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  1. Thanks for the correction; I was a Liddle' off; it is $25.
  2. Corkage to consume the wine in a dining venue or public lounge is $35 per/bottle. No charge to consume the wine in one's stateroom/suite.
  3. I am not the in charge of such definitions. The prevalence of lactose intolerance is 65%. A significant majority of people become lactose intolerant after childhood. It is the norm. https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/lactose-intolerance#statistics
  4. Approximately 2/3rds of adults are lactose intolerant; it is the norm.
  5. While this is generally permissible for North American bookings; bookings made in Europe do not have this option.
  6. On my Edge cruise even those in suites were having trouble getting slots from the dining package for Fine Cut (most slots were booked prior to the cruise starting). Try to take care of this first thing after you board; but be prepared with a Plan B. The more flexible you can be in terms of day/times you are willing to dine, the better your odds. A 7-8pm time slot is likely the most difficult; either an early time or late time is more likely to be open (if there are any openings).
  7. Agree with the others; this is not a big deal in the least. Last cruise I had was out of Port Everglades but I purposely chose to fly into MIA because I prefer spending a night there than FLL. Was an easy Uber ride the next morning to the port and cost under $40. Probably only cost about $25 more than a cab or Uber from a FLL hotel to the port would have cost. I'd be stoked for the $100 credit for this tiny hiccup.
  8. Strongly agree with this advice. Have done the Cozumel Chef food tour twice, once with Emily and recently with Jerry. Best Caribbean excursion I've ever done. Extremely well run company, friendly people, and amazing excursion. Consider it a blessing; probably MUCH cheaper than what you were going to be doing with Celebrity and likely a superior experience to boot. https://www.cozumelchef.com/
  9. At Michael's? If so, then yes. There is afternoon tea-time served by the butlers with finger sandwiches and some scones/pastries. Then just before dinner some canapes are served.
  10. Top suites (Royal and above) include a bottle of Champagne; lesser suites receive a bottle of sparkling wine. Top suites also always come with a premium beverage package; lesser suites often, but not always, come with this as a perk.
  11. Jackets are not required for any dining venue on Celebrity on any night.
  12. Celebrity's by-the-glass offerings are not the most interesting (though it is nice they have added some more upscale offerings such as Grgich Hill and Caymus for those willing to pay additional beyond what the premium package covers). For people into nice, but less widely produced wines BYO is a good option. While there is a $25 corkage fee to consume it in public areas, the mark-ups on the nicer wines by-the-bottle are significantly more than $25/bottle over retail, so there is still value. Also, as you mentioned, can be nice for drinking on one's balcony.
  13. Did the second leg end in Seattle or Alaska? Ending a cruise in Canada (regardless if Vancouver or Victoria) would not violate the PVSA (again Jones Act is the wrong act). However if the second leg of the back-to-back was scheduled to end in Seattle, WA or in an Alaskan port, then the itinerary would violate the PVSA (assuming the ship only stopped in Mexico, a near foreign port, and not Colombia or some distant foreign port - i.e. a port outside of North America). Celebrity might opt to not allow people to book a back-to-back with the first leg starting in Hawaii and the second leg ending in Seattle or an Alaskan port even if the cruiser was willing to end the voyage early and debark in a Canadian port along the way.
  14. The PVSA does not apply to Canada; it is a US law. While many countries have cabotage laws, it is quite rare for them to impact cruises. I have never heard of a Canadian cabotage law impacting a cruise.
  15. FYI, Celebrity's website has the menus for all the specialty restaurants.
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