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  1. Well, first of all these people should get paid properly by their employer. But this is a different story. And I am not saying that I do not pay the gratuities. I am just stating what the Guest Relation Manager on the last cruise told me. By the way: this thread has a pretty intolerant tone. Some people should simply respect different thinking and acting.
  2. Why this matters? Very simple: we never use the main dining room. I hate sitting and eating in noisy and overcrowded places. So we always use the buffet of the Oceanview Cafe and sit outside. For us cruising is not about eating. So, in our case it actually makes no sense to tip the MDR.
  3. Does anybody know how the $14.50US per day are distributed? Guest relations on Reflection just very recently told us that $5,50 (or so) goes to the room attendant, the rest to the staff of the MDR. The employees at guest relations tend to tell many things so I am not sure if this distribution of the daily gratuity is really correct. Can anybody confirm that?
  4. I think in dry dock in 2017 when they introduced Qsine. But this is just my assumption.
  5. These cabins are in place on the Constellation already. So I assume that some people have been cruising in them already.
  6. Thanks, but with regard to my initial question the old layout does not really help. So, after adding the new cabins on port side (3115 - 3127) where do people access Qsine? And how is the experience with these cabins on port side? Noise? Layout?
  7. OK...but where is the actual and regular entrance to Qsine at all? How do people get there? I have never been on the Constellation.
  8. Thanks for the response. So you can access Qsine also through the hallway of cabins 3115-3127? Where is the actual entrance?
  9. The Constellation received seven new Oceanview cabins (3115 - 3127) on deck 3 recently. These cabins seem to be just next to the new Qsine. Does anybody know where the entrance to Qsine is? According to the deckplan it should be all the way to the aft just next to the elevators and stairs. Is that really the case? Or can you also enter the restaurant from the other side? This would mean that all guest of Qsine must pass the mentioned new cabins. This would certainly keep me away from booking these cabins. Also, I can not find any additional information about these cabins? What is the layout? Are they noisy? Any recommendations from previous cruisers? Frank
  10. Somebody brought up Mein Schiff. Well, these ships belong to a company called TUI cruises. TUI cruises is closely connected with RCCL. They hit the German market about 10 years ago and initially started using older US ships such as Mercury. In the meantime the use new own cruise ships. TUI cruises is a competitor of AIDA cruises and they mainly target the German market. No wonder that on their cruises you will find more than 95% German (or German speaking) people onboard. Germans like to cruise. But most of them simply prefer to remain among their countrymen. Mostly due to language barriers. I have a totally different approach. I studied in the US and I want to meet different people from different countries with different mindsets. I like to talk to people from the US, Canada, UK, Australia etc. You will hardly find these nations onboard a German cruise ship. We have been on several AIDA ships when we started cruising 15 years ago. They do not even come close to to a Celebrity S-class. If you compare them using stars and consider the interior of a S-class a 5-star than AIDA is a 3-4 star at best. Sure, this is my subjective evaluation. In addition, in the Caribbean they are much more expensive. I have not been on Mein Schiff so I do not know how they look inside. They are supposed to be nice. But they are also overcrowded with Germans and they are also comparatively expensive. So, no reason for me to book them. On Caribbean islands we always meet other Germans when AIDA or Mein Schiff are in town. If you talk to someone who has also been on an S-class before noone spoke in favor of AIDA or Mein Schiff. Personally I would never ever prefer Mein Schiff or AIDA over Celebrity either.
  11. Thanks for your valuable input! Indeed we do not care for suites. We rather spent the money for an additional week or two in a nice veranda cabin. On S-class ships we always spent our three weeks in a SV or C1 cabin. Totally sufficient for us.
  12. That would be great!! We (Barbara and I) would love to meet you onboard the Reflection. And yes, my name reflects my connection to the German Navy. I am retired as well but still in the German Navy Reserve.
  13. Thanks again to all of you! As mentioned before we really love the S-class ships. Mostly because of the ambiance. We are not really into party boats. We like to sit in Cafe Al Bacio or outside in the Oceanview Cafe after we had gone diving on Curacao, Bonaire. St. Lucia, Grand Cayman or Costa Maya. So, the itinerary is also highly relevant. On the other hand the food is not really so important. On the S-class ships we almost always use the buffet and sit outside enjoying the warm Caribbean air. The main reason why I was asking for an alternative is the worry that X will continue to increase their prices even further. And at some point it is simply enough and inacceptable. Even for us as loyal X cruisers ( we have appr. 16 cruises with them) and even if we could afford it. We are booked on the Reflection this upcoming December for a 14 day cruise. For next year December we still have options on the Silhouette for their 12 and 9 days cruises (B2B). Comparing the prices on a daily basis X increased the prices by 25% from 2018 to 2019. I strongly assume (and hope) that prices will come down eventually by September 2019. If not, I will give Royal a chance (Explorer and/or Serenade). Their itineraries in December 2019 are 9/10/11 nights long with nice ports of call. Based on your valuable inputs we have already paid some deposits. The final decisions have to be made in August 2019. So, let`s see how this will turn out. Thanks again for your support!
  14. Thanks for all your responses! Well, we fly over from Hamburg to Miami not only for cruising. In fact, we always spent about an additional week in Southern Florida. Either before the cruises, in between or afterwards. I will check with MSC to find out how this match could be done. Pretty nice if this really works Any thoughts about the Serenade and the Explorer of the Seas in particular? These two ships have pretty good itineraries in December 2019. And I do not really care for the Mega cruisers such as Oasis Class. Thanks again!! Frank
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