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  1. 15 minutes ago, the penguins said:

    Just curious. With the current Always Included pricing the only benefit of moving from Elite to Elite+ is 1 bag of laundry per person. Yes the points help if they get you to Elite - 1 bag of laundry and the Elite breskfast - but it still seems a lot of effort.

     

    But some people really like that bag of laundry. 

  2. When I booked a concierge cabin once, I was underwhelmed with the embarkation lunch. The only benefit was the quiet vs. the buffet.  With the other normal restaurants on the sea day, I don't see the advantage.

     

    I never saw the benefit of concierge and went back to Aqua for my one free bottle of water on embarkation.  Do they still have that?

  3. On 7/11/2021 at 11:59 AM, Pcardad said:

    When the dress code police pay for my ticket, they can have a say in what I wear. Until then, it's MYOB time. 

     As long as it's not a see through mesh dress please!

  4. 1 minute ago, Wendy The Wanderer said:

    So, Orlando to Montreal?  Sounds interesting!  Not sure about your question, but I suspect not.  We really enjoyed the Intercontinental when we did a cruise out of Montreal several years back.  Close to Old Montreal (which may or may not be where the ship docks.)

     

    The cruise is out of Miami to Montreal.  I fly back to Orlando.  How could I find out which Montreal dock the Navigator will use?

  5. Thankx to the suggestions on this board, I decided to take the air credit for Orlando to Miami and Montreal to Orlando.  I'm sure both sets of economy would have included at least two legs resulting about 7 or more hours travel times each direction.

     

    In it's place, I'm renting a car for $75 for the 3.5 hr drive to Miami, thus I don't have to park at any airport for 17 days.  When I fly back, I found a direct 3.25 hr flight from Montreal to Orlando and upgraded to business class.  Much better than the lengthy economy itinerary. 

     

    I never would have thought of that had it not been for some of the discussions.

    Does anyone know if I can swap the included pre cruise hotel to a post cruise hotel in Montreal?

  6. 12 hours ago, GOARMY said:

    Last night dinner.  Golf shirt does not have to be tucked-in; and shorts can be worn if utilizing the Pool Deck venue.  Golf shirt should be tucked-in to long pants (pleated or not) at Compass Rose, Sette Mari at La Veranda; or a specialty restaurant. 

     

    My DW told me pleated pants were out of fashion.  Does this mean I can wear mine on the cruise? 😉

  7. I just wanted to compliment you, @bnurick, on an excellent accounting of your experience. It was concise and factual.  I followed the whole thread and appreciate your detail.  Even more so, happy you had a great cruise without incident.  We'll be on the Apex in February so if the initial sailing is any indication, things are back to pretty much normal from a cruiser's perspective.

    Happy sailing.

  8. 27 minutes ago, flossie009 said:

    The "Download" button will only download the shore excursions for the one port, whereas using the "E-mail All Available Shore Excursions" option will instantly send you a pdf file of the excursions for all the ports on your cruise.

    Either option can be very useful in deciding your options before the reservations window opens.

     

    Yes I like the port by port option for my DW who doesn't want to get too overwhelmed by all the choices at once. 😁

  9. Yes you can print or download a PDF of each port's excursions. 

    • Go to Booked Cruises
    • Then click on the cruise title
    • You'll see a tab that says "Free Excursions and Onboard Activities"
    • Then click the "Select a Port" button
    • Select the port you want to see
    • Scroll down to just above the first excursion
    • You'll see a download option or a print option.

    I like to download so I can access it on my computer. I can always print the PDF later from my computer if I need a hard copy.

    Port excursions.jpg

  10. The first thing I would do is ask the TA if their OBC is refundable.  Like Jelayne I was caught by a TA's cross promotion that was not refundable.  I learned to ask after that.

     

    What I started doing with the refundable OBC is to go to guest relations to ask for the ROBC in cash.  Not only do I have walking around money but I don't get the cash back charge back on the credit card rewards.  If they won't give it to you in cash, then last resort, let it go to your card.

  11. On 6/24/2021 at 4:54 PM, Sussex Cruiser said:

    I can't imagine anything worse than meeting someone that has had that great vision to utterly destroy the Celebrity brand, and who will only be happy when it is a women only cruise line.

     

    I wonder if LLP will personally hand out 6oz bottles of water to Aqua Class cruisers when she greets them?

  12. 19 minutes ago, Tatka said:


         Booking insides, or rather not booking balconies, isn’t always motivated by financial situation, but rather how much one is using balconies or even cabin. Lately we book balconies if I work (remotely) more than a day from the ship. If this doesn’t happen we never in the room… and balcony is used mostly for my swimming suits to dry faster. 

     

    When we booked insides it was initially for price and we liked how dark it was for sleeping.  However the OP indicated the price difference between an inside and veranda was significant. So if not the inside then it would be a land vacation.  IMO if I had to choose between an inside or not sailing, the cabin wins. 

  13. We began cruising with inside cabins.  Then moved up to OV, then to veranda which included AQ and Concierge, then to a few sunset aft views.  We tried to go back to an inside and realized nope, nope nope.  Never again.

     

    But that's a personal choice since we're no longer motivated by saving money. As we age and our portfolios have done so well over the years, we've gotten accustomed to the creature comforts and benefits in the higher categories.

     

    We've just elevated to suites for our future cruises. I fear, as I've heard from others, we won't be able to go back to non-suites. 

     

    My feeling is if it's a budget thing and you don't spend much time in your cabin, then an inside should serve you well.  After all, a day in an inside is better than no day on the ship.

     

     

  14. 1 hour ago, JFontaine said:

    No. It's on another floor, same elevator bank. I read that some people go to the Retreat bar, and before they move on to Luminae, they ask the Retreat  hostess to call Luminae to see if there's a wait. I asked the hostess to do this and she looked at me like I was nuts, said there's never a wait, and refused to call. Yup, there was a wait. But it's a lovely space with a nice outdoor area, and a one minute trip from there to Luminae. 

     

    She should be demoted to Blu. lol

  15. 13 minutes ago, LGW59 said:

    Got a hold on Alaskan cruise on Viking Orion, Explorer Suite, 10 days May 2023, pretty much ALL inclusive, including RT airfare.  Lovely suite with huge aft wrap around deck.  Viking ocean cruises get very high ratings from US World & News.  Anyone ever done Viking ocean cruises?  I know, I should and will go to CC Viking cruises, just seems many of you have done and commented on the luxury cruises.  

     

    Yep US World & New must really know about cruise lines.   Don't forget to check Time Magazine and News Week too.

     

    I thought Viking Ocean was a premium not luxury line.  I must have been wrong.

  16. 7 hours ago, LGW59 said:

    I’ve got an APEX and BEYOND booked in 2022 but in 2023 I plan to do Alaska and am seriously considering one of the smaller “luxury “ lines for this cruise.  All of this information has been very helpful. 

     

    Since the cruise lines use dynamic pricing, you should book a smaller luxury ship sooner rather than later as the smaller inventory evaporates.

  17. 2 hours ago, Snore42 said:

     

    This wasn't a question about vaccinations working, it's about having breakthrough cases with a fully vaccinated group.    What happens in that case on board?   I would think the cruise line would treat it the same as having a covid outbreak at that point and put in jeopardy being accepted at the next port they are docking at.   

     

     

    The world is a different place from when nobody knew about covid or had vaccinations.  There will be medical protocols and isolation/quarantines. 

  18. In reading both the Celebrity and Regent boards, I'm getting the feeling I'm really going to enjoy sailing with y'all.  Regent cruisers just seem to be much more civil even when there's a disagreement in opinions.  A differing opinion there gets trounced upon by the most active.

     

    Look at the most Celebrity posted thread.  It's about crying because they didn't get the latest Power Up Point awarded for their jumping through a hoop, Celebrity didn't post the latest PUP activity soon enough or how important it is to reach the next "loyalty" level even though they've weakened the perks associated with those levels.

     
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