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  1. Be aware of the small print listing of time frames of the specials. IIRC, the spa treatment had to be before 1:00 even if the ship was in port until 5 pm or later
  2. Unfortunately most of the supplies would need to remain in the room along with the medical devices that require a certain set-up in the room. A "regular" stateroom would not be very "accessible" or safe for my family member due to the extra space needed in the stateroom and bathroom. Storing suitcases elsewhere would not be helpful in this situation.
  3. A family member has a disability that does not impact mobility so this person does not need a wheelchair or power scooter. However, the disability requires use of several medical devices in the room and a lot of boxes of medical supplies that must be delivered to the stateroom. For a prior cruise, the person paid for a sky suite to have the extra room for all the equipment and supplies. That worked out pretty well, but prices have gotten very expensive. We are wondering if an accessible veranda stateroom would be appropriate in this situation or if these rooms are really only for people with mobility needs. If there are documented medical equipment needs, would the person still be at risk of being bumped from an accessible room if someone with a wheelchair also needs it? Also, what is the bathroom like in an accessible stateroom?
  4. Besides the spa services being way overpriced, be prepared for them trying to sell you expensive products. They will tell you you have some sort of "problem" that their products will help. Also, be sure to check if they have already added the gratuity onto the bill. The spa area is usually very nice though.
  5. Definitely pick a suite for the extra space. Is she able to use a rental electric scooter/power chair for the cruise? Unless she is really tiny, it is a lot of work to push a manual wheelchair down the carpeted very long corriders to get to dining and different venues. FYI, Celebrity has some accessible excursions on most cruises.
  6. This doesn't make sense to me. Usually charters are for an entire cruise so I find it interesting how an 8 day cruise would actually become 2 separate four day cruises. Is there any way you misunderstood what you were told? Meaning, is your cruise really cancelled or perhaps you were just being notified as a courtesy that a large group will be on your cruise which will impact dining and your access to various public areas on the ship? I don't see a 4 day cruise listed on the Celebrity site and wonder if two 4 day itineraries would be impacted by the Jones act.
  7. I think is extremely misleading to call it a "free" perk if it actually costs nearly $100 per person for a one week cruise. They should just list this perk as "deeply discounted beverage package." Is the next step for Celebrity to charge an "internet service fee" for the free internet package perk?
  8. They do not come around with the tea trolley anymore as the suite lounge has all kinds of beverages all day plus snacks there in the late afternoon with the butlers serving. On our last several cruises our butler has left surprise snacks for us on a couple of afternoons though. You can always ask your butler ahead of time to provide tea and snacks for her in the room or she can also order free room service.
  9. The chef explained he could not purchase meat or fish in the market because that was not an approved vendor. However, he was able to buy some produce that was incorporated into the meal. Whatever else was used in dinner was obtained through Celebrity approved vendors but not arranged on the tour. Dinner was about 6 courses of various Mexican style cuisine and it was all very good. For each course the chef came out to the table to explain it. We were at the opposite end of the long table and it was difficult to hear him as the main dining room section we were in was loud.
  10. We did this tour in March and it was fabulous. The chef from the ship who accompanied us was actually from Cozumel so that was great. There were about 16-20 people on the tour and we were on a nice van/shuttle bus with air conditioning. At the local market you can purchase snacks/empanadas but be aware the excursion includes a lunch at a local restaurant (we were served a variety of soft tacos). There were several other tourist stops i.e. tequila and chocolate factories. That evening on the ship we had a lovely group dinner that the chef prepared for us. We were stuffed! I wish they would offer this type of excursion in every port.
  11. We have been on many Celebrity ships but have taken 6 cruises on the Summitt as that is our favorite ship. To us, the staff on that ship sets it apart and service has always been exceptional. The ship is smaller than the Solstice and the staff really gets to know your preferences and don't seem as frenetic as on other ships. My only complaint is the high tubs in the Sky Suites as they are a little difficult to step in and out for showering. I don't know if those same tubs are in Aqua Class.
  12. When we plan a vacation we budget an extra $50-75 for laundry on cruises or at hotels as we consider that a small luxury while we are on vacation. Basically that is the price of a bingo game or slot tournament and we would rather not waste time washing items in the sink except for maybe rinsing out a bathing suit. Realize that if you do handwash items there may be no place to hang them to dry. Some of the ships like Edge do not have clotheslines in the shower. We bring a couple of plastic clothespins to hang wet bathing suits on the balcony chairs if needed. We send all types of garments to the cruise laundry and have never really had anything ruined. Only a couple of times have some things come back really wrinkled. As someone mentioned, look for the tiny iron on tag the steward attaches usually by the inside collar or waistband.
  13. We enjoyed our Edge sailing and chose the Equinox in 2020 because it was being Edge-ified. We also paid a premium booking a Sky Suite because the stateroom was supposed to be completely renovated. Realize this is not really Celebrity's fault but it is disappointing that many of the refurbishments on the ship will not happen. We will very likely cancel as we will not be getting what we paid for and were looking forward too.
  14. We have flown to San Juan from the east coast same day as departure on 3 occasions without any difficulties. We prefer not to have the extra expenses of a hotel, extra UBER rides and meals plus the hassle of packing/unpacking for one night in a hotel. We take an early direct flight that arrives by 1 pm and make sure there is also a later flight that same day if ours gets canceled. We accept the risk and make sure the itinerary has a port stop the day after departure rather than 1 or 2 sea days just in case we were to miss the ship. We also have been to all the Caribbean ports multiple times so would not be crushed if we were to miss the first port stop. It is an individual decison though.
  15. I miss the Caribbean night buffets by the pool where they would have tropical food, ice carving demonstrations and the waiters would walk around with carved watermelons on their heads! Also miss the Cafe Al Bacio truffles they would put on the pillow. Miss the srtings players in the dining rooms too.
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