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  1. We did the 12 day Hawaii to Vancouver cruise April 29, 2018. As you leave Hawaii it becomes increasingly colder, but my husband swam or used the hot tubs almost ever day. We enjoyed the cruise and would consider doing it again. You need to dress in layers as you will need warmer clothing near the end of the cruise. As your cruise leaves one week earlier than ours you may find it a bit colder. Good luck making your anniversary plans.
  2. Is your cruise on the Eclipse a repositioning cruise? If not, you can possibly get a perk option with a drinks package if you book ocean view or higher category. We need to know more about your booking in order to offer you opinions and suggestions.
  3. I offer you a suggestion in the kindest spirit. Why don't you consider giving up the cigarettes and with the money you save each year you might be able to afford another cruise.
  4. Wondering if you are trying to cancel booking on line. I suggest you call and actually speak to a live person. Tell them if they do not cancel immediately you will dispute the charges with your credit card and/or file a complaint with the better business bureau in their area.
  5. If you want to benefit from finding a good deal you have to do your own research. Continue to search for itineraries that interest you. The perks often fluctuate from promotion to promotion. There are also seasonal deals that you can find in the cruise critic news listings. The deal you got on your last cruise seems more generous that what I have recently seen on offer. How long ago did you actually book that one?
  6. As you are relatively new to cruising, I wish to offer you some advice. First, never judge a cruise by your experiences on the first day. Change over days are hectic and demanding for the crew. A bottle of champagne not arriving as expected is a minor inconvience in the great scheme of things. Give the staff an Opportunity to correct any errors that you feel might have been made. You may believe you did your research, but obviously from your confusion about what was included in terms of drink packages and who would receive them, your research was inadequate. To achieve the best cruise experience you need to be fully informed and knowledgeable about what you are purchasing. You were critical of guest relations because they did not offer to accommodate your request for your 14 year old daughter to be given some type of drinks package. They were probably not at fault here and your dissatisfaction was a direct result of your failure to understand what you had purchased, and your disappointment at not getting them to agree to your request. You should learn from this experience and always have a copy of your invoice with you, whether you have booked directly with the cruise line or a travel agent. Cruising is a learned skill set. The more cruise experiences you have with a particular cruise line the more you will be better able to arrive at that good value for the dollar determination that you claim to be seeking. Celebrity is a good premium mass market cruise experience. Please do not receive these comments as criticism, as they are well intentioned and hope to enhance the enjoyment of this and future cruises.
  7. You are two months out from this sailing. You are past final payment date. If the cruise is so popular that all balconies and suites are sold out you should not count on a cancellation. If you want to go on this particular ship and itinerary then consider booking the ocean view. We have had the experience of doing a 16 day transatlantic in an inside cabin. We not only survived, but enjoyed ourselves.
  8. You should be worried about inventory. In my experience, ships sail full. You need to contact the specific cruise line and ask what their policy is about upgrading after final payment. Also you need to find out what the availability would be for suites on the cruise you have booked.
  9. The gratuities cost $14.50 per day per person, so the value is $28 times 7. If you plan to spend more than $14.50 a day per person on alcoholic and soda and coffee beverages the drink package would be the better value.
  10. How long is the cruise? Are you eligible for elite drink benefits? We can't help you calculate without more information.
  11. Thank you Brian for responding to my question. I am still not clear if the larger shower room in the gym will have individual showers with curtains, or is a locker room style shower with little privacy.
  12. Are there any larger shower facilities available in the gym? If so do they have shower curtains?
  13. The Equinox was moved from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean about a year ago and now there is less Celebrity inventory in the Mediterranean. Prices are considerably higher, and some of us may decide not to book at those higher rates. I believe in voting with my dollars.
  14. With the additional information you have now shared with us, I would like to suggest that one obvious compromise would be to alternate "expensive cruises" with cheap land holidays. This compromise would allow you both to feel that your desires and needs are being met. If one spouse does not have his or her desires respected it could lead to tension and resentments that could destroy your marriage. Do you like the apartment you live in enough to want to make the commitment that buying the property would require? I sensed from your prior posts that you are not enthusiastic about taking on the responsibility of a mortgage. Only you know how you really feel and you need to share those true feelings with your wife.
  15. I wonder if there is more to this story that you are not sharing. Why this one particular property? One would think you might have some more profitable options in your area. You need to sit down with your wife and ask her what it would take to convince her to cruise. Direct communication with your wife might be more successful than you imagine.
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