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    ORD (03-?), SDF (97-03), PHL (83-96), LAX (82-83)
  • Interests
    cruising, national parks, photography, astronomy, blackjack, Pokemon Go
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity Cruises
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Of our cruises so far, our favorite is the Mediterranean; but I would love to do a Canal cruise!

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  1. You are welcome. It was a pleasant surprise that Celebrity removed it.
  2. We were on Solstice first in Jan 2018 and then Dec 2019/Jan 2020. The white X was there in Jan 2018 and was gone by the time we took our next cruise. Here are two photos of Solstice that I took. If you look carefully, you will see a few cabins that still have a portion of their balcony with the old X paint still there (highest deck of balconies). This is evident in the second (starboard) photo. Solstice docked at Picton, New Zealand on Dec 26, 2019 Solstice docked at Wellington, New Zealand on Dec 28, 2019
  3. When we are not cruising, I have been taking the family to the national parks. If cruising is a no-go, I am assuming that flying internationally is not going to be that great/easy either, so I have been looking for USA alternatives for vacation. Assuming that our South Pacific (Solstice) cruise for this coming January doesn't happen, I have lined up a vacation at Death Valley National Park and Zion over the holidays. For late 2021 we have a Asian cruise planned. I really want to go on that cruise, but if it doesn't happen then I am thinking of a Lassen Volcanic-Redwood-Crater Lake vacation in the late summer of next year which no one in the family has been to. Or I am thinking about Glacier National Park which the kids have never been to. I am also trying to sneak in a plan for renting a house at Lake Tahoe where the kids can bring their friends.....
  4. I am surprised that you have not received any answers yet. One big difference between Galaxy and Infinity is the large variability in balcony sizes aboard Infinity even within the same cabin category--not necessarily obvious from the deck plan. On Galaxy, balconies tended to be uniform in size within the same cabin category. Coronavirus aside, things have changed with Celebrity since 2009 which is another subject in of itself.....
  5. Makes sense as I saw this posted yesterday: Is Pullmantur Cruises Ending Operations?
  6. From our experience, Celebrity's kid's program does an excellent job with those ages.
  7. As said earlier, you will see lots of families with kids if your cruise week includes President's Day. For the other weeks in February you will not see many kids at all.
  8. Here is an example of the roll out schedule that was used a couple of years ago which is typical of recent years. This year may not be typical.
  9. We have a Jan 3 2021 South Pacific cruise out of Sydney. We have not cancelled yet but I don't see this cruise happening for a variety of obvious reasons even when Celebrity is able to resume some of their operation. I have begun planning a USA national park vacation for my family instead.
  10. We have had M class aft balcony cabins as well as Deck 8 FVs on several S class ships including Reflection. The Reflection FV interior cabin is amazingly large and furnished and well suited for families. Their balconies are about 110 sq ft in area. They also are corner cabins which give you a view out over the bow (thru 2 large cabin windows) and out the side from the balcony. However it is not as an expansive view as you will have from an aft balcony. My vote would be for the Deck 8 FV especially if the price is lower.
  11. We are booked on the Dec 20 2020 Millennium sailing (14 night Hong Kong to Singapore). It still shows availability on Celebrity's website.
  12. Oops, I am kind of wrong. The sailing was on March 25, 2005 and it finished in April--it was an Easter cruise. We may have been on the same 10 night sailing because we were also fogged in at Tampa and was forced to stay overnight there and then left the following morning. And, yes, Grand Cayman got scrubbed because of it which was disappointing. I am guessing we were on the same sailing!
  13. The same could be said of my wife and me!
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