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    HAL and Celebrity
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  1. They put out fresh scones with clotted cream and jam in the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) at 4:00 pm daily. It's a self-service tea. The scones are usually very good.
  2. There are tables for two for both anytime dining and for set dining. They may try to seat you at a large table but tell them you prefer a table for two.
  3. Another thing that may interest you. At 4:00 pm every day, Celebrity puts out fresh scones with clotted cream and jam for tea in the OceanView Cafe. The scones are really fresh and good. This is not a formal tea; self-serve. A lot of people don't seem to know about this. Otherwise, Cafe al Bacio has great sweets for the taking, and their specialty coffees are very good.
  4. I usually find that the location I want puts me into Concierge Class over the regular veranda. The highest-priced regular verandas are usually not much less ($100 to $150 for a 10-to-12 day cruise) than the lowest-price Concierge Class, and the higher price is based on a better location (I like to be exactly two floors below the buffet, in the aft.) And if you are a Captain's Club member and you book the lowest-price Concierge Class (C3) you get a free upgrade to C2. If you book C2, you get a free upgrade to C1. The additional room amenities are minimal. I'd never heard of the exclusive pre-departure lounge until now. The extra points are welcome. The Concierge Class priority boarding is hit and miss. We got in the CC priority boarding line once only to see the people in the regular line beside us get checked in faster than us.
  5. I have a Classic beverage package on my next three Celebrity cruises. I am wondering about the non-premium bottled water. First question: Have they eliminated plastic bottles? Second question: Do I have to order non-premium bottled water at a bar or in the Oceanview Cafe and then bring the water to my stateroom, or can I use non-premium bottled water that may be in the room (if they even stock that in the room/mini-bar)?
  6. Is it common to tip servers in specialty restaurants? I thought the daily gratuities that are added to our bill were distributed to all of the employees, including restaurant servers. For most cruises I give an additional cash tip to exceptional stateroom stewards but haven't tipped elsewhere. (We don't visit the main dining room often enough to have regular wait staff to tip at the end of the cruise.)
  7. I haven't found a special number for calling Captain's Club. Is there one that is different from the regular Celebrity customer service number?
  8. We usually book Concierge Class because of the better stateroom locations, the extra points, and the minimal upcharge ($100 to $200 pp depending on length of cruise) compared to the best non-CC veranda staterooms. The canapes are horrible and we tell them not to bring them. The service is the same as in a regular veranda stateroom. Never even knew about the embarkation lunch but we enjoy the energy of the buffet on embarkation day. It's crowded but fun (IMO). I wouldn't pay much of a premium though, and as I'll probably never make it to Elite status I'm not sure the points are actually worth it to me. Location is key.
  9. https://www.celebritycruises.com/cruise-deals/special-offer
  10. I saw a new promotion on Celebrity and re-booked a January 2022 cruise on Apex. I got three perks instead of two and the total price was $400 less.
  11. I would say that's pretty good if you don't mind the nonrefundable deposit. We got a C2 veranda (not Sunset) for 7 nights on Apex departing Jan. 25, 2022, for $3,964 with two perks with a refundable deposit. That was with a Captain's Club free upgrade from C3 .
  12. We were on the Nieuw Statendam earlier this year and the Koningsdam the year before. We love the ships and especially the Lido deck buffet. The Crow's Nest on the Nieuw Statendam is also great.
  13. Thanks for the tip. I canceled and re-booked three excursions for our Feb. 23 cruise on the Silhouette and saved almost $100. Interestingly, one of our excursions, in St. Vincent, had actually gone up in price.
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