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  1. Yup, the products do fine. As to the single use plastics, I believe the room stewards take the plastic holders out and refill them and for me, none of them were single use......my 5 hairs on top of my head did just fine with the shampoo 3 or 5 time use! Den
  2. Not to get into a deep medical discussion, but some types of issues that require blood thinners cannot take the drugs that dont need monitoring. If you see those ads they say that med is not for those taking blood thinners for heart valve replacements. Life when she was too young for a bovine valve and required a mechanical one, which fortunately lasts for an extended time, but requires warfarin and cant take Eliquis and so on. Den
  3. After taking my wife’s info, the ship sent results to our Dr at home and the office responded back to the ship Dr with her blood number history and that all was OK and she’d not need another test until home. This means you should have the email/fax number for your Dr Office. She normally gets a test every month unless the numbers make a consistent change. No, the ‘data’ isn’t really for her, but for her Dr to decide what the level of blood thinner is needed and going on cruises with a lot of exercising (lots of walking!) and in menus, the numbers may change. Usually no checks are required during a cruise. the only reason we’d take one was if the numbers were in flex prior and the Dr wanted to track it closer and that’s decided prior to leaving. BUT (I hate using all caps but am emphasizing this) each situation differs so each of us needs to check with their medical team on how to handle all of this. But the point is, most cruise ships can and do these tests. And as most people who take blood thinners, we are well aware of where we are going to and options. Heck, we take river cruises which do not have facilities on board, but visit major cities so just be aware of options and your particular case. Den
  4. My wife had to have an INR check a while ago on a cruise and the cost was $70. Could have changed by now but that was what we were charged. Den
  5. This is why I hate talking pricing and so on. Hiccups, don’t worry i have a feeling that our offers are all pretty much the same. I may be using the wrong terms and so on. the website online booking costs for basic (no perks), 2-perks and 4-perks is all screwed up and I couldn’t really do a legit comparison. All I know is I have a good deal booking this - a good deal as far as I’m concerned.....for me. the Edge/Apex SRs are more expensive so there are ‘better deals’ on other Class ships. So there are many options and pricing. And there will always be someone who got a better deal......that why I hate getting into pricing discussions. Who knows what ‘deal’ any of us get. All I know is I got a deal I liked and is acceptable to me. Den
  6. I haven’t stepped through all 5 pages, but read some of the issues ove the confusion of this 4-Perks offer when trying to book on line. I tried also and when selecting the 4-perks, the price went way up. the basic no-perks showed a discount of $1,320 but when I selected 4-perks, the discount went away and it added $1,320 driving the cost way up by $2,600+. Didn’t make any sense. So I called Celebrity and yes, they said the on-line had issues and the price was the same as the price base discounted by $1320 with the 4-perks included. Yup, $900 down payment non-refundable - kind of ‘refundable’: if you cnx this and booked another, you pay $100 each to make the change. I understand nothing is ‘free’ but I’d looked at this cruise prior to the 4-perk $500 OBC offer and the SR base prices were the same for the ones I looked at, so Celebrity didn’t jump up the SR basic price and then offer these ‘freebies’. Call the perks free or whatever, as far as I’m concerned, its a great deal.....if you can make reservations now. Den
  7. Glad you found it and it was handy. We didn’t see it and the lines were short so.......Great you straightened that out. Den
  8. Summary: Great ship. Great Line. Great Itinerary. Strongly Recommended With that said, I’ll give you my cruising background so you know my bias. Cruised 38 times; 25 on Celebrity. When choosing a Line, we look at itinerary and find a close one with Celebrity and then compare, but go with Celebrity unless there is a big reason to go with another. We love sea days: the ship is a major part of the experience, for us - it isn’t ‘transportation’ port to port so ship and Line are a major factor for us. Ship: Reflection is a great ship. We love S-Class Celebrity ships and this is one of the best. Has the full Sky Lounge instead of part of it cut out for suites. Great commons areas. two issues: seating is starting to get a bit worn and you sit very low in many of the chairs at a table. Not enough places for readers and card players. Need more open places so we aren’t taking up places for snacking/coffee such as at El Bacio or taking tables in Oceanview/Dining room. We played during non-dining times, but still had issue sometimes. Recommend they open places such as Sushi for 5 when not in use. It was closed when not set for dining (and didn’t seem that popular even then). the decor is getting a bit dated with the red and orange motifs. Ship was clean and well cared for. SR: We had Deck 10 1243 Concierge 2. It’s was a bump out veranda behind the suites. Great Room! Same size as most other SRs but larger veranda. Loved it. enough storage. Glass shower. Near the aft elevators but no noise whatsoever. Loved it. Dining: we early 6pm dining. 2 person table. excellent location at a window and outstanding service. tables relatively close but not close enough where if you didn’t want to talk to your neighbor, it wasn’t an issue. I’m deaf in one ear so even if I wanted to ‘eavesdrop’ on our neighbors I couldn’t! Dining choices were varied and very good quality. Never an issue for us. We do love trying varying foods but aren’t ‘foodies’. Specialty Dining: we did the 3-dinner package. Ate at Murano’s. Excellent but just too much for us. Tuscan Grill. Great steaks but I’m not a big steak person - would rather try other choices. I cook steaks at home just fine. Grill was fine but not worth it for us. QZine/Petit Chef. Loved it. great and different choices. The ravioli was to die for - not something to have at an average restaurant and this was outstanding. Common Areas: Well maintained. Many areas to try out. Need a bit more for those who will sit for extended times as a group. Service: as we find on Celebrity, outstanding. Met all our needs, not intrusive and didn’t run into the ‘upscale’ we get on other ships. Seemed to have more waitstaff in the common areas then we’d experienced before. Itinerary: we love being on board so a transatlantic is perfect for us. Done 4 prior and will do more. won’t go though all the ports, but lots of At Sea days; NYC; Boston; Bermuda; Nassau is a fantastic mix. Crossing further north than many Celebrity TA’s mean you’ll probably get cooler weather, a bit of rain and a bit higher sea states. But well worth it. Entertainment: Well mixed. Lots of good music. A Live Band! Excellent dancers and high wire workers. Guest entertainers were excellent except for magician who I didn’t like (I love magic). Runaround Kids were a homer run. Podium Speakers: Outstanding. Prosecutor with great stores of big cases; Broadway musicals and he sang many of the songs; Beatles by a photographer who had direct contact with them early in their careers. Movies - history and actors. Fun! then speakers on the ports that were history of the ports, and what the cities were like. Enough.
  9. Wed 06 Nov - At Sea (Cont) Yup, big sales - most things $10 and buy 4 and get one free. Not a huge crowd! This cruise has many experienced and repeat cruisers, especially Celebrity cruisers so they’ve seen and bought most of this stuff prior. We did buy with all my ‘comments’ about sales. Celebrity has these neat zipper bags that are very handy for carrying stuff around the ship and so on so bought some for us and gifts. Played cards with our UK friends then ready for dinner: lobster and Beef Wellington. It was cold water lobster so had it - enjoyed it. It wasn’t Fla ‘Langosta’ warm water lobster. Tipped our waitstaff and thanked them since we’d probably not make main dining last night. then off to entertainment. It was a magician and I didn’t really enjoy him. good magic, but he was too swearing and putdown for me. Im not into cheap shot artists. You know us Navy guys aren’t use to bad language (he just didn’t use it properly with any fun to it). Will post tomorrow and then after the cruise, post a general review of the ship and answer any questions......I can answer! We did make a another future cruise purchase. We were set for a 2021 Japan to Vancouver TransPacific (yes, we love at sea days!!) on the Millennium. But found that the Eclipse leaves a week prior and was cheaper so went for it. 07 Nov - Nassau Been there done that. we stayed on board and enjoyed. I think I’m running out of stuff to report on so this is short. Did the grill and had a nice hamburger and sat in the smoking side because of the shade. It’s outside and not an issue for us since a bit of whiff doesn’t bother us, realizing it does for others. It is where smokers have a nice place to sit, smoke one and enjoy a drink and food. Spent afternoon packing and reorganizing. All went well. Did do dinner at the Oceanview instead of main dining. I wasn’t that impressed with it. Nothing wrong with the choices, lots of them, but porkchop was med well and so on. what you expect of a nice buffet. I’ll stick with Main dining unless there’s a big reason to go for dinner there. Tipped our steward. Outstanding. then into bed with an early wake up. Our number departure time is estimated at 7am. The walk offs are 6:30am. 08 Nov - Ft Lauderdale Got up early and got ready. Had quick breakfast. Ship was released and walkoffs with their own luggage were called at 6:45am. the 1st tags were called at 7:15 and we were called at 7:25am. All very smooth. Lots of people standing around at the gangway which isn’t necessary. Lots of seating other places. For those that think they can go prior to their luggage # call: when the people got to the luggage area and if they had come down early, the were asked to wait off to the side so sneaking off early doesnt work too well. We had Global Entry but that wasn’t set for there, but lines were Very short. we picked our luggage up, through emigration and out to find a taxi to the airport car rental and in a taxi by 7:40! By the way, there are good car rental choices near the port instead of the airport but my company had better rates front the airport. $15 taxi ride to airport. Taxi dropped us off inside the car rental parking building - have them drop you off at the departure of the terminal so you don’t walk all the way through the parking lot to the front to get your car info. Drive out was smooth and all went well. Summary to follow.
  10. Tue 06 Night - At Sea We ate at Lee Petit Chef at QSINE. Wow. Fantastic. I’m not a big one on the animated chefs displays on the plates/table but it was fun. There were two seatings: 6pm and 8:30pm. You need to be a bit early, not late! They run the animation and serve all at the same time. You have 4 servings. the salad was a killer, but the ravioli was to die for. Great sauce. then the excellent steak fillet. I thought was good if not better than Tuscan Grill. Fun dessert, a light layered cake. Fun and well worth it. There are an alternative to each of the 4, but I’d recommend staying with the set one unless you are allergic to something. Back for a 9pm show and then relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful evening. Went to the late night Lier’s Club show with Alexanjdro, Peter and the Capt Paul, the 2nd in command. Colorful and really funny. Adult. Wednesday 06 Nov - At Sea Slept late (Even later than normal!). beautiful warm day, calm seas. Sailing to Nassau. Not one of our favorite ports - been there done that more than a few times - so will spend all day aboard. Today is last of the Podiums so will go to them as possible. Also this is the ‘Big Sale’ day..that should be fun with 1,000 people at the tables.
  11. I’m all messed up on the channels and Bermuda. I thought we were sailing south out of the wharf and we are sailing back along Bermuda the same way we came in. There’s only one channel in and out for cruise ships. So much for my maritime navigation!! Bermuda is on the other side of the ship as we sail back northeast then past St George and turn back south for Nassau. Oh well, that’s what happens after a few Dark and Stormy’s!! Den
  12. Monday 04 Nov - Bermuda Into Bermuda on a beautiful day. In the 70’s no rain and the colors of the sea and harbor are fascinating. My wife does beading and is going to capture the colors in a necklace. We went ashore on our own. Wandered the shops which had some local artists and not nearly as many ‘international diamond/watch/trinket shops as other islands. Bermuda is not a Caribbean type stop - very unique. We’ve done a number of tours prior when staying here 3 days so we re on ou own this time. I’d recommend a general bus tour ship or private, to see the island, or take the ferry to St George and wander, and the Crystal Caves which are neat. Most of the buildings have limestone roofs in steps to capture rainwater in cisterns. there are no natural water sources, just rain and desalination. Bought a map placemat (I like ‘useable art’) showing the reefs and shipwrecks; large cruise ships come into Bermuda from the northeast near St George and sail around the west side using the channel. There’s an ongoing argument in Bermuda on whether to deepen the channel for the mega-cruise ships. Had lunch at the Frog and Onion. Neat pub but I’d only have a drink there - the fish/chips were $26. By the way, they take US$; the Bermuda dollar is always equal to the US$. Had a Dark and Stormy, à Bermuda dark rum and hunger beer; wife had a Swizzle, a mix of rums. Back on board for dinner; then at 10:30pm they had the ‘Runaway Kids’ playing at the poolside and we all went up and danced and sang - a great time. First time the weather and temp would allow big dance time outside. Hope they do it more. A great turnout. Tuesday - 05 Nov Dep Bermuda At Sea Departed Bermuda on a beautiful day at 11:30am. First time I’ve seen so many coming onboard so close to departure time. My favorite was at 11:30 a woman with a walker was coming down the wharf. I’m afraid I spent too many years in the Navy when Missing Movement, even late aboard was a major offense. And could be if you are too late out of Bermuda! And be of a quiet day today. we are sitting on the balcony enjoying the sail away and beading/Kumihimoing (if thats a word). By the way, for breakfast, I love Eggs Benedict: the M-Class ships have an Eggs Benedict ‘station’ on Oceanview, and I didn’t see one here. But then realized they do all the different Eggs Benedict at the Omelet Station - most all probably know that but I forgot!! One correction: if the cruise ship comes into Bermuda from the south, there’s a direct channel from the open ocean to the naval dockyard we are traversing now. Lots of reefs! Den
  13. Fri 01 Nov - NYC-At Sea The Wx is clear and beautiful - cold and windy but not a cloud. Going to get to Boston at Noon and stay until 7pm which is nice. Sea state is fine so steady deck. Went to the iLounge iPad/iPhone class and it was very informative on organizing photos. Went to the IOS-13 class earlier and to a Tips class also. Strongly recommend them. My wife and I taught iPad classes for seniors and we learned a lot in these classes. Glenn and Francis are excellent and easily understood.....and patient! Had dinner in the Tuscan Grill. Outstanding. had the ribeye and fillet. Had a table right at the stern and watched the sunset. Loved it. One suggestion: let your waitstaff at your regular main dining table (if you have set dining) know you will be gone. Enjoyed the day and ready for Boston. We will take a shuttle from the dock to Quincey Market (Bostonians pronounce it Quinzay not Qunsee). As the do the town......but with John Quincey Adams, they pronounce it Qunsee - they do that on purpose to confuse us! Good Night. Sat 02 Nov Sat - Boston In on time and all well. Clear, cool, nice. Up for breakfast and then watch the docking. The shuttle to Quincey Market area is $20pp/roundtrip. Worth it and quick. It’s about a 2mile walk. Quincey - disappointed. the ‘market’ is almost entirely chain stores we have everywhere. Few special local art or neat stuff. Lots of food vendors - tons of lobster rolls. About $20. We ate at the Bostonia Pub nearby. Fun, neat place Lobster rolls were a few bucks more but inside seating and relaxing. Had a combo playing live music and lots of locals along with us. Bought a wine class with the Boston cityscape on it, and in the Marketplace, bought PJ’s with lobster all over them - Do Not Make Fun of Me!! wandered a bit more. I’d suggest not coming over to the Market but taking a tour, or going to the JFK Library. For some reason, the ship didn’t have that as a tour, but it’s close and you can taxi there and it is extremely interesting. Should have done that again instead. Interesting watching the crew run back to the ship. they had to be back at 4:30pm and that was tight for them since there isn’t much close to the dock and they had to shuttle in and back. Out on time and enjoyed the evening. The big show was the Runaround Kids. Very odd name but a quartet playing 50’s and 60’s rock and lots of very funny skits/jokes. Huge energy. We had them on the Edge and it was great seeing them again! A great show - hope they can work them in again. If you have them on your cruise.....do not miss them! Sunday 03 Nov - At Sea No time changes, but our electronic watches and iPads/computers did the Daylight change so we had to change back this morning. Up in time for the Podium talk on the assignation of Robert Kennedy - the podium speakers are great: True Crimes, an LA prosecutor Ronald Bowers who wrote a number of true crime books; Hollywood Movies/Actors, Harry Murphy; Broadway musicals, with Steven Friedman; the Beatles with Ian Wright; Ports Info (not tour or shopping infomercial!) with Martin Lee. All were excellent. But Steven Friedman was a standout singing many of Broadway songs, and Ron Bowers with 1st hand info on many of the famous LA murders. relaxing until lunch - doing my craft Kumihimo while my wife makes a necklace. then probably cards with the Roll Call people we’ve met. Very active roll call. Lots of fun. the Silhouette doesn’t have an App yet for daily info and so on as more of the other Celebrity ships do. We had it on the Edge in March, but it was very temperamental then. I understand it does better now. what I do is take a photo of the daily using my iPhone Notes Photo Document and have it handy. I always misplace paper! Post later.
  14. Always nice to hear from friends. One of these days we’ll team up! in Boston after our TA and NYC Silouette. den
  15. Thank you. I’m not looking for an excuse to ‘dress down’ but to make sure I pack properly. I’ll go with a dark suit and, yes I love Bow Ties! I’ve cruised on Celebrity a good deal and It use to have formal nights that have now been moved to ‘evening chic’ which is now defined as a shirt with a collar. Funny how it’s guys who can’t put on anything beyond a polo shirt and pants. I still wear a jacket and tie or my bow tie just because that’s what I’m comfortable in. I don’t really worry (or care) too much what others wear, but it does get a bit tiring listening to the: “I wore a suit to work every day so I’m not doing it on vacation”...which can be interpreted: “I was paid to wear a suit to work, but even though my wife would like me to wear a suit, I Won’t!!”. Got it. Priorities. Currently on a Celebrity TransAtlantic from Southampton to FLL with stops in NYC plus other neat ports. Went to an evening play in NYC and I think I was one of the few in a sports jacket or suit..........a sports jacket......at a ‘not-cheap’ evening play. I accept Life has changed. But I enjoy what I do and realize others don’t have to follow what I do, but blue jeans and t-shirt to a Broadway Play and your woman is dressed up? Apparently woman grew up and ‘we’ didn’t get beyond our teens. By the way, my generality is just that. Two men sitting in our row had suits on and looked great - and were with each other. Apparently women and gay men grew beyond their teens. Den
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