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  1. The ability to upgrade online seems to be a timing thing and the option will often only appear closer to your actual sale date, otherwise the Premium package will show only the full cost to purchase (not upgrade). I have done the upgrade before early by calling Celebrity (I did not book with TA), also by seeing the offer when it appeared online, and also did it it once on board. All ways were the exact same cost and no advantage in any of the ways for me. That said, you may get a sale before hand on the upgrade but my experience sales were more often on full purchases so I never lucked out. I find the upgrade worth it to me as I not only like the bigger selection of alcoholic drinks (beers and cocktails) but also the Perrier and Evian so don't only think about the alcohol. Enjoy your trip!
  2. Their selection is hit and miss across the fleet. I like Mich Ultra too and was surprised when they had it on the Edge, they never had it on prior ships I sailed with them (even sailed Equinox 6 months prior and 5 months after) They were all Caribbean sailings so that wasn't different, just the ship. Guess the message here is don't rely on what to expect ...sadly. And wine is not my friend either, a beer drinker trying to pace themselves drinking wine ... not always so easily accomplished :)
  3. From what I read, the OP did that ...she got the emailed invoice and reviewed with the rep on the call so this is not the issue ... it was a later email with another invoice that was different. As she said above at same time as I was posting LOL
  4. Excuse my ignorance (and I have read a lot to try and find this answer) but is the free specialty dining ONE dinner only or is it an all cruise thing you can use any/every night if you wanted? Reading some posts I get the impression it is one meal only and in a venue princess has selected for you?
  5. Agree ... I believe many don't see the destination until they are there ... the small things along the way often go unnoticed or viewed as insignificant or that doesn't matter to me. That's all great and there is always justification, get what you pay for, things change, not that big a deal ... and sometimes that is true. Bottom line, this is not a good sign and one more thing that sucks and we can be sure this is just a continuation of more of the same to come. I guess it's like anything, when ready to 'purchase', we have to view the product as a whole and consider the best for our wants and needs, and this has to be done anew every time due to the rapidly changing product. Marketing 101, supply and demand, personal experience, etc. sign of the times.
  6. Me do think you are asking too much from them ... bwahahahahahahaha 🙂 Lost in a sea of smoke and mirrors, and I think that includes their own staff who have to answer to it all LOL I don't think anyone would argue with marketing strategy to make more money but 100% agree with you ... stop messing with us so much!
  7. And I bet the drinks were cheaper too. Marketing has altered what everyone expects and ultimately alters what many start thinking they 'need'. I like my drinks and the package is great but it is creeping into being a very expensive convenience, as is buying a drink one by one on board (more so on Celebrity). Edited to add that the 'free' perk is what drew me to Celebrity for the first time some years back. And the perk really was free as I was watching prices and when the perk was offered it did not change the price at all, so we selected the Beverage Package and loved it, we were hooked. So looking back, that was smart of them as I continued to sail with them and obviously paid the hidden cost of the 'free' perk along the way so they gained a customer. Today I am at the point of bailing as I think it has run it's course, though I have no plans to sail for a while, Princess is looking inviting ... if I don't totally bail the industry and do a land vacation.
  8. I don't think you are missing anything, I have done similar cruise costing and it is alarming the difference in picking the 'perks'. Crazy. They are becoming comparable to NCL with their 'free' items, but at least NCL is smart to identify the extra cost as tax LOL The biggest deception in my mind is the label 'complimentary' as this is clearly not what it is, nor is it a perk as one identifies a perk as a bonus (ie free or minimal cost.) Adding these to the cruise should not be called a perk during the booking process and should instead be identified as add ins ... except in the case where it really is included (hidden :)) within the base price and not a clearly separated price cost. This really is minimally false labeling but as others have said the customer has to know what they are buying and decide accordingly. Celebrity is slowly out pricing itself for me, I could opt not to get the drink package (even though it is one of the good things I love) but the drinks are also priced really high on Celebrity so one pays dearly either way. $10 for a Stella ...ugh! I think Celebrity has to come up with better ways to market their fares ... really sad.
  9. Sounds like me ... black licorice tastes disgusting to me ... to each their own 🙂
  10. Did not get offered to us on Equinox Caribbean in July. We got offer of 50% off specialty restaurant first night. However, when we went to guest services to verify our credit card was still on file I asked if any deal on packages and he said let me check and placed a call and then told us we could get premium alcohol package and get second one 50% off. Not as good as BOGO but still nice offer and we would never have been told or known if we had not asked.
  11. This was my memory too, as I posted prior but others have chimed in to say they did not experience this so I began to wonder if my recall was wrong or I was crazy (maybe both) or if instead it has changed since I sailed them. Hmmmm
  12. ... and repetitive announcement content from Captain and CD. Captain Kate does riddles each day to be answered the next day and they repeated second week as did some other jokes and sayings. Cruise Director same thing, during his announcements there was one joke he made about his car and his mother (stood out to me for some reason) and it was told the second week same way. I realize it must be hard to come up with different 'material' but perhaps have a three week cycle 🙂 Thought it was funny. As others have said, shows menus and such are going to repeat. I didn't care since the shows don't change much even over a 6 month or a year time frame and even without changing menus I eat more varied on a cruise ship than I do at home and there is always more than one option on them anyway so week 2 means choosing an alternative. Happy sailing!
  13. Just did this two weeks ago for first time, but to save words this thread will tell you a lot for sure. Another Similar Recent B2B Question My experience was similar to others in same room. Was out of FLL and did not have to move anything and met at certain time on debarkation day and walked off as group, sat in a little area in terminal away from others, they handed out our new seapass card and we were led back on the ship. Done and done.
  14. Oh I'm sure none of use would mind 😉 ... It's all relevant ... carry on.
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