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    Cruising, Photography, Tennis
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    Celebrity
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    Caribbean

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  1. They call them a different category but the idea is the same ... and as mentioned, the balconies are deep and about the largest we've had for a regular veranda (non-suite).
  2. When I read MVP's post two days ago, I remembered the times we were fortunate enough to sail together. And it reminded me of all the wonderful Cruise Critic people we have met on cruises over the years. You are correct, HCAT, it's been a couple of months of very sad losses here for Cruise Critic. But I'm grateful for the memories shared, the information exchanged and the lifelong experience cruising and Cruise Critic has brought our family. Remember to ENJOY EACH DAY!
  3. Thanks to all the very kind responses about Walt. He would be humbled. I am going to share a link to this thread with his wife. I know she will be very touched by everyone's kind words. Remember....enjoy each day!
  4. Thanks to all the very kind responses about Walt. He would be humbled. I am going to share a link to this thread with his wife. I know she will be very touched by everyone's kind words. Remember....enjoy each day!
  5. I was referring to the IV window and doors to the regular balcony, not the door to your cabin. Sorry for the confusion.
  6. It is with a very heavy heart that I'm posting to let our community know that Host Walt has passed away. I've worked with Walt to monitor the boards here on Cruise Critic for nearly 20 years. I know he was very active here on the Disabled Cruise Travel board so I wanted to let you know. He was such a good caretaker of our Cruise Critic community. He and his wife loved to cruise, flowers and gardening and tennis (Roger Federer in particular). It seems surreal at the moment. I truly enjoyed sharing the duties of "host" with Walt over the years. He was a gentleman and a friend. We will miss him greatly.
  7. It is with a very heavy heart that I'm posting to let our community know that Host Walt has passed away. I've worked with Walt to monitor the message boards here on Cruise Critic for nearly 20 years. He was such a good caretaker of our Cruise Critic community. He and his wife loved to cruise (especially Holland America and Celebrity), flowers and gardening and tennis (Roger Federer in particular). It seems surreal at the moment. I truly enjoyed sharing the duties of "host" with Walt over the years. He was a gentleman and a friend. We will miss him greatly.
  8. It is with a very heavy heart that I'm posting to let our community know that Host Walt has passed away. I've worked with Walt to monitor the Celebrity boards here on Cruise Critic for nearly 20 years. He was such a good caretaker of our Cruise Critic community. He and his wife loved to cruise, flowers and gardening and tennis (Roger Federer in particular). It seems surreal at the moment. I truly enjoyed sharing the duties of "host" with Walt over the years. He was a gentleman and a friend. We will miss him greatly.
  9. Yes, there were definitely chairs and I believe there were umbrella rentals when we were there two weeks ago.
  10. It is so hard when cruise lines make decisions that really, really, really bother us. I have decided when I'm not happy with something a line does (we sail at least four lines) I don't feel bad looking for another option. The sad thing today is that these types of decisions are rampant and there isn't much we can do about it. I do say write and be persistent but in the end, the only thing that will make a difference is when they begin losing customers because of a decision
  11. Hi Folks ~ I'm sailing on Ruby Princess in July so I'm finding this thread interesting. But please, if you have any questions about post removals, please contact our community manager - community@cruisecritic.com. You will get a response. Remember, you agreed to abide by our Guidelines when you joined Cruise Critic. Here's a link to those Guidelines: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/guidelines/. As a host, I'm here to help ensure our members follow the guidelines and remain a friendly atmosphere. So please remember, if you have a question, please email the community manager. THANKS!
  12. Thanks so much for the suggestion. My favorite thing about Cruise Critic has always been how helpful members are! I'll tell Andy you said hello....hope all is well.
  13. Thanks, Steve for asking the question. I always forget about the 15% discount we are eligible for. I made reservations yesterday for our August cruise and I'll make a note to check on the discount when we board. I did want to mention that we can now make specialty dining reservation far in advance of 60 days. We were able to book specialty dining right after we booked recently and our cruise is more than 8 months away.
  14. Marylander2 ~ I wanted to thank you for taking the time to share you in-depth review. I know the amount of time it takes to share this type of detailed review. THANKS SO MUCH....please remember to submit it our REVIEWS section if you haven't already done so. I agreed with so many of your observations and you even gave more in-depth reasons that I thought of about the ship. The only are I probably disagree with is the stations in the Oceanview Cafe. They are nearly identical to the S-class ship in the number and placement of stations. In fact, if you factor in that they moved the pizza making area to the aft portion of Edge, there are more stations than the S-class ships. Agree that the space can get very crowded but I've yet to be in any buffet area on any ship that doesn't get this way at peak times. I also stuck to things like the rotisserie area and the omelet station where things are made from scratch and we thought the food was very good considering this is essentially a buffet area. But then again, food it probably the most subjective thing on a ship. THANKS again for the thorough review. I know our members very much appreciate it like I do!
  15. My two cents on IVs. I think the real problem is the word "veranda." A veranda leads one to believe you are "outside." The IVs on Edge are not "outside" like traditional balconies (verandas) are. They have merely extended the cabins slightly and added a large window that opens. For me, it's not a question of the cabin is good or bad, it's about perception. When I hear veranda, I think I'm going to be outside. That's just not the case with the Edge IVs. As a long time cruiser, I'll never sail in an IV. I enjoy the standard balcony/veranda far too much. The IVs, in my opinion, are not comparable no matter what they call it. Maybe they should consider not calling these rooms "verandas" of any kind. It's all about delivering on expectations.
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