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  1. Thanks for your quick response Greg! I noticed that it was mentioned on your card in the earlier picture but didn't put 2 and 2 together. Good to know I can try to reserve last minute.
  2. How did you know that cucina and chibang food is included in the YTD? We board Mardi Gras on Sat 9/11 and would like to take advantage of it if it's still available. Did you need to make reservations? If so, how did you do it? Thanks to this review, I'm more excited than ever to board!
  3. Thanks! As an FYI, Lots of Honor isn't open yet. This is the message posted on their website: Lots of Honor 2021 Update Due to the events of COVID-19, we are not accepting reservations for any Port Canaveral cruises. We are currently processing refunds for COVID-19 cancellations. Please know that these refunds are our top priority as we move forward in 2021. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter. We will be accepting new reservations once Port Canaveral cruising has reopened. We look forward to safe & happy cruising in 2021!
  4. Ouch! That's expensive. Any suggestions for private parking sites?
  5. Aring75 - I can't thank you enough for posting this live review! My DH and I both received our negative test results today, so we're ready to embark on Friday. We're new to Celebrity, so your detailed review is very helpful to understand what to expect on Celebrity especially during this pandemic! Thanks to you, I booked the Murano last night and now I know to get the grand marnier souffle instead of my first instinct to go with chocolate. LOL Quick question - do you know if they serve coke or pepsi products? Thanks again!! Mary Jon
  6. I'm a longtime lurker of Saint Greg and Sid 9169 reviews so I was excited to see this new one. I even checked out future Mardi Gras cruises and booked this same cruise for Sep 11! Can't wait for Greg to begin his exploration and share everything with us! Mary Jon
  7. Oh I'm so excited for you!! 🤗 My DH and I will be boarding Equinox shortly after you depart for an ABC island cruise. This is our first X cruise so I'm looking forward to following along and learning more. We booked this cruise with another couple who love X, but they have now backed out. That's OK, because we'll still have a great time together celebrating our 30th anniversary. Have a great cruise! Mary Jon
  8. Thanks for sharing all Covid related details of flying in and out of Cancun! Will be very helpful when I leave Sunday. I'm sorry if I missed it... how did you handle paying the new $11 tourist fee? Did the airline ask for proof of payment? Thanks for letting us join you on your vacation!
  9. How long did it take to get the results? Curious because we leave for Cancun next Sunday. The Westin arranges someone from a hospital to come to the resort to perform the testing. Unfortunately the Westin isn't an AI but the "villa" has a full kitchen. After a quick run to Costco to get Don Julio tequila (which s $20 cheaper than prices in Florida) we'll be "happy".🍹
  10. Thought I'd try here asking this question here for Australia before starting a new topic... What about bringing wine back on board at Australian ports? If it's allowed, will they charge the corkage fee to take it on board to drink and/or can they "hold" it for me until I disembark? As long as I'm asking... any chance I can bring on more than 1 bottle per person at embarkation in Australia and pay the corkage fee? We're planning on visiting the Hunter Valley wine region before boarding the ship and would like to be able to bring on more than 1 bottle per person. Thanks in advance for any insight. Cheers! Mary
  11. We decided to rebook similar cruise for May 2022 a while ago when we started to see rates go up.
  12. Thanks Chiliburn for giving me more ideas!. I'm not familiar with Mudgee and Blue mountains so it will be fun to research them. I need to get my pre and post cruise plans in order so I can get my flights early to use points. Everyone - please keep the recommendations coming! I really appreciate everyone's help.
  13. Wow onlyslightlymad!! We're cruising with Celebrity for the first time and looking forward to trying something different besides NCL and Carnival. Thank you for your great recommendations. I love your ideas for Aukland, Napier and Picton and will dive into the details so I can make some definite plans. For Tauranga, you mention taking the bus to Rotorua. Are you talking about the city bus or some kind of ship excursion? If it's the city bus, would it be difficult to get from the port to a bus stop to go to a beach somewhere? I'm thinking a "do it yourself" beach day might be relaxing instead of taking a formal excursion to Rotorua. We're stopping in Lyttelton for Christchurch. Celebrity has an excursion to North Canterbury's Waipara Valley that visits Pegasus Bay, Waipara Hills and Waipara Springs wineries. It looks like a good opportunity to see some wineries. Do you think we would enjoy it or should we look for something else to do? For Dunedin, Celebrity offers an overnight trip to Queenstown that includes a visit to Gibbston Valley Winery in addition to other specific agenda items. I love pinot noir, so I doubt if I'd be happy with just 1 winery. I'm thinking about spending 2 or 3 days in Central Otago to explore more wineries. It looks like Jetstar flies from Aukland to Queenstown and then I could rent a car. Am I crazy for trying it? I can't thank you enough for your help and recommendations! Your insight and information has helped me get excited to start finalizing plans! Mary
  14. Thanks for the recommendation! Some friends said I'll never go back to US white wines after drinking Sauv Blanc from New Zealand!
  15. Thanks! I read about Hunter Valley but didn't realize it's that close. I'll definitely investigate!
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