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  1. DW and I did a 14 night cruise on Millie (2nd after being revolutionized in Feb 2019). Was Hong Kong to Singapore. A few overnight ports, Hong Kong, Phu My and Singapore. Have to say the highlight was Halong Bay. As Dabear said most ports are quite a distance from the Cities and major attractions but still worth the long travel times. We enjoyed the cruise very much. I think Solstice now does that part of the world so larger ship with more amenities and specialty restaurants.
  2. I believe the Vanuatu govt. has banned large cruise ships from there for the time being. Reasoning is the damage to marine environment. Plus I think some of the weather they have had over the last few years has led to damage of the pier the ships used for tendering.
  3. Yes remember that one. Me and my family were on that cruise. Unforgettable NYE (No crowds, no having to jostle to get public transport home etc etc) which will never happen again. We had news helicopters flying around us all afternoon and of course lots of complaints from harbour residents that this big ship blocked their view of the festivities. We had a wonderful day in Champagne Bay as well, a port that is no longer welcoming cruise ships.
  4. Agree. We did Concierge Class on a 14 day Auckland to Sydney a few years ago now. The only thing I think of benefit was that the cabin position was excellent. Was a birthday cruise for me and my wife, not telling me, booked a birthday cake in the main dinning room for dinner that night. They forgot. When she called down to ask what happened within 90mins a cake arrived at our cabin with 3 stewards singing happy birthday and a nice bottle of Champaign as an apology. Then our cabin attendant decorated our door with lovely happy birthday stuff. Then guest services sent up a good bottle of Red. Couldn't have been happier. We shared all this stuff with our cabin neighbors who were just the best and we still keep in contact! This is why we still do keep going back to Celebrity.
  5. Probably haven't said this enough but have always enjoyed reading your posts. I do hope you get the chance to enjoy the cruise experience once more.
  6. Yep. Grand suite and above get full access to Coastal Kitchen as well as the Concierge lounge. Plus free Wi-Fi and all and more benefits of the Key. So if you can do it it's worth it. On Ovation we are always in a suite and use the Concierge lounge each morning for breakfast. Nice and quiet and we don't need hot food in the morning so coffee, toast and cereal is all good.
  7. Have needed advice from Graham a number of times. Always helpful, always friendly. An asset to this forum.
  8. My wife and I did a 14 day Asia cruise out of Hong Kong just after she was refurbished. She is a fabulous ship with a great crew at the time. Love the enhancements which have made an older ship pretty much new again. I think you will definitely enjoy your time on her.
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