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  1. I would not worry about noise from the iLOUNGE since it is generally rather quite there. You're above another S1 cabin, but below the pool deck - so like any other cabin below the pool deck you could experience some noise from the movement of chairs. If available, the S1 cabin directly below you, 8117, would be preferable.
  2. Except the Standard Beverage Package does not seem to be offered anymore.
  3. My big box warehouse store has a TA department in both Canada and the US. Just did a dummy booking using the Canadian website and their rebate via a gift card was 8.4% of the fare not including fees,etc. and 7.8% of the fare including fees, etc.
  4. Currently 60 days or final payment date - whichever comes first. But it can take a couple of days to get the paper work through so I would allow a week for that and start the process within about 53 days.
  5. I do all my own research and pricing prior to contacting a TA so I have no need for TA assistance other than bookings, repricing or cancellations. Thus my big box TA provides all I need and offers about 8% or slightly less back on a store gift card - which is equivalent to cash to me. They have been easy to work with, made two repricings for me on one reservation and canceled another reservation for me with simple phone calls and no extra fees. And their website is generally easy to use. For my next booking, I will probably do some more shopping around to see if I can get closer to 10% back if the extra 2% is at least $100 (less than that is not worth the effort) - but I will make sure that whatever TA I use has no fees for bookings, changes or cancellations.
  6. The existing protocol also includes making reservations online prior to boarding via the Cruise Planner. Not sure, but I believe the option to make select dining reservations via the CP is activated at the same time as when advance purchase of specialty restaurants is activated.
  7. No need to do a search - I've done it for you - and here's your answer for calendar year 2020: 5-night, March 15. 2020, inside cabin on Pullmantur's Sovereign from Lisbon to Barcelona at $149 per person - less than $30 per night! But seriously, just looking at price alone is a fool's errand. You need to have some idea of a cruise region (e.g Caribbean vs. Northern Europe), a range of dates, and a desired cabin class at a minimum. And this is of course ignoring differences in the general quality of food, service and entertainment. If you have such minimal requirements then you can use an online TA website to search for cruises that meet your minimal criteria. My favorite website allows you to do a "custom search" where you can limit the number of cruises shown by specifying a maximum price of $250, $500, $750, $1000 etc.
  8. I do not know of any. However, you can easily use most online agency searches to get a list of ships departing from Barcelona during a particular time-frame. Then for those ships you have an interest in, you can easily use the search engine to find the cruise that brought them to Barcelona just before their departure from Barcelona!
  9. According to cruisedeckplans it is generally parked between 8111 and 8115 with a partial obstructed view for both cabins
  10. Recommend you take a cruise that includes both Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park. Looking at next year June through August, there are only 5 ships that go to both sites on 7-night cruises between Vancouver and Anchorage area: Northbound: Vancouver to Seward Norwegian Jewel Southbound: Whittier to Vancouver Coral Princess Grand Princess Pacific Princess Royal Princess
  11. However, if you have cruised at least once on Celebrity, then the Captain's Club one-category upgrade allows you to pay the A2 fare for an A1 cabin.
  12. I would consider a family veranda since there are two bedrooms - unfortunately they sell out very fast since there are only 4 per ship.
  13. Not much to know, other than a little more up and down movement than in mid-ship and more exercise walking up to the main elevator to get to any restaurant or all the way forward to get to the theatre, spa or fitness center.
  14. There is no wall on M-class ships, but normally the elevators make little noise on any ship.
  15. Same here. Last I checked, an A2 on my Sep Reflection cruise was about $100 pp per night more than my 1A (1B loyalty fare) with a much better location (slant hump cabin with large balcony.)
  16. Don't know if Aperol liqueur is available on Celebrity, but it is not listed on the Classic or Premium lists. So if Aperol liqueur is available, it would still not be available on the Classic; and if an Aperol Spritz is available on the Classic, then it is being made with something other than Aperol!
  17. On the NCL Joy: inside cabins range from 129 to 151 sq ft oceanview cabins are 161 sq ft balcony cabins are 172 sq ft So yes, pay more for an oceanview or balcony and you can get a larger cabin.
  18. On the US site 7286 is $819 with NR 0 perks, $1134 with R 2 perks and $1379 with R 4 perks.
  19. Prices were increased late last year. 12N is now $378 pp - $31.50 per meal, rather than $26!
  20. Same number of decks, but not the same amount of space on decks 14 and 15. Reflection has a full deck 14, while all the other S-class ships have large open spaces on deck 14. On Reflection you can walk from end to end on deck 15 while on the other S-class ships there is no connection between the forward and aft sections of deck 15. Reflection is 6 feet longer, can carry 194 more passengers, but has 5 less crew space!
  21. Minor clarification - suite passengers can also eat in Blu when seating is available. IMO, Blu has significantly better food than the MDR but not as good as a for-fee specialty restaurant; and it is definitely quieter than the MDR with more attentive service. Unlimited access to the Persian Garden is quite nice on S-class ships like Solstice - seven or eight heated lounges in a room with floor to ceiling windows; along with a separate sauna room and aroma room. However, can be quite busy - users are asked to limit their time on one of the lounges to 20 or 30 minutes (not sure of the number) but unfortunately it is not enforced.
  22. Staying on the ship is always a fun option - have most of the pool to yourself! However, it is also very easy to just get off and negotiate a price with a local for a tour of the island.
  23. This may be the case from East Coast ports, but from West Coast ports they are repositioning cruises transitioning from Alaska cruises to NZ/Aus cruises.
  24. On Reflection and Silhouette, the Lawn Club Grill and The Porch are generally open for lunch - LCG with I believe only Gourmet Burgers and The Porch with the full menu. Here's a link to The Porch menu: https://www.celebritycruises.com/things-to-do-onboard/eat-and-drink/restaurants-and-cafes/the-porch And Murano is often open for lunch on one or more of the sea days; here is a link to Celebrity's picture menu of lunch in Murano: https://www.celebritycruises.com/things-to-do-onboard/eat-and-drink/restaurants-and-cafes/murano
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