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bigbenboys

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    Celebrity
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  1. If I remember right. I thought you have to call the Celebrity's Captains Club to inform them that you have cruised on RCL in the past. I also thought you had to do the same with Azamara. That you have cruised on Celebrity in the past. We have only cruised on Azamara once and we were Discoverer Plus, because of our cruises with Celebrity. Has this changed? We are thinking of doing Azamara again, Azamara is cruising the Black Sea again.
  2. Here are a few times things when cruising just did not go right. 1) We were booked on the Reflection 14 night cruise. As this was not a Panama canal cruise. Friends from Germany booked a all day tour with Celebrity for Panama. The tour took them to the Pacific Ocean and back to the ship. Something happen and their bus missed the ferry. We were invited to a sail-away on the H-pad. We were told that we would be leaving late, because a bus is getting back late. It was their bus. 2) We were on a cruise in Japan. Talk was spreading through the ship that we had left 2 people behind. We had left the dock, but was still in the bay. Our ship stopped and we watched a pilot ship came ship side and the 2 cruise passengers came on board. 3) We were on a cruise in Asia on Millie. It all started with fog at Inchon South Korea Cruise Port. We were delayed docking because of fog. They had canceled the demilitarized zone tours and the tours to Seoul you saw things late day or evening. We left late the next day because of the fog. Our next stop was Beijing for 2 nights 3 days, but because of the fog we lost one day in Beijing. We had only booked a 2 day tour with a private tour company. We had seen the Great Wall a number of years ago, so 2 days in Beijing was enough us. We had used the same tour company the year before in Shanghai. So I emailed my contact for our tour and slid our 2 day tour with overnight one day. They asked if this was just us or the whole ship. I told them that the ship was docking 1 day late. Our cruise was ending in Shanghai. The year before everything had gone very smooth leaving Millie. I had planned on flying out that day. We had a email from Celebrity that they might do finger printing at customs. They did not do that the year before. So I booked our nonstop to Seattle for the next day. Guest what.....fog. The cruise ship was not allowed to enter the bay. Our ship did not dock until 3pm. Things happen that are out of your control.
  3. We did a Celebrity 2 day tour in St Petersburg. Ours was Peterhof Palace, Hermitage and Yusupov Palace. We rarely do private tours. If your docked for 3 days then I would do a 2 day private tour. We did enjoy our tour. It is my understanding the smaller the group the more you will see. Less waiting for people to return. Russia is not a country I would want to be left on the docks. The grounds of Peterhof Palace are beautiful. I really liked Yusupov Palace. The home of Felix Yusupov. The Palace was the site of Grigori Rasputin's murder in the early morning of December 17, 1916. There is so much to see in and around St Petersburg.
  4. I also see the main problem being if the airport is closed. What will your airline do for you. Might want to consider changing your cruise to a b2b if the 2nd leg would end lets say in Singapore. Do you have a visa for China. Take the bullet train from HK to Shanghai, it is about 8 hours and fly home from Shanghai. Get yourself to Macau and fly out of their. When 911 happened my parents were in Vancouver, BC getting on a Princess cruise. Princess had 2 ships in port. Turned 1 ship into a hotel for guest, because planes were grounded. Filled the 2nd ship with the new cruisers from both ships and they went on their Alaska cruise.
  5. Chic nights only apply to the MDR. All other restaurants are smart casual every evening. Lunch is served in Luminae on embarkation day and sea days only. Lunch is from 12:00 to 1:30 most of the time. Breakfast closes at 9am on port days and 9:30 on sea days. If the app is up and running you can check the app for open and closing hours.
  6. Sorry for the double post. They said my 1st post was hidden. Now it is not.
  7. Let me tell you a story of a man call Jed. One of the reasons we started booking suites is because in Blu you could not order off the MDR menu. Yes some people have gotten meals from the MDR in Blu. I do enjoy Luminae on all Celebrity, but the Edge. I also do not eat "exotic" things. I dont eat Lamb, veal, pigeon, quail or pheasant. Dont get me wrong, if I'm at a dinner party and lamb is the only option I will eat it. One night in Luminae I enjoyed my shrimp appetizer. My entree was pork and it was dry and not very good. I'm not one to send food back, but I did. I asked our waiter that we had cruised with a number of times. Please removed this entree. I asked if they could just bring me another shrimp appetizer. He went and had them make the shrimp appetizer into a entree.
  8. Why are you taking this cruise? Are you cruising for ship life or the destinations. I enjoy the M Class ships for Asia and Northern Europe. The S Class ships for the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. FYI. I'm not sure what Celebrity ship we did our Panama cruise on. Our ship cruised west to California. I booked cabins on the north side of the ship. The sun can be very intense near the equator.
  9. Celebrity at its best. Consistent on being non consistent. Rogue management on the cruise ships. What I see is a lack of upper management not doing their jobs. That bitter pill in my mouth is getting bigger. I do like the smoothie's, but dont get them very often.
  10. You can ask your butler to see the Luminae menus or ask in The Retreat for the menus and decide if you like the dinner options a day ahead. If the app is up and running you should be able to see the menus their. If you dont see something talk to the staff in Luminae and come up with a custom meal for that day. You must give the staff 24 hours notice.
  11. I think it is too early to know what the HK airport will be like in Dec. I would look into options. I like options 2 or 4. 1. What is your airline doing now for its passengers flying out of HK? 2. Turn your cruise into a b2b and fly home out of Singapore. 3. Travel by boat or bus to Macau and fly to Shanghai. 4. Bullet train from HK to Shanghai. Business Class around $500 pp. 5. Get yourself to Guangzhou and fly out of their. I did this but in reverse. We did a taxi from Guangzhou to the HK border. Our options at the time were a taxi or over night boat in a room that slept 40 people. Shanghai – Hong Kong High-Speed Trains Distance: 1,991 kilometers (1,237 miles) Train number: G99/G100 Duration: around 8 hours Terminals: Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station Main stops: Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Changsha, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong
  12. I think it is to early to know what the HK airport will be like in Dec. I would look into options. I like options 2 or 4. 1. What is your airline doing now for its passengers flying out of HK? 2. Turn your cruise into a b2b and fly home out of Singapore. 3. Travel by boat or bus to Macau and fly to Shanghai. 4. Bullet train from HK to Shanghai. Business Class around $500 pp. 5. Get yourself to Guangzhou and fly out of their. I did this but in reverse. We did a taxi from Guangzhou to the HK border. Our options at the time were a taxi or over night boat in a room that slept 40 people. Shanghai – Hong Kong High-Speed Trains Distance: 1,991 kilometers (1,237 miles) Train number: G99/G100 Duration: around 8 hours Terminals: Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (Chinese: 上海虹桥站), Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station (Chinese: 西九龙站) Main stops: Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Changsha, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong
  13. We enjoyed our cabins 1114 and 1116. I didnt smell and food smells. We love the location. The elevator took us right down to Blu. The aft stairs were great for access to aft bar and OVC on deck 10. It's each to their own. If we all liked the same things, this world would be very boring. If your looking to open up the balconies, deck 11 is your deck when it come to M Class ships.
  14. I must be reading this wrong. Someone that is entertaining in Eden stops by Cafe al Bacio and sits down at my table. I should not say go away. I the paying customer should get up and say excuse me and leave my coffee and dessert. I would think it rude if anyone sat at my table in Eden without asking.
  15. While the Edge is not my cup of tea. I'm 60 young LOL. With a little over 50 cruises under my belt. We were very disappointed in Celebrity Edge SuiteClass. I'm trying to sum it up in a couple of words. The Edge SuiteClass has no charm. I hope the other ship dont lose their charm. Only time will tell. If we book the Edge again it will be in AquaClass. There is the silent disco, a 2 story night club and many dining options. I can see how younger generations might like the Edge. The Edge is great for the Caribbean as many of us cruisers have done most of the ports a number of time. So less time running off the ship and more time to enjoy the ship during the day and nights. But if your cruising the Med, you might be spending more time off the ship. The focus of the cruise is more itinerary driven.
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