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simon stingray

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About simon stingray

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    Manchester UK
  • Interests
    Cruising, Travel & Wine
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  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Cape Town

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  1. Thanks so much. Does anyone know how much it is to upgrade?
  2. Booking with Aurea and unlimited drinks package, is this the Premium package up to €10 max per drink or the Premium plus package. Its a bit confusing.
  3. That's great-thanks for the replies. Haven't booked yet but this was something we needed to consider.
  4. Is the Deluxe Beverage Package available to purchase on short sailings? We are looking at a 5 night Caribbean sailing on Independence. I seem to remember a cruise line had a policy that Beverage packages could not be purchased on sailings less that 7 nights but cannot remember which line had this policy. Thanks.
  5. I would also love X to send a ship to Cape Town-one of our favourite places to visit. MSC could be interesting as long they are planning longer, more expensive itineraries. Some years ago they had a very old ship sailing out of Durban where they offered 3 & 4 night very cheap cruises which attracted some very questionable passengers. I remember reading reports of drunken fights and even allegations of rape onboard these sailings.
  6. We booked a different cruise whilst onboard Reflection in April but after returning home we were having second thoughts about the ship we had booked (edge). I then received an email from a Celebrity cruise planner (I think that was her title) informing us that she was taking over our reservation as our previous planner had left Celebrity (I wasn’t aware we even had a cruise planner). So I called her to change our booking and we kept all of our perks and our OBC for booking onboard actually increased because we moved up from a balcony to suite. Simon.
  7. Hi Mickey22. That was the other thing which surprised us. We received our room assignment on Tuesday but our cruise is April 2020. When we booked our S1 Guarantee there were no S1 Sky Suites showing available (but there were 2 Celebrity Suites, 8 Royal Suites and 1 Penthouse) so it looked a good gamble for an upgrade. Someone must have then cancelled as 6145 started showing as available for a couple of days before it was assigned to us. No big upgrade but we're very happy with 6145. However, I'm sure when we last booked a guarantee (a few years ago) we had to wait until a month or so before sailing to get a room allocated.
  8. Thanks Olive1950. I hadn't realised that that the makeovers on these ships were not so great. Simon.
  9. Received an e-mail this morning from X notifying us that our stateroom has been changed. We actually booked a guarantee Sky Suite so the e-mail is really advising that we now have our stateroom assignment. Don't know if this is a new thing, this is the first guarantee stateroom we have booked in a few years but previously we had to keep logging in to our booking daily to see if we had an assignment yet. Not only was it a nice surprise to be informed our our assignment but we have been assigned 6145 on the Infinity which I believe if one of the best Sky Suites on M class ships. Only wish we were sailing after the ship has been refurbished.
  10. Great. Thanks so much for the replies.
  11. Hi. Could anyone advise if all M class ships have been or will be refurbished. I have seen pictures of Millennium and Summit after recent refit but not sure about the others. Constellation is the ship I am specifically interested in. Many thanks all.
  12. There is definitely a limit. Its when the ship runs out of liquor🤪
  13. Yes-we also love her programmes, although we prefer the ocean cruises vs river cruises.
  14. Back in the late 1990's, a documentary was shown on TV over a number of weeks here in the UK called The Cruise. It featured a British singer (Jane Mc Donald) who was performing onboard the brand new ship the Celebrity Galaxy. The ship was sailing in the Caribbean over the Christmas holidays and featured numerous crew members as well as passengers during their cruise. Watching this programme made us want to sail on a Celebrity Cruise. There are old episodes of this programme and Return to the cruise on YouTube although the picture quality is poor. I'm sure this programme attracted a lot of new business for Celebrity so I'm surprised they haven't commissioned further programmes on the new ships (Princess have featured on similar programmes over the last couple of years on Royal Princess but the shows weren't as good as the old Celebrity one).
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