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  1. 8 hours ago, uktog said:

    So loyal guests elsewhere in the world don’t matter?  I don’t think so! 
    And last time I looked Marinaro was in the US so you can’t use that defence for him 🤔

     

    I am from The United States and a Discoverer Platinum member...  Though I get more e-mail communications from Azamara than I can count [several per week and yet another marketing communication this morning], I haven't received the referenced notification either...


  2. 3 minutes ago, Xport said:

     

    Interesting observation given that the Concierge Class lunch [which is also available to Captain's Club Zenith members, to back-to-back guests, and occasionally by invitation [so I've been told], to the highest playing guests of the casino's Blue Chip Club] is the only sit-down/waiter service lunch offered in the Main Dining Room [or on Edge, in one of the four Main Dining Rooms]--fleet wide--on embarkation day...

     

    Suite guests have access to sit-down/waiter service embarkation day lunch in Luminae...

     

    Otherwise, lunch is available on embarkation on a self-service basis at The Oceanview Café, The Mast Grill, and--if open-- The Spa Café...  Sometimes Sushi On Five is open for embarkation day lunch on an upcharge basis... 

     


  3. 43 minutes ago, fstuff1 said:

    unfortunately, it was the same menu as the other mdr's that's open to the general public  on embarkation day.

     

    Interesting observation given that the Concierge Class lunch [which is also available to Captain's Club Zenith members, to back-to-back guests, and occasionally by invitation [so I've been told], to the highest playing guests of the casino's Blue Chip Club] is the only sit-down/waiter service lunch offered in the Main Dining Room [or on Edge, in one of the four Main Dining Rooms]--fleet wide--on embarkation day...

     

    Suite guests have access to sit-down/waiter service embarkation day lunch in Luminae...

     

    Otherwise, lunch is available on embarkation on a self-service basis at The Oceanview Café, The Mast Grill, and--if open--The Spa Café...  Sometimes Sushi On Five is open for embarkation day lunch on an upcharge basis... 


  4. 9 hours ago, C-sea said:

    Has any entertainment been added to the lounge area of "The Retreat" on Edge, possibly during happy hour?

     

    Edge offers no more entertainment in The Retreat Lounge than is offered in The Retreat Lounge/Michael's Club on any of Celebrity's other ships...  When offered--and it sometimes is not--I've never seen it more than once/week [which is the duration of Edge's current Caribbean itineraries]…  Unless something has changed very recently, it has certainly not been a nightly event...


  5. 1 hour ago, az_tchr said:

     

    They also vary by a small amount depending on the date you booked your cruise.

     

    In another current thread, the original poster indicated that she is considering booking a five day cruise on Infinity...

     

    The new gratuity rates apply to all bookings made on and after January 6, 2020...

     

    For those who booked prior to that date, one must prepay gratuities in full prior to embarkation date to secure the former rates...  If not prepaid, the new rates will be charged daily to the guest's onboard account...

     

    Here's a link--including a schedule of the old/new rates and transition rules--to the related announcement...

     

    http://creative.rccl.com/Sales/Celebrity/General_Info/Flyers/17059991_CEL_PCP_Gratuities.pdf


  6. 1 hour ago, terrydtx said:

    You are right, I was thinking Blu for dinner and it came out lunch. Thank you for un-confusing my confusion, LOL


    I was relatively certain that your comment was unintentional...

     

    Original poster is a first time cruiser—any line—and happens to be sailing in Aqua Class...  Just didn’t want them to be searching for a lunch option that isn’t available....


  7. 31 minutes ago, terrydtx said:

    You will find the same at Blu for lunch as well.


    With respect and to avoid confusion, Blu doesn’t serve lunch...

     

    Blu does feature a few specialty cocktails at dinner that also exceed the price limit associated with the Classic Beverage Package...  Same deal; pay the difference plus 20% gratuity on the upcharge amount.


  8. On 2/15/2020 at 4:20 PM, Happy Cruiser 6143 said:

    No pool?


    No secret!

     

    It’s been clear from the outset that—due to weight/balance considerations—no pool could be added to revolutionized M-Class and S-Class ships upon addition of the Retreat Sundeck areas...  Edge is smaller than her S-Class sisters—with about the same guest capacity—but Edge weighs a good bit more (some related to the additional forward pool; some related to the midships Magic Carpet) than the S-Class ships...


  9. At double occupancy, Edge carries 2900 guests...  By comparison, Royal Caribbean Oasis-Class ships—the ships that feature “Headliner” entertainment—carry about 5500 guests at double occupancy...

     

    I happen to be generally satisfied with the shows on Celebrity but would guess—if I understand the context of your question correctly—that they are akin to what you would find on Royal ships of equivalent size...  Truth is most Royal ships are larger than Celebrity’s largest—Reflection (3150 guests)—but the others don’t feature “Headliners” either...

     

    No need—or ability—to reserve show times  in advance or once aboard any Celebrity ship...

     

    Enjoy Edge!

     

     

     

     


  10. On 2/7/2020 at 11:41 AM, misterkevin said:

    I think our experience with crowding and waits for dining will vary by ship, time of year which impacts the percent of cabins with triple/quadruple occupancy, and Maitre 'D at Blu.

     

    By definition, AquaClass staterooms accommodate a maximum of two guests...  Not true in Suite-Class categories--triple and quadruple occupancy is permitted--so as to sometimes [I've seen it with some frequency including a nightly group of eight (two families who didn't care for Luminae and insisted upon being seated together)] further strain seating availability in Blu for AquaClass guests... 


  11. In a sense, the Infinity Transatlantics are repositioning cruises in that the trips to Europe depart from Cape Liberty/Bayonne and the returns from Europe end in Boston [which has become the new departure point for the revised/shorter New England/Canada itineraries that follow]...

     

    The two trips between the US and Ireland/Iceland/Greenland in August of this year are not exactly new and have been wildly popular...  They were first offered for booking on the same day--11 December 2018--that I was able to reserve the first New England/Canada cruise of the season on 30 August 2020... 


  12. 27 minutes ago, ghstudio said:

    The priority embarkation lounge just happens to be one of them.

     

    The Celebrity website doesn't claim that there is a priority embarkation lounge for AquaClass guests...  It does list priority check-in as an AquaClass perk [and the line, mixed with other "priority" groups, does exist] but, as you note, it may be of questionable value relative to alternatives...


  13. 14 hours ago, RNCheryl said:

    Have been on Reflection and liked it.  However, recent reviews show long waits for dining due to new cabin creation.

     

     

    While you are correct that Reflection is Celebrity's largest ship in terms of number of staterooms [and related guest capacity], no staterooms/no additional guest capacity has been added since Reflection first went into service in October 2012...  Compared to the other Solstice-Class ships, Reflection was built with additional cabins [Aqua Class and Aqua Suites (both with dining in Blu) with the latter long ago reclassified as Sky Suites (with dining in the newly created Luminae)] on Deck 12 [the pool was relocated from Deck 12 to  Deck 14] and five suites were added to Deck 14 [forward/port] as a carve out to the Sky Lounge...  The ship has no more cabins and no more guest capacity now than it did when you were last aboard...

     

    I've cruised on Reflection four times since her inaugural Transatlantic in November 2012 and was most recently aboard for ten nights last month...  In 37 nights, I've only encountered a significant dining wait time once [it was in Luminae [no fixed dining times/no reservations; same is true in Blu] some years ago on the first night of the cruise; seemingly everyone showed up to be seated at the same time; by the second night, it leveled out] but have had no waits otherwise...  Each trip--regardless of cruise line--has a different dynamic for guest dining time preference [which can also vary day-to-day depending upon port schedule, specialty dining reservations, and on Evening Chic nights]…  Though understandably not perfect, my impression is that Celebrity does a particularly good job in doing their best to predict and adapt their daily dining operations to meet guest demand/minimize waits...   

     

      


  14. 2 hours ago, HALrunner said:

    Did you need to make reservations for Blu and/or the MDR? Any other surprising differences that caught you off guard? 

     

    Reservations are nor accepted in Blu; though your Cruise Planner may show a set dining time on a placeholder basis, you may dine when you wish with waits--and then, short--very rare...  Upon boarding, you will likely have a letter from the Blu Maitre 'D suggesting a dining time for the first evening--they try to get a sense of guest preferences--but know that the suggested time for first night is not binding...  Show up when you wish...

     

    If you wish to try one or more of the four Main Dining Rooms, it is probably advisable--though surely not necessary; one can just show up--to have the Blu Maitre 'D [or the Maitre 'D in any of the Main Dining Rooms (Cosmopolitan, Cyprus, Normandie and Tuscan)] make a Select [anytime] Dining reservation so as to minimize demand-based wait times should they occur...

     

    If you choose to use the Celebrity smart phone app [an internet package is not required once aboard], you will find that the night-by-night menus for Blu and each of the other dining venues will be available for advance review [on a preliminary basis prior to your cruise; on a "final" basis once aboard]...

     

    Based upon what I've read or experienced relative to anytime dining on other cruise lines, it is my impression that Celebrity [I've sailed with them about 500 nights (top-most loyalty status in Captain's Club)] handles the process very well...  Enjoy Apex!  I've done 2 cruises/22 nights on Edge and thoroughly enjoyed the experiences...   


  15. I boarded Reflection on Friday, 25 November and disembarked on Monday, 9 December...  It was a ten night itinerary; two sea days followed by five consecutive port days followed by two sea days before returning to Port Everglades...

     

    Just looked at the dailies...

     

    Lunch was served in Murano [Noon to 1:30 PM]--sorry, I can't readily find the cost--on Saturday, 7 December [the first of the two sea days in route back to Fort Lauderdale]…  For us, 7 December also happened to be the second of two "Evening Chic" nights...  

     

     


  16. 8 minutes ago, micheleata said:

     

    I believe it is $7.95 a minute.

     

    Thank you...  I knew the price was steep by my standards [which is understandable given the technology in play and fine in a true emergency] but didn't have the cost at hand...  Just didn't want anyone to think that use would be a great idea just to say "hello"!


  17. 23 hours ago, Xport said:

    While timing is everything--traffic related to embarking/disembarking cruise passengers at Port Everglades should subside before game traffic really builds--delays in the Fort Lauderdale port/airport/hotel areas are still a distinct possibility...

     

    19 minutes ago, oneputt18 said:

     

    They are driving to the port ,wanting to arrive around 11 AM. They should not be affected by anything Super Bowl related.

     

    I believe I said the same thing...

     

    I live less than a mile north of the Miami-Dade County/Broward County line and have been in residence during several Super Bowl games at what is now known as Hard Rock Stadium [I watch half-time fireworks from my terrace]…  All football games--whether a Super Bowl, the Orange Bowl or a Dolphins home game--increase traffic in the area south of downtown Fort Lauderdale and some of it will start far earlier than the few hours prior to game time as those staffing the stadium [security, catering, ushers]--especially true and larger in number for a sold-out/high security/high profile/"best foot forward" event--report to work...  For a Super Bowl, sports commentators with related equipment descend upon the area to set up and test international TV coverage [which starts hours before the game] and sportswriters set up/take over the press boxes...

     

    At the same time those driving in for the game begin to arrive and, like some who have overnighted in the area, are in search of a place to spend a few hours--most often at a restaurant [the better ones will be mobbed beyond the usual seasonal crowds]--before heading to the stadium...  "Big Game" attendees are much like cruise ship passengers in that most are eager to get an early start on/maximize the day... By mid-afternoon local roads [no picnic day-to-day] will be heavily trafficked by limos, charter buses, and everything in between...

     

    While the distance between our homes can't be all that great on a north/south basis [east/west could matter; I'm on the beach], our experiences have been very different...

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