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  1. 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]...
  2. 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!
  3. Reservations unnecessary/not accepted on any Celebrity ship...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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]...
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. They also tend to be available daily at the morning Captain’s Club Continental Breakfast/Coffee event for Elite, Elite +, and Zenith members...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. As someone who has an allergy to both, disappointed to see that Eden menu continues to feature fish or seafood options only for the first three of five courses... Have sailed Edge twice [March to the Caribbean; the April/May Transatlantic] and having pre-booked Eden on both of those cruises based on the sample menu posted to the Celebrity website [which lists a non-fish/seafood selection for each of the first three courses], I cancelled both times... Won't bother to book Eden again in the future...
  14. My experiences at Port Everglades Terminal 25 suggest that, while the suite boarding lounge is open to all suite guests, only those who occupy a "top" suite or who are Captain's Club Zenith members--regardless of stateroom category--are escorted aboard...
  15. Sorry, another duplicate... Don't know how I did that!
  16. Sorry, duplicate... Don't know how I did that!
  17. My last two cruises were aboard Edge and I've dined in Fine Cuts three times now... One entrée was more than sufficient for me [and the food was wonderful] but, having read on the Fine Cuts menu that they do assess a charge for an additional entrée , I was reluctant to say that Murano [I'll next dine there in December while on Reflection] doesn't do so too...
  18. I am certain that multiple starters are not a problem but am less sure that multiple entrees--as others have mentioned, they are very substantial as are the multi-course meals in total--for a single guest are an option... By all means ask...
  19. The menus in the specialty restaurants—Murano is one of them—do not change from night to night...
  20. While you are correct that Reflection has not yet been revolutionized, the Celebrity App is indeed functional on Reflection as the application was tested on the ship before Edge went into service. Sailing on Reflection next month. Used the streamlined check-in process—Xpress boarding pass is on my phone—and the menus (at least in placeholder format; I’ve never found them to be totally accurate until aboard) and booked tours and other Cruise Planner purchases are available for review via the App too.
  21. While I agree that the explanation could be clearer and the display could be labeled better, the use of Captain’s Club tiers in the left column (bold print) with subordinate outline structure covering “equivalency” in the Azamara and Royal Caribbean loyalty programs below each Celebrity tier, it is implied—we read right to left and top to bottom—that the chart is prepared from the perspective of Captain’s Club tier status and not vice versa for those who are seeking “reciprocal benefits” on X based upon Crown & Anchor status... Haven’t looked but my guess is that there is a similar chart on the Royal Caribbean website which displays “equivalency” on Celebrity and Azamara based upon C&A membership tier.
  22. Once revolutionized, my understanding is that Millennium and Solstice class ships will still not—unlike Edge—have a pool on the Retreat Sundeck. Weight is apparently an issue and I believe the best one can hope for is installation of a hot tub in that area... Following Edge design, Apex seemingly will have the additional pool at the Retreat Sundeck when she enters service next year...
  23. No problem, Ray... Just wanted to be sure that you get responses from those who are qualified to render them in a context applicable to you as “home” is not always apparent (when I access via my computer I can see that information in the post if the member has provided it; if I access via my phone, location is never listed in the post and is only available via the profile if the member has provided it)... Cheers!
  24. It is important to note that your Cruise Critic profile suggests that you are from Australia. When assessing responses you receive here, it is important to note that laws, terms/conditions, and administrative practices can vary from market to market.
  25. Because there are sixteen of them total... Not all of the 32 2-C balcony cabins on Deck 6 Forward (Millennium Class ships only) have the expanded verandas that have caused those with larger balconies to be nicknamed Sweet 16 staterooms... To the best of my recall, the Sweet 16 cabins are 6016-6030 on the starboard side and 6021-6035 on the port side...
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