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  1. We just booked our flights through Celebrity Air on United to Europe. They did not have Premium Economy available as one of the options so we booked Regular Economy and selected our seats. We then went on the United site to upgrade to Premium Economy. I was able to select the seats we wanted, but when I went to make payment, I could not complete the transaction. I called Celebrity Air and was told that because I had not paid for my flights I could make the upgrade. Until payment is made all I have is a reservation/hold on my seats. Once payment is made I will be able to do the upgrade to Premium Economy. The cruise is is not until September 2020 so there is still a lot of time before final payment is due. I can make payment anytime for the flights separately from the cruise which will give me the option of making the upgrade for the seat upgrade. I’m going to wait a while and keep an eye on how the flights are selling before I pay for the flights. Other airlines may may have different rules or Celebrity Air may have a different contract with other airlines.
  2. I didn’t say I liked the IV, just that it made the cabin “feel” a little larger. I didn’t want to expand on that since this is Georgia Peach’s thread and don’t want to hijack it.
  3. We usually have to call the Captains Club to do the upgrade. The discounts are found in your Cruise Planner or by calling the Captains Club. Occasionally we get an email about the discounts.
  4. Yes, the balcony is smaller than an S Class balcony. Somewhere there is a post about the actual size. Another note is the lower window has a bluish tint to it. We flipped the chairs to face inside the cabin which made the cabin feel larger.
  5. My mistake. We were on Infinity (M Class) and were able to do this. Thanks for clearing this up.
  6. In addition to the Celebrity Every Day items you can order anything off of the Main Dining Room Menu. We always take a photo of the MDR Menu on our phone along with the Blu Menu and usually pick something from each for our dinners. Unfortunately Reflection has not been Revolutionized so the Celebrity App is not available for your cruise. The App lists all of the menus for ships that have been Revolutionized and most of the time they are correct.
  7. It depends on what X is calling a "Part" in the 4 Parts of Premium Liquor. A Jigger is 1.5 ounces so 4 Parts in that scenario is actually 6 ounces. Most likely they mean 4 Shots which in the USA is 4 ounces. As was mentioned, the bartenders at the Martini almost always pour free hand vs using any type of measuring device. They are pretty good at knowing what it takes to fill the glass. If they don't have a good feel for how much to pour into the shaker and consistently over fill it they will likely get a remedial course on how to do it since they will be "wasting" liquor. I don't have any proof of this, but it is my feeling the size of the Martini Glasses has shrunk over the past couple of years. On Edge they now have Large and Small Martinis. Only the Small ones are included in the Premium Package. They are priced at $15.00 and $18.00.
  8. It is true that smoking is allowed in that bar. It is part of the Walking/Jogging track on the S Class ships. You need to go directly through it if you are walking.
  9. No. As long as you stay at or under $9.00 there is no additional gratuity. If you purchase a drink over 9.00 you pay the difference plus 20% on the overage. For example a $10.00 drink would cost $1.00 plus $ .20 equaling $1.20.
  10. Spa Cafe was open on Infinity at the end of August. Sure hope this isn’t true. We usually go there if we board before 1:00.
  11. We just booked a B2B on Reflection in Sept. from an online TA. When I compared the price to the X website we saved a total of $2,375 for the cruises + we got an extra $325 in OBC, Gratuities, WiFi and the Premium Beverage Package on both of the cruises. I know this was a Group Rate and they don’t have group rates for all cruises, but it really paid off for these 2 cruises. We also beat the deadline for having to pay the extra $28.00 per person per day for the Beverage pkg. That saved another $644 for the 23 nights. This is an extreme example of savings, but we always get 1 extra Perk plus some additional OBC in the range of $50 - $150 as a minimum. This is is not meant to be a criticism for anyone that books off of the X website. It’s what we are comfortable with even though there is a small Non-Refundable deposit that can be transferred to a new cruise within next 6 months.
  12. Bo - The flyer states you can enjoy your drinks when you want them during your cruise. To me that means they do not expire on a daily basis.
  13. The main purpose of my post was to show that Celebrity has a vast amount of data that they collect on passengers and where they drink, eat and spend their discretionary dollars. The comment about the staff positions was meant to show how Celebrity can track onboard spending and maybe get useful information about which officers are the most profitable for the cruise line. This is a financial data analysis vs. a marketing analysis and is totally off topic, but sometimes I write in a stream of consciousness. If Captain/CD/Hotel Director/F&B Director Y is consistently generating a higher per capita in onboard spending than Captain/CD/Hotel Director/F&B Director Z on comparable cruises, is there a best practice that Officers Y are implementing that could be adopted across all ships. Celebrity could also use this as one metric when reviewing performance and likely are for the revenue producing departments.
  14. He was correct about a change coming. He was not correct about the charge being gratuities on the beverage package. This is a surcharge on the beverage package, not gratuities. Drink Staff onboard should not expect to receive any of the additional money.
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