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  1. Don’t forget your cabin door. We have cruised twice at Christmas. The first time Christmas Day fell at the end of the cruise. The second cruise Christmas fell at the beginning of the cruise. The first cruise people were much more in to decorating their doors on the outside of their cabins. I think it was the timing of the first cruise leading up to Christmas Day that inspired people to decorate. It was fun looking at people’s creativity.
  2. Last year someone had an inflatable Christmas tree on their balcony. We saw it on another ship docked across from our ship. I imagine it it lit up at night, too. It was very festive when we saw it.
  3. When we first get on the ship we have headed to the pool area and we were nearly the only ones there, so eating at the Mast Grill should be uncrowded. Then you can enjoy the pool to yourselves, too!
  4. I ask for lactose free milk at breakfast and always have gotten it. As far as other milk products, I tend to stay away from dishes made from milk as much as possible. There are tablets you can take to help with digesting milk products and they work for many people. I always keep them in my purse just in case I decide to eat a milk based food but I usually steer clear of items such as soups, puddings, and ice cream.
  5. If smoke is a concern to you book a balcony on the opposite side of the ship from where the public smoking is. On the ships we have sailed (Silhouette) the public smoking area was on the fifth deck on the port side, so I chose a balcony cabin on the starboard side.
  6. I would take my suitcase on board the plane with me to make sure I have it with me at all times since time is of an essence. Don't want to board the ship with no bag because it got "lost". I have heard of people having to buy clothing on board the ship and at ports of call. You'll have the advantage of packing light, too, since the size you take on board the plane with you must be small!
  7. I did not like the patch. It has been several years since I wore them, but I didn’t feel well using the patch. I switched to Bonine. It seemed to work better for me.
  8. We are headed to Florida from Tennessee next Sunday. I am not looking forward to driving through them. We had them in Texas when we lived in Houston. Saw them both in May and September. It was not something I was sad to say goodbye to when we moved to Tennessee! Every state has their pests. Stink bugs are just starting to appear here. Keeping them outside rather than inside is my current task. I have already flushed several down the toilet that found their way into my screened porch. Sure glad it is a temporary affliction. I would hate to be plagued for weeks upon weeks!
  9. I have read many tips for traveling, how to avoid pick pockets. There are lots of ways you can fall victim. Never had a problem myself, but I carry my purse across my chest even before cross body purses became popular. You can get theft resistant backpacks, too, though I would still carry important info in front of you, not in the back pack. I was lazy one day and did not lock up my theft proof backpack and sure enough it was unzipped (totally undetected by me). A man in line while I was getting food in a London train station told me my backpack was completely open. Nothing was taken because all my important possessions were in my purse in my crossbody purse. The thief was not interested in my pack of Kleenex and sweater! So just be vigilant and don’t get lax with taking precautions. There are lots of other schemes, so read up on them and be a smart traveler before you even set foot in Europe.
  10. We cruised Silhouette at Christmas time. The cruise started several days before Christmas. We noticed many people decorated their cabin doors with tinsel, battery operated lights and other decorations. We saw an inflatable Christmas tree on the balcony of another ship when we were docked. People seemed to be in a festive mood. I think the fact that we were on board the ship several days before Christmas influenced people’s Christmas spirit. Another time we cruised at Christmas, but the actual holiday fell a couple days after we set sail. No one decorated their doors. I sensed people were not in a Christmassy mood at all. A lot depends on when Christmas actually falls during the cruise. This year we are sailing in December, but we disembark on the 20th. The ship will be nicely decorated, but I am thinking no one will be much into the fact that Christmas is a couple weeks away.
  11. Bingo. With the price that is charged to play, you can go through your OBC in no time! We have the same problem as you on our next cruise. Free gratuities and a drink package, so we will have more OBC than we are used to. For us most of our OBC will be refundable, so even if there is some left over we won’t be throwing it away. We always have used up all our OBC in the past so it will be interesting to see what happens on our next cruise—how we spend it.
  12. You go to the Celebrity roll call and find your ship and the date it is sailing. It will be current postings from other persons on the same cruise as you. i also check other similar sailings to see what people taking the same cruise at different times are talking about, tours they are lining up. Some roll calls are more active than others. When we went to St. Petersburg, for example, there were two groups of people planning tours and we joined the tour I thought fit our needs better.
  13. Join your roll call and see if anyone has already posted about tours that you might join. I always research the port of call posts and choose independent tours, not cruise line tours, that have excellent reviews. Also read up on Celebrity itself. I learned a lot just by reading what other people talked about regarding the ship.
  14. When I went to Alaska a year ago last June I bought an Alaskan jacket with a hood as a souvenir. I wore it and was glad to have it—along with my gloves, scarf and ear covering headband. I wore it the day we toured Mendenhall Glacier. I was warm and comfortable. Other days a light jacket is all I needed. Take layers.
  15. My first cruise I went directly through the cruise line. No OBC or any other perks. I was a newbie so I didn’t know any different. My son told me to check out the site that competes for people’s business on my next cruise which is what I did. There were several TA’s competing for my business when I said I was interested in a certain cruise. I chose the TA with what looked to be the best deal and the rest is history. I have now used this same TA each time I have booked a cruise and have been very pleased. I have gotten the group rate on two of my cruises. A real savings, plus OBC, free gratuities, etc. Each cruise is different what the bennies are, but there is always something he is able to pass along. Before choosing my TA, I did some research on his particular company and the TA himself and saw positive reviews, too, which set my mind at rest until I had my own experience to draw from. My TA has always been available. Some people have found they are not able to reach their TA in a timely manner. The reviews I read spoke very well of his availability which is important. Another thing you you can do next time you cruise is ask around. People will be happy to share their experiences with you.
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