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  1. 4 minutes ago, mafig said:

     

    Are you saying it took care of all the swelling?  I really must try this then.

    Yes, it all went away. Not sure if it would work for everyone since there are a number of possible causes for the swelling, but it's worth trying. 

  2. 13 minutes ago, Cruizen Susan said:

     

    Okay now!!  Tell me about this detox smoothie.  I eat a very clean diet at home, but not possible when we travel.   Is this smoothie from the Aqua Spa cafe?

    Yes, this comes from the aqua spa cafe. After a few days on Edge, my ankles were severely swollen. I tried the smoothie for a hangover remedy and it helped that but also took care of my ankle issue. I also liked the taste:).

  3. 15 hours ago, Jim_Iain said:

    After all these years we have never visited the Thermal Lounge on any ship.    We will be in Aqua on our next couple cruises so plan on trying them out.   Our first cruises are on Equinox and the next on Millennium so will be able to compare.

    We did aqua on Millenium last year in July. We loved using the thermal suite to warm up on chilly days. 

  4. Another little known suite benefit we enjoyed was having our butler set up nibbles for us to serve guests we were entertaining in our suite - including a party of 13 when we were in an edge villa. When we were invited to cocktails in a penthouse suite on infinity, the butler got our cocktail order in advance so it was waiting for us when we arrived in the suite. No charge for the food or drinks (although getting free bar service probably is reserved for the upper level suites - or at your butler's discretion).

     

    Also, it isn't just coffee that you can get delivered. We had butler bring us a detox smoothie every morning. We learned about the benefits of the smoothie from our butler on the Edge and we became believers when we tried it one morning after an indulgent night. 

  5. I'm really enjoying your blog. I know how hard it is to keep up with a live blog because I did one in December but only got 4 days of posting in because of all the distractions.

     

    Congrats on spoiling yourself with a bracelet, I loved the prism style too. One note, if you paid over $800 (and it was not made in US with receipts to prove it) you will need to declare it on your customs form. In December, the onboard shops reported to US customs all of the purchases and passengers were pulled by customs officials as they were getting off the ship. The shops on the ship won't warn you about this. There was a thread by alishac in December on here about it.

     

     

  6. We did this on the Millenium in July. We were able to pay for just the workshop without getting the glasses (although they offered the glasses at a "discount"). There was just one other couple doing the tasting with us so we got very personal attention and we really enjoyed the experience. It really is amazing how different the wines taste in different glasses.

  7. I can also attest to the amount of public open seating on deck 16. We had an Edge Villa with entrances onto deck 15 and 16. We often used the exit on deck 16 through the retreat because it was the easiest access to the smoking area between deck 14 and 15. I don't recall this area ever being very populated.

  8. 19 hours ago, George C said:

    We are on infinity next week so I assume we will not get one , but sailing again after retrofit.

    We were in a royal suite on Infinity in December right after we came off of being in an Edge Villa on the Edge. Infinity did not have the frette robes - monogrammed or otherwise.

     

    I don't know if they come in children sizes, but I am 5'0" and was happily surprised to find that mine fit. Having read posts on this board, I knew ahead of time to leave extra space in my luggage for them. DH and I love ours and it is another great reminder of a spectacular vacation.

  9. We usually tip our butler and room attendant $100 each at the end of the cruise. One cruise our room attendant in aqua class disappeared after the third day and we were shuffled around with substitutes for the remaining days so we did not leave a tip there. We have given $10-20 at the end of the cruise to bartenders and wait staff who gave us personalized service. I am a smoker and if I see one crew member consistently cleaning that area for the cruise then I will make sure to tip them $20 at the end of the cruise. I also tip $20 mid-way through the cruise if there is a crew member consistently taking and filling drink orders from the smokers. On my last cruise, I tipped the Michaels Club concierge $40 because I had called upon his assistance for a number of things during the cruise.

     

    In addition, I recently learned that flight attendants and cruise crew like to get chocolate/candy. I have started giving small bags of candy to flight attendants and their delight is made plain through their expression and the service I receive from them. On the last 2 cruises, we gave our butler and room attendant a large bag of chocolates on the first day. I also gave chocolates to the Retreat concierges and the Michaels Club concierge. All of the people we gifted with chocolates were surprised and happy to get them - and some of them told us they "bragged" about us to their fellow crew members.

     

    During the cruise, I make sure to address the crew by their names and give a smile to anyone I happen to encounter. It costs me nothing to acknowledge and give respect to a fellow human being. I'm having the time of my life when I'm on a cruise, why not share that joy with others?

     

    Finally, I make sure to fill out the post-cruise survey and mention by name the people who stand out during the cruise.

  10. 2 hours ago, WrittenOnYourHeart said:

     

     

     


    Thanks all!! 
     

    I have not decided if I am going to try for any specialty dining. I have had Eden booked a couple of times but cancelled. I may go have a chat and see what a non-fish and gluten-free dinner would be like and if I like it and there is space may book that. I would love to do the dinner on the Magic Carpet, but I know that is popular and limited so not holding out much hope.

    Looking forward to your review. I started a semi-live blog for my trip in December and I still need to finish it out. If you can work something out with the chef at Eden I *highly* recommend the experience. If you want some "entertainment" during the meal, ask for a table where you can see the kitchen. If you can't work out an appetizing menu for Eden, I also highly recommend FineCut for a special dinner - I am still dreaming about the mint sauce for the lamb. The only dining experience we did not try on our cruise was dinner on the magic carpet - and after hearing about it we were so glad we did not do it. Everyone we talked to who did the magic carpet dinner was disappointed (some even angry) about it. The comments we heard were: so-so food, crowded, slow service, and uncomfortable due to weather. We also heard that they were so undersold they were offering it for free about an hour before it started (not sure if that is true).

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    Date of Cruise:            12/08/19                                                                                                                                     

     

                                                                                                                                                                 

    Ship:          

    Edge                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                 

    Cabin #:     

    15103                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                 

    Deck #:                 

    15                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                

    Cabin Category:  

    Edge Villa                                                                                                                                                           

     

                                                                                                                                                                 

    Cabin Location:        

    Forward Port, 2 entries - one on deck 15 and one on deck 16. The entry on deck 15 is across the hall from a "secret" side door to the Retreat lounge. The entry on deck 16 is located within the Retreat area.                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                  

    Bed Position:              

    Facing window                                                                                                                                    

     

                                                                                                                                                                  

    Balcony Type:          

    Traditional                                                                                                                                        

     

     

    Balcony/Window Size:   

    Very large                                                                                                                                               

     

                                                                                                                                                             

    Balcony/Window View/Obstruction:          

    None                                                                                                              

     

                                                                                                                                                                  

    Balcony Overhang?:                     

    None                                                                                                                                 

     

                                                                                                                                                                

    Magic Carpet Issues?:                                

    None

                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                  

    Noise Issues?:                                                                                                                                                  

    None, we never heard our neighbors or anyone using the Retreat even though there are loungers right outside the upper level door.

                                                                                                                                                                  

    Wind Issues?:                                                                                                                                                  

    None

                                                                                                                                                                  

    Connecting Cabin? Where Does it Connect?:      

    No

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Suite Details:                                                                                                                                                    

    The Edge Villa is the 2-story suite with living room/dining area/bathroom on the first floor and the master bedroom/bathroom on the second floor. The bathroom on the first floor has a shower and the master bathroom has both a tub and a walk-in shower with a bench. The bed faces the windows which are floor to ceiling. There is a drop-down panel tv over the bed. There is a pull-out couch on the first floor and the balcony is accessed from the first floor.

     

    The balcony has a hot tub which could seat 4-6. The hot tub needs to be filled for each use by the room attendant and drained and cleaned after each use. This made is a little less convenient to use, but we set a standing "ask" to have it filled to use by 9pm each night and we thoroughly enjoyed ending our days with a soak before bed. The balcony was completely private.

                                                                                                                                                                  

    Advantages/Problems/Comments:                                                                                                                           

    We loved our week in the villa. We entertained guests almost every day including a party for 14 people with space for more. Every time we entertained, our butler provided an assortment of nibbles at no charge to us.

     

    If you have mobility problems, this is not the suite for you since it is 2-story.

     

    Being close to the lounge and retreat area enabled us to take full advantage of those perks. Since the suite comes with unlimited specialty dining, we ate in the specialty restaurants for almost every meal.

                                                                                                                                                                  

    Would You Book It Again?:

    Absolutely, but only if I could get it through the MoveUp program like I did for this cruise because it is out of my price range otherwise.

     

     

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  11. In an RS suite on Infinity right now. We requested and have received a detox smoothie every morning. I wasn't sure we could get this because the spa cafe is farther away than any of the restaurants but our butler didn't bat an eye. We also have our desserts sent to our room after dinner. This was never a problem both times on Infinity, but we received a little pushback from restaurant staff on Edge when we were in a villa and they finally agreed to contact our butler who delivered it happily. Our butler on Edge only had 6 suites to service while our butler on Infinity has 13 to 18. So, as often in life, YMMV.

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