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I'll start off:

 

1) On most cruises, if you would like to eat at a specialty restaurant on the first night, ask when you get on board....because they generally offer a discount if you eat there on the first night.

 

2) If you pre-purchase meals at the specialty restaurants and they offer a discounted package on-board, you can take the discounted package and they will (if you tell them) adjust what you paid with a credit to your on-board account

 

3) Sign up for internet the day of departure on the ship. In most cases, they will give you an additional 20% minutes on any package bought on the first day. (make sure you ask)

 

4) For those that are Jewish travelling at Passover, ask guest relations if there will be a special service/meal on your cruise (there will be, but they may not know about it). It is often never announced in the dailies....you just have to ask.

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4) For those that are Jewish travelling at Passover, ask guest relations if there will be a special service/meal on your cruise (there will be, but they may not know about it). It is often never announced in the dailies....you just have to ask.

 

 

They don't always put Friday night services in the dailies, either. Look on the bulletin board which is generally somewhere near the guest relations area. There are always Friday night services, though they are mostly do-it-yourself led by one of the braver passengers.

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The treats in the glass case at Cafe Al Bacio are complimentary and they can be packaged to go. The mini-sandwiches, which are available mid-day make a great appetizer to go with pre-dinner wine/cocktails on the veranda. Just keep them cold in your room fridge. And the desserts are delicious whenever!!

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The treats in the glass case at Cafe Al Bacio are complimentary and they can be packaged to go. The mini-sandwiches, which are available mid-day make a great appetizer to go with pre-dinner wine/cocktails on the veranda. Just keep them cold in your room fridge. And the desserts are delicious whenever!!

 

 

What a great idea! Never thought of doing that. We usually order a cheese plate from room service, but those little sandwiches might be a nice treat.

 

OMG! I just love CC. I learn something new every time I log in.:)

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They don't always put Friday night services in the dailies, either. Look on the bulletin board which is generally somewhere near the guest relations area. There are always Friday night services, though they are mostly do-it-yourself led by one of the braver passengers.

 

Hi all,

 

Great idea with the new board. Every Celeb cruise we have taken the Friday night Sabbath Service has been in the Daily sheet, its always at 5.30pm and Kosher wine, Books, Challah (bread) and Kippot (head covering for men) is supplied and yes its a DIY service.

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1)The "refrigerators" in your rooms are not "refrigerators", they are coolers. Don't expect things to get ice cold in them. This is by design.

 

2)Conceirge and above passengers who receive a bottle of bubbly (I'll call it bubbly instead of champagne because it isn't champagne) and prefer wine instead have two options:

 

a) ask your room steward/butler if they can exchange it for the house red or white wine (generally works for us if the request is accompanied by a $5 bill) but officially they don't do this.

 

b) take the bottle to dinner with you and ask the somelier to credit you towards a bottle of wine.

 

3) If you are concierge of above, you can ask that instead of the afternoon canapes, you get cheese or shrimp cocktail. Note: they will only deliver the canapes if you are in your cabin...frankly, it's no loss if you miss them, but that's just my opinion

 

4) yes, celebrity provides binoculars in concierge and above cabins, however if you actually want to see anything, bring your own.

 

5) solstice class ships have two US plugs and one European plug on the desk.

 

6) solstice class ships have night light function built into the bathroom lighting...M-class don't so if you want a night light, bring one.

 

7) do not assume that just because you locked your cabin door, no one can come in. The room steward's key overrides the inside latch. Use the do not disturb sign.

 

8) you can withdraw cash (US dollars) in the casino and it will be charged to your on-board account. There is a charge of 5% to do this. If you have unused OBC's, then you care about this one.

 

9) Pay attention to the drink specials on the daily sheet.

 

10) No, if you will be elite at the end of your cruise, you can not get credit early....many have tried. If you are B2B and will become elite after your first cruise, see the captain's club host/hostess and they will arrange for you to be elite on the second cruise.

 

11) If you are elite, you are welcome to drink as much as you want at the function, but you may not take drinks out of the room (to your cabin, to dinner, to anywhere). This applies to both breakfast and the cocktail hours.

 

12) You can ask for smaller portions at QSINE and/or remember that you do not have to finish everything served before they give you another. Yes, it is enjoyable for 2 people although many seem to feel it's better with large groups.

 

13) At breakfast and lunch buffets, walk around before you dive in....some things are sort of hidden and you won't see them if you immediately stop for the first thing you see.

 

14) If you are on any sort of special diet, go to the place where they are handling dinner time changes and remind them (or tell them) of your restrictions.

 

15) If you ask, they have anchovies for caesar salads...if you don't ask, you won't get any.

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3) If you are concierge of above, you can ask that instead of the afternoon canapes, you get cheese or shrimp cocktail. Note: they will only deliver the canapes if you are in your cabin...frankly, it's no loss if you miss them, but that's just my opinion

 

That's the official word but it may depend on your room steward. We asked to have cheese brought rather than canapes and it was always delivered whether or not we were in our cabin.

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That's the official word but it may depend on your room steward. We asked to have cheese brought rather than canapes and it was always delivered whether or not we were in our cabin.

 

 

I'm in my first suite for my next cruise an have a butler. Will he bring us cheese instead of canapes?

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Hi all,

 

Great idea with the new board. Every Celeb cruise we have taken the Friday night Sabbath Service has been in the Daily sheet, its always at 5.30pm and Kosher wine, Books, Challah (bread) and Kippot (head covering for men) is supplied and yes its a DIY service.

 

There was a Rabbi on Equinox December 2009, but maybe it was because it was Chanukah. The Priest on board made sure that some doughnuts were saved for him every night!

 

Hi Roy & Marilyn, it's J & L friend Bernice. Looks like you are getting on Millie in HK the day we get off! :)

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I'm in my first suite for my next cruise an have a butler. Will he bring us cheese instead of canapes?

 

Just ask your butler the first day. It's actually a nice cheese plate, too, far nicer than the canapes.

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what a wonderful thread! we are leaving in two days and it will be our first X cruise - please keep posting tips/secrets/ideas.

THANK YOU!:)

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Just ask your butler the first day. It's actually a nice cheese plate, too, far nicer than the canapes.

 

Thank you! You have no idea how happy your post has made me.:D

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I'll start off:

 

1) On most cruises, if you would like to eat at a specialty restaurant on the first night, ask when you get on board....because they generally offer a discount if you eat there on the first night.

 

2) If you pre-purchase meals at the specialty restaurants and they offer a discounted package on-board, you can take the discounted package and they will (if you tell them) adjust what you paid with a credit to your on-board account

 

3) Sign up for internet the day of departure on the ship. In most cases, they will give you an additional 20% minutes on any package bought on the first day. (make sure you ask)

 

4) For those that are Jewish travelling at Passover, ask guest relations if there will be a special service/meal on your cruise (there will be, but they may not know about it). It is often never announced in the dailies....you just have to ask.

 

Nice to know about shabbas service. Thanks

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Thank you! You have no idea how happy your post has made me.:D

 

When the Butler comes around with the tea cart, he will leave you little sandwiches and cakes also if you wish. He has all sorts of goodies - fresh fruit, too.

Carole

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THANKS for the new thread!! Already lots of tips here!

 

3) Sign up for internet the day of departure on the ship. In most cases, they will give you an additional 20% minutes on any package bought on the first day. (make sure you ask)

 

Is that combinable with the Captain's Club additional minutes? Probably not, right? ;)

 

The treats in the glass case at Cafe Al Bacio are complimentary and they can be packaged to go. The mini-sandwiches, which are available mid-day make a great appetizer to go with pre-dinner wine/cocktails on the veranda. Just keep them cold in your room fridge. And the desserts are delicious whenever!!

 

What a great suggestion!

 

1)The "refrigerators" in your rooms are not "refrigerators", they are coolers. Don't expect things to get ice cold in them. This is by design.

 

Are they cool enough for diabetic supplies?

 

8) you can withdraw cash (US dollars) in the casino and it will be charged to your on-board account. There is a charge of 5% to do this. If you have unused OBC's, then you care about this one.

 

What would be the advantage of this if they charge 5%? I was told that as long as I "spent" a certain percentage of my OBC, a visit to guest relations the day before cruise ends will set up a refund to the credit card on file without any service fee involved.

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There was a Rabbi on Equinox December 2009, but maybe it was because it was Chanukah. The Priest on board made sure that some doughnuts were saved for him every night!

 

Hi Roy & Marilyn, it's J & L friend Bernice. Looks like you are getting on Millie in HK the day we get off! :)

 

Hi Bernice,

 

We are on the 17th Feb sailing from HK to Singapore on Millie

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There was a Rabbi on Equinox December 2009, but maybe it was because it was Chanukah. The Priest on board made sure that some doughnuts were saved for him every night!

 

Hi Roy & Marilyn, it's J & L friend Bernice. Looks like you are getting on Millie in HK the day we get off! :)

 

Hi Bernice,

 

A number of cruisers have changed to our sailing as the earlier one is during Tet causing a problem in the ports of call. check it out. I have no knowledge of Tet until they came on our board and said they were advised by SE Asia TA not to visit during this time.

 

Have a good Passach

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THANKS for the new thread!! Already lots of tips here!

 

Is that combinable with the Captain's Club additional minutes? Probably not' date=' right? ;)

 

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We did a B2B last year and on the first cruise it was combined, but on the second we were told that it was not possible. (re. Internet minutes)

Sheila

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THANKS for the new thread!!

 

Are they cool enough for diabetic supplies?

 

 

They are. My DH keeps his insulin in them. If you are not sure, you can request a mini fridge for medical use, but there is often so little room in the cabin for one. I can tell you that we have cruised a lot and we have used the coolers for insulin with complete success.

 

A few little hints, if you'll allow:

 

We usually freeze a block of "blue ice" to carry the insulin in while we fly to our departure port. I put a label held with clear packing tape on the blue ice with our cabin number and name and ask the cabin steward to put it in their freezer and return it before we debark. That way we have something to put in the insulated bag to keep the medicine cold on the way home.

 

If the diabetic is on a pump, as my DH is, or uses a pen, they will give you a smaller sharps container to use for finger sticks. If you don't need to dispose of syringes, there's no sense having that big old red bucket taking up space in the cabin.

 

I've just purchased a special insulin carrier from Magellan's that is supposed to be reusable and activates with cold water. I'm going to give it a try before we leave for San Diego. If it saves us having to explain the block of blue ice to TSA every time, it's worth it.:)

 

Sorry for the hijack. It just thought it was a good opportunity to share some information.

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Just ask your butler the first day. It's actually a nice cheese plate, too, far nicer than the canapes.

 

 

We request that all the time, so much better than the canapes. It sometimes comes with fruit and sometimes crackers or both

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It sometimes comes with fruit and sometimes crackers or both

 

Sometimes we found the crackers were a bit limp by the time we got to the cheese plate so we started picking up breadsticks from Cellarmasters on the way back to our cabin. Along with a glass of wine to go with the cheese, of course. ;)

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The treats in the glass case at Cafe Al Bacio are complimentary and they can be packaged to go. The mini-sandwiches, which are available mid-day make a great appetizer to go with pre-dinner wine/cocktails on the veranda. Just keep them cold in your room fridge. And the desserts are delicious whenever!!

 

So they're free even if you don't order a coffee? I wondered, but was too embarrassed to ask!:rolleyes:

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So they're free even if you don't order a coffee? I wondered, but was too embarrassed to ask!:rolleyes:

 

Hi NorthCarolinaBelle,

 

Yes, the treats at Cafe Al Bacio are complimentary, even if you do not order a beverage.

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Thank you for this new secrets thread! We will be sailing our first Celebrity cruise in 3 weeks so this is very helpful. Thank you!

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