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  1. Great news we board soon! I had been worried about fitting in those tiny chairs at the beginning of the cruise and was sure I would have no chance by the end!
  2. It isn’t just about the food it is also about service and ambience. The MDR is always a bit chaotic first night....servers don’t know your water, drink, food preferences. New cruisers may want explanations of menu.... We always dine in Tuscan first night. There is just something so magical about looking at the wake view. Sometimes we are lucky enough to see port or ship lights in the distance....we know at last we are at sea. We will slowly sip our first drink, peruse the menu we know very well and just switch into cruise mode.... We board soon, yes we are booked in...
  3. We board in just over a week...I am getting fidgety that we will then only have one booked, we usually have 3/4 lined up. Totally agree... My husband always says I look ten years younger by day three of the cruise but that could just be his beverage package kicking in....
  4. Ask your butler to arrange it for you. Good manners to ask the day before and not request peak dining time. If you just turn up (anytime) they probably will just seat you but not really fair on Aqua guests.
  5. Whilst I generally don’t exit the ship with a cold I do find I my nasal passages really dry out on a cruise...Also I can wake up with a tickly throat. Probably a combination of air conditioning, pool water, sunshine....I usually use a mild nasal spray which is part cleanser and part allergy. Since I have used it far less symptoms... It can be hard to differentiate between ‘cold’, ‘allergy’, ‘sinus infection’....May be worth discussing with your doctor. By the way most of the pillows on Celebrity cruises have a feather component, could that be part (or all) of the problem?
  6. I just wish Luminae would add an extra entree or two then guests wouldn’t need to supplement the menu with something from the MDR...
  7. I have no personal issue with this as we rarely watch tv. However, I feel it is morally wrong that many regular Celebrity cruisers may board soon and be disappointed. I do understand that movie time can be down time for children. I do understand that many guests enjoy ‘nodding off’ with an afternoon film. I do understand that many guests (especially after a full port day) enjoy a crash out in room film. If Celebrity communicates the change to customers then they do have the option to load iPads, buy cables....but with no warning, only disappointment awaits. Going to guest services and registering a complaint will not help them on their present cruise. Many guests will have expected free movies as a part of their cruise experience and it is no longer there, no one told them and for some of them it is important. As I say, not important for us, but I cannot just dismiss the issue as I genuinely think it is important to many fellow cruisers. I do understand that company policies and priorities change but Celebrity need to be far more proactive in ensuring their guests do not board and find their experience is less good than expected...
  8. You know this is perhaps the most annoying thing...At least those of us on CC that know there are no longer any free movies can work on plan B...How many none CC readers will board and just find something they expected (and possibly valued) has gone?
  9. In our experience on Celebrity you can usually wait until boarding and still manage to book the nights you want at the time you want. However, if you pre book individual restaurants pre cruise then you will pay full price. You can pre book a package. If you do this you will save (more the bigger the package you book). On boarding you will find a card in your room with a reservation for night 1 or 2. If you don’t like your reservation simply visit one of the speciality restaurants or stands and change it and at the same time make the rest of your bookings. I strongly suggest you do make your bookings at this time. If you leave it until later in the cruise you will probably still be able to get in but may not get your preferred time. Alternatively you can board and look for offers. On some cruises guests report good discounts above the saving made by booking a package. If you enjoy haggling, are not particularly bothered about specific times or days then this could be the way to go! Personally, we love the speciality restaurants but don’t like haggling and have previously booked a package. Murano’s is by far our favourite restaurant I suggest you give it a go, Tuscan has wonderful views and Le Petite Chef is great fun! Hope you have a fantastic cruise, we board in just over a week, can’t wait!
  10. We board September 23rd, I will do some posts and will let you know if no one else responds first...
  11. Whilst I don’t think I have ever watched a movie on any of our Celebrity Cruises I think it is very poor that they have stopped them...Cruise entertainment should be about choices, everything from big production shows to falling asleep in the afternoon half watching a film. I also feel that it is wrong that cuts seem to be just ‘slipped in’ ....Guests have booked cruises expecting to have movies available in their rooms just as concierge guests expected to cruise with footstools... We board Equinox in a couple of weeks now. We do still love the product but think it is about time Celebrity started asking guests about what is important to them and make it clear in their on line brochures what to expect. As The Big M says, if you can get movies in economy on a flight it seems a reasonable expectation to get at least a small selection in your room... Or maybe that wonderful IT system at Celebrity forgot to pay their provider the fee....
  12. I love to read well balanced comparative reviews. Yours was just that! Whilst we have never cruised Norwegian we used to cruise mainly RC. Like you, we love the smiling staff, better service level, better food and that calm ambience on Celebrity which at the end of a cruise leaves you feeling refreshed and relaxed....After the hustle and bustle on RC we often left feeling that we needed a holiday! I also love the way you comment on ‘what’s import’ to each of us....You are so right. It is about identifying what you want/need from a cruise that helps you make good choices.
  13. As others have said, should not be a problem. Have a fantastic time! One nice thing about booking something like this is when other family members ask about suitable presents you will not be short of ideas. A photography package on board may be nice or perhaps some binoculars or a camera...
  14. When this service was introduced for RS and PH it was at first really ‘hit and miss’. Sometimes no information got through, sometimes all the information got through and quite bizarrely on other cruises bits got through like the spirits we had requested but not the beers and sodas. I assume the shoreside concierge forwards to the ship but then it depends if the information actually gets to the staff who need it...
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