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  1. At $129pp ($43 per meal) the 3-night package is not a great deal unless you intend to eat all 3 at Murano's; and then you are only saving $7 per meal. You will probably be better off negotiating a discounted price for individual dinners while on board.
  2. The Premium Beverage Package has single malt but not "premium" single malt 😢
  3. Here is a link to the Classic Beverage Package description: https://www.celebritycruises.com/modal/classic-beverage-package-modal It's interesting that this description mentions the Standard Beverage Package, but the Standard is no longer offered on their website! As usual, IT inconsistencies are still the "standard."
  4. On laptops, the last poster is indicated to the right of the topic name. Click on the time of the last post below the last posters name and it will take you to the last post.
  5. Agree that the atrium-view balconies are not true balconies. But they do in fact have true ocean facing balconies in comparison to the non-balcony IV
  6. The cost ceiling for the Classic is $9 per drink, not $8. This should include most mixed drinks of interest with the standard bar spirits - if you exclude those at the Martini Bar. And the upgrade charge for one $15 specialty martinis per day would only be ($15-$9)x1.2 = $7.20 which is less than the $12 per day for the upgrade to Premium. Now whether or not you can hold it to only one Martini ...
  7. At least the Oasis has real balconies. But agree with gerelmx and hcat on the overall ambiance.
  8. You can always hope your tablemates are from France, Germany and UK and switch the topic to BREXIT.
  9. Totally agree that it does not pay to wait several months to book on board when you are currently interested in a specific cruise with its current pricing and perks. However, after booking it now, you can then decide right before taking the cruise whether or not it makes sense to keep the existing reservation or cancel and rebook it on board at the prevailing prices, perks and on-board booking bonus OBC.
  10. Sommeliers in Blu can be very helpful. While in AQ on the Millennium a couple of years ago, we enjoyed a wine available on the Classic in the Tuscan Grille that was not on the Blu wine list. The Blu sommelier was very willing to get us a couple of bottles from Tuscan for our use in Blu throughout the remainder of our cruise.
  11. My assumption would be that the algorithm would be designed to maximize profit rather than whatever your definition of integrity maybe.
  12. Perhaps it depends on which Big Box; mine does not have additional fees for changes or cancellations.
  13. Just wondering where you are seeing the name "Lap Pool." Celebrity's deck plan and the one on cruisedeckplans.com both show only the label "Pool" for Reflection's pools.
  14. The balconies on the sides on 11 are either the same as standard cabins or slightly larger, as they follow the bump outs of the Oceanview Cafe below. 1122 is standard size and 1105 is only slightly larger than standard. The largest balconies on the sides are 1101, 1107, 1109, 1117 & 1119 on port and the corresponding 5 cabins on starboard.
  15. Best to ask your question on the CC roll call for your cruise:
  16. Specialty coffees and teas are still included
  17. Is the for-fee Porch ever open for lunch on Embarkation day?
  18. arrival at a little before 9:30 will be fine
  19. The $45 per day also gets you a refundable deposit rather than the non-refundable deposit with zero perks. So the "cost" of the Classic Package is actually less than ($315 minus $150 OBC)/7 = $23.57 per day depending on how much value you place on refundable vs non-refundable.
  20. Assuming that you are within the 60 day period following your booking, you should be able to find a TA that will give you additional OBC or gift card, etc. amounting to 8% to 11% of your cruise cost (not including port fees and taxes.) Just make sure the TA does not have any additional fees for changes or cancellations.
  21. For the Classic and Premium, it is standard practice on all ships to only charge the difference plus gratuity when you order a wine, beer or mixed drink priced over the ceiling price. To my knowledge, the only difference with geographical location is if the ship is in a region where gratuities are included in the price of the drink (e.g. in Australia and out of Southampton.) Then the ceiling prices are higher because of the included gratuity. Hardly anyone on CruiseCritic purchases the Standard Package - thus you will not see many postings regarding that package.
  22. Since late in 2016, the upcharge with the Classic Package has also just been the difference plus gratuity.
  23. If you compare deck plans on Celebrity's website (and also on other un-affiliated websites,) you can easily see that unfortunately, cabins 7901, 7903 & 7905 on the Millennium and Summit are the same size as other inside cabins while those on the Infinity and Constellation are about 25% larger than standard inside cabins. Same thing with deck six. What makes it obvious is on I&C the three cabins combined have the same width as the entire elevator lobby, while on M&S their combined width only takes up about 80% of the width of the elevator lobby.
  24. And I have often wondered how there seems to be an infinite supply of suckers to purchase "his" work!
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