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  1. Thanks so much for your summary. I wish you’d been able to fully enjoy your suite experience instead of being laid low by colds. You’ve just answered one question I had, which was would you book a suite on Edge class in future. Would you book an IV in future?
     

    We’re days away from our first cruise since shutdown. We’ll have our first E class suite, though we’ve been on Edge once before (in an IV). Believe me, I’ve had the same questions about the wisdom of placing Luminae and the other retreat areas forward on the upper decks. Being susceptible to motion sickness, I’ve been reluctant to pay the premium for an E class suite on the longer itineraries we prefer without trying a short cruise first. I do feel confident we’ll love our S2 (laid out just like your S1). Though we certainly enjoyed our Bev packages on our last Edge cruise, we missed having a lounge like the Passport Bar (S class) or Rendevous Lounge (M class). That said, being a couple of engineers, we always test more than once so we’re ready to give Edge bars another go😜 Thanks again for generously spending time posting your b2b live thread (and gorgeous photos) and this summary. Hope to encounter you and Julie on board one day. Cheers from Michelle and Alan😎😎

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  2. 8 minutes ago, LGW59 said:

    Ok then to my point I called it a private driver you posted a link to a cab company, semantics I suppose 

    Both Rome in Limo and Rome cabs provide customized private tours as well as transfers, but by all means post a link to your private driver.

  3. 2 minutes ago, LGW59 said:

    You are referring to a specific company almost like having a private driver, hailing a regular cab in Rome can be torture 

    I am referring to a specific company at which one pre-books a private driver. A company, I might add, from whom I’ve always received excellent service.  I said nothing about hailing a regular cab in Rome. 

  4. 14 hours ago, TeaBag said:

    I was happy to receive 4 points today also.  I think I will give up though, on trying to get them to give me my 5 points for watching the Apex webinar the second time they showed it.  i will never reach zenith anyway, so what does it matter?

    I’m happy to see you’ve received the latest 4 points! My luck has run out lol. I’ve received only 1 point. I suspect my missing 3 are with your missing 5😜 I’ve sent an email including the screenshot of the page that appeared once I completed the WWF video, so we’ll see what happens. I don’t think I’ll ever make Zenith either, but I’m enjoying myself on the journey. I’m aiming for “Zen”😎🍹

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  5. 57 minutes ago, jelayne said:

    Your welcome.  We haven’t been in a SV on the  Edge they may have some overhang from the deck above.  The S class only have about a foot.  If it is 2-3 feet that would block some of the sun. 

    I've been on Edge and toured an SV on deck 8. Roughly half the balcony was shaded by the deck above.

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  6. 4 hours ago, brockmom said:

    I had read on cc early on that the tours were way too full….for MY liking…and we decided we will either stay on board or do our own thing.

    And as much as we enjoy meeting and chatting with new people, we are planning on enjoying this cruise for us…and enjoying the sunsets, the wake, the views….plus all those other things we have missed the last 18 months….including tours organized by us. 

    This is exactly how we feel. If an area is too crowded for our comfort, we’ll leave. I can’t wait for that first night at sea, when all my cares slip away and I sleep more soundly than I have in months. Sunrises. Sunsets. Fresh tropical fruit at breakfast. Delicious Indian food for lunch. No phone calls, emails or texts from work. I hope  you’re enjoying a lovely holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!

     

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  7. 16 minutes ago, Fouremco said:

    I almost never take cruise line excursions to begin with, so Celebrity not following its health and safety protocols actually doesn't effect me. But there are many other passengers who do like to book ship excursions and do so now under the impression that the protocols will be adhered to. If Celebrity wants to rush back to 100% excursion occupancy, no problem, just be honest about the excursions, drop the posted protocols and return to pre-pandemic conditions.

    Agree. We prefer to explore on our own or arrange small private tours. We have a cruise booked on Edge in two weeks and another on Equinox in two months. We’re aware that we may not be able to go ashore in some ports unless we’re with a Celebrity tour group. Since Celebrity isn’t honest about the conditions under which their group tours operate, we won’t take any. One possibility is to arrange a Private Journey such as the one @Jim_Iainarranged on a recent cruise, but we will be quite happy enjoying the ship if we must miss some ports.

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  8. Mr. Morpheus, I forgot to mention that you have given my DH (who is quite fond of desserts) a new prime directive once we board Edge in two weeks. Like a heat seeking missile, he will aim for the Sacher Torte😂 I will have my usual doppio espresso macchiato while I enjoy his pleasure in a special treat😊

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  9. On 10/8/2021 at 2:35 PM, kirtihk said:

    The Edge it is - I was on it in April-May 2019 on the Atlantic crossing (one of first cruises for this ship).  The spa and the Eden are the best part.  While walking back to the ship in Lisbon, I broke 5 ribs (I only knew it 8 days later when returned home) on the beautiful famous Portuguese pavement (calçada portuguesa) - it rarely rains there, but on that day it was pouring rain, and also there was a lot of dust film on pavement from construction occurring near the port.  I kept my spirit up during the rest of the cruise (dancing, socializing, swimming even though a simple movement was causing a lot of pain, and I couldn't sleep all night each night).  So, yes, I'm a very enthusiastic person, and really believe that the madness will pass.  After living in Russia the first 31 years of my life (I left in 1991) there is nothing left but hope and keeping my soul inlighted.

    Your post struck home for me - for more than one reason. I too was on the first Edge TA, and I was in Lisbon that day - captivated by the gorgeous pavement despite the downpour. It was indeed quite slippery. I cringe when I think of you spending days in pain and then having to fly home. May your future travels be filled with only beauty and joy.

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  10. I've really enjoyed your live reviews, and I'm so happy you made it through the negative things on the second leg (cold symptoms, iPhone loss) to a couple of great days at the end. I certainly understand wanting to get home to your adorable fur babies. We felt the same when our wee (75 lb. lol) fur babies were still alive. Congrats on the negative tests! Looking forward to your additional thoughts and photos. We'll have our first E-Class Sky Suite when we board Edge in two weeks (we had an Infinite Veranda the last time we were on Edge) so it will be interesting to see your final thoughts about your Infinite Veranda & Sky Suite experiences.  Meanwhile, I'll wish you safe travels and a happy reunion with your pups☺️

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  11. My Celebrity cruise deposits have always been refunded in three separate amounts. My TA warned me of this long ago, so I wouldn't worry if I saw a refund of, say $233 instead of $900. Sure enough, two more credits appeared later the same day, bringing my total refund to the expected $900.

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  12. 53 minutes ago, Fouremco said:

    Interesting question with respect to AI. I'd love to know the results of that query.

    As would I.
     

    I’d also love to know the results of the favorite ship class question. I wonder if anyone else had difficulty choosing only one favorite. 

  13. 3 hours ago, MR_T said:

    On a separate note... we we’re discussing last night that we are sure there are things we might not be aware of that we might be missing out on as this is our first suite experience? If anyone has any tips or suggestions please let us know 👍🏼😊 

    I hope those who've sailed in a suite on Edge class will chime in here. We will not have our first Edge suite until later this month, so we've not yet experienced the Retreat or Retreat Lounge. I do know that quite a few posters have mentioned enjoying meals in their suites, but I'd imagine you and Julie have had enough of that. The Retreat Hosts can help you book your belated anniversary dinner. They can also arrange for someone from Future Cruises to meet you in the Retreat Lounge if you'd like to book another cruise while onboard. No need to stand in line at Guest Services etc., as the Retreat Hosts can help you. On our last cruise before shutdown, we had a suite and we found the Michael's Club Concierges (Retreat Hosts on Edge class) extremely helpful.

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  14. 4 hours ago, MR_T said:

    We are both feeling much better thanks, Julie still has a little congestion but that’s pretty normal mid cruise, I think she suffers with the constant A/C. 

    I’m so relieved to see that you’re both feeling better and you’re out exploring the ship. If Julie suffers from allergies (as I do) she may also be affected by the scented products people wear. I have the most difficulty in the corridors and lifts in the evening, when people seem most prone to apply scents with wild abandon before heading out for cocktails😂

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  15. 2 hours ago, TheHawk1 said:

    I'm curious how others are making their decisions whether to cruise or not this winter?

    Forgot to say that regardless of port changes, we still intend to sail on our 10 December cruise on Equinox. Overall, I’ve been impressed with the way Celebrity has handled their return to cruising, and I hope they continue to ramp up passenger numbers slowly. We’ve only had one prior Caribbean cruise (though we also have a 7 day cruise on Edge in 3 weeks) so many ports are still new to us. We’d be disappointed to miss some interesting ports and shore activities, but after 20 long months, we’ll be quite happy to be at sea on a beautiful ship. 

  16. 1 hour ago, TheHawk1 said:

    We're booked on the Equinox in February, 2022 for a 12 day cruise.  Yesterday, the CDC added Barbados to its list of Level 4 - Do Not Travel advisories.  This means now that all 7 ports on our itinerary are on the Do Not Travel list. I received an email from Celebrity last week about the upcoming cruise, assuring me they are working with all these various governments to determine safety protocols and a "clear path" for cruising.  What does that even mean?

    Thanks for the heads up that Celebrity has sent letters. We’re also booked on a12 day cruise on Equinox, though we depart in early December. Though our cruises are obviously similar, and ours departs sooner, we haven’t received a letter from Celebrity. It’s possible our TA simply hasn’t had time to pass it on. IMO there’s time (especially for you) for these island countries to recover from their current spikes and drop off the Level 4 list. If not, I’m sure Celebrity will do their best to approximate the experience we expected when we booked. 

  17. 2 hours ago, MR_T said:

    Confinement update... 

     

    So what I didn’t know nor were we told but I guess we should have guessed it but before being released from confinement we had to have a second test today so fingers crossed we get the all clear in around an hour or 2... 🤞🏻 

    Hope you and your DW are feeling much better and you’ve gotten your second (negative) test results by now! 🤞

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