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  1. Feeling so jealous! After years of saying I was going to buy 100 shares of both CCL and RCL for the shareholder benefits, I finally did in January 2020 at $45 and $115 respectively. Yup, what an idiot, right? I can laugh at it now, but it was painful watching the bottom fall out one week later.
  2. Somehow I missed this thread the first time around. We were your neighbors on the Celebrity Edge on Christmas Day in Costa Maya. We went to the water park. With four ships in, we were glad we got there early when it was empty and we had our choice of pool seating. It was packed by the time we left around 1:00pm. I am still undecided about the infinite veranda. It's really just an ocean view with a working window. I wouldn't pay a big premium for it, but enjoyed it. Some of our photos from that day.
  3. We were there for Cup Match in 2013. We arrived on Wednesday and tents were popping up everywhere as the day went on. I found it fascinating that people camped everywhere. On Thursday, we took a taxi to Warwick Long Bay, which was practically deserted. We hung out for a few hours, then walked back to Horseshoe Bay, which was a zoo. It was about a mile walk and it was wonderful! Lots of little deserted beaches to check out and plenty of beautiful sightseeing. We took a taxi back to the ship from Horseshoe Bay. On Friday, we took a taxi to our jetski excursion near Somerset Bridge. We spent much more in transportation because we exclusively used taxis (which there was never an issue getting) The buses weren't practical because of the holiday schedule. Of course, this was before the mini-bus beach shuttle, so I don't know about that. All-in-all, I would not choose to book a cruise that week unless the increased transportation expenses were not an issue, but it was still a fantastic trip.
  4. We haven't yet taken our kids on HAL; our first time will be a holiday cruise this year. But we have taken them on 20-some other cruises. We have always just followed the adult dress code. On Celebrity, my son wears khakis with a short sleeved button down on casual nights, and his suit for formal nights. He re-wears his casual pants so he only has to pack two pair.
  5. We were on Enchantment for Easter 2017. I don't remember much, if anything, different, except for a display of carved fruit and colored eggs outside the Windjammer. We cruised over Easter a few years, so they're all rather jumbled up in my mind, but photos don't reveal anything special.
  6. Yes, we did it last August. It was very easy. We dropped off the car and the shuttle was waiting to take us to the pier.
  7. The upgrade is at booking and cannot be applied afterward. From https://www.celebritycruises.com/captains-club/enroll One-Category Upgrade One-category upgrade requests must be made at the time of booking and apply only for upgrades within the supercategory, depending on availability. Example of a super category upgrade in AquaClass: A2 to A1. Upgrades available from categories 11- A1 on all Celebrity ships except Galapagos voyages. Captain's Club one category upgrade excludes categories 12, FV, SV, C1 and guarantee categories, Z, Y, X, XC, XA, W. On Celebrity Edge categories 12, 9, 7, 6, IO, 1B, 1A, SV, ES, E1, C2, C1, A1 are also excluded. This offer cannot be used with certain restricted fares including but not limited to travel agent and employee rates. Upgrades apply for one stateroom per cruise. Stateroom assignments only. Not valid on holiday sailings.
  8. My last three disembarkations in Port Everglades (June, July and December from Celebrity's Terminal 25) have been the easiest ever. They're using facial recognition and we just walked straight through without delay. Later this year, we are coming back to HAL after an 8 year break. It sounds like returning might mean back to the long lines. I hope not.
  9. While points and status don't cross over, you can get past guest status, at least on Holland America, with your VIFP number. We got past guest rates and also were invited to the Mariner Brunch on our first HAL cruise.
  10. We have flown home from Nassau due to a medical disembark. My dad had a seizure and spent a night in Doctors Hospital. We booked flights home the next day. Wasn't a problem nor was it expensive. Don't forget travel insurance! They will assist you in booking flights if necessary. You will likely have to front the costs, but may be re-imbursed.
  11. My daughter turned 16 on board a Celebrity ship last summer. I bought decorations on Amazon and we did the decorating ourselves. It also happened to be the day of the Cruise Critic party, and we were lucky enough to get Captain Kate involved. Finally, they provided a cake for free in the dining room and were happy to sing for her again. IMG_4698.MP4 IMG_4704.MOV IMG_4708.MOV
  12. We were in a concierge room over the holidays. The only thing the concierge did was leave at least one, and sometimes two voice mail messages every day! While I appreciate the effort to keep us informed, nearly everything was available via other means. Messages included such things as which port we would be docking at, what time we would arrive and what time to be back on board. By the third or fourth day, I just deleted the message unheard.
  13. Even with the app, I would print out the Xpress pass just in case. When we boarded Edge last month, many people were having issues with the app and had to be checked off manually against the list, then had to wait in line to get a printed copy to board. Neither my daughter or I could get ours to load in the app, but my husband and son could, so we boarded without issue.
  14. Yes. It was $54.95 as opposed to $39.95 on the other ships we have been on. My son collects them. There was a small section of Celebrity branded items, nothing less than $30 or so. There was a small selection of toiletries and over the counter meds.
  15. We have driven three times to Bayonne (about 3 hours) and three times to Baltimore (less than an hour) on cruise day. For the two long drives we have made, Charleston and Jacksonville, we left the night before, drove until early morning, leaving an hour or two's drive the next morning.
  16. I have taken my two kids on 20 cruises since they were 3 and 5. We have stayed in all sorts of accommodations, from insides, to suites, to adjoining cabins, on cruises up to 14 days. In every case, we have had a great time and the memories aren't so much of the cabin, but of the fun. And because it horrifies so many, I always love to post this photo on these types of threads. We didn't mind it at all.
  17. I just went through this for a Christmas Cruise on Edge. We ended up passing on the suite and getting two next door concierge cabins. We were very pleased and had a great time. The family suites are the S3s with the adjoining interior. None of these interior cabins were available when we booked, though most of the S3s were. It seems many snap up those interiors because they are the lowest category. If my husband and I were booked in a suite, with the kids nearby, they would NOT get any suite benefits. We could bring them to Luminae for dinner, but at a possible $30/pp/pd charge. They could not use the Retreat. It seems the family suite benefits were only for children twelve and under, and my two are teens. Once we decided to book non-suite cabins, we booked my husband and I in one, and the kids in the other without issue. Oh, and Luminae is open seating. ETA: My travel agent handled all of this for me.
  18. We were on Edge for Christmas. Wuyan, a sommelier in the Cyprus Dining Room, is outstanding. We first met her in Luminae on Equinox over the summer. I think they definitely have too many tables to service to offer the attention we would like. While she was just as efficient as last time, she simply didn't have the time to quiz us and make recommendations as last time. That said, we still were served two different wines appropriately timed to our meal. I found the waiters did take wine orders, because once my husband asked for sommelier service as he wasn't sure which wine he wanted. And another time the waiter served a nice red, and later the sommelier had to track him down to figure out which one it was for our second glass. With everyone having the beverage package now, it would be nice if there were more sommeliers in the dining rooms, but it was never bad enough that we felt we needed to complain.
  19. There is a pharmacy in Dockyard that has a deli in the back. You could build your own lunch there.
  20. Thanks for the review. My family generally cruises with Celebrity. We were on Edge for Christmas and loved it. We have been on RCCL a few times, but just booked our first time on Grandeur to Bermuda in August. I am looking forward to leaving from Baltimore, a quick drive for us. We have sailed from Baltimore multiple times, but it was always on that other ship from that other line.
  21. Adding my experience too. We went last week, December 26. We didn't have as much luck with our catch, but we did get one juvenile mahi-mahi and about a dozen bonita. My teenage kids, who didn't have high expectations for the day, had a blast. Their previous fishing experience has been only at ponds, so they were expecting to be bored. My daughter even brought a book, which never came out of her backpack. This was decidedly more exciting for them. edge - 56.m4v
  22. We were onboard last week. Drill was at 2:45. Departure was a little after 3:30. We arrived about 11:30 and were onboard before noon.
  23. My family was one of them. We arrived at Alamo at 10:00 to be told it would be a 3 hour wait. We had only booked for the day because our flight was at 7:00pm. Since we had already wasted two hours getting the shuttle to Alamo and trying to get a car, we spent the rest of the day at the airport with our luggage. What a waste of the last day of our vacation! Had we had advance warning, we would have made alternate plans. Alamo did warn us before we got on the shuttle that there would be a wait, but did not indicate there were no cars. One note that we heard over and over -- priority was being given to those who had pre-paid their reservations, but even they were waiting for cars to become available. It was definitely a zoo.
  24. Ours is a family of four with two teens -- 13 and 16. In August, we were all four in an S1 on Equinox. We were absolutely fine, other than the kids having to share the sofa, which they did without complaint. While onboard, we decided to book Edge for Christmas, and we decided to do two C1 cabins, only the second time out of over a dozen cruises we have had two cabins. And the other time, it was adjoining interiors, so it was really like one big cabin (with two bathrooms) About halfway through last week, I told my husband I thought we should always book two separate cabins from here on out. I think we all enjoyed it more.
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