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rakes5

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    Chicago suburb
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    cruising, reading, snorkeling
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    royal caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    caribbean

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  1. For us, this will mean we probably won't be selecting any perks, because only one of us drinks alcohol and coffee. So we would be paying an extra $28 per day, or $196 extra for a 7 night cruise. If we select BP and the $300 OBC, paying the extra $196, for a total of $496, or $70.85 per day for the drink package for one person to drink. That's exactly the same as one person paying the current $59 + 11.80 gratuity
  2. Now I understand why Celebrity has discontinued their 14 night southern Caribbean cruises. Since the perk for Tips, is the same if it is a 4 night or 14 night cruise, we always chose the $150/person perk when less than 10 days, and the Tips, when greater than 10. So, what's next, charging an additional $14 /person if tips perk is chosen for cruises greater than 10 days?
  3. I posted this in the other thread about the end of free movies, but wasn't sure how to quote it here, so I'm just pasting it in... We used to sail exclusively on Royal. Then we took a Celebrity cruise, loved it, and started sailing mostly on Celebrity's Solstice class. When others have asked us to compare Royal, and Celebrity, we always said, the entertainment on Royal was better, but, it was the little things that made Celebrity special. The pads on the deck chairs, instead of the vinyl straps on Royal. The included Mast Grill, on the pool deck, so you could grab something in a wet swimsuit (Remember when Celebrity tried to charge for this?). The Martini Bar (Don't care for the new Edge Class Martini Bar). The 14 night Southern Caribbean cruises (Alas- No More), and We always mentioned the free, on-Demand, movies, that you could start, stop, and resume later. While on some Royal ships, there was a movie channel, there wasn't a guide available, and you never knew what was on and when. On Celebrity, we would start a movie before going to bed, watch a little bit, and continue over multiple nights. It was a nice relaxing way to end the day. The end of the free movies is disappointing. If they are planning on using the showing of these movies to replace paying for entertainers, that will also be disappointing. I know for years both Royal and Celebrity's Cruise Directors have boasted about how they support live entertainment. Little by little, the little things that made Celebrity different are being taken away, and the prices have been rising. The games with the Perks and Non-Refundable deposits, have made us start to look at other lines, where in the past, we wouldn't have considered it. We booked a number of future cruises while on-board, and have stopped doing that, so we can take time to consider other lines. We know things can't stay the same forever, and I know that this is why Celebrity is targeting new cruisers, as they have little to compare to.
  4. We used to sail exclusively on Royal. Then we took a Celebrity cruise, loved it, and started sailing mostly on Celebrity's Solstice class. When others have asked us to compare Royal, and Celebrity, we always said, the entertainment on Royal was better, but, it was the little things that made Celebrity special. The pads on the deck chairs, instead of the vinyl straps on Royal. The included Mast Grill, on the pool deck, so you could grab something in a wet swimsuit (Remember when Celebrity tried to charge for this?). The Martini Bar (Don't care for the new Edge Class Martini Bar). The 14 night Southern Caribbean cruises (Alas- No More), and We always mentioned the free, on-Demand, movies, that you could start, stop, and resume later. While on some Royal ships, there was a movie channel, there wasn't a guide available, and you never knew what was on and when. On Celebrity, we would start a movie before going to bed, watch a little bit, and continue over multiple nights. It was a nice relaxing way to end the day. The end of the free movies is disappointing. If they are planning on using the showing of these movies to replace paying for entertainers, that will also be disappointing. I know for years both Royal and Celebrity's Cruise Directors have boasted about how they support live entertainment. Little by little, the little things that made Celebrity different are being taken away, and the prices have been rising. The games with the Perks and Non-Refundable deposits, have made us start to look at other lines, where in the past, we wouldn't have considered it. We booked a number of future cruises while on-board, and have stopped doing that, so we can take time to consider other lines. We know things can't stay the same forever, and I know that this is why Celebrity is targeting new cruisers, as they have little to compare to.
  5. Just looking at the Nassau port webcam, and it looks like Nassau came through OK.
  6. If you use twitter, check out the Chief Meteorologist for Royal Caribbean International https://twitter.com/JamesVanFleet
  7. If you have used twitter, check out the Chief Meteorologist for Royal Caribbean International @ @JamesVanFleet or https://twitter.com/JamesVanFleet
  8. I know why you reached out to CC for others experiences. If someone has had success, then maybe your circumstances would allow you to do the same. At least you'd be more forcefull in your request. But, even if everyone here says you can't do it, you never know. I would still call, as they have had some issues with Galapagos, and maybe you can use that in your favor. My experience has been that they won't change an entire reservation. I had booked 5 rooms, for family and friends, for a 40th anniversary, while on-board, when the Edge first opened up for booking, nearly two years out. As I didn't have everyone's full information, they put all 5 reservation originally in my name and address. Once I got home, our TA updated the reservations with everyone's names and birthdays, but left our address, as we were paying for everyone. As the date approached, we were delighted to find that one of our family was pregnant, and would be unable to cruise at that time. As luck would have it, we just happened to be talking to the best man from our wedding, the night after we found out about our Granddaughter, and we asked if they'd be interested, if we could switch the reservation. They said they would. I called our TA, who said, "Celebrity doesn't allow you to do that, but you know, because the reservation was originally in your name, and still at your address, I'll give it a try, you never know!" The big problem was that the price had more than doubled from our original booking, so I wasn't expecting anything. Our TA got back to us, and told us that she was told by the Celebrity Agent, that Florida law did not allow for the changing the booking, to keep speculators from reserving refundable rooms, and then reselling them online, if prices increased. I don't know if that is an actual law, but it does make sense.
  9. See Post #8 The photo is from your passport, not the cruise line.
  10. They also sometimes sell other electronic items. On on a recent Edge cruise, we had one sailing cancelled due to s charter, and received a nice non-refundable OBC on the moves bookings. We were going to use some for an excursion, and the rest on an iPad. But the excursion got cancelled, so we had even more to spend. We looked at getting an iPad, but they only had a older version, or a newer, but high end model. The high end model was double our OBC, so we decided to get a nice JBL Bluetooth speaker. They wanted $300, which was list price. But I had some internet minutes, and checked, and it was available at Best Buy, and Amazon for $225. We decided to pay the higher price, because we really didn’t have anything else we wanted. And we spent the rest on some makeup and perfume. Our kids were in another room, and also had some extra credit, and they bought a pair Beats headphones and Apple EarPods, that they said was the same price at home, and saved tax. So, just know you’re prices before hand, or check the prices onboard first, and check the internet when in port.
  11. Unless you pay for the app, it's not supposed to save your info. So, you would have to scan, or enter your passport info, and take new pictures each time you want to use it. We also have Global Access, and sometimes it is the same shorter line. In the past, I would have it ready to go, and then look at how long the lines were before deciding to submit it. Now with facial recognition, if you're lucky enough to have that being used, then no need for the app
  12. If you like to snorkel, the Seacow excursion, in nice. They get nice reviews in Trip Advisor, but can't book privately when there is a cruise ship in port. Here is their website.
  13. If you’re at Terminals 19, 21, 25, 26 or 29, you can take the parking shuttle to the midport garage and then to the other terminal. See this site that discusses parking. http://cruiseporteverglades.us/port-everglades-parking/
  14. We had a cruise on Celebrity that was supposed to sail out of Miami on Jan 31, but it was canceled. However, many here on CC had made reservations, and found that flights were less expensive on the 29th. Also, flying into Ft Myers, or Orlando, on the 29th or 30th, and then renting a car and driving a few hours on the 31st, was less expensive. We were also cautioned that the stadium is actually close to FLL, and you might have difficulty getting transportation. Uber will probably have surge pricing, and taxis might not be as readily available. So using a car rental near the port with shuttle service might be better. Of course, most are just guessing what it will be like. Just beware that may take longer to get to the port if you’re flying in the day of the cruise. And have s great cruise. We sailed once during Super Bowl, and they showed the game in the theater, on a big screen. They divided the seats down the middle, so each teams side was decorated, and served bar food, hamburgers, hot dogs, bbq wings, etc @ the back of the theatre. However that wasn’t on sailing day, when they may need the theatre for Muster.
  15. Wonder if on-board booking will be higher in 2020, for all those enjoying drink packages, while on-board.
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