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  1. I’m sure this is the opposite of many, but I don’t really care to sit by the window in Luminae or Blu. It’s not a clear view out because the windows distort things and after it gets dark, it’s not like you can see anything. Give me the best server any night over a window.
  2. Checkout dayuse.com. I’ve searched for hotels there when we have time like you.
  3. We have used Bodden Tours (boddentours.com) three times in Roatan (which is where I'm assuming you're going in Honduras. They are great to work with and can hire a private driver to take you to any of their options.
  4. You need a new TA because it seems that they are not aware of how it works. Flights by celebrity is an additional line item for the cruise. It adds into the cruise fare to make one total.
  5. You should be able to pay the entire amount with your agent. It’s not a separate payment as ours have been all part of one final amount owed. Once that happens I would call FBC up who should be able to see this and ask for it to be ticketed. They will usually wait until closer to the cruise to ticket, but I don’t like that.
  6. We were on the cruise and had Pratik and Moniek. We also brought along Catan and Splendor to play with our friends. Too bad we didn’t connect for a tournament. And yes, that group was quite loud (we were the ones always sitting at the far end of the banquette where they were).
  7. Good thing you called back. The first agent was wrong. When we've added a 3rd to our room, it's never affected the 1st/2nd passenger pricing.
  8. When we were on Eclipse in November it was $35 for dinner when we brought friends in. Always had been $30 before.
  9. If you booked through a TA, I’ve often found that the email gets sent there. You can call FBC and have them change the email to yours and have them resend.
  10. Actually it depends on a number of factors. You shouldn't have any trouble at all joining them in the MDR if they have select seating. If they are in the fixed time dining, it may be tough for the MDR to add more seats. You should, at a minimum, have your friends request this from the MDR Maitre'd the day before as they would normally be seated at a 6 top. They'd need to have an 8 top available to fit everyone. As for bringing in 5 to Luminae, I've never dreamed of asking for more than 2. There's really only one spot that can accommodate (at least on S class), unless they push together tables. But maybe if you agree to go at 9pm, who knows what they will say. Your level of suite may also come into play (They may give more leeway for the PH than a Sky suite). Dinner was $35 pp for Luminae when we invited friends this past November.
  11. No. She's not been updated. We were just on Eclipse in November and is still looking amazing.
  12. Hi all. We have booked a 14 night in Dec 2024 to go from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso. Some of the cruise goes through Patagonia, which was a major reason we booked. We got an email yesterday with the following info: We're reaching out to inform you that Celebrity Equinox sailings departing December 7, 2024, December 21, 2024, February 15, 2025, and March 1, 2025 have been redeployed due to operational issues in Valparaiso and will now sail round trip from Buenos Aires. They haven’t yet posted the new itineraries. I’m sure they will in the coming days, but I’m curious to know from folks that have done any RT from BA and whether you’ve gone to Patagonia as part of the cruise. It’s a 14 night and I’m not sure if that lends it self to be able to go. I know they do Antarctic, Falkland Islands, Rio, etc from BA, but was curious specifically about Patagonia.
  13. No issues at all with bringing food like that onboard. You may not be able to bring it off, but that should not be a problem as I’d assume you would consume all of it pretty quickly on board v
  14. I posted this a few months back. Avoid the Riu. We went and it was a horrible experience all around. Chair hogs that make cruise ship hogs look like amateurs. Their liquor is below well quality and most are poured out of bottles with masking tape listing what they are. The food was also of low quality. The pool was nice though.
  15. You basically can look up flights from any airport to any airport using Celebrity air's website or phone as long as the flights will get you to the cruise. For example, if you are sailing out of Southhampton, England, you could put Heathrow, but you could also put Paris if you want to fly in a few days early and stay in Paris. Play around with the Flights by Celebrity website to see what makes the most sense for your schedule, the cost, and the timing of flights that Celebrity can offer.
  16. Yep I saw that. I guess what I was trying to say that didn't come through was to offer a counter to see if there were any other cruise tours available for the original cruise you booked. Maybe there is a different one with availability that they would switch you to at no cost. And then ask for the airfare airline credit to assist in moving that if the days don't align.
  17. Are there other cruise tours they could put you on? If so, I would do that and request it at no additional cost and also have them cover airline change fees if the tour is longer.
  18. Yes. You can take a 333 bus directly from Circular Quay. One other option is to take a ferry to Manly beach instead of a bus to Bondi.
  19. I find it easier to have written requests to give the butler and have done so for years. My memory is pretty haphazard and I always seemed to think of things after chatting with them the first day. So I just write them down. We are also low maintenance, but I find that they appreciate it. We list liquor and minibar preferences (when sailing suites where it's included), daily canapes, bed preferences, and any other little extras we'd like. I've seen folks go way overboard over the years in such a list, but I find it helpful so that I'll remember everything.
  20. I cannot believe a ship this new has worn areas enough to comment on. Maybe the reviewers brought a microscope and examined every service.
  21. It’s a pretty new ship. Can you provide examples of what you’re talking about?
  22. It would help to say which port. You could try sites like dayuse.com to get a hotel room for the day.
  23. Only time Celebrity docks at Pan American is when the cruise ports out of San Juan, not visiting for the day.
  24. Sometimes things are as they are. I would assume Celebrity and other lines hold contacts with the port for specific piers. If you’re that against that pier, maybe cruise another ship that docks at a pier more to your liking.
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