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    North Carolina
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    fitness, reading, travel, bridge
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    Anywhere in the world!

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  1. We have booked a guarantee suite before and were pleased. I think our sky suite was assigned shortly after booking (booked in June for a September sailing) though we were not informed. I found out by accident when calling Celebrity and the rep mentioned our cabin #.
  2. The information I have been reading is most cruise lines will not be significantly reducing prices due to the Coronavirus but holding relatively firm. I don’t think we will be seeing any fire sale pricing soon.
  3. I would allow 1.5 - 2 hours depending on the size of your group.
  4. We were on the February 2 sailing of the Edge and also skipped Costa Maya due to winds. I have read several post indicating Costa Maya has been skipped several times in the interim and would be interested to hear if they have docked at all in CM in the past month, skipping either due to high winds or the taxi situation. We also arrived in Cozumel early and overnighted there.
  5. We have four friends on the Summit two or three weeks after your cruise and they are counting on it NOT being cancelled. Who knows?! It’s anybody’s guess at this point!
  6. On our Edge sailing in February, we left the ship only twice for a grand total of four hours, for pre-planned lunches. It wasn’t our normal cruise experience but we were sailing with a couple who for various reasons was unable to stay off the ship for long. On a February Caribbean cruise this was easy for us as since what we are really after is warm weather.
  7. A few weeks ago our service in The Retreat was excellent though we very much miss the actual bar found in Michael’s Club. (Yordan is great!) We were asked which brand of alcohol was preferred for our cocktails. We liked the availability of the self pour option. We would pop in late afternoon for a glass of wine to carry back to our suite.
  8. It would definitely be the Edge for us. It’s a great itinerary with a few Adriatic ports. The Apex itinerary includes Paris but it is at least a two hour + trip into Paris so for us it would be a sea day.
  9. You are a man after my own heart! Love the laminated itinerary and I’ll be adding to my next cruise preparation!
  10. Non-suite guest have always been able to dine in Luminae with suite guest so this really shouldn’t change things. When our friends area in a suite they have always had their adult children (who were not in a suite) dine with them in Luminae every night. However, the Retreat outdoor pool area on the Edge was packed during our recent cruise so I would definitely not want non-suite guest to have access. Perhaps this won’t be the case on the other ships that don’t have a pool in the Retreat area.
  11. As a previous post mentions, on M & S-class ships you may order from the Main Dining Room menu while in Luminae. This is not the case on the Edge, and I’m assuming Apex will be the same. The Luminae menus includes several everyday items which are not listed menu.
  12. There absolutely no way I would ever trust my hair color to someone on a cruise ship! Perhaps your wife wouldn’t mind but I would have mine colored the week before we left home and just deal with less than perfect roots the last couple of weeks.
  13. I would guess that since even my 88 year old parents read from kindles and iPads (easy to control font and much lighter) that ship libraries will not reappear. When we travel whether cruise or land trip we love to read as it’s something we don’t have enough time for at home. We load our kindles with books from our library, kindle unlimited and love having a variety of books to choose from. We literally will never run out of options. I still purchase actual books especially if it’s one I know friends or family member will also enjoy. I thought I would never be a convert to an e-reader but now prefer the format. The book exchange through the Roll Call is a great idea though. We don’t need to add to our book collection at home and would happily contribute a book(s) assuming luggage space/weight allowed.
  14. Love the pineapple drink (right up my alley), the margarita and the bracelet! We love Pancho’s Backyard and have been twice, though the one we went to was a 10 minute taxi ride from the port.
  15. We were on the February 2 sailing of the Edge and spent considerable time in the Retreat. There was NO entertainment in the Retreat during our cruise. The service was great though especially from Yordan. He always remembered our cocktail preference and even when very busy we never had to wait long. We enjoyed talking with so much!
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