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  1. We took the FCC for our sailing this year and booked a different ship/itinerary/date next year. We had a NRD for this year's sailing and were not penalized at all.
  2. We have multiple Celebrity sailings on Connie and Summit, and one on EDGE. We have always loved M-Class at Celebrity. We appreciate the smaller feel of the ship and the many options for getting from one end of the ship to the other on several decks - this was a nightmare for us on EDGE. We also love the Cafe al Bacio area and the Martini Bar. Both of these areas on EDGE were disappointing and overrun to us. We were supposed to sail on Equinox this fall and were looking forward to trying a Solstice class ship. However, we've recently moved the sailing to 2021 and to an itinerary on Millenium. So we're looking forward to adding the third and final M-class ship to our roster. We have yet to sail on a Revolutionized ship so this will be fun!
  3. Oh no, not related to this year. I'm a long-term planner in general so I typically plan/book my vacations pretty far out!
  4. I enjoy the fire and ice mani/pedi! Hopefully it survives whatever changeover is about to occur.
  5. FWIW, we've sailed in Aqua multiple times on Summit and Constellation. I've always been able to order off the regular MDR menu when I've asked if nothing caught my eye on the Blu menu that night. We have our first sailing on Equinox this coming fall - I'll be curious to see if they say we can't order off of the MDR menu in Blu?
  6. I sailed Alaska (on another line) in September of 2018. I found having a balcony very useful as the public areas with windows were always super crowded with people watching the scenery go by. I imagine an aft balcony around the side would have been spectacular as far as views go - so much to see in terms of whales, wildlife, glaciers, etc. But I was perfectly content with my standard balcony mid-ship. I'm not sure about Celebrity, but the other line had a Naturalist onboard so I kept my TV tuned to her channel and announcements so I could see the action around other areas of the ship if I couldn't see it from my balcony. As for weather, every day we were in port except one was 65 degrees and sunny. Really spectacular weather for my cruise which I'm very thankful for. On excursions where we went up in altitude I brought lots of layers to add along the way as needed.
  7. Thank you! We've been watching lots of YouTube videos with Havana tours and general tours of the ship (Horizon) and we cannot wait for 2022 to get here! We upgraded to a Havana Cabana and are probably a little too excited about it. 😂
  8. Awesome - thank you for this information! It makes our decision to upgrade to a Havana Cabana a lot more simple. 🙂
  9. Greetings all, I was just watching a YouTube video providing a tour of the Havana Bar and Havana Retreat area and the host of the video commented that wristbands are checked and enforced from open until 7pm. After 7pm, they state that anyone can be in the Retreat area and they note it to be a great area to watch sunsets and sail-aways. Is this information correct that you can be in the Havana Retreat area after 7pm without booking a Havana cabin? We're currently not booked in a Havana stateroom but friends of ours are. (We're sailing on Horizon.) Additionally, we are contemplating upgrading our cabin to a Havana Cabana cabin (to spend time with our friends in the Retreat area!) and we're curious if the late night music from the Havana Bar is noticeable/audible in the Cabana cabins? Thanks for all of your insight and expertise!
  10. Thank you. I do not have an Early Saver booked for my next Carnival sailing as it is in 2022 - but am not opposed to switching closer to sailing or booking one for a different sailing if I already know I'll have that time off, etc.
  11. A few years ago we booked a future cruise while sailing on Celebrity that was supposed to include Montego Bay as a port. It was listed in the sheets outside the Future Cruise office and in the booking system when the agent booked our cruise. After we booked I immediately went online and bid for that week of vacation through my employer. During our sailing, I was awarded that week of vacation. The next day, we looked at our booking and noticed the Montego Bay port was replaced with Ocho Rios, which we had no desire to sail to. We went back to Future Cruises, and the agent suggested we try a back-to-back sailing out of FLL that gave us a four night and five night cruise over my original week of vacation I had been granted. This has so far been our only b2b sailing - but we really enjoyed it. It was nice to know as the first sailing ended we didn't have to leave! We did get off the ship and have lunch with friends of ours who lived locally before reboarding. It was an easy process as we got a specific card identifying us as b2b cruisers and allowing us to go through a short line to get off and a short one to get back on! As we booked directly with Celebrity in person it was easy to ensure we had the same cabin number for both sailings - a big help.
  12. Rookie Carnival question: If you book Early Saver (or any other fare category with a price guarantee) does the new rate have to be the same type of fare? Early Saver to Early Saver? I'm not incredibly familiar yet with the different fare rates Carnival offers...but made sure on my upcoming sailing to ask my TA for one with refundable deposit, ability to move to different date/sailing, and ability to reprice should the fare go down.
  13. Summit and Constellation are our favorite ships we've sailed on so far between three lines. We haven't been on Summit since her updates - but looking forward to it! The only Royal ship I've been on is Anthem of the Seas. You won't find bumper cars or basketball on Summit - but we love her layout - easy to navigate and get from point A to point B! Enjoy your sailing.
  14. How did you find out about the LGBTQ brunch on a sea day? Was it in the daily program? We've sailed Celebrity countless times and have never seen a brunch! Just the nightly gathering at Martini bar. Also - we agree - Rich your CD is a great guy! We enjoy seeing him onboard when we happen to sail with him.
  15. Thank you. I have been price comparing to a similar itinerary on two other cruise lines and we're stilling coming out ahead all in on this sailing. Very happy about that!
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