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  1. Celebrity Silhouette left PortMiami--they were docked at a container berth--to resume her cruise more than 45 minutes ago... It appears that her return to Florida was for a medical evacuation unrelated to Covid-19... If the ship had returned for concerns related to Coronovirus, Silhouette would not have been permitted to dock--under current government guidelines--on an unscheduled basis...
  2. While it is possible that a HAL ship is also at PortMiami this morning, it's been confirmed that Celebrity Silhouette unexpectedly needed to return to Florida--apparently for yet undescribed medical reasons--this morning... Silhouette is currently docked at a container terminal at POM... As Celebrity's Millennium-Class and Solstice-Class ships have been "revolutionized"/modernized--Silhouette came out of dry dock several weeks ago--ship hulls have been painted dark blue [not unlike the HAL livery] rather than white...
  3. In March 2011, I was aboard Infinity--Fort Lauderdale to San Diego via the Panama Canal--when a guest had a coronary event while we were sailing south of Cuba. From a political perspective, an air lift originating in The US that crossed Cuban air space wasn't possible and the distance to fly round-trip to the ship's location south of Cuba for an airlift was described as excessive. It was a different time; surely nothing comparable to Covid-19 was in play. Infinity turned around to Florida and anchored just off Key West where the patient was transferred to a Coast Guard ship for
  4. The “Sweet Sixteen” cabins are on the four Millennium-Class ships (Constellation, Infinity, Millennium and Summit) only... Nothing comparable on Solstice-Class or Edge-Class...
  5. On Millennium-Class ships, bed position does not alternate from stateroom to stateroom--by the bath versus by the balcony--as it does on Solstice-Class ships and on Edge-Class ships... Cabins on Millennium-Class ships are configured differently than they are on Celebrity's more recent ships [for instance, the generous closets are located opposite the bath in an entry alcove], but the beds are always located closer to the bath than they are to the balcony... There are hundreds of cabin photos on-line--including at the Celebrity website, on another current thread here on Cruise Critic, via web
  6. Following is a link to your post of last Friday in which you made similar inquiry...
  7. Don't bet on it! The facts are... Zenith members of Captain's Club and "[very] high rollers" from the Blue Chip Club are entitled to use the Retreat Lounge [Michael's Club on those ships which have not yet been revolutionized] regardless of stateroom category... That said, Zenith members also have a Premium Alcohol Package as part of the loyalty program and those who are "very high rollers" also have a Classic or Premium Alcohol Package based upon play level in Blue Chip Club... With both options, there is no particular reason or incentive to hang out in the Retreat Lounge or M
  8. Based upon past practice, I would not expect that the app will be implemented for Apex until just prior to--perhaps a few weeks before--her first revenue sailing... In my experience, the app will not always be accurate until one actually boards the ship...
  9. In this post, you asked if 6033 is a Sweet 16 cabin... If you were asking if you should change, I missed it... As 6035 was described as the highest numbered of the Sweet 16 cabins in your earlier thread (people seem to like it; it is about as far aft of the theater as possible within that group of staterooms and that area was reported as quiet), I was of the impression that you had your answer in your earlier thread if you want a Sweet 16...
  10. Please see responses to a related thread that you started yesterday... You will note that 6035 is the aft-most Sweet 16 cabin on the ship's port side... Since cabin numbers increase from forward to aft [even cabin numbers are on the ship's starboard side; odd cabin numbers are on the ship's port side], surely 6033 is a Sweet 16 stateroom...
  11. Sorry but one must actually sail in order to be awarded Captain's Club points following cruise completion... Regardless of whether one has paid for a cruise, points are not awarded in the event of cancellation...
  12. While Elite Plus status in Captain's Club is certainly indicative of significant loyalty, it is not uncommon for there to be several hundred Elite Plus members aboard... From a loyalty perspective, Zenith members [some cruises have none, some have a handful or two with fingers left over, Transatlantic cruises can have twice that number] still tend to be invited if a Helipad Sail-Away is held but, again, it is not a perk...
  13. Water and soda unlimited though fewer guests seem to be bringing those aboard with proliferation of beverage packages... No liquor, no beer can be brought aboard.
  14. I am from The United States and a Discoverer Platinum member... Though I get more e-mail communications from Azamara than I can count [several per week and yet another marketing communication this morning], I haven't received the referenced notification either...
  15. Interesting observation given that the Concierge Class lunch [which is also available to Captain's Club Zenith members, to back-to-back guests, and occasionally by invitation [so I've been told], to the highest playing guests of the casino's Blue Chip Club] is the only sit-down/waiter service lunch offered in the Main Dining Room [or on Edge, in one of the four Main Dining Rooms]--fleet wide--on embarkation day... Suite guests have access to sit-down/waiter service embarkation day lunch in Luminae... Otherwise, lunch is available on embarkation on a self-service basis a
  16. Edge offers no more entertainment in The Retreat Lounge than is offered in The Retreat Lounge/Michael's Club on any of Celebrity's other ships... When offered--and it sometimes is not--I've never seen it more than once/week [which is the duration of Edge's current Caribbean itineraries]… Unless something has changed very recently, it has certainly not been a nightly event...
  17. Seems that Captain Kate made the right decision relative to your port call at Costa Maya today... You will note from the following that Reflection encountered some complications after arrival at Costa Maya yesterday...
  18. In another current thread, the original poster indicated that she is considering booking a five day cruise on Infinity... The new gratuity rates apply to all bookings made on and after January 6, 2020... For those who booked prior to that date, one must prepay gratuities in full prior to embarkation date to secure the former rates... If not prepaid, the new rates will be charged daily to the guest's onboard account... Here's a link--including a schedule of the old/new rates and transition rules--to the related announcement... http://creative.rcc
  19. It depends upon your stateroom category. The per person daily rate by stateroom category are listed on Celebrity’s website. Sorry I don’t remember them all; they changed in early January...
  20. I was relatively certain that your comment was unintentional... Original poster is a first time cruiser—any line—and happens to be sailing in Aqua Class... Just didn’t want them to be searching for a lunch option that isn’t available....
  21. With respect and to avoid confusion, Blu doesn’t serve lunch... Blu does feature a few specialty cocktails at dinner that also exceed the price limit associated with the Classic Beverage Package... Same deal; pay the difference plus 20% gratuity on the upcharge amount.
  22. No secret! It’s been clear from the outset that—due to weight/balance considerations—no pool could be added to revolutionized M-Class and S-Class ships upon addition of the Retreat Sundeck areas... Edge is smaller than her S-Class sisters—with about the same guest capacity—but Edge weighs a good bit more (some related to the additional forward pool; some related to the midships Magic Carpet) than the S-Class ships...
  23. At double occupancy, Edge carries 2900 guests... By comparison, Royal Caribbean Oasis-Class ships—the ships that feature “Headliner” entertainment—carry about 5500 guests at double occupancy... I happen to be generally satisfied with the shows on Celebrity but would guess—if I understand the context of your question correctly—that they are akin to what you would find on Royal ships of equivalent size... Truth is most Royal ships are larger than Celebrity’s largest—Reflection (3150 guests)—but the others don’t feature “Headliners” either... No need—or ability—to reserv
  24. By definition, AquaClass staterooms accommodate a maximum of two guests... Not true in Suite-Class categories--triple and quadruple occupancy is permitted--so as to sometimes [I've seen it with some frequency including a nightly group of eight (two families who didn't care for Luminae and insisted upon being seated together)] further strain seating availability in Blu for AquaClass guests...
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