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    Northern WI & formerly Anchorage AK
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    Gardening & Wildlife. Rocks & landscaping.
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    I try to take a yearly cruise, and expand my destinations.

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  1. Thank you, that's good to know. I'll scout it out and see what I may book for the future before I board.
  2. Thank you, that's what I thought too, but thats ok.
  3. Hello Celebrity cruisers, We booked the Infinity today on the 5 night Mexico/Key West itinerary, nothing fancy, basic veranda room. We are new to Celebrity but not new to cruising, Princess has been our primary cruiseline for the past 20 years. (For those applauding the cross-over from Princess to Celebrity, thank you but I will miss the many free perks). We picked this cruise to fit time off work and the shorter itinerary, and also the Key West stop. One Perk: Classic Beverage package for two. With no onboard credit the sunshine and beverage package will carry me through. A couple of questions: I see Infinity may be refurbished by our March 2021 cruise date. Could this still be true? I plan on purchasing a future cruise credit on board - what are the benefits? future perks be coming my way with just one sailing? I enjoy the casino, are there casino perks? 9th deck - forward. OK? thank you in advance
  4. Agree, this cruise is such a wonderful gift from hubby and I'm very happy. Didn't budget for a cruise so soon, but we will certainly take advantage of this beautiful ship and itinerary. I may have to upgrade hubby's wardrobe a bit as I want to eat in the dining room! I've looked at the menus and i'm very impressed. We do have 8:30 dinner time, as that was all that was available, just juggle the schedule a bit.. early shows.. etc..
  5. I did go back and add this cruise to my captains number. I was actually surprised they still had me from long ago. I did phone the rep and was told that adding my number would have made no difference to the price my husband paid for the cruise. This is due to the fact he bought into the 'pick one' freebie promotion. He picked the Classic Beverage package for two.
  6. Thanks for the info! I will say that i've struggled on the Celebrity cruise webpage as I found it not user friendly (as compared to other cruiselines). I will look into this for at least to see the $ difference.
  7. Hello CCritic Friends, DH surprised me in the middle of the night, walking down the hallway at 3am holding this piece of paper. I got up thinking something was wrong and he said 'our next vacation'. He booked a 7 day AK cruise on the Millennium, AND paid it in full. He failed to realize that I had a Celebrity Captains Circle number, didn't think about insurance, or room location. He booked 'Inside guarantee'. We are a "Z". (Oh how I would have enjoyed at least a window....) I am 'elite' with Princess, and DH is on his way to the same status but said 'i'm tired of Princess I wanted to try something new'. So here we are and a few of my questions: 1). From Vancouver may I bring a bouquet of fresh flowers on board if they are wrapped from the florist? 2). Is there a 'free' sauna or steam room? In Princess its in the changing rooms of the spa. 3). Z Class. Today I looked and there are MANY inside rooms still unsold (49) that I see. I fear we may be bottom of issue barrel.. (I only have 30 points on my captains club..). Yah, we got the Classic Beverage package. 🙂 . I really do believe that is what made him grab this deal. I"m very pleased with this surprise and such a wonderful trip we are planning. This will be my 21st cruise, my last Celebrity sailing was on the Mercury - 2004. I'm looking forward to my cruise, hubby seems to already be converted over to Celebrity just from the videos and postings. I feel like a new cruiser all over again.
  8. I cancelled our Soda and more package, as the only diet soda was Coke from the fountain dispenser. Mocktails, etc.. are loaded with sugar. So I ordered bottled water instead and will bring my own 'flavor enhancers' purchased from the grocery store that are sugar free.
  9. Thanks!! I'll look for the myfitness pal, and take your advice on the modified squats, pending the knee pain that is. I will say that I do stand and do some walking on a cement floor with my 7 hour job (without sitting) 5 days a week. Wow sometimes the leg cramps in the middle of the night really are hard to handle. I get 'double cramps' in two places. So Painful. I resort to downing pickle juice and it helps after a few minutes.
  10. Hello fellow cruisers! A topic I don't see much mentioned, but I"ll hit this head on - I have 150 days to get in 'better shape' for my cruise. I will start my 'athletic cruise prep' routine. What's new is looking up the length of my ship and 'mapping the length out' on our road from home my with the car. I will start with that. I will walk this imaginary deck in sun, rain, sleet and snow - well, at least twice a day (down and back), that's twice right? I am not a 'walker', never had the desire to hit the pavement or treadmill and just 'walk', it seems I always have something better I could be doing. 🙂 hmm... stairs. I see those eyes on me on the cruiseship as I take one step at a time (I have an arthritic knee), and especially during the drill I feel like i'm either being pushed, rushed, or the eyes are upon me taking notes this gal doesn't like stairs, and those muster drill stair guards are thinking... ahhh... what room is she in, we need to take note! I've got this one down though, I arrive EARLY before the ship alert goes off. You'lll see me sitting down in that chair long before many arrive, holding up my hand to 'wand me in'. You'll easily spot me - i'm the one holding on to the left rail even if its the 'up side' and, per hubby's request to never use hand rails, I'll either have my shirt sleeve or a disinfective wipe in my hands as I am bracing myself "step" "step" "step"at a time to get to the level. (I like how there aren't many kids on Princess as they usually run these steps).. In my mind i'm counting steps. (Its easier going up). By the end of the cruise I can tell you how many stairs and where. Those few decks with more stairs trick you. So - getting in shape for the stairs - what can one do? I live in a small county that only has one stop light and buildings are one level - so believe me when I say - I really don't know where I can find some stairs for this work-out. OK - my porch has 4 steps. That will have to do, it may drive my German Shepherd into confusion, but hopefully he can be on standby and 'sit, stay' and watch as I loop - ok lets pick 100 TIMES! D-I-E-T (!) I"ll take my WiiFit (HAH!) weigh in today, but not right now as I already ate breakfast and drank 12 oz of coffee, so I know the weight will be really wrong...... I'll start by going low-carb. I'll weigh-in later today.. Athletic wear!!! I've got a couple new pieces. Have you seen these shirts that now have holes for the thumbs! I now own one!! I've got the entire outfit! DH says that I look great in my athletic wear, but the outfit is just a delusion of my athletic ability. I'll take that as a compliment. Clothing! Yes Swimsuit!! I have three i'll be bringing. (One for salt water, one for fresh water and one for - just in-case there is a wardrobe malfunction I have a backup). Don't fear I have a cover-up, but - if you do put my on YouTube kindly let me know so I can share my fun and adventures. Shoes, shoes, shoes.. in my cruising years I"m not packing as many. I know what works. They need to be flat, they need to grip great on wet surfaces, slip in no-tie sneakers work great too, they need to look formal on demand and they need to not squeek when walking the deck. They need to be broken in as I don't want blisters. They need to be easy-on and easy-off. I also need a pair a size bigger of my favorites JUST IN CASE my feet swell from too much salt, or who knows.. just in case. So there it is, my thoughts as I ate my breakfast sandwich, onwards we start. The plan is in my mind and the countdown has begun!
  11. And... Did you say "yes" and if so, what suite did you get assigned? 😎
  12. Great info - especially on your pre-stay hotel.
  13. Our last (4) cruises, we requested table for 2 - traditional - late dining. Three of the cruises we had a great table in the back alongside a wall and it was truly wonderful. On one cruise it was a table for 2 set in a row of (6) table for two. The tables were so close to each other that I (short fuller figured woman) could not walk (squeeze) between the tables comfortably. Many must have felt the same as the next night - we were the only ones in our 'row'.. the waiter even said 'please come back tomorrow'.. We didn't. We only ate in the MDR twice, as it was just an uncomfortable feeling being that squeezed in to others.
  14. What a wonderful opportunity to experience a suite. I'd jump on it the moment you read it. If it is even still available. If you feel excited about it, don't waste time waiting for opinions.. this offer is not just waiting for you to reply, i'm sure it went out to many.
  15. Fares will continue to drop after "final payment due date" until they fill the ship. Years ago I grabbed a $399pp Alaskan cruise 2 weeks out from cruise date. You can wait for these 'final sale' periods on your cruise and then grab and book, but you will pay end up paying more for your airfare. Best advice: If you have travel flexibility, aren't specific in what kind of room or location in the ship you want, sign up for those last minute cruise notifications, and book only then.
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