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  1. I’ve only sailed on Celebrity — which, as others said, doesn’t provide a souvenir cup when you buy a beverage package — so I’m curious how this works on the lines that do provide cups. Do you have to use the same cup for every soft drink you get with your beverage package? Does that mean you have to wash the cup in your room and carry it around all the time in case you want a drink? Do you get charged for the soda if you don’t have the special cup?
  2. I find Celebrity’s “entertainment” unappealing. On my first cruise, a couple of years ago, I watched a production show that was comically bad, and I haven’t been back to the theater for a show since. The live music in the common areas and the organized activities don’t do anything for me; I mostly try to get away from them to find quiet spaces. If I were looking to Celebrity to entertain me, I would be disappointed. That said, I’m not bored on Celebrity. I sail with books, games, my iPad, and a friend I enjoy spending time with. I like the pools, the bars, and the casinos on the ships. I think whether you’re bored depends on what you like and what you expect to the cruise line to do to entertain you.
  3. I went to the ABC islands and Grand Cayman on the Silhouette in 2018, and I took a Summit cruise in November to Barbados, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, and St. Thomas. I liked both itineraries, but I preferred the ABC islands. I thought all three ports in the ABC islands were nice, and I found them interesting or fun for different reasons — the beach in Aruba, the town of Willemstad in Curaçao, and the marine life and salt flats in Bonaire. I also thought all three ports were good for shopping. (Bonaire is not known for shopping and doesn’t have the stores that are staples of port shopping sales pitches, but it has a nice street of local stores and vendors.) I think the other itinerary has some hits and misses. I enjoyed beaches in Barbados and St. Kitts, but Antigua and St. Lucia didn’t impress me. Both seemed more run-down than some other ports. And it seems like the main attractions in St. Lucia are far from the port.
  4. Carried_Away

    Spa

    Prices are similar to prices of upscale spas in U.S. hotels and land resorts. However, the prices on the ship are for the spa services only; they don’t include use of the Persian Garden amenities. The spa has specials on embarkation day and port days, and the staff seemed willing to make deals when I was on the Summit in November. There was a good deal offered on massages on embarkation day. I think it was 80 minutes for the price of 50. My friend and I wanted to get massages on a port day, and the manager agreed to give us the embarkation-day special on the port day when we wanted to come. When we actually had our massages, my friend’s therapist offered her the same deal if we wanted to come back the next day. So based on that experience, I would suggest asking for what you want and trying to make a deal if you’re willing to go at a less popular time. Enjoy!
  5. When I was on the Summit in November, my concierge room had a chair instead of the old sofa and no table.
  6. I’ve only cruised in the Caribbean so far, and I’ve worn light summer dresses for evening chic nights (and most the other nights). I bring flats that I can wear with the dresses or with jeans, khakis, or capris. Rothy’s are easy to pack and worked great on my last cruise.
  7. The rooms aren’t necessarily all ready at boarding time. The official procedure is that you go to your room when you board to pick up your Seapasses and you can leave your carry-on bags in the room. You are then supposed to leave the room until the announcement is made that rooms are ready. However, on my cruise in November on the Summit, our room steward told us we could stay in our room since it was ready when we arrived with our carry-ons (around 12:30).
  8. The lunch for Concierge Class is on embarkation day. I believe the time is usually 11:30 to 1, but I could be slightly off. There’s no e-mail invitation. Sometimes the concierge greets people at check-in and invites them, but I don’t think this has happened on all of my cruises in Concierge Class. I think I’ve gotten a small paper invitation at check-in (when we used to get our Seapasses then) or in my room (now that we pick up our Seapasses there). The menu is limited. You can find it by searching threads on this forum or by Googling it. The lunch isn’t a huge deal, but I like it. I think it’s nice to have a less crowded, more peaceful option than the buffet for lunch on embarkation day. I also liked that the dining room had a place to drop off carry-on bags during the lunch. But now that the Summit has had its “Revolution,” you can drop off carry-on bags in your room as soon as you board.
  9. I just looked at the specialty dining packages in my cruise planner, and you’re right — Celebrity does explain this very badly by using the same generic text for each package. Some speciality dining packages are all dinners. These are the ones that say X number of “nights” in the name of the package. With those packages, you get X number of dinners. You can choose which restaurant you eat in for each dinner. You can go to the same restaurant for every dinner in the package or mix it up however you like. Other packages include X number of dinners and Y number of lunches. None of these are showing up in my cruise planner, so I can’t see how that’s worded in the package description. With that type of package, you can still choose where and when you want to eat for the number of lunches and the number of dinners allotted by the package. With specialty dining packages, you can’t make reservations before you board the ship. The packages (at least the ones with all dinners) say that Celebrity will make a reservation for you in a restaurant they choose on the first or second night of the cruise, but don’t worry about that. Once you board the ship, you can change that reservation to the day, time, and restaurant of your choice. I suggest making your reservations as soon as you get on the ship so you can maximize the options available to you. You can always change your reservations later if you change your mind about something. There are tables for specialty restaurant reservations in high-traffic areas around the ship (near guest relations the first few days, outside the buffet and sometimes the main dining room, near the gangway/elevators on port days), or you can go to any speciality restaurant to make your reservations. The staff at any specialty dining table or restaurant can make reservations for all of the specialty restaurants.
  10. I think it depends on what’s important to you. I haven’t been on the Infinity, but I’ve had two cruises on the Summit (an M-class ship like Infinity), one before the “revolution” and one after. I liked the ship; it was comfortable and had everything I need to enjoy my cruises. I’d choose the Infinity without hesitation in your situation, partly because of the price difference and partly because Edge and Apex don’t appeal to me as much as the older ships do. But if the Edge is more your style, you might feel differently. Another consideration for me is that 5 nights is a short cruise. Would it be enough time for you to miss whatever Apex has that Infinity doesn’t?
  11. My first cruise was on the Summit, also an M-class ship. I was worried about seasickness and noticed that I felt the motion more toward the front of the ship than I did toward the back. I was uncomfortable in the sky lounge one night because of the motion, but I felt fine in my cabin, 8162, which was far to the aft.
  12. I agree with Jim. I would call Celebrity customer service. My friend did this after our first cruise a couple of years ago to give some feedback/complaints, and the agent she talked to gave us each OBC for our next cruise.
  13. When I was on the Summit a few weeks ago, I didn’t see any liter bottles of Evian. There were 500 mL bottles and smaller bottles, all plastic. If it’s important to you to have Evian, I suggest stopping at a bar before leaving the ship for excursions. Only the non-premium water (the True brand in one of the photos above) was available at the gangway in ports.
  14. Celebrity does not require passengers in the same cabin to have the same beverage package, so you could switch to the premium non-alcoholic even if your husband wants a package that includes alcohol. (If you get a beverage package as a perk included in your fare, you both have to choose the same perk. But once you have the beverage package in that scenario, either of you can upgrade or downgrade your package independently of the other.) Officially, Celebrity’s rule is that you can’t switch from the classic package received as a perk to premium non-alcoholic for free; they will allow you to downgrade to classic non-alcoholic, and then they want you to pay the cost to upgrade from classic non-alcoholic to premium non-alcoholic, which is $4.80/day including the gratuity. But if you ask the right person, you might get lucky and get the switch for free. I have seen different sizes of Evian bottles (and Perrier/Pellegrino) on different cruises, and at different bars on the same sailing. Sometimes 1-liter bottles have been available and have been covered by my premium package. So if you do go with premium, you might ask if the ship/bar has large bottles. Beverage packages do not include room service.
  15. As someone said above, the $14/day is not an additional daily charge; it’s part of the cruise fare when you choose a fare the includes a beverage package instead of another perk. Also, it’s not relevant to fares that include all four perks.
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