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    Fort Worth, Texas
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    Travel,All Water Related Sports
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Azamara, Princess, Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    The Baltics

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  1. I've done three Celebrity Christmas cruises on ships other than Edge. We will being doing Edge this year for Christmas. On all of the three prior Christmas week sailings, all of the wonderful decorations were up with garlands, trees, and floral arrangements. On Christmas Eve, the officers, staff and guests had a singalong around the main staircase on the M class ships, and on the S class ship, it was held in the main atrium area. On Christmas Day, there was a "Santa" parade, and the children were each given a small present by Santa and his elves. The main dinner on Christmas Day did include turkey, and dressing, and the regular menu items. There was a service on Christmas Eve. The decorations on all of the ships were beautiful. We will be on Edge for Christmas, and we were on just prior to Christmas last year. The ship was all in silver, white and crystals as opposed to the more traditional red and green decorations, and lots of gingerbread decorations on the M class and S class ships.. On all of the ships, the theatre held a holiday show. It was festive, but low key. For Hanukkah during one of the prior cruises when it fell during the same time period as Christmas, the electric menorah is lit each night, and there are activities for the children, and a Hanukkah service. They do extra dessert and cookie creations on the buffet, as the pastry chefs are very talented. We have always enjoyed Christmas cruises, and being with family. I hope you have a wonderful time on your vacation.
  2. Hi everyone, We sailed for 2 cruises a preview and the inaugural on the Edge penthouse. We then sailed again on Edge in a lesser suite category 5 months later. I personally would not sail in the PS again on Edge unless it was for a cold weather cruise, or extremely port intensive. The two bedrooms, two bathrooms are very nice and functional. The decor is a personal taste question, and most of the mechanical kinks of the room have been worked out , as I have other friends who have sailed in the suite recently. the indoor massive jetted tub would be fine for cold weather cruises. It has a high step up, and over into the tub. The balcony is narrower and shorter in length than the S class penthouses, and has a large overhang(great for rainy weather). It also had way too much furniture on such a small space, but again they have corrected some of that since we originally sailed. If you want a mostly sunny balcony, then you will need to go to the Retreat sundeck, or book cabins not on deck 12. We are going back on Equinox ( on only the shortened drydock revolution) and on Summit post revolution in the same category. I liked Edge as a ship much better on our last voyage, with less space, because we had a more usable( to us anyway) balcony.
  3. I believe that the issue is with the permits for the ship. When Celebrity started building Flora, the company( Ocean Adventures, S.A.) associated with the ships Athala (now Xploration) had 16 passenger permits, and Eclipse ( now Xperience) had 48 passenger permits. Xpedition had 100 passenger permits and was already sailing. When Flora came out, Celebrity used the 100 passenger permits from Expedition to transfer to Flora which is currently sailing. Celebrity applied through Ocean Adventures, S.A.) and was originally granted the right to use the other permits(64) to be transferred to Xpedition which would then sail with 64 passengers, and the two other ships would no longer sail under Celebrity. Marcelo Mata Guerrero, the Minister of the Environment of Ecuador reversed the permission on June 26 ,2019 and posted the notice on his twitter account. http://www.ambiente.gob.ec/ministerio-del-ambiente-revoca-el-permiso-de-operacion-al-barco-celebrity-xpedition-en-galapagos/ So Celebrity has offered passengers up through the July 13, 2019 sailing either to cancel and receive a refund, a transfer to the smaller ship, with a significant discount ,or some have switched to future Flora sailings. I believe that Celebrity will get it worked out hopefully in the near future. Most of the Galapagos ships are smaller passenger vessels, with the larger ones being 100 passengers. I have not read of any environmental damage caused by the Xpedition ship posted by the Minister. I do believe that they are trying to limit the tourism to the Galapagos to protect the environment and wildlife.
  4. Here is the notice https://mobile.twitter.com/Ambiente_Ec/status/1144410967176073218/photo/1 I hope this gets worked out shortly.
  5. I am so very sorry for your loss of your lovely wife, Carol. I had the pleasure of sailing with the two of you a few times, and the cruising world was a better place because of her joyful spirit and happiness with you. Thank you for sharing with us and bless you.
  6. We requested the deposit cancellation in early January when Virgin released the itineraries as 4 and five day cruises, as we don't like short cruises. I received the cancellation confirmation and was told 5-7 business days to process the refund. On February 6th, I called again, and they said they "lost" the refund request information. It was reprocessed on February 6th, and again told 5-7 business days for the refund, and once again received written confirmation of it. I called them today, and was told the paperwork was processed today, and the refund credit should be back on the credit card in another 5-7 business days. The Virgin employees told me that they are processing every request manually, as they had many cancellations. At this point it is not even about the funds. It is about the complete lack of appropriate follow through by the company. I have flown on Virgin before and like quite a few of Mr. Branson's products and ideas. It will have taken two months to get a simple deposit back. I hope they improve their business model for others in the rollout of the ship.
  7. Wonderful photos and narrative Norris. The Boys of Summer by Don Henley I believe. Perfect cruising around town music. Thanks for taking all of us vicariously on your and Carol’s adventures in Cuba.
  8. "And the only sound that's left after the ambulances go is Cinderella sweeping up on Desolation Row" by the incomparable Bob Dylan. Great pictures and wonderful writing style much appreciated.
  9. kk99

    NO TRIVIA?

    I was on the 3 day preview and the seven night inaugural. No trivia on the first 3 days. Twice a day in different categories where you use your cellphone or IPad to use the ships WiFi for free, and pick by tapping the question answer, a,b, c, d on your device. You could play individually or as a team. I met some nice people, but the room was cold. It wasn’t that much fun. I also played the for fee trivia, timeplay one time. Originally it was advertised for $20 dollars, but everyone was charged $15 dollars. First prize was $100, 2nd was $50, and 3rd was $30. It was an individual event played on your device like timed pub trivia. The faster you answered, the more points you earned, incorrect points subtracted points from the total. It it was a combination of picking the 1-4 question answer options, and putting by swiping on your device, movies from oldest to most recent ( such as DeNiro movies). It was more fun than the other trivia’s, but not worth repeating for me. The activities staff and manager were all very pleasant, and I am sure once they tweak it, will be better on future cruises
  10. I am currently on Edge, also for the prior sailing. They offered a ten percent discount off the $59 port day pass. No prior notice, on Celebrity’s website. Perhaps they are trying to not overcrowd the spa facility. It would have been nice if they had given advance notice on their website.
  11. Hi everyone, i am on Edge currently and will be the December 9th sailing as well. I think the art and common spaces are quite beautiful. The Retreat Lounge is spacious, great gym, nice spa, and the thermal suite if you are in aqua class is very nice. Did a one day pass, and enjoyed it. We booked on opening day, and splurged. I have seen most of the cabin categories, and I think you have to decide to be open minded and see for yourself. So if the changes are great, some head scratchers, and some would be no gos. VTcruising had the right idea of taking the rocking chair out on the balcony with the small table with the padded top as a footstool. I sat in one in a friend’s cabin and it was very comfortable. One friend in a sky suite 3 behind the magic carpet liked it, another would not book it again. There were no pictures of the furniture for my balcony before the TA cruises. The balcony we have on deck 12 is completely shaded by the overhang, and the furniture is not to my personal preference(no loungers). I would book the suite again in cold weather locals, but not for the Caribbean. They are tweaking things as they go along, and there will be changes so it might solve some of the initial concerns. Eden is quiet during the day, and a lovely way to view the wake from different levels. They kept the Martini Bar at a lower volume level until around 10 pm. It may still be too loud for some. The Rooftop Garden area is lovely and we have eaten at the Grill and lEden as well. I did not like the Show in Eden, but that is again a personal preference. The show Hype with Marcus Terrell was.good, and good singers around the different ship venues. I think if people are wanting a completely open balcony, then they probably will not like an Infinite Veranda. I did move one of Edge Caribbean sailings to another Celebrity ship next fall, but I am keeping a transatlantic, just in a different cabin. There is a lot to like about Edge. After they sort some of the issues hopefully shortly, it will be a better experience.
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