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Dimarie40

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    Celebrity
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    Europe

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  1. With all that gas I doubt very much there will be anyone to be rescued. Such a sad situation.
  2. I just priced the Eclipse for the Transpacific from Sydney to Hawaii in April 2022. We did this same sailing in April of this year. We paid just over $7000 AUD for both of us in a veranda cabin plus another $1000 for a drinks package. The 2022 sailing is coming in at $14,600 for both of us. It does include a drinks package. That's roughly $5500 more than what the exact same cabin is going for now. Consequently we will definitely not be booking early and will just wait until final payment time and see what's available and at what price then. If the price drops to something more realistic then we'll book but that price is crazy! Celebrity seems to be pricing many of us out of the market unfortunately.
  3. HIP NAME Solstice CABIN # 2106 DECK # (3-14) 12 CATEGORY: 7-12, 1A-1C, 2A-2D, A1-A2, C1-C3, CS, FV, PS, RF, RS, S1-S2, SG, SV C2 LOCATION ON SHIP: Port (left), Starboard (right), Bow (front), Stern (back) or Inside and Forward, Midship (between the forward and aft elevators), or Aft (For example: Port-Midship, Bow-Forward or Inside-Aft) Midship aft BED NEAR Balcony QUIET? (Yes/No/Usually) Yes BALCONY VIEW (Good, Great, Obstructed) Brilliant view forward and aft. BALCONY SIZE (Standard, Oversized, Other) Oversized WIND A PROBLEM? (Yes/No/Sometimes) No SOOT A PROBLEM? (Yes/No/Sometimes) No PROBLEMS/COMMENTS (Explain all Noise (including crew door issues), Wind and Soot Problems here, plus all comments and information regarding things like connecting or accessible cabins) None. We loved this cabin. We usually get a 1A on deck 8 or 9 but wanted to try this location. Absolutely brilliant for accessing the pool deck and Oceanview. Very close to elevators too. Huge balcony which has a small straight section so you can see forward and then the angled section where you can see out and aft. Veranda had two chairs and footstools, table plus a recliner. This cabin is located below the men's toilets outside Oceanview and we occasionally heard the odd 'woosh' of the toilets flushing during the day but never at night when were sleeping. We would definitely choose this cabin again. PICTURES (Attach pictures in your review) DATE OF CRUISE AND "REVOLUTION" Pre revolution. October 27, 2019 Edited November 13 by billslowsky
  4. Australians will mutiny if they try to do this. I can just imagine the uproar now! We are on the October 27 Solstice sailing so we shall see what happens. Could be an interesting cruise.😀
  5. We are in Concierge on our October 27 cruise on the Solstice. I do hope we can get a zippered tote bag. It's one less thing to pack and I just broke the handle on my flimsy Celebrity shopping bag yesterday so am in need of a replacement. We shall see what happens. I will ask our stateroom attendant when we are on board.
  6. I recommend you email Celebrity and state your facts and politely ask them if they can do anything to either upgrade you or perhaps give you some perks or OBC (on board credit) to use on the ship as a gesture of goodwill. The best email to use is CelebrityOneTouch@Celebrity.com If you don't receive a return email after a few days, email them again. Sometimes they get very busy but they will reply if you send a second email.
  7. I've just realised you are on POA and we were on Celebrity so please disregard some of that information. I'm not sure if POA do self disembarkation but if they do I would recommend it or at least get into group number 1 for disembarkation.
  8. Pammie, We came off the Solstice in Hawaii in May and had a flight at 11:25 to another island. I was worried about that flight so 10am would have scared me silly. Having said that, you have already booked and so I'll tell you what I recommend you do. Do not put your bags out the night before. Keep them with you and do self disembarkation. Once the ship is in port you will have to wait for clearance and then they will announce the ship is cleared and disembarkation will commence. Do not stop to eat breakfast, you can have something in the Qantas lounge and on the flight. Get yourself and your luggage down to the disembarkation queue early, and I'm talking 6am. Hubby can go to Al Baccio for coffee which you stand in line or vise versa. It will be on deck 2 or 3 I think but check that out while you are on board. We didn't go to the line until about 6:45 and the queue was immense. There were lots of people self disembarking. We got lucky and they sent us to start a new queue next to Cellarmasters but I wouldn't count on that. As you will have had immigration done on Maui you will be able to walk straight off the ship and head for the taxis which is what we did. Even with a delay due to the computer system having to be rebooted in order to scan our sea passes we were off the ship and at the airport by a little after 8 o'clock. It's definitely doable as long as you are organised and hit the ground running. Good luck and have a great cruise.
  9. It may have something to do with dining in Blu and the Persian Gardens component. Adding another 13 cabins on top of the number of cabins designated as Aqua already might just be to much for the dining room to handle.
  10. They are the newly created cabins on the upgraded S class ships. They would not have any obstructions in that position. The view would be clear.
  11. There are no loungers on the hump balcony cabins nor will your cabin steward be able to get one for you. I asked for a footstool due to a back injury and even that wasn't enough to get one for me. I just used my travel case instead. I doubt very much indeed you will be able to have a lounger but I guess you could ask. It might be your lucky day.
  12. We have returned from our Transpacific on the Solstice from Sydney to Hawaii. It was a wonderful trip and I hope to do it again one day, perhaps in the reverse order. As for Papeete, we ended up going on a circle island tour with Kevai tours. It was booked in advance. We had a great day. It was a private 4+ hour tour for 6 people and cost $600 USD in total. Our guide was knowledgeable and funny and it was just the right amount of time spent driving around and looking at things. We had lots of stops where we could take photos, grab a drink or a nibble. The only problem we had with Papeete was that we were in port on Easter Monday and almost everything was closed however there were some markets and dancers plus a few of the stores along the front opened as well. Our favourite stop of course was Bora Bora. The water was exquisite. We used Patrick's on that day and it was fabulous. They run a smooth operation and we had a great time with them. Moorea came a very close second. We used Moorea Miti tours and they were a highlight. We had the most charming guide, Wilfred who taught us so much about the island and gave us the best day out swimming with sharks and rays, snorkelling the coral reefs, learning about medicinal plants, weaving hats, making poisson cru, singing island songs and making us laugh and laugh. I simply cannot recommend this company enough. All three days spent in French Polynesia were wonderful and I am currently looking at flights to go back again and spend a week rather than just 3 days. We are so lucky to have had this experience and if you get the chance to visit I highly recommend it.
  13. Thank you so much. I have emailed him and have my fingers and toes crossed.
  14. Thank you both for your suggestions of Taina Tahiti and Unique tours. They were both crossed off my list a month or two ago as they are already fully booked. I was hoping there would be locals at the port that we could use to take us for a drive around the island. We really don't want to hire a car. Petoonya, thanks for the suggestion about taking the ferry back over to Moorea for another excursion there. I will definitely look into this as it sounds like a great option and perhaps the best one. Thank you again.
  15. We will be on a Transpacific cruise which visits Moorea, Bora Bora and Papeete (Tahiti). We have organised private excursions for Moorea and Bora Bora but have nothing planned for our stop in Papeete. Will there be locals at the port that will offer various things to do? We'd quite like a drive around the island to see the waterfalls and the Marae with a stop to swim/snorkel somewhere if possible. I have tried very hard to book a private excursion online however they are all booked up so now I'm thinking we should just wait and see? Thoughts? Alternately, how easy is it to access the lagoon to go swimming/snorkelling? We will be snorkelling on both of the other islands and understand that the snorkelling is better there but if the opportunity is there to do it again in Tahiti then we might do that instead. I know there is shopping/markets etc close to the port which we can visit just by walking but would like to also see more of the island. Looking forward to hearing your suggestions. Thanks in advance.
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