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  1. On Nieuw Statendam and Konigsdam the Lincoln Center Stage is in a separate area.
  2. Where did you see the $25 pp deposit for the 10 night cruise?
  3. HAL has the Lincoln Center Stage on most ships now. If you like classical (and some pop music) the Lincoln Center Stage is really worthwhile.
  4. For the 14 night cruise I am considering, two perks costs $1260 extra. Tips are $406 and internet for two would be $448. So the two perks are not a good deal ($854 vs. $1260).
  5. Celebrity offers bookings with a non-refundable deposit or a booking with a refundable deposit and extra cost perks. The cruise I am considering is nearly a year in the future. I don’t want the extra perks, and I cannot commit to a non-refundable deposit this far in advance of sail date. Why doesn’t Celebrity offer a booking option with a refundable deposit without the perks? 
  6. Celebrity offers bookings with a non-refundable deposit or a booking with a refundable deposit and extra cost perks. The cruise I am considering is nearly a year in the future. I don’t want the extra perks, and I cannot commit to a non-refundable deposit this far in advance of sail date. Why doesn’t Celebrity offer a booking option with a refundable deposit without the perks?
  7. For the cruise I am looking at, the additional cost for Fantastica over Bella is $190 per person. What do I get for $380? Last year, the Fantastica experience include the mealtime drink package. This year it is not included.
  8. What are the advantages of the Fantastica experience over the Bella experience, other than free room service?
  9. Drink packages are only worth it if you drink more than one or two a day. For me it is not worth it. In my case the perks for two people would cost $1260.
  10. Only two production shows. Others were comedian, singers, etc.
  11. We were on the QM2 July 4th cruise to Halifax, Boston, and Newport (June 30 - July 7). Food in MDR was equivalent to Holland America, but we appreciated lunch in MDR every day, including port days. Pub lunch in the Golden Lion was very good, but the menu never changed from day to day. The two production shows in the theatre were also very good, but other cruise lines offer more than two shows in a week. Afternoon tea was a highlight, but again other cruise lines also offer afternoon tea. The ship never feels crowded, unlike other ships of similar size with hundreds or thousands more passengers. What is really lacking is updated technology. On many other ships account information is available via the TV in your cabin. Many other ships offer movies on demand in your cabin. On many other ships, waiters in the MDR take orders via an iPad which sends the order to the kitchen thus speeding up service. Internet service is the old pay by the minute, instead of the modern unlimited service. Holland America offers free access to the New York Times. The most outstanding feature of QM2 is the well stocked library. Many other ships have done away with their libraries. Overall, I consider cruising on QM2 to be good, but not worth the premium price. But it does offer the only 7 day crossing.
  12. Celebrity offers bookings with a non-refundable deposit or a booking with a refundable deposit and extra cost perks. The perks for the cruise I am considering cost $630 per person. The cruise is over a year in the future. I don’t want the extra perks. Should I just wait out Celebrity until past final payment date, or will Celebrity offer a booking option with a refundable deposit without the perks? Does anyone have experience as to how far in advance of sail date will Celebrity offer the option of a refundable deposit, with no perks, booking?
  13. At the galley tour, the person describing the food and beverage operations said that there are about 1700 Americans on board (out of about 2600 passengers). I don’t think the ship is full because I spoke to one person who was able to get her cabin changed because of a problem.
  14. For those on a b2b cruise (coming from or going to Southampton), here is an idea for a short NYC tour. Take the NYC Ferry from the Red Hook dock ($2.75 per person, each way) towards Wall Street, Pier 11. Get off there, walk two blocks north, stop for lunch at Industry Kitchen restaurant, walk some more, and when you are ready, return to Pier 11. Take the South Brooklyn ferry back to Red Hook and the Queen Mary 2. The ferry takes about 20-25 minutes from Red Hook to Pier 11.
  15. There is also an excellent museum devoted to Eric Satie (classical music composer) in Honfleur. If you know his music, it is fascinating. Also, a taxi for four people from Le Havre to Honfleur and return will cost about 120 euros. The driver will either wait for you or return in about four hours.
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