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  1. Believe I mentioned this before... For a time, Celebrity was testing anticipated menu additions on some ships for potential introduction in the four themed Main Dining Rooms on Edge [and, I was told at the time, for possible menu changes on the other ships after Edge launches]... When I last sailed Celebrity in May/June, I was told that the evaluation of new menu items--based upon guest ordering patterns/feedback--had been completed...
  2. The daily is called Celebrity Today... Actually, another Cruise Critic member just posted [yesterday] those associated with a seven night Western Caribbean trip aboard Silhouette in April... You'll find samples here... https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2669546
  3. I believe that you are misreading the deck plans... There are five interior cabins on Deck 11 [1528, 1530, 1532, 1534, and 1536]… All are located forward of the ship's front bank of elevators and aft of the circular staircase that connects the Canyon Ranch Spa facilities on Decks 11 [smaller spa space] and 12 [larger spa space]... The Solarium Pool is aft of the ship's front bank of elevators... The interior cabins to which you refer are beneath the spa [specifically treatment rooms as I recall], not the Solarium pool...
  4. Sorry but bed position does not alternate on Millennium Class ships (Constellation, Infinity, Millennium and Summit) as it does on the five Solstice Class ships... On M-Class, the beds ( though I can’t speak to accessible cabins) are always nearer the cabin entry hall/bath...
  5. I'm aware... I was merely pointing out that--as a matter of scale [number and guest capacity of ships; number of C&A members]--Celebrity, much smaller than Royal, does not have a dedicated Captain's Club number for Elite and/or Elite + members...
  6. Actually, Zenith members [a group thought to number a few hundred] do have a number for the landside concierge team...
  7. No... Nor does Celebrity have a special Captain’s Club phone number for Elite + members (equivalent to Diamond + members in Royal’s Crown & Anchor Society)...
  8. I'm local--live between Fort Lauderdale and Miami--and think you've made a wise decision in scheduling a later flight...... Six cruise ships--with an estimated guest load of 20,033--are arriving at PortMiami on the morning of 16 December... And another six cruise ships--with an estimated guest load of 18,854--are arriving at Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale that morning... Add in the influence of others who will start traveling for the holidays that weekend [i'm flying north on 14 December] and I expect that both airports will be absolute chaos...
  9. If you look at the following thread--specifically, post #16--you'll find a chart [i don't see it on the Celebrity website] that states that a Blue Chip Club member needs 100,000 or more tier points--in that program--in order to gain access to Michael's Club... If you then go to the Celebrity website and search "Blue Chip Club" you will quickly find that one needs to do some very serious gaming--points earned vary with type of play [table games/average bet, slots, video poker]--the math is simple--in order to amass 100,000 Blue Chip tiers points... I understand that Blue Chip tier status is reevaluated periodically... https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2654979 I have never personally seen other "big spenders" [shops/Park West] granted access to Michael's Club but if Northern Aurora [Hi, G... Good to "see you" here; hope that you and C are well and happy!] reports having witnessed it, I am confident it must [i suspect, very rarely] occur...
  10. And Zenith members of Captain’s Club; not a large group and generally few—if any—aboard... And on very rare occasion, extremely high rollers from the casino’s Blue Chip Club...
  11. It relates to the advent of modular construction in which blocks of cabins are prefabricated before installation. On Solstice-Class—and most newer ships across lines—the cabins are not exact rectangles (two adjacent cabins fit together to create a rectangle) so as to make better use of available space).
  12. The dividers between cabins are relatively private but the verandas are not necessarily fully covered from above... And then, there are security cameras everywhere... Robes are provided in every stateroom...
  13. Le Petit Chef replaced Qsine on Infinity effective with the Pacific Coastal cruise that departed San Diego on 17 May...
  14. I was on the Infinity sailing of 17 May--in fact, I was aboard for the subsequent cruise to Alaska too--and don't know how I missed it! For sure, I'll look for it in the future... Café Al Bacio? I'd never heard of a Bakewell Tart until its preparation was featured as a challenge on an episode of The Great British Baking Show [PBS, no doubt a repeat] a few weeks ago... Just googled the term [didn't remember the specifics] and find that there is no shortage of recipes online... Can't say how Celebrity's version may have differed but you should find a recipe by Mary Berry and, for sure, hers should be the real thing.... She's considered a definitive baking expert/authority in England and is one of the two judges for The Great British Baking Show competition...
  15. The first two Solstice Class ships did have theme songs but the practice ended with Eclipse... Solstice used “It’s A Beautiful Day” by U-2... Equinox used “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles (you’ll still find the reference in the atrium)...
  16. Celebrity's Solstice Class ships--about the same size--have docked at St. Kitts for years... I suspect that tendering from Koningsdam on your cruise is more a matter of the number of ships scheduled in port that day...
  17. In 2016, a 400' floating dock was installed at Icy Strait Point to eliminate the need for tendering... I was there last month while on Celebrity Infinity; worked great...
  18. Very tragically, this is the second incident of a cruise ship guest going overboard in a matter of three days... On 10 July, a passenger on Regent Seven Seas Mariner disappeared--off the coast of Washington--while the ship was in route to Victoria, BC... The US Coast Guard did recover the unconscious guest after extensive search but, sadly, he was pronounced deceased upon being transferred to a hospital at Port Angeles...
  19. My Travel Agent and her husband will be aboard Symphony out of Miami--for what is, I believe, the Christening cruise--on 9 November; we're having dinner the night before... Invitation was extended in late April/early May...
  20. Suite guests--assigned dining room is Luminae--have access to Blu on a "space available" basis; advance reservations not accepted... AquaClass guests--assigned dining room is Blu--have access to the Main Dining Room on a "Select Dining" basis; typically works best--so as to minimize potential wait time--to have the Blu Maitre 'D make an advance reservation in the MDR... As you note, only suite guests have access to Luminae... Guests occupying interior, Oceanview, standard verandah, and Concierge Class verandah staterooms [everything other than suite and AquaClass cabins] have access to the Main Dining Room...
  21. I am not an attorney, SoCalTraveler, but my understanding--as noted in my earlier post--is consistent with the comments provided by chengkp75. Following is excerpted from current Celebrity's Cruise Contract as available via the FAQ section of their website [sorry, some of the spacing/formatting seems to have been lost in the "cut/paste" process]... To the extent shared with us here, the Original Poster does not seem to have tangible evidence substantiating negligence by Celebrity. 3. BAGGAGE, PROPERTY ANDLIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: a) Baggage Limits and Prohibited Items. Each adultPassenger is permitted to carry onboard the Vessel or check-in only the wearingapparel and personal effects reasonably necessary for the cruise, includingsuitcases, trunks, valises, satchels, bags, hangers containing clothing,toiletries and similar items. In no event shall any Passenger bring on boardthe Vessel or check-in, or in connection with the Land Tour, any illegalcontrolled substances, fireworks, live animals (except under the terms ofSection 12.d below), weapons, firearms, explosives or other hazardous materials,or any other items prohibited by applicable law or Carrier policy. Carrierreserves the right to refuse to permit any Passenger to take on board theVessel or on any mode of Transport any item Carrier deems inappropriate. b) Liability for Loss of orDamage to Baggage. Unless negligent, Carrier is neither responsible nor liablefor any loss of or damage to Passenger’s property, whether contained in luggageor otherwise. Liability for loss of or damage to Passenger’s property inconnection with any air or ground transportation shall be the soleresponsibility of the provider of the service and in accordance with applicablelimitations. c) Limitation of Liability for Lost or Damage. Notwithstanding anyother provision of law or this Agreement, Carrier’s liability for loss ordamage to property during the Land Tour portion of a CruiseTour is limited to$300.00 per Passenger. Notwithstanding any other provision of law or thisAgreement, Carrier’s liability for loss or damage to property for the cruise(or for the cruise only portion of a CruiseTour) is limited to $300.00 perPassenger, unless Passenger declares the true value of such property in writingto the address specified in Section 10.a below and pays Carrier within 10 days offinal payment for the cruise, a fee of five percent (5%) of the amount that suchvalue exceeds $300.00. In such event, Carrier’s liability shall be limited toits true declared value, but not exceeding $5,000. d) Limited Carriage. Carrierdoes not undertake to carry as baggage any tools of trade, household goods,(including but not limited to appliances and furniture) fragile or valuableitems, precious metals, jewelry, documents, negotiable instruments or othervaluables, including but not limited to those specified in Title 46 of theUnited States Code, Appendix Section 181. Each Passenger warrants that no suchitem will be presented to Carrier within any receptacle or container asbaggage, and hereby releases Carrier from any liability whatsoever for loss ofor damage to such items when presented to Carrier in breach of this warranty.In no event shall Carrier be liable for normal wear or tear of luggage orproperty, or loss of or damage to jewelry, cash, negotiable paper,photographic/electronic, medical or recreational equipment, dental hardware,eyewear, medications or other valuables unless they are deposited with Carrieron the Vessel for safekeeping against receipt (LTOs do not accept valuables fordeposit). Carrier’s liability, if any, for loss of or damage to valuables sodeposited shall not exceed the amounts indicated in Section 3.c above.
  22. It is entirely possible—especially since you said that your bag was located in Vancouver and not aboard ship—that your bag was misdirected and/or mishandled by the stevedores who offload luggage from the ship, manage its shoreside delivery, and perform other related loading/unloading duties while in port. Those workers are employed by the local Port Authority (or a local agent they have subcontracted) and not by the cruise line; related expenses—including others associated with all aspects of port operation—are assessed to the cruise line at each port and, in turn, are passed on to guests via a per person billing for port taxes/fees... Fact is, contracts with those agencies and—in turn—their union contracts with their employees, strictly prohibit cruise line employees from performing any aspect of such work off-ship. Celebrity served as intermediary in locating/arranging for return of your bag but—unless you can prove that it went missing and/or was damaged as a direct consequence of action/inaction aboard ship—they have no liability for the incident. Haven’t looked but I suspect that you’ll find related text in the cruise contract; you agreed to its terms (perhaps electronically) when you completed check-in. As others have noted, your best recourse in the absence of fact is to file a well-documented claim with your trip insurance carrier. They will review and, upon validation, adjudicate payment under the terms of the policy (they can vary widely) you purchased. In turn and at the insurer’s discretion based upon their fact finding, they may/may not choose to subrogate the claim (ie; seek reimbursement for their payment to you) from Vancouver Port Authority and/or Celebrity if “fault” is found to be attributable with certainty.
  23. I also recommend that you consider giving Quick Shuttle a look... Last month I completed consecutive cruises on Infinity--a Pacific Coastal from San Diego to Vancouver followed by a week in Alaska [round-trip Vancouver]--and, at trip conclusion, needed a transfer to Sea-Tac... Celebrity did not offer one... My initial inclination was to take the train from Vancouver to Seattle [i'd read that the views are impressive] but, upon researching, it would've been impossible to catch the morning train [6;35 AM] given cruise disembarkation time and the only other train [there are two per day] would have departed Vancouver at 5:45 PM and gotten me into Seattle's King Street Station at 10:10 PM... For me, Quick Shuttle had several advantages... Pick-up occurred right at Vancouver's Canada Place Cruise Terminal [i never needed to go outdoors on a very rainy day] rather than at Vancouver's Pacific Central Station... While I understand the train station is within walking distance of the cruise terminal, I avoided the need to jockey three weeks' of luggage around and the cost of an apparently brief taxi ride. Drop-off occurred right at Sea-Tac. Had I taken the train, the trip would have terminated at Seattle's King Street Station and I'd have needed to take a taxi to my hotel near the airport [due to flight schedules and my desire to fly non-stop/avoid connections, I opted to stay at a hotel near the airport--with a very early flight next morning--rather than take the "red-eye" back to Newark; it was still far more economical than flying back from the Vancouver Airport]. My hotel's complimentary transfers from/to Sea-Tac were prompt, easy and efficient. I booked the 9:00 AM "express" Quick Shuttle that skipped several intermittent stops along the way to Sea-Tac; scheduled travel time was 4.5 hours but we did--despite inclement weather--arrive about twenty minutes early. Immigration/Customs at the border--admittedly, on a Sunday morning--was quick/painless. Don't know if it's always true but those of us who were cruise ship passengers/boarded at Canada Place were exempted from having our luggage scanned at the border [it was stowed in a separate compartment under the bus] save for hand luggage we may have carried aboard. I booked Quick Shuttle online about six weeks in advance of travel date. Cost as a Senior [as I recall, the discount was not large] totaled $US 55.00... It is my understanding that Amtrak also offers bus service that supplements train service but I'd have still needed to contend with ground transportation in both Vancouver and Seattle as those buses also run between the train stations. Enjoy Infinity; she's "looking good" and I had a great time!
  24. Recently completed a B2B on Infinity.., First cruise—a Pacific Coastal with hundreds eligible to attend the Elite Coffee House (very well attended on sea days)—featured buffet service... Second cruise—to Alaska—had far fewer guests eligible to attend; plated service was used... On both cruises, the morning event was staged in Tuscan Grille...
  25. I attended the Folkloric Show while visiting St. Petersburg [Celebrity Eclipse/July 2010] and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was professionally staged--in a comparatively small/relatively contemporary venue accommodating several hundred attendees at most [not full when I attended; all were cruise guests from a number of ships] and featured a wide array of music/dance and colorful, differing costume changes. I don't recall that Celebrity brought a folkloric troupe aboard while we were in St. Petersburg but have attended and appreciated a number of similar "local lite" events [most notably, in Europe and South America] aboard ship. Have they been "basically the same"? Perhaps... But I'd guess it comes down to one's definition of "basic" and the degree of cultural immersion one seeks in the context of what one values/hopes to otherwise experience relative to other opportunities. Only you can make that determination... St. Petersburg is memorable...
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