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  1. We were on Silhouette earlier this month and heard a few times sorry we don't have any more of xxx wine available.  Only happened to us once, in the dining room and was the featured wine of the day, but heard it in a few different bars around the ship for others.  Not sure if it has anything to do with the upcoming dry dock or not.   Bottom line while you can look at a wine list before hand have a second and third choice handy as you never know what may or may not be available on your sailing.

  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 tricks which may be different but just as valuable.  Thoughts?

     

    BTW, we are Diamond and have only been to the lounge once, prefer to be out and about on the ship.

  3. 5 hours ago, crazyank said:

    why didn't you insist that the two ladies be removed from your reserved table?  All too often people are allowed to get away with stuff like this because nobody stands up to them.

     

    2 hours ago, grapau27 said:

    I suspect Rory was too much of a gentleman and didn't want to cause a fuss.

    I would have done the same as M8.

     

    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. 42 minutes ago, Grandma Dazzles said:

     

    Why?  It’s the truth!  Cruise Compass on every cruise I have been on shows a get together for 18-20 year olds. If they choose not to attend you cannot blame the cruise. 

     

    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 tough age for cruising.  If you don't or haven't had kids that age please don't assume you know what it's like for some of them.  A more organized or widely advertised meet up could help many.

  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. 3 hours ago, suesnake2002 said:

    Hmmm gators, would you prefer this??? I think I would. 

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    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 airport, flown in a few days early and stayed by the beach, and recently since moving closer have driven and stayed various places along the Florida coast to explore and either driven to port the day of the cruise or night before and stayed close to the port. No right or wrong answer just different options work best at different times.  With cruises becoming more mainstream travel many can only do the cruise and not the extra so an inexpensive hotel close to the port or airport fits the bill.

     

     

    Edit to add, when traveling overseas from wherever you may live will probably change a lot.  Remember we all don't live in the same place or travel to the same places.

  8. 8 hours ago, Denny01 said:

    Our Cruise Director is hilarious. He’s Alexandro. A funny well liked Argentinian who jokes about soccer, sorry Football and England. And is very self depreciating. Great guy. 
     

    den

     

    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. 8 minutes ago, If only said:

    Sorry, mine has been there for at least the last 60 days.  It was a chosen perk maybe that is why.

     

     

     

     

    7 minutes ago, zitsky said:

     

    I'm about 45 days before and it shows up.  Probably because I made a call yesterday.

     

    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.

  10. 3 hours ago, Oxo said:

    Fully understand the letter. However,  why not unlimit the number of drinks from 3 to whatever during the HH?

    That would reduce thre amount of people in the DL and still provide the true benefit of the DL HH.

    This is a perk wer have earned over years of cruising on RCI. Now they are trying to limit their perks making it sound like they are really giving you more. Don't think so! 

     

     

     

     

     

    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.

  11. 3 hours ago, Oxo said:

    Fully understand the letter. However,  why not unlimit the number of drinks from 3 to whatever during the HH?

    That would reduce thre amount of people in the DL and still provide the true benefit of the DL HH.

    This is a perk wer have earned over years of cruising on RCI. Now they are trying to limit their perks making it sound like they are really giving you more. Don't think so! 

     

     

     

     

     

    Double post.

  12. 1 hour ago, Mynki said:

    I don't believe Miched has any intention of changing his TA. I think some misunderstand his post though.... 🙂

     

    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 see what they are.

  13. 10 minutes ago, Snit13 said:

    Unless New York has changed its laws, I was able to drive from PA to NY and purchase drinks at bars when I was 18.  Can't imagine why an 18 year old would want to hang out in a Kids Club.

     

    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.

  14. 11 hours ago, GarlicBread said:

     

    It does. The teen staff have a manifest with dates of birth on, they are alerted to the ones that turn 18 within the cruise, before the cruise even starts, and the teens are told the day they go and get their wristband or whatever that ship is using for the teen club. teens have to show their card everytime they enter so yes, they do know even without a new sea pass card, but what do I know? I only worked there lol! 

     

    This is because once they turn 18 they are classed as an 'adult' which, if anything happened with and 18 year old around teens makes royal liable. 

     

    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??

  15. 16 minutes ago, Tatka said:

     

    Me too!

    Can you imagine we won't have all these discussions "Do I have to have a passport"? 🙂

    Once in 10 years 100+ dollars (once in 5 for kids) shouldn't be a problem for cruise passengers.

     

    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 fear it will be a while.

  16. 56 minutes ago, Straughn said:

    I am trying to figure out where, on the Celebrity website, I go to do the upgrade from Classic to Premium. I have found it before, but can’t now. Please tell me where to do this. Thanks.

     

    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.

  17. 1 hour ago, wpgcycler said:

    Second, there seems to be a widespread lack of acceptance that, just as cruising may change, WE change too. "That old cruising feel" is made up of at least 3 components 1. What the cruise operator brings to the table  2. What we, the cruiser, bring to the table and 3. The context in which that cruise is made - i.e. EVERYTHING is different in 2019 than it was in 1988. Not one of these 3 components is static and to place the blame for the perceived decline in the enjoyment of the cruise solely on the cruise operator is grossly unfair by any reasonable measure.

     

    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 minority that's fine.  Just trying to explain why I feel some are not happy with the direction cruising is going, not saying it shouldn't.  

  18. 31 minutes ago, Iamcruzin said:

    Cruising used to be a luxury vacation with food and entertainment. My first cruise on Carnival in 1986 while not white glove it was still a better all around experience in terms of food and accommodations than some experiences today. There was a time that I could choose any line and know what to expect. All had good service and good food. Now it’s a mass produced experience with ships getting bigger and bigger and promotions that require a consult with a financial advisor and an Attorney instead of a travel agent in order to fill the ships.  Some will argue that cruising is less expensive now that what it was 30 years ago. It’s certainly not the same experience and for some reason it was easier to afford then, than it is now.

    When they start removing furniture or replacing it with that of form and no function they have hit rock bottom in terms of caring about that customer.

     

     

    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.

     

    10 hours ago, wpgcycler said:

    Dunno if this has already been mentioned but, doesn't anyone else find it amusing when people go on about X marketing to a younger demographic that they seem to forget they were once a member of that very same demographic X is targeting?

     

    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.  Even though we have been cruising for many years, we are in between the 2 groups.  We used to sail Royal as our kids enjoyed what they had to offer.  Now that the kids don't sail with us most if the time we had moved over to Celebrity to get back some if that old cruising feel.  Unfortunately it's going away there as well.  As I said earlier in this thread our next cruise is most likely our last for a while, looking at other vacations as cruising just doesn't bring the same excitement it used to.

  19. 49 minutes ago, davekathy said:

     

    That's your opinion or are you speaking for yourself.  "If" the increase isn't worth the BP as a bundled perk we won't select it. No problem.  Plus there are a lot of other options to select from the BPs besides alcohol. At least for us. Speaking only for ourselves we drink more bottled water than wine or beer. We started cruising long before BPs and that's not a reason for "us" to or not to cruise with Celebrity. 

     

    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.

  20. 41 minutes ago, Mauidiver said:

    I think if you price out your cruise without any perks/extras, then add up the cost of purchasing the extras that you planned on, then checking out the cost of a cruise with those perks/extras, you'll know if adding the perks is worth the money up front.  On our upcoming cruise, we looked at the regular price (with discounts), then I added up the cost of the things we'd be spending money on anyway, added up the "value" of the perks we could get for extra money, and compared the two.  At the end of the day we wound up getting better value and saving money by purchasing with the perks, which made it a no-brainer for us to spend the extra money upfront.

     

    You have to figure out what you want first, then do the math.  Being "wooed" by the "great deal" for things you never intended to purchase just sets you up to spend money you didn't need or want to.  Just because something seems like a great price and value, doesn't mean you have to buy it when you didn't intend on purchasing it in the first place.

     

    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 be for our next sailing so it may be the last for us for a while.  As long as people continue to blindly pay for the things the cruise lines keep adding they will stay and keep adding more.  Complaints and talking with your $$ may do something but but seems there are always others waiting in the wings to take your place.

  21. 2 hours ago, A&L_Ont said:

    Along both ways of the walk way we saw these scooters.  So many they seemed to be abandoned.  I can imagine the drunks scooting home on these on a Friday night, if not stumbling over them on their walk. 

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    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!

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