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  1. Did not get offered to us on Equinox Caribbean in July. We got offer of 50% off specialty restaurant first night. However, when we went to guest services to verify our credit card was still on file I asked if any deal on packages and he said let me check and placed a call and then told us we could get premium alcohol package and get second one 50% off. Not as good as BOGO but still nice offer and we would never have been told or known if we had not asked.
  2. This was my memory too, as I posted prior but others have chimed in to say they did not experience this so I began to wonder if my recall was wrong or I was crazy (maybe both) or if instead it has changed since I sailed them. Hmmmm
  3. ... and repetitive announcement content from Captain and CD. Captain Kate does riddles each day to be answered the next day and they repeated second week as did some other jokes and sayings. Cruise Director same thing, during his announcements there was one joke he made about his car and his mother (stood out to me for some reason) and it was told the second week same way. I realize it must be hard to come up with different 'material' but perhaps have a three week cycle 🙂 Thought it was funny. As others have said, shows menus and such are going to repeat. I didn't care since the shows don't change much even over a 6 month or a year time frame and even without changing menus I eat more varied on a cruise ship than I do at home and there is always more than one option on them anyway so week 2 means choosing an alternative. Happy sailing!
  4. Just did this two weeks ago for first time, but to save words this thread will tell you a lot for sure. Another Similar Recent B2B Question My experience was similar to others in same room. Was out of FLL and did not have to move anything and met at certain time on debarkation day and walked off as group, sat in a little area in terminal away from others, they handed out our new seapass card and we were led back on the ship. Done and done.
  5. Oh I'm sure none of use would mind 😉 ... It's all relevant ... carry on.
  6. You have captured the spirit of why I love cruising. I can (and do) plan plan plan plan ... say I am going to do all kinds of things on the ship 'this' time, diligently read the dailies and think that looks good, that looks good, oh and that .... and then fizzle ... the day and night typically turns into lazy stroll of nothingness LOL Like you I am perfectly fine with that but with lingering thoughts that I've missed something 🙂 I have yet to make it to the Silent Disco ... maybe next time hahahahaha!
  7. I have all my dailies for my recent Equinox B2B 7 day Eastern/Western but not sure if posting that here would help you much since your cruise is not going to match it exactly given yours has to be either 6 or 11 day. I used the Celebrity App before (and during) my sailing and it was pretty useless with stuff and felt very clunky to use, just isn't user friendly in my opinion and I have worked in IT for over 20 years so I am not new to technology. It feels like a game of find and seek and when I found something I would not remember where it was when I went looking again. Oh and if you use it on the ship, make sure you connect to the WIFI (and validate it is connected each time you go to use the App), otherwise you will be in the App wondering why it seems limited. I was looking for menus and the option that my friend could see in her app was not appearing in mine and I thought it was an Android vs iOS difference but after being challenged for a while I checked my WIFI again and had to select to connect 'again' and viola ... the App will not complain to you so just thought I'd mention. Have a great cruise!
  8. I agree and thought the same thing as I read responses ... ouch ... but that happens a lot here and tone in written words sting more than verbal. I personally appreciate information like this too. One could challenge the 'rip off' language but what is the purpose of saying you could walk .... wow why didn't the OP think of that... or that basic research would help? Even with research, the cost is the cost and a word to others about such costs is appreciated (perhaps with better subject title). Responses to say the Celebrity cost was actually return was of great value though as that definitely paints a different picture though perhaps I am reading it wrong but it sounds like the taxi was total $10 for the 4 people and not $10 pp so that would make the difference more than $2-$4 as some have noted?
  9. Sad to see this come to an end. Thank you for taking us along on your trip and, having never sailed the Mediterranean myself, I've learned some tidbits along the way. I am surprised by the heat they had in June, wow!
  10. Loving your review (still) AND your pictures are what brings it to life so stop selling yourself short on your photos. You have captured memories of you trip and that is what it's about. I am no professional either (far from it) but I have another job to pay bills hahahahaha I sailed week ago for two weeks in the Caribbean and the heat there was unbearable (I know it is to be expected) so I can appreciate what you are saying about being out and about in the heat, wow you 'lucked' out. It definitely slows one down and felt more out of shape than I normally do LOL. 🙂
  11. ... but even IF that rumor is true I would expect the gratuity to be a total on the perceived cost of the package perk and not a per drink charge when you are on board. This practice would align with others like NCL that add the 'service tax' as a lump sum to the cruise cost. Rumors are a wonderful thing ... sigh. So at this very moment, there is no additional charge for a perked beverage package ... it is considered covered within the perk. For purchased packages, it is the listed cost per day plus an additional 20% to give you the total cost at purchase time. In neither case do you pay an additional charge later when on board, any tipping you do for a drink is then at your discretion if you feel the 20% you 'paid' prior wasn't enough. The future is yet to be certain 🙂
  12. And this is exactly the silliness of it all ... and exactly what one would expect ... enjoy LOL I am having flashbacks of the coke in a can 'change' Celebrity played with. That was fun.
  13. I take issue with the officer saying 'since they are included Okay ... aside from the constant inconsistencies and little changes that make everyone confused about what is included ... I have an issue with their reasoning being based on "free' perk since not everyone has the package this way. What the ?????? My recent cruise I actually purchased it (and certainly not $20 a day!!) as I did not get it with my booking and there is no distinction on the card to say one got it "free" and one purchasing outright. The question of "free" even as a perk in the cruise pricing is an entirely other discussion. Such stupid slicing and dicing on packages that are far from cheap by any means is just sad. I tried a smoothie from the spa in the past and didn't really care for it but that isn't the point, I'm not a big martini fan either but I would still take issue if they sliced that out of the premium package. Shame on Celebrity. I already find it somewhat of a game with any of the packages with the lack of bar menus and even when you find one it lists only a few drinks and often ones priced even beyond the top package inclusion so it is just a means to market $$ drinks. As a sidebar, I will add that on my last cruise (last week) the pushing of drink packages on the first day was over the top, I am not kidding when i say I was approached at least 20 times. Double shame on you Celebrity (and I put this in my survey!) If this change is accurate across the fleet, such silly little decision will likely hurt Celebrity more than benefit as eventually these little things add up to a collective that pushes one to consider other travel options. Land vacation is calling me .... Oh and I do agree with OP that in the grander scheme of things this is not a big deal 🙂 Just sad.
  14. I want to gooooooooooooooooooooooooo ...... you make this look all look so good, interesting and fun and you haven't even set sail yet! You sound like me, hate to be late for anything so end up super early, SUPER planner, can't sleep on a plane (envy others so much on this one) And OMG your cat Peter, my cat is the spitting image (sorry to side track your review but had to show you) though he is the older and bigger version of him. Mine, Kosmo, is about 10 years old and about double the size LOL but he is such a sweetie and a gentle giant. It is always hard to leave them behind (him and his bro Skruffy). Thanks for taking the time to do this, I know how much work it is.
  15. Smoking was a big one for me and it's one of the main reasons I have yet to go back to NCL, I want to but I keep thinking about how smoky I found it on my last NCL sailing on the Epic. Add in the difference in service and Celebrity continues to call me back. I will say that it's been 5 years since I was on NCL so service could have changed but I don't think the smoke has. OH OH OH ... and the lack of announcements all day long on Celebrity ANYWHERE cabin included. My recall is this was constant on NCL and even in your stateroom so you can't escape it (someone will correct me if my memory is wrong or if this has changed.)
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