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  1. 17 minutes ago, Go-Bucks! said:


    Yes...but I'd be going as a solo now so it wasn't financially wise to do it again this year. Glad you enjoyed the thread.


    I'm currently in Ft. Lauderdale and ready to board the Island Princess tomorrow for a 58 day circumnavigation of South America, including Easter Island, the Galapagos islands and Machu Picchu! And we'll be in Rio for Carnival! Since the 2019 world cruise didn't go to SA, this itinerary was calling my name. 😉


    I'll sail on my free Oceania cruise in September, 2020 then see what the 2022 world cruise itinerary looks like. Below is the map of tomorrow's SA cruise.

    What a great itinerary on Princess - enjoy!


    My 2022 World Cruise brochure came in the mail yesterday.   :-)    



  2. 1 hour ago, cruisemom42 said:

    Did any of  you visit Aix-en-Provence on Celebrity's shore excursion from Toulon?  The description online is woefully inadequate. There is no mention of what sights are actually visited in Aix on arrival, whether there is any free time to walk around, etc.  


    Normally I would just arrange a private tour but the timing is tight and I have a lot of OBC to burn, so thought if the tour was reasonable I'd just book it.  I would LOVE any feedback anyone can share.



    We did a private tour.    Used this guide (Delphine) who was excellent.   http://www.provence-private-tour.com/about-us.html



  3. On 10/23/2019 at 3:01 AM, Jim_Iain said:

    Today was a perfect day to explore Edge in all her beauty. 

    Edge take a little getting used to.  There are lots of dead ends and sometimes you have to go up or down a floor to get where your going.  


    That was my biggest pet peeve about Edge - it's not symmetrical side to side like most ships, thus the dead ends, etc.   


    Still I liked Edge alot!



  4. 1 hour ago, hcat said:


    Can we bring a drink in with us? 

    Did you sit with others?

    Did you have res?

    How did you handle extra tips, if any?


    We often brought a drink in with us from the Elite Cocktail Hour.


    We never had a problem getting a table for two, which is our preference.   That said, tables are close together so easy to communicate too which we often did as well.


    We pre-booked our reservations prior to boarding and never had more that a couple minute wait for a table.    We did see those without reservations sometimes being told of waits of up to 40 minutes (they were given a beeper).


    We did not do any extra tipping.   



  5. We were on board for the 15 night transatlantic in April/May.   We had all our dinners in the MDR's except for one night in Eden (which we won in the Newlywed/Not So Newlywed Game).


    Here are my standouts: 



    Greek Salad (very good!)

    Greek Style Grilled Sea Bass (had a couple times....very good)



    Seared Scallops (appetizer)



    Alsatian Potato and Gruyere Tart (YUMMY - had every time I dined here)

    Beef Tenderloin en Croute (essentially Beef Wellington)



    No standouts for me.   Not sure I ordered any of the specialties here.


    We found the dinners on Edge to be some of the best we have had on Celebrity - even considering back to the Michel Roux days when we first started cruising.   Had a couple of misses on the lunch menu - Pad Thai - nothing like any Pad Thai I have ever had......






  6. For me the only real benefit of going from a B1 to an A (Concierge) would be the laundry benefit.   But not for $200pp.


    On our last cruise (20 nights) we got a upsell from a category F (inside) to an A1 (Concierge) for $500pp.   I said yes immediately.   If I remember right that was over 75% less than booking into that category.    There was no free laundry then, but I did enjoy the spa terrace several times.  😎



  7. Might help to say which ship you are sailing, as the restaurants are different between the Regatta and Oceania class of ships, and Sirena has different restaurants over the other Regatta class ships.


    As I have only sailed on the Regatta class ships, I really like Toscana.   That said, the Main Dining Room will not disappoint either!



  8. We did the transatlantic on  Edge in April.   We had an excellent experience in the four complimentary MDRs on Edge.   My favorite though was Cyprus.   Very prompt service and can't think of a bad meal.    Is you are on select dining, do make your reservations in advance.    We did and never had a wait, although others without reservations were sometimes quoted up to a 40 minute delay and given a "beeper".



  9. On 8/8/2019 at 7:46 AM, toronto guys said:

    I spoke with Celebrity and you do not have to prebook regular dining room. They do not give you this option. Thank you for your responses

    <<<just read you have traditional dining>>>>


    My response for others with Choice dining:   My suggestion is to definitely prebook.   You do have to be on Choice dining and not traditional.  On our transatlantic in April/May I prebooked all of our nights spread across the four dining rooms.   We could come to the maitre d' and always be immediately seated.    Several nights those without reservations we being handed a "beeper" and told waits would be 20-40 minutes. 


    We also found if we had a reservation but wanted to go early, never was a problem being seated immediately.



  10. 6 hours ago, Blazerboy said:

    "Will my cruise that I plan to book in 2025 once itineraries are released be affected?  The ship is past its prime, and it's outrageous that they are potentially going to charge me an amount that I don't know yet, but is sure to be more than I want to pay, for a cruise that will be possibly ruined by periods of floating and/or calm seas.  I didn't buy 10 shares of dramamine stock for this!  I want compensation!"


    How's that for panic?

    You deserve compensation Andrew.   

  11. 47 minutes ago, PaulMCO said:

    That is not a 40% discount.  You pay a premium for a Cuba cruise at least 20% from the same regular Caribbean cruise.  So in actuality Oceania gives you a 20% discount.   Still not bad, but but for a same ole-same ole.

    Won't know for certain until they post the new itinerary and pricing, but I compared to a 12 night RT Miami on Sirena, departing February 25 which doesn't seem to prove your point....


    Our Cuba cruise, category F was $2099 cruise only for 10 night in Cat F.    Caribbean cruise 12 night is $2799 cruise only for a category F.   


    Taking to a daily rate, our Cuba Cruise $209.90 a day, less 40% would net to $125.94 a day.   Caribbean cruise $233.25 a day, less 40% would next to $139.95 a day.


    Either was doesn't matter for  us, as we are not interested in a Caribbean itinerary.   Hoping there might be a discount for booking another itinerary rather than just cancelling.



  12. We are booked on the 2/1/2020 Sirena cruise to Cuba.  The following was posted today on our Roll Call that the 2/1/2020 cruise is "cancelled" and replaced with an itinerary of St. Barts, Martinique, St. Lucia, Antigua, San Juan and Bahamas, round trip Miami.    Those booked who accept this itinerary will receive a 40% discount.    As for us we are not interested in the Caribbean.     This was a rebooking of a booking we made on board, so I'm hopeful that they will give us some leeway in not forcing the "repayment" of the incentive we received to book on board.   I have another Oceania itinerary picked out, just waiting to hear from our TA.




  13. 14 hours ago, Silkroad said:

    Almost forgot to mention that we only once noticed a sewer scent (deck 12, midship) and it was gone within a couple hours. We think it was a problem with a specific cabin, and it was obviously resolved very quickly. 

    We smelled sewer strongly in the hallway near our stateroom (8314) when we embarked.   When we came back after exploring the ship it was gone.   Only smelled it one other day (same area) when we were docked, can’t remember the port.    Didn’t smell anything anywhere else on the ship. 



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