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  1. While I do not consume alcohol, I am very disappointed regarding the snacks. Not only do my kids eat the Pringles, we would save a couple of cans and bring them with us when we went ashore. Since we do not buy food on shore, it was nice to have the Pringles to tide us over if we were gone all day, through lunch. Now we won't have that little extra. Were we abusing the system, and the cause of this downgrade? Who knows...?
  2. This is not entirely true. Princess has free unlimited laundry for suites, and also the wonderful suite breakfast in Sabbatini's (which is comparable to the YC restaurant). However having all meals in the YC restaurant, the private pool deck, unlimited drinks, etc. on MSC definitely makes the YC a superior experience for a lot less money. Ooh, both lines also have priority tendering for suites/YC.
  3. You need a YC card to get access to the cabin area, so you will be able to access the pool area (just walk up the stairs) which includes food. There is also a bar up there, and they will give you whatever drinks you want. They also do not 'card' in the Top Sail Lounge, so I would imagine that you would be able to get free food and drinks there. It is possible that the restaurant won't seat you because you won't be on their 'list'.
  4. We booked a June 2020 cruise in YC on Seaside last January. At the time, our 3rd passenger was 16% of the cost of the first or second passenger. When we booked a similar cabin for June 2018, the 3rd and 4th passengers were $100 each. The 3rd passenger was still very cheap compared to the first 2. I guess MSC is trying to make more $$$ without raising the advertised fares?
  5. It's definitely a cost savings. Hotels are doing this too. I have a lot of status in Bonvoy, and I am horrified to see their hotels slowly moving over to these communal bottles. It's so cheap and un-classy, but they're doing it to save money. I expect this kind of cheapness in a Motel 6, but not in a nice hotel or on a nice cruise ship. And when people complain, they say that they're just being 'environmentally friendly'. If they really wanted to be environmentally friendly, they could only provide the small bottles on request. They could also recycle the plastic of which the bottles are made. Or even use metal bottles like they do for the water. They're not searching out a better solution because they don't want to; this increases the bottom line and they can claim to be environmentally friendly. Yuck.
  6. In case anyone is interested, during our cruise I discovered that the concierge staterooms on Edge have those awful 'communal' big bottles. No individual shampoo or conditioner. 😞
  7. So when I boarded Edge on June 29, I went straight to Guest Services to change my beverage package from Classic Alcoholic to Premium Non-Alcoholic. The woman helping me said that she could do that and went about changing it... then she seemed to encounter a problem. So she called someone. I was getting nervous. Finally, she told me what was going on. It seems that we already had the Premium Alcohol package and therefore she couldn't downgrade me to Premium Non-Alcoholic. I have no idea how we got the premium package, since the offer we purchased and our documents from the TA clearly said Classic. But we didn't complain; we just took the Premium package and ran! But, for those who are interested, the woman at Guest Services was certainly willing to change a Classic Alcohol package to Premium Non-Alcoholic.
  8. Will do! It's always good to hear of real experiences.
  9. CELEBRITY MOVE UP TRACKER Ship: Edge Length of Cruise: 7 days Cruise Sail Date: June 29, 2019 Date email offer received: approx 45 days out Captain’s Club Tier: Elite Booked through Celebrity Direct OR via TA: TA Current Cabin: E1 Bid? Yes/No: Yes If YES - Bidding Details: Cabin Category: C2 Bid Offer: $100 pp Notification Date: 2 weeks in advance of cruise Accepted / Rejected Accepted General Comments (offer details, etc.) I made the lowest offer possible and was told that it was 'weak' but to my surprise it was accepted anyway. I appreciated the early notice, so that I had a chance to print out new boarding passes and luggage tags. The concierge upgrade would have been about $500 pp had we booked it initially.
  10. Thank you everyone for the responses! We board Edge on June 29, so I will try immediately going to guest services and trying to downgrade to premium non-alcoholic. It's certainly worth a shot!
  11. Thank you so much for the replies! As long as I can get cans of soda on the Classic package, I will be good. I like having them in the room fridge, and bringing them on shore.
  12. We received the Classic beverage package with our cruise booking. I do not drink alcohol, but I always get a soda package. I just discovered that the Classic package does not include canned soda. Would it be possible for me to downgrade my 'Classic' package to 'Premium Non-Alcoholic'? If so, to whom should I speak once onboard?
  13. I just got notified that our moveup offer (minimum cost listed, said to be 'weak') to concierge class as accepted! Fortunately, our new cabin is in a good location and we're very happy. I was looking through the 'perks' of concierge class on this site: https://www.icruise.com/cruise-lines/celebrity-cruises-concierge-class.html It says that in concierge class, there are no wall dispensers for shampoo and conditioner, and that it actually comes in individual containers. Is this still the case on Edge, which prides itself on no one-time-use plastics? Or do you have the wall dispensers even in concierge/aqua/suites?
  14. Just so you know, you don't have to do this. Every day on YC, they bring out fresh pizza on the pool deck at the little buffet there. IIRC, it was 3 or 4 pm. We discovered this by happy accident one day and then dropped by regularly for the rest of the cruise!
  15. I didn't see any dining discounts, which is what I was looking to buy. I already got our one shore excursion booked last time they had a 'discount on extras' promotion.
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