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  1. Another thought: Your travel agent can certainly waitlist you for a FV cabin. My TA waitlisted me for a particular sky suite once and the waitlist cleared and I got the suite I wanted. So, ask your travel agent to waitlist you - BUT also check the website daily, typing in 3 for the number of passengers and see if one becomes available. If it does become available either call your TA immediately or put it on a 24 hold on the website.
  2. I have traveled solo in suites on M class and have eaten solo in Luminae. The staff goes out of their way to be attentive and other tables are close enough that you can converse with other folks. My experience was that the waitstaff served you very promptly so that you weren’t lingering too long between courses, which I appreciated.
  3. You have to check the Celebrity website daily. Sometimes these FV cabins open up way in advance for less than 5 people. We're cruising in both May 2020 and October 2020. I've got a FV booked for the 3 of us for each sailing.
  4. I added a 3rd passenger to an already booked suite a few times. It never changed the pricing for Passenger 1 and 2. So I'm hopeful that you will be able to add your DD without having to re-price the cabin in its entirety. Of course, the best answer is "you never know"!!
  5. Appreciate that you're still posting. I'm enjoying reading every post.
  6. chemmo, Thanks so much for posting your review. I really enjoyed reading it. Enjoy your last day onboard. Wishing you a safe trip home.
  7. MEcruzr, I understand what you're saying. My experience is on Summit only. When the restaurant first debuted I think Celebrity wanted it to have that "stuffy" atmosphere. I will tell you, though, that over the years Luminae (on Summit at least) has evolved quite a bit. I don't feel it's the least bit "stuffy" anymore, although I will say it is quieter and dinner is at a more relaxed pace than the MDR. Sure, there are still a few of those tables where the occupants are what I would call "stuffy" (i.e. they think they're better than everyone else!!) but for the most part most people are jovial and laughing a lot in Luminae. The waitstaff seems to be able to tell if you are a "fun" table or if you are a "stuffy" table and act appropriately. Actually the last 2 times I ate in Luminae on Summit (both this year) I commented to my traveling companion that the frivolity level in Luminae is starting to match the MDR. Anyway....different strokes for different folks. And it's all about personal preference and what you're happy with. I'm sure you'll enjoy your cruise no matter where you eat!! BTW - I met you once on Summit (maybe a year or two ago). You were staying in PH with your mom and another friend and I was in RS down the hall. Chip, our butler, quickly introduced us one day in the hallway.
  8. I'm not a fan of the Luminae MENU but since you can order from the main dining room menu in Luminae I have no issue with Luminae. The atmosphere and the "quieter" environment and personalized service is what I love about Luminae. I will admit when Luminae first debuted on Summit I felt it was a bit "stuffy".....but don't feel that way at all anymore. So I'm guessing that you don't like the atmosphere in Luminae and prefer the atmosphere in the MDR. Is that correct?
  9. Leunig's on Church Street.......right in the center of the Church Street Marketplace downtown.
  10. Great review. I am really enjoying it. I have never heard of the Beaver Tails.....but it looks delicious. I'm very familiar with Poutine - my brother owns a restaurant in Burlington VT and gets loads of Canadian tourists in for lunch/dinner. Poutine is a staple on his menu! It looks to me as if Quebec is a "walking" city so anyone with mobility issues should be aware. Am I correct in my assessment?
  11. Chemmo, On the September 1 Summit sailing they did use the Retreat Deck for the sailaway out of Bermuda. But it was so hot, sunny and humid up there prior to the ship actually moving that not many people lasted until the ship was actually underway. TOO HOT and no shade anywhere. Folks were dripping with sweat. Not good!
  12. Maja and Captain Kate were quite the combo on the Summit. I also had several cruises with them. Cemal is Celebrity F&B Manager (I can't think of his last name right now). He and Maja are a couple and they always are on the same ship.
  13. Your photos are incredible. I'm looking forward to your final thoughts on MSC. Prior to reading your postings I was thinking that I wanted to try MSC YC but now I'm leaning towards sticking with Celebrity. We'll see......
  14. I think the only way to get a "final answer" to this question is to either call Celebrity and book with an agent or book through a knowledgeable travel agent. Their website is awful when it comes to making or adjusting bookings.
  15. Perhaps Wim was ill during your cruise. Or maybe he had some VERY DEMANDING suite passengers (some are really really demanding as I'm sure you might know). Thankfully I have never really needed a suite manager to handle any issue for me. I have been on sailings when I hardly ever saw the Suite Manager and I've been on others where he/she was present in the Retreat Lounge (Michael's Club) nightly. So I'm sure it varies from sailing to sailing. I agree that both Maja and Bogdan are wonderful at their job. Would you happen to know which ship Maja and Cemal are on now? Or perhaps they're home on vacation? I haven't seen either of their names mentioned in quite some time now. Apologies to chemmo for barging in on her thread with my question. Chemmo - I'm really enjoying your thread and I really enjoy all of your posts all the time. You appear to be a lady with a lot of compassion, humility and common sense (which is rare these days) and you don't get involved in the every day mud-slinging that sometimes occurs on these boards.
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