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hvsteve1

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    Cumberland Plateau, TN
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    Garden RR, Railfan, Military Music
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Regent, HAL, Celebrity, Cunard
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska

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  1. As Celebrity has now gone to classes, the Sky Suite is a Suite because it falls into that class, giving you the suite perks and access to "suite only" areas of the ship, not because it is so much larger than other cabins.
  2. In our past Celebrity cruises my wife considered a caviar spread one of her big treats. She was introduced to caviar on Regent and now wants it every time we sail. The cruises were the only place she could ever get it. On our EDGE Inaugural cruise we inquired in several restaurants, including Luminea, and were told no place on Celebrity ships has caviar any longer. I cannot understand how a premium cruise line such as "X" can do away with such a luxury feature.
  3. As we don't usually do shore excursions, I went to the tender deck after the rush and didn't have to wait long. The EDGE tenders are easier to board and more comfortable than other ships'. I did see that, in one port, those with ship's excursions went to another boarding area and used local tenders, probably because they are much larger boats and speed things up. If you want coffee or tea in you room you can arrange for room service the night before. There's no charge but you may want to tip the server a buck or two. We bring thermal mugs so I can run to the buffet if I want. We also normally have a drink package so can get coffee at Cafe' Al Bacio.
  4. On Regent an 11-night Med cruise on Explorer (their newest ship) is $60,499 for a Regent Suite, the top category. However, Regent's suite is 3,026 sf with 2 balconies totaling 1,417 sf. Celebrity's Iconic Suite is 1,892 sf with a 689 sf balcony. While both suites get a lot of perks and super service, Regent has some really special benefits. Business class air. Hotel stay before cruise. Free spa treatments in the suite. Free private port tours with car, driver and guide. The Regent Master Suite is approximately the same size as the Iconic Suite and goes for $24,099 with free air and hotel. I've sailed multiple times on Celebrity, Cunard and Regent. Having a suite on the first two is a little different experience as you have special restaurants, lounges and decks, making you feel (and this is always controversial on these boards) somewhat "special". On Regent everyone is treated the same in common areas and it's hard to tell who's in the least expensive cabin or the top suite. Regent does give the luxury of not having to be concerned about the cost of drinks (except super-expensive liquor), gratuities (nobody will accept one), the cost of specialty restaurants (you need a reservation, internet or paying for basic shore excursions. Celebrity is more fun, Cunard is more elegant but Regent is a better deal.
  5. The Retreat Lounge continues the Michael's Club custom of free drinks. Not all suite passengers have a beverage package. For example, we were on the 3-night EDGE preview cruise and, because it was so short, suites did not get the usual perks, including the premium beverage package. We stayed on board for the 7-night inaugural cruise and the usual perks were in effect. I gather "X" does not want to extend free drinks to a regular bar, even one on a suites-only deck. On a normal cruise everyone there will probably have the beverage card.
  6. Is this a suite? If so, it's where the butler lives.
  7. Here's an interesting thought. We're always talking about how the contract on your ticket limits the liability of the cruise line so far as lawsuits. How about suites against the cruise line that hit your cruise line's boat?
  8. Molecular bar has been gone for several years. That franchise expired and was replaced by the world class bar but there wasn't one of those on EDGE. That indicates they may disappear from S Class if there isn't one on the new ships.
  9. Note the electrical outlet on the lamp base. Having an outlet at the bed is a big deal, especially for c-pap users. The had them in the wall on EDGE. No more extension cords.
  10. We did it on EDGE in December. We were all to be on the same cruise. Maybe that's the difference.
  11. We get the insurance through our TA. We can tack on coverage for travel before and after the cruise on the same policy at a pretty low additional cost. As they charge based on cost of the trip, the cruise portion is usually the major part of the coverage. This covers, in addition to medical, lost luggage, etc., the cost of any and all portions of the trip that are cancelled under the policy terms.
  12. On our B2B Inaugural cruise we got the bottles in both Sky Suite and Ocean View. One set was orange, the other white.; These are sold in the shop for $25 each in a variety of colors.
  13. I was on the Dec. 9 cruise and recall some complaints about long lines at the start of the day in GC. However, by the time I got there we had no waiting and it was a good ride. Those large GC tenders were hanging around the ship but I saw none used. There were some issues with the tender pilots docking at the MC but this was the first use of the tenders on a revenue cruise. I had heard that the large GC tenders were used from another location on the ship for those going on ship's tours as they are so much larger and can take more people at a time. I believe everyone returned to the ship in the regular tenders. So far as the MC, keep in mind it was designed strictly for tendering but needed the elevator function because it can't ride at water level. I understand the use of it elsewhere on the ship was an afterthought. If they stop using it for any food service it's back to the original purpose. I used it as a bar and it was great.
  14. Maybe I'm wrong but did al Bacio ever offer sandwiches? If you look at the photo, Grand Cafe has wraps on the lower shelf at lunch. In guessing what they are going to do with the space, what's missing on EDGE is the Vodka Bar section of the Martini Bar on S class.
  15. Maybe I misunderstood the OP. I find it strange they would close that large area labeled Grand Cafe as I already see complaints about finding seating in the Martini Bar area. I assumed it was the coffee bar area to the left and behind the Martini Bar on the lowest level.
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