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  1. I generally travel solo and I generally do offer a tip to steward and butler when first meeting. I explain to them that I realize that my pre-paid gratuities are only half what they'd be for a normally occupied cabin even though I doubt that their efforts will be only 1/2. To me this is more about evening things up from the start for the people I feel are most impacted by the way corporate handles solo travelers than it is some sort of "bribery". Given all the expressed concerns about the b word on here, I assume that many must suffer ethically by having to pay for their cruise prior to de
  2. The SS1's that could really be worth going for on the Connie are 6131/32 and 6145/46, each with substantially larger balconies than other sky suites. My faves are 6131/32. On the Millennium class ships, at least on deck 6, location is the big difference, with SS2s located above the lifeboats. The one Millennium class SS2 I've sailed was not noticeably smaller than SS. My intro to suites on Celeb was an SS2 GTY on Summit--LOVED it, so I wouldn't worry too much if you can't make a switch! have a great trip!
  3. If you have any curiosity about the running of the ship I'd say go for it! They do a great job of running things--everyone gets a wireless headset so that you hear the guide and whichever officer is explaining a given section. While the Bridge is always a treat I remain fascinated with the laundry myself. i've done the tour on a few ships and haven't gotten bored of it.
  4. Jim Already enjoying your newest blog, thanks and bon voyage! If you guys haven't visited the Etruscan tombs in Tarquinia and are at loose ends on turn-around day when back @ Civitavecchia, you might check them out. It's not a long car/taxi ride from the port and they're pretty impressive. Last time I was there with a friend we had most of the site to ourselves. The museum in the town is also worth a stop. Good website regarding the tombs: Etruscan tombs. David
  5. In my experience on Summit, Equinox and Reflection, that tended to be a little too much to hope for...on the other hand, the veggie patties are so bad (and take such a long time to prepare) that you won't miss much if you simply avoid them. On a happier note, they do a great job regarding veterinarian preferences throughout the rest of the ship. Those veggie burgers really have been my sole disappointment foodwise. If you're in Luminae and give them a day's notice, the kitchen can produce a really tasty veg burger...but you have to specify that you don't want the standard one otherwi
  6. OP-- Many thanks for your sharing this idea. I confess to being a little surprised at the criticism you've gotten on here. I have found myself wondering how to say thank you beyond just the cash and you provided a really neat approach. Thanks!
  7. I have never had a problem getting okay times when waiting to book spa treatments on board...but i generally take care of all that on embarkation day. Further along in cruises I have overheard folks at the spa desk having to compromise more than they'd hoped in order to get a booking. To some degree I guess it depends on how picky you are with timing. For the spa I don't care that much as long as my general time/day preferences work out, but am very choosy when it comes to dining so will pay a premium to book specialty dinners one by one prior to departure in order to know that I won't
  8. Although from posts on here it sounds like some folks are achieving that, officially it's not the case. " Captain’s Club members that received their M life Rewards tier status through our partnership Tier Match program are not eligible to receive onboard M life Rewards benefits. " (sourse: https://www.celebritycruises.com/things-to-do-onboard/casino/m-life-partnerships) I'm Celebrity Elite + and Mlife Gold..I haven't used the status match to Mlife Platinum because I didn't want to miss out on the OBC (and actually status matched the Mlife from Caesars TotalRewardsDiamond.) Now th
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