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  1. I don't believe the port authority ( the operators of the port) have any responsibility to assist stranded passengers. That duty falls to the cruise line's port agent. And their duties do not extend as far as the kindness extended to the man in that story. That agent went above and beyond his required level of care.
  2. Really? Is scrolling past them that big a chore?
  3. ?? Then why are you asking the question here? If you have read all of the CDC advisories and information on Hepatitis A, why do you need input from total strangers who likely have zero medical background? And the statement from some travellers that they've visited the area more than once and didn't contract it carries no weight since it IS present in the area, just as it is present where you live. Therefore there IS a chance you could come down with it. Do you feel lucky? Well do ya? And FTR, we keep all of our recommended immunizations up to date, including Hepatitis.
  4. I've never heard of X having recliners to rent. My guess is that you would have to go through the Special Needs department. They may suggest a medical supply house that could rent one to you and deliver/pick up at the ship. Don't forget to check the dimensions of the chair- it has to fit through the cabin door.
  5. Early disembarkation requires advance notice to the cruise line. They need to arrange for Immigration and Customs . There would likely also be a fee for doing this, and your cruise fare would not be reduced for the remaining days where you aren't on board. BTW, I think your initial yearly estimate is grossly underestimated unless you're planning on living in an inside cabin on a bargain basement ship, never do shore excursions other than walking around the port area, never buy a beverage on board, and don't do anything impulsive like hopping off a ship to stay at a land resort and then need to fly "home" before boarding your next ship. And at that price, you would end up confining yourself to only one geographic area (Caribbean?), because your budget wouldn't allow for flights to distant embarkation ports). I have to ask- How much cruising have you already done?
  6. It's at the top of the Celebrity board main page. Here's a link: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/863876-s-class-cabin-information-compilation-please-do-not-post-cabin-questions-here/ Click on the spreadsheet link in the first post. Note: this is a VERY long spreadsheet that is arranged numerically by cabin number. It's not really intended for casual reading, but is good if you have a few specific cabin numbers and want to see if there are any problems that have been noticed.
  7. I can't recall specifically if we were asked for our passports when checking into resorts on our Caribbean land vacations, but I do know that it seemed to be standard practice in most of the countries we've visited
  8. Your OP has been overtaken by events. If you had checked the X board today, you would have seen that the free movies are being reinstated due to popular demand. DVD players are not provided on Xships except for the top suites. Connecting your own devices to the TV is difficult and would require bringing your own HDMI cables and a universal remote set to the correct Samsung code (and even then might not work).
  9. Um, the correct, official name is Ho Chi Minh City, and has been since 1976. Saigon is still used by local Vietnamese, mostly because it's faster to say. Sorry, OP for dragging this off topic
  10. Since your question is ship specific, it would be better to post this on the Celebrity board. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/16-celebrity-cruises/ On that board is a sticky with a spreadsheet that reviews Solstice class cabins. All regular balcony cabins on Solstice class ships are identical, the only difference is location (and possibly balcony size in the case of "hump" cabins). Port or starboard makes no difference, IMO, on the majority of itineraries. However if smoking bothers you, be aware of the DSA on the port side Promenade deck. Just like any ship, if motion bothers you, go for a midships location. We prefer a deck with cabins above and below us to avoid possible noise issues from public areas, so would choose deck 7 rather than 6, all else being equal.
  11. I'm not sure I would use the word "impressed". I would expect any large corporations that depends on its customers goodwill to reverse such an unpopular cutback. Especially when we've already seen a decline in the services and amenities that made (past tense) X stand a bit above the other mass market lines.
  12. Since Stugeron doesn't work for you, I'm guessing you've had previous problems with sea sickness? And I'm going to take a WAG that you live in the UK, so the usual recommendation for using Meclizine (Bonine or Dramamine Less Drowsy) won't work, since I don't believe it's available there. Scopolamine can have really nasty side effects, so you should probably speak with your family doctor about anti nauseants that are appropriate for you.
  13. Have you looked in the Ports of Call forum?
  14. I don't believe they have the facility for special laundry handling. Laundry goes into commercial capacity washers and dryers with hot water and high heat. Prepare to hand wash your special care items. I bring detergent sheets (purchased at an outdoors supply store) that instantly dissolve. In a pinch I'll use the ship shampoo or body wash. To hang, I bring a couple of magnetic hooks from Home Depot and a length of twine. The magnets will stick to the walls or ceiling. I prefer to have the line in the cabin, as I find things dry faster than in the bathroom.
  15. It's one thing to listen to a beautiful piece of music for 4 1/2 minutes. But aside from the question of why they would show a 22 year old movie, when there are hundreds if not thousands of newer ones to chose from; the subject matter is obviously inappropriate. I would think there are few, if any, airlines that showed Snakes on a Plane on their entertainment systems for the same reason.
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