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  1. We were schedule to take an eleven-night Sydney-New Zealand-Sydney in March 2021. We had a great price for AQ with 4 perks, $500 OBC and reduced deposit. After much thought we decided to go for a lift and shift. As the same itinerary is not available in 2022 we asked for an 11-night Aukland to Sydney instead. I called my big box TA. Got through on second ring and told her what we wanted. It took her about 90 minutes to get through to Celebrity. No problems doing the lift & shift, everything transferred over. Got a cabin on the hump and a slight price reduction. Confirmation email and new documents were received within an hour of hanging up. We are very happy with this. Thank you to the big box TA and Celebrity.
  2. We are currently booked to do a 12 night Australia/New Zealand round-trip from Sydney end March 2021. With the uncertainty right now we would like to do a Lift and Shift to end March 2022, but there is nothing equivalent showing. Will there be more sailings scheduled or is this it? As IT as it ca be right now. 😁😁
  3. Duh!!!! Boy am I ever in dreamland. Of course this does not make sense from a cruise line perspective. Thanks everyone for waking me up. Now where is that cocktail?
  4. Hi All. I am dreaming of future cruises. The Eclipse does two Boston, Maine and Canada cruise back to back. They both start and end in Boston. I was wondering if I could board the first cruise on day 6 in Quebec City, stay on board, and get off the second cruise in Quebec City? This would save me a lot of air travel.
  5. S class ship. Standard verandah room. Bed near bath or near balcony. Which do you prefer and why?
  6. I never thought I would sail Aqua Class so I never paid attention to questions about Aqua Class and Blu. However, yesterday I snagged a great upgrade to Aqua Class. Please indulge me and answer again. Is seating in Blu similar to select dining in MDR, meaning if you show up without reservations at a popular time and they are full you get a pager? Can we still eat in the MDR if we let Blu know in advance? Can we order off of the MDR menu? Is the dress code stricter than the MDR? Do they have wine that I can get with the premium drink package, or are they over the max price? Are breakfast omelettes made to order? What is the relaxation lounge on Solstice like? What are the afternoon canapés like? What is your favourite thing about Aqua Class? Thank you all.
  7. First thing we do when getting aboard is ask the room attendant to do our room first thing in the morning. Up at 6. I take a stroll on the almost empty decks. Pickup coffee and croissants. Return to room where DH is waking. Have coffee on balcony with DH. Morning ablutions. Head up to OVC. Pick up OJ with amoretto. Pickup breakfast. Eat outside if nice. Have more coffee. Head back to room to brush teeth and grab book for DH, yarn project for me. Back through OVC for another OJ or coffee and additive. Over to sky lounge to enjoy beverage and hobby. Around 9:30, cafe Al Biaco for “special coffee” and a small snack. Meander around the ship for a bit. Find a bar, have a drink, chat with whoever is around. Take a “traveller” back to room. Enjoy the balcony. Around noon-ish head to OVC, mast grill and spa cafe. Enjoy lunch with a glass of vino. Meander around ship. Find a bar, order a drink. Chat with people. Head back to room. Nap and/or hobbies on balcony. Around 2 go to cafe Al Biaco for iced coffees or teas and a snack. Meander around, find bar, chat with people. Well you get the idea... 5 pm off the World Class Bar for pre-dinner drink. Early supper in MDR. Skip dessert, go to show. After show cafe Al Biaco for special de-caf coffee and dessert. Pickup a liqueur and head back to room for night cap on balcony. Repeat next day. Ahhhh, I love cruises with premium drink package.
  8. Alcohol has 7 calories per gram. FYI fat has 9 calories per gram. The amount of actual alcohol in one standard hard drink supplies about 120 calories. Add in the sugar and fat in the mixers it is not hard to see how a mud-slide can deliver about 500 calories. I put on 4 pounds last cruise. No booze for a month when I got home and back to normal ( for me) eating. 1 pound to go to get back down to pre-cruise weight.
  9. Coffee and Clamato??? Hopefully not in the same cup/glass. But then again...I might be missing something here😜
  10. Thank you Tahitianbigkahuna.
  11. Hello. I am starting research on a possible trip to Papeete for a few day en-route to Australia. I know that French is the predominant language. How much English is spoken there? For example would Air BNB hosts speak English? What about car rental agencies, gas stations, restaurants, etc. Would a non-French speaker be able to communicate? I want to minimize travelling stress on the family. Thanks for your help.
  12. We were on Reflection over New Year. We are early eaters, 5:30. First night we were seated at an inside table. We asked to be reseated to a window. No problem. Next night we were seated at a window in a different section. After that same window except for the last night were we we seated in a different section as we wanted window. Over all for us this works except if we want to get to the early show, then we have to skip dessert. Which I don’t mind, justifies the fancy coffee and liqueurs after the show. 😀
  13. We booked non refundable deposit onboard in December. Transfer the reservation to our big box TA. Last week saw that our cruise price went down. Called TA, got repriced, saved over $CAD1,000. Kept all perks, same cabin and OBC. Did a happy dance.
  14. DH and I are in Canada and are taking an Australia cruise in 2021. We will also be visiting family in Australia pre and post cruise and want to spend a few days in Hawaii on the way over. Can Cruise Air accommodate this convoluted travel plan or should we ask a TA for help? What is the advantages of using Cruise Air? Thank you.
  15. Got off the Reflection on the 3rd. We had a very nice time. Guiseppi(?) was the entertainment director. A very energetic guy for sure. For the person asking about the different drinks, I had a list as well, but ended up going though the various cocktail menus. Try the corona-magaritta at the sunset bar. Celebrity no. 10 at the world class bar. Nice thing, if you don’t like it, don’t finish it; get something else. Have fun.
  16. Got off of the Reflection yesterday after 7 great sunny days. Now I am home watching the snow come down -sigh. Only 444 days until the next cruise. It had been six years since our last cruise and we did notice some changes. Oceanview Cafe seems to have slipped, especially at supper. I missed being able to get sushi up there as well. Staff, for the most part did not seem to be as pleasant as previous cruises. Could that be due to a holiday sailing? This was our first cruise as elite. As we had spent 4 days in Fort Lauderdale, I took advantage of free laundry and sent out a bag the first morning. Got it back the next afternoon. DH loved the 90 minutes each of internet. We both had the premium package and took full advantage of it. I don’t think I had the same drink twice and did not have anything I would get at home, except the morning amaretto and OJ over ice. We did not do any speciality restaurants this time, as we thought them too expensive. Opus was fine for the most part. We had to send back our steaks once as they were very undercooked and one evening the potato was hard as a rock. A bit of a let down from previous cruises, were it seemed that they tried harder to get it right. This was the first time we booked our next cruise on board. We got all four perks with the premium package and a generous on board credit. Overall very good cruise. Now back to reality - where is that blasted snow shovel 🥶❄️
  17. PMT51

    Drinks?

    Less than 2 weeks to go until our cruise on the Reflection. We have the premium drink package. I have promised myself this time not to waste it on the same stuff I drink at home. I have downloaded a cocktail list that another CC person posted a while back and have looked at all the drink menus posted. I think I have a good idea of some of the things I want to try. Do you have any favourites that I should try?
  18. Thank you all. I am an early bird and love the idea of a great cup of coffee nice and early. I am getting sooooo excited, 3 weeks to go!!!
  19. Funny story. I have a French background. At 9:00 am I asked for a “cafe au lait” thinking “cafe latte”. The barista gave me a funny look and said “This early in the day? Why not?” She made me a delicious cafe ole. Sorry don’t know what is in it, but I had a few more on that cruise. Hey, it was 5 o’clock somewhere🤗
  20. It is only DH and me, and I love using the spa shower while he does his thing in the cabin bath.
  21. Hello. Can anyone tell mw what time cafe al biaco opens in the morning. Will be in Reflection soon👏👏👏
  22. Found what I was looking for https://s3.amazonaws.com/ips-cic-filestore/j283755/monthly_2019_06/326343640_CelebrityClassicPremiumDrinkPackageList2019_pdf.34c567ecfbc92451691757bca48f051f?X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Content-Sha256=UNSIGNED-PAYLOAD&X-Amz-Credential=AKIAI3TJTOYHZJGUGHPA/20191130/us-east-1/s3/aws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20191130T003409Z&X-Amz-Expires=1200&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&response-content-disposition=attachment; filename*=UTF-8''326343640_CelebrityClassicPremiumDrinkPackageList2019.pdf&response-content-type=application/pdf;charset=UTF-8&X-Amz-Signature=6b6ecd60f25018f743853ff7782ed04735447f9a9ee1c32388997d99d7f4f00c
  23. This summer a lady provided a list of drinks all nicely organized and downloadable. I lost it. It was going to be my drinking strategy on my up coming cruise. I tried the search function to no avail. Please help.
  24. We will be spending a few day in Fort Lauderdale and will have a rental car. On cruise day can we drop our luggage off at the port, return our rental car and make our way back to the port, without luggage? The other option is to return the rental car and make our way to the port schlepping the luggage. If we drop luggage off first, how early can this be done?
  25. We have cruised many times with Celebrity and always buy their premium beverage package. We take advantage of this package to try out new drinks to see if we like them or sample unusual cocktails we would not buy at home. It covers drinks up to $US15 and no daily limit. We have never gone over the $ limit, but a few times we threw out things that we wanted to try, but hated ( mint julip, yuck). Also with a nice meal I like to pair a glass of wine with each course. That can easily mean 4 glasses of wine with one meal , if I like them all. Is the $15 limit sufficient to cover lots of cocktail choices? Do they strictly enforce the 15 drink limit?
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