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  1. gdpups

    Eating gluten free

    On my last cruise in January on Silhouette I recall the gf section of the buffet was pretty pitiful, but that could have just been on that ship. The pizza station will make you up a gf pizza if you ask, you’ll need to wait 15 minutes or so for it but it was decent. I also believe there is gluten free pasta available but I’ve never tried it. They also have gf bread available where they make the sandwiches. Celebrity suggests you speak to the head chef at the buffet who will guide you through what’s available. Other tidbits: The spa cafe had some gf breakfast bars in the morning which I enjoyed. Tuscan Grill had some really good focaccia bread which was a nice change. Coffee shop has gf cookies but they are coconut so not everybodys taste.
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    Eating gluten free

    I have been on 5 or 6 Celebrity cruises in Aqua class so have eaten gf in Blu. If you go to dinner around the same time each night they try to give you the same waiter team which makes it easier, but in any case just let the waiters know you must eat gluten free and they will let you know what you can have and what they can modify for you. When I’ve had the same waiters each night they would have my gf bread waiting for me. I’ve never had a problem eating gf in Blu.
  3. Correcting the above, Woodwind is in Bonaire and Calabaza is in Barbados. Agree with both of those as wonderful. Be sure to book Calabaza ASAP, they book up.
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    Is Concierge Deck worth it?

    I will add my 2 cents! I have not sailed Disney before and just booked our first Disney cruise about 2 weeks ago for a 5 day cruise on Dream next June. This cruise is for my granddaughter who will be 7 next year. I first booked an extended balcony on deck 5 that would be close to the kids club because I think she will probably spend a lot of time there. After researching these last few weeks I recently changed to a concierge balcony cabin for several thousand $$ more. Several reasons, my granddaughter has her heart set on the princess tea, I’d like to get a cabana on Castaway Cay, book brunch reservations, etc and I learned first timers can only book these things 75 days in advance whereas concierge are the first to book and are pretty much guaranteed to get what they request. I also like the perk of being on the ship first to hit the water slide, etc plus we have an 11:40 flight back home so can be first off the ship as well. My granddaughter will probably spend lots of time in the kids club so having the concierge retreat would also be a perk for my husband and I although there is also an adult pool area. Evening concierge happy hour will cover our alcohol needs so no additional money there, plus all the lattes my heart desires just down the hall. Just saying I weighted all those things and made the decision to upgrade on this trip, but we are seeing this as our major vacation for the year and will most likely never sail Disney again.
  5. The prices have increased and I just got off the phone with Celebrity they are not honoring the fact that the packages on the website still show the lower price but when you book it charges the higher price. Not cool Celebrity!
  6. We are also booked on that cruise and coming from Southern California. I found the price a great deal cheaper flying on Thursday the 23rd, which is Thanksgiving Day here and then found a good price for a Miami hotel for the 2 nights prior to the cruise. My son, also on the cruise, is flying Southwest using points (or miles whichever) and also booked on the 23rd because it was half as many points for the 3 of them. He booked an airbnb for 2 nights at $100 each night. Be aware if you do end up traveling to Miami on Friday, plan for the airports to be packed as it is the day after Thanksgiving! Traveling on the actual holiday should not be quite as bad, but we'll see!
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    Sangria

    Currently on Equinox and had a glass with dinner tonight. Not the best but didn't have a problem finishing it. You have the option of red or white, I had the red.
  8. Sushi on Five was open on embarkment day in January and we enjoyed a very relaxing lunch there when we got on the Silhouette. We're on Equinox again on the 15th (cruise before yours) and if open will enjoy another relaxing lunch there.
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    BLU Dining Room

    Suite guests can still dine in Blu on a space available basis. We only book Aqua (or above) now because while we do always enjoy the food in Blu, the service is so much better than the MDR and the room is much quieter so those are big advantages to us. I've heard there are new menu items on the menu in Blu, so looking forward to checking it out on Equinox in 2 weeks!
  10. We sailed out of there last September and used Uber from our hotel to the port and grabbed a taxi when we got off the ship to the airport. Super easy!
  11. Same thing happened to me when I tried to book a shore excursion using OBC, I gave up and called the Enhancement Dept to make sure it done correctly. Number is 800-722-5941.
  12. gdpups

    Recommendations for Miami Overnight Pre-Cruise

    Can you tell me which rental car company had a complimentary shuttle service to the port in Miami?? I'm looking for the exact thing. Thanks!
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    Maybe a new perk

    I have a November cruise booked with NCL and just got off the phone with my ta to see about repricing with the new promo. Guess what, price of the cruise has gone up, so no benefit to me to reprice. As was said, nothing is free!
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    Advice please on Caribbean cruise

    Oh, and check out private catamaran sailing in Barbados with Calabaza! They can book very far in advance, so check out tripadvsor and if you like what you see get it booked. I sailed with them before and have them booked again this May and also for my January cruise, awesome day sailing and snorkeling!
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    Advice please on Caribbean cruise

    If you like snorkeling don't miss the snorkeling in Bonaire, incredible!
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