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  1. Striploin and Sirloin are pretty much interchangeable terms although in the US I believe striploin refers to a cut from a specific section of the loin. Here in the UK they pretty much mean the same, and the ten sirloin is more commonly used.
  2. I debarked a UK staycation cruise a few days ago on Silhouette. Ate at Sushi on 5 twice. Lobster ramen - I counted 3 popcorn sized pieces of lobster tail. BUT, the broth was superb with lots of flavour and the noodles good. Tonkotsu ramen - delicious, tasty pork, broth and noodles. However, it is not a proper tonkotsu ramen broth which is a thick fatty broth made from 12-16 hours cooking pork bones. But it still tasted good. Ginger chicken gyoza - juicy and tasty. Shrimp tempura roll was good and classic tuna rolls. Sashimi and sushi (nigiri) all good, not great, but fresh and tasty and no complaints. I should know not to order omakase as the chef (wherever you go) always includes octopus and it’s my least favourite seafood. But I’ll eat it if served! Very enjoyable and underused.
  3. I would call Celebrity or message direct via Facebook or Twitter to get an email sent out ASAP. I had an email at 8am this morning that was sent out at 1:45am about mixed vaccines and something about being at least 4 weeks apart. I had to click to acknowledge, and when I did the webpage that opened said the response time had expired making me think they withdrew it. The current guidance on Celebrity website is that the6 will accept mixed vaccines, and that anyone having AstraZeneca mixed with one of the others had to have the AZ dose first and the other within 8-12 weeks. I think you’ll be okay, especially if you haven’t had mixed vaccines.
  4. Likewise I’m very surprised you weren’t aware of that at the time you booked. It has been that way since these cruises went on sale several months ago and is clearly sated on the website. I’m sorry you feel the need to cancel, but under the current Cruise With Confidence policy you can cancel and get a refund if you wish (ordinarily after final payment you would not get a full refund).
  5. You need to use Facebook or Twitter and then direct message from those platforms. Hope that helps.
  6. The link you’ve posted is to the ‘overview’ page, you need to look at the the country specific requirements in which it states, and has done since the UK cruises went on sale, that you can only leave the ship on a Celebrity organised tour on the cruises out of Southampton. I’m on the 14th August cruise and emails I’ve had over the last few days indicate those rules will remain in place. I will not be getting off the ship, but not because I’m not allowed to go independently, just I don’t want to. I actually think this rule should stay in place during this season to keep pax in bubbles. I know that might go against popular opinion, but controlling how people socialise off ship is crucial, especially with the spread of the virus at the moment. And I know that we’re all double vaccinated etc and therefore highly unlikely to get very sick, but there’s a bigger picture in terms of potential spread to crew and the impact that would have taking several crew members out of action. There’s also the risk to cruising in general which has a lot to prove about safety after what happened with several ships at the beginning of the pandemic. I want to be able to cruise and travel like everyone else, but I also want to be able to do it whilst managing risk and with an eye on the future so I can travel next year, and cruise, and hopefully then, get off ship and tour independently. imho, holding out for a change to allow independent tours this season is futile. It’s highly unlikely to happen. I may be proved wrong of course, but I’d rather put my energy into enjoying the cruise that I signed up for with the restrictions I knew would be in place. I’m less likely to be disappointed that way. Happy cruising 🛳🚢
  7. Morning all, here's a quick question for those who have already sailed or are currently on board and in The Retreat dining in Luminae. In Luminae can you still request to order from the MDR menu? I'm travelling with someone who can be a picky eater at times and just want to check things out ahead if possible. I know that, pre-apocalypse, one could order from the MDR since they're on the same deck and the galleys are adjacent. But I want to know if that still applies now. Many thanks.
  8. As of today this policy has been extended for bookings up to 31 August 2021.
  9. I don’t know much about the option to test at Boots stores, but I know some people on the current UK season on Silhouette have booked them, but are yet to have tests. I think. Maybe check out this thread to see if anyone has actually done it via Boots, I follow the thread but can’t actually remember! https://boards.cruisecritic.co.uk/topic/2782365-silhouette-around-britain-staycruisecations/ Also here’s a site where you can find links to a number of private test providers in the UK including folks arriving to the UK: https://www.covid19-testing.org/travel-testing
  10. The best offer guarantee, afaik, refers to price - I'd be more interested in a price drop than double loyalty points but YMMV.
  11. Our sailing for 14/08 is no longer available for booking, hasn’t been for at least a day or so. Maybe this one is already at capacity?
  12. You need some type of photo ID, and when you do online check-in you have to give details. The options we’re passport of driving licence and you have to input numbers and expiry dates etc. Whichever you use I assume you then take to port for boarding.
  13. Oh wow, they showed the same film 7 times throughout the whole day... they could at least alternate a couple of films a day. Not that I want to sit and watch a film necessarily.
  14. And we can probably sing the whole show! "I am what what I am, I am my own special creation..." 😎
  15. What was the original topic again? DYKWIAs trying to haggle a table in the buffet or something right? 🤣 Me correcting you makes me sound awfully like one of my old school teachers... maybe not such a good idea! I have to turn up the TV on those shows, not because I’m deaf but because the actors all speak so softly, captions might actually help me. If we ever cruise together you can call me Betty (and I’ll call you Al 😉).
  16. I think then you might have been thinking of Nathan Lane who starred in both The Producers and Birdcage.
  17. Okay I had to come back to tell you this because I think you'll find this funny. I did. This morning I've had a nice chat with an X booking agent in the US to get a price adjustment on a cruise next year. Gave my name and booking reference and she says "uh oh, looks like me made a boo boo", and then proceeded to tell me that I'm listed on the reservation as a lady 🤷‍♀️🤣 "and you don't sound like a lady to me". Cue lots of sniggers from us both. So she said "we need to fix that" and I told her I had visions of me turning up to board in a wig and a dress. We had a good laugh at that one. Happy cruising 🚢
  18. I've not had chance to see the Magic Carpet yet (our Apex cruise in May was canx), but I'm pretty sure I'd be okay. After all I like walking out on glass walkways such as CN Tower Toronto, the cliff walk at Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, and come to think of it, the suspension bridge itself - which sways and sways... I remember some people literally crawling on their hands and knees across the bridge, determined to cross it but terrified. And yet, you won't get me on a big ride like a rollercoaster 🤷‍♀️
  19. I read somewhere here on CC that guarantee bookings in any category don't come with the perks included, whether it's always included or some other promotion.
  20. I’m planning on using some euros that I’ve had for god knows how long which won’t get spent otherwise as we have no plans to go anywhere else. My understanding is that the staff would be grateful for whatever and can exchange onboard or between themselves if they want. And as Silhouette is cruising Europe late September and October euros may be useful.
  21. I triggered the fire alarm on a flight once with deodorant spray after freshening up in the bathroom after a long haul flight! I got a stern telling off and from then on, whenever in such situations I switched to solid deodorant sticks!
  22. Don't worry about it. I haven't worn a dress in years 😉🤣 but I'm flattered you think I'm in my 40s!! All good 😄
  23. Or in his case a husband 😎 But yes, attitude is everything.
  24. You’ve only to go stand by an airline lounge such as Virgin Clubhouse at Heathrow or the BA business / first lounges to hear the DYKWIAs wailing at staff to get special treatment and be let into the lounge without the proper credentials (i.e. a business or first class ticket or top tier status). We’ve sailed HAL twice (actually our first cruise), and we like them for their strong focus on live music in their entertainment. However, it tickled me to no end on a couple of nights each cruise, the chic night or HAL’s equivalent, to see the very long procession of their top tier loyalty guests, Zimmer frames, walking sticks and all ceremoniously walking (or limping) through the ship to the MDR with their giant medallions and their worn out formal wear. Biggest bunch of DYKWIAs you’ve ever seen. Very important. Now my hubby is in his 80s, but nothing like some of the HAL crowd 😉
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