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  1. My experience too... Best I can tell--I just looked at my Sea Pass cards from past cruises [including one that ended earlier this month]--Celebrity has always used CALL to designate Classic Alcohol Package and PALL to designate Premium Alcohol Package... mickey89... I have no idea why Celebrity has chosen to add an extra "L"--it may have something to do with their Information Systems--but their offering/their procedures and practices... From a guest perspective, it doesn't matter so long as the associated coding is correct in terms of eligibility...
  2. Premium and Classic alcohol package, respectively... My understanding is that it is not uncommon to see both online if you have upgraded... One code will be printed on your SeaPass once aboard.
  3. I alluded to the former "Cruise Credit" system in my more recent post above... On Celebrity, it awarded.. One Cruise Credit for sailing... An additional Cruise Credit for cruises of twelve nights or longer An additional Cruise Credit for guests occupying an AquaClass veranda, a Concierge Class veranda, or a Suite... Under the "Cruise Credit" system, the maximum number of credits one could earn for a single sailing was three... And you are correct, one earned Elite tier status [highest at the time] in Captain's Club upon earning ten Cruise Credits... On 23 November 2013, Celebrity announced that they would be converting from the former "Cruise Credit" system to a new 'Cruise Point" system [points/night based upon level of accommodation], added two new loyalty tiers [Elite + and Zenith with associated benefits], and redefined [or defined] the number of Cruise Points required to achieve each membership tier for effect with sailings on or after 1 January 2014... At that time, each Cruise Credit earned under the former system was converted to thirty Cruise Points under the new system with some minor adjustments--as I recall--so that those who had earned a level of membership status under the former "Cruise Credit" system would retain equivalent membership tier under the new "Cruise Point" system.. Since Azamara then used--and may still use--Celebrity's loyalty accounting system, they had no choice but to move to a "Cruise Point" measurement approach on coincident date... That said, Azamara did not implement new benefit structure [""Discoverer" level (Captain's Club "Elite" equivalent) was highest during 2014] or tweak the number of Cruise Points associated with sailing in a veranda stateroom until 1 January 2015.
  4. While you are correct today, Azamara did not start awarding five cruise points/night for occupancy of a verandah cabin--it had been three--until 1 January 2015... By comparison, Celebrity had been awarding five cruise points/night [or an additional cruise credit under the former loyalty accounting system] to those sailing in AquaClass or Concierge Class verandas for years...
  5. Celebrity's Captain's Club has five membership tiers and Azamara's Le Club Voyage has five memberships tiers... Though the tiers have different names on each of the lines, both accrue cruise points based upon stateroom category per night with identical cruise point requirements per membership level and points cross-accumulate across the two lines... Through Celebrity's Elite tier [Discoverer on Azamara], the benefits are essentially the same when it comes to laundry and internet time [Azamara's cruise fares include basic drinks/alcohol]. At Celebrity's Elite + tier [Discoverer + on Azamara], laundry and internet benefits on Celebrity are a good bit more generous on Celebrity than they are on Azamara... And at the topmost membership tiers [Zenith on Celebrity; Discoverer Platinum on Azamara], the loyalty benefits on Celebrity are far more generous [including unlimited internet, unlimited laundry/dry cleaning, premium alcohol package] than they are on Azamara [if so inclined, I pay for such things on Azamara that are complimentary on Celebrity]… Azamara does provide a nice discount--based upon loyalty tier [capping out at 10% at the Discoverer Platinum [Celebrity Zenith] levels--for onboard booking of future Azamara cruises but; as I book when deployments are first announced rather than while aboard ship, I've never used it... For reasons well beyond loyalty perks, I now tend to look at Azamara only when small ship size creates port/itinerary advantage [Asia comes to mind]; otherwise, I'm equally happy--in fact, more so--aboard Celebrity in terms of overall experience... You are correct that Azamara awards "top cruiser" status based upon loyalty to the Azamara brand rather than collective loyalty to both Azamara and Celebrity brands... Best I know, Celebrity does the same on a reciprocal basis...
  6. If you are sailing AquaClass, smoothies are offered in Blu at breakfast...
  7. Solstice is the only Solstice-Class ship that features a few AquaClass cabins on Deck 11 Aft...
  8. I can’t account for your experience other than to say that your schedules have not coincided... I disembarked Reflection yesterday and my Stateroom Attendant was awesome...
  9. On Reflection now... Café al Bacio [Deck 5] hours are 6:30 AM until midnight... Il Secondo Bacio [beverages only; Deck 14 in The Oceanview Café (port)] follows similar hours...
  10. If you are sailing in Concierge Class on Edge, you likely have a stateroom with an Infinite Veranda... There is no coffee table in the room and, as I suspect you know, there is no outdoor access to the balcony as there is on other ships... I found Room Service dining on Edge to be a chore...
  11. 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...
  12. The shows are typically scheduled at 7:00 and 9:00 PM...
  13. 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].
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. Bed position does not alternate on the Millennium-Class ships as it does on the Solstice-Class ships
  19. 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...
  20. 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!
  21. 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...
  22. 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/
  23. 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...
  24. 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]...
  25. 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!
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