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  1. So it appears only the Excel suites will have access to the loft 19 with the exception of anyone buying cabanas in that area if Excel passengers don’t buy them. I know that MSC had Cabanas in their suite area but the cabanas weren’t available for purchase by anyone not in the Yacht club accommodations, but Carnival wants to ensure they are always filled. As described, it appears that only the highest level Excel suite would also have access to the Havana area. There is no mention of Excel or non-Excel suites having access to the Havana Area so there would appear to be roughly 150 suites that don’t have a perk of a separate sun deck area.
  2. It was a very interesting track and I enjoyed it since it was very unique for ship tracks. Really enjoyed the hill which was nice since there were no chaises to sidestep there. Wind wasn’t too bad on sea days, but some areas are more exposed than others. It is tight heading towards the rooftop garden and not especially safe cutting through the garden since staff were around the area and sometimes chairs blocked it a bit. overall liked it since there was a little less tourist traffic with the way they designed it compared to other ships. Have a great trip!
  3. She was only on the Edge inaugural western cruise 1 day. She said a few words before the deck party and saw her walking around with the Captain. There were rumors of a QA, but not sure if it ever happened. Maybe we had an unreasonable expectation. We expected many more events and her being around for most of the week, but I guess she met her requirement since she did cruise for a day on the same ship.
  4. We are in the same situation. The website indicates a new tapas restaurant and Ocean cay are being added soon. I thought the tapas was slated to replace Eataly, but haven’t seen officially what Ocean Cay would replace unless they could fit both in the Eataly space. we also don’t eat sushi so would prefer a different combination. Was hoping that maybe they will make the changes during the transatlantic and have the new restaurants ready for New York.
  5. You know the cruise lines will eventually do this around the pool since it is easy extra cash. The question will be if they will actually pay for staff to enforce it or deal with issues.
  6. One thing to keep in mind is that the Mardi Gras roughly will have roughly the same number of passengers as the Harmony. The Harmony is 46,000 tons larger to better handle the number of passengers. Most of the early feedback from other posters on the Mardi Gras also relates to having too many passengers for its size. Carnival hasn’t said much about the entertainment yet, but you can probably expect a few new 30-40 minute playlist productions. Hopefully the main theater will be improved over the current Vista class Liquid lounge which has terrible sight lines in much of the theater.
  7. Noticed in the fine print that it is only combinable with certain promotional rates. Our Meraviglia cruise to Canada booked currently doesn’t have any of those rates available and the standard rate is much higher so there are some voyages it doesn’t work for.
  8. We noticed on the Edge in December that we never had a spare roll in the bathroom and had to ask for another roll multiple times. Maybe they were afraid of us stashing rolls away before the last night
  9. Won’t make me pay for another Edge sky suite to see them gone, but happy that Celebrity isn’t afraid to admit that this oversized designer chair has no business being in this size cabin. Hope they realize the rocker money should have been spent on a table or better balcony furniture.
  10. We have also seen suits and dresses in Le Bistro many times, so some do approach it as a fancy date night so as another indicated don’t be afraid to dress up if you prefer.
  11. Thanks! Still looks about 1/2 the size of the rear Havana area on the Vista class ships based upon the deck plans. Someone had mentioned 80 rooms have access so expect chairs to be at a premium. Expected a substantially larger ship to have a better Havana area so quite a disappointment.
  12. Just choose New York departures for Sept 2020 and you will see the 6 day Canada and a 15 day repo to Orlando. You can see routes/category prices, but can’t book yet
  13. MSC is in the process of downgrading their included drink packages too so they are all the same looking for extra cash.
  14. I think the listing I saw indicated that only the premium plus got the mini bar included which was included with the yacht club previously so that would be another downgrade.
  15. Looking at the same timeframe. The 2nd and 3rd weeks of March are peak for spring break. Some, but not many have the 1st week. April always concerns me due to school vacations, but I would expect that 1st week might be safer with Easter being later this year. I wouldn’t expect the weather to be that much warmer with the early April date to make that much difference in using the outdoor spaces. Usually you can get outside comfortably by the afternoon on the 2nd day.
  16. Yes, we also feel that Luminae was an epic fail on Edge especially with the suite prices being charged. You shouldn’t have to provide requests 24 hours in advance especially for those items available on an everyday menu in all other dining rooms. We know food is subjective, but we didn’t find anything that special that we ate there and thought the specialities we far superior.
  17. Hcat, we had dinner while we were in port in Cozumel. Food and service were great, but horrible setup. There is nothing to block wind around the dining area either. It was even cold with the wind while in port and many people took the blankets they hand out at night and were wrapped around them while eating. They need something like the plastic around the S class lawn club grills. We talked to a few others who had dinners scheduled and went up there and it was too windy and they switched to lunch when it would be warmer. They do have plenty of padded sectional sofas/chairs in addition to the hard wooden benches that are in the terminal that are very uncomfortable. They did have movies at night up there but they usually were around 8 which overlapped dinner. They did have live music up there along with football games on the tv. Area is kind of a tough sell at night due to the wind and also being so far away from the dining/entertainment on the ship.
  18. Thanks for the great review! one question for you. Is there a bar in the Haven Horizon observation lounge or is there bar servers? Just got off the Celebrity Edge and their suite lounge just had servers and sometimes getting a drink wasn’t quick.
  19. We also felt similar about Luminae last week. Don’t understand why Celebrity wouldn’t anticipate problems with these limited menus and the removal of access to the main dining menus. Asked for shrimp cocktail the 1st night and were quickly told don’t have that, only what’s on menu. Go up to the Retreat sundeck next day and they have shrimp cocktail for lunch, but not available at night. Then we were told to tell them in the morning if you wanted something different than what’s on the menu for dinner. You shouldn’t have to do this when you are paying this type of money for a suite. we were tempted to order off the kids menu one night since it looked better than the regular menu one night. We were speaking to one of the corporate staff one night and he was shocked that we weren’t getting anything we asked for in Luminae so obviously not everyone is on the same page yet in expectations.
  20. We just got off Sunday. We ate 4 nights in Luminae and in Fine Edge, Le Petit Chef and Rooftop garden. We also did lunch on the Magic Carpet. With the disclaimer of food-being subjective, we enjoyed the specialities much more than Luminae. Many were complaining of the limited Luminae menus and as the week went along they were being more flexible providing something else if you let them know in the morning. We enjoyed the Rooftop food/service the most. It is compromised with always having wind since there is no enclosure around the restaurant. We ate there while docked in Cozumel and quite a few had the blankets given out wrapped around them due to the wind. They really should redesign the area for future ships. Fine Cut, food was very good, but food/drink service was slow for us. Even the Maitre’D brought us the dessert menus quickly followed by the waiter obviously feeling things were too slow. Le Petit Chef was a lot of fun. We selected the full animated menu. Thought food was very good except for the unattractive looking dessert. Dining took a while since they obviously didn’t tell everyone that the animation timing is dependent upon people finishing their courses somewhat on the same time. We had a table near us send back their French onion soup and waiting for another one and others savoring it like it was their last meal while the rest of the room were long done and staring around waiting for the show to continue. Magic carpet lunch - thought the food was great, but once again not really practical with all the wind from the open front side of the carpet when at sea. They also shouldn’t serve potato chips with the sandwiches since the staff was constantly cleaning them up when the wind blew them everywhere.
  21. Thanks VT for all the information and have a safe trip back to the cold northeast!
  22. Correct, there was no way to lock/unlock from outside on the Horizon. We always made sure we had any valuables in the safe and just closed the door on the way out to the lanai. Not ideal, but we were the last cabana cabin next to the lanai so we preferred this method rather than looping down the hallway and then through the Havana bar.
  23. I agree with everyone’s comments. Not overly impressed with this new suite setup so far, but will reserve judgement until we sail in just over a week. Basically the Edge suite class provides a pool deck which is nice, but probably too small for the number of suite guests. Personal preference is to sit at a bar so think Retreat lounge is a downgrade to Michael’s IMO. The ship seems to have a shortage of nighttime lounges compared to other ships which is why I would have preferred a full scale Retreat lounge with bar. Luminae menu is 1/2 the size compared to the other Celebrity ships since they don’t offer the main dining room menu. VT’s pictures of the suite area in the new terminal do look nice so there is one big plus 😎
  24. We did love the Havana cabana, but it does get packed on sea days due to having more cabins with access than Vista. Also read recently that the top suites will now also have access so it will get even more crowded so don’t expect you can go out at noon and find a space. Bar can sometimes be slow since they take care of both inside/outside the Havana area. still worth the premium IMO, but Carnival needs to stop adding additional rooms with access to make it worthwhile. They did do an excellent job at enforcing people wearing their bands to control access on our cruise.
  25. VT, so sorry about your fall. Please rest up and enjoy the suite life and hope you are feeling better. They should have moved you into an Edge Villa to speed your recuperation.
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