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  1. Brilliant, thank-you. I suspected the usual "Don't you know who I am" might not work
  2. Does Celebrity currently offer onboard PCR testing for travellers who may be flying home after the cruise and require a negative PCR result as a condition of flying? If so what is the cost? Wondering if we can fly home the day we disembark or as a precaution we should delay our flight by a few days to get a PCR test locally
  3. Its quite straight forward, Ralph Lauren Polo for Smart Casual, Ralph Lauren Purple Label for Evening Chic
  4. First couple of cruise they seemed fairly strict making you check stuff in if brought on board during the cruise, then drinks packages became the norm....and it them seemed to become considerably more relaxed. Wine drunk in your cabin from a bottle you bring on board is a drink you pay for and they don't have to give you for free (if your on a drinks package - also saves them the costs if staffing a table to collect and record, store booze and then return it.
  5. Cheers, many thanks. I'm familiar with ITA and Google Flights (particularly like their "explore" feature - which is great for spotting cheap places to start your journey from)
  6. Thank-you, i tried the link, and it works but there is no option to search for flights - it is quite a way out at the moment and airfares haven't officially opened up yet, so I guess if they were offering flights they'd be very expensive to edge their bets
  7. We are in the UK (not sure if that makes a difference) and we are exploring whether it might make sense to package our airfare with cruise, to offer a bit more protection in the event of one or more parts getting cancelled in these uncertain times. Celebrity seems to steer you to the Flights by Celebrity website, which appears to be a Choice Air site with Celebrity branding and then we hit a problem..... You are given the option to search by reservation, or make a general search but additionally you must select which Cruise line and Ship, but there is no option for Celebrity, jus
  8. This Green List is a load of nonsense - it only applies to coming back to this country and nothing to do with being let into the country on the list, they might have well put Narnia on there. Also, as we have seen, they can change their mind and move a country to Amber and Red with little notice.
  9. Loads of great hotels in Sydney and many very close or on Circular Quay - The transport hub of Sydney and one of the two cruise terminals. A quick glance at Celebrity indicates they are looking to charge significantly more than other reputable on line agencies - I think they wanted about £300 a night for an unnamed 4 star hotel. Top of the tree - Money no object is the Park Hyatt, location is fab but the prices are extremely high - pretty much always twice the price of anything else. The entry level rooms don't even have a view - but 90% of the other rooms do Around t
  10. The indoor pools on the Eclipse were definitely not as warm as those on the Millennium Class (Infinity) the latter was just too hot to use on a Med cruise. Not sure whether the indoor pools on the Solstice class are heated. Apart from on one occasion where they were cold they just felt tepid - could be they're slightly heated, could be that a lot of use, sunshine shining in, lack of a breeze to cool, and a warm solarium meant the water was a couple of degrees warmer and noticeably warmer as a result
  11. On our last Med Cruise (2019), it was port intensive (Venice to Barcelona) - it was a late August / eary September cruise and was very hot during the day. In the evening pretty much everyone was dressed Smart Casual - I can't recall anyone wearing shorts or baseball caps. We also didn't notice any discernable difference beween normal nights and Evening Chic. One or two might have been wearing a Suit or Dinner Suit but it was very much in the minority
  12. Yes, in Australia the price you see is pretty much the price you pay in my experience - tipping really not expected
  13. Ha Ha and England is third above Norway and "Ice Land" ...hotel accomodation in Australia (with the xeception of a few outliers e.g. Park Hyatt) is way cheaper than many of those countries
  14. Australia most expensive tourist destination in the world, really? Am I misunderstanding something, never dound it that expensive, once you get there
  15. Looking at £6500 for a cruise with 1 perk - this is 14 nights veranda next year ex UK to Italy - we've paid £2000-3000 before fr a similar cruise with celebrity, £3800 with drinks. Last year 12 nights from Venice to Barcelona was £5000 with drinks. This is a heck of hike.
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