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    Celebrity
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    Mediterranean

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  1. Same with me...called today and got 25% off Surf package for one device for Select. I actually just called the main #...person I spoke with said he may need to transfer me to Captains Club but when he checked was able to take care of it for me. Price online for my cruse is $261 CDN, with select discount I got it for $196. My confirmation shows as follows. Too bad you can't get the discount on-line, however it is definitely worth a phone call. Simple Surfing Package Select Loyalty 25% 1 Device: 10 - 13 Days: Total Packages Purchased: 1 Total Cost *: 196.19 CAD
  2. We are on the Millennium April 2020...bookable dining only opened up about a month ago. Shore excursions still aren't finalized. There have been itinerary changes that aren't yet reflected in the shore excursions. I did an on-line chat and was told they are normally finalized about 9 months prior to sail date.
  3. I definitely feel there is more pressure on X than on our recent HAL sailing re sales. Didn't experience any pressure at all on HAL re art sales or from the shops, or to have our picture taken. There was a bit of a sales pitch (I wouldn't call it pressure) in the MDR to buy fancy water and expensive wines. On X I am afraid to make eye contact with the staff outside the shops for fear of being pressured to come in.
  4. We have done several Celebrity cruises and have an April 2020 cruise booked for Japan. We have never been to Japan and have already started researching. There are a few unique things about this cruise that I am hoping to get some insight on: 1) the cruise departs Tokyo April 10th at 9pm....the latest I've ever departed is 5 pm. What time would we typically be able to board the ship? Will dinner be served, and all restaurants be open? When will muster drill be? I am looking ahead to making dinner reservations so can get the specialty restaurants/times that we want and not sure what to expect. 2) the cruise is round trip Tokyo. We get back to Tokyo April 20th, have an overnight there and then cruise ends on April 21st. This is also new to me spending a few days in port at the end. When I look at excursions on the X site, for April 20th there is option for airport drop-off, but on April 21st there isn't. There are also a lot more excursions (including full day ones) on the 21st, than there are on the 20th. This seems backwards to me unless I am missing something. We have already booked flights through Celebrity and have a 4:30 pm flight home from Narita on the 21st. We will be spending 5 nights in Tokyo pre-cruise. Hoping those who have done this itinerary before can offer some insight. TIA
  5. Clearing cookies worked - thanks!! I should have thought of that!!
  6. We were also on the Apr 24 to May 4 sailing in a Vista suite. Had a great cruise...only complaint was just one plug in the cabin, but we made it work!! Would not hesitate to sail the Zaandam again for the right price and itinerary.
  7. for last day or so this is what I get when I go to the X site: Above is from my laptop. I am still able to access mobile site from my phone.
  8. Zaandam did allow smoking in the casino, but did have a few "smoke-free" days which were noted in the When and Where.
  9. On the Zaandam smoking was allowed in the casino, but there were a few evenings where the casino was "smoke-free", and it was noted in the When and Where.
  10. South American itinerary with HAL includes Falkland Islands, X doesn't. I actually posted here before we left to get some input as I was surprised the HAL cruise was a fair bit cheaper and wondered why...from the responses I got seems like Falkland Islands gave HAL the edge, so with the cheaper price it was a no brainer for us. We were also able to book during HALs Early Booking Bonus which gives us the beverage package 🙂 One of the reasons we became loyal to X was because of the beverage package...which HAL didn't used to offer. FYI both itineraries are Feb 2021 sailings and don't include Antarctica.
  11. We went to 3 of the main theater shows - they were all guest entertainers and were very good..definitely on par with Celebrity. There were lectures and interactive games but we didn't participate so can't comment on that. There is definitely alternative entertainment available before/during/after the main theater shows. Considering the Zaandam is a smaller ship, we were actually surprised that the variety of entertainment seemed to at least equal and on same days surpass what Celebrity offers on bigger ships.
  12. we were logging in thru navigator... We did try this...seemed that if he logged in with my ID then I couldn't use navigator...even the free stuff. Seemed like internet was tied to navigator and we each had our own login ID and password. So for example if DH has his own navigator app on his phone and buys an internet package thru navigator, can he then also use his internet package on his tablet? If so does he also set up navigator on his tablet or is there some other way to access the internet? Poor thing missed his Boom Beach on his tablet lol.
  13. Ah too bad we didnt know that. We accessed the internet through navigator and there were 3 plans to pick from...200, 300, or 500 mb per day. I chose the 300. I couldnt see a way for DH to access this as navigator is tied to each individual user. DH ended up buying his own internet also the 300 surf package. Would love to know how to share a plan for next time.
  14. We’ve just returned from an enjoyable 10 day New England cruise aboard the HAL Zaandam. The last time we cruised HAL was 2012 (was actually our first cruise ever). After doing several Celebrity cruises we returned to HAL because of a unique itinerary…not because of any issues with X. All cruises have been in a balcony cabin. Both lines have their pros and cons. Below is what we felt were some of the key differences/highlights of each: HAL - Love that bathroom has a full size tub – don’t need to turn into a pretzel to shave your legs - Really enjoyed having the navigator app – I understand X is rolling out something similar but haven’t experienced it yet - Piano Bars – there were 2 Piano bars on the ship and we really enjoyed them both - Main dining room – feels much less crowded, tables for 2 are not as close together. The room itself is beautifully decorated - Loved the dive-in restaurant for lunch by the pool - Lido pool has retractable roof Celebrity - Staterooms are brighter and have more outlets - Unlimited internet can be shared between users (as long as not logged on at the same time) - More variety of food and slightly better quality (based on buffet and main dining room experiences) - Café El Baccio – one of our favour venues. Explorations Café on HAL is similar but doesn’t have the desserts (they do have a few selections of biscotti), or table service Trying HAL again made us realize we won’t book exclusively with Celebrity in future, and will do our homework to compare before booking. Bottom line is we like both lines, and would sail on either given the right price and itinerary. We did book another HAL cruise while on board…a 14 night South America cruise which has better pricing than a comparable X cruise, and a slightly better itinerary. I am posting this on both HAL and Celebrity boards and happy to answer any questions about our experience.
  15. We’ve just returned from an enjoyable 10 day New England cruise aboard the HAL Zaandam. The last time we cruised HAL was 2012 (was actually our first cruise ever). After doing several Celebrity cruises we returned to HAL because of a unique itinerary…not because of any issues with X. All cruises have been in a balcony cabin. Both lines have their pros and cons. Below is what we felt were some of the key differences/highlights of each: HAL - Love that bathroom has a full size tub – don’t need to turn into a pretzel to shave your legs - Really enjoyed having the navigator app – I understand X is rolling out something similar but haven’t experienced it yet - Piano Bars – there were 2 Piano bars on the ship and we really enjoyed them both - Main dining room – feels much less crowded, tables for 2 are not as close together. The room itself is beautifully decorated - Loved the dive-in restaurant for lunch by the pool - Lido pool has retractable roof Celebrity - Staterooms are brighter and have more outlets - Unlimited internet can be shared between users (as long as not logged on at the same time) - More variety of food and slightly better quality (based on buffet and main dining room experiences) - Café El Baccio – one of our favour venues. Explorations Café on HAL is similar but doesn’t have the desserts (they do have a few selections of biscotti), or table service Trying HAL again made us realize we won’t book exclusively with Celebrity in future, and will do our homework to compare before booking. Bottom line is we like both lines, and would sail on either given the right price and itinerary. We did book another HAL cruise while on board…a 14 night South America cruise which has better pricing than a comparable X cruise, and a slightly better itinerary. I am posting this on both HAL and Celebrity boards and happy to answer any questions about our experience.
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