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  1. We have done a few Princess Cruises and one long Celebrity Eclipse cruise. We enjoyed all of those. The thing is, we were in a suite for our Eclipse cruise and most of our Princess cruises have been CC-mini suites. So we did come away with the impression that X is better than PCL but we can’t say we were doing an apples-to-apples comparison. We are looking forward to more cruises on both lines, though.
  2. This is interesting. I was on Celebrity Eclipse down there. I think we got down *near* Paradise Harbor which is beyond 60. The Eclipse was said, by the cruise director in particular, as the largest ship to have gone down there. I have read a lot about ships going down there. What little I know about the Eclipse doesn't include its ice rating. What you're saying here implies that there could be fewer ships rated to go as far south as the Eclipse went come the end of the 2020-2021 season.
  3. If you want a place where people can't buy a higher level of service, there's always the DMV. Anyway we are all welcome in Cafe al Bacchio and we can all have coffee there together.
  4. I'm not that much of a Bond geek or a cocktail geek, but I regularly geek out about the Vesper. The Kina Lillet in the Vesper has a bit of quinine in it, which current Lillet Blanc doesn't have. So if you just use Lillet Blanc you're missing the quinine flavor, which in times past was a desirable flavor. The gin and vodka should also be strong, because due to the needs it was invented to meet, the Vesper has to be strong. When one of the new-run Bond movies was shown at a very nice cinema, they presented a version of the Vesper and that got me interested in this.
  5. To me, "immune-compromised" would mean that antibodies might not work as they should, and so your prior history of measles would be less of a factor in preventing the virus from taking hold. If this is right, then you're not an example of a person who had the disease in childhood and who would have been expected to carry immunity forward. Does this make sense? It sounds unpleasant either way.
  6. On our recent cruise in Antarctica they published, in the daily journal, just such a plan. They planned to be doing scenic cruising of the Gerlache Strait and so forth at the time when they would normally have the evening Elite gathering in the Sky Lounge, so the gathering would be canceled, and the Elite guests would have free drinks added to their accounts, so that all passengers could view the scenery from that lounge. So there's a precedent.
  7. From what I can tell, loyalty programs on cruise lines are really simple, but not well-aligned with what the holding companies need from the programs, and not very much like other loyalty programs in airlines or hotels. The cruise line programs are based on accumulating a point total or cruise-day total over your lifetime and then when you reach each level you are there permanently. You could do 15 nights over a period of 25 years on Princess and be Platinum. How is that what Carnival wants? I'm not as well briefed on Celebrity's program but it sounds like it is similar and similarly ineffective from RCI"s perspective. The most important feature of the airline and hotel plans is that the levels that you can attain that you never lose, like United Global Services, are very hard to attain. The rest of us get status levels that expire in those programs. For example I made "silver" in the Marriott program, with exactly the minimum number of nights, and I'm unlikely to stay at that level based on my plans this year, and forget about attaining a higher level. I made the "premier" level on United in 2001 because they lowered the threshold that year, and I didn't ever qualify for it again. Clearly these programs reward recent customers, not loyal but infrequent customers. If Celebrity modernizes their program I would not be surprised if the permanent levels that remain are very hard to attain and the lower levels will become temporary, and might be based on your most recent business with Celebrity. Some of the comments here suggest that RCI's four brands have a unified loyalty program. While most nights within Marriott earn the same benefit points, not all do. If RCI unifies the loyalty programs, I wouldn't be surprised if some weighting gives more benefits to a dollar on Silversea than a dollar on RCI. Or if not weight of dollars than weight of cruising days.
  8. Some ships have special provisions for the majority of the crew other than the lifeboats the pax would be in. The link is to an Instagram from one of the captains on Celebrity. She happened to post some pix and video of a drill they did for the MES that takes care of the crew on her ship. https://www.instagram.com/p/BvXPQHdHA6x/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet She included video of herself evacuating during the drill. The broader point of evacuation capacity is, yes ALL souls get a seat on something when the ship is evacuated.
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