have an unvaccinated kids section at the show to keep the bubble going? I guess we're all learning as we go along! Thanks for the response.
  10. This implies they'll have separate excursions for unvaccinated children families, that would actually make a lot of sense I guess.
  11. @smplybcause Yup. It takes away the sting of having to pay for something I wasn't previously interested in knowing it's for a good safety reason.
  12. I'm all for any added protocols that keep us safe... testing, masks, bring it on.... just so happy to be cruising. I don't understand how it's safer for unvaccinated kids to book a tour through RCCL than if the family did something on their own. Is it the local governments that are asking for this? Is it a tracing thing? So many excursions include transportation mixing the vaccinated and unvaccinated in close quarters so I can't wrap my mind around it. Can anyone enlighten me please? 😃
  13. I didn't realize that, is that because it takes longer than those few days to have enough viral load in the nose to detect? Or something else?
  14. Thanks to both of you for getting me started on some research... much appreciated!
  15. We plan on needing transportation: Airport to downtown hotel Within the city between tourist sites (Where public transportation won't work out) Downtown hotel to cruise port What is the best deal/most common/most efficient way to jet around Seattle? Taxis or a ride share? We are 2 adults, 2 kids with four carry-on size suitcases.
  16. Thanks so much everyone, that is great news about the bags. If your room hasn't been cleaned yet they just work around them? Amazing.
  17. Semi-seasoned cruiser, first time on Celebrity. Sailing Millennium on August 6 and was hoping to get a few little questions answered... 1. Is there a sail away party? If so are there any "standard" songs they play? We love to put together a playlist to get us ready to cruise and all of our Caribbean and RCL sail away party tunes aren't going to cut it. 2. I thought I read this somewhere but can't seem to find it. From what I understand you're allowed to stop by your stateroom at any point after boarding and pick up your room key. Does this mean you can also leave something like a carry-on roller suitcase there, even if it's out in the hallway? 3. Best place to get your room key hole-punched to go on a lanyard? Thanks so much!
  18. I searched this thread but didn't see it covered... was the kid's club open?
  19. I've seen this answered in bits and pieces in other threads, I just want to make sure it's still the case. There seem to be some hotels that offer a shuttle for $8/pp from downtown, is that cheaper than a Taxi would be? Assuming there aren't any free shuttle hotels, are there any $8/pp ones you guys currently recommend?
  20. Thanks so much, I'll check this out. There's actually 4 of us, does that change anything?
  21. We booked a last minute Aug 6 cruise on the Millennium, our first Celebrity cruise. We're big Royal Caribbean cruisers, we like to eat early and alone....we choose My Time Dining, go when the MTD MDR opens (usually 5/5:30ish on most ships) and wind up at the same table with the same servers each night. Can this routine be replicated on Celebrity? I was browsing the app and couldn't tell which dining rooms are the open/flexible dining options. Thanks so much from someone not used to planning things so last minute!
  22. Thanks everyone, this really helps. We're used to crowded cruises as we always sail during school breaks and we love smaller ships. This sounds like it would be a good fit for a quick get-away. Thanks again!
  23. Looking at booking 5-day Brilliance of the Seas out of Tampa going to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. We're a family of four with a 7 and 11 year old. My husband is concerned the timing of this cruise would mean young party-goers and a family like ours would be totally out of place. Any thoughts?
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