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  1. On 7/7/2023 at 11:50 PM, Sarahg0915 said:

    According to TripAdvisor reviews, even hotel guests say they get up at 4, 5 a.m. to make sure they get chairs on the beach! More ppl than chairs, it sounds like.  

    That sounds about right.  We staked out at 9am what we thought were available chairs at the Riu.  They had a rolled up towel on them.   At 11am hotel guests came out and proceeded to yell at us for taking their chairs which they reserved with the towel at 6am.  Between that and the bar serving alcohol from bottles only marked with masking tape, we will never go back.  

  2. 29 minutes ago, txtechmk said:

     Yes, our little group doing this private tour has specific things we want to see.  Lunch was on our original plan, but do to time constraints, travel miles, and not wanting to eliminate any stops, we told our guide we might can get a box lunch from the ship.  She thought that was a great idea.  The stop is Jeju Island, South Korea.


    I would not count on a box lunch. That is an off the beaten path port am am sure not many folks will know.  But if it’s like 

    most every other port, bringing food off the ship is prohibited. 

  3. I thought shoreside was in their Kansas call center....At least all of the shoreside concierges I've spoken to in the past said they were. I also pulled my last email from shoreside and she said she works 9-6 (central time). So that also may play into it.

  4. I would assume the next move up is suite class?   If that’s the case, technically you can dine in Blu on a space available basis instead of Luminae, but Luminae is significantly better IMHO. You would lose your access to the spa area that are Aqua class amenities. 

  5. No one can really answer that without knowing what you paid and how much upgrading is without moving up. If you do a mock booking to see how much Aqua would be versus what you paid, you’ll get a decent idea as to whether it’s a good deal to use move up or just upgrade. 

  6. 16 minutes ago, emmas gran said:

    I think you should address these questions to Celebrity.

    Blu is a restaurant for Aqua class passengers!

    The fact that Blu is a restaurant  for Aqua passengers has nothing to do with her question. 

    Celebrity often holds events in spaces outside their normal use times. Blu would be nice because of all the light. Tuscan Grille would also be nice overlooking the ships wake. 

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  7. I always take the posts complaining about ship conditions with a grain of salt. Rust happens on a ship.  Railings get dull. I read the post concerning Eclipse and I must have been on an alternate Celebrity Eclipse ship for my 2 week cruise this last November as I thought it was in great shape and wouldn’t hesitate to go in her again. Staff were constantly cleaning and making sure everything was tip top. You can find something on even the newest shops if you want to. 

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  8. Two weeks or less is the norm. We’ve been contacted as far out as 8 weeks and up to a week before.   Also, some shoreside concierges are way better than others for sending requests to the ship. We’ve had every request sent, some, and sometimes none at all.  I know you said you prefer to have it done before, but don’t stress because even if shoreside contacts you, you may still have to go over everything with the butler or retreat manager.  

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  9. 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. 

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  10. 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. 

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  11. 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. 

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