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  1. Our first trip on Celebrity is coming up soon. We'll be on the Equinox next week. Can somebody tell me if the Equinox (or Celebrity in general) has self serve laundry facilities? Just helps us know how to pack. Thanks for your help.
  2. Hello. I posted this on the Celebrity board, but thought i would post here too. We are booked on Xpedition with the Machu Picchu land tour after. (It is not this year, so i hope they figure out the Xpedition issues). We are debating whether to do the MP/Sacred Valley with Celebrity or book a private tour. For those who did it with Celebrity, can you answer some questions please? 1. How many people were in the tour group? 2. Did you feel other passengers were prepared for and able to do the itinerary in MP and the Sacred Valley? We aren’t super fit, but we can do the stairs, hiking, city tours etc. I have heard on some cruiselines (not X) that some passengers sign up for things outside their level of comfort, which affects the entire group and how much can be done. 3. did you feel that a 1/2 day in MP was enough? I was thinking of a private tour because I thought it would be nice to stay in a hotel near there to get 2 days or parts of 2 days. 4. Overall, were the included tours, lunches, lunch at art collectors house, lunch at Wayra ranch, the equestrian show etc enjoyable? I guess I was wondering if, for $6000 pp, you felt it was worth it? I like the ease of Celebrity doing everything, and I know a private 6 or 7 night tour will be priced similarly or more. I also know some people do everything on their own, but it’s alot of flights, buses, trains, tickets, etc, plus hiring guides, booking fun events, etc. so i would likely use a tour operator, or Celebrity. Just wanted thoughts from those who have been, before I decide which way to go. Thanks!
  3. My husband and I, along with two other couples, will be taking our first cruise on a Celebrity ship. We have taken 34 cruises with 26 of them being on RCCL ships. I've heard that Celebrity is a bit "classier" than RCCL. Can anyone help us out as to the main differences between the two Lines. While I know the ships differ, I'm going to ask the age old question about the MDR and attire. We do not dress in formal attire on the formal nights but opt to wear "Sunday clothes". Since I keep hearing the term "classy" when talking about Celebrity ships, I just want to make sure that we dress in what is acceptable. Obviously, I assume, no shorts.....however, on RCCL people come in, in EVERYTHING and it appears there is no longer a "suggested attire", or it's just ignored. Is there anything else that is a big change between the cruise lines that would be helpful. We will be sailing on Silhouette in March 2020.
  4. I am going to post my trip report on a day by day basis. Our complete trip lasted two weeks (July 19 - Aug 3), so there will be quite a few entries. Feel free to ask questions. My comments are pretty detailed and not terribly exciting, but I always appreciated others that provided details I hadn't read elsewhere. I hope you enjoy planning...and going on your Alaska adventure as much as we did. Introduction: My wife and I have close friends that we dine with almost every weekend. I remember throwing out the idea of traveling together on an Alaska cruise at least 3 years ago. The response was “sounds great!”, but of course life gets in the way. About a year and a half ago my friend says “you know, I have a meeting in July, 2019 in Vancouver”, and the planning began. Using his meeting dates, we honed in on a handful of cruise options and finally settled on the Celebrity Millenium, southbound from Seward. Since Greg and Tammy were tied up in meetings pre-cruise, we decided to do some inland touring before meeting them. We had taken our son on an Alaska cruise in 2002, and the one big thing we did NOT do on that trip was go see bears. So I researched where the bears are and we decided to go to Homer. But I’m getting ahead of myself. It actually took us three days to get there. Mary’s ears are sensitive to air travel, so we try to limit travel by plane to one per day. I had a Delta Companion ticket, which is only good for Continental US, so we decided to fly to Seattle first, then on to Anchorage after spending the night. The initial booking had us on a 5:00 pm flight out of Orlando, landing in Seattle at 9:15. However, Delta called a month after booking and that flight was cancelled. The only remaining non-stop left at 6:15 AM, so our plans changed accordingly. On to Day #1...
  5. So I am Diamond with Royal and also Prime in the casino. Do any of my perks carry over if I book a Celebrity cruise?
  6. Has anyone done this tour with Celebrity? They offer it in a regular group on a motor coach bus and then in a small group on a van. I was wondering if the difference between doing it on a van versus a bus is worth paying the extra money?. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
  7. This will be my trip review from our Celebrity Edge cruise from 6/22/19 to 6/29/19. I have never posted any kind of review before, so please be easy on me as I may skip around too much or skip over other items unintentionally. I took over 2,500 pictures on this trip so it’s taken quite a while for me to sort through them. I’m also a little later starting this than I hoped because I’ve been sick. I think I picked up some kind of virus on the plane home so I got sick 4 days after getting back and spent close to 4 weeks fighting an upper respiratory viral infection. Does anyone else get sick every time they fly? It seems to happen to me almost every time over the last few years, I guess my immune system is not what it used to be – just another joy of getting older I suppose. Anyway I digress. Most likely this will include much more detail and pictures than some may want, so feel free to skip through to posts that interest you. If you are looking for a short and sweet review this definitely is not it. This trip was just the two of us (myself and my wife), we have been married for 17 years and have traveled quite a bit; mainly land tours but this was our 7th cruise. We tend to rise early and as a result go to bed early as well – if you are looking for a lot of details about entertainment and shows on the ship then you will be disappointed. We booked this trip in July of 2018 so waited almost a year for this vacation to finally arrive. Although in a way that was almost necessary so I could have enough time to prepare. I am a huge planner and tend to find almost as much enjoyment in the planning stage as the vacation itself. I also tend to be somewhat obsessive-compulsive with researching and reading reviews to find the perfect hotel/tour/ship/restaurant, etc. I will never claim to be “normal” (whatever that is), and instead try and embrace my idiosyncrasies – so please bear with me! I closely followed the build of the Edge and enviously read about other’s plans once booking opened, but I didn’t pull the trigger until last summer. I just couldn’t stand not having a cruise booked on the Edge because it seemed to have everything we were looking for. There’s been a lot of negative comments about the ship on Cruise Critic but very few of the negatives seemed something that would bother us, and actually many of them were actually positives for us (i.e. we LOVED the infinite verandah). Different strokes for different folks I guess! Our itinerary was as follows: Day Date General Wed. 6/19 Fly to Barcelona Thurs. 6/20 Arrive Barcelona (9:00am) Food tour (4:00pm) Fri. 6/21 Barcelona No tour booked – HOHO bus tour planned Sat. 6/22 Board cruise ship Sun. 6/23 Valencia (docked 7am – 9pm) No tour booked – visit City of Arts & Sciences Mon. 6/24 Ibiza (docked 8am – midnight) No tour booked Tues. 6/25 At Sea Wed. 6/26 Marseille (docked 7am – 6pm) Independent tour company – Marseilles & Cassis 9am – 4pm Thurs. 6/27 Nice/Villefranche (tendered 7am -8:30pm) Celebrity excursion – Nice, Eze, & Monaco Discovery (8am – 4:30pm) Fri. 6/28 La Spezia/Florence/Pisa (docked 7am – 7pm) Celebrity excursion – Pisa & Lucca Highlights (9am – 4:30pm) Sat. 6/29 Debark ship (Rome) Private Tour – p/u in Civitavecchia and tour of Rome (8am – 4pm) Sun. 6/30 Rome Food tour (11am – 2:30pm) Mon. 7/1 Fly home *Spoiler Alert – we missed our flight home and ended up getting home on Tuesday night instead of Monday night. First time in my life I have ever missed a flight. This made for a really fun day at work on Wednesday with no day off to recuperate. Ugh!
  8. I originally placed the Tracker in the thread initiated by CruisingChick on April 23, 2018. However, the tracker gets lost amongst all the many questions/comments (understandably). Thus, I have decided to create a single thread for tracking purposes only (filtering out everything else). The purpose of this thread is strictly for compiling information into a spreadsheet. I will be running this tracker for ~ 6 months to see if any interesting trends come about and/or for general information purposes. Will reevaluate its usefulness thereafter. IF you wish to participate, answer the following questions as best as you can and I will transfer the info to the Tracker. Please do not ask questions here (redirect your questions/comments to the CruisingChick thread of April 2018). CELEBRITY MOVE UP TRACKER (effective April 19, 2019; but can back-fill data, if available) Ship: Length of Cruise: Cruise Sail Date: Date email offer received: Captain’s Club Tier [“PREVIEW” = first Celebrity Cruise]: Booked through Celebrity Direct OR via TA: Current Cabin: Bid? Yes/No: If YES - Bidding Details: Cabin Category: place winning category, if accepted (all category offers, can be mentioned in comments) Bid Offer: Notification Date: Accepted / Rejected General Comments (offer details, etc.)
  9. Apologies if this question has been asked/answered already. I'm Equinox in November and online check-in just became available. I completed the check-in process on the phone app and noticed that the app only reflects 1 of my specialty dining reservations. The Celebrity website accurate reflects the 3 reservations that I have. Is this a glitch w/ the phone app or something I need to contact Celebrity about? Thanks in advance.
  10. I was wondering if anyone had comments (pros/cons) on the AFT cabins on the Celebrity Solstice? If there were any on the other threads maybe I'm missing them but if there are any please let me know. I'm planning on taking a back to back out of Sydney when I retire in 2022. The cruise that I'm looking for is in April which would not be too hot or too cold. The first one is 11 days out of Sydney up the coast of the Barrier Reef. The other one is also out of Sydney 18 days approx (again on the Solstice) and this goes to New Zealand, Bora Bora etc. and ends up in Hawaii. I wanted to make sure that the location and cabin is one that I'm going to be happy with since I would be spending approx. 28 days. We are possibly having some family and friends on the same cruise as well. On other cruises on other lines we read the reviews and I remember some stating that there was an issue with the vibrations/smell/soot and other things that were an issue. (this was on Princess). We had taken the risk and we ended up with an AFT cabin which had the worst smell when you were outside due to the vent being right above us. We paid for a balcony cabin but ended up with ocean view due to not being able to spend any time outside. Please mind you I don't want to sound negative but I just wanted some reviews of what they have experienced. That's what I love about c/c.
  11. We purchased before night specialty dining package. I am confused about how to make reservations online for the 4 restaurants and the remaining complimentary restaurants. Someone told me you just show up at 6:30 to the specialty restaurant of your choice on the first night, and then you see the dining manager and they booked your reservations for the rest of the week. This doesn't seem quite right to me. Can anyone please advise?
  12. Hello. We are booked on Xpedition with the Machu Picchu land tour after. (It is not this year, so i hope they figure out the Xpedition issues). We are debating whether to do the MP/Sacred Valley with Celebrity or book a private tour. For those who did it with Celebrity, can you answer some questions please? 1. How many people were in the tour group? 2. Did you feel other passengers were prepared for and able to do the itinerary in MP and the Sacred Valley? We aren’t super fit, but we can do the stairs, hiking, city tours etc. I have heard on some cruiselines (not X) that some passengers sign up for things outside their level of comfort, which affects the entire group and how much can be done. 3. did you feel that a 1/2 day in MP was enough? I was thinking of a private tour because I thought it would be nice to stay in a hotel near there to get 2 days or parts of 2 days. 4. Overall, were the included tours, lunches, lunch at art collectors house, lunch at Wayra ranch, the equestrian show etc enjoyable? I guess I was wondering if, for $6000 pp, you felt it was worth it? I like the ease of Celebrity doing everything, and I know a private 6 or 7 night tour will be priced similarly or more. I also know some people do everything on their own, but it’s alot of flights, buses, trains, tickets, etc, plus hiring guides, booking fun events, etc. so i would likely use a tour operator, or Celebrity. Just wanted thoughts from those who have been, before I decide which way to go. Thanks!
  13. I have several questions pertaining to this topic: 1. Why is the single supplement 100%? 2. If a solo traveler is basically paying for 2 people, why don't they get a rebate of the unused second set of perks? 3. Why can't some other set of perks be developed for solo travelers? My final question concerns CruiseCare: WHY is it necessary that ALL occupants of a cabin have to purchase this IF only one person wants it? Thank you for your time. I ask these questions on all of my post-cruise questionnaires; to date NONE of them have been addressed to me.
  14. My wife and I will be cruising in early September 2019. Starting in Rome and on to the Amalfi Coase (Catania, Sicily, Vallettal Malta, Santorini, Athens, Mykonos, Nauplion, Kataklolon, and Naples). We've cruised before and used both tours from the cruise line and booked separately on our own. What do you suggest for this trip?
  15. Can anyone tell me if the Celebrity trip insurance covers air, pre-post hotel stays? Sis and I are cruising and would like to stay in Fort Lauderdale a few days before embarkation. We took out Celebrity insurance at the time of booking for cancel for any reason and piece of mind. So many hotels these days will give you a price break if you book a non-refundable room. We are hesitant to do this as we have some family members with fragile health. We would also like to skip the airline insurance if not needed. Anyone know if airline and pre-cruise stays are covered under the Celebrity policy? Thanks all and happy cruising!
  16. According to recent developments, the Xpedition license to operate in the Galapagos has been permanently revoked. https://portalcruceros.cl/celebrity-xpedition-no-podra-operar-en-galapagos-al-verificarse-que-causaba-danos-al-ecosistema-isleno/ (you may need to translate by clicking on the flag in the upper right corner) I wonder what this will mean for all of those booked on Xpedition?
  17. I usually cruise in January or February with a group of six ladies looking for some quiet and relaxation. We've only cruised on Celebrity and Princess lines but are considering booking with RC for our next cruise. Can anyone offer any advice on which ships to look at? we are hoping for a quieter ship with mostly adults. Anyone have experience with Celebrity/Princess and could offer tips on booking? Thanks much!
  18. The four ships in play are not comparable in amenities. So if you paid for an oceanview on Xpedition and are placed on Flora (which is all suites) for no additional charge, you should be very happy. If you paid for an upper level suite on Xpedition (there are only 2) and are placed in a basic suite on Flora - that is not equitable. If you are placed from any category on Xpedition to Xpereince or Xploration, it is not comparable in amenities, condition, etc., and I would expect a refund of some sort. FWIW - the Xpedition suites are no better than a balcony cabin on any other older ship (we've sailed in one). So unless you have paid for either the Penthouse or Royal Suite on Xpedition, you'll be very fortunate to be transferred to any suite on Flora with no compensation.
  19. My wife and I are about to take our 3rd Celebrity cruise on Silhouette. Previously we've sailed Reflection twice. All in the Med. I booked the upcoming cruise on our last cruise and we got a good price, some extra perks and a low deposit rate. I was wondering if we are able to book Royal Caribbean while we are on Silhouette next month or can we only book Celebrity whilst on a Celebrity ship?
  20. Just read a number of reviews of the Silly in July/August in the Med. Not flattering, nor aligned with the product/image marketed by Celebrity. Not an on board experience that I would tolerate. Brings up the issue of a company's obligation to deliver the product/experience/service that they market.... Many first time guests in particular book based on Celebrity marketing (modern luxury) and reviews because they have limited other information and no previous experience with Celebrity. It would seem to me that the Silly experience could be questioned regarding its alignment with Celebrity marketing. Of course defenders of businesses can always trot out the old saying "buyer beware". Like many vacations, there is can be a seasonal/geographic etc variation. It is an interesting question.
  21. Hi everyone, can anyone who has sailed on Celebrity Millennium post revolution please tell me how many power outlets are in a CC stateroom? Also, are there USB outlets on each bedside?
  22. From Celebrity: The suggested gratuity for cruisers on Celebrity Edge is $14.50 per person, per day for anyone staying in a standard cabin; $15 per person, per day for anyone saying in Concierge Class or AquaClass rooms; and $18 per person, per day for people in suites. An 18 percent gratuity charge is automatically added to all beverage, mini-bar and spa/salon purchases. Reminds me of the resort Fees Las Vegas hotels add on.... It sucks!
  23. We've been loyal to Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises all this while and we've always had some amazing holidays with them. Celebrity's S class ships are our favorite and we feel that its just right for us in terms of ship size, kind of cruisers on board and the overall upmarket but yet laid back feeling on their cruise ships. However, lately the prices on Celebrity have just been sky rocketing. We've been seeing & hearing some good things about MSC (especially their new ships - MSC Seaside and MSC Meraviglia). I went to check the prices and was pretty surprised to see some really good value. We usually cruise just once a year, so I don't want to risk having a bad cruise, but then you've got to take some chances right? Has anyone here tried MSC lately? There were initial reports of the food not being as good as other cruise lines (which is subjective) and the entertainment being ordinary. We're a couple in our mid-late thirties from India, and our taste in food is a lot more American than European. Should we risk it or pay more and stick with Celebrity? Cheers! Nick
  24. We did the Celebrity extension in 2015. It was nowhere near $6000 p/p. I think it was less than half that. What I tell people is that if you want more time at Machu Picchu (overnight, get up early to see the sun rise, etc.) arrange for a different tour or do this on your own. While we were very pleased with how Celebrity handled everything, and there is a lot to see in Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, the number one issue to resolve is how long you want to be at Machu Picchu. From our Xpedition cruise of 99 people, 29 did the Machu Picchu extension. One woman had some issues in Cuzco, which were quickly resolved. (The staff got her oxygen within 30 seconds of being alerted.) At Machu Picchu, after about 3-4 hours, 24 people went to the nearby hotel for drinks or hot chocolate. They had had enough hiking about. Only 5 of us kept going up to the Temple of the Sun. I pooped out twice, but eventually caught up with everyone at the top.
  25. I can chime in here regarding out experience aboard the Xpedition (not sure if it varies from ship to ship). When we traveled in November, we felt the shortie wetsuits were more than adequate and we were quite comfortable. The water felt a bit chilly upon entry, but we were never actually cold. There were a few long -sleeved suits but I saw none with complete coverage provided by the ship. You will go to be fitted for equipment the first day aboard, and they place all of your equipment in a bag on a hook with your cabin number. I do not recall that they were still wet for the next snorkel. We did bring our own personal snorkel and mask but used the ship's fins and wet suit. We also brought our fin socks for comfort and to avoid blisters (we already had the snorkel equipment). Truthfully I am very glad with our decision to not purchase and bring wetsuits as we were fine with the provided ones and I saved packing room. It is a personal choice for everyone. You can find tons of other suggestions and info on the "Recently Back" thread on the Xpedition Roll Call forum.
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