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  1. Yikes, we were on that Mardi Gras cruise with you! All three of us are good, thank heavens. We wish you the very best of luck and hope for the very best for you. Thank you for telling us. We will stay alert for any change in our status. Very best regards.
  2. We booked on Equinox March 28, seven night cruise. We change our minds about sailing every new news item. The news reports are so conflicting. We really don't know who to believe. Right this minute I plan to cast my fate to the wind and go. Maybe by ten tonight I will change my mind again. We are in our mid seventies but neither of us has a major health condition. I want to go, but sometimes we feel scared and sometimes we feel brave enough to go.
  3. We are booked on a Celebrity cruise March 28. We are in our mid-seventies and in good health. That said, I find myself wishing Celebrity would add a special incentive to actually go on this cruise. Our kids are saying don't go. Some government officials are saying folks our age shouldn't fly or cruise. Others downplay the danger. Messages are contradictory. I'm leaning toward going, but as other cruise lines add incentives to show up for booked cruises, such as open bar for every passenger (probably not top shelf drinks), I wish Celebrity would do a little more for us willing to take the risk. Maybe open bar or OBC or discounts on a future cruise or discounts on tours or premium dining or whatever. By the way, Hubby doesn't fear Corona virus. He fears being shut in a cabin for two weeks. He is very hyperactive. Being shut in a ship cabin would be the ultimate torture for him. And that would be bad for me because I'd have to put up with his frustrations plus my own.
  4. Hubby really likes Murano, but as a vegetarian I can say there is little on that menu to eat. That restaurant is an unabashed meat and fish eaters' venue. On Reflection, Murano is currently charging $50 a person. If Hubby didn't like it so much, I would not go.
  5. We frequently cruise in early December, almost always on Celebrity. There may be Christmas music on the public background music that plays in public areas day and night, but it is so unobtrusive one hardly notices it. Noise from passengers and ship activities tends to drown out background music anyway. Holiday music is certainly not a major part of early December cruising.
  6. That is a good point. I hadn't thought about it that way. We are cruising very soon. I had planned to take two weeks meds, but now I think I'll take a month's supply for this ten night cruise...just in case of a worst case scenario. Thank you for your advice.
  7. We have something else in common. When we lived in Portugal, one of our favorite restaurants was named Reijo! Honest.
  8. As a frequent traveler on both Royal and Celebrity, my impression is that Celebrity is dressier at night, especially on non-chic nights. That is not to say men absolutely must wear a jacket at night on Celebrity. I include my own husband in this because his favorite attire at nights on the ships is Greg Normal polo shirts and slacks. He compromises on chic nights and wears a long sleeved shirt, but no tie. He also does this to eat in Murano where guests do seem to be dressier.
  9. We have done a two-night cruise twice. I didn't care for either one, feeling too rushed to learn much about the ship. Of course, the bigger the ship and the more features available, the more rushed one feels to see it all. One of the two cruises even had a formal night which I thought was an additional amount of pressure when there was so much to try to fit in. Now, in retrospect, the only way I would do a two-night cruise is as part of a back-to-back. That makes more sense to me.
  10. Giving more thought to this topic, I have to mention how much I really appreciate the cold towels and cold refreshing drinks offered by Celebrity right outside their ships for returning passengers after their port excursions. It is so nice to get the grime off your hands and to cool off a little and quench your thirst. This amenity just says "hospitality" and I see it as a very special treat. I don't think anyone mentioned this either. About half way through the cruise on Celebrity , each cabin receives a "How Are We Doing?" card to full out for praise or gripes and to name crew who have been outstanding. I have had staff call me to thank me for comments. Crew members have told me that being mentioned on this sheet earns them awards such as half days off or praise is put in their personnel file. I don't think Royal C. hands out these comment sheets half way through their cruises. By the way, these sheets are not the same as the e-mail evaluation sheets sent at the end of cruises.
  11. I hesitate to tell my preferences because then competition for my favorite cabins will increase, but here goes anyway. I prefer so-called hump cabins that face forward and are front facing. We had a very nice aft facing hump cabin on Silhouette in December, but I missed being able to look forward to see where the ship was going. My sister had what I wanted. She always seemed to have the better view. She was only a few cabins away from us, but it seemed to make such a difference. Another problem we had being further aft was that the chimney smoke often seemed to be hanging right over us. It can smell quite strong. Of course this depends on wind direction. Another consideration is your preference for port or starboard locations, if you have a preference that is. Almost any concierge class cabin is comfortable and it may not always be possible to get one of the coveted hump cabins or you may not be able to have the deck you want.
  12. We are Diamond Plus on Royal and Elite Plus on Celebrity, so we really do like both cruise lines and continue to sail on both but for different reasons. We like the quieter, calmer vibe on Celebrity and really appreciate the non-smoking casino. Not that we gamble, but smoke from Royal's casinos can spill out to other areas. Also often walking through the casino makes a good shortcut at times. Royal has amazing shows, especially the Aqua Show on Oasis Class ships and ice shows all most Royal ships. Boleros can be great fun if the band is good. The quality of the band there can vary dramatically. We also like the Izumi Japanese restaurant. We don't care for the Windjammer Buffet and believe Celebrity's Ocean View buffet is far superior. This may seem minor, but Celebrity has glass dishes and cups, while Royal's are Melamine. Admittedly we do prefer Royal's Oasis Class ships to other Royal ships because there is just so much going on. Forgot to mention Royal has a dedicated Diamond Lounge. Celebrity does not have such a place for Elites and up. When we cruise with family we do choose Royal. When we are cruising alone, Celebrity is the right mood for us. My two favorite spots on Solstice Class ships are Cafe al Bacio and the Sunset Bar at the back of the ship. We haven't tried Edge yet, so I can't speak for what they offer. I hope you really enjoy your cruise on Celebrity and hope you do many more. Lucky for all of us, we can change back and forth between Royal or Celebrity depending on what we want and have a memorable time on either cruise line.
  13. Thank you so much for your quick reply. Very disappointed in the answer, but glad I won't be wasting time trying to get some consideration from those cruise lines.
  14. Just curious. Do you know of Princess will match an Elite Plus status or Holland American, per chance?
  15. We were in this situation a couple of years ago, lacking only 3 or 4 Captain's Club points for Elite Plus, so we took a six night cruise to be Elite Plus for a Mardi Gras cruise. I'm not sure why I cared so much to move up to Elite Plus. We will be in our mid-eighties by the time we get to Zenith. This is what we learned though. If you do book a short cruise to get your three points, make you sure you book it well enough ahead of your next cruise to get the credit. As I recall, it took at least a couple weeks for the new status to be posted and credited to us.
  16. Dillards.com currently is showing a very nice variety of formal attire, even in plus sizes. Macy's has a nice selction too. but I don't know about their sizes.
  17. I agree with Oxo here. Why do people have to be snarky about a well intended post?
  18. My thought is that often the tea in the OV dispensers tastes suspiciously like apple juice as though that was run through the dispensers. What I do is get the free tea bags, hot water and a separate glass of ice and make my own fresh iced tea. This is a bother, no doubt, and can be messy too. However, I feel that is far better than the tea offered in the OV. Even better is to get the Tea Forte in Cafe Il Bacio, let that cool and add ice cubes to that for a really satisfying iced tea. There is an extra charge for Tea Forte unless one has a beverage package.
  19. One would think a staffer would take notes of promises made or suggestions and complaints, if any. Then the CEO could act on those. Otherwise the promises seem cavalier or empty. The passenger who was made the promise will feel the answer was deceptive or dismissive.
  20. I don't recall that she did, but maybe she did and it just didn't get much publicity on the ship. I will say that on Royal Caribbean, I've been on a ship when either the CEO of Royal Caribbean or the CEO of RCI did play table tennis in a tournament with passengers. Evidently he is an accomplished player. It impressed me a great deal that he would do that. I thought it was really cool.
  21. I can assure you I do remember Lisa's promise about the reggae band because I cruise for the live music. I was delighted some one asked about the pool bands and I was delighted by her answer, eagerly looking forward to the return of reggae bands or steel drum groups as per her promise. It never happened, at least up until now. I'll check again on our Dec first cruise on Silhouette. Perhaps the one who forgot the promise was Lisa herself or it just wasn't important enough to her to recall her own promise.
  22. I agree with all of the above. We did a CEO sail a couple of years ago. It was a Southern Caribbean cruise on a Solstice Class ship. It featured a few premium priced events off the ship. We didn't attend those because they weren't exactly what we were looking for. We had chosen the cruise for the itinerary rather than having the CEO on board. We seldom saw her and then it would be in a group hurrying by us, not a situation where you would stop her to greet her or comment. She did have a Q & A session in the theater. I remember one passenger asked her why Celebrity no longer had reggae bands on Caribbean cruises and how much he missed it. Would she please have such bands again? Her answer was, "Done!" I foolishly took that to mean reggae bands would soon return to Caribbean cruises. I thought wrong. No cruise I have sailed has featured a poolside reggae band since she promised to restore them. Her biggest point of pride in that talk was the hiring and promoting of women and she introduced the first Nigerian woman who was training to be a sea captain eventually. She seemed like a very serious and intelligent young woman. I do wish her all the best. About halfway through the cruise I began to suspect the CEO was no longer on board, at least I never saw her again, not even quickly in passing. No more special activities were offered. Frankly, booking a cruise specifically because the CEO is on board might turn out to be a disappointment. I don't feel the CEO is there to resolve passenger issues or to truly "meet and greet" except on the most superficial level. She is there mainly to market new Celebrity ships, itineraries and projects.
  23. In the interest of transparency, I do use paper straws and always have several with me for restaurants. I have straws for every holiday and theme. Right now I am using an assortment of colorful Halloween straws. Maybe I drink fast, but the ones I have don't fall apart. I buy them in large lots from Amazon. Some here say paper straws don't last. Why not just ask for a fresh straw in that case? Some here say they don't like the taste of paper straws, but do plastic straws taste any better? Anyway, I know I won't convince the plastic straw users to change. Maybe they can make other positive changes to help reduce the growing problem of micro-plastics in the environment. If each person would choose just one change to make, it might make a difference, but I know each person has to choose what is meaningful to them. It is depressing to hear some say the problem is so big, nothing any one person is doing will make a dent in the situation.
  24. Why can't folks just drink without any straw at all? Why must everyone use a straw? I know those with certain disabilities do need a straw, but the vast majority of people do not.
  25. We customarily cruise the first week of December. Every Celebrity and Royal Caribbean ship we have sailed in early December has been decorated for the holidays. Sometimes, if the decor is not complete. more is added each day. It is fun to get up each morning and see what is new.
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