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  1. Bless, I'm so over this and the constant complaining. It's a cruise ship, not a tax return.
  2. It's Dubai to Mumbai. Not exactly a scenic cruise....
  3. Currently booked in an aft VX cabin for 11 night voyage. Price for an Oceanview cabin has dropped substantially.....there is now a $2,400 Cdn price difference (total) to downgrade to an oceanview cabin before final payment is due in a couple weeks. I love having a balcony (although we never use it much), and I love being at the back of the ship....but I'm having a really hard time justifying that kind of extra cost for a balcony on such a small ship when I can be on deck in about 30 seconds flat. Have stayed in a Deck 4 oceanview on the Quest previously for 18 nights and we were just fine. But I really am torn on this one a bit since I like the aft so much. Aargh. decisions decisions.
  4. Thank you Bonnie. Appreciate it.
  5. Thanks so much for your insight. Will definitely be comparing to our previous experience which was excellent.
  6. Thank you all for this information - you answered my questions. If lattes and bottled water are included then I don't think I'm going to bother to upgrade. Of course if I feel like I"m limited in choice or not liking the wines offered, it's my understanding I can do the upgrade at any point during the cruise anyway...which is fantastic. Appreciate everyone's help in clarifying!
  7. Hello - haven't sailed with AZ since a great 18 night SE Asia cruise in December 2008 for a Xmas and NYE. Our favorite cruise ever, so we are looking forward to the coming cruise this Xmas on the Quest. I've been reading the threads but am confused on the beverage packages - we usually sail Celebrity and upgrade to the Premium package because we like a good selection of wines, martinis, bottled water and specialty coffees. Honestly, if it wasn't for the non-alcoholic inclusions of lattes and waters (pellegrino and still) i'm not sure it would be worth our while.....but I'm seeking the equivalen ton Azamara. Do we need to get the ultimate package to get lattes and pellegrino included? Also confused if you get a larger of selection of wines on the premium package. Anyone who could answer these questions I would greatly appreciate. I find the AZ beverage packages extremely confusing. thanks so much.
  8. Second cruise I have done MoveUp bids for several categories - and both times all bids were not successful. Both times, emails saying I was not successful came through 2 days before sailing at exactly 2:41pm. I'm disappointed, but our balcony cabin is still a good one and I figure I have extra money to gamble with now. haha
  9. They can do a table for 12 upstairs - we sat at one once on the Connie, and that was where fixed dining seating was on that ship at the time as well.
  10. I've always wanted one of these balconies so be thrilled with it. Kelly Hoppen will be blamed for bad weather and cold soup next.
  11. Thank you for proving my point.
  12. Must you always be so negative? Don't pop somebody else's balloon.
  13. Yep, I agree that MDR on the Eclipse is not up to standards - at least on our sailing last Summer. I was quite shocked, and yes I did speak with head waiter and of course they brought the chef out etc. which is just plain embarrassing for all involved. I don't like to say anything on ships usually because the poor waiter gets blamed - which always irks me. Why don't they then blame the chef if the waiter isn't doing his job? The logic kills me. Anyway - my expectations for MDR food on Celebrity and Blu are really low now after the last few experiences. That being said, I really believe it varies ship to ship. I"m not sure it is quality of food....just preparation.
  14. So I was booked in an Oceanview cabin and recieved the moveup email 51 days prior to sailing. I have since upgraded my cabin separately to a balcony stateroom separate from the moveup bidding. Does anyone know if the moveup offers change after you have upgraded separately? I would think it should be a cheaper minimum bid to upgrade to Aqua class for example from a veranda than an oceanview. My moveup offer screen has stayed the same since i upgraded and still shows me as being in an oceanview. I'm wondering if I'll get another email. Anyone been through similar situation?
  15. OMG - the Penthouse looks fantastic. So glad the naysayers were so clearly wrong. Looks like a massive improvement on all fronts. Enjoy your cruise!
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