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  1. SHIP NAME Solstice CABIN # 1546 DECK # (3-14) 11 CATEGORY: 7-12, 1A-1C, 2A-2D, A1-A2, C1-C3, CS, FV, PS, RF, RS, S1-S2, SG, SV A2 LOCATION ON SHIP: Port (left), Starboard (right), Bow (front), Stern (back) or Inside and Forward, Midship (between the forward and aft elevators), or Aft (For example: Port-Midship, Bow-Forward or Inside-Aft) Starboard - Forward BED NEAR (Bath, Balcony, Window, N/A) Bathroom QUIET? (Yes/No/Usually) Yes BALCONY VIEW (Good, Great, Obstructed?) Great BALCONY SIZE (Standard, Oversized, Other) Standard WIND A PROBLEM? (Yes/No/Sometimes) No SOOT A PROBLEM? (Yes/No/Sometimes) No PROBLEMS/COMMENTS (Explain all Noise (including crew door issues), Wind and Soot Problems here, plus all comments and information regarding things like connecting or accessible cabins) Peeling paint on balcony - work was being done during port days. Easy access to gym, Persian Garden/spa, Aqua Spa. Cafe and Ocean View Cafe. Would book again as it is convenient and quiet location. However, rocking was felt on a number of days so not a good spot for those prone to seasickness. PICTURES (Attach pictures in your review) DATE OF CRUISE AND "REVOLUTION" COMMENTS 01/25/20 - ship needs to be revolutionized!
  2. Will add to the prior explanation as I just learned this. While you can use OBC to pay for booked and paid for prior to your cruise, you cannot use OBC to prepay your gratuities.
  3. The Persian Gardens on Constellation (and other M class ships pre-revolution) do not remotely resemble the Persian Gardens on S-class shops. On the M-class ships, the Persian Gardens is a windowless (dark!) space with a long tile bench. There aren’t any I individual tile beds And the space is not very inviting. We skipped that experience entirely but thoroughly enjoy the heated tile beds on the S-class ships.
  4. In the past, I found that Flights by Celebrity didn’t provide an advantage for main cabin fares on the airlines I prefer (Delta and American Airlines). Those were non-refundable tickets, purchased prior to the “ book now, pay later” program came into effect. Since the introduction of “book now, pay later”, I have booked premium economy tickets - on a refundable fare - for international travel through Flights by Celebrity. We saved thousands of dollars on these tickets, when compared to booking directly with the airlines. During a three month period, I was able to change our reservation a few times in order to capture better flights/fares on different airlines. The fares do change frequently. Daily checking of flight availability became a necessity for a time until we got tickets for our preferred airline/flights. Word to the wise: the quote tool on the Flights by Celebrity website doesn’t provide accurate pricing as it is not a real-time price quote. Whenever I saw a fare on the Quote page that I liked, I would call Flights by Celebrity. It appeared that 9 times out of 10, the fare I saw on the Quote page was no longer available. The available fare was usually higher, sometimes by a lot. But I did strike gold that one time and was able to purchase tickets, at a great savings, for the flights I wanted. The next day, the fares were up quite a bit and the low fare we got was never again available. So, grab a refundable fare when you find it and you can keep looking for a lower fare, if you choose to do so. We were able to select seats by contacting the airlines upon booking. Payment for the flights was due at the time of final payment for the cruise.
  5. I set up a small group on our roll call (10 ppl) for a walking tour with Tallinn Traveller Tours - Walking Tour with a Local Guide (https://www.traveller.ee/tour/old-town-walking-tour-tallinn). The tour guide met us at the port entrance and walked us over to Old Town. She gave us a good tour through the Old Town and we made our way back to the ship on our own at our own pace. Setting this up as a private tour was beneficial as we were able to keep the group size small, and having the tour guide walk with us to the Old Town entrance was helpful.
  6. We had a great tour with PL Travel. However, I want to add one cautionary note. When you are dropped off at the Plaka (so that you can find a restaurant for lunch), make sure you know the street names or landmarks of the location where you are to meet the bus at the appointed time. Best approach is to take a photo on your phone! We neglected to do that and had a hard time finding our way back to the meeting.point. We had walked away from the Plaka and had a delicious lunch at a sidewalk cafe. However, we lost our way back to our starting point. As all of the street signs are in Greek, and the people we stopped to ask for help didn’t speak English, we were a little stressed about missing the bus. Thankfully, one of the folks on our group remembered the name of a store in the Plaka. We made it back and vowed to take photos of meeting place signs from now on.
  7. We did not purchase tickets in advance. Per the booking confirmation I received from PK travel, “The licensed tour guide will take care of the entrance tickets and you will pay him (in cash) on the spot.
  8. We took this tour: https://vallartafoodtours.com/food-tours/vallarta-by-road/ as we were a group of 16-18 people. The tour guide was excellent and the food was amazing and plentiful. The tour was well worth the cost.
  9. We, along with a dozen other folks on our Celebrity Eclipse Chile-San Diego roll call, booked a food tour by van with Vallarta Food Tours. It was a fantastic food tour! The food was exceptional and our tour guide was great. She took us to restaurants in a number of neighborhoods in Puerto Vallarta, and the portions were substantial and quite good. We are still talking about the tamales. My DH insists they are the best he has ever eaten. Why share this now? Because I just received a discount code from Vallarta Food Tours and want to share it here. Enjoy! I will also post some photos of the food we enjoyed during our tour shortly.
  10. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos and impressions of the ports. We are on board Constellation in September, going from Venice to Barcelona. We will spend two nights in Venice pre-cruise and three nights in Barcelona post-cruise. I am very excited to be visiting Europe again and your trip report is adding to my pre-cruise excitement. We will be in Dubrovnik and Malta so I especially enjoying your posts on those stops. I look forward to reading additional entries and seeing your photos.
  11. Did you receive any perks (i.e. GOBIG, GOBETTER) for the cruise that you received the Shareholder Benefit?
  12. I found the NEW Shareholder Benefit letter on the RCCL website. and am sharing here as it provides all of the details. I don't agree with the explanation I was given when my request was rejected since the included perks shouldn't be the reason it was rejected.
  13. I submitted a request for an upcoming cruise which was booked a year ago, expecting to be turned down, but thought it was worth a shot. It took a week for the denial to arrive. "Thank you for your email. As a valued shareholder, you are very important to us. The requested shareholder benefit onboard credit cannot be applied to reservation xxxxxxx as it is not combinable with the offer, GOBETTER BEVWIFI, listed on your reservation." It will be interesting to see whether the rejections continue for cruises booked after June 1 that also provide one or two perks as part of the fare. Since the rejection was not tied to a booking date, I am a little confused about the supposed change in policy. Is the granting of OBC going to depend on the knowledge (or lack thereof) of the staff person reviewing your submission??
  14. The local chamber of commerce or tourism bureau may also post discounts on their websites. The tourism bureau will frequently have information about special events on their website.
  15. I always call Captain’s Club Assistance phone number (844-418-6824) because of the website snafus. I am sure the pricing they can provide will reflect the real discount. We purchased the beverage package during a prior sale and did get 50% off the regular price. For the premium package, the cost per day was $34.50 plus 18% service charge. The purchase was made so,me time ago and I think the regular price has gone up so the price I paid is likely not the sale price now.
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