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    Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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    cruising, figure skating fan
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    Whichever one I'm on or going on next!
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  1. Hope the original posters continue to feel well and enjoy their time together. Please do let us know your test results. We were on this same cruise and my DH came down with, what we believe is the flu, within two weeks of coming home. He did have a fever for a couple of days, as well as cough, muscle weakness, etc. that goes along with the flu, but never did he experienced any kind of shortness of breath or difficulty breathing which is a symptom of Covid19. He still has a bit of a lingering cough. There were quite a few passengers with coughs and one of our party of six picked that up before the end of the cruise. Hope everyone stays healthy through this pandemic and that we’ll all be with family and friends and enjoy being on the seas again soon. Please stay home if you can and wash your hand frequently!
  2. We were off the Reflection Tuesday as soon as it was cleared and before any announcements about any action by the taxi drivers. We were able to walk out of the port and meet our independent tour without incident and noticed a number of taxis waiting outside the gates, but that is not unusual so took no notice. Our tour operator bundled our groups into five taxis and sent us off to our beach club and we we returned via taxis without incident and did notice a large number of taxi drivers just outside the gates. We learned nothing about all the cancelled excursions or disruption until friends who stayed onboard told us. Hope they get this figured out to the satisfaction of all and the local economy continues to grow and benefit from all the tourism the ships bring in.
  3. Please let guest relations or shore excursions know of your unsatisfactory excursion experience, they rely on guest feedback so they know what third party vendors to employ in the future, improving the experience for future guests. Also, they may offer you some compensation. We too have enjoyed a break from the MDR to enjoy the buffet and dining alfresco with its beautiful aft views. Remember to check the buffet description on the back of Celebrity Today as sometimes they have special themes, like ‘A taste of Italy’ which are often a nice treat from the standard fare. Hoping you have a very relaxing sea day tomorrow, a smooth disembarkment and return to the real world of cook it and clean it yourself. 😂 Many thanks for your fun and informative blog!
  4. We are really enjoying your fun and informative live blog ; thanks for all your time and commitment, especially to trying all those wines! Lol We appreciate your rating scales and your reasonable expectations of the entertainment; entertainment is far down our list of priorities when it comes to cruising so we too are happy to be entertained. We will be cruising Reflection this month so are following along with great anticipation! Wishing you a wonderful cruise experience.
  5. If your family are fans of the Amazing Race then check out the Amazing Race Cozumel. We did it a few years ago and had so much fun! Very well organized, safe, and a great way to experience something different in Cozumel! Google it!
  6. Welcome to Barcelona! Just wondering how fast you were able to complete the turnaround day documentation and process. Our turnaround is when we have a Celebrity fulll day tour to Rome, so curious how they expedite the process. Safe travels back home..
  7. Any idea on best cabins for three adults ? We have always traveled with two adults in one room an a group of three kids in another room, but now we need three adults in a room, and two adults in another room, Two will be Elite and another a gold level member in one room. Will be joined by one gold member and one cruise newbie in their separate cabin. We should be able to make it work but any tricks, tips or words of advice to make it easier for three adults in a room and the most effiecent most of the space is greatly appreciated. If you have a tip to help us three in a cabin, it would be much appreciated. Dianne
  8. Thanks so much for your insights on your B2B on the Constellation! We board her in the morning for our B2B and reading your comments has us even more excited! We sailed on her two years ago and have been planning this B2B ever since! Safe & happy travels to you! Dianne
  9. We are considering sharing a cabin with a third adult family member and wondering just how comfortable the convertible sofas are for adults. Do they put some sort of a mattress topper on when they make up this bed? Im really concerned it may be too hard and uncomfortable for the adult that gets to sleep on it, but a second cabin is out of the question, so any advice on previous experiences and making do is appreciated. Dianne
  10. Thanks mcolem2v, we are just in Rome for the day, so are hoping the Celebrity excursion will maximize the time that we do have, 7:00 AM arrival, 7:00 PM departure, with the tour times 7:30 - 6:00 PM. We are on B2B cruises from Barcelona to Venice, Venice, Greek Isles, return, so have many ports and sights to see. We know that to thoroughly see a city one must spend a number of days, but a glimpse of Rome will inspire us to plan an in-depth visit.
  11. I know that many people swear by private and third party tours; we have been on our share of those too, but we have also enjoyed many wonderful Celebrity excursions. We are booked on Celebrity’s Rome the Eternal City excursion and looking for insights on it. We totally get that to see Rome properly we need a week minimum, but I’m just looking for insight as to what we can expect on this one day, ‘taste of’ excursion. It includes a portion of the Vatican museum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the outside of the Colosseum and Forum and a lunch. Would appreciate insights from anyone who has actually taken this excursion before. Thanks and safe travels everyone! Dianne
  12. My husband was awarded our first cruise on Celebrity through the Royal Bank of Canada’s reward and recognition program in 2004. Back then the banks would have very large numbers of its employees from all across Canada, as well as it US and Caribbean branches on a week long Caribbean cruise (and probably annoying the other passengers by theirs large numbers and taking over of certain areas of the ship at times). The event has grown so large that RBC now charters a whole ship, so no more interfering with other guests experiences. There are many Royal bankers who have become avid cruisers after being awarded their first one, a very expensive new way to enjoy travel and getting away from the stresses of work!
  13. OP, here the sizes I mentioned in my earlier post; hope your baby has lots of fun in their private pool, a luxury most other cruisers should be jealous of! 😀
  14. OP, Please do bring a small inflatable pool for your baby to enjoy. My husband and I have not travelled with a baby, but we have brought inflatable pools to use on our own balcony many times; we have enjoyed many private pool parties, mostly on the last sea days when deck space and chairs are at a premium. Helpful hint... we have used the cabin’s garbage can to fill our pool from the shower. We emptied it into the gutter/drain. We have used used different sizes, one just an inflatable foot bath, or a ‘ two foot’ pool and one big enough for four feet, thus a ‘four foot pool’, lol! We have surprised many fellow passengers when we have told them about our pool parties and have even invited fellow cruisers we have met to join us! Being considerate should be everyone’s responsibility, yours, your fellow passengers and crew. I hope you have a wonderful cruise vacation with your family! 😀
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