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  1. 46 minutes ago, neverlaysup said:

    Here is the Alcove booking page for my Silhouette cruise over Thanksgiving. Prices are $99 port day and $249 Sea day and they don't really include much considering I have a premium drink package.




    Indulge In A Day Of Luxurious Relaxation As You Unwind In Your Own Private, Cabana-Styled Haven On The Lawn Club.

    It's the perfect escape - within your vacation escape. Some of the pleasures include:

    • Stunning side-by-side views of lawn and sea, as you settle in underneath the shade of a chic, white awning.

    • Complimentary amenities - four bottles of water, a fresh fruit plate, hand-held fans, and chilled towels.

    • Ambient mood lighting for romantically cozy evenings.

    Once you're comfortably settled in, a simple phone call to your Alcove Attendant helps make your time even more special.

    He or she can help arrange a series of relaxing and refreshing enhancements:

    • Fresh, themed picnic baskets* from our specialty restaurants onboard - antipasti, Mediterranean seafood pasta, and salads from Tuscan Grille; jumbo shrimp cocktail, assorted berries, organic breads and healthy salads from Murano; fruit brochettes and country-inspired sandwiches from Bistro on Five. Plus, innovative specialty restaurant desserts and a special beverage menu*.

    Some general information about The Alcoves.

    • Each Alcove comfortably accommodates up to four guests and is available from 9 AM to 9 PM.

    • Receive a discount if you reserve an Alcove for multiple days or your entire cruise; inquire onboard for extended booking discounts.

    • Find The Alcoves on the Lawn Club only on Celebrity Silhouette® and Celebrity Reflection®

    • Rental fees are per Alcove, not per guest. When reserving an Alcove, only one (1) guest reservation is required, which provides accommodation for up to four (4) guests.

    *Additional fees apply

    Yes this is what my says as well. Thx!

  2. 2 hours ago, morpheusofthesea said:

    That might be a tough call if any ship was full. Right now with reduced capacity sailings and it being a January sailing one could find ample seating most anywhere. One also doesn't know how the weather will be that week. There are bars near most every venue and friendly wait staff. Sometimes one side of the ship is 'better' than the other (consider ocean breeze direction). Got off Equinox and Edge, alcoves available every day.

    Yes that‘a our dilemma right now. We were thinking it might be nice to treat ourselves and have our own little area but not sure if we really need it. Trying to find current info is just about impossible lol. 

    I appreciate your input ❤️ 

  3. 1 minute ago, Team Stag said:

    Here's my understanding - cost: $99 for port day; $249 for at-sea day (USD).  If there is bad weather, it is fully refundable.  I believe the perks listed above is only for the E Class (free drinks etc).  The Reflection still just has the basically offering (See attached).

    We rented one back in 2012 or so.  We really enjoyed it.  It was a family cruise that gave us a meeting spot (before free wifi & the ease of texting on the ship) and the kids loved playing the grass (hand stands, summersaults - all the fun stuff that made my body ache just watching).  We had the drink package so we did have to flag down waitstaff to get a drink or a short walk to the sunset bar.  This was prior to the movie screen.  Some of commented that the screen makes it not as serene as it once was.  As others have mentioned; ships now (and I'm confident in January) will still have tons chairs around the pool and other places to relax due to reduced capacity.  We rented one for upcoming cruise to enjoy on a port day when we know we aren't getting off the boat.  I'll be happy to share our experience in a couple weeks. 



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    Ooohhkay. Now that makes more sense on why there is such a difference from on CC and celebrity’s website. 

    I would love to hear about your upcoming experience thank you so much! ❤️

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  4. 4 minutes ago, neverlaysup said:

    I was on the Equinox in September and it's the first time that I saw the Cabana's on the lawn by the Glass Blowing area. The roofs of the Cabana's were not solid so you could be getting sun that you didn't want. Additionally, people still walk across the grass so privacy is not really what I would expect. If it rains, you will need to relocate, no solid roof! Below is a post from someone else showing what was included on Edge---

    This is what is included:


    Four Large Bottles of Evian Water

    Selection of Six Chilled Beers

    Unlimited Soft Drinks

    Fresh Fruit Skewers

    Cabana Food Menu

    Evian Facial Spray

    Ice Cold Towels

    Choice of one of the following:

    One Bottle of Grey Goose Vodka

    One Bottle of Veuve Cliquot Rosé Champagne

    One Bottle of Grgich Hills Opulence Chardonnay


    Cabana Food Menu:

    Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad: Herb Croutons, Aged Parmesan

    Chilled Shrimp Cocktail: Horseradish Cocktail Sauce

    Roasted Turkey BLT Wrap: Roasted Garlic Aioli, Whole Wheat Wrap, French Fries

    Luminae Signature Burger*: Cheddar, Bacon-Onion Jam, Sesame Brioche, Truffle Fries

    Marinated Chicken Sandwich: Lettuce, Tomato, Grilled Onions, Basil Pesto Aioli

    Selection of Fresh Fruits with Lime Yogurt and Mint


    If the cruise is packed, it could be a nice way to get away from the pool deck or solarium but with cruises being less than 50% of capacity, there are plenty of free places to spread out and relax.

    Thank you so much! This is what I keep reading but it doesn’t list any of that on the website which is odd. 

    I did notice that the alcoves are different on the Reflection than on the others. On the reflection they have a solid tarp looking thing that you roll open. And it seems like there may be a bit more space between them. 

    I think you’re probably right about not really needing one in January. I might keep an eye on cabin availability and if it starts to fill up perhaps get one then…


    Thanks for your help 🙂 

  5. 11 minutes ago, morpheusofthesea said:

    That might be a tough call if any ship was full. Right now with reduced capacity sailings and it being a January sailing one could find ample seating most anywhere. One also doesn't know how the weather will be that week. There are bars near most every venue and friendly wait staff. Sometimes one side of the ship is 'better' than the other (consider ocean breeze direction). Got off Equinox and Edge, alcoves available every day.

    Yes that‘a our dilemma right now. We were thinking it might be nice to treat ourselves and have our own little area but not sure if we really need it. Trying to find current info is just about impossible lol. 

    I appreciate your input ❤️ 

  6. I’m thinking about booking an Alcove on my January Reflection sailing. I’m having a hard time finding any information. 
    What exactly comes with the booking? I’ve read or watched videos where people have bottles of vodka or champagne included but Celebrity’s webpage mentions nothing but fruit/cheese trays and water. 

    I realize the Reflection isn’t sailing yet but I’m assuming it’s the same for other ships who have the Alcoves. 



  7. 9 minutes ago, gmbhardy said:

    Ok. Let’s look at this from another perspective that borders on the rediculous. The WHO has chastised first world countries for giving out third shots yet they are the ones that have not approved mixing. Can’t have it both ways guys.

    The WHO doesn’t think individuals should decide on mixing but the governments if needed can. 

    But I agree, I wish the border issue would change. 

    Is WHO suggesting health agencies shouldn't recommend mixing doses?

    No. In fact, the opposite is true.  

    "At our Global press conference on COVID 19, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan explained that individuals should not decide for themselves, public health agencies can, based on available data," WHO said in a statement to CBC News on Tuesday. 

    Swaminathan also sent out a tweet to clarify her position when the misleading story was shared on Twitter.   

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  8. 10 minutes ago, lots-of-km2 said:


    It's politics.  Ford politics. 


    (p.s. Congrats for succeeding at getting the 3rd shot. Amazing!)


    2013's 50 most outlandish Ford Quotes - NOW Magazine

    Ignoring the fact that it’s the wrong Ford…

    I think it’s less about politics right now and more about who actually needs it. Who is losing immunity. Are you still healthy without a booster? Is there science to back that up? 
    There’s also the humanitarian issue. Should healthy people be getting a third dose of a medication that they don’t really need so they can travel when there’s millions in the world who can’t get even 1?

    I think there’s a lot of different sides and we tend to only see the side we’re on. 

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  9. I am happy for you that you were able to receive a 3rd dose.
    However, as someone who is immune suppressed and had to wait for eligibility (My medications were added last month thankfully) I find it concerning that they are giving 3rd doses to people who wish to travel before people with other risky diseases like asthma or diabetes etc. 

    Just my two cents. 
    Stay safe and happy vacation. 

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  10. 8 minutes ago, canderson said:

    If one encountered a tour bus running at full capacity as some have reported, and a guest refused to board due to that, it might not require more than reminding the shorex desk that they promised not to allow that.  "Buses will be at reduced capacity...", not "If our contracted shorex vendors can come up with enough buses and drivers to allow for operation at reduced capacity..."

    I would guess taking a picture of everyone on the bus would help as well. 

  11. 47 minutes ago, hertz4319 said:

    Like I said my husband and I are thinking of just cancelling all excursions before we board. 

    Sorry, I misread your original post. I have to agree that there would be a good chance that you would have to fight to get your money back after the excursion left. 

  12. 35 minutes ago, hertz4319 said:

    I am really concerned about this especially since celebrity says on their website the tours that have transportation will not be at full capacity. 


    I am of two minds from what I read on this board. One is just cancel all tours. The other is going to the shore excursions desk and tell them about the situation and if they will let us check out the tour and if we deem it unsafe go and get our money back or OBC. 


    We are on the equinox leaving on September 26th. 


    Thanks all

    Yes that is what I would do. I still have a while before I have to deal with it but you people who are going this month are the ones who may need to get it straightened out unfortunately. 

    Please let us know how it goes. Hopefully you get lucky and your excursion isn’t fully booked 🤞 

  13. 2 minutes ago, zitsky said:


    I'm hoping that you have a great cruise!  We are traveling with friends so we may look for small private excursions for a group of 4.  (Best of Spain and Portugal October 12, 2022, Infinity)

    Thank you! That sounds like an excellent idea. Have lots of fun !

  14. 1 minute ago, zitsky said:


    If you are immune suppressed that is good to know.  You have to be more careful than the average pax.  I have a friend who is also who is pretty careful.

    Yes I’m very careful. This cruise will be a big step for me. We are grateful that there is the last minute cancel option so that if things get too out of hand we can move it to another time. But I’d love to get away and this seems to be the safest bet. ❤️

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  15. Just now, Arzeena said:

    Yes! Packed as sardines. This was in St Marten. No protocols that they blow their trumpet about, existed. The only thng they did was spurt a drop of hand sanitizer as we were getting on the bus. Apart from that there was no social distancing, no alternate rows, and most  people were not wearing masks on the bus as was required. That was our experience. We did one excursion on a Celebrity cruise in July. No more, thank you. If we can go on our own we will, or we will enjoy the ship where we cannot.

    Yes I just spoke with my SIL who I’m going with and that’s what we decided as well. I just don’t want the stress of worrying about it. 

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

  16. 16 minutes ago, Jim_Iain said:


    The logic may seem to be valid in practice on our 9/5 cruise there were 3 people tested positive and on the next to last day.    If wearing a mask the risks are lower the reality is that if you are contact traced to someone who test positive you are quarantined for at least 48 hours and not permitted to continue if booked as a B2B.   


    That is the reason we chose to book Private Journey tours.


    All the curated tours we personally observed, they were using 9 passenger vans and had 8 PAX in each.  Also in USVI where they have the open shared taxi's that hold about 20 there wasn't a seat empty.   Just my personal observation,

    Yes, you’re right!

    While those excursions aren’t an option for me I’ll take the alternative and hang out on the pool deck with my drink package 😉

    Thanks for the info!

  17. 9 minutes ago, Ken the cruiser said:

    What's even more interesting is once you actually go on a cruise, you will see Celebrity is working very hard to keep you safe and these type of statistics really don't matter. But at the same time, it's also up to YOU to use common sense while you're on the cruise, like when it comes to hanging out at the Martini Bar or getting into an elevator with unmasked folks you don't know, or going on an excursion and finding those back of the bus seats. 

    And hopefully one of those that are hanging out in the martini bar are not sitting close to you…


    You’ve convinced me to hold off on booking excursions until I’m on the ship and perhaps can get more information. While I am immune suppressed and will have my third shot by then, I feel that if I’m going to take the extra precautions of wearing my mask whenever I can and being really careful I don’t want to blow it all on a bus trip. Especially if no one else seems concerned at all. 


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  18. 1 minute ago, Susanb10567 said:

    On our bus to the beach in St Thomas our open air bus was quite full..no distancing at all….you do have to wear masks..but I was not thrilled when the person in front of me started coughing 

    I’d definitely feel better about the open air bus then and enclosed one but ya, that would be annoying. Gotta feel sorry for those who have a chronic cough though eh lol. Everyone giving them the stink eye! 

    Thanks for your info!

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