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  1. FYI - saw this on Facebook just now:

     

    Due to continued port closures and global travel restrictions, as well as to help ensure the continued safety of our guests and crew, we are temporarily suspending all cruising operations globally beginning tomorrow, March 15th, and plan to resume sailing again on Saturday, April 11.

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  2. Hello! We are currently on the eclipse and here is a schedule of activities for the kids so you can get an idea of the type of scheduled activities they offer at the kids club. There are also family activities listed in the daily schedule everyday, ranging from Amazing Race to dodgeball games.

     

    You will have sunny weather so you can enjoy the outdoor pool and the outside decks 🙂

     

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  3. I suggest calling the special needs department after you submit the form to confirm. When I called, they were able to add all dietary requirements while I was on the phone with them and put in a request for a medical refrigerator (for insulin) right away.

     

    We ate most of our meals in the MDR with our toddler and never felt like other passengers didn’t want us there. Mind you, we are lucky enough to have a toddler who sits through a 2 hour meal without much fuss.... we always asked for things we knew he would normally eat at home: steamed broccoli, cucumbers, plain rice, spaghetti noodles, etc. The MDR had no problem meeting these requests.

     

    If your daughter enjoys food pouches, you can also speak to the special needs department to see if they can supply you the ones you normally give her at home. 

  4. My toddler likes to do 360 degree turns in his sleep! He will definitely fall off the bed if we don't have barriers... Any creative solutions you have used to prevent your child from rolling off the bed on the ship? We are on the ship for 22 nights so co-sleeping is not ideal... I would hate to come back home and have him back in bed with us!

  5. 3 hours ago, petefoss said:

    Thanks for letting me know that.  I'll snag a couple almond milks for the room fridge.  Did they have lactose free regular milk too or just the veggie alternatives?

     

    I remember that I found the almond milk and soy milk by the cereal station but can't recall if there was also lactose free milk... I wonder if you may be able to request it through the special needs department before the cruise?

     

    I should have also clarified that I THINK the tetra packs of milk were just regular milk... I do remember that the brand and type of milk changed part way through the cruise so maybe each ship has different supply onboard depending on where they are stocking up!

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  6. How is the quality of laundry services on the ships? I am assuming that there will most likely be a "fill a bag" laundry special on our 12 nights/10 nights B2B cruise. Did any of the things you sent to be washed come back not in the same condition? IE. Did it shrink? Turn pink? Items go missing/mixed up? Please share your experiences and suggestions!

     

    I can't risk any of my clothes shrinking because I'm assuming after the first cruise everything will already be tighter for the second one LOL!

  7. For me, I think a perfect cruise vacation would be to spend a week on an Oasis Class ship and then a week on a Celebrity ship. I LOVED all the activities and bells and whistles on the Allure, but I got off the ship feeling like I needed another vacation to recover!  If I could have tagged on a laid back quieter vacation on a Celebrity ship afterwards, it would have been a perfect balanced cruise vacation :)

     

  8. 13 hours ago, DebInAntigua said:

    Everyone thinks *their* children are talented, funny, darling and well-behaved. Of course you do. It's normal for a loving parent to think their children are exceptional, and that translates to a belief that the staff and other people must surely adore them too.

     

    It's interesting how many parents are posting that on their last cruise, everyone loved their kids. But - we're not seeing many posts at all from fellow passengers who are sharing just how delightful other people's kids are on a cruise.

     

    I'm sorry, I didn't realize I should have kept a list of names of all the passengers who came up to my husband and I to compliment us on our well behaved 2 year old. I guess all the smiles and waves we received from passengers and staff were not indicative of their feelings toward our son.

     

    I find it interesting that a majority of families who have sailed on Celebrity have experienced nothing but positive feedback from passengers and staff, yet on CC, there are a lot of people who are proclaiming that they will leave Celebrity if they continue on with promotions that will encourage families to try out Celebrity ships. Clearly all the passengers who were delighted to see kids on a cruise are not on CC and those who don't want to see kids on future Celebrity cruises are going to find other lines. Guess it is a win-win for families who will be sailing on Celebrity!

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  9. 17 minutes ago, Fogfog said:

    Will be interesting with the reclassification of staterooms from 4 to 3 or 2.

    Aqua is 2 per room but that doesn't mean families can't work that out between multiple staterooms.

     

    Our kids are adults now though we have sailed with them since they were in kindergarten. I can say that many years ago on a southern caribbean holiday sailing... while we kept a tight rein on our kids--there were a bunch of kids running the halls and throwing ice cubes down the stairwells. They were not american kids... nor english speaking and there was no way for me to say something as I was almost pelted with ice...

     

    On our Baltics sailing there were young kids (elementary school age) running and jumping from chair to chair in the far fwd lounge/bar while mom/dad were engrossed in the iphones. (asian)  It was more than aggravating and the servers didn't handle it.

     

    Fast fwd and I find I am far less tolerant of parents not controlling their children whether it be in lounges or unsupervised ...

     

    Am equally less  tolerant of smokers in non smoking places/smoking at the aft bar or on balconies. Or other bad behaviors 

     

    So I am an equal opportunity "fun sucker".     🤣      If your fun encroaches on my fun/breaks the rules... I'm calling staff. JS

     

     

     

     

    I'm sorry, but I don't understand your need to point out that the parents were "Asian"

     

  10. I just want to counter balance the other post and let first time Celebrity cruisers with kids know that it is a very small group of cruisers who seem to not like children on the ships. Please remember that only a VERY small number of people who will be on your cruise are actually on Cruise Critic!

     

    We have been on two Celebrity cruises with our toddler and he has been well loved by staff and other cruisers. We will continue sailing with Celebrity because we love the ships, food, and the amazing staff.

     

    I hope other families who have traveled with their kids on Celebrity will post their positive experiences here so that new cruisers are not worried and stressed about their decision to book an amazing cruise vacation on a Celebrity ship!

     

     

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  11. My sister booked the lowest balcony category and got a sunset veranada assigned! Not sure exactly when it was assigned because she only found out when she logged in one day. It was roughly 50 days before sailing.

  12. 2 hours ago, MissAppleBear said:

    Now Onto wondering if i should bring my own for going to the beach in Hawaii. We are going to Hilo, Kailua kona, Honolulu and Lahiana. (my spelling may be way off here) Does anyone know if there are beaches close to the ports that we could walk/shuttle or bus to?

     

    We did the Hawaii cruise on the Solstice last April with our toddler! We brought our own life jacket for the beaches.

     

    In Lahaina, we went to Baby Beach and Lahaina Beach. You can get directions on Google Maps. I suggest Baby Beach because it is  very shallow and no waves. It was about a 15-20 min walk, so I suggest you bring your stroller! There weren't any facilities on the beach. I think it was Lahaina Beach that we went to on the second day... it was rockier and lots of waves.

  13. 13 minutes ago, Want2Cruise 701 said:

    I would go with the Suite.  The FV is just basically just a bigger cabin with a separate bedroom.  Nothing more.  The suite is alot larger than a regular cabin with alot of storage but not as large as the FV.  You also get access to Luminae, Michaels Club and possibly the new retreat area depending on what ship and when you sail.  A tub to bathe your son in.  The butler will come in handy for any special requests/needs for your son as well.

     

    We've sailed in a SS under the OVC, and while a little noticeable, it wasn't anything that kept me awake or would prevent me from booking that cabin again.  Extra CC points too.  A FV only gets you veranda points.  

     

    Are the 4 perks being included with the SS or are they an additional upcharge for the sailing you're considering?

     

    The 4 perks are included with the SS, which makes it a better deal than the FV when looking at it from a financial perspective. Only downside is the fact that we won't have separate rooms. I'm glad to hear that the suite is a lot larger than a regular cabin because we will be traveling with a car seat and a stroller and I know it will be VERY tight in a regular size cabin!

  14. Here is my dilemma: we are cruising with our DS who is 3 years old and currently booked in a concierge cabin. A family veranda and a sky suite came available for a reasonable price, so I'm trying to decide which room to change to! Family veranda is ideal because of the two separate bedrooms but I don't know when we will be cruising again so I would LOVE to experience the "suite life"...

     

    For those of you who have traveled with children or with 3 or more people in a sky suite: is it noticeably bigger than a regular balcony room? I'm wondering how much of the extra square footage is taken up by the bathtub/bigger bathroom. Because our DS still naps, we spend at least 2 hours during the day and retire early in the evenings to our stateroom. We have 5 sea days, so I feel like we will be spending a lot of time in the stateroom. Is there any way to put up a partition so we can separate the bed and the living area?? I wonder if they would let me hang a curtain wall to wall somehow...

     

    The Sky Suite that is available is 2128, which is located below the Oceanview Cafe. I've done my research and the complaints about the noise from above seems to range from not too bad to so disturbing that the occupants did not enjoy their cruise at all! Should I not take the risk of booking this suite in case the noise is unbearable? Any way to dull the noise in the stateroom??

     

    Please share your wisdom and experience with me!!

     

    Thank you 🙂

     

     

     

     

  15. It is absolutely amazing!! We were lucky enough to book one on the Solstice last year 7 days before sailing for $900 more than a regular balcony. In my opinion, it was worth every penny.

    It was for DH, our 2 year old son and myself for a 12 nights Hawai’i cruise. Our son was still napping and going to bed early on some nights, so the ability to close the door to one of the bedrooms and still have a HUGE living room to hang out in was amazing. I believe it is bigger than a lot of the suites. The pictures did not do justice on how large the room actually was! 

    Like a previous poster said, it is loud when docking, but like you, we were either up or getting ready to get up so it was not a huge inconvenience.

    We were crossing the Pacific, so when there were huge waves, we definitely felt it! But I think that would be the case in any of the FWD cabins.

    It is quite the walk to get to the cabin. But on a 12 night cruise, the exercise is probably a good thing 😉

    One rule we had was that all of our curtains had to be closed and lights off on the balcony in the evenings. 

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