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  1. You and my wife are kindred spirits. She just added a little splash of teal to hers.
  2. We haven't heard about that yet. The cabins were already made and are ready for the Equinox since she was ready to go in and those suites were actually sold prior the dry dock mishap. Easy to cancel the changes for Silhouette as those cabins may not have been built yet. Will be interesting to see what happens with Equinox when she comes out of her second drydock next year.
  3. Yep and it's basically 100% sun from what I saw onboard earlier this month. Not a value add in my book, especially in the Caribbean. Maybe in Alaska. 🙂
  4. I found this article very interesting as we just visited St. Croix a month ago aboard the Equinox. During our food tour our host was excited to tell us that only about 40 cruise ships per year visit the island compared to about 30 cruise ships per week in some of the more busy Caribbean islands during busy season. She said they like that the island is not overgrown to keep up with the cruise tourism. Royal Caribbean (Celebrity's owner) and Carnival have signed an agreement to improve the existing port and build a new pier. "Additionally, the joint venture would design, finance, construct and operate a new cruise port in Vieux Fort on the southern part of the island that will be able to accommodate the latest and most innovative ships in the cruise industry, the companies said." "latest and most innovate" is cruise speak for "larger and even larger ships." We've cruised the Caribbean 10 times and this last one was the first time we visited St. Croix. Expect it to start appearing on more itineraries soon. https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/285183/carnival-royal-caribbean-sign-saint-lucia-deal/
  5. Wow, thank you very much! I like to write. 🙂 I have a few other reviews here in CC for the NCL Getaway, the Disney Fantasy and I believe the Celebrity Silhouette.
  6. That's exactly what I'm saying, isn't it awesome! The cabins are open for dropoff only. When you board the ship, go directly to your cabin, your Sea Pass cards will be waiting outside the cabin. Drop off your stuff, use the restroom and go explore the ship. enjoy! The cabins will be fully ready for your return after 1 or 1:30.
  7. Actually they are at first glance. The 5 night Mayan Sol sail we're doing in August is a comparable price to a 7 night sail on any other line we've sailed. But then you factor in no specialty dining fees, no WiFi fees and no soft drink fees in theory it should all even out. But to the original post, the gratuities are all factored into the Virgin pricing. It's not like we're not paying those fees, they're just buried in the cost of the cabins. Impossible to call Virgin a 'winner' until they actually start sailing. REALLY easy to hype hype hype now (I work in Marketing) when no ships are sailing. The launch will have to be near flawless for Virgin to live up to all the hype they are building. Every other cruise line and fans of other cruise lines will take any opportunity to knock Virgin down. Any stumble, misstep, negative review will be pounced on "See I told you so!" That's actually the main reason we did not book until August so Virgin can work out some of the kinks before we sail. No launch is perfect or flawless, especially for a brand new cruise line launching their first ship. I do not envy the marketing team who will undoubtedly have to do some crisis management next April / May once real people sail with a real crew on a real ship and start writing their own reviews.
  8. Edge is not even close to the Oasis class ships. The crew on Harmony of the Seas is only 600 less than Edge's sailing capacity Harmony / Oasis class is almost twice as wide as Edge and over 100,000lbs more gross tonnage. To say that Edge is like an Oasis class ship really is a minsomer, not to mention Celebrity has none of the family friend entertainment around the ship (flowriders, minigolf, rope courses, adventure pools, etc.......) The only thing close between these two classes of ship is the length. Other than that, really cannot compare and say "If you like Oasis you'll like Edge" because there are SO MANY things to do on an Oasis class ship that are absent on any Celebrity ship, even the Edge. I really loved the Silhouette on our very first Celebrity sail. Now after four cruises on the Solstice class ships, we're finding them very stale. Same shows, same menus, same everything, even after the Equinox revolution. We would like to try one of the smaller ships because they seem to be the most interesting ships in the Celebrity lineup today.
  9. Better yet, I would love to get a survey that allows us to grade fellow passengers. 🙂
  10. I think cruising, more than most any other form of vacationing relies the most on word of mouth today. Still so many misconceptions about cruising and ships that can only dispelled by people you know personally. We have many conversations with people who have never considered cruising because of outdated information or just plain not understanding what value a cruise brings to a vacation. And yes, if you give awesome scores, Celebrity will love you. Course that's true of any company in the hospitality and tourism industry.
  11. Not sure what the big deal is nor why you expected the survey to be completely anonymous. If someone is pouty or complaining that I didn't give them a good enough score on the previous cruise, do you think I'm going to score them higher? No, the score is going to go down. Please, let them see my scores and if they would like to receive a perfect 10, then address the issues I presented in the survey and earn it.
  12. As others have mentioned, longer sailings generally equal fewer kids. Off season (when kids are in school) general equal fewer kids. Our recent 11 night sailing to the Southern Caribbean had less than 12 kids. Honestly we never recommend Celebrity to friends who have children because, aside from the lack of other children to play with, there's just not a lot to 'do' for the kids. No water slides, no water park, no rope course, not even a mini golf course. There's not a whole lot the family can do together as all the 'kid friendly stuff' is locked away in the camp and teen areas. Aside the pool, not a whole lot of family activity areas onboard Celebrity. RCCL, NCL and Disney all much better lines for kids along with some of the newer MSC ships that have the aqua park and boardwalk.
  13. There is an extra fee for some of the items you make. My wife and I made two tumblers and we had to pay an additional fee on top of the class price to make them. Quite fun to do once and it's definitely a one of a kind souvenir to take home. I use my tumbler for my Old Fashioned most evenings. Most of the work is done by the instructors, you'll blow into the pipe, use the paddles to square it up and a few other things. But keep in mind the glass is over 1000 degrees so there's a good reason your hands on work is limited. Here's our glasses. Totally worth doing one time, how many cruises can you take where you actually get to create a glass item?
  14. And for clarification, the Perk is not for two. It's a single internet package that you will share. 1 device. You would have to upgrade the internet package to have more than one device at the same time.
  15. Obviously polls can swing wildly all over the place, get the same poll from a different group and the results will be different. I will say having sailed 6 cruise lines now, the best food, hands down, was Disney. Main dining, specialty dining and especially the experience in Remy. Beyond that, the best main dining experience was Princess Club Dining level with the dining captain preparing a house special next to the table each evening. What we've learned is all cruise lines are awesome, all cruise lines are annoying. There's no single cruise line that is spectacular and meets expectations 100% of the time. We've sailed Celebrity 4 times now and each sailing has been more of a letdown than the previous so we're taking a pause on the line for a while. That doesn't mean we've had a bad cruise on Celebrity, just don't see the value proposition right now for our vacation dollars. We'll sail the line again sometime in the future for the right itinerary, or to sail with Captain Kate, but for now, we're on to other cruise lines.
  16. The Surf package is what we had and you can easily do mail, Facebook and most all websites that end in .com. Video will not stream or not stream properly. We had the single device package so to use the service on another device, we had to log out of the current one. On our Equinox cruise a few weeks ago, Instagram was blocked across all my devices starting on Day 4 of an 11 day cruise. The 'iLounge' technician was useless to explain why this was happening and his constant answer was "I'm having IT look into your account." A few other passengers told me they could not access Instagram on their accounts either. So be aware of that. It could very well be because videos are becoming more prevalent on that platform so the service is simply shutting it down. I could only use Instagram at port.
  17. We have done four Thanksgiving sailings on three different cruise lines. The best advice I can give you is DON'T have the traditional Thanksgiving dinner onboard. It's near impossible to make a good turkey dinner for 2,000 people. We did the dinner on our first sailing and it was akin to eating Thanksgiving dinner at an all you can eat buffet. Decent turkey, very dry, needed a lot of gravy to make it decent, really soft mushy potatoes and uninspiring vegetables. It just wasn't a good meal and I felt like I should have just ordered something else. Again, very difficult to make a good Thanksgiving dinner for 2000 people. After that first sail, we now book a specialty dinner for Thanksgiving night. The meal is much better and if I feel like it when I get home, I make a small Turkey and all the trimmings myself.
  18. Due to a Royal Caribbean ship causing some damage at the original drydock location, Equinox had to go to Spain I believe to have her drydock renovation. As such, many changes including additional cabins were not completed. Equinox will be going in for a 2nd drydock in 2021 to complete the renovations. We just got off the ship a few weeks ago as well and for the most part, she looked the same as she did two years ago. We were in Aqua Class and had new carpets in the cabin. As confirmed above, the Retreat Sundeck is now up top. Michael's Lounge is a much nicer and much brighter space called The Retreat Lounge. The walls of the Theater are blue now vs. red originally. And those really bad birdcage cabanas were added to the Lawn Club. Other than that, not much in the way of changes. I actually wrote a full review of the sailing and covered the changes, and lack thereof, in my review.
  19. We just got off the Equinox a few weeks ago. The Gelato has gone downhill greatly since we first sailed her 2 years ago. Didn't even bother. The gelato case was always wet, the gelato was melting and the sandwiches were pitiful. First time we've sailed on a ship and didn't order any gelato. You can find my Review of the sailing here in this forum and I included two pictures of the Al Bacio Gelateria.
  20. The 30% discount for Night 1 is offered onboard. If you go to the buffet area for lunch after you get on board, there's always someone outside that space ready to offer you a reservation. Every Celebrity cruise we've sailed has 30% off specialty dining the first night. They never advertise it in advance, it's offered when you get on board. Be sure to read reviews on Le Petit Chef and see if you really want to keep that reservation. If you have kids, the place seems fine. If you're adults only, note that the menu is very limited because the food has to match the animations. Reviews have not been all that kind in regards to the food and overall meal. Met multiple folks onboard the Equinox a few weeks ago who said either it was a waste of money or 'one and done' after experiencing it. LPC is something we did not book nor would ever book simply because the menu is so limiting.
  21. When we got off the Equinox a few weeks ago, there was a table with what must have been 50 power strips and extension cords with people lined up to get their items back. They are quite serious about power strips and extension cords these days.
  22. Cats is not a show for a cruise ship period, especially the entire, unedited show. It's just too slow and dramatic. Cruise shows need to be fun and sometimes loud. My brother in law was Mistofelles in the original production in New York so I had a reason to stay through the entire show back then. But on a cruise ship? Between the rocking of the ship, drink package and extremely slow production, I would probably only make it for about 30 minutes. 'Grease' actually sounds like the perfect show for a cruise. You know all the songs and it's just a fun romp for a few hours. Have fun on your cruise!
  23. That Zacapa Old Fashioned is wonderful. I'm getting a smoker so I can make the Zacapa under the clouds and other smoked drinks. I make many variants of Old Fashioned at home, but here's the three I make the most. Traditional Bourbon Old Fashioned: 2oz Jefferson's Small Batch Bourbon 1oz Panela Simple Syrup (unrefined brown sugar, I make the syrup myself) - OR - 1oz 1818 Bitters Old Fashioned Mix. 5 dashes orange bitters Orange peel to rim the glass. Aztec Chocolate Old Fashioned 2oz Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum 1oz 1818 Bitters Old Fashioned Mix - OR - 1 oz Panela Simple Syrup 5 dashes Aztec Chocolate Bitters Island Old Fashioned (I learned this on the Mariner of the Seas) 1oz Zacapa Rum 1oz Selvaray Cacao Rum 1/2 oz Spiced Brown Sugar Syrup 3 dashes orange bitters 1 dash Angasturo Bitters These round sphere ice cube molds are awesome too. I have both the large square and these round ones, folks love them at parties. https://www.amazon.com/Tovolo-Leak-Free-Sphere-Molds-Silicone/dp/B007ACTN54/ref=sxin_3_ac_d_pm?ac_md=1-0-VW5kZXIgJDEw-ac_d_pm&keywords=round+ice+cubes&pd_rd_i=B007ACTN54&pd_rd_r=c7bca50c-3064-4991-a761-26d0bfd624af&pd_rd_w=6xFAt&pd_rd_wg=ySOpT&pf_rd_p=24d053a8-30a1-4822-a2ff-4d1ab2b984fc&pf_rd_r=B2V1GPG3AQBPM2TK1VHJ&psc=1&qid=1571175952 Thanks for the kind words on the review!
  24. Thanks so much. I try to be honest about what we experience on board. No cruise is perfect. As I said in the review, it's really hard to have a bad cruise. Celebrity crew is still among best at sea so any shortcomings are balanced out by the stellar service. Have an awesome day!
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