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  1. I think like everything else in life, the price only goes up each year
  2. Thanks for the Update as we board late this week
  3. I always write same thing " Captains Club Special Discount"
  4. It's quite a few as nominally the Captain, Staff Captain, and Safety Officer are all qualified in the Master (Captain) rating, so that would be 6 per ship (3 working, 3 holiday), about a dozen ships, throw in the fleet captain and a few spares, so guessing about 80
  5. Good Wisdom Bo, and like yourself I looked up the previous recipients and found a diverse mixture of people that made a difference
  6. You are right, the companies we all remember with fondness and the good old days like the Polaroids, Compaqs, Timex, Pan Am, General Foods, Borders, Howard Johnsons, Sears, etc that used to dominate their fields chose to stay where they were rather than innovate and move forward. In many cases they were swept under the rug by the competition, and/or no longer exist.
  7. Very proud of LLP and her accomplishments. She's earned every accolade she gets. After spending 31 years at Celebrity/RCCL shes more qualified as a CEO than anyone else in the company/industry. I remember meeting her ~15-20 years ago when she was onboard revenue manager at the corporate office, and her mentioning starting as sales manager for the Northeast US. Done every job in the company from maritime/sales/hotel and launching 2 classes of ships w RCCL and X Maybe people aren't happy with her empowerment for women in the company, and encouraging women to work towards leadership position like she has.i think it's amazing to see women take some of the leadership roles. I think it's awesome to see 20% of maritime /engineering/bridge officers will be women. I think it's pretty sad when people assume she somehow got the job because she's a woman. Empowerment and respect for all guests and teams onboard and ashore are bigger than any awards she gets. I'm all for criticism of anyone when it's deserved, but when it's all gossipy you lose credibility "I hear that the crew......" As far as nickel and diming going on and loss of perks, I can't think of one hotel chain, cruise line or airline that hasn't cut back. I wish I could still fly TWA out of JFK with punchbowl sized bowls of fresh shrimp in the lounge, but these days I'm grateful to get 2 oz of pretzels on a 3 hour jet blue flight Times change and so does travel, if it doesn't it goes out of business. Congrats to LLP, she certainly deserves the Eleanor Roosevelt leadership award. Leadership takes courage, innovation and a ton of hard work, and that personifies LLP. She talks to talk, but also walks the walk.
  8. Agree 100%. Prob have gotten 20 massages with Canyon Ranch and maybe 2 were average quality or better. For deep tissue they tend to use elbows instead of hands to provide the pressure since they do so many in one day. I normally preface the consultation with a brief statement stating please don't try to sell me any products as I really interested, and instead just concentrate on the massage. Last few years have waited for the port and find a massage therapist there.
  9. And you can combine the two discounts if you call and ask them 10% for prepaying in advance + 30% for Elite = Total of 40% off (or 45% for Elite +) Many times the TA or Celebrity agent won't know the two discounts are combinable, but I know I've gotten it at least the last 10 cruises by requesting it with TA or Vacation Planner
  10. Have eaten in both and always found luminae better in quality and service. Blu is a more intimate space, but found the food pretty much same as MDR just with more emphasis on the healthier options and smaller, and as someone had mentioned you can order anything from the MDR in luminae, not true in Blu
  11. Thanks VT Cruising, I mistakenly put it on this board instead of the LLP one
  12. Hi Lisa, I know from my Navy experience when a new class of vessel is created, there always lessons learned after the first one is launched, and it's an going process to make each vessel better than the last based on feedback from guests, onboard teams and corporate lessons learned . I was wondering if you could share some of the changes we'll be seeing on Apex and Beyond (literally and figuratively). Personally I loved just about everything about Edge, so much so that I'll be doing an Edge TA on November 1st 2019, but did see a few tweaks I would have made going forward. Anxious to hear your thoughts. John
  13. I wonder who will be Captain on Edge for the November 1st crossing, any ideas?
  14. Not sure, but I do know about 8-10 crew are trained on each ship to be "Care Team" members, this is above and beyond their onboard function. Care teams on every RCCL ship/brandm, not sure what the other ones do. I met two of the Care Team on our Eclipse cruise (one in guest relations, one a restaurant manager), and learned a bit about it after this happened on Eclipse. They are generally people that speak several languages and then undergo specialized training so they can facilitate between port agents, Miami office, and the ships and the needed off ship facilities (hospitals, police, immigration etc). BTW Bill I do think it's funny that you are in Fishkill , and I'm the next town over in Wappingers.....small world sometimes
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