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K.T.B.

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  1. Time for some facts before some people's heads explode. From the CDC website:

     

    When an infection does occur in humans, the virus can be spread in several ways to others. Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with

     

    • blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola
       
    • objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus
       
    • infected animals
       
    • Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food. However, in Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats. There is no evidence that mosquitos or other insects can transmit Ebola virus. Only mammals (for example, humans, bats, monkeys, and apes) have shown the ability to become infected with and spread Ebola virus.

  2. When the 2016 dates are released will this also include the Cruisetours either pre or post cruise? This will be our first time with cruise tours and I believe that if you just book the cruise and then go back later to add the cruise tour - it is like booking an entirely new cruise. Is that correct. Also do we think the 1,2,3 go will apply to the new releases?

     

    Just got off the phone with Andy at Celebrity and, as far as he can see, Cruisetours will be available to book. He did not see any restrictions.

     

    So unless Celebrity comes back later and says otherwise, we can book it. :)

     

    As for the 1,2,3, promotion, no idea.

  3. We've been there three times. It is a great place to try at least once due to the unique fun atmosphere. After the third time we decided that it would be unlikely that we'd return.

     

    Once we got past the newness and uniqueness of the place we decided the food wasn't wasn't worth $90 + for dinner for the two of us on top of what we've already paid for the cruise. I'd rather spend our specialty restaurant nights at Muranos or Tuscan.

     

    But I'd encourage anyone thinking of Qsine for the first time to give it a try and decide for yourself if you want to go back or not. It's definitely worth dining there at least once.

     

    This hits the nail squarely on the head.

     

    Though, for me, I'll just pass on the specialty restaurants from now on. The food quality is all the same, it's just the way it's presented and the ambiance. On Silhouette, for an example, Tuscan Grille and Qsine share the same kitchen and Murano and Blu share same kitchen. So if you say "A" is way better than "B", it's a matter of how much you like the food, not quality.

  4. I only blackjack, so I can only tell you what I know about that game. The minimum chip value is a $1, but the minimum bets are $5. Though occasionally the minimum bets are $10. It just depends on the evening I suppose.

  5. I am generally in agreement with you, but Celebrity (and some other lines) have raised prices a whole lot more than 1% in the last year. We have 9 cruises booked and deposited, all booked very early (18-24 months in advance) and there is not a single one that I would book today since prices have risen a minimum of 20% and a maximum of 150% since we booked them. Yes, prices of commodities have risen in the last year, but not even remotely like those increases. That extra $$$ goes into the line's coffers. Profits are already way up and headed higher (viz cruise line equity price levels). Somehow I don't think those added bottom line $$$ will be used to increase the quality. But I could be wrong, it's happened in the past :D

     

    I don't know what time in the year you generally look to cruise in, but the time periods and cruises I look at have remained (for the most part) somewhat consistent in terms of inflation for me. I maybe spending more money for the cruise I want, but in terms of percentages it hasn't increased vs. what I earn. If that makes sense to you. :)

     

    The only reason I know that is because I try to put away x% of money I earn aside for vacation(s) and the percentage has remained the same for about 10 years now. When I need to increase the amount of money I put aside, then I'll re-think things.

     

    But, yes, if you spent, say, $1,200 for a cruise for 2 four years ago and it's now $1,500 or higher, then it's a shock. I'm just seeing it from a different perspective I guess.

     

    Off topic, now I'm curious just how much each cruise makes just on bookings alone.... :confused:

  6. I don't know about anyone else, but I wouldn't complain in the least it Celebrity, say, raised everyone's fare by 1% per person. Depending on the cruise and stateroom level that's as little $9 and as high as $120. (And if you're paying for a suite, $120 per person is not a huge amount to you.) However for most, and on average, we're looking at about $20 per person. And with ships sailing at near capacity, that's an additional $39,000-57,000 per ship per cruise.

     

    In the grand scheme of things, it's probably a drop in the bucket for Celebrity. But if that additional amount can bring back some of what was lost, why not? I'm willing to spend $20 more a person to get back the lost quality, how about you?

  7. I still don't understand why some people have problems and others (like myself) never do:confused:

     

    I've come to realize that it's an intermittent problem for them. There are times that whatever you're doing, it's perfectly. However, those are quite rare. The problems do seem to increase during the daytime hours of the US, especially during the weekend daytime hours.

     

    And they do know the problems exist. When I had them (rarely), I called them directly to inquire what the situation was, and they already knew it was website issues. Mind you, my last cruise with them was early this year, so I was probably calling around this time in 2013.

     

    So customer service is very aware of the problems. So odds are good that somewhere in the upper echelons of Celebrity, they know about it as well. IMO, they don't feel it's costing them money in lost passengers, whereas it would cost them money to fix it.

     

    But complaining about on here does nothing. We need to call, email, heck even use snail mail, to complain about it. Maybe then they'll do something. I just won't hold my breath over it..... :rolleyes:

  8. I love to eat. I could go to a buffet and wipe 'em out! :D

     

    With that said, I was very determined on my last cruise to not gain weight. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I ate what I wanted. The main thing I did was watch my portions and I made sure for lunch and dinner that I always had a very large green salad of some sort. There was only one night where I would consider myself overly-gluttonous.

     

    I also made full use of the Premium Drink Package. I had more alcohol on this cruise than I would have in a month normally.

     

    Be that as it may, I still lost a pound. It was the portion control that helped and picking the one night to really over indulge in something I really wanted (Qsine). It also helped that most of what we did on shore was walk.

  9. I just wanted to say this: My local library has a copy of your book, Chester. I'm currently right in the middle of it. (Just finished the Belize chapter.) It's definitely a fun read and I recommend everyone here should read it. Whether you're a cruise newbie or a well seasoned cruiser.

     

    Thank you for sharing your experiences!

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