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About SueOverend

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    London, UK
  • Interests
    Travel, Cookery, Music, Skiing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Cunard, HAL
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  1. Yes, I can confirm. He came to our Cruise Critic meeting and was very charming. I have to say, I had no idea who he was though until at sailaway some of our American & Canadian cc group started screeming "Rick". I had a quick chat with him and he seemed very nice. I've got a couple of pics of him too. He dined on the Captain's table on the first formal night. Not sure whether he left half way through the cruise, as I didn't see him again. However we were having such a good time, I probably didn't notice! It was a great cruise and the Equinox is a great ship.
  2. We were on the June 18th sailing of the Eclipse to the Baltic and we loved it. Haven't posted a review yet and yes I know I need to make the time. The crew were great, the ship beautiful. Only complaint was a few "not so good" meals in the main dining room and a poor shore excursion in Copenhagen. Everything else was fantastic and would happily sail on her again at the first opportunity. I think a lot of the negative British reviews come from peope who are seasoned P&O cruisers, who are trying Celebrity for the first time. It is a very different experience on P&O and much more "British". A lot of Brits don't like change and Celebrity is very different in many areas. I think a lot of passengers forget that the cabins are on the whole cheaper on Celebrity, but the drinks etc are much more expensive. Swings and roundabouts I feel. I just hate it when people spend their entire cruise moaning - you should always make the best of every situation, enjoy and be thankful that you're on a beautiful ship, sailing on the ocean. We'll be sticking with Celebrity! Sue
  3. Totally agree - we were on the same sailing on Eclipse and had the Premium Package. Had at least one freshly squeezed OJ every day, if not two, and at least one Latte. We had a couple of glasses of wine each day with lunch and they were $9.75 a glass. A few drinks in the afternoon on sea days as well, together with a couple of Martinis before dinner, 3 or 4 glasses of wine in the dining room and a night cap and I think we were running at about double the cost of the package! Even on the two St Petersburg days, we hit the bar as soon as got back on the ship and had numerous rounds in the passport bar, to ease the aching legs!! Go for it - you will love it. Sue
  4. Loved the Eclipse, our first experience of a Solstice class ship. Thought the public spaces were the nicest design and the Eclipse was most beautiful ship we have ever been on. We loved the Lawn Club and really enjoyed when live music was being played in the atrium below - it was great that you could hear the music in lots of different bars and get a good view of what was going on from above. My main criticism would be the lack of elevators / stairs at the back of the ship. Would love to book a corner S1, but the lack of access to the other floors without walking all the way along the corridor would be a deal breaker for me i.e. The Sunset Bar etc. Also worries me in case of a fire. We had a fantastically positioned CS and hope one day to be in a position to book one of these again. Having seen our friends CC cabin, I agree that the bedside tables and lack of drawer space is poorly designed. Even in the CS, it was a shame there were no drawers in the huge TV unit - only cupboards. Sue
  5. We have just got a great price reduction of just over £1300 (c$2000) on our September cruise in the Eastern Med. There was no problem with getting this rate - just had to move to a W Guarantee (Suite), instead of the S2 Suite we had booked. We were actually on board the Eclipse at the time and was very lucky that I'd decided to check the prices whilst on board. The Future Cruise sales office were brilliant and contacted London for me and sorted it all out. Two days later we were allocated our cabin and were given our original Suite back. We did book direct with Celebrity and our final payment is not due until 24th July - don't know whether this makes a difference. The prices have since gone up a lot and our now higher than our original price. Thank you Celebrity! Sue
  6. Whilst on board the Eclipse last week, I spotted that our 19th Sept sailing to the Eastern Med had dropped by just over $2000 (S2 category) if we switched our booking to a W Suite Guarantee. We jumped at the chance, but were in the middle of the Baltic Sea - fortunately the future cruise office on board emailed London and by the next day we had the new confirmation at the lower price. Two days later we were allocated a cabin and we were given our original cabin back! Can't quite believe it. We had booked direct with Celebrity so had therefore not made our final payment, which helps. I was so lucky as I hadn't checked since we had been on board - must have picked the right day to look! Sue
  7. We just got off the Eclipse and were given Elite Status - we were in a Celebrity Suite and were actually only Classic. Unfortunately, we had already purchased the Premium Drinks Package, so did not use the free cocktail hours in Michaels Club. However, the free internet package and 30 items of laundry each was very useful. There were lots of other coupons that we didn't use - 14 nights and we never found the time!! Sue
  8. We've just got off of The Eclipse and had CS 1237. Not on the angle, but in the middle of the hump so very private and so convenient for everything. Balcony was big enough for the 2 of us. Totally loved it. Sue
  9. Our cases are large and solid sides. We just opened up the cases and they then fitted under the bed easily.
  10. We've just got back from 14 nights on the Eclipse and loved the Premium Beverage Package. After a long hot 11 hour day in St Petersburg, we still managed 6 rounds in the Passport Bar - they slip down very easily I'm afraid!! We always made sure that we took drinks back to our suite, so that we had a few in the fridge when we fancied one (both soda and alcohol). The wine flowed pretty freely in the dining room by the glass and in Murano, I think we drank two bottles at 9.75 per glass. We had freshly squeezed OJ at least once a day and at least one coffee from Cafe Al Baccia. Always had Evian and San Pelligrino in the fridge and if we were sunning ourselves on the balcony, a quick visit by one of us to one of the bars and we had a glass of wine each to sip in the sun. There was never a problem getting served with the package and we obviously got to know quite a few of the bar staff. The Martini Bar was our favourite of course! If you don't drink much on holiday, it's not for you, but for us it was a no brainer. Sue
  11. Elena, You're a star, didn't want you to go to that much effort! sue
  12. Hi Elena, Can you confirm whether the bed is 5ft wide or 6ft wide. I seem to get conflicting answers. Celebrity say Queen, but that would be only 5ft wide, which would make the twin beds only 2ft 6" wide, which I think is very narrow and unlikely. Important question for us! Thanks. Sue
  13. Independence of the Seas - both in and out
  14. Anni, We will be docking in Warnemunde in June (Celebrity Eclipse) and are thinking of hiring a car. Do you know of any companies that would deliver a car direct to us in the Cruise Terminal / Dock? I've had a look on line and I'm not having much joy. Many thanks. Sue
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