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  1. Both Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Summit were docked at St. Kitt's yesterday... About forty guests--equally split between the two ships--did a tour to Nevis... It was a treat to see that Journey--complete with a few Azamara crew members I recognized from the past--was at anchor while we were there...
  2. The shows are typically scheduled at 7:00 and 9:00 PM...
  3. 7:45 is indeed peak dining time... If you are planning to attend the 7:00 PM show prior to having dinner, a 7:45 dining reservation might be a few minutes early in terms of seeing the end of the show and then walking from the theater [forward] to the main dining rooms [aft].
  4. Silhouette will not use the app until the ship has been revolutionized... X website is down for maintenance at the moment but I seem to recall that work is occurring over several weeks in January/February 2020...
  5. Those who've attained Diamond, Diamond Plus or Pinnacle level in Royal Caribbean's Crown & Anchor Society are recognized as Elite members of Celebrity's Captain's Club on a reciprocal basis... Similarly, those who've attained Elite, Elite Plus or Zenith level in Celebrity's Captain's Club are recognized as Diamond members of Royal Caribbean's Crown & Anchor Society on a reciprocal basis... To my mind [some see it differently], the benefits associated with Elite membership in Captain's Club are roughly comparable to--but not the same as--those provided to Crown & Anchor Society Diamond members... Please see the appropriate section of each line's website for details...
  6. The nightly shows are usually scheduled for 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM... Celebrity does not publish entertainment or activity schedules--tentative or firm--in advance... Once aboard, the final details will be available to you via the app and in print...
  7. Prior to introduction of Edge about a year ago, the app was initially tested on two ships that have not yet been revolutionized... One of those ships was Reflection [revolution scheduled for February 2023] and, to the best I recall, Constellation [revolution scheduled for May 2020] was the other... After sailing Edge twice earlier this year and successfully getting my bar-coded Xpress Passes for expedited check-in via the app on both, I am sailing Reflection on 29 November and can confirm that the app is indeed working for that cruise too... I use my laptop rather than my phone for online check-in--big fingers/small keyboard don't mix easily for me--but, in each case, the Xpress Passes have immediately transferred to the phone app upon completion of the abbreviated check-in process on my computer... Using the screen shot that whitshel has posted [#9 above], the Xpress Pass can be accessed via the right-most of the three icons [depicting ship, calendar and guest] immediately above "Day 1/Fort Lauderdale" on the app... When you complete the online check-in process, you will be asked to select a suggested--but not binding--boarding time... That information--along with your name, reservation number, deck/stateroom number, stateroom category [ie; AquaClass], Captain's Club tier, muster station, a notation relative to any beverage package you may have and a bar code--transfers to the phone... If you've fully completed the check-in process and the personal photo you've uploaded meets the well-defined guidelines [they will take a new photo if needed], the boarding process entails the usual security screenings and a few quick scans of the Xpress Pass on your phone by roving greeters/check-in/security agents... Extremely speedy, easy, and painless; it's worked like a charm for me...
  8. Bed position does not alternate on the Millennium-Class ships as it does on the Solstice-Class ships
  9. Typically, expedited arrival is assigned to those sailing in a suite and to those who are Zenith members in Captain's Club... If you are in either of those categories, inquire when contacted by a Shoreside Concierge when contacted several weeks prior to you embarkation...
  10. While the Sunset View balconies on Edge are large and inviting--for me, they're certainly far more appealing than the Infinite Verandahs [not a fan; loved Edge but twice with that feature was enough], I'm not sure that they are any larger in terms of total square footage than some of those irregularly shaped ones located "on the slants" of the Solstice-Class ships. And as I suspect you know, they seem to be way smaller than any of the aft balconies [Family Verandah and Concierge 1] located on Decks 7 through 9 of the Millennium-Class ships. With no need for a suite, I'll certainly look for an SV if I choose to sail Edge again or to book Apex [and potentially, the successor three E-Class new builds if the IV design--in fairness, some do enjoy it--continues] in the future. Thanks for the photos, hcat. Have a great trip!
  11. Celebrity often conducts systems back up, maintenance, and updates on Saturday nights/Sunday mornings (Eastern time)... It’s been their practice for years and some weeks it takes longer than others... Suggest you try again periodically but it might yet take a few hours...
  12. It is likely, but not assured, that Equinox will used Celebrity's new Terminal 25 at Port Everglades... If there is more than one Celebrity ship at Port Everglades on the day of your sailing--or if there is maintenance scheduled at the terminal on that day--your actual terminal assignment may differ... The Port Everglades website lists terminal assignments--with relative accuracy save for last minute changes--up to seven days before your travel date... You'll find that link here... https://pevvesseltraffic.broward.org/webx/ Once you have determined the terminal assignment for your cruise, you will find information relative to parking and a port map via the Port Everglades home page... https://www.porteverglades.net/
  13. On Millennium Class, the C1 staterooms are all located on the aft and feature huge balconies... They’re very popular, tend to be booked quickly and command a price premium...
  14. The Port Everglades website shows Silhouette at Terminal 25 on Thursday [14 November], Edge at Terminal 25 on Friday [15 November], and Equinox at Terminal 25 on Saturday [16 November]. Unless something has changed that I can't otherwise detect, Reflection is not scheduled to arrive at Port Everglades following her Transatlantic until Monday, 18 November... The Port Everglades website posts anticipated terminal assignments seven days in advance [ie; tomorrow for Reflection's arrival at/departure from Fort Lauderdale on 18 November]...
  15. This sort of wind-induced ceiling damage in the "Deck 14.5" smoking area seems to be Edge's Achille's Heal... While we did not encounter anything close to the very severe weather that you have during this crossing, the same thing happened to a lesser degree in the same area at least once--perhaps twice--during Edge's eastbound Transatlantic to Southampton in April/May... And in fact, some of those ceiling slats were clattering/compromised a bit/received minor reinforcement during relatively ideal conditions while I was aboard in the Caribbean during March... Hopefully, Celebrity has made redesign of the area a priority--it's high maintenance and potentially dangerous to guests and crew--in terms of the Apex launch and future E-Class builds... Though our ports have differed, I've enjoyed reliving shipboard life--many of the same observations, many of the same officers, many of the same experiences [even the impeccably done loyalty lunch in Blu] through your eyes... Thanks!
  16. Reservations unnecessary/not accepted on any Celebrity ship...
  17. Flights By Celebrity--previously known as Choice Air--is a subcontracted airline consolidator and not a travel agent... Generally--and especially on international flights--their fares are lower, and sometimes significantly so, than if you were to have purchased via a travel agent or the airline itself... For instance, I used Flights By Celebrity in June 2018 to purchase a one-way business class ticket to travel from London Heathrow to Houston/Houston to Florida in May 2019 following Edge's Transatlantic ... My price was $1374 [great!]; on the same day, United was offering the identical one--way flight pair for a whopping $5817... You will find a brief explanation of the differences--many relate to service level--between an air consolidator and a travel agent here... https://www.smartertravel.com/airline-consolidators/ With respect and without knowing what sort of price advantage you've likely received [I assume nothing and shop air carefully and comparatively well in advance], I'm personally willing to handle some of the details given the magnitude of my savings... I've used Air By Celebrity [or predecessor Choice Air] more than a dozen times now--most often on itineraries far more complex than the one outlined above and entailing transfers between US and international carriers--and have always gotten things in order with relative ease... That said, I've also learned along the way that the practices and terminology used by most US airlines [and those are evolving too] can vary significantly---there is no world-wide standard--from those employed by international carriers ranging from class of service descriptions and associated flight amenities to baggage/carry-on allowances to seat selection ability/timing [some international airlines allow advance seat selection based upon booked class of service, some will allow it only upon check-in regardless of class of service, and others will assign seats--no self selection--at advance time intervals varying by class of service]... Best wishes in achieving resolution.... As American and LAN are both Oneworld affiliates and code share, this really should not be so difficult...
  18. Only the Solstice-Class ships [Solstice, Equinox, Eclipse, Silhouette and Reflection] have the lawn area and, of those, only two--Silhouette and Reflection--have the Lawn Club Grill [LGC]... The others have the Hot Glass facility in the same area... With respect, believe that you may have seen an ad for Le Petit Chef [LPC] while recently aboard Summit...
  19. In three visits to Fine Cuts, I never saw anyone eating outdoors either... If you found the views acceptable there, you will likely find the views from Blu acceptable as both are located along the exterior Deck 5 promenades with related infrastructure... Raw On Five is a bit better when the Magic Carpet is "parked" there... The views from Blu, Tuscan Grille, and Qsine [or predecessor Silk Harvest] on Solstice-Class ships are commanding without the encumbrances that I find visually unappealing [but admittedly, without the opportunities for outdoor dining that the Deck 5 dining venues that Edge provides]...
  20. There is a small outdoor area--a smaller portion of which allows smoking--on the port side of Deck 5 off of Eden... On the deck plan, you will see the entrance to that outdoor area--well aft of Blu--opposite the aft-most public restrooms... As you are looking at a stateroom on the starboard side of Deck 6, no chance of smoke incursion... The other smoking areas on Edge are located--for lack of a better description--on Deck "14.5" that is accessible via a single flight stairway adjacent to the Mast Grill/Pool Bar with another on Deck 15 that is aft of the Rooftop Garden in route to the Sunset Bar...
  21. There are windows in Blu on Edge but they don't look out with the same sweeping/unobstructed view that they do on Solstice Class ships. Instead, they look out on Deck 5 [there are tables out there for Blu guests who desire outdoor seating; in 22 nights on Edge--a week in the Caribbean;; 15 nights on the Spring Transatlantic--I never saw anyone use them] and ship infrastructure [as you'll note from the photo you posted]. Most often [especially at dinner], the window shades in Blu were kept lowered to create a more appealing view. Same is true for the Specialty Restaurants located on Deck 5.
  22. They also tend to be available daily at the morning Captain’s Club Continental Breakfast/Coffee event for Elite, Elite +, and Zenith members...
  23. While you are generally correct, Captain's Club Zenith members--regardless of stateroom category--are also eligible to have lunch in the MDR on embarkation day...
  24. Cruise spans Christmas and Hanukkah; more extended families and children are apt to be celebrating aboard... I’d guess—but don’t know—that Celebrity will have little if any incentive to discount Specialty Dining during a holiday sailing...
  25. I spoke with the Eden Maitre 'D both times before cancelling... While he was respectful and seemingly amenable to accommodating my medical requirements, he did so without specificity or any sense of enthusiasm... I decided to pass... For similar dietary reasons, I passed on my reservation to have Dinner On The Edge after seeing the menu and, obviously, Raw On 5 was out of the question for me... At the end of the day, Celebrity is entitled to define their menu offerings based upon their perception of guest appeal and what sells [reservations were strong at all Edge dining venues given their novelty]... And I did dine very well at Fine Cuts [multiple times], Rooftop Garden Grill, and Le Grand Bistro [for Le Petit Chef & Friends]... With about 500 nights on Celebrity over the past ten years, Specialty Dining on their other ships has never required special accommodation [I've even managed to contend at Sushi on 5] in the past...
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