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  1. Thank you everyone for your responses. It sounds like it might be doable. We'll go with a plan A and a plan B.
  2. We are booked on the Mendenhall Glacier and Rainforest Gardens tour through Celebrity Eclipse. We've been looking at the tourist map for Mendenhall and see that there is a hike to Nugget Falls that takes about an hour. Has anyone who has taken the ship's tour, remember the time allotted at Mendenhall and if there would be enough time to do the hike? Thank you.
  3. We are presently booked in a 1C on the 8th floor but would move to any forward cabin from the 6th to the 10th. After seeing the response from bengaltiger1 that you were able to mock book a 3+ cabin, I went through another mock booking and sure enough all the cabins have been released. Yeahhhhhh! And I've called and been moved. I guess I wasn't patient enough. Thank you to everyone for responding.
  4. I'm the OP and thought I would check back in with an update. We are now just over 30 days to sail date. I have phoned Celebrity and I have emailed my Celebrity cruise planner. When doing a mock booking, there are only 2 cabins for 2 people and both are bed by the balcony. We want bed by the bath for a couple of reasons, one being medical. There are hundreds (yes hundreds) of 3+ occupancy cabins most of which are beds by the bath. Even as late as Friday last week they were still telling me that the powers that be would not release them yet. This is mind boggling to me. I've booked a 3+ (bed by the bath) cabin many times prior and have 2 future cruises with this layout. I just don't understand why this cruise is so different.
  5. It is the Eclipse for the June 16, 2019 sailing. I keep checking each day. I've called twice and I'm told to keep checking back. I understand the desire to fill cabins to the max but two couples sharing a balcony cabin is way too crowded (in my humble opinion) so filling them is doubtful. And on that date kids are still in school so filling them that way is unlikely too. I just wondered if the policy had changed.
  6. I too have booked 3/4 person cabins prior but this particular one seems to be handled differently. Even the Celebrity customer service rep was surprised but was unable to offer an explanation. This has left me wondering if there has been a change in the way they hold rooms. I even wondered if it might be because of the "bidding" system on cabins 30 days prior to sailing.
  7. We're 63 days out from our sail date and looking to switch from a 2 person cabin (usually bed by the balcony) to a 3-4 person cabin (which has the bed by the bath). There seems to be a lot of cabins available in all categories but they are only open when you indicate there are 3 or more people in your booking. The number of 2 person cabins remaining are very limited and are in the higher priced categories. My question is: Does Celebrity have a set time to sailing or cabins still vacant when they typically release all cabins regardless of potential occupants in order to fill them?
  8. I'm sure someone has thought of this but I haven't seen anything so I'll say it at the risk of repeating. I know there is a general dislike of the new IV rooms and most don't want to see the S class ships converted from a true balcony to an IV BUT.....What if they could turn ocean view rooms into IV rooms? I think most of us would agree that we'd prefer and IV room to an ocean view. Any thoughts?
  9. Dining is very subjective so many will disagree with me but here goes. We enjoy the main dining room and do not book the other venues. To sit down in a massive beautiful elegant room with linen tablecloths and napkins and clean cutlery for each course is a wonderful way to dine. It feels special to us. We've dined on prime rib, chicken cordon bleu, lobster, escargot, wilted spinach goat cheese salads, fancy pasta dishes, etc. etc. A sommelier will serve us wine and make recommendations. Some wait staff are better than others but that goes elsewhere too. Our main experience is outstanding service. And we like that by the end of the cruise we know our wait staff and a bit about their culture. To us that $100 (more or less) can be used to go out to another nice restaurant at home when we're back to reality and cooking our own meals. If money were no object we might feel differently but cruising is a lovely luxury by itself. Having said all that there is one small exception. We usually go to Sushi on Five for lunch one day. It provides something we can't get anywhere else on the ship and it lets us have a leisurely meal while the buffet is still crazy and it's too late to for the dining room which closes at 1 or 1:30. Cost wise between us it's $25 or so. The a la carte menu provides wonderful shareable items and two trays of rolls and a tray of dumplings will fill us nicely. One other thing. If you have a set time for dining and you happen to sit with some wonderful people it's hard to give up a night of their company to go to another venue. Upon occasion we have had the most fabulous table mates and dining with them each night was part of what made that cruise special. Whatever you decide, enjoy it!
  10. I'm trying to get a sense for the differences between the ocean view cabins forward/center and the ones aft on deck 3, starboard side on the Millennium. There seems to be larger round windows for the 17 cabins aft by the conference rooms versus the ones forward/center. I think these cabins were added during the 2013 renovations. Can anyone tell me If they have stayed in either or both and what they can tell me about any differences, especially in the windows? Thank you.
  11. I love this perk. It's a little thing but It's so nice to see it there when you come back in from a long day. I know it was there in June on the Eclipse. I hope they keep it.
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