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  1. 2 hours ago, Ourusualbeach said:

    Just found out that starting tomorrow cruises 15 days or longer will now have a 120 day final payment date and a higher deposit (unsure of amount).  Guests already booked will not see any changes to their bookings

    yep - just received the following from RCL.


    About Your Upcoming Travels 

    Dear Guest,

    As of today, guests will now have up until 120 days prior to sailing to make their final payment for sailings that are 15 nights or greater. Additionally, there will be a higher deposit amount required, per person, for new bookings made for sailings that are 15 nights or greater after today.

    Kindly note, there will be no changes to your booking and payment schedule since you booked prior to these changes.

    Thank you for your understanding. We can’t wait to welcome you onboard!


    Royal Caribbean International




  2. Just now, bikerunner said:

    Kind of agree with that as they will keep more ships in the Caribbean for foreseeable future it looks like.  Since they added Port Canaveral, would not be shocked within next year or so we see Celebrity out of Galveston also.  

    I don't know - Royal has a pretty good thing going from Galveston and not sure they want to have Celebrity compete with themselves.  Unless they leave RCL doing just Cozumel, Costa Maya & Roatan and have X come in and do longer trips to say Jamaica, Aruba etc.  That might work for them.  The terminal RCL built in Galveston is great btw.

  3. 2 hours ago, DimSum said:

    @cruisestitch it would be a family of 4.  2 adults and 2 teens.  From the responses, looks like it would be a very tight fit. I tried looking for pictures of the cabin of how the turndown service would be like but couldn't find any.  

    Since you asked, honestly would not go with just one room.  Tight, one bathroom, space limitations, etc.  Better to get connecting rooms and enjoy the time at sea.

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  4. On 9/9/2023 at 10:49 AM, JHLH821 said:

    We have booked an Alaskan cruise for 2025 on Nova. We selected a mid-ship location but I see there are aft cabins available on decks, 6, 8 and 9.  Does anyone have feedback(positive and negative) if you have recently sailed, or are on the ship now in relation to movement, noise, etc.  There is also white space adjacent to the area (assuming this is a crew area) which we typically avoid.

    Thank you


    The problem is the answer to your question is subjective.  First, the new SS (& others) are being built better and run smoother, so motion is less & less of an issue.  However (now the subjective part) some people feel the smallest movement and others feel none. I fall in the category that the motion of the ocean doesn't bother me one bit.  I love the aft cabins on the right voyage - ie one that is not headed east due to afternoon west sun - and never had motion issues.  Others want to be as close to the exact middle of the ship as possible - more middle, less motion,   Aft cabins allow you to see more from your balcony vs one side of the vessel.  But others will say you can see more from the top deck.  Each to their own.  I will say one issue I dont like about aft cabins is you tend to get no breeze in the back.  On the sides, you can lean out & and enjoy the breeze, but in the back it tends to be dead air.   My suggestion is try it once - you'll either find you like it or don't.

  5. 1 minute ago, bikerunner said:

    Which is a very real thing from talking to people I use to work in with in the Hospitality industry.  Many things are available then just are not available for months out.  Doubt it will ever get back to a normalcy that it once was at this point.  

    unfo i think you are right - normality is gone,

  6. 18 hours ago, SchoolNurseMom said:

    I’ve had some themed cookies made that I’d like to carry on the ship to surprise members of our group. Is this allowed in carry on? Or do I need to come up with a way to safely put them in my suitcase? Any ideas? 

    From RCL FAQ: (does not say homemade or store)

    Guests are not allowed to bring on board any food items other than dry, non-perishable snack items (cookies, crackers, chips, energy bars, etc). 

  7. On 9/4/2023 at 10:50 AM, Texas Tillie said:


    With the remodeling of the Crystal ships, I don't think the comparison on size "works". The Symphony is now 606 passengers, basically the same as Muse, Dawn, Moon and Spirit. The Serenity is 740 passengers, basically the same as Nova.


    I came back from the Serenity 2 weeks ago and the food, service, entertainment and enrichment was much better than my experience on the Muse last December. I'll be on the Nova at the end of this month to give Silversea another chance.


    For anyone who sailed on the old Crystal, the new Crystal is as good as ever. 


    Expecting to hear from the usual suspects telling me that my opinions are not valid but theirs always are.🤪

    For one who never sailed Crystal, can you give me a short comparison of cabin/bathroom size?  I seem to remember small cabins was an issue on Crystal but could be mistaken.  TIA

  8. 4 hours ago, DaKahuna said:


     Try looking here.   Just keep in mind, they do not always have all the brands in stock at all times. For example, my favorite rum, Zacapa 23, I do not believe is carried any longer by Celebrity's distributor and so has not been available on our last couple of cruises.  




    Have noticed a lot of brands missing - under the "supply chain issues" of course.

  9. 5 hours ago, Cruise till you drop said:

    How about we just answer the OP’s question instead of an IV haters page 

    This question has been answered before in several threads.  NO - the a/c will not work if the window is open.  The separators are not doors - they are folding dividers. 

    And to another's questions, the lowering of the window is not quiet - they squeal as one would expect after being subject to salt air, similar to real balcony doors.

    Also, just FYI - The window can / will be locked by the bridge if raining or when rooms are being washed.


  10. 16 hours ago, Jim_Iain said:

    Wonder if it is just a screw up on Celebrity Website





    Would not surprise me.  I have seen some voyages where the first page on the web showed the Retreat as sold out, however when you get to the select your category page Retreat cabins are available.  It makes sense they will "fill the gap" so to speak

  11. 9 hours ago, jollyjones said:


    Definitely don't take your brain.

    I just did one on the Moon and it was insultingly simplistic - for anyone with even a smattering of cooking skills it certainly won't teach you anything.

    And it was disturbingly lacking in basic kitchen hygiene.


    Sorry you didn't enjoy it.  I viewed it more as an "experience" than a "lesson" and found it to be fun.

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  12. On 8/28/2023 at 1:23 PM, Luv2Cruise1016 said:

      Silver Dawn spectacular, food amazing, SALT bar our evening hangout.  Weather perfect for 10 of the 12 days and even the other 2 were just a bit misty.  Life is good, glad to be home.

    Yep got to admit the Dawn is our new favorite.  Sitting outside at La Terrazza on a beautiful day is hard to beat.  We did the SALT cooking class and had a ball....worth it, but take a glass of wine.

  13. Just now, Ken the cruiser said:

    HAL has a separate Club Orange dining room on their Pinnacle class ships which suite guests automatically get access to. Princess has their Reserve Collection (formerly Club Class) dining room for those in suites.


    HAL also has the Neptune Lounge for their suite guests and from what I understand PCL has a separate lounge for their suite guests on their Royal-class ships.

    Good to know, thanks.  For some reason we have not looked at HAL much in the past but I am starting to at least check out the schedules to see if anything catches my eye.

  14. 3 minutes ago, Ken the cruiser said:

    What private pool? 

    Some of the Celebrity vessels sell the suites as "The Retreat" & that includes a private pool & bar area requiring a suite key to enter.  Suite guest also have a separate dining area and cocktail lounge.  The Retreat is a big draw.

  15. 6 minutes ago, basenji56 said:

    But do HAL and Princess have a private pool?  That seems to be a big factor in favor of Celebrity? 

    and I don't know (don't think) if they (HAL/Princ) have a private dining option for suite (or a private lounge).

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