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    Former Cruise Critic Host & 10,000+ Club

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    Cruising, Cruising, and MORE Cruising !!!
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    Celebrity, Crystal, Azamara
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    Anywhere in the Caribbean !

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  1. Dear Anne, Thank you for sharing this tragic news. I'm shocked & deeply saddened to learn of Walt's passing. For those who may not be aware, Walt, Anne & I Co-moderated this forum for many years. We always worked together in perfect harmony, and it was an honor working with him. I've always held Walt in the highest of regard, as he was always kind and fair to myself, and the entire Cruise Critic Community. Our wonderful community won't be the same without his presence & brilliance. Sending My thoughts & prayers to his Family & Friends. Rest in peace dear friend, and G-d bless.
  2. Good Morning Everyone, Happy Valentine's Day ! I thought this morning's Press Release from Celebrity would be of interest : https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8219056-celebrity-cruises-american-ballet-theatre-daniel-boulud/ Enjoy ! ================================================== News Release Issued: Feb 14, 2019 (5:00am EST) Celebrity Cruises Unveils Game-Changing Partnerships With American Ballet Theatre And Michelin-Starred Chef Daniel Boulud By joining forces with these iconic talents, the brand continues to revolutionize the onboard experience Video(1) Photos(6) MIAMI, Feb. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrity Cruises is taking its already unrivaled vacation experience to greater heights by joining forces with two legendary names in the entertainment and culinary worlds—the iconic American Ballet Theatre and world-renowned Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud. Both of these cutting-edge partnerships will create unforgettable onboard experiences unlike anything at sea. Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8219056-celebrity-cruises-american-ballet-theatre-daniel-boulud/ "Our guests know to expect something unique, upscale and unexpected each time they step onboard. By partnering with American Ballet Theatre and the world's leading culinary authority, Daniel Boulud, we are creating experiences that won't just meet those expectations — but shatter them," said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. "At Celebrity Cruises, we are always looking for new ways to open up the world, not only through the places the brand visits, but also through world-class entertainment and culinary experiences," said Brian Abel, SVP, Hotel Operations, Celebrity Cruises. "I cannot think of better partners than American Ballet Theatre, who will bring the best classical dance experience on board, and Chef Daniel Boulud, a chef that all other chefs admire and respect for hospitality, creativity and excellence both in the kitchen and dining room." A PARTNERSHIP WORTHY OF A STANDING OVATION Celebrity is teaming up for a pas de deux with one of the most acclaimed dance companies in the world, American Ballet Theatre. Founded in 1939, American Ballet Theatre has been a pillar in New York City's cultural community and America's artistic landscape for nearly 80 years. American Ballet Theatre has wowed audiences in all 50 states and in 45 countries, performing for nearly 300,000 annually. Now, through an exclusive partnership that's a first in the industry, they're coming aboard Celebrity's ships to bring guests the best classical dance experience at sea. As part of the partnership, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy exclusive American Ballet Theatre guest performances on select ships, join the dancers for intimate seminars, ballet barre classes, and embark on unforgettable excursions to American Ballet Theatre performances in some of our most dynamic ports of call. "American Ballet Theatre's mission is to bring the best of ballet to the widest possible audience," said American Ballet Theatre Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett. "We are thrilled to redefine "widest" to now include audiences at sea! This partnership will allow ABT's remarkable dancers to see the world and will invite Celebrity's guests to discover the magic of ballet." THE MICHELIN STARS ARE ALIGNING Founder of an award-winning restaurant group that spans the world, including his legendary Michelin-starred flagship, DANIEL and Café Boulud, in New York City, Chef Daniel Boulud is a name every foodie knows. Now, he's joining culinary forces with Celebrity and the brand's own Michelin-starred Chef and Associate Vice President of Food and Beverage Operations, Cornelius Gallagher. As Celebrity's Global Culinary Brand Ambassador, Chef Boulud will design signature dishes for Luminae, the brand's exclusive restaurant for suite class guests. Celebrity is also introducing Chef's Table by Daniel Boulud, complete with a private galley tour and five-course dining experience, plus guest chef appearances on board. The brand is also working closely with Chef Boulud on a culinary mentorship program where the most talented up-and-coming chefs can hone their craft by learning from the best – both in Celebrity's kitchens and in Chef Boulud's. "I'm excited to embark on this partnership with Celebrity Cruises as we share a common passion for excellence, personalized service and creative cuisine for our guests," said Boulud. "I'm constantly inspired by the local markets in other destinations when I travel around the world and those influences always make their way on to my menus. I look forward to offering cruise guests a taste of my cuisine that complements Celebrity's global offering." The new experiences with both American Ballet Theatre and Chef Boulud will begin rolling out across the fleet in 2019, starting with Celebrity Summit, then Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Millennium. To learn more about Celebrity's partnership with American Ballet Theatre, visit www.celebritycruises.com/things-to-do-onboard/entertainment/american-ballet-theatre. More information regarding the brand's partnership with Michelin-starred Chef Boulud can also be found at www.celebritycruises.com/things-to-do-onboard/eat-and-drink/daniel-boulud. About Celebrity Cruises: Celebrity Cruises' iconic "X" is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers' precious time. Celebrity Cruises' 13 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents. Celebrity also presents incredible Cruisetour experiences in Alaska and Canada. Celebrity is one of six cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL). For more information, dial 1-800-437-3111, visit www.celebritycruises.com, or call your travel advisor. Note: Hi-res images and video are available for download at www.celebritycruisespresscenter.com.
  3. Andy


    Hi Cruisestitch, I did not personally attend Trivia. I only know, because someone on my Twitter feed asked me to inquire. I was advised by Guest Relations and a person that attended Trivia, that it was held at The Club early in the Cruise, but I believe it was held elsewhere later in the sailing. Will try to check the Celebrity dailies later or tomorrow. The person I spoke with (whom attended Trivia), did not mention anything using about a smartphone or tablet. If that's the case, that seems kind of odd to me. Also, lots of chatter on the ship about the lack of a Library. Wonder if Celebrity has any plans to make the addition ? On the bright side, I was able to get paper straws for my Diet Cokes... 😃 but you always had to ask for it. I attended the Club for other events and did not notice any temperature concerns. Hope this helps. Happy Holidays !
  4. Hi Cruisestitch, We're just off Edge yesterday. Really liked the ship. Great Cabin. Most public venues were absolutely beautiful - though we were disappointed with the Casino. The S-Class Casino is so much nicer. Raw on Five & Fine Cuts were outstanding. Pier Check in For Suites & Zeniths was absolutely outstanding. Best I've ever experienced ! Loved the 4 Main Dining Rooms, as opposed to one huge MDR. Also liked that Cabins were available as you boarded the ship instead of waiting until 1 pm. If anyone wants me to post a review, please let me know. Getting back to your comment, yes, there were a number of public areas that were multi-level and required use of steps for total access. Some places like the pool area had lifts to help out, but getting someone to assist with the lift was another story. The Casino had many places that a scooter could not possibly navigate - but I was told that a crew was coming onboard yesterday to move slots around, to make the Casino more accessible. Sure hope so. Did you happen to see the seats at the Gaming tables ? If you are petite, they are probably fine. If you are a bigger person ? Forget it. And, they easily tip over. Celebrity **must** do something about this immediately ! Someone mentioned that new chairs are "on order". They need to be onboard within days, not weeks or longer. Please don't get me wrong, I strongly believe that Guests will love Edge, and she will perform extremely well for Celebrity... but I sure wish they made a bigger effort for those who require the use of mobility devices. The good news is... I believe a fair amount of my concerns can be resolved, and will be sure to mention this on my comment card. Hopefully, Celebrity is listening. Happy Holidays !
  5. Andy


    Hi Sue, Just off Edge yesterday. They definitely offered trivia. Hope this helps. Happy Holidays !
  6. Thanks Cruisestitch ! Interesting there's no mention of EQ (Equinox) - probably in error, or.... they are selling the ship ! (Kidding !)
  7. Hi TeeRick, I have not seen Cabin upgrades, though it could be possible via a special promotion, which I receive mailers from time to time. I Blue Chip still offer discounts - but I could be wrong about that, due to recent program changes. If it still exists, you must be at one of the higher levels. Here's a tip : If you have any perks on your booking... once the rate changes via Blue Chip, you might lose a perk - i.e. booking onboard credit, so it's best to ask *before* applying any discount, as to what might be lost. For the higher Blue Chip levels, (IMO) the best perk was being offered a comp Specialty Dining for 2 per Cruise, but that perk was recently eliminated (boo hoo !). I noticed that Mamaday posted the benefits chart in an earlier post. Hope this helps !
  8. Hi Jim, Thanks very much for your updates. Enjoyed them very much. Congratulations on becoming Zenith. We became Zenith around a year ago, and are totally thrilled. You will love it. Welcome home !
  9. Agree Phil. I've never had reason to contact the ship in advance. To the OP : I'd highly recommend contacting Captains Club for your Pre-cruise needs. They are very helpful. Hope this helps !
  10. Hi Dave, We have many X cruises booked, and made final on an X sailing about 2 weeks ago. Never heard of this offer, but it's interesting to say the least. I suspect Celebrity will get takers. If it were offered to me, I would definitely say yes. Curious to hear from other members !
  11. Totally agreed. I've heard from many members, and I can understand their frustration... but let's show some love to the Cruise Critic folks ! There has to be a ton of pressure on folks like Laura, the Cruise Critic team, and the Moderators. Another thought... for some, maybe their frustration IS showing some love. After all, nobody enjoys being deprived of doing something they enjoy so much 😃! Amirite ?
  12. As always, Thank you for the update Arno - greatly appreciated !
  13. Hi Runon, Wish I could say with certainty that Sushi on Five will be open. it "should" be, but I've seen times where it was not open for embarkation day Lunch. When Celebrity first rolled out Sushi on Five, it was open for Lunch every day, and we totally liked having this option on Port Days. For our last several sailings, Sushi on Five was only open for Lunch on Sea Days. At any rate, it's a very enjoyable experience. Hope this helps. Enjoy your Cruise !
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