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  1. We've been on several TransAtlantics. We don't get bored on sea days. We wake a bit late, get breakfast, look at the activities - we like trivia and bingo. Also, spend some time lying by the pool reading. Usually grab food out there. A bit of time in the casino playing blackjack. Other games and such the cruise staff put on. On Eclipse, glass blowing demonstrations. Etc.
  2. Always : Celebrity, (Princess ok too) Never : HAL : went once and was 50 years too young for the crowd and for the entertainment aimed at that crowd and the shore ex, etc. Also, on our one experience, the customer service was abysmal. There was leaking sewage and no air conditions and the front desk really didn't seem to care (In the hallways, not just in the room) and told us it was because the ship had just come from Alaska that the AC didn't work. I will say that they had the best speakers on the topic of the cruise (the Panama canal). Probably not Carnival again - obvious reasons Maybe: want to try Viking Ocean, Azamara, Disney when we have grandkids. We started on RCL and will sail them but prefer X. Agree with the Never : huge ships with carnivals.
  3. We usually cruise X but have cruised Princess. These days, mostly stay with X because of priority level. I find both to be very similar experience. One nice thing on Princess that I like is the laundromat. which is nice when you need it. Other than that, I can't think of any big diff.
  4. Yes, I am NOT asking for the guidelines, I am asking what more/most of the rest of the passengers wear. ALL within guidelines, just curious the "feel" of the cruise. More casual or more dressy?
  5. "within" suggested is a very very broad range, as others have said. A tux, a suit, a collared shirt are all still in the guidelines. So, still tends to vary by location. Which "end" of the guidelines?
  6. The one part of the question I didn't see a reply to is re: Australia/NZ cruises and attire and if they tend to be more like European (a bit more dressy) or more like Caribbean (less dressy?) (btw, my hubby likes to dress up, but since, in his mind, Tux means taking patent Tux shoes, he now doesn't take a tux, but does take suits for dressy nights. We get so few opportunities these days to "dress up" (we also live in Silicon Valley), we like dressing up on a cruise.)
  7. We are looking at booking both a NZ to Sydney and a Great Barrier Reef roundtrip Sydney. For NZ to Sydney, we are looking for Starboard, but how much of the coast of NZ will we even see from the ship? On the GBR cruise, does anyone know where the ships (Celebrity) navigate near the reef? Is it between the reef and mainland or outside the reef? Does it matter which side of the ship? thanks!!
  8. Hi. Can anyone who has recently been on Millennium (in Asia) comment on the temps on-board (i.e. in the main dining room, casino, theater, etc) Some ships are colder than others. Thanks!!
  9. Also, for me, meclizine doesn't do it, I get Scopalomine patches from my doctor. (also knows as Transderm Scop) They work great!
  10. Since all the bookings, even on board, are in the 3 perks option (none, two or 4) this is the same as not onboard, and you end up paying for the perks, correct? But I see it only says if one of the perks is the drink package, the price increases?
  11. Is this true for even the "extra handheld" in CC cabins that they mention or just the on the wall type
  12. Since we are elite, can we pre-book the surf package and get our elite discount on it?
  13. We will want to have surf wi fi on one device, however, we are elite and so we first get a bunch of minutes each. Are we best to wait til we are on board, use our free minutes and then book surf for the rest of the voyage? I think that if you book part way thru the voyage, the price is less (because you are paying for less days?) thanks
  14. Yes, I have checked Trip Advisor. Was just looking here for some first hand inputs. Thanks
  15. Looking for recommendations for cooking classes in Singapore. Not private, but small (10-12) group. thanks
  16. Ah, thanks. I was thinking about the "bump" cabins which also have larger balconies, right?
  17. Why are only the deck 6 cabins in the Sweet 16? what about the similar on deck 7 or 8?
  18. Also, make sure your visa is for multiple entries if your cruise has multiple stops in Vietnam. There is a kind that is for multiple days, like 15 or something, but one entry, and another for multiple entries.
  19. I also find that my TA is able to get better service from the cruiselines for things like better cabins or dinner reservations when Celebrity told me that late was full, etc. You might not get this from the big box stores but a cruise specialist does this type of followup quite well.
  20. Is this going away on ALL Chase cards or only the AAdvantage one?
  21. To clarify on the Surf package, online it says not sending and receiving photos but you mention you did. Can anyone comment on the ability to post photos on Instagram or Facebook using the Surf package? thanks
  22. One note about Celebrity cabin categories. Aqua class (a lot of people love it) includes dining in the special Blu restaurant. ONLY. No MDR option. At Blu, they seat you as you arrive each evening, only with the party you arrive with so if you are a couple only but like to eat with a large group for socialization, Blu is not for you. Just my opinion. As I said, lots of people love it.
  23. Our cruise, leaving out of Hong Kong, officially starts on Saturday, but does not leave Hong Kong until Sunday night around 8pm. Usually we try to board ships at the start of boarding (i.e. around 11am) but in this case, if we wanted to sight see on Saturday, how late could be board the ship on Saturday afternoon? Does anyone know? thanks
  24. So, I will vote for Concierge. But for a simple reason. We like sitting at a large table with other people, usually the same group thru the cruise. At BLU, they always just seat you with whomever you arrived with (if just a couple, then just the two of you). They don't put people together, so if you like to socialize with others at dinner, you are out of luck. And, the one time we were upgraded to Aqua, we had to really work hard to get re-assigned to the MDR. So, BLU is great if you like to eat alone or you are traveling with companions, but wasn't our preference.
  25. Question: when you sleep with the IV open, (or anytime the IV is open) is the cabin AC off? thanks
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