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  1. Thanks all so much. I did take a look at the beverage options for the premium beverage package and think it will definitely be the best option for us. Sounds like if we were going to get a deal, it won’t be on the ship. I’ll probably book close to the deadline just to avoid having to book on the ship. @Cruise Raider you mentioned upgrading to an ocean view room. I’m not sure I have that option anymore as our Bid Up was accepted. We are now in a C2 room, but upgraded from an inside. Are we still able to upgrade to get perks? Thanks for the tip, nonetheless! We are celebrating our 10th anniversary..Tuscan Grill or Murano? I will I’ll definitely be using a credit card and will bring some cash for extra tips/mad money. Thanks for educating me on the debit card, just not something that even crossed my mind. Thanks again everyone for your tips!
  2. @Nic6318 you are totally right, I did ask about cutting it close. My DH was much more concerned than I was, so that was the reasoning for my question. I tend to take “risks”..haven’t been burned yet but I typically travel for work so DH isn’t impacted. So I’m reassured that a 10:30 flight will probably work, but perhaps a flight closer to noon is probably the best way to go..at least for DH’s nerves 😂 Really appreciate your info about debarkation. I had no idea how the process went, so that is really helpful! Thanks so much!
  3. @cb at sea thank you so much for your advice. We have several credit cards, I will be sure to attach that to my SeaPass account. I didn’t even think about the pre-authorization holds that would happen with a debit card. Thank you for reassurance on the flight. Yes, the port is Miami and would be flying out of MIA. Is there a way to request being in the first groups? Kind of foggy with how that process works. Thanks again
  4. @Pier290 thank you so much! I’ve read a few things about St John, would you recommend an excursion through the ship or are the ferries easy to figure out on our own? I hope you love your 11 day cruise, I’m super jealous! @cmp702 thank you for your credit card advice. I didn’t even think about the pre-authorization pulls and issues that could come with that. I will be looking into which of my credit cards has no international fees and will use that for my trip. I will definitely bring some extra cash for additional tips. Any experience with how much you’ve spent above the standard gratuity charge? We absolutely love to tip for great service, but struggling with how much extra? Thanks for your advice. @JFontaine it is March 2 2019. I already have my flight to MIA booked. We are flying in March 1. I read way too much telling me not to fly in the day of the cruise, so eliminated the risk. I fly about once a month for work, so relatively experienced. Appreciate your advice, will probably book and hope for no customs delays. Thanks!
  5. Hi all, Please go easy on me, I’m a first time cruiser who likes to be prepared. I have done a ton of research, but nothing compares to first hand experiences of others. Quick background- cruising with Celebrity on the Equinox (conceriege class). We leave out of MIA on March 2 and are visiting San Juan, St Thomas, Punta Cana, and Nassau. I don’t have any excursions booked yet, looking to do that in the next week. Any recommendations? We are 27 and 28 (DH) looking for more relaxing activities vs adventurous activities. Here come the (probably) dumb questions: How much cash do you bring with you? When shopping at ports, do they take debit cards? If you charge an item to your room, do they bill you daily? Or is it all charged on the final day of your trip? Anyone get lucky with a deal on the premium drink package on board with celebrity? We originally booked an inside room but bid on a concerige room, so don’t have any perks. Wondering if we can shave a little off the $69/day? Does the price increase on the ship? We return back to Miami at approx 7am. Looking at a 10:30 flight back home out of MIA. Cutting it too close? I’m sure I’ll think of many more questions, but those are the ones that come to mind right now. Thank you for any insight, tips, or suggestions you have!
  6. @LHT28 thank you very much, still trying to get the hang of the forums. I will take a look there. @txflood33 - really really appreciate your detailed reply and advice. I believe a few of my credit cards do not have international fees, I will be sure to look into that before we depart. Good thinking about the extra peace of mind if something were to happen with our debit card. I will also take a look at the Celebrity forums, still learning how to navigate the website. Thank you again so much for your kindness and advice!
  7. Hi all, Please go easy on me, I’m a first time cruiser who likes to be prepared. I have done a ton of research, but nothing compares to first hand experiences of others. Quick background- cruising with Celebrity on the Equinox (conceriege class). We leave out of MIA on March 2 and are visiting San Juan, St Thomas, Punta Cana, and Nassau. I don’t have any excursions booked yet, looking to do that in the next week. Any recommendations? We are 27 and 28 (DH) looking for more relaxing activities vs adventurous activities. Here come the (probably) dumb questions: How much cash do you bring with you? When shopping at ports, do they take debit cards? If you charge an item to your room, do they bill you daily? Or is it all charged on the final day of your trip? Anyone get lucky with a deal on the premium drink package on board with celebrity? We originally booked an inside room but bid on a concerige room, so don’t have any perks. Wondering if we can shave a little off the $69/day? Does the price increase on the ship? We return back to Miami at approx 7am. Looking at a 10:30 flight back home out of MIA. Cutting it too close? I’m sure I’ll think of many more questions, but those are the ones that come to mind right now. Thank you for any insight, tips, or suggestions you have!
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