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  1. Just my thoughts, At first I was shocked at the ageism of the "Doctors Note" requirement. I am 73 in good health and not on any kind prescription meds. I have not been to a MD in maybe five years. I get my annual blood work done when I get an OBGYN physical. I don't know who would fill out the form for me. As the weeks have gone by, I have about decided that maybe I am not seeing the big picture. I would hate to be dead wrong over a holiday because I will not admit I am aging. Maybe our cruising days are done. My DH has the opinion that Celebrity will save a lot of money on Elites and above programs in the future if this requirement became permanent. He is more of a cynic and also an accountant.
  2. RCL is not a US company. They do not pay US taxes. I can't see the US government bailing them out.
  3. The wording is confusing, does diabetes that is controlled by oral meds and high blood pressure that is controlled by meds exclude you. Does using a CPAPmachine mean you have pulmonary disease. Does having stage one ovarian cancer ten years ago before a successful hysterectomy with no chemo or radiation exclude you. These are quiet common ailments in the over 70 crowd that that do not effect their usual everyday life and that would not be considered disabilities by most definitions. There is also the fact that no one that is not sick right now would want to go to a Doctors office to waste his time on a med evaluation during a contagious pandemic.
  4. Any one know how RCL can be tanking (maybe halted at this time?) but Carnival (same industry) is up. After all, Carnival owns Princess and may have to deal with law suits from trapped passengers in the long run. Is there bad news on RCL?
  5. On the Reflection we had a good location for our sky suite (in the area of the old Aqua Spa Suites with enhanced tub). In my opinion some of the sky suite under the Ocean view would not be as desirable. Sometimes, you can be assigned an accessible sky suite that has a roll in shower and lower sink arrangement. The great thing about ANY suite is the Retreat and Luminae benefit. Keep checking after signing in to Celebrity for a cabin assignment, it will show there first and if there are still other cabins in the same category sometimes they will change you a different cabin. This has happened for us once. It all depends on how close to the cruise you are assigned and how many suites are available. You could always WIN and be upgraded above your expectations. Good Luck
  6. Another thing I like in the Ocean View is the made to order Eggs Benedict station with choices like salmon and guacamole.
  7. Just off Majesty in February. M and M was conducted by CD Tom with the activities director present. Coffee, OJ and pastries were served. Two nice bottles of wine and two back packs filled with stuff were given. One back pack had the bingo kit with dabber and Tee shirt, I am not sure about the other but it had a hat at minimum. There was an interesting discussion and question and answer period about the previous days disastrous embarkation (3 plus hours late) and the recent demise of the Diamond nightly event on this ship (ended 2 weeks prior). I thought Tom did a good job sharing information and handling the complaints. It was well worth attending just for the feedback. The only activity was a well attended slot pull so not much roll call talk but everyone was given a chance to introduce themselves and a chance to share their screen names and home city.
  8. OK, I already feel bad about posting the part about smokers being less educated etc. I was a two plus pack a day smoker for years and was lucky to be able to give the habit up. I know not everyone can quit. I guit for my health and the health of those around me. I wish RCCL would help out with non-smoking casinos. That is my point.
  9. This is an exert of a review I wrote about our recent Majesty of the Seas cruise: "The casino was way too smoky for us. We like to play video poker and would have played at the bar machines. These machines were in the no smoking area but smoke was awful, everywhere, spilling out into the nearby Schooner Bar and Centrum area. If only 15% of the population still smoke and educated people that have good jobs and therefore can afford cruises smoke even less than the general population, why is smoking allowed in RCCL casinos. Does not management see that many of the smokers do not even pretend to gamble, they are just there to smoke indoors. There is no smoking in the casino on the Empress of the Seas and there should not be a smoking casino on Majesty of the Seas. " All this said, my DH and I are gamblers and as Texans seldom pass up on an opportunity to gamble anywhere. We played at the non-smoking casinos in Baton Rouge and New Orleans on the way to this cruise. We gamble almost everyday on Celebrity Cruises in spite of the bad odds because the casinos are non smoking. On this Majesty cruise, we barely made it through the CC slot pull at 10:30 am. We played maybe 15 minutes on another day to cash in some Diamond plus free play. It does make me mad that a guy sitting in the corner reading a book on his tablet while filling the casino with smoke is taking my opportunity to enjoy the casino away.
  10. I was on the Majesty Feb 8th, 2020 7 day cruise and enjoyed the Diamond Breakfast in a side area of the MDR on three days of the cruise. There were lots of tables for two and four. We were able to get cappuccino and fresh squeezed OJ complementary. The eggs were not perfect one day but on the other days I had an excellent made to order omelet and eggs Benedict with the sauce on the side. Those two days were as good as any breakfast I have had when in suites. The breakfast times are the same as the MDR open breakfast and I let the time get away on the port days so I missed out. Just a positive note about our Majesty Diamond experience.
  11. We usually self embark as early as possible. I think that when the numbers are being called it gets very crowded on the elevators and hard to get your luggage between floors. You will still be expected to clear your cabin by around eight and then you will have no place to park your luggage. Sometimes at the "drive in" ports a lot of people self embark to get an early start driving home and there can be a very long line to walk off. It is very aggravating when people that can't handle their own luggage (too many bags etc.) try to walk off because they clog up the passage ways stopping, dropping and readjusting. You want to be able to move with the traffic. ...Just some things to consider..
  12. We are on the MillieTrans Pacific from Vancouver to Yokohama in September 2020. Our final payment date is June so hopefully the picture will be better well before July.
  13. I would just like to add that from my perspective an inside cabin on Celebrity is way better than an inside cabin on Princess. You will not have a giant closet (Princess does this well) but you will have a place to sit besides on the bed. I would rather have the square feet in the room instead of in the closet. The Millie has been re-done with all new cabin furniture.. The smaller closet works well on a shorter cruise with the added cabinets. I did not like on my last Princess inside that once my DH sat at "his" desk there was no other seating in the room for me. We are platinum level on Princess but I have stopped sailing with them because of the seating. The lowest cabins on Celebrity get the seating that is only available in the Deluxe balcony on the newer Princess ships. Look at the some videos of the "new" Millie, I think you will be impressed.
  14. A deal also worth noting is the Infinity trans Atlantic balcony less than $ 800 pp. for 14 nights.
  15. One caution for higher level Crown and Anchor members who are expecting a Diamond and above nightly Happy Hour event. Starting January 18, 2020 these events are no longer available on the Majesty of the Seas. There are three drinks a day at bars loaded on cards available during happy hour times. This change has caused some disappointment because it occurred suddenly from one sailing to the next. Many Crown and Anchor members in the area that welcomed the return of RCL to NOLA should be prepared for this change.
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