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  1. Cheers Cruise Critic! It is thankfully that time again for another Live cruise blog! Edward and I are leaving Chicago for Vancouver to join the Celebrity Eclipse on Sunday the 19th for our first Alaskan Cruise! Not only have we never been to Alaska before but we have not been to Vancouver either, so this will be a cruise with many firsts for us and we are very much looking forward to it. If you don’t feel like reading this first post (I know it might be a bit boring with lots of details) feel free to skip to the bottom of this post to see my youtube video with a quick introduction to our trip. For those of you who have not followed us before I will give you a quick rundown of ourselves. I am Paul and my partner is Edward. We live in Chicago (yes in the actual city, right downtown) and are 32 and 36. We try to cruise at least a few times a year and typically on longer itineraries when our schedule allows. This will mark our 18th cruise on Celebrity. As always I will take you along with us on our journey and let you know what is going on every step of the way. You can follow me on social media, specifically on Instagram - PaulKBlackburn You can also follow the hashtag #CruisingOnCelebrity I’ll be posting photos on Instagram but also a lot of short videos on my instagram stories since that seems to upload very easily even if the internet is not 100%. As always I will post at least 10 photos per day on here including the “Dailys” for you to review. I also will let you know any and all costs incurred, whether we are talking about flights, taxis, meals out, ubers, etc. I know many times the talk of money can be “taboo” but at the end of the day none of these wonderful things are free so I think it is important to mention the costs to help everyone plan better. I also encourage you all to ask questions about any topics cruise or travel related. Whether you want to know my thoughts on the food or who is working on the ship or how busy the ports are…just ask and I’ll do my best to answer them. The more interactive I am with all of you the more I enjoy writing so do not feel bad about asking questions. I also want to take a moment to thank all of you who commented on a posting of mine over a month ago asking for suggestions for this trip. We read through all of your comments, tips and tricks and it helped greatly in determining what we are doing and what to pack! Our highlight excursion this trip will be the helicopter tour which stops on two glaciers and the glacier walk. Hoping for good weather! Below are all the pricing details of our cruise, including everything from travel insurance to the cruise itself. It may be a bit boring so don’t feel like you need to read it! Let’s take a look at the cruise itinerary Celebrity Eclipse May 19th - 7 Nights Day 1 - Vancouver Day 2 - Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage Day 3 - Icy Strait Point Day 4 - Cruising Hubbard Glacier Day 5 - Juneau Day 6 - Ketchikan Day 7 - Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage Day 8 - Vancouver We are arriving in Vancouver on the evening of Friday May 17th. After the cruise we are also spending one day and night in Vancouver and flying back to Chicago on memorial day morning. Cruise Pricing OK, let’s talk about money! We booked this cruise a couple months ago. It was a last minute thought. When we were on the Edge in February we booked an August Equinox cruise as a place holder to have an on board booking that we could transfer to another cruise. We used that onboard booking for this cruise so we were able to get a little extra OBC. Celebrity Suite: Originally we booked a Celebrity Suite for this cruise, including the Go BEST package, which came to $2,689.33 per person or $5,378.66 in total. Move Up Bid: Not too long after booking we received the opportunity for a move up bid. The options were to bid on the Royal Suite and the Penthouse Suite. We originally bid only on the Penthouse. The minimum bid was $800 per person so we bid $850pp. We ended up canceling out that bid and only bidding on the Royal. The minimum bid for the Royal was $400pp, we ended up bidding $405pp. Total Cruise Pricing We won our move up bid and therefore incurred the extra cost of $810 bringing our new total to $6,188.66 for the Royal Suite. In addition we have $975 onboard credit (combination of credit from booking on board, go best, and our TA). Airfare We are flying non-stop from Chicago (ORD) to Vancouver (YVR) on Air Canada. We booked through Choice Air. The pricing through Choice Air was a little cheaper than going direct through Air Canada or other online travel websites and we get the additional comfort of their protection. The timing on these flights was perfect for us. 5:05pm leaving ORD and we’re leaving YVR at 10:15am on Memorial Day. We are on a CRJ900 which is a regional jet. I’m surprised it has the range to make that long of a flight. Here is hoping for light headwinds! Total Airfare Cost: $867.74 Round Trip for 2. I’ll update this later after we incur baggage costs. Hotels On Friday and Saturday (May 17th and 18th) before the cruise we are staying at the Shangri-La which looks to be in a great location. We used around 45,000 chase points for this. At the time it was a decent redemption on points but since then it looks like pricing has dropped a bit so the redemption wasn’t the greatest for us at the end of the day. On the Sunday night after the cruise we are staying at the Grand Hyatt and only used 12,000 Hyatt points, transferred from Chase. This was a phenomenal redemption. Since we’re using hotel points (as opposed to booking through the Chase portal) we’re not incurring any taxes either. We would have loved to have booked this hotel at this rate for our first two nights but it wasn’t available for booking. In addition we have Explorist status with Hyatt due to our MLife (MGM Hotel & Casino rewards program) Platinum status we have which is only because of our Elite Plus status with Celebrity since Captain’s Club has a reciprocity status with MLife. Credit Card used for booking I’m not going to turn this into a points blog but I cannot stress enough how important it is to use a quality card for booking travel. Not only can you earn points but the basic travel protection on some cards is phenomenal. We booked everything (that we had to pay for in cash) with our Chase Sapphire Reserve. This does a couple things. Travel Insurance - Automatic travel protection built in which would cover us in the event we had a major issue and had to cancel the cruise last minute (keep in mind this does not necessarily apply to pre-existing conditions) or if we have any major delays, lost luggage, etc. Points! 3x points on travel. In total we spent $7,056, so this equated to 21,169 chase ultimate rewards points. Tavel Insurance We do not purchase regular travel insurance since we have the protection through the card (protection is up to $10,000 in value and you must use the card to pay for your trip!) but we still purchase a separate medical plan. While we would get medical coverage through the Chase Reserve card, it is not that great of coverage. We purchased the GeoBlue Voyager Choice plan through InsureMyTrip. The total cost for two was $35.86. This covers $100,000 in medical per person, $50,000 in accidental death, and $500,000 in medical evacuation. Please note this is only for medical, no trip cancellation, etc. It also requires that you have primary insurance as well. OK, look at that, we made it through all those details! As I go through each day, whether it is our hotel before the cruise, embarkation, nightly dinners, etc. I will do my best to be as critical as possible I am very much a glass half full type of person, especially when I’m traveling. With this being said, sometimes I think I should be a little more critical when reviewing certain aspects. At the same time I find myself so lucky to be able to live the life that I do, that it is sometimes difficult to be negative when the situation calls for it. So at the end of the day I will do my best to be impartial, objective, informative, but most importantly entertaining. Thank you again for following along and coming with us on another amazing trip!
  2. "It's going to rain be prepared". That is all we heard for a year leading up to our 10 night Eclipse Alaskan cruise. Sometimes mother nature shines on you and leaves you in awe. I am doing this review as a record for myself. It will be long and picture heavy so that the unbelievable experience my wife and I had will be kept on the interwebs for all eternity. A little background. My wife and I were celebrating our 25th anniversary and wanted to do something different. We are experienced Caribbean cruisers. Having cruised with Carnival, Royal, NCL and HAL in the past. So I will also try to compare the lines a little bit and rank some of things they each do well and not so well. Since we have cruised the Caribbean so many times in the past at first we tossed around the idea of doing a land based vacation in Tahiti or Fiji. While we discussed this option my wife blurted out "Alaska". I said "hmmmm. Let me think about it". Not that I was against the idea. But we are beach lovers. And spending two weeks in the cold rain was not really my idea of a vacation. As it turned out we saw not one single drop of rain in any port we went to on this trip. I know that is ridiculously rare. But it is true. The only rain we saw was on our sea day back to Victoria Canada. The weather was simply perfect. And made the entire trip stunning to say the least. Our plan evolved to include 3 nights pre cruise in Vancouver. What a gorgeous city Vancouver is. Truly a gem. And if you like Asian food like we do it is the place for you. One other point about just how perfect this trip was. 10 minutes through security at Dulles airport on the day we left. Two of the smoothest flights I have ever been on from Washington DC to Seattle and Seattle to Vancouver. No line at Canadian customs where I declared some extra tobacco I brought along and the border agent simply said "have a great vacation". No tax. No duty. NOTHING. An amazing 5 star hotel that I bid on on one of the online sites (more on that later). Three perfect days in Vancouver. From the hotel to on the ship in 45 minutes on embarkation day. An incredible 10 night Alaskan itinerary. Walked immediately off of the ship on disembarkation day....The list goes on and on. Here was our Itinerary: May 6th: Depart Washington DC arrive Vancouver at 2:45 PM for a three night stay May 9th: Embarkation day May 10th: Cruise the Inside Passage May 11th: Ketchikan May 12th: Sitka May 13th: Skagway May 14th: Icy Strait Point May 15th: Juneau May 16th: Endicott Arm May 17th: Sea Day May 18th: Victoria Canada May 19: Disembark
  3. Looking at a Panama Canal cruise in 2020 on the Summit. Have sailed on Silhouette a few times, the Reflection and the Eclipse. What is the Summit like? Thanks so much... Is there a bar on deck 3 by the Grand Foyer like on Silhouette? (Passport bar I think it was)
  4. Last night was formal night. It was actually switched since tonight was suppose to be formal night. Thankfully our butler called us to remind us since I didn’t even pay attention to the Daily yesterday. So we moved our Murano reservations to tonight and ate in Luminae last night. Here is the menu for reference while I describe what I had. I started with the wedge and Edward had the risotto to start. Both were great. Finally a salad that really knocked it out of the park. For entrees I had the lamb. Edward had the Moroccan chicken and we split a lobster. The lamb amp was very good. A little bit of fat but that help add to the flavor and tenderness. It was cooked perfectly. The potatoes that came with it were amazing. The lobster was good. A solid job. Tender, not chewy. Great sauce. But Edward’s chicken. Probably the best chicken I’ve ever tasted? I could eat that every single day. I’m going to see if I can get the recipe out of them. Seriously it was that damn good. If you’re in Luminae and see it on the menu don’t think just because it’s chicken it is boring. It was so very good. For dessert we had the pistachio raspberry vacherin. Another massive win. Phenomenal I must say and I’m not a huge dessert person but I kept eating it. Great well balanced flavors and excellent texture. If you’re in Luminae on the Eclipse ask to be seated with Dev from Mauritius. We’ve cruised with him before and he is a fantastic waiter. He’s funny, laid back, but very attentive. Plus he really does enjoy food and will not hesitate to steer you towards or away from certain dishes. Us having our champagne from our suite and cheering to our good friend’s birthday back home who is also a cruise critic member. He’s 32 today. We made sure to cheers at exactly midnight back home in Chicago. If you know me, you know I have one pet peeve or general request. When coming back from the restroom I want my napkin folded or replaced. Simple request for any good quality restaurant. Luminae did not fail last night. Not only that Dev turned it into a cute little boat! Moroccan chicken
  5. We're doing the New England Canada itinerary on Sept. 8th. Does anyone have information of which night would be the best for a nice view from the Tuscan Grille. I know on the Eclipse some years ago, we got a beautiful view leaving Stockholm at an early dinner there.
  6. Hullo! I originally posted this question over on the Hawaii board but someone suggested that I might get a more definitive answer here from Celebrity cruisers who have done this port... We'll be on the Eclipse in April, 2020 and want to go to the Old Lahaina Luau, which finishes at 8:45pm. We've chosen this one based on the reviews and on the menu, which accommodates the taste/dietary requirements of our little group. According to them it's 5 minute drive back to the tender so we'd need to pre-book a taxi/Uber/Lyft. Our ship, the Eclipse, sails at 10pm. So we'd need to be back on board at what time? I always make sure to give myself at least an hour when I can but what's the official back on board time according to the ship - is it half an hour prior to sailing? Anyone know what time the last tender will go? This is what concerns me the most! Is this doable at all or are we courting disaster here? My sister really wants to go to a luau and this is the only night/port feasible. If we book one through the ship it's quite a bit more money.
  7. Unfortunately Edge was only in Southampton for a couple of nights in early May 2019 and is now sailing out of Barcelona for the summer season, so there won’t be anyone sailing out of Southampton this year who can confirm if there are kettles in the cabins. Usually if you ask for a kettle they are provided. I asked on Eclipse when she was sailing in the Caribbean. I was told that they were in storage in Miami as the passengers from USA don’t require them. When I returned to the cabin a kettle had been found, together with a tray of tea, coffee, milk etc.
  8. I searched but I could not find .. On one of the news sites there is a snippet on Australia’s own Scenic Eclipse about to go to sea trials. Will make its way south and float around for a while. Includes Antarctica, $$$$$. https://www.escape.com.au/holiday-ideas/cruises/aussie-ship-the-worlds-been-waiting-for/image-gallery/a301d1e94b7b2af1fb7897fc752aea88 More details on the ship from the Scenic website https://www.scenic.com.au/eclipse
  9. The closest we’ve got is being invited to eat with the Ship’s Doctor (2003) and the head of Guest Relations (2013). Both were after complaints. 2003 We had to report daily, on Infinity, to the surgery to have our temperatures taken, as there was an outbreak of SARS virus in Toronto. We had changed planes in Toronto and were in transit to Vancouver. We had to fill in a medical declaration before boarding and one question was had we been to Toronto. . 2013 I asked for a kettle for our cabin on Eclipse. This was a Caribbean sailing and the Guest Relations manager rang me and told me that this only happened on sailings from Southampton. However, he was British and the kettle was in our room when we returned. I thought the Captain’s table was a thing of the past, or perhaps it doesn’t happen in the Select dining room. We have chosen to eat there more recently as I prefer to eat about 7 pm, early dining is too early and late is too late.
  10. I am so sorry that happened to you. I’m not surprised that it wasn’t held on the first night but that is no excuse for all the other mistakes. I really feel they should grandfather the wines for those of us that have already paid. Interestingly I’ve been following somebody on Eclipse at the moment and they added a photo of the Luminae menu and that includes some Daniel Boulad specialities. Hope the rest of your cruise has been good! Wendy.
  11. I am hoping to do an Alaska cruise in 2020 and also the Rocky Mountaineer. As I will be traveling from the UK this will be a once in a lifetime holiday so want to get it right I have got two cruises in mind and can not decide which would be best. I have made a list of pros and cons but it's just too close to call. Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas Ketchikan 7.00 to 16.00 Juneau 9.00 to 20.30 Skagway 7.00 to 2030 Tracy Arm fjord Cruising 7.00 to 12.00 Celebrity Eclipse Icy Strait point 15.00 to 22.00 Hubbard glacier cruising 10.30 to 14.30 Juneau 7.30 to 20.00 Ketchikan 14.00 to 20.30 I am edging towards the Celebrity one as it includes the Hubbard glacier, but the times in port aren't as good and it doesn't go to Skagway. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  12. I'm really enjoying your review and looking forward to the rest of it. So glad you liked our fair city. We got off Eclipse as you got on.
  13. Generally I think we all are much more Celebrity Critics than we are Celebrity Compliments, so thought I would share this. To me it's one of the reasons why Celebrity keeps my loyalty. It shows me again and again that sometimes it's the things you DON'T see/affect you that matter the most Celebrity Eclipse March 24th Sailing Day 3 of a 15 night cruise (next port Lima Peru ~.1.5 days out)) about 10-12 of us had gotten together in a smallish conference room for a small celebration. During the get together one in our group started convulsing and stopped breathing & he turned blue. Luckily no one panicked and we took the right steps We called the emergency number on the phone We flagged down a nearby ships officer who used his mobile to alert everyone that needed to be notified We cleared the room of chairs and got the man on the floor and started cpr, and after about a minute he started breathing again Within about 2-2.5 minutes, about a half dozen senior officers , a doctor, and a nurse arrived on the scene with a gurney to move the man to medical. We would find out that the plan was to move him off in Lima, Peru. Until then he would be kept stable and monitored in the ships hospital. We were just glad he was breathing and even making jokes the next day, even though he realized how serious it was. Celebrity has a policy of "No one is left behind" so a member of the specially trained "care team" was left with the afflicted gentleman and wife in Peru. She arranged for a hotel for the wife (The care team member stayed in an adjoining room at the hotel), and stayed with her for the next three days, providing comfort and translating everything since not a lot of the people in the hospital spoke English, and neither of the couple spoke Spanish. She would tell us later on that Erica (the Guest Relations Care Team Member) was their "true angel", and they really don't know what they would have done without her. The human resources manager on Eclipse (Kathleen I think her name was) also checked in with all of us individually to see how we all were doing after it all happened, and to see if we needed anything. The couple was medevaced home and Erica returned to Guest Relations after 4 days in Peru. He still has some medical battles ahead at home, but the whole team both onboard and shoreside showed genuine compassion, and really treated them both like they were family members, not just cruisers. When I returned home I was recounting the story to a friend, and she said "when I hear of a company go above and beyond obligations, and treat people like that it restores my faith"
  14. I’m setting up my Trip Report a couple weeks in advance. I hope to provide information that will help other cruisers. My mom (early 50s) and I (30 years old) are taking a Girls Trip on the Celebrity Eclipse out of Vancouver, BC for a 10-Night Ultimate Alaska cruise. This will be the Eclipse's inaugural Alaska season. If it wasn’t for this long itinerary (I think anything below 10-nights is too short!), we were going to do the 7-Night Northern Glacier cruise aboard the recently revolutionized Celebrity Millennium, plus add the Denali Express land tour. I wanted to bring my mom on this sailing as she doesn’t travel much, and I want to celebrate Mother’s Day onboard with her. Also, we don’t see each other that often, as she lives in South Carolina and I live in Miami, so this will be a great mother-daughter trip. I booked this trip about 1.5 years ago and cannot believe that in 16 days, our trip of a lifetime will begin! Side note is that my mom wasn’t so eager to go on this cruise. She has been on two cruises, one with Princess and the other with NCL, both to the Caribbean. I told her that this trip will not even compare to the Caribbean and to give Celebrity a try. I am happy to say she is finally getting more excited with each day that we are nearing the cruise. We decided to sail AquaClass and had a wonderful A1 mid-ship location on Deck 11. Just the other day, though, I was given the amazing opportunity to upgrade to a Sky Suite S1 category. For those that are not sure where these are located, they are the corner aft units. I cannot believe we scored one of these suites. I feel like any aft facing stateroom is one of the best to have onboard an Alaskan sailing, as you will have 180-degree views of the stunning scenery. My mom has no idea we have been upgraded from an A1 to a S1, and it is so hard to keep it a secret! We will be traveling to Vancouver on May 7th, spending a full day in the city on May 8th, and embarking on May 9th. For those who have never been to Vancouver, I suggest you spend a few days here. It’s a gorgeous city! We scored an Airbnb condo near Stanley Park for 2 nights at a great price. I know some may be weary of staying in an Airbnb, but we made sure we rented the entire place and we are also used to these types of accommodations, as this will be our 5th Airbnb. The following is our itinerary and what we plan on doing in each port: Day 1: Embarkation Day in Vancouver! Day 2: Cruising the Inside Passage! Day 3: Ketchikan: We will be doing this port on our own. We will be heading out to Totem Bight State Historical Park and will also check out Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Afterwards, we will be checking out Creek Street Day 4: Sitka: This is the other port we are doing on our own. We are still deciding whether to walk or take a cab to the Raptor Center. Afterwards, we will take a bus/cab to Fortress of the Bears and then head over to Sitka National Historic Park. Depending on time, we may check out some Russian landmarks in town. Day 5: Skagway: My mom and I will be splitting up in the morning to do our own excursions. My mom will be doing the “Sled Dog and Musher’s Camp” excursion, while I will be flying with TEMSCO to do the Dogsledding and Glacier tour. I couldn’t get my mom to fly in a heli, but this is a huge personal bucket list experience to check off. Later, we will meetup and explore Skagway together. Day 6: Icy Strait Point: Another port where my mom and I will split up for a couple hours. I will be doing ZipRider (SUPER excited!) and my mom will be relaxing in town until I’m done. After the excursion, we will meetup and explore the town. Day 7: Juneau: My mom and I have elected to do the “Ben Fogle’s Great Adventures: Alaska’s Whales, Glaciers and Rainforests” excursion with Gastineau Guiding. This is a 5-hour tour that must be arranged with the cruise line. Afterward, depending on weather, we plan on going to Mount Roberts Tramway. Day 8: Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier – Cruising! Day 9: Sea Day Day 10: Victoria, BC – We have a full day here! We booked via CVS Tours to take us to Butchart Gardens. While there, we will be going to The Dining Room to have afternoon tea. Both my mom and I love the Victoria era, so we thought this experience will be unique! Day 11: Debarkation Day in Vancouver, BC 😞 Since our flights don’t leave until 10:30pm, we found a great tour with Landsea Tours and Adventures called Vancouver Delights. It is a 7-hour tour that visits all the main sightseeing spots in Vancouver and takes us to The Capilano Suspension Bridge. The awesome part of all this is that Landsea will store our luggage AND take us to the airport! *If anyone has any other recommendations on places to see in these ports, please let me know!* I am still researching the top restaurants and stores to check out in each port, and will add those to the trip report.
  15. Noordam will be at the CT dock from 0800-1800. Also in port are Eclipse at the AS dock from 0730-2100, Norwegian Jewel at the AJ dock from 1100-2100, and Queen Elizabeth at the FKL dock from 1400-2200. The nice weather is taking a break on Thursday. There is a 60% chance of rain with light rain in the morning and a cloudy afternoon with showers. High will only be 53F/12C and the low 44F/7C. Sunrise is at 4:17 am and sunset at 9:32 pm. The PTZtv webcam can be found at https://www.juneauharborwebcam.com/. Next up: Volendam on Friday.
  16. I have read quite a few places that there is an issue with vibration in some of the cabins. I have searched this forum for any information on cabin 8281, but can't find any. The reason I chose this cabin is to get a larger balcony, but I don't want to have issues with vibrations the entire cruise. Has anyone on this forum stayed in cabin 8281, and were there any problems with it? Thank you
  17. Can’t find many reviews on this cabin! Can anyone help? Eclipse 2148. We are concerned that there may be too much noise from the bar above. Thanks for any advise
  18. I wonder if any of you cruise experts can give me some advice? :) Last year we sailed on Eclipse and had a great time. :cool: We did have a lot of noise in our cabin all night for the first few nights from the Buffet kitchen, which was right above our cabin. We talked to guest services and the noise eventually stopped after a couple of sleepless nights. Guest services gave us future cruise certificates for £700 as compensation. Fast forward a year and we've chosen this year's 14 night cruise with Celebrity. I've negotiated a good price,with some perks thrown in (OBC and drinks), having consulted a few agents. As soon as I mentioned the certificates, the agents I had been talking to said they could no longer honour the deal I had negotiated. I'm now talking to Celebrity directly. I have a good deal with them and they say that they will probably honour the certificates, but that it's a different dept and the discount wouldn't be applied until after we've booked and made a deposit. I'm feeling a bit concerned about booking without knowing for sure that these certificates will be honoured. Call me a cynic, but I'm wondering if these certificates are worth anything at all? :confused: Does anyone else have any similar experience of using these compensation certificates on a Celebrity cruise? Thanks for reading....I'd appreciate your opinions.
  19. 1. with advance notice they should be able to accommodate both gf and peanut allegry. 2. Yes you can mix and match, I did it. However when you chose a item from the alternate menu the animation doesn't change so you will see them preparing the main menu item. We went on the Eclipse in March, food was good but we didn't like having to eat on a schedule. The animation runs for everyone at the same time. So when everyone is finished with the first course then everyone has their next course served. Animation was cute but nothing special. It was a comped meal for us. We wouldn't pay to go again.
  20. So the ship isn't being launched until 2018, but have put down a deposit on an Antarctica cruise for Jan 2019. Any one else booked on this ship yet?
  21. So jealous. We were getting off of Eclipse while you were getting on. It was an incredible cruise with an amazing ship and crew. I am home now making my own bed and cooking my own food. It is awful 🙂
  22. I've been reading so much advice here on CC about how an aft cabin is best for Alaska cruises, especially inside passage and glacier cruises. In 2020 we're doing sort of a B2B. One round trip out of Seattle, followed a couple of days later by a round trip out of Vancouver. We generally book only midship cabins and have never booked aft before. I understand that because the Vancouver round trip route doesn't go out into the open ocean much, movement should be less on that cruise aft than say a Caribbean voyage. Sound like a good way to test out aft to see how well it works for us. Currently have cabin #8252 hump balcony booked and am considering moving to #7364 SV. Cost difference right now would be about $400 or so more for SV. I checked on some of the higher decks for aft that aren't adjoining cabins, but they are concierge and seem to have more reports of soot and pool noise than decks 7 & 8, which are not concierge priced. Also... I figure for Alaska the closer you are to the water the better, as you can more easily spot wildlife, whales, etc. Advice? EDIT: This is for S-class, Eclipse
  23. I sure hope they're not cramming more people into Blu. We are booked in AQ on Summit and hoping it is better than our recent experience on Eclipse where the service at breakfast was nonexistent, resulting in cold food arriving eventually. We quit eating breakfast there. Thankfully dinner was a different experience and one which we greatly enjoyed.
  24. We just did our first Celebrity cruise. The biggest differences for us were the food was MUCH better on the Eclipse than any RCL cruise we have done. The trade off was that the night life was pretty much non existent on this cruise. It could have been that we were in Alaska on a ten nighter and the average age of passengers was higher than normal. Or maybe that is just how Celebrity is? We have booked a Caribbean cruise on Summit in January. And that shoudl give us a better idea of how the night life really is on Celebrity I suppose.
  25. Late again all I see is the Eclipse. It's over cast but look like its dry.
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