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  1. Couldn't you have gotten both the $150 on-board booking bonus OBC and your TA's 2 bottles and $200 OBC by first booking on board and second transferring the reservation to your TA?
  2. Having dinner at the Tuscan Grille on the Reflection last month we had a beautiful view of a pod of dolphins jumping in the wake as we left Cadiz.
  3. When and which ship? They were all $9 or less on the September 6th sailing of the Reflection. Was it possibly a UK cruise with gratuities included? Thanks in advance.
  4. Cannot pick a cruise purely for the best food since I cannot afford it!
  5. Celebrity's S-class and E-class ships DO have both mid-ship and forward elevators. And their M-class ships have forward, mid-ship and aft elevators.
  6. Note that even though you have space in your cabin, when the other cabins fill up it is possible that the lifeboat you are assigned to can also fill up - thereby restricting you from adding another person to your cabin. So add her as soon as you know that she will be going with you.
  7. Perhaps you could try expanding your horizons. Give karaoke a try - perhaps after a few drinks! Or maybe a trivia game or pool volleyball - anything new to keep you busy.
  8. When the dominos start falling you have to go with the flow. They gave you a valid reason (no fault of their own) why they were sitting there and yet you asked them to move anyway - seems like there was plenty of rudeness to go around and you were part of it.
  9. Minor correction: the auto-gratuity is $14.50 pppd for Veranda or below; so a 10-night cruise would be $290 per cabin for Veranda or below.
  10. In addition, each elite passenger is entitled to two complementary pressed items and one complementary dry cleaned item.
  11. Celebrity has not yet released itineraries beyond April 2021, so how can you say they are not going to those places in 2021?
  12. Just a note on the 3 dinner package. At $129 ($43 per meal) it's not much of a bargain. Instead 30% off first night in Murano would cost only $35. Add in another night in Murano for $50 and a night in Tuscan Grille for $45 and the total is $130. So for an extra $1 you get to select the days and times prior to boarding through your Cruise Planner, rather than waiting until on board.
  13. I've heard of people even booking an inexpensive ship's tour (e.g. a $49pp walking tour) at a Tender port just to get off the ship early for their independent tour!
  14. We were in 8283 - port aft slant - and experienced the same grinding/pounding noise off and on - as early as 8:00am on a sea day and once as late as 9:00pm. We contacted guest services several times to no avail. Finally an officer (in marketing and finance) happened to ask how we were enjoying our cruise and we told her we were having a fabulous cruise except for the frequent cabin noise problem. She looked into it and got us compensation - $250 pp future cruise credits! We will be applying them to our July 2020 Alaskan cruise on the Millennium.
  15. We have rented cars without a guide and hired guides with their own cars; but never rented a car and also hired a guide to go with us. As others have suggested, we do a mixture of DIYs, independent tours and ship's tours depending on itineraries and availability of shared independent tours via the CC roll call. In some cases our DIYs are in conjunction with ship's tours where the ship's tour only provides the transportation from the port to a destination city. On our most recent cruise we did 2 DIYs (1 in conjunction with a ship's tour,) 4 shared independent tours, and 2 ship's tours. One of the ship's tours was in lieu of a failed attempt to find 4 people to join us on an independent tour.
  16. Please add you comments to the S-Class Cabin Information Compilation thread
  17. They only switch if you allow them to! You can put them on a manual mode where they only change when you make the change yourself.
  18. Info, including prices, was on the Celebrity app for my cruise which is only 11 days from now
  19. On our 12N this SEP on Reflection, both Murano and Tuscan Grille are open once for lunch. Reduced menu at Murano for $30 and Tuscan for $39 - which I am guessing is probably the full menu since that's only $6 less than the dinner price.
  20. Not true. We took a B2B on the Millennium from Yokohama to Hong Kong to Singapore and stayed overnight in Kyoto and on a Junk in Halong Bay. When we started to talk to Guest Services about the off-ship overnights, they told us that it was none of their concern - that we could go anywhere overnight without informing them and that of course it was are sole responsibility to be back on ship before the all-aboard time. However, since the ship was arranging Vietnam visas for passengers, we did need to tell them we were staying overnight in Vietnam because there is a different cost for the visas if you stay overnight - other than the visa requirement they had no interest in our overnight stay.
  21. Apparently BA Pilots will be on strike on September 9, 10 and 27 - best of luck if you are flying with them on those dates. https://www.foxbusiness.com/industrials/british-airways-pilots-strike-first-time-ever-september
  22. True However, Guest Services is a great place to exchange any leftover foreign currency back to USD - although it's not a great exchange rate, it's easier and cheaper than trying to do so with your bank when you get back home.
  23. Here's one with RCI http://www.royalcaribbean.com/shoreExcursions/product/detail/view.do?sourcePage=shorexByPort&ProductCode=MJR1&DestinationCode=
  24. Just depends - roll call for our Sept 6 cruise currently has 151 members with 2437 posts; 175 signed up for the M&M. And one member created a spreadsheet to keep track of our small group shore excursions - currently has over 50 shore excursions listed!
  25. Yes, we also had the overnight on the Millenium in Kobe and enjoyed 1.5 days in Kyoto. Stayed at the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel adjacent to the Nijo Castle. Chose it since they have non-smoking rooms, was centrally located and was very close to a subway station. The train system in Japan is excellent. We initially used it pre-cruise to get from Narita to Yokohama. You can purchase pre-paid Suica smart cards - to use for your train fares - near the train station at Narita. It is much more convenient to merely tap your cards at the train gate than to have to purchase individual tickets - and the fare card works for both inter-city trains and the transit systems in both Kobe and Kyoto. If necessary, you can add funds to the Suica card at any train station or even at some pharmacies/convenience stores There is an automated transit system (Kobe Port Liner) to take you from the port terminal in Kobe to the train station in Kobe, where you transfer to a train from Kobe to Kyoto. You then have your choice of taxis, subways or busses to get you around in Kyoto. The rail trip from the Kobe port terminal to Kyoto Station is about 70 minutes and costs only about 1300 JPY pp one way (equivalent to about 13 USD.) And reservations are not required. Here is a great website to search for train service (schedules and fares): http://www.hyperdia.com Enter Port Terminal in the from box and Kyoto in the to box - along with your date and approximate time - then click on search. The Kobe Port Liner takes you from the Port Terminal to the Sanno Miya Port Liner Station where you transfer (short walk) to the adjacent Sanno Miya JR Station. The best connection from Kobe's Sanno Miya JR Station to Kyoto is a JR Special Rapid Service train without any change of trains and only about 5 intermediate stops (including the main train station in Osaka.) Note: the bullet train between Kobe and Kyoto leaves from a different station in Kobe and it takes longer to get from the port to that station (requires an additional subway train ride) - thus the total time from the port to Kyoto is about the same or longer (depending on the bullet train schedule) but the fare is about three times as expensive. We had no worries about our return since rail travel in Japan is very reliable and almost always on time (a 5 minute delay is considered a tragedy!) We left Kyoto around 5:00, got to the ship before 6:30 - in time for dinner - and the ship was not scheduled to depart until around 8:00. Just be prepared by knowing what train you intend to take out of Kyoto (time and departure track) and check out where that track is when you first arrive in Kyoto so that you don't get lost and miss the train. (If you tend to be concerned, then also get info on the next available train as a backup plan.) Have a great cruise and a wonderful time in Kyoto! Larry PS I thought I had planned the loading of the Suico cards well so that we would use up all but a few yen at the completion of our trip - but I miscalculated and had to add a couple of yen to the cards before it would allow us to exit from the Port Terminal Station! Took us about 5 minutes to figure out how to do it - so don't play it as close as I did.
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