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  1. We really haven’t seen much of anything related to the suite rooms/area. Small little peek of pool area and that’s it. People even mentioned that the area was unavailable for the September travel agent tours. Thought we might have another reveal of just the suite areas, but would they do it now when full pics of the ship will be available in a few weeks? still waiting a week for a reply from Celebrity if Luminae will also have an everyday menu at dinner.
  2. Anyone use the find on deck feature for the Edge in the app? The Retreat lounge shows up on both deck 15 and 16 where all other deck plans including Celebrity site show it only on deck 15. Assuming just an error in beta version of app rather than two story lounge.
  3. Some groups did a Havana inside/Havana cabana combination with the rooms across from each other. They found the Havana suites much too expensive for the little additional space and the other combo worked better for 4.
  4. Tough to get perspective from pictures, but the Oceanview seating looks pretty tight between tables/aisles. This isn’t truly a mega ship where 5000 people need to be crammed in. Pics show two different type of chairs and one set with different color cushions (port/starboard?) trick to find people or designer having fun? Thanks Lloyd for all the great photos!
  5. Had the same take your own photo for the Anthem out of NJ. Seemed that either the system accepted too many bad pictures or something else since most people we spoke to had to have other photos at the pier. I think I did a good job with our photos, but we will see. was most impressed recently with Carnival check in where they scanned your passport and that photo was used for your ship photo. Easy as it could be!
  6. Interesting that MSC seemed to hint that the Meraviglia would be coming to NYC for the summer of 2020. Maybe they are scaling back their US plans once again.
  7. I was able to load on an IPad, so expect it should work on any tablet. I did look on google play and it looks like it is also free there so I wouldn’t pay. Did look like there were some install problem comments and you needed android version 6.0 and above so not surprisingly glitch free. I already had the app, but still couldn’t see edge until I manually updated the app. There was no pending update for Edge inclusion from the last app update so even a little glitchy on IOS. You can see if the Celebrity site has a link to it and maybe it may work better that way.
  8. How about the rent a Poet or something to that effect? Can’t find it again This one may also go into trying a little too hard, but will give them unique points.
  9. It is just Celebrity cruises from Royal Caribbean cruises Ltd. Teal blue background with a big X.
  10. VT - I agree that Luminae and Blu menus looked similar for entree categories, but they are not showing the everyday entrees (chicken, steak, salmon) and green salad appetizers that Blu is showing. The jury is still out if an isolated from the main dining area Luminae will be able to provide variety with just its own kitchen. It will be pretty ridiculous if suite passengers need to go elsewhere to get a larger menu at the prices being charged.
  11. TexSea - thanks for the info! Looks like they have the first 2 days of menus included to give everyone a flavor of what to expect. Looks like the keep changing the Eden dinner menu.
  12. Yes, I was surprised that they had Cycling package online and they added on a 18% gratuity. Don’t see that at your local gym!
  13. We were in the Havana on the Horizon and the pool area was jammed on sea days. I think there were around 20 additional rooms classified with Havana privs compared to the Horizon and it showed. thought it was odd that higher priced suites didn’t have access, but the area couldn’t support the extra cabins already. Don’t know how many suites would have access, but people in the Havana area may not want to pay the premium for an even more overcrowded area moving forward. We will certainly think twice next time with even more passengers being added. Will be curious to see how the new 2020 new class build incorporates for the Havana area when they release details early next year.
  14. Thanks for the info! Wonder if this is a permanent shutdown of the Julia street station? Have used it multiple times on cruises in NO. Don’t remember if it ran later than 7pm, but it was an easy/fun way to get to Bourbon street during the day with one transfer. Another case where they want more cruise business and I can’t imagine the shuttles can hold as many people. There was one time they needed 4-5 streetcars to take the 1st wave of visitors off the ship so the streetcar was very popular to get around town so hopefully it will just be temporary.
  15. The December inaugural’s are tough with the holidays just after. Traditionally this is the cheapest time to travel since nobody wants to travel between Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year since everyone is so busy. People cruising would have far cheaper alternatives to sail compared to these inaugurals. i would expect that the December 16th would be the most difficult for those flying since you would have to fly out of an extra packed airport on the 23rd which is one of the busiest travel days of the year.
  16. Same general phone number I have received other calls from Celebrity about questions I have emailed, so unfortunately it was a real Celebrity deal
  17. We received a phone call yesterday offering us a “deal” of $100 off a cabin for the second inaugural voyage since we were already on the 1st. This wouldn't even cover our airline change fee if we happened to have the dollars/vacation time to stay on another week!
  18. Agree with another reveal even though delivery is getting close. The Retreat area and suites weren’t available for the September travel agent preview so I would expect Celebrity would want a distinct reveal for their first dedicated suite area.
  19. The other thing to remember that this is the first dedicated suite sundeck area for them and I agree with others that policies may need to evolve over time. I still do believe they undersized this area, but time will tell. There will certainly be a lot of complaints if people can’t find space with the prices being charged for suites. I personally don’t like their cabanas due to the room they take up and there will be even more space constraints in the Retreat area. i personally expect that more people will use the Resort pool area due to the newness so it will be interesting to see how it works out.
  20. I did receive a call from Celebrity during the CC downtime regarding the cabanas in the Retreat area that I asked them about via email. They indicated that nobody yet knows if there will be a charge for the Cabanas in the Retreat area, but they were working with the Concierge staff on the issue and would be hopefully posting info on the website soon. Was impressed that I got a follow-up phone call rather than a quick email response even though no info was yet available.
  21. Agree, and they also take up much of the sitting space on that side.
  22. Thanks for your report! Is there any additional charge for the cabanas on the Haven sun deck? Haven’t seen these in the other Haven sun decks.
  23. Thanks VT for the great summary/photos! I still can’t see the cabanas in the retreat being free despite Celebrity indicating to you there would be no charge. NCL is adding for fee cabanas on the latest ships in the Haven and MSC Seaside yacht club also charged for their cabanas. People are paying premium suite prices on them and yet the cruise lines are still charging extra. We can always hope they are included especially since the Retreat space isn’t very large and these cabanas appear to take up a lot of the space. Just can’t see them not taking the opportunity to charge for them.
  24. The Celebrity Edge posted example menus for Luminae have fewer items than the Blu menu example (especially appetizers) Blu also has an always available option which Luminae doesn’t show. Luminae example also doesn’t show any salads? A lot may depend upon the size of the Luminae kitchen in terms of how many things it can provide since it can’t use the main dining room. It may be similar to the NCL Haven where they have a larger menu that never changes, but the chef indicated they can’t do anything different due to the small size of the kitchen and not having a close MDR to utilize.
  25. I had mentioned this on a main Celebrity thread, but I figured I would also mention it here. I would expect that it would be difficult for Luminae to also offer the main dining room menu on Edge like it does on other ships. Luminae has always been adjacent to a main dining room on previous ships so it was easy to also provide mdr items. Can’t see how the staff will be able to easily provide Mdr items in Luminae roughly 6 decks higher and at an opposite end of the ship.
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