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  1. Been a few years, but when we were departing from Yokohama in 2016, suites, AQ and CC had organized boarding priority.
  2. Sorry, should have known the TP had already taken place. They probably had to raise the ceilings, especially for the Classic to $11, to keep a decent selection of wine choices after price increases. Also begs the question of whether or not some of the liquor choices that were moved to Premium (e.g. Tanqueray, Baileys, etc. ) might make their way back to the Classic. If you get the chance, please let us know if the Classic got any back. Thanks.
  3. Depending on the Departure Port, if you get there quite early, priority can be both for the line to get to the service desk to check in and potentially the line or area to wait after checking in until boarding is permitted. For the latter, Aqua definitely has priority.
  4. Micheleata is correct; the amount of your OBC is at the top right of the screen after entering the Cruise Planner - just to the left of the indicator of how many items are in your cart. Sorry, about my post saying to do a dummy purchase - it's in such small print that I had not noticed it before!
  5. When you go to purchase something in the Cruise Planner (such as a shore excursion of specialty dining) after you add your purchase to the "Cart", you will see a summary page that shows your current amount due for the items in your cart, and below that a choice to Check Out or continue shopping, and below that the Onboard Credit Available if you have any. Note that adding something to your cart is not a commitment to purchase since you can easily remove the item rather than completing the purchase. So you can make a dummy purchase to see what, if any, OBC you have available to purchase. However, this only shows the OBC available directly from Celebrity and does not show OBC from a TA.
  6. Presumably you are on a TP departing from Australia. Leaving from Australia, the per drink ceiling prices you are seeing are probably the ones that include the gratuity instead of the more traditional ceiling prices that do not include the gratuity.
  7. Another thread regarding the deck 10 cabins indicates that Celebrity may be switching them out of AQ down to a regular balcony class.
  8. Until they are opened up, they take up the same space.
  9. Yeah, the 3-night package is a joke at $43 per night - very little discount at most restaurants and more than a couple at their regular prices. 4-night used to be decent at $125, but they upped it by almost 20% late last year.
  10. I believe the no smoking inside (including the casino) policy was introduced around 2008.
  11. You should be able to shift the first night reservation to a different night upon boarding. Also, if you purchased your package prior to last Fall, note that package prices increased significantly in late 2018 - so it might cost you more if you cancelled and rebooked a package.
  12. DW lost a small coin-purse that contained her driver's license and ship key card while touring Helsinki on a Baltic cruise.
  13. Personally, I would never fly to get to a 4-night cruise - just not worth the hassle. I guess the Oasis 4-nighter would not be as much of a booze cruise as a 4-night Carnival cruise; but if that's a concern, then the cruise to Bermuda would probably be less concern. By the way, early November is still technically in the hurricane season. 21 November hurricanes over the last 68 years
  14. But if a water park is an absolute must, then you might also consider doing a back to back cruise with two 7-night cruises out of Florida to both the Eastern and Western sides of the Caribbean. You would have your choice of several large ships from Royal Caribbean, NCL, Disney, Carnival or MSC.
  15. I did a search for Baltic, Med and Greek Island cruises, 12-14 nights, at least 2500 passengers, and departing 7/22/20 to 7/28/20; then checked for water slides. The only cruise that fits your constraints - including with a water slide - is a 14 night Baltic cruise on the MSC Meravigilia - round trip from either Kiel on 7/25/20 or Copenhagen on 7/26/20.
  16. And the price with a refundable deposit was always more expensive than the price with a non-refundable deposit - typically about 5% higher. So let's look at a price comparison to see what you are getting for your money. For an example, I arbitrarily choose a 2B cabin on a 7-night E. Caribbean cruise on the Equinox departing 2/1/20. For this cruise, the current price with zero perks and a non-refundable deposit is $1484 pp, while the price with two perks and a refundable deposit is $1799 pp (both prices not including taxes and fees.) We can think of the price differential of $315 as consisting of three pieces: an up charge for the benefit of a refundable deposit and the cost of two perks. 5% of the non-refundable rate is about $75 - so we can use it as a reasonable estimate of the up charge for a refundable deposit. Thus $315 - $75 = $230 is a reasonable estimate of the cost your are paying for your two perks. If you were to pick the $150 OBC and the Classic Beverage Package as your two perks, you would effectively be paying only $230 - $150 = $80 for the Classic. At only $11.43 per day, this is only 16.1% of the $70.80 daily standard price for the Classic ($59 plus the now 20% gratuity.) So the two-perk pricing versus zero-perk pricing gives you an excellent effective price for the Classic Beverage Package.
  17. We usually take private tours and have never had a problem getting back to the ship on time. But we also have trip insurance to cover the rare occurence of getting left behind.
  18. They have no tours of their own, merely act as middlemen, adding their percentage as they book them for other vendors. Better to do your research and look for independent tours to book directly.
  19. Guess one Captain has to buy the other Captain a drink!
  20. There are many types of priority boarding; and some have more than others! Just tell them the basis for your priority and ask them where to go.
  21. Not sure where your $65 comes from - perhaps a per couple cost. Yes, since they upped the Specialty Restaurant Package prices late last year, their savings is significantly reduced - and in some cases for some restaurants a negative savings. You now have to book at least a 6-night package for the average cost to be less than $35 pp per dinner. And then the average cost is still $34 - only a $1 savings at Raw. The minimum 3-night package has an average cost of $43! Much better to wait and see what discounts you may be able to negotiate on board.
  22. The most forward 2/3 of the deck 10 Aqua cabins are under the Cosmos Lounge and near the Fitness Center. so you could have some late night noise from above and early morning traffic to the Fitness Center. If you decide to book on deck 10, definitely book one of the 1/3 further aft cabins. And you should also take a look at the Aqua cabins on deck 11 - their balconies are uncovered, so nice view of the night sky and perhaps a little warmer during the day. Only downside is potential noise from the movies on deck 11. Check the deckplan since some of the deck 11 cabins have larger balconies.
  23. If it's just for balcony consumption, remember you can bring two bottles with you when you board at embarkation.
  24. I would think that without any reservations a group of 8 would have a significantly longer wait than a group of 2 or 4. However, if you are willing to split into two groups of 4, then you should have very little wait unless you arrive at primetime e.g. 7-8. Note that you can make advanced reservations - either online prior to your cruise or on board; but of course, that tends to defeat the idea of flexible select dining.
  25. Only if you order a drink priced higher than the Premium Package $15 ceiling price and then only on the excess. For example, if you order a $18 glass of wine, then you will pay ($18 - $15) x 1.20 = $3.60.
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