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About jakebloke

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    Celebrity, NCL
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  1. I was lucky to get a Sunset Veranda cabin on the Edge earlier last year, as I had no desire to stay in the infinite veranda cabins. I loved it. Now when I search for future cruises on Edge or Apex, its very difficult to find any available Sunset, and when I do, they are at a much higher premium than when I booked that first one. Obviously Celebrity realized the demand was high for a true balcony and thus the increase in price,
  2. I frequently look at prices for various itineraries I'm interested in, Europe, Hawaii, and Caribbean for mid 2021. ALL of them are much more expensive than they were pre COVID. One crazy example was a cruise next May from Honolulu to Vancouver....Sunset Veranda was around $5200 for 2 people with all 4 perks. Now its $9033. Crazy....that's a whole 2nd cruise I could take. It certainly doesn't seem they are trying to lure cruises by pricing. It's actually deterring me at this point.
  3. Prices are back up to what they were. That was a short lived sale.
  4. Pricing appears to be changing. I’ve been watching a 5 night cruise in October.....looking at an XL Sea Terrace or the Seriously Suite. The XL terrace was $2500 per cabin and is now $1875. The seriously suite was $3900 and is now $2975. That’s a pretty big difference. The Cuba loss was a huge loss. I would’ve been booked months ago if Cuba was in the mix. I’ve been waiting to see how things look as I’ve been quite torn on some of the ships features, and am glad I waited as things seem to be changing a bit price wise. Also I know it’s hurricane season and perhaps some of these aren’t se
  5. Agree...some of the restaurants look nice. I will continue to watch updates especially as real sailors get onboard and post tours etc. besides my opinion on the decor (which I understand is subjective), I don’t get a feel that there’s a great connection to the sea unless you’re on the upper/outer decks. I haven’t ruled her out, I’m just not as thrilled so far as I’d hoped.
  6. I’ve been eagerly waiting to see actual photos of Scarlet Lady, and now that I have, I can’t help but feel really disappointed. A few of you posted that you’re even more excited now that actual photos are out, I feel the opposite. Except for some of the restaurants, everything is very dark and bland...cold even. There’s nothing about the ship that looks relaxing. I cringed at the photos of the mega rockstar suites. People are paying a fortune to stay in these ultra dark boring spaces. Those cabanas are a joke. I guess in my opinion the decor of the ship just feels totally off. There ar
  7. I’m a very loyal Celebrity cruiser. When VV announced some of their features like adults only, I was immediately excited. One of the reasons we love Celebrity is that there does tend to be far fewer kids on board than other cruise lines. The main factor that got me excited tho was they were going to Cuba, So when Cuba itineraries were stripped from us, and the cruises are only 4 or 5 nights, and the cabin designs were revealed, and a tattoo parlor on board, I’m less thrilled. Still curious, but I won’t book anything until there’s been several cruises behind them and people report back.
  8. I love it. It's not an entirely new concept, but it's a great execution. I actually have several men's bracelets that have a similar nautical look. Rope and anchor/hook which I mostly wear on cruises, so this will be similar.
  9. I've gone on a few Pied Piper groups. My first was with a group of about 100 people in the Caribbean on the Celebrity Silhouette. We had a nice time with the group. They had special events and happy hours throughout the week. I'd say the average age was prob 65+. My husband and I were 40 so for once, felt like young ones. The most recent one had a group of 23 and only about 12 people showed up to dinner and the events. That was on Celebrity Edge in the Mediterranean which I"m sure contributed to the smaller group. I've never done the Post Thanksgiving cruise, but I know it's their la
  10. I was looking to book the Oct 25th sailing as it'll be over my husband's 48th birthday. I too had some reservations about demographics etc, but now feeling somewhat relieved. This is also the sailing that the BearCruise group will be on which I just found out about 5 minutes ago thanks to this thread. We're not bears, but it's nice to know there will be a group of gay men on board. I still might wait to hear how things go after a few sailings, but I'm also inclined to just give it a try!!.
  11. I was on 8 a few months ago and it was perfect. I feel like I lucked out as it seems they are in high demand. There's so few standard balconies on the Edge and Apex, and this high demand has just caused them to be more expensive. Someone else noted they are now higher than Concierge. Celebrity is obviously capitalizing on the demand. The aft balconies on any ship are my favorite, but it seems like it will be difficult if I want to sail Edge again, or the upcoming Apex.
  12. Now the Cuba is unfortunately out of the picture for Scarlet Lady, I'm much more interested in these Mediterranean itineraries. Something tells me they'll be a lot more $$$ however.
  13. I sailed the Edge in early July and Captain Kate was on board a couple of nights. While I'm not exactly sure what they were doing, I did see them set up cameras for filming. They closed off the Martini Bar area for a few hours as well as the Magic Carpet one evening and were set up like a movie set. My assumption is they are going to heavily market The Edge with some new material and Captain Kate will be a part of that. I guess we'll find out soon enough. On another note. I sailed Equinox last August and absolutely loved Captain Kate. I usually don't care who the captain
  14. They used to use the word "free" on the website which is misleading and actually not accurate. I distinctly remember searching for cruises and different pricing and seeing them use "free" and thinking how is it free when I'm being charged another $400 per person? I don't see it now, so I think they've finally stopped using the term. Which is good. It's still a strange pricing strategy. I guess we just need to accept that the base fare you see will likely be several 100+ dollars more if you want something as little (or large) as a refundable deposit if you need to cancel.
  15. Thanks for the info. Has anyone asked to have a lounger brought down on the Edge? I may just bite the bullet and get some of these inflatable ones.
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