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About chill6x6

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    Hunting, boating, motorcycles, traveling, birding
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    SO far...Western Caribbean

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  1. I enjoyed the photo and the positive attitude it resonates! I'm booked on the Apex for November and I'm looking forward to it! I just made a reservation for Fine Cut Steakhouse and paid $1000 on my balance. I am also going to plan excursions as usual.
  2. Good evening... So looking at booking Panorama. Even before I looked I knew what I wanted, Grand Suite or Havana suite both with Havana access. NEITHER is available. So what IS available that interest me are ocean suites, Havana aft-view extend balcony, Havana premium vista balcony, and Havana cabana balconies. Personally I think the OS is less desirable since it doesn't come with Havana access but of course it does come with its own perks. I'm leaning towards the deck 9 or 6 Havana premium vista balcony. Thoughts? Thanks!
  3. Maximum length of cruise is 5 nights....that rules me out automatically. I need at least a 7 day cruise to be worth the trouble.
  4. So I've cruised out of San Juan three times...Jewel OTS, Carnival Valor, and Summit. I fully enjoyed each but they WERE different experiences. I've been on Liberty OTS....similar to Freedom. 1. Two pretty different itineraries....which do you want to go on? 2. The Summit is more likely to meet your criteria but that is a VERY busy itinerary. We always walked off the ship ASAP and basically back on shortly before departure at all five ports. There probably won't be much reading. Freedom is going to have more to do AND more time to do it with one less port of call/one more sea day. If you pick the Freedom, you might want at least a JR suite to have nice sized balcony to yourself to enjoy and relax. 3. I can practically guarantee either cruise/ship will be a nice cruise.
  5. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2653516-quick-033119-rotterdam-sailing-review/
  6. I agree with you....I cruise for exactly the same reason...just to unwind and relax. Most of the features that Celebrity offers that I appreciate are the included premium beverage package, included premium internet, included gratuities, suite-only restaurant that is the best ship-board restaurant I've ever tried, suite-only lounge/bar, and the suite-only Retreat. Beyond that...as far as some of the Edge/Apex unique "stuff," I mean it's there if you want to participate but one certainly doesn't have to. All the other fundamentals for a great cruise are still there. I'm of the frame of mind that there are several cruise lines that I can enjoy and have a great time on...different experiences yes....but all enjoyable nonetheless. My last four cruises were an H6 aboard the Getaway, PS on Rotterdam, OS on Oasis, and CS on Silhouette so I'm pretty versatile!
  7. That should be a very interesting two weeks! Both cruise lines do some great things. For sure I bet the NA will be less crowed...BUT...to date Luminae is the best cruise ship dining venue I've eaten at and from all accounts The Retreat is really nice. I hope you will return with your comparion!
  8. Sooo.. What if I told you there were eleven NS still available on this sailing? I also wonder how many of those that are booked are actually going to sail and pay the ~ $6000 price tag? Or are they just like me, have a deposit on a cabin to see if prices are going to go down. I enjoy the aft corner NS,. It's one of my favorite cabins on any ship I've been on. The Apex sails exactly the same date and both Eastern Caribbean itinerary. When I saw the price of the Sky suite on the Apex I jumped all over it. The Retreat area looks to be a 10. It looks as if it will be a notch better than NCL Haven which I just experienced aboard Getaway. BTW...that same $6000 also will get a Haven suite, similar itinerary.
  9. Have any of you priced a NS lately? I've got 11/28 booked aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam, 7-day. $6058, grats included. Mainly just booked to keep an aft corner thinking the price will fall. I'm not going to go at that. Just checked CURRENTLY...$6828, me picking the cabin including grats and $300 OBC. I can't imagine anyone in their right mind paying that. Compare to Sky Suite aboard the Celebrity Apex @ $5328 including internet, grats, $300 OBC, and premium beverage pkg. I'd really rather go on the Nieuw Amsterdam but I'm not stupid....
  10. WOW did that description of that dinner make me want to do that!!! Enjoying all your posts!
  11. We have had to skip Costa Maya before for the same reason. I'd hate to miss Costa Maya too...I've always had fun there! That looks like the Getaway. It was scheduled to dock at 7AM. Edge was scheduled at 8AM. A lot can happen in an hour on the ocean...
  12. I have really no PRE-plans as far as extra tipping goes. Of course I leave the standard gratuities in place. I tip completely by seat of the pants method. If I feel like someone is going the extra mile...they will get a good tip, but I'm not about to tip just to tip. The guy pushing the cart of beer around the pool aboard the Silhouette got a GREAT tip...yet the concierge got nothing because the one or two things we asked of her seemed to be an imposition. The concierge aboard the Rotterdam got a great tip yet our cabin stewards half way did things so they got nothing extra. Our butter and cabin steward both got excellent tips on Getaway yet the concierges really did nothing for us so nothing. Completely seat of the pants and case by case basis.
  13. I actually have reservations for 12/03/2020 at Fine Cut!
  14. Cabin- NS on N Amsterdam in November. Price went up $300 for $500 OBC. All ready at $6058 so that would be $6350. I was hoping the price was going to come down....I'm not going to pay either price and will prob cancel if the price doesn't come down pretty quick. Is anyone going to pay over $6000 for a 7 day NS?
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