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  1. No personal experience, but 9010 through 9025 are not under the Fitness Center - rather the Persian Garden and Spa area - so would probably be quieter.
  2. Definitely rent a car in Oaho and spend a few days before flying home.
  3. As do all of the Infinite Verandahs on E-class.
  4. OP = Original Poster in the current thread - the person that started the thread.
  5. Note that the Premium Non-Alcohol package includes Specialty Coffees while the Classic only Premium Coffees - I assume that this means Lattes and Cappuccinos are only included in the Premium Package.
  6. Yes, they do get them there occasionally 🙄
  7. An OK option if you don't mind sleeping on the street or in a fleabag hotel!
  8. And if it is not a US port, then you may not have to get off - depends on the country.
  9. Celebrity Millennium Class (4 ships) have deck 6 mid-ship suites.
  10. Yeah, 4% is low. We use the travel department of a membership warehouse store and they give back about 8% in the form of a store gift card - which is the same as cash since I would spend it there anyway.
  11. In addition, on-board bookings for future cruises have reduced deposits.
  12. If you enjoy lattes, the extra $4 PPPD for the Premium non-alcoholic would be worth it since a latte costs $5
  13. The System is what it is. So Fake Bookings are not "Pointless" since they are the only way to get your on-board booking bonus OBC when you are still waiting for the next round of new cruise announcements to be released. We will be doing so on our next cruise this coming September while waiting for the OCT/NOV announcements for 2021. Since our September 2019 fake booking will be for an April 2021 cruise and in November 2019 (19 months before the fake cruise) we will transfer it to an actual summer 2021 cruise - I doubt that it will have any significant impact on the supply/demand pricing of the fake booking. But even if it did; that's the current system - so go with the flow!
  14. Actually the default is to associate your reservation with whoever had your then current reservation - either Celebrity or a TA. You must request and sign a form if you wish to have it associated in a different way.
  15. Have never been on your selected cruise; but since it is generally a westward journey I would expect more sunshine on the "southern" balconies on the port (left) side. Unfortunately, the Captain's Club one-category upgrade does not apply to the upgrade from C2 to C1 (just one of the few exceptions.) It would apply to from C3 to C2 or from A2 to A1. When you wish to receive a qualifing upgrade, you should request it at the time you book it. For example, book an A1 and request it to be priced at the lower A2 fare. Happy cruising.
  16. Celebrity recently changed their pricing to three levels for each cabin class: - non-refundable deposit with 0 perks - refundable deposit with 2 perks - refundable deposit with 4 perks Thus the price difference between the first (NR 0 Perks) and second (R 2 perks) fares includes both the value of the refundable deposit and the value of the 2 perks. Prior to this change it used to cost about 5% more to get the refundable deposit. So a good rule of thumb is to consider the difference between the R 2 perks fare minus 105% of the NR 0 Perks fare as a good estimate of your cost for the 2 perks. Happy cruising.
  17. And Equinox gives you more itinerary choices compared to only the Western Caribbean out of Houston.
  18. Some brokerage firms offer debit cards with waived overseas ATM fees for any ATM in their affiliated system. I use a Fidelity VISA debit card with waived ATM fees for any ATM in the VISA system. Fidelity does charge a 1% fee on foreign exchange, but that's a minor issue for small withdraws (e.g. only about $0.56 for a 50 EURO withdraw compared to a typical $5 ATM processing fee.)
  19. The ship will buy back your leftover foreign currency bills if it is a currency that they sell - and the exchange will be for USD - if you were to want it in another currency, that would be an additional sales transaction and exchange commission. Since the ship has no minimum amount and no fixed fee in addition to the exchange rate, for small amounts their exchange commission is lower than the overall commission at some on-shore exchange agencies that do have fixed processing fees.
  20. Note that, unlike the awards to Carnival's individual operating companies, chezmarylou's linked article indicates the concession contract was awarded to the holding company RCCL - not to any of its individual operating companies. So it would appear that Celebrity has just as much opportunity to use the contracts as RCI.
  21. Yes - it is interesting that concession contracts were issued to several of Carnival's specific cruise lines rather than their holding company while the holding company RCCL received contracts rather than their specific cruise lines. Will be interesting to see how current itineraries are modified.
  22. Brent and Lisa Since it stops in Gibraltar - which is not an EU country - there will be no VAT if you wait until the Reflection makes it into international waters. See ya in September. Larry and Nan
  23. Point is that there was no real price drop since presumably your originally booked refundable fare with perks was less that the current refundable fare with perks. What you saw was a newly created zero-perk, non-refundable fare rather than a price drop.
  24. Totally agree with 9105 as the best of those available. We were in the angled balcony cabin 9038 a few years ago and enjoyed it, but thus know that 9040, 9042 and 9045 are still available because the window cleaning equipment is often parked in front of them!
  25. Booked an Aqua cabin on Millennium for July 2020 at less than a balcony on Princess - with 2 perks. X still sometimes a good deal.
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