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Bill Miller

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  1. Ken The Cruiser, 8 future bookings on X! You Sir, Are a Rock Star!
  2. Back in my day, a hump cabin had a completely different meaning, but then I'm showing my age.
  3. No Bingo. Very disappointing.Deal or No Deal seems like a huge rip off. No Deal!
  4. Travelling on American Airlines around Thanksgiving holiday? American Airlines employees in the U.S. must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 24 or face termination. And Nov. 24 is Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. Historically one of the busiest travel days of the year. Airlines are large employers that fall under Biden’s sweeping order that companies with more than 100 workers require employees to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing for the virus. Government contractors face a Dec. 8 deadline to enforce vaccination requirements. Airlines carry Mail. An internet search will bring up several stories about American's vaccine deadline. American maybe doing this to draw attention to the damage this mandate will cause all US employers.
  5. Yes, it seems crazy that the passenger/customers are kept in the dark. After all, you the customer put down your serious cash for a cruise on Celebrity. I'm in the same boat with you, so I understand how you feel. I sailed on the Millennium a few weeks ago. One of the best presentations was by the head of food services and the restaurants. He explained the struggle with the supply chain. Organizing huge orders. 18 months into the pandemic, many of the supply business's that would support a sailing... are gone. They are coming back. Celebrity and RCCL are busting their humps to get supply chain back to normal. The good news, I'm scheduled to sail on the Constellation's first trip in November. I'm confident Celebrity will make this happen. It is essential to their bottom line and note holders. Another factor is crew. The crew is held in two weeks quarantine ashore and then an additional two weeks once they arrive on the ship. Sounds like they are gearing up the Constellation on schedule. We will sail away. The two biggest failures I see, is the lack of communication to us, the customers. And the complete disaster that is owned by the Celebrity IT department. Shameful! As my favorite common sense poster Bo says, Bon Voyage.
  6. Thanks for the heads up about Park by the Ports. Great tip. See you on the next cruise. Bon Voyage.
  7. Just back from the Alaska cruise on the Millennium. Celebrity is offering a free aerobics program, Stair Masters. You book a cabin on a lower deck and walk the stairs to the bars and buffets on the pool deck. ...Boo ..cheap joke. I know, that's why I take the elevator.
  8. Insurance is like having something that's been lying around in your junk drawer for years. If you get rid of it, you will find yourself in desperate need of it a week later. I have an annual policy with Allianz that covers my wife and self. About $700. This amount is small compared to the cost of buying individual cruise insurance coverage from the cruise lines for each passenger/for each cruise. We have been on two cruises and have a third booked for this Fall. Excellent coverage for all of them. One rate. Allianz works for us but several other companies offer good coverage at a reasonable rate. Safe Travels.
  9. Similar item available from IKEA for about $4.00
  10. Aboard the Millennium, Ente is the maître d' of the Blue. Gracious and welcoming, you will not have to wait long if at all. If you have breakfast Ente insures that the rising sun does not blind you by adjusting the shades. Fresh orange juice squeezed by our early rising sommelier is always welcome. The breads, rolls and attention of the wait staff is most excellent. Bon Voyage!
  11. Nassau... "Nothing to see. Move along." Leslie Nielson as Frank Drubin, Naked Gun. Stay on the ship and enjoy you day.
  12. Because of a lifetime of working in the sun, I enjoy the shade of overhang of the pool deck(10) above the Aqua class cabins. Deck 9 on Millennium. Nice to sit on the shaded balcony and watch the ocean go by. I've never had any noise problems from the pool deck above. It's also convenient if I need a cold beverage, a quick one flight up. Also easy access to other venues on the pool deck, buffet, sunset grill on stern. Good for a quick coffee before my wife drags me to the Blu for breakfast. But that's just me.
  13. The bookie lied to me. Imagine that! Diamond Hands choked at Saratoga. On tipping cruise staff, absolutely. Always a good bet.
  14. Hope this Tip pays off for you. At the Saratoga track in New York today, pick the 3 horse, Diamond Hands, in the fifth race.
  15. Is Captains Club level/status more important than simply enjoying the moment? Enjoying the ocean, shipmates and crew?
  16. Thank You Essie, I'm new to all this nautical stuff. It seems natural that the ocean might heave up, but if your asleep in your cabin, how would one know?
  17. I wondered about this as well. Did the ship experience the ocean heave? Fortunately, I haven't heard any bad news coming out of the area regarding shipping.
  18. Meanwhile this past winter in Florida, many of our Canadian friends flew down and spent the season with the Sunshine State. They were able to get vaccinations. A simple rental receipt proved temporary residency. Also the Stanley Cup stayed in FLorida, must be the weather.
  19. They are open 24hrs. I used to have to be at work by 05:00. Would wake up at 03:30 and get right through to bored agents who were standing by and attentive to detail. Check and double check with the airlines every move celebrity air makes on your behalf. Make sure you get assigned seats. Check with the airline on baggage details. Bon Voyage.
  20. Our experience Saturday, 6/26 departure from XSM St. Maarten. Our 9:15am Celebrity bus ride from Millennium to XSM arrived at the airport around 10am. ($35per person) The driver was entertaining and pointed out the sights along the route. You can see the Celebrity Summit at anchor, waiting to take over from the Millennium next Saturday. Straight into the air conditioned terminal airline check-in area. No waiting. Airport staff checks your passport and hard copy of antigen test Celebrity gives Friday. (No positives for anyone on our cruise) Keep your passport and antigen tests handy. You will need them many times. You enter a rope line for the Airline desk. We flew American and they had several desks open and were moving customers at a good clip We checked bags, $70 per bag. Next, a maze of checkpoints, St. Maarten immigration, customs, and finally carryon and metal detector scans. (shoes off) The process took maybe 35 minutes or so. We were glad we were not rushing to make a flight. Into the passenger waiting area. Simple food options, personal size pizzas, hot dogs. hamburgers. Several large drink coolers with bottled water, sodas and Corona beer. A small Duty Free shop. A larger bar/barstools is in the terminal with limited table seating. It’s true about the limited restrooms. Limited stalls for the women and always a short line of women waiting. The line moves quickly. Guys, no problem for you. Standard airport seating in the terminal. Some folks and families chose to sit on the floor, as flights boarded for departure seating opened up. Everyone seemed to be in holiday spirits. Rain squalls blew through around noon. In the passenger terminal you can’t see people who’ve arrived late and wait in the long lines so I can’t report on that disaster. But it was coming down hard. One benefit of being older is patience with delays and waiting. I would rather be early for a flight than stressing out rushing. And how can you enjoy a last-minute sightseeing taxi ride when you don’t know what drama awaits you at the airport. Two quick side notes: On the outbound flight from Miami, the flight attendants give the standard safety instructions along with FAA requirements to wear mask in flight. “If you’re not willing to comply please get off the plane now.” Sure enough, we back away from the terminal and some fifty year old guy takes his mask off and despite pleas from flight attendants, refuses to put it back on. A little old lady in front of me was reaching for her cane to whack the guy and all the passengers were yelling at him to comply. Finally, the Captain comes on the address system and says. “Put your mask on or will taxi back to the gate. You will be met by Dade County Sheriff deputies who will give you a room at the crossbar resort for the weekend.” The guy put his mask on. Returning to Miami and passing through Customs, imagine my joy when I’m directed by a Customs agent to wait for additional screening. He says there is a flag on my name. I have a common first and last name. A serious stern officer escorts me, grandpa geezer, to the naughty box. A grim sterile room surrounded by two-way mirrored glass. After several minutes they figure I’m not John Dillinger’s younger brother and kick me loose. Turning this into my most memorable shore excursion of the trip. Bon Voyage!
  21. My old pal Richard Fain needs to shake loose some of that cash in his sock drawer and ship some Event Tenting into St Maarten pronto. Hate to see a rain squall blow through while all his customers are standing outside in the weather. Come on Richard, you have the technology.
  22. Wow, 26 pages of speculation. My heads hurts from all of the expert opinions. My wife and I look forward to boarding on the 19th, laissez le bon temps rouler. Now for the real question, Where and what time is Bingo?
  23. Hopefully Lisa Lutoff and our $12 million a year man, Richard Fain will decamp from Dodge Island, Miami, and make the trip to St Martin to enjoy the fun & frivolity of check in/boarding and wish us Bon Voyage. But I expect the chiefs in Miami will stay home and let the companies, "little people," deal with the client passengers. I hope I'm wrong. Real leaders, lead from the front.
  24. Bo knows, when all else fails... "if that fails, see the Maitre d' upon boarding." Don't be shy, tip him out. Money talks.
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