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  1. Yes to all questions! A cruise is no different from a hotel or an airline - you want to pony up the money to be in First Class or a suite, you SHOULD get something for your money. Such a simplistic concept not even sure why it was asked.
  2. It's not just the Silhouette - we have a cruise scheduled on the Infinity for December of this year, and we chose it because we wanted one last cruise on the "old" way, and I recall clearly it was going to Rev'd just a month or two later, and it's now way at the end of next year. I'm hoping and praying that they are reconsidering some of their very, very poor choices and need the extra time to regroup and make sensible, good changes during the drydocks. Throw Hopper's crap overboard and bring back comfortable furniture.
  3. We have always been happy (as Elite) with the CC HH and also once in a while a mimosa in the morning at the CC breakfast. We had a bev pkg for the very first time last cruise in a suite for the very first (and probably last) time. We found ourselves ordering drinks throughout the day "just because" we could. Silly. What we drank before was plenty. When you have a bev pkg you do things you ordinarily would not. Silly. And NEVER would have been "worth it" if it had not been free (all 4 perks).
  4. The only things I recall on Summit was that they took out the "flames" in the Celebrity Theater. And the Oceanview Café (buffet) is different - new seating, new separated stations. The detrimental changes all seemed to be in the cabins, and what has now been discussed to death they decided to make them as uncomfortable as possible to get you out of your cabin and spending money.
  5. Your photos are fantastic. Even though they are images we've seen many times they seem like they are from such a fresh perspective. I grew up in Boston and have been back many times but have never made it to the JFK Library - will do in the future.
  6. You can get small envelopes at the Guest Relations desk. They have a pile of them on the last couple of days just for this purpose. But no one ever turned down cash handed to them, either. We prefer the envelopes...we leave those for the cabin people on the bed our last night before we go to dinner, and we hand the envelopes to the restaurant staff as we are leaving the dining room on the last night. And I also find empty wallets and make-up to be bizarre gifts to give to strangers.
  7. Neither of you missed anything up at the Retreat Sun Deck. Even though it is glass enclosed for some reason the wind just whips all around when the ship is in motion - it was always freezing up there because of the wind (and this was on a cruise to Bermuda!) while at the same time you were baking in the sun because there was no shade (these are not contradictory statements, you can get your worst sunburns skiing, for example). We went once for sailaway and could not sip our champagne because the wind kept blowing my hair into my mouth, and another time, while the ship was docked, we went up for lunch and it was so cold the waiter had to bring me a blanket to wrap around myself. There are a few cabana-type pods to sit in but they were the only things that were always occupied. And Michaels Club is such a joke now - no one was ever in there, all the furniture is so uncomfortable (ridiculous toadstools to sit on) and it is so bright - the dark, old English look of the old MC was so inviting. I just wish LPP would go away and enjoy her golden parachute before she ruins everything. And speaking of her "answers" on her dedicated area - what a joke. Telling people to ask their room stewards for footstools and furniture they need - how unfair to those poor workers. She is the modern day Marie Antoinette - "Let them eat cake!".
  8. We've had terrific weather on our 3 Canada cruises.
  9. Can't happen soon enough as far as we're concerned. While the changes on Summit were beautiful, so many of them were just downright uncomfortable. Our next cruise is on the unrevolutionized (yet) Infinity and after that we'll decide what to do.
  10. This happened to us on the Summit, too. We were just walking around (near Cellar Masters) and a person we had never seen before reminded us to be sure to go to the Officer's Party in Michaels that was starting shortly. Never saw her before, ever, but she recognized us. They must get pictures of people. But how can they remember them all? We, too, are very ordinary looking people.
  11. Thank you for that advice, it is not the full HOHO experience when booked through the cruise line. I hope this is helpful to others.
  12. I just did a "chat" with Old Town Trolley and it appears to be true, you do not get the full HOHO experience.
  13. I'm trying to decipher the language on the Celebrity website. They sell OTT tickets for $25, which is about $10 less than buying direct through OTT. HOWEVER...someone mentioned that when you buy through the cruise line, you are only allowed ONE stop, rather than the full HOHO experience. Can anyone confirm this? We want to make several stops. I'm not even sure how anyone would be able to tell - are the cruise line tickets a different color or something so the driver knows you can't get off again?? It's very confusing to me. If anyone has any experience with this issue I'd love to know.
  14. You know, you may be right...it says "you can hop off wherever you want" but the words "hop on/hop off" are not used. Sneaky. I will have to investigate further. If you can stop at just one place then it is not worth it.
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