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  1. Enjoy your cruise, we just got off as you were getting on. Great cruise but HOT in the ABCs, missing Silhouette already.
  2. I have asked this question on these boards before but never seem to get a reply, trying again in light of some if the responses here. If the loyalty lounge was turned into something like an experienced cruisers lounge where those with status could get their pre loaded drinks included but anyone who has previous cruises regardless of line could go and pay for drinks would you still go? Many say we don't go for the drinks or exclusivity but to socialize with like minded cruisers and this would accomplish that. Maybe those with experience on other lines can share their tips and tric
  3. And while we probably would have done the same this is why people are able to get away with such rude behavior. The crew knows they will get yelled at if they stop those in the wrong but won't be by those being inconvenienced. They are too afraid of a bad review. We all need to at least add these incidences to our comment cards to let the cruise lines know our displeasure in some way, not just ignore it as that only let's them get away with it. Also if you see a crew member handling a situation praise them for it.
  4. My daughter tried going to this meet up when she was 19. It was held in the disco at about 5. I went with her just in case, when we got there about 5 older people at the bar. We waited for about 10 minutes then left as nobody her age showed up. Later in the cruise she did meet a few others her age but all they were interested in was finding drinks. She ended up hanging out with us. Did she enjoy her cruise, yes, but ranked it as one if the lowest from an enjoyment perspective, her next cruise she brought a friend and had a blast. I am not sure what the answer is but do know this is a tou
  5. So sorry thus happened to you and your family but glad to see the positive in your post. This is my biggest pet peeve any more with cruising, the crew is far more leery of correcting guests who do not follow the rules in fear of repurcussions and many realize this so push the limits. We really need to start pushing the crew to enforce their own rules and praising them for doing so, maybe we can outweigh the rule breakers who make a big fuss???
  6. Not to sidetrack this thread but here in my neighborhood in SC we have both bears and gators 😲. Coming from NJ, the country area with all kinds of wildlife, it was quite the shock to see both here, would have never thought we would see the things we do here just a little ways from the beach. Thanks for the great review, we are sailing in Celebrity soon so this is a great warm up for us. Enjoy!
  7. With potentially thousands of people cruising on a specific day you will have all varieties of travelers with many different preferences on how they like to vacation. Personally we have done just about every variation over the years and it really depends on how many days we have, departure port, time of year, how we are getting there as well as a number of other things. As an example we have cruised out of Fort Lauderdale multiple times, we have stayed by the airport about an hour from home and caught an early flight to arrive day of, flown the day before and stayed at a hotel near the airpo
  8. Do you know how long he will be onboard? We are on the 2nd sailing back in the US so following along in anticipation.
  9. If it doesn't show up by about a month before your cruise make a call. Ours wasn't originally on the pass but showed up about 30 days prior.
  10. Well mine was not there at about 50 days but showed up on its own at around 30. Had seen it mentioned here on CC before so waited until after the 30 days to worry about. Sure thing it was there no problem. We have it as a chosen perk as well. As I've seen with Celebrity and Royal inconsistency is the only consistent thing. Just letting others know to not get worried if it isn't there right away.
  11. Just as FYI, this normally doesn't show until about 30 days before the cruise so don't print too early.
  12. Unfortunately people would then just share their Diamond drinks with whoever making it a potential free for all during HH. In the lounge they know who is drinking those drinks. Yes some may take one out of the lounge for others but it isn't as easy or such a quantity. By limiting people to 3 drinks outside the lounge even if they are shared it limits it.
  13. Agree. As to the original "rumor" I do wonder if Celebrity floats some of these things to see what reaction it will get. Nobody liked the idea of adding a gratuity to a perk so they took a step back and made it a slightly different $ amount and changed the name. Some still don't like it but many are accepting it without much complaint. Slick marketing if true. Have seen a number of reported rumors on these boards over the years, most never come to fruition so take them all with a grain of salt until I hear it from an official source. Of course it is interesting to s
  14. Just because someone turns 18 it doesn't mean they change overnight. As has been said here before most kids are still in high school in the US when they turn 18, and therefore want to stick with the kids they are used to being around. This was the case for my son. The bigger change is when kids go to college, some are over 18 while some may still be 17. I get why we place hard lines in the sand for ages, but during the teen years there is such a wide variety of maturity levels it is not so cut and dry, especially when you look at the differences between high school and college.
  15. Not to argue with you but my son turned 18 on a cruise a while back and continued to use the teen club throughout the cruise. Yes, he did go to the club, not just hang out with others. Did this change at some point recently??
  16. I too hope the rules change to where a passport us required to cruise out of the US. We are the only country, I believe, where a passport is not required for such travel. Having said that I can see why the cruise lines are hesitant to let it happen. If you have a family of 4 that does not have passports you have just raised the cost of that cruise by close to $500 In order for them to get passports. For some that extra expense, and time to get the passports for the kids, puts the cruise out of reach which is now a lost customer to the cruise line. One day it will change but I f
  17. I could be wrong but I believe you can only do it on the website within a certain amount of days of the cruise, I want to say 30 or 60??? Otherwise you have to call.
  18. This was going to be my reply. For mist cruise lines as long as one name remains the same on a reservation the others can be changed.
  19. I actually do agree with your statement, however it does somewhat support what some of us have been saying. The world today is different and the younger generation only has that perspective. The cruise lines know if they want to keep growing and attracting business this is who they need to market to. As consumers we need to decide if the new model is one we want to sail with or not. Personally while we most likely will cruise again, and maybe with Celebrity, it definitely won't be as often as it was in the past. The current product just doesn't warrant it for us and if that puts us in the
  20. Agree, our first cruise was on Carnival in 1988. The little things included made it so special. We remember our drink bill at the end of the week being less than $100 and no we didn't skimp on drinks, as a matter if fact still have glasses, made from real glass, not plastic, that came with some of those drinks. The difference to me is that when I was that younger demographic cruising was very different than it is today. Most of those the cruise lines are now targeting would not have liked the old style of cruising which many of the long time Celebrity cruisers did. Ev
  21. I do think you were the base customer for Celebrity a few years back and therefore adding the package as a perk was a good marketing tactic that didn't cost them much if anything at all. However, to increase the number of customers marketing tactics have changed to lure in a younger crowd where the beverage package is a bigger draw. In this case I am assuming the beverage package is beginning to cost them $$ so something has to be done. The newer demographic needed to fill all those new ships is changing the bottom line and unfortunately other changes will need to come because of that.
  22. Agree, our most recent cruise had 2 perks for just under $200 per person, or all 4 including premium beverage package for just over $300. Since we would most likely get the beverage package anyway and pay gratuities this was a no brainer for us. The base price on the cruise doubled at one point without any perks, and recently has dropped below what we paid, just barely, but again without perks. You really need to look at all the options and decide what works best for you. We are starting to become tired of all the games cruise lines are playing and not as excited as we used to b
  23. Have seen the same scooters in DC and Nashville. In Nashville there were so many on the sidewalk it almost became dangerous. One night on the way back to our room saw the truck picking them all up at the end of the day. Interesting idea just don't get it, too many issues to me. As always look forward to your live reviews, very much appreciate them, thanks!
  24. As some others have said we don't have a line in the sand, but more of a what will be the final straw. Also, it's got a lot to do with who else is cruising with us. We did Royal for a number of years because that's our kids liked and it worked for us. Now that we are sailing more just the 2 of us have been trying Celebrity. We have also added other types of vacations than cruising and have visited some very nice land locked places. For now we will continue with Royal and Celebrity where we have Diamond and reciprocal Elite status, but are closely watching the prices and cuts to see if tha
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