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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. It is just Celebrity cruises from Royal Caribbean cruises Ltd. Teal blue background with a big X.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Same general phone number I have received other calls from Celebrity about questions I have emailed, so unfortunately it was a real Celebrity deal
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Agree, and they also take up much of the sitting space on that side.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Highest daily cost, but still no water included. At least they could have finally included water like the other lines.
  21. One other interesting note of the sky suite photo is the small built-in cabinet on the wall to the left of the bed. Usually these are free-standing cabinets that can be removed to split the bed if requested, but this looks like a permanent obstruction possibly preventing splitting the bed. Wonder if this proves that not all king beds can be split like we had been told.
  22. Looking at the latest Retreat photos and the fact sheet really show that there isn’t a lot of space here for their 1st dedicated pool deck. We were on the MSC seaside on May in the Yacht Club. Realize it is a larger ship but was curious of it’s specs for comparison. MSC YC Rooms - 86, approx 180 passengers double occupancy Pool deck - 17,222 sf Restaurant- 6800 sf Lounge - no info but larger sf than restaurant Edge rooms per Vt above 176, approx 352 double occupancy Retreat pool, 12,701 sf, 190 seats Luminae- 4133 sf, 170 seats Lounge - 3585 sf My impression - Edge suite facilities are not very spacious for the number of suite passengers and at best can only accommodate 1/2 the people. Couldn’t find any specs for NCL Haven, but I think Edge is a closer match for the Breakaway class Haven.
  23. I can’t imagine that Luminae would still be able to easily provide MDR items with a location 8 decks higher and at the opposite end of the ship with the Edge class.
  24. Agree with the hope for innovative itineraries but tough to do much different in 7 days from NY. MSC is supposed to bring the Meraviglia up in 2020 for at least the summer after a few longer cruises in 2019. Sailed on the Seaside and we agree that they still have some progress to make an appealing product to a broad American audience.
  25. Their year-round competitors NCL have rotated in or will rotate all their new ships out of NY. Always nice to have new ships/shows every year. Carnival seasonally has also brought a different ship each summer. Sounds like MSC and Disney will have larger NY presence too so Royal/celebrity need to shake up their NY deployment to keep it fresh. Personally we have been on the Anthem and Summit multiple times and don’t want the same product again when we continue to have other new options on other lines.
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