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  1. I am also boarding on Thursday from Amsterdam By any chance we are on the same ship?
  2. We all know very well X is sneaky, but this time quite unacceptable... Apparently they got rid of most “prints” packages except the 12 prints for $140 package on cruise planner So, the story... : I have added the unlimited prints package to my cruise planner quite a while before, just to realise right before clicking the pay button on the final confirmation page, that the product actually reads “Unlimited Digital”... (The “unlimited prints” prints can't be found any more on cruise planner) Lucky I spotted it, or I would have just wasted another $200 on that... But X substituting my cart's “unlimited prints” item with “unlimited digital” is really too sneaky Feeling as deceived as receiving a pair of jeans for a white shirt, or an iPhone for an Android phone
  3. I just found this thread on Quora, which may give you some idea on bar soap vs shampoo; not sure if this also applies to liquid body wash... https://www.quora.com/What-will-happen-if-you-wash-your-hair-with-soap-like-Lux
  4. I got an "upgrade" from MoveUp last summer on a British Isles sailing; I am not sure if any has changed from below: - A separate, better quality tote bag (heard that they have done away with it; any one can confirm?) - A voice mail on your phone every evening from the concierge guy/gal - A destination seminar, which IMO is a sales pitch for their excursions - A separate line for check-in - Embarkation lunch in the MDR - Welcome glass of bubbles at the door right after boarding - Afternoon snacks brought to your cabin We weren't invited to any special events throughout though........
  5. They current do two different types of internet packages, "surf" and the faster "unlimited" package. For my 12N, "surf" is selling at $161/242/322/403 for 1/2/3/4 devices respectively, and "unlimited" is $293/439/585/731. From time to time they do discounts within the "Cruise Planner", and you can save like 20% off that price. (Each sale could be different.) As it won't be sold out, definitely wait for the sale.
  6. Back-filling from a successful bid last summer: Ship: Eclipse Length of Cruise: 12 N Cruise Sail Date: Aug 06, 2018 Date email offer received: Jul 11, 2018 (first email); Jul 26, 2018 (second email) Captain’s Club Tier [“PREVIEW” = first Celebrity Cruise]: PREVIEW Booked through Celebrity Direct OR via TA: Online TA Current Cabin: #7145 (Accessible cabin) Bid? Yes/No: Yes If YES - Bidding Details: Cabin Category: Concierge Bid Offer: $150 pp Notification Date: Aug 02, 2018 Accepted / Rejected: Accepted General Comments (offer details, etc.) - Originally booked a guaranteed Cat 2B, and later was assigned an accessible cabin which my parents dont prefer due to the odd cabin set up. - Only bid for Concierge class (min from $100 pp), and offered $150 pp - Minimum bids as seen in email for reference: Concierge ($100 pp), Aqua ($150 pp); Sky Suite ($1,000 pp); Celebrity Suite ($1,500 pp); Royal Suite ($2,500 pp)
  7. It seems that things have changed a bit since our last cruise last summer on the Eclipse to the British Isles... Of which many are nice surprises: - There was no sail away event - There was no galley tour (I only noticed the chargeable ones from excursions) (It's either we missed this welcome card; or it was actually handled differently...) And do you mind sharing how the tote bag looks now? We got two bags in the last cruise - a shopping bag type thing that broke before the end of the cruise, and a more sturdy one that looks like a boarding bag. But i read several months ago that they have done away with the good one... Thank you!
  8. I tried to search around a bit, and found this: If you are very worried you may want to consider replicating what has been done - email the Tallinn port
  9. Are concierge rooms entitled to a whole bottle? I thought it was just the flute at embarkation that was the included one......
  10. We had 2 lattes done pretty poorly last time when dining at Murano, and we gave up on espresso based drinks for that entire voyage. We did find the filter coffee at the buffet quite decent (as compared to those dilute from concentrate things offered on Princess) Since some people mentioned that the espresso based drinks are much better at the Cafe, I might as well give it another go this coming next cruise on X
  11. If I am bringing anything suspicious or marginal, I normally put them in my carry on (and issues sorted out immediately), such that my other luggage will be delivered without issues...
  12. I was wondering about this as well... I read that it was perfectly fine in the past to bring on-alcohol beverages, and cruisers just sent packs of bottled water or juices or soda onboard as luggage...
  13. I do have a lot of colleagues complaining about itching around the neck, and especially from female colleagues... (Probably men mostly wear shirts with collar, so the lanyards are mainly on the collar rather than the neck) I believe it's the stitches to prevent the edges from fraying, or the edges themselves, that are causing the itching
  14. Thank you to all of you who has responded to my question. Can I still change the BP assignments at check-in? Of course, I will try my TA first... Well, I have thought of, but since the other two don't drink much alcohol... Last time, the two who drinks actually were happy with the $300 OBC, and didn't even spend the entire sum on alcohol. We were satisfied with the regular coffee, and were in fact disappointed with the latte we had in Murano the first night so we stopped ordering espresso drinks entirely for the whole cruise LOL So, this time going with a BP is another experiment for us. Thank you very much; you got most of my worries answered. To be honest, I didn't find any issues with the tap water during my last cruise on the Eclipse, so I really just wanted to know what to expect at the MDR / buffet onboard... I quite like the way how Celebrity try to assign the same guests to the same area for Select dining, especially when we try to either stick with the "early" time slots before it fills up, or "late" when a lot of tables are open. This allows us to get to know our waiters, and also saves us a lot of trouble explaining preferences (for example, I prefer my water at ambient temperature rather than chilled, as I suffer from sensitive teeth and easily get a cough after having cold drinks). I think this is referring to the "discount" on bottles associated with the BPs... I would also expect a "discounted" bottled purchased would be share-able
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