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  1. While I've seen minor exceptions in which currency exchange has not been available aboard ship, such transactions can typically be accomplished--within reason, sometimes there are upper limits on transaction size--at Guest Relations. You are correct, the exchange will not be at the most favorable rates [for larger purchases or larger foreign currency purchases, credit card rates or ATM withdrawal rates can be better depending on the terms of your cards] but--when amounts are not large--convenience, at least for me in terms of securing "walking around" cash, matters. Please know that, as is true at many land-based currency exchanges, Celebrity will only issue and redeem foreign paper currency and not coin. Some currencies--surely true for both Euros and Pounds--use coins at higher denominations than we use in The United States. Though your instinct may be to pay for shoreside purchases with paper notes, you might want to exhaust your foreign coins first unless you want to bring home a collection of them. If using credit cards in Europe, know that Visa tends to be most readily accepted while American Express is less commonly accepted... Be sure to let your credit card issuers [and/or bank if you might use an ATM card] of your travel plans in advance of departure so as to reduce suspicion that your cards may have been compromised.
  2. The Edge Transatlantic will call at Le Havre on Sunday, 12 May... Based upon my research, the D-Day Festival--reenactments, a wide array of related events--will be held from 25 May through 16 June with the memorial by heads of state, dignitaries, and World War II veterans [by prior registration] on the 75th anniversary itself [6 June]. That said, I expect that the Normandy sites are apt to be quite crowded during our visit... In addition to Edge, Crown Princess and MSC Orchestra are also scheduled to be at Le Havre on 12 May. Not all guests will choose to tour Normandy but the three ships--with over 9,000 passengers--do create the highest projected cruise ship visitor load at Le Havre during the entire month. During December 2017/January 2018 we contacted eight of the best-regarded tour operators in the area--one I'd used and liked in 2011, several based upon recommendations from friends, a few others based upon favorable TripAdvisor reviews--to reserve a small-group private tour. One advised that, with bookings by [primarily] veteran groups, we were at least six months late in our inquiry; some never responded at all. Celebrity initially offered two big-bus Normandy tours; the original poster is correct in that there was not a lot of detail to assess content or differentiate them. During the first week of April 2018, they added a small group option [I've done them and preferred them--they tend to afford more interaction with the guide and to be more nimble/cover a bit more--at other destinations in the past]; we booked immediately and are glad we did as the price steadily increased--by more than 75%--before selling out. Though I expect a more hectic experience this time than I had 8+ years ago, I'm really eager to return to Normandy--it's always memorable--for this milestone anniversary.
  3. You are correct; the officer line-up/bios are not printed/delivered with the embarkation day daily on Edge... Supposedly, the info was available via the TV but--perhaps I just missed it--was never able to find them while aboard last month...
  4. Having read early reviews that mentioned wind issues, I strategically reserved my dinner at The Rooftop Garden Grill so as to coincide with our late port call--we didn't sail until 11:00--in San Juan... As luck would have it, the weather that evening was glorious with moderate temperatures, low humidity, and a light breeze; it could not have been nicer... Look forward to meeting you aboard very soon!
  5. I had dinner at The Rooftop Garden Grill while aboard Edge from 10 to 17 March... During a conversation with the Maitre 'D, he told me that plans are already underway to enclose the restaurant [not sure if that means just wind barriers or some sort of roof for all-weather guest dining shelter, in hindsight, I should have asked] to address wind and soot [when I arrived, the staff was cleaning the white upholstered chairs] issues... And in fact, he told me he thought the work might well be completed before I board again two weeks from today for the Transatlantic... We'll see!
  6. “Extend Your Stay” not an option in The United States...
  7. Connecting cabins on Solstice, Equinox, Eclipse and Silhouette use the vestibule approach... On Reflection, connecting cabins are joined via a door between the stateroom interiors.
  8. Sorry but the Infinite Verandahs on Edge cannot be opened/joined...
  9. Actually, the allowance is two bottles per stateroom; solo cruisers may carry the same two bottles aboard.
  10. As an Elite member in Captain’s Club, you will be considered as a Diamond member in Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society. If not aware, Diamond members are granted a nice discount if booking a balcony cabin; it is worth enrolling in C&A before booking if you’re planning to book a verandah stateroom...
  11. Your Travel Agent probably should have been more explicit in her instructions... To the best of my knowledge, Flights By Celebrity is a subcontractor to Celebrity [and under different references, for purchase of air by guests sailing on sister lines Azamara and Royal Caribbean]… Please see the following link... You should be able to book via their website or via a phone call to Flights By Celebrity without involvement of your Travel Agent [some find the commission on the air fare too small to be bothered and, as you've learned, charge a service fee] who arranged your cruise; I have done so frequently--under identical circumstances--with success, https://www.celebritycruises.com/company/customer-support/help-and-faqs/pre-cruise/flights-by-celebrity
  12. You need not specify a primary device... After you have first set-up your account on either device—user name and password—you may use either device to access the service...
  13. They’re issued by stateroom, not by guest. Eight luggage tags will be mailed.
  14. Your Room Steward will readily supply a sharps container upon request—mention it upon first meeting—once you are aboard.
  15. Summit will continue to sail from Cape Liberty on a variety of itineraries from 9 May until 2 August 2020. The 2 August cruise will visit a few ports in Canada, Greenland and Iceland before ending in Dublin with a return cruise--also visiting a few ports in Canada, Greenland and Iceland--on 16 August 2020 before ending in Boston on 30 August 2020. Summit will then do four twelve night Canada/New England cruises--round-trip Boston--with the last of the four departing on 5 October and ending on 17 October. The deployment thereafter has not yet been published but, if past is predictive, one might expect that Summit will return to San Juan for the Caribbean season thereafter.
  16. Actually, Celebrity's Transatlantic cruises later this month will end in either Southampton [Edge and Silhouette] or Dublin [Reflection]. Edge will do one subsequent sailing to the Iberian Peninsula from Southampton before changing origin port to places like Rome and Barcelona during the remainder of this year's Europe season. Best I can tell, Silhouette will home port in Southampton for all of this year's Europe season. Following the Transatlantic, Reflection will home port in Dublin for the first part of this year's Europe season.
  17. I'm confident that service will soon return to Celebrity's usual/consistent high standards but for now--with the introduction of Edge about four months ago--I expect that they are going through growing pains fleet-wide... They have recently hired a significant number of new crew members in all job categories for all ships who are still "learning the ropes" under the guidance of experienced crew members who have transferred between ships--including Edge--so as to maintain a constructive "hands on" training environment.
  18. Long time/frequent Celebrity cruiser but, other than occasional "fill a bag" offers, have never seen an unlimited laundry option. Might you be thinking of Holland America? Based upon my reading, I believe that they offer a prepaid "unlimited laundry" package.
  19. Along with Suite [but not Concierge Class] guests Celebrity also provides priority luggage handling on embarkation day and disembarkation day, escorted priority embarkation from the terminal to Michael's Club or The Retreat Lounge, and escorted priority disembarkation from Michael's Club or The Retreat Lounge to those who--regardless of cabin category--are Zenith members in their Captain's Club...
  20. Casino play—at least initially—is not cashless... Your SeaPass Card will be used to track play but not fund play (though tournament entry fees and advances—generally at a fee—can be charged to your onboard account via SeaPass) or to collect winnings... As is true at land-based casinos, slot machines use cash and/or vouchers; table games use cash and/or chips... A cashier is available to redeem vouchers/chips into cash... Regardless of ship location, all casino transactions are conducted in US currency...
  21. I was aboard Edge two weeks ago and will return for the April Transatlantic... Please see my post #4 above...
  22. While perhaps an aberration, the practice of inviting all Zenith members [ten upon embarkation] to the induction ceremony for new Zenith members [two; a couple] was still alive and well on Edge as recently as two weeks ago...
  23. As is true on the later Solstice-Class ships, there is a bar—Il Segundo Bacio—-at the entry (believe it’s port side) as one enters The Oceanview Cafe on Edge...
  24. As others have mentioned, Refundable Onboard Credit provided through a Travel Agent cannot be used for pre-cruise purchases and will not show up in one's account until aboard following confirmation of payment or a corresponding reduction in the agency's sales commissions... Similarly--if a Travel Agent has provided prepaid gratuities--an amount equivalent to those gratuities is posted to one's onboard account as Refundable Onboard Credit upon confirmation of payment or commission reduction by Celebrity... Similarly for other perks provided through a Travel Agent--like a Beverage Package--Celebrity will not reflect the benefit in Cruise Planner until such time as the Travel Agent has--one way or the other--paid for it.... Sometimes that doesn't happen until just prior to sailing date... While a Travel Agent's billing may enumerate those agency-promised perks at booking [keeping in mind that sometimes they're really being provided by the cruise line as a booking promotion to all who qualify regardless of booking source]; an agency's bill--while perhaps helpful in resolving errors with shoreside accounting once aboard if differences occur--is not binding upon the cruise line if the agent has somehow forgotten to pay for a perk [or perks] that is/are truly being provided through and paid by the agency... Not implying that such mistakes are frequent but they have been known to happen...
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