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  1. I certainly didn’t. I’ve done just a couple of these power up hobbies but no more. They’re collecting an awful lot of customer specific marketing info for very little in return. I don’t have any points anyway as I’ve not yet actually sailed with X due to Covid-19. but they’re giving nothing for quite a lot.
  2. Tanqueray 10 and Bombay Sapphire are 2 favourites for me, and I prefer my martinis on the wet side. (And kudos to any bartender who asks my preference because many don’t). I also like to play around with the vermouth and switch out Noilly Prat (which I consider the standard) for something else like Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano. I’ve just bought some Martini Ambrato but yet to try it. Another favourite for me is a “perfect” martini, with equal parts dry and sweet vermouth. Lemon or olive garnish is fine, but if olives it must be 3. For a dirty martini the gin doesn’t really matter since the brine will dominate. I’m also partial to a Vesper Martini (based on the Bond drink), but at 3 parts gin and 1 part vodka before you add the vermouth it’s rather strong!
  3. If you are unable to lift and shift then under the current cruise with confidence offer you can cancel and X will refund your deposit as an FCC. I just cancelled a cruise scheduled for October and will get (eventually) a credit card refund of the amount I had already paid, and the deposit back as FCC. So that’s another option.
  4. I agree too, to a point. I just don’t appreciate empty gestures, and honestly would be happy to wait until something more concrete can be announced. The problem with the scenario that the situation is ever changing is that it requires flexibility on a grand scale, but can also lead to inaction through fear of decisions/ measures becoming redundant before they’ve been implemented!
  5. I too got the email and thought it was self congratulatory, lacking substance and seeking approval. I’m chuffed they’ve done something like this, but would much rather they announce this panel on the tail of “these are the changes we are going to make”. And I’d happily wait a while longer for an announcement if they’re not ready yet, but the email, for me, struck the wrong chord - if all they can announce after “these past few months” is the appointment of 11 experts to form a panel, then they’re perhaps not as far forward as we would hope at this stage. Sorry if this sounds negative or cynical, but it just seems to lack anything real to me. I honestly was expecting it to end “thank you and have a nice rest of your day”. I guess we need to watch this space as they say...
  6. Thanks, I hadn’t seen that information. Good to know.
  7. I’m booked on the Apex for next year, in a S2, the S3’s are between the magic carpet. The balconies are different to other Sky Suites, with a partial obstructed view I believe. The room layout is also different to other Sky Suites, with bed against wall, whereas the S1 & S2 have the bed against the bathroom wall facing the balcony, with the bathroom having a sliding window so you can let the view in whilst doing your ablutions. I believe the S3’s also have some connecting cabins of inside cabins that share an entrance hall. S1 & S2 are really just location either forward or aft of the magic carpet, but I don’t believe there’s much difference, apart from those aft corner S1’s. thats all I know from my research here and on YouTube of the Edge, the sister ship.
  8. The website has been partially updated, as in the list of itineraries affected has been updated but the top 2 paragraphs of the page still say cancellations through to May 11. https://www.celebritycruises.com/gb/travel-alert/voluntary-suspension-of-cruising Celebrity IT department strikes again, web team can’t even properly update a webpage!
  9. I just self installed Norton Antivirus and McAffee. If that doesn’t kill this effing Coronavirus nothing will!
  10. So this magician took his pet parrot on a cruise. Every day, the magician holds a magic show for the passengers. The parrot sits on his shoulder throughout the act. Eventually, after days of viewing these acts, the parrot starts to get the tricks behind them all. So as the magician would carry on with his show, the parrot would ruin the act by exclaiming, “It’s in his sleeve!” or “It’s under his hat!” or “The assistant has it!” One day, the ship ends up hitting an iceberg while the magician and his parrot are asleep. They awaken to find themselves stranded on the iceberg and the ship gone. For days, the magician and parrot sit there, just staring at each other. Finally, the parrot sighs, “Okay, I give up. Where’s the boat?”
  11. A cruise ship is headed back from the Bahamas on its last night at sea. Right around dinner time, the captain gets on the loudspeaker.“This is your captain speaking. There has been a mix up in our supply. While there are 1,000 passengers on board, we only have 750 meals for you all tonight. However, we do have an excess of booze, so anyone who is willing to give up their meal for tonight will receive free drinks for the rest of the cruise” Two hours later, the captain gets on the loudspeaker again. “Ladies and gentleman, I apologize but it appears we have run out of booze. On the upside, we still have 750 delicious meals for you to enjoy!”
  12. An old lady was standing at the railing of the cruise ship holding her hat on tightly so that it wouldn’t blow off in the wind.A gentleman approached her and said: "Pardon me, madam. I don’t mean to be forward, but did you know that your dress is blowing up in this high wind?""Yes, I know," said the lady, "I need both hands to hold onto this hat." "But, madam, you must know that your privates are exposed!" said the gentleman in earnest. The woman looked down, then back up at the man and replied, "Sir anything you see down there is 85 years old. I just bought this hat yesterday!"
  13. Yes, apparently you get your own cow which is freshly milked at the table and the butter churned at the table and hand shaped into blocks the size of a pound cake.
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