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  1. As long as the flight is after the cruise, the website will let you book it. We’ve done that on both at the beginning and end to arrive early or stay late.  

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  2. 1 hour ago, SoberDogLover said:

    Hi - non drinker here, but I just downloaded the app for our first cruise aboard Edge and the menus all show surcharges for non-alcoholic - San Pelegrino and Coffees, for example. We are booked in a CS. I wrote an e-mail to The Retreat concierge this morning asking about that. I will let you know what I find out.

    Where do you see this? Celebrity's menus don't show surcharges, only the full price. For those items, the only time you'd have to pay for them in Retreat Class if you didn't have a liquor package.

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  3. 16 hours ago, Tom-n-Cheryl said:


    I've really been enjoying your very detailed review!  We'll be onboard 5/3 for a quick 3-nighter ... giving a Signature Suite a try. We really enjoy the Reflection. I was sad to learn from Sini & Liz that, on our cruise at least, the Lawn Club Grill will not be open for lunch (two days, two ports), so no specialty burgers for me. I was, on the other hand, pleased to see that they're going to have The Porch open those two port days (we're not planning on visiting Nassau or CocoCay). 


    Mexologist - I like that!


    I'm kind of a lightweight, but I don't think I could manage 5+1 drinks then a swim, LOL !!



    Hope you like the room. We really love the quiet hallway and the higher ceilings, which makes the room seem bigger. I also love swinging by the Spa Cafe to grab a quite smoothie on the way back to the room.  We always try to stay in one when we're on Reflection. 

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  4. No worries. You can call to place your order and they'll tell you approximately how long it will take. I've even done it from a house phone to bring back to my spot at the pool.

    The App is never accurate for dining times or menus until the sailing (and even then may be inaccurate). But Luminae is never closed for breakfast or dinner. The app is just not right. 

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  5. It shouldn't matter which cruise it's attached to. Flights by Celebrity doesn't really care when the flights are as long as they fit the timeframe for the cruise (i.e. you can't book a flight for the day before the end of the cruise). I've booked several days before and several days after a cruise and it's never a problem. 


    Also, knowing Celebrity IT, sometimes it's better to let it be. 

  6. I can answer the food portion of your question. Suite room service is not available from Luminae (It may be offered to the PH or other high-level suite). But there is an upgraded room service menu and eggs benedict are on that menu for delivery, which is complimentary for suites.  With respect to sushi, you still have to pay for it and I have done take out from Sushi on 5 many times. For Sky Suites, it may be butler dependent on whether they will fetch it for you. I've had it delivered but have been in a Royal suite or above. 

  7. Thanks for posting pictures. We're doing a b2b over Labor Day weekend staying in the Signature Suite, which is our favorite suite on Reflection.  I've been curious how Celebrity is handling CocoCay and was glad to see the pictures you posted. I was looking at the Beach Club, but even with OBC was struggling with its $200pp cost. Could you tell if the food come off the ships or do they prepare everything on island?  I'm also prepping our luggage space so that we will have room to bring back the 4 bottles of liquor from the room. I'm guessing that benefit doesn't change even if its just a 3 and 4 night cruise. 

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  8. 6 minutes ago, wrk2cruise said:

    You need to specify  which ship.   It makes a difference.

    Agree. On S and M class it’s not an issue because the MDR kitchen is located with the Luminae kitchen.


    On E class, the kitchens are at opposite ends of the ship. Generally, you can’t order off those menus the day of. I’ve seen the odd post on here where folks who say they have, but in my opinion, it’s not fair to make the servers run to the other end of the ship.   They will do their best to accommodate you if you give them a day’s notice though. 

    As for delivering to your suite, room type matters.  Luminae is not available to be delivered to your room. Just the regular main dining room.  Sometimes the PH or other top suite can get it delivered, but that’s it. 

  9. 1 hour ago, cruisestitch said:

    So today I have experienced for the first time that Luminae and the main dining room were open on port days with early departures. we are in Tortola BVI with all aboard at 2:00 and both are open for lunch so I now stand corrected having seen it with my own eyes.


    on Reflection 

    That's super interesting. I'm guessing they were trying to take the load off of Oceanview because everyone would be up there trying to grab lunch.

  10. 9 minutes ago, leaveitallbehind said:

    Albeit these were earlier times just after covid but we paid $65pp the first time and $160pp the second (basically as a walk up) - which we thought was high - for CBC access and at the time the Cabanas were under $1,000.  (Did NOT buy those - our last cabana purchase was over the water at Barefoot Beach in Labadee for $475!)  The $173 for CBC isn't too bad as when we were there in January for our NYE cruise they wanted $360 - which we did not pay as well as it was way too high.  But we walked by the area and it was quite well sold.


    The lunch there is IMO excellent and - based on specialty restaurant charges - worth about $50 pp.  Something to consider.


    All subjective as you indicate.

    The last time we were on a private island was in Labadee and we also paid $475, which I though was highway robbery, but it was using OBC so it wasn't as bad. We wanted an easy getaway in September and are doing a 3/4 night b2b with 2 visits to CocoCay on those cruises. 



  11. 39 minutes ago, Saturngrl said:

    As noted above, there is no suite-only area at CoCo Cay.  The CoCo beach club is an extra upcharge, but worth it for the the quiet, higher level of service and AMAZING lunch there.  We did that on our last cruise.  


    We have also purchased a cabana by Oasis Lagoon.  It was fun and near the swim up bar.  Our cabana attendant brought us fruit kabobs, our drinks, and lots of great food from the Snack Shack.  


    We had no problem with use of our beverage packages on the island.  



    Thanks for that information. Celebrity is charging $173pp for Coco Beach Club access. The Oasis cabana is $1,499. Knowing that this question is extremely subjective, is it worth that for that price for the day?

  12. 30 minutes ago, TommyD3 said:

    We are on the Beyond, April 22. The second day, April 23, we are in Coco Cay !!!

    Thanks. It must be sold out as I didn’t see that one on the Celebrity site .  

    I’m not sailing until early September,  which will provide some additional time for intel about how the different brands will mesh there.  

  13. I did some research, and it looks like Celebrity's first stop is on Reflection on May 3. Has anyone heard whether Celebrity will be using any of the areas of the island for suite-only access like they have when they cruised to Labadee? I read that RC doesn't have a separate area, but wonder if Celebrity will. Have any of you sailing on Reflection heard from the shoreside concierge about any special Retreat areas?  


    Looking at the app, cabanas are $1,499 to $3,499 depending on where. We certainly won't be partaking in those. I can't imagine paying that much for a cabana for the day. 

  14. 9 minutes ago, Dolebludger said:

    I don’t need the newest iPad, so if older models are sold for the first time I do expect some discount. But what I read about shipboard purchases of Apple equipment stated that there might not be much (if any) warranty left. According to what I’ve read, Apple’s time limit on warranties begins when the store receives the item — not when the consumer buys the item. I don’t know if any of this is true, but it is the story that’s been going around

    My experience (see prior post) is the warranty begins with purchase, just like any other authorized reseller. I've put this to the test once when one of the Airpods stopped working and Apple gave me a new one because it was still under warranty from the day I bought them. 

  15. It really is luck of the draw as to the inventory. For example, last month on Constellation, the only Apple product they had were Macbook Airs. I've bought Airpods, Ipads, and Apple watches on board before but you never know what they will have. I too use my OBC for the purchases because in some cases they were older models, but since I'm not using "my money" it didn't matter to me.

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