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  1. I am pretty sure four will fit. In the past we have taken 3 , then I stack shorts in the extra space and had extra space for another. I like to leave my things in the packing cubes, and place most of those in the drawers, but my husband places t-shirts, etc. in the cubes. We each had one of the 5-1/2" or 6" X 11" or 12" on the bed side table, as well. The full ones for above the bed are about 12X12, but the 11" ones fit better. I thought the very lightweight nylon or fabric fold-able cubes from ikea or the dollar store were just fine, that way if I didn't have room for them on the way home, I could leave them - so small and light, I always made room. There used to be a very precise measurement someone posted several years ago.
  2. Nice Review. In addition, thank you Sharon for the information about the interesting place the glass blowing class is listed! I, too, just booked the class for the two of us.
  3. If you do shop around, and have proof of the price available, many times the celebrity rep can meet the (big box) price or come close to it, and add OBC instead of the gift card. If you find a celebrity rep/TA that you like, they will usually work with you to get the best price available, even if it changes before final payment. Booking direct has been great for us. But using other TA’s can work out great, too.
  4. You would likely find exact answers on the celebrity website or just do an internet search for celebrity perks prices. I’ve even seen some great write ups showing price value comparisons here on cruise critic. That way you can decide which you’d use most. Here are some things I’ve found. I do know you are able to upgrade your classic package and will have many offers to do so when you are onboard. If it seems you will use it, ask your favorite waiter or bartender to upgrade that for you. You can find the price on the celebrity website and I believe you can sometimes get a discount price. I believe the gratuities are $14.50 US per day per person for a standard veranda stateroom - I think it is adjustable onboard to the amount you see fit. Many give more, some give less, it’s your choice. We always add more by giving cash directly to the cabin steward, waiter, etc. when we have great service. Also, I think you can get a small discount on an internet package if you book before you sail. C
  5. I happened upon some photos someone posted in a review of the Millennium and noted that the bottles appear to be secured and not openable by anyone other than the room stewards, so that’s a good thing.
  6. Are the bottles able to be opened? I do bring my own shampoo and conditioner, but I worry more about who has used the product while in the cabin before me, and what they might have put into the bottles.
  7. We have sailed with Celebrity for over 10 years (only suites or aqua). Retired teacher to teacher: Your designer jeans will look great, rips and holes or no rips and holes. Be happy and kind, smile and enjoy yourself. Likelihood is you will get in to a restaurant if your appearance is neat and clean. Things have change over the years, but each person is going to wear clothing that makes them feel happy while enjoying their vacation time. Don't sweat the small stuff, and it's all small stuff. Enjoy your cruise.
  8. As others have mentioned, yes, you are able to bring bottled water onboard. When we have sailed without a premium beverage package, we have brought along a small filtration pitcher (several brands make a small size) we have brought along packed in our luggage or picked up in a store in the port town. When we stay in vacation rentals, we do the same thing. It’s much lighter and overall compared to purchasing individual bottles, less expensive, even if you don’t bring it back home with you. It seems to take away the smells and unusual taste from the ship’s water.
  9. Cabin 7208 is the center aft cabin and I can’t remember the cabin number on the starboard mcorner aft FV with the even more extended balcony. From each of these you are directly above one of the 2 large suites below. If they have a party, you will hear that, but we didn’t have that happen on our sailings.
  10. We stayed in a CC on millennium deck 7, it was great. No noise, large partially canvas covered balcony and beautiful views. We’ve also had the pleasure of a corner family suite (only 2 of us, we switched when we saw a last minute opening before sailing) and found those to be the ultimate cabins with a great location for excellent views. We sailed last year and have not sailed since the latest renovation. The pics for it look great. You can always ask for loungers and maybe you will get them.
  11. KennedySA I, too am sorry for your loss, and health difficulties, and am very glad to hear Celebrity has been helpful and kind to you. Enjoy your cruises. In response to twincheryl: Yes, there are Celebrity Vacation Planners. Below is the signature line from emails we have exchanged. I blanked out all of the info that I think isn't allowed on CC, but at one point years ago, I called Celebrity and worked with this person to get great deals, even as good as "big box" travel agencies. I do call to speak with her when I am planning a cruise. I generally do all of the basic homework myself before calling to do the actual booking. If you think this is good for you, maybe try to call and ask again for a Vacation Planner. Of course, they only provide information and book for Celebrity, so it's not quite a personal planner. "....Sincerely, J------- P---- Your Celebrity Vacation Planner phone: 1-888-307-8413 Ext ---- (This is the general Celebrity Cruise telephone number which I think is okay to post.....) Email: j----@celebrity.com.... followed by the Celebrity Cruises Logo"
  12. On the Reflection now: We also thought it was very entertaining we thought the meal overall was great, but did not like the steak at all. We have rarely found many things on our many Celebrity cruises that we didn’t like at all, but we didn’t finish our steaks. They were extremely butter knife cuttable, but had a very unusual flavor. (Maybe the lack of texture was too much - we typically like Filet Mignon.) The rest of the meal was delicious - especially the lobster. It was creative and fun. All specialty restaurants were included with our cabin, so there wasn’t an additional cost - but $55 per person sounds like a lot. Very happy we tried it. Will we go back again or another cruise? Maybe, but probably not. We love Murano, seriously enjoy Tuscan Grille, Lawn Club, and even the Porch. We typically love Luminae, but didn’t find it super good so far this cruise — far tooooo busy. We noticed groups of two, four, five and six the evening we were there. The service was spectacular and well coordinated, too. We did notice people nearby order from the alternate menu and some ordered two lobster tails. The restaurant seemed very accommodating to people’s preferences. I’m sure I replied way too much to the original question - sorry.
  13. 1. Yes, there are cabins above and below that level. 2. Last year we were in cabin 1560, about 10 or 12 in doors forward of that cabin. There is a deep overhang, but we had lots of sun. Judging by some of my pics, the angle of the sun varied by time of day and direction of travel. As I recall, we had a good balance of shade and sun. This aqua class cabin was very nice. (Not part of your question, but I remember Blu was super crowded that sailing.). We were on 3 sailings in a row (B2B2B). After this we went into a signature suite (fabulous!) and then to a corner aft sky suite (great views with lots and lots of sun.). We like the Reflection and will sail again in a signature suite in a couple of weeks.
  14. Last year, December 2017 we enjoyed Michelle Bernstein on a Chef's Market tour! She has such a great personality and we learned a lot about her preparation ideas. We went on a shopping tour with her, then she gave a demonstration as she prepared ceviche for the group at a restaurant. There were presentations given during the week on board and a chef's dinner was held in the evening with the tour group on the Equinox. We were on the Reflection and our chef's dinner was prepared just for the two of us. Recently we watched the PBS show produced with Fine Cooking Magazine. I wish I would have watched the series before the cruise. I did find lots of info on line. https://www.finecooking.com/moveablefeast If you are able to sign up for some of the excursions with the chefs (Marcus Samuelsson sounds interesting, too), you will likely have a great time. I wish we were able to go on this cruise, but we already have one scheduled for December. Have fun!
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