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  1. ........I can hear it now “those were the days” I think maybe time to change cruiseline ?
  2. We would only cruise YC and the Black card perks are meaningless, maybe the specialty dining voucher has some value but we didn’t even use that. Loyalty is for the birds, the only perk that counts is the discount.
  3. I am alarmed that UK Active Military don’t get the 10% discount that is afforded to our American cousins. Maybe their service is inferior............I don’t think so !
  4. The Limelight is the ideal place to avoid P&O dress code for the evening, it’s casual dress. The food is definitely a step-up from their MDR food for sure. Seating is allocated by when you reserved the Limelight, so the earlier you book the better your table.
  5. It changed a few years ago, it’s about 10 min walk further away. This should help https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g194743-d10235112-Reviews-Shuttle_Civitavecchia_Port-Civitavecchia_Province_of_Rome_Lazio.html
  6. The YC price WAS good value but in the last 9-12months their prices have sky rocketed. The biggest problem in YC is the lack of shade and that turned us off rebooking Seaside. The YC food is also a big let-down it doesn't even compare to Celebrity MDR and the onboard service is poor due to their rapid expansion with lack of trained personnel. Don't build your hopes up too high or you'll be very disappointed.
  7. It really depends on what you want $ or £. If you want $ for your next trip then cash out on the last evening at Guest Relations. Alternatively if you want to get Sterling £ then I would register your credit card, then it will automatically be paid to the CC. Make sure your credit card is free of charges like Transaction and Foreign exchange fees then you will get the best possible rate back into sterling. The best cards are Halifax Clarity, Tandem or Saga platinium, I expect there are others but I know these give the Visa/or Mastercard rate of the day which is at least 4-6% better than exchanging the US Dollars at a bank back home.
  8. We found MSC onboard network to be much better than Celebrity. If you just use email and social media without streaming then 3Gb will more than satisfy most people.
  9. Goto Celebrity T&C 1.12 that will confirm that Elite Captain club member are allowed one free change when transferring a booking.
  10. Minnie.........since you enjoyed Solstice why not look at Reflection for next year, it does similar itinerary to what you mention. Reflection doesn’t get revolutionised until 2023 so you will retain the deck space before it’s degraded. You also mention Aqua class, have you considered a standard balcony cabin and purchase a 11 night specialty dining package ($353), it can be cheaper and so much better the Blu.
  11. Recently I wished to booked a Celebrity B2B cruise and our UK agent told me that I would be better off to book direct as they were unable to give the additional B2B discount which was £100 per leg (£200). The agent said that once booked we can transfer the booking to them to get their discount which was 8.6% lower than Celebrity UK website price. I contacted Celebrity and when I told them I wished to transfer the booking to a travel agent they said they would match their price with their additional B2B discount, I was amazed - first time that happened to me. Being Elite this gave us the advantage over our TA as our booking is now transferable at no cost, if the need arises. First time that I have booked direct and pleased with the end result and our TA was also pleased we had a favourable outcome.
  12. It is 20% more expensive onboard which ever deal you choose.
  13. You were very lucky as it is definitely frowned upon, if they give to one then every one want the same. Be prepared as the answer will normally be NO unless you are talking of a suite grade not Hump slant or Hump cabin.
  14. The star rating of cruise ships on CC is fairly accurate. The most ‘value for money’ Cruise is without doubt MSC but it’s like marmite, their newer ships are really exceptional but service levels are poor. I would recommend a short Med cruise as a trial. If you want luxury at a reasonable price their Yacht Club is outstanding, but too many people have realised the exceptional value that it is getting almost impossible to book a YC cabin and prices are now becoming silly. Celebrity drift to suite class benefits at the expense of its standard grades has eroded its value on many of their ships so will be losing many of its past clientele. P&O fall into the basement 3star category, still some of their cruises still offer reasonable value for money.
  15. It’s a two berth pier, check out htpp://www.cruisetimetables.com
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