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  1. Yes, there needs to be cabins available in both cabin levels in order to get the higher level cabin at the lower level price. A few years ago, while surfing CruiseCritic late at night, I noticed a posting about a great A2 price on my sailing (actually cheaper than my existing 2A cabin!) However, we were sailing with another couple and had existing adjacent 2A cabins booked. When I went on the Celebrity website I found there was only one A2 cabin available and the only available adjacent AQ cabins were A1s; so I quickly placed 24-hour holds on the one A2 and the two adjacent A1s. The following morning I contacted my TA and through a 3-way call with Celebrity was able to transfer both reservations from 2A to A1 at the great A2 price! Had I only placed holds on the A1s, the A2 might well have disappeared by the morning - along with my great deal!
  2. 11 at 12 is incorrect - not allowed. Here are the details from the Celebrity Website - note the additional exceptions for E-class: One-Category Upgrade One-category upgrade requests must be made at the time of booking and apply only for upgrades within the supercategory, depending on availability. Example of a super category upgrade in AquaClass: A2 to A1. Upgrades available from categories 11- A1 on all Celebrity ships except Galapagos voyages. Captain's Club one category upgrade excludes categories 12, FV, SV, C1 and guarantee categories, Z, Y, X, XC, XA, W. On Celebrity Edge categories 12, 9, 7, 6, IO, 1B, 1A, SV, ES, E1, C2, C1, A1 are also excluded. This offer cannot be used with certain restricted fares including but not limited to travel agent and employee rates. Upgrades apply for one stateroom per cruise. Stateroom assignments only. Not valid on holiday sailings.
  3. The M-class aft C1 cabins have super extra large balconies with a nice view of the wake.
  4. Never seen any chips in the game rooms on S-class
  5. But even with the port day discounts, they are much more expensive than what you would pay at home.
  6. Actually, RCI (Royal Caribbean International) is a subsidiary of RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.) which is the holding company of Azamara and the other entities mentioned.
  7. Agree it is a wonderful view on S-class ships, unfortunately the OP will not get to see it on the Infinity.
  8. Yes; when you are looking at Delta flights on Celebrity Air, Celebrity Air shows it as Premium Economy regardless of the flight - you have to check the flight itself to see whether it is Premium Economy or Comfort Plus
  9. If you cancel you do not fully lose the entire deposit. You lose $100pp and receive the remainder of the deposit as a future cruise credit - thus if you can make use of the future cruise credit you only lose the $100pp. This is essentially the same as moving to another ship/date; just a deferred move!
  10. If the only difference is refundable vs. non-refundable (same perks if any) then taking the non-refundable without travel insurance would be a better deal than taking the N-R with travel insurance since with the non-refundable you only lose $200 per cabin if you cancel (assuming that you can make use of the future cruise credit for the remainder of the deposit.) Insurance is bound to cost more than $200. That's why I only take out insurance at the time of final payment.
  11. You can use OBC in either the slots or tables. However, you cannot cash in the OBC - just have to play it until it is gone. Hopefully, you will win a bunch before it is gone. Simple example. You set up $20 of OBC in a slot and play $10 per pull. On the first pull you win $20 and now have $20 cash and $20 OBC, if you cash out now, you will only get the $20 cash and lose all of the OBC. On the second pull you lose $10 OBC - left with $20 cash and $10 OBC On the third pull you win $5 - left with $25 cash and $10 OBC On the fourth pull you lose $10 OBC - left with $25 cash which you can take if you cash out now.
  12. Agree; each of you just book the same Restaurant and Time and it will be fine.
  13. The Celebrity Air website allows you to select Premium Economy/Comfort Plus. When we booked it, you could also select the airline (Delta in our case) and seats.
  14. Happy Hour shared makes for Happy Friends 😎
  15. Don't know if TAs have access to the pre-sale itineraries, but they should be able to handle a booking change to a specific newly released cruise by contacting Celebrity; worst case might require a 3-way phone call.
  16. All of the posted questions for TAs are great. But first you need to ask yourself some questions to identify what services are important to you. Personally, I do all of my own research and only need a TA to: - make the booking - when I wish to make the booking, - at a significantly lower net price (cruise line price minus the value of any incentives, - be they price discounts, OBC, cash, gift cards, specialty restaurants, etc.) than that of a direct purchase through the cruise line - without any added fees. My warehouse store's travel division meets my needs and provides about an 8% incentive in the form of a gift card - which is as good as cash to me. I probably could occasionally get 2% or 3% more by shopping around with other large TAs, but the time spent is not worth it to me. If you wish or need additional services, make a list of what is important to you and make sure your TA can indeed provide them. Such services may well be worth receiving a few percentage points less in monetary incentives.
  17. If you like the lobster dinners in the MDR you may want to omit day 6 which is often the lobster night. Day 7 is in conflict with packing chores. There are usually discounts on Day 1, although that is often the prime rib night in the MDR.
  18. Least crowded pool decks are Antarctic Cruises and April or October Baltic Cruises
  19. We have always ignored the (suggested?) designated time and shown up at an early boarding time (arrive around 10:30, board around 11:00) - so far, we have never had a problem.
  20. What date? 2/22/20 has numerous balcony cabins available. Even some of the slant cabins (7245 or 8283) with the huge balcony for only $150pp more than the lowest cost balcony.
  21. Guess motion sickness effects vary a lot. Glad that your choice of cabins works for you. For me, with the balcony drapes closed, I would never be able to tell which direction the ship was moving!
  22. If "body will be moving forward" means moving in the direction of your feet (i.e. feet get there before your head does 😎), then: Port by the Balcony and Starboard by the Bath would be "moving forward." This is because the cabins are built in units of two, with the left of the two having the bed by the balcony and the right of the two having the bed by the bath. In both cases the headboards of the beds are on the walls other than the shared wall between the two cabins.
  23. 2153 has the bed by the balcony (per pictures on a deck-plan website) and the cabins alternate bed positions - so 2147 would be by the bath. Port and starboard cabins in the same relative location have alternating bed placement - so 2150 (opposite 2153) should also be by the bath.
  24. Just be sure you have a full understanding of the Infinite Balcony on the Edge which is not a standard balcony - instead having an extended area of the cabin with a window that opens half way - since the Infinite Balcony is the primary balcony on the Edge. Some loved it, some say they hated it. Although I have not sailed on the Edge, the full description of the Infinite Balcony is enough to turn me off! Thus I would personally choose the S-class ship, Equinox. If you wish to have an upscale experience, consider booking an Aqua Class cabin with its own special restaurant - Blu. IMO avoid the Concierge Class since there are not enough added features to justify the additional cost. With standard balconies on the Equinox, look for the balconies on the slanted portion of the area near the main elevators since they have extra large balconies. On deck 8, I recommend cabins 8279, 8283, 8252 & 8256 with balconies over twice the size of a regular balcony (most recently sailed in 8283 from Amsterdam to Barcelona on the Reflection.) Cabins 8253, 8257, 8226 & 8230 also have twice the size of a regular balcony but face into the wind - your choice of a forward/side view with the wind or an aft/side view without the wind. The other eight cabins on the forward and aft slants have balconies that are about 50% larger than regular balconies. The cabins immediately below on deck 7 also have the same 100%+ or 50% larger balconies, so are also a great choice. IMO port or starboard makes no difference on most cruises. Avoid deck 6 since there are public areas below rather than cabins. Have a wonderful cruise.
  25. Also recommend that you check with others on your roll call to see if there are any smaller groups renting a junk. Personally would not choose one of the trips with 30 or more passengers - such as offered through Celebrity. If you are not planning on going to Hanoi on the other day, then I recommend an overnight stay on Ha Long Bay since there is nothing much else to do there. Either way, recommend you book something prior to your arrival. We joined 7 other couples and rented an Indochina Junk for the overnight sail to Bai Tu Long Bay - the more distant, less crowded part of Ha Long Bay. They are an excellent company providing many diverse activities during the cruise and wonderful food & service. Note that the independent sailings leave from a different dock than where the Millennium tenders dock - just a short van drive normally provided by the vendor of the junk cruise.
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