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  1. On Edge, Luminae now offers the same array of “always available“ MDR items as are also offered in Blu... Luminae on Edge does not offer access to the full MDR menu...
  2. Millennium Class ships--Summit is one of them--have always featured a retractable clothesline in the shower... Glad to hear that they've been retained following "the revolution"... Solstice Class ships--Silhouette is one of them--have never featured a retractable clothesline in the shower [nor does Edge].
  3. It seems to me that you may have asked this question here on Cruise Critic before... Celebrity has not altered its dress code--it is common across the fleet [including Equinox] other than for cruises in The Galapagos--since formal nights were discontinued and evening chic nights were implemented several years ago. Following is from the Celebrity website... ----- "Onboard Dress Code Q. What is the onboard dress code? A. Formal Night gets a modern luxury reboot. Say goodbye to Formal Night, and hello to Evening Chic. It’s your time to shine—your way. Get glamorous. Get chic. Be sophisticated. Now, on up to two nights on every cruise, Evening Chic activities have been introduced, and Evening Chic attire has replaced Formal attire. While dressier than Smart Casual, Evening Chic is intended to be less dressy than Formal attire. Women should feel comfortable wearing: · A cocktail dress · Skirt, pants or designer jeans with an elegant top Men should feel comfortable wearing: · Pants or designer jeans with a dress shirt, button-down shirt or sweater · Optional sport coat or blazer Evening Chic means that you can get glamorous and be sophisticated in your own way. If you would like to still wear a tuxedo or formal gown on Evening Chic nights, you absolutely should. All cruises that are 7 nights or longer will feature two Evening Chic nights. Any cruise 6-nights or shorter will feature one Evening Chic night. All other nights of the cruise will feature Smart Casual attire. Celebrity Xpedition will continue to feature casual attire for the entire cruise. Smart Casual attire can be enjoyed every other night of your cruise. Women should feel comfortable wearing: · Skirt, pants or jeans with a casual top Men should feel comfortable wearing: · Pants or jeans with a short sleeve sport shirt. Note: T-shirts, swimsuits, robes, bare feet, tank tops, baseball caps and pool wear are not allowed in the main restaurant or specialty restaurant at any time. Shorts and flip-flops are not allowed in the evening hours. The dress code will be enforced at all restaurants. And guests are asked to follow the Smart Casual or Evening Chic dress code in the Celebrity Theater for all evening performances. The daily program, delivered to your stateroom and available at the Guest Relations Desk, will be your guide to the correct attire each evening." ----- Evening dress on Royal Caribbean tends to be more casual than it is on Celebrity...
  4. You are correct, Jim... Silhouette and Reflection are of equal length [1047 feet]; Reflection is two feet wider than Silhouette [123 feet versus 121 feet beam]… That minor difference certainly would not influence navigational/docking ability in Norway [or, for that matter, virtually anywhere else]... At double occupancy in each stateroom, Silhouette's guest capacity is 2886 and Reflection's guest capacity is 3046... Most of that additional capacity resulted from repositioning the pool area from Deck 12 on Silhouette [one flight below The Oceanview Café] to Deck 14 on Reflection [immediately adjacent to The Oceanview Café] so as to create space for more staterooms on Deck 12 as well as the addition of a handful of suites that were carved out of the port side of Reflection's Sky Lounge...
  5. Prior to doing my river cruises in May/June 2017, I found the River Cruise forum here on Cruise Critic--the "sticky" threads at the top of its home page [varoo has pointed to one; there are others], related discussion threads [such as this one] among members, and reviews--to be educational and infinitely helpful... With that background, I then scoured the websites of those river cruise companies that had greatest conceptual appeal to me [I'm an avid Celebrity cruiser; was looking for a line I thought comparable] before selecting AmaWaterways from itinerary, reputation, inclusions and price point perspectives... You will find that there are cruises of varying durations/routings and, if so inclined, most--perhaps all--river cruise lines offer land-based extensions in tandem with the cruise itself... In my case, I was looking to do my "roots" trip... We [I did the first part of the trip with good friends I met while sailing Celebrity; we've traveled together often since] chose to customize our own land tour [ten days in Poland and The Czech Republic] before cruising... On embarkation day for the first seven day cruise [the Danube from Vilshofen (Germany) to Budapest], we met the Ama land tour group at their hotel in Prague for transfer to the boat [with a tour and lunch in route]… Ama sells such transfers separately upon inquiry; it was easy and perfectly/professionally orchestrated [same Cruise Manager directed both the land-based extension and the cruise itself]... On disembarkation day, we stayed on in Budapest for one additional night before my friends flew on to Amsterdam for an ocean cruise to Norway [I'd done a similar trip two years earlier] and I flew to Zurich for my second seven day river cruise [the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam; also with AmaWaterways]... After two nights in Switzerland on my own, I again met the Ama land tour group at their hotel in Lucerne for transfer to the river boat in Basel... Based upon itinerary offerings, I believe that Danube and Rhine cruises are most popular but your destination goals may vary... I know that I really appreciated and enjoyed my time in places like Salzburg, Bratislava, Vienna, Strasbourg and Cologne as well as a number of smaller charming towns and wonderful scenery along the way... I've visited virtually all ocean ports in Europe--many more than once--but these were very worthwhile destinations I would not have otherwise had ready opportunity to visit other than by packaged or self-constructed land tour... Finally it seems to me that the "gentle walker" [no direct personal experience other than to know that Ama did indeed operate such groups consistently on their most popular tours] in your group may appreciate the easier navigation around the much smaller river boats [one of my cruises had ~ 140 guests, the other had ~160 guests]… And tour busses were parked for loading and unloading at the boat immediately adjacent to the gangway... Whatever you choose to do, I hope you find my experiences/thoughts helpful... Haven't yet returned for another river cruise or two--other plans--but most assuredly will do so... Best wishes...
  6. As an alternative to an ocean cruise, you might consider doing a European river cruise... Excursions are included and--at least on AmaWaterways [I think very highly of them]; other river cruise lines may well have the same practice--groups tend to be small and tours are offered at a "gentle walker", "regular walker", or "active walker" pace... You'll find mention of those options here... https://www.amawaterways.com/explore/included-tours
  7. Every Tuesday morning, Celebrity publishes a listing of upcoming "Exciting Deals"... You'll find it here; the weblink does not change from week to week... http://www.creative.rccl.com/Sales/Exciting_Deals/XcitingDeals_cel_tues.pdf
  8. Cruise Critic’s parent—TripAdvisor—is often the more comprehensive resource in addressing inquiries such as yours... Just looked and they do have suggestions as to things to do/see on St Vincent... At times, reading tour descriptions can be a springboard to your thinking even if you choose to explore on your own... To the best of my knowledge, tourism at St Vincent—particularly by cruise ship—is relatively undeveloped compared to other Caribbean destinations...
  9. Sorry for my posting error immediately above... The view from your IV is comparable to the one I had from 9236--that cabin is a bit aft of yours--in terms of field of vision... You may be correct that the limited view from 10222 relates to the cabin's position at the end of the "bump out"; I couldn't see to 10220 [the A1 cabin immediately forward of mine] or 10224 [the A2 cabin immediately aft of mine; I wasn't particularly expecting to be able to do so when I booked long before I understood the IV concept]... Sorry, I took no photos of the view from 10222; there was nothing I wanted to memorialize! Very uncharacteristically, I've not booked Edge or Apex in the future... I'm not fond of Sunset View and--given my loyalty--have virtually no reason to book a Suite as I most often travel solo--don't need the space--and I'm one of the few who doesn't prefer the Luminae menu [for me, it was usually a very expensive way to access the MDR menu on the pre-Edge ships] versus the offerings in Blu...
  10. vtcruising… Edge is beautiful but there is another quirk that may or may not have been noted here... If it matters--it really bothered me--the views from the infinite verandas [Zenith member/Celebrity cheerleader but not at all a fan of the concept] whether the top window is up or down--can be very different based upon location versus ship superstructure... In 10222, the cabin [while no different in size] is recessed such that the view to the outdoors--up, down, or sideways--is extremely limited/akin to looking through a tunnel... I couldn't, for instance, see the nearby Magic Carpet if I looked forward; all I saw--other than if I looked straight ahead--was wall... In 9236 [just a few cabins forward from 10222 one deck below], the view in any direction was not similarly encumbered... That said, I suspect I will always prefer a traditional balcony and what is, to my mind, a much better connection to being at sea...
  11. Trip Advisor--which also operates Cruise Critic--is another resource and, in my experience, is often the better one for inquiries such as those posed by the Original Poster...
  12. I've been on Edge twice for a total of 22 days between mid-March and mid-May... On both cruises [things may have since changed], the Magic Carpet dinner--with special menu--was only offered once per week as weather and sea conditions permitted. Advance reservations for the Magic Carpet dinner are not accepted until aboard, can be difficult to secure, and--of course--the date may flex should weather/sea conditions warrant. When the Magic Carpet dinner was held, the Magic Carpet itself was located on Deck 14 with food service staged via the nearby Mast Grill...
  13. I can confirm that the Edge deck plans are not particularly accurate relative to bed placement... I occupied 10222 [no, the review you saw is not mine] for a week in March and 9236 for the Transatlantic in April/May... In both cases I expected the bed to be adjacent to the balcony based upon the "bump out" shown on the deck plans--my preference--but, in reality, bed placement was instead adjacent to the closet/closer to the bath... You may be on to something relative to the accuracy of the port versus the apparent inaccuracy of starboard deck plans in this regard... Can't validate but my experiences--on both Decks 9 and 10--tend to suggest so...
  14. On Edge, there is a nightlight--certainly not high-powered but it was more than sufficient for me--that is mounted beneath the counter in the bath and subtly illuminates the floor... If you leave the bath door slightly ajar [but do know that the closure is magnetic and may engage with ship movement], it may be adequate for your needs... If you need something more, consider bringing a small nightlight or two to increase the brightness... On Edge, there is a power outlet (not of the "shaver only" variety] in the bath--again below the counter with an adjacent shelf [I used it for my electric toothbrush--that easily accommodates one... There are also outlets in the living area if you desire more light in the sleeping area...
  15. The cooking excursion I participated in while at Cozumel was offered by Celebrity but operated through a third party at a local venue... There are all kinds of “good reasons” that have nothing to do with Celebrity choice or discretion that could cause cancellation by the venue... Three months is more than an adequate lead time to arrange a suitable substitute. And indeed excursions are sometimes cancelled on much shorter notice—including on the day it is to occur—due to weather, illness, mechanical and logistical difficulties on shore or on ship, or failure to attract a sufficient group so as to make the tour economically viable... Stuff happens... Your recourse is to come up with Plan B... With lots of influences and parties in the equation , travel circumstances can/do change; with respect, happy and fulfilled travelers adapt...
  16. After accessing the appropriate sticky thread above [there is one for Millennium-Class, one for Solstice-Class, and one for Edge], you will find a link to the most current spreadsheet via the very first post to that thread...
  17. My guess is that you haven’t cruised with Celebrity in several years... They now sell all sorts of beverage packages—alcohol and non-alcohol with varying inclusions—but haven’t sold an “unlimited soda only package” such as you recall it (included a thermal tumbler; no charge for fountain drinks at bars once purchased) for quite some time now...
  18. The Oceanview Cafes on each of the Solstice-Class ships (including Equinox) have always featured island type food service stations... I don’t know for certain but it seems to me that it may be that the Oceanview Cafes on the older Millennium-Class ships will be converted from their cafeteria line service model to the more contemporary island type food service stations...
  19. As noted above by gerelmx, all of Celebrity's ships--including the newest, Edge--feature Samsung TVs...
  20. In 2020, Summit will... Offer seven 7 night itineraries--round-trip Bayonne to Bermuda--with earliest departure on 9 May and latest departure on 26 July Offer one 14 night itinerary--Bayonne to Dublin concentrating on Iceland/Greenland--departing on 2 August Offer one 14 night itinerary--Dublin to Boston concentrating on Iceland/Greenland--departing on 16 August Offer four 12 night itineraries--round trip Boston to New England/Canada---with earliest departure on 30 August and latest departure on 5 October Offer one 12 night itinerary--Boston to Fort Lauderdale with a few port calls in the Caribbean [including San Juan in route]--departing on 17 October Offer one 15 night itinerary--westbound Panama Canal from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego--departing on 29 October Offer one 15 night itinerary--eastbound Panama Canal San Diego to Fort Lauderdale--departing on 13 November Offer one 7 night itinerary--Fort Lauderdale to San Juan--departing on 28 November It appears that Summit will begin doing 7 night Caribbean itineraries--round-tip San Juan--starting on 5 December 2020
  21. I believe that Wine-O is correct... I occupied 2105--on Eclipse, deck plan is the same as Equinox--for two weeks in March/April 2016 and seem to recall that the bed is near the bath... That's not usually my personal preference but selected the stateroom for its larger balcony... Terrific, convenient location!
  22. Actually, most of the Captain's Club representatives--including some members of the Shoreside Concierge Team--are based in Wichita, Kansas [316 Area Code]… A smaller cadre of Captain's Club Reps and a few members of the Shoreside Concierge Team are based in Miami [305 Area Code]... Initial contact by a member of the Shoreside Concierge Team is dependent upon ship with assignments changing from time to time...
  23. Edge has four smaller main dining rooms. Cyprus is one of them.
  24. I’ve had the same thing occur for the same excursion in the past... It’s true; enjoy!
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