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  1. Hello: We did this when we arrived in Venice. We were not pressed for time, as we were staying for a couple of nights before flying back to the US. The "Stay Awhile" option was just starting and there was some snafus in terms of paying for drinks onboard... we had been told we would need to start paying for things (in other words, not with our seapass) starting at 10am, but none of the bars that were open (by the pool, by the Oceanview Cafe), were set up to do any other type of transaction, so they wound up just giving us our drinks for free. I'm sure they have since sorted that out. We could elect to stay for 2 or 4 hours. We did the 4 hours. We enjoyed the pool, we took another shower in the spa area, had some lunch, enjoyed drinks... it was great. The best part - we absolutely missed the madness that was disembarkation in a crowded European city. We left the ship calmly, picked up our luggage very easily, and met our driver to the boat that ultimately took us to the hotel. It was a wonderfully sane way to end the cruise and we would not hesitate to do it again. The down part: you are on board while excited new passengers arrive ready to start their sailing. There was something a bit tough to know that part of our vacation was done while theirs was just starting... but going to a fantastic hotel in Venice made it much easier! Lol!
  2. Just a great example of the help these boards can provide. I was able to see the two versions of LPC menus here, contact our shore concierge, and switch to the more appealing menu for us. (btw, she also confirmed the earlier stated order of the menu/shows). Way to go, Cruise Critic Community!! Thank you to all. Happy Sailing.
  3. Just finished the typical back and forth with the shore concierge - never a problem getting the restaurants and times we want. We also have also never had a hiccup making a change once on board if something compels such. Happy Sailing.
  4. Chemmo nailed it in first comment to this thread...on S Class there is VERY negligible difference between RS and PH... certainly when compared with M Class...we sail almost exclusively in those tiers and would grab a PH on an M Class every time, and often select RS on S Class even when PH is available. Now, we viewed the photos, videos, and reviews of the Edge's Iconic Suite with trepidation, and wound up pulling that booking and grabbing a PH on Equinox AND a PH on Summit for a COMBINED lower price than the Edge sailing... we are feeling VERY good about that move!
  5. Nothing coming in on the reviews or the spreadsheet for these two types of cabins - Penthouse Suite or Iconic Suite on Edge. Any reviews, plus or minus, out there?? We're thinking the PH on S or M classes may still be better value for $ and space/set-up experience, but open to hear what others who have sailed these cabins on Edge have thought. Unfortunately not easy to find a comprehensive review, so thank you to any who wish to share their thoughts. We board the PH on Equinox in a few weeks and want to be prepared with an informed opinion for Future Cruise Concierge when aboard. Many thanks for help and happy sailing!
  6. We use wipes, spray, and pack our own good hand-soap. Makes me sound like a germaphobe as I type that last sentence, but, hey, between flights and cruise, we are on top of things and, touch wood, no one has ever gotten ill on our many trips...
  7. No fear necessary! My 16 year old boy has been cruising with Celebrity and the experience has continued to be extremely favorable to his review and his parents! He finds interesting things to do age-appropriate things, and an appropriate level of supervision. There are great options, there are great places to hang, to chat and to be a teenager. There is the sport deck for those moments where he’s feeling more physically active, there’s great time as a family when that’s feeling like a good thing to do, and then there’s movies, games, and hanging out at the Oceanview Café at 10 o’clock at night with a bunch of teenagers enjoying that time as well. It’s extremely satisfying experience for a young teenager, or a middle teenager, or an older teenager.
  8. It is worth doing, I think...and we have used the stemware at home... and the knowledge we picked up. Tip: if you order finer wines with dinner, after taking the class they routinely brought the better/more appropriate stemware for the grape varietal. If you don’t get an appropriate glass for a particular wine, be sure to ask.
  9. @rattanchair you are doing a great job with sharing your observations and illustrative photos. Thank you for taking the time to do so! Cannot wait to hear your thoughts on Petite Chef.
  10. We are in PH, so not sure how much we’ll use Retreat, but we surely will to check it out and be social, lol! It is our first Caribbean cruise in the summer. We were originally booked on the Edge but didn’t like how Edge Villa was looking so jump to this instead. Price too good to pass up! It will be an interesting experience, this Caribbean sailing in the summer... I wonder if it will be too hot for us! But the water looks beautiful, can’t wait to jump in on our excursions. Great photos...thank you for sharing! Enjoy your time.
  11. It is the best! We actually check more luggage going back - makes moving through and hanging in airport lounge a snap.... if you fly business or JetBlue-style airlines where you are already checking bag(s) with your ticket, I recommend you consider it.
  12. So glad to hear about change to cabin access on day of boarding. We board Equinox in less than a month and we were considering staying at our hotel (Conrad in Fort Lauderdale) longer that morning to just avoid all the dragging around of luggage and waiting around for access to room. Dislike that as a way to start a vacation… And dislike the sense of hurrying hard-working room attendants. It was annoying to be a passenger in a suite and start things off by being herded in Michael’s club to wait in a very crowded room with lots of carry-on luggage until suites were ready - so much nicer to be able to dump the carry-ons in the room and then head somewhere for lunch. Also very happy to hear that drinks are available at the Retreat. looking forward to hearing more, as anticipation is certainly mounting in this household!
  13. Even as a 15 year old our son (now 16) had a great time...the late teens kind of peel off, hang in the Oceanview and other spots off hours, and had a great time. Very healthy number of 14-16 year olds last year. our Equinox sailing this summer, judging by the roll call, once again has a healthy number of 14-16 year olds. I’m thinking as a 16 year old, he’s reaching the upper limit, but they are pretty good with the light hand with programming for this age and stage (nothing too corny), so I anticipate another successful sailing for my teen.
  14. I took a tour of Edge PH and quickly cancelled reservation and booked EQ PH this year and Summit PH this year - for LESS THAN the price of the Edge PH originally booked. But how will they be? I'll let these boards know!! :)
  15. I’ll put in a plug for the golf cart tours of Rome...gets you right up to things tour buses cannot, it is private so you can set agenda...make it as long or short as you wish. It was the perfect way to see Rome in one day...
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