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    Celebrity
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  1. We have previously booked 3 guaranteed cabins and never had a cabin reassigned. I'm not saying it can't or won't happen, but I think it's unlikely. Last time we were assigned a 1A. When we rang Celebrity to book the Guarantee the agent told us there were only 3 cabins available on the whole ship a 1A, a Sunset Veranda and a Sky Suite - he was clear that the cabin we could get would be assigned would be one of those three. About 3 days later the cruise came up as "sold out" and our booking was updated with the specific 1A assigned.
  2. IIRC Sir David Frost died on one of the Cunard ships. Back to Celebrity, I've noticed that from time to time Celebrity / RCI do book some guest entertainers who've had a pretty good UK TV career - Bobby Davro, Mick Miller and Ted Robbins come to mind
  3. Is that a thing? Do people book cruises on who they think the Captain might be?
  4. Baltic Cruise - 14 nights next June on Silhouette - Entry level balcony - £6000 inc "free" drinks and gratutities, thought that was steep until I saw the prices for a similar Azamara cruise....almost £12,000!!
  5. One decision to make is Hong Kong Island or Kowloon. Dozen or so times to Hong Kong but not for a couple of years - the debate between staying on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon never goes away, regular travellers have their favourites. My view.... More touristy things to do on Hong Kong Island and would recommend 3 areas Central, Admiralty or Causeway Bay. The big advantage of staying in Kowloon is harbour front views during the day and spectacular light show views in the evening which are best viewed from Kowloon. If staying in Kowloon I'd pick a waterfront hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui (such as Regent/Intercontinental or Kowloon Shangri La - both of which have excellent Harbour View Rooms). The two areas I personally would avoid in Kowloon are the area around Ritz Carlton in West Kowloon or out towards Kai Tak in the Hung Hom area - these in the past have always felt a bit out with slightly more awkward transport options (only slightly though). On the island, hotels in Central such as the Mandarin Oriental is excellent. In admiralty the Island Shangri la is fab. Out towards Causeway Bay the hotels are slightly cheaper and you have a couple of good 4 star hotels (The Excelsior (part of the Mandarin oriental group but a bit impersonal) and the Park Lane) Public transport in Hong Kong is very very cheap and plentiful with a wide variety of options - Metro / Tram / Bus / Ferry / Taxi / funicular - so I wouldn't worry too much you can get around very easily between the Island and Kowloon. Part of the fun in Hong Kong is using public transport like the metro, star ferry, peak tram and vintage trams.
  6. By coincidence, after looking at a holiday next year and crunching a few numbers, I asked my wife yesterday "how much do you think our 12 night Med cruise is costing us this year on the Infinity - just the cruise and "free" drinks packages - tips, flights, car parking, excursions etc extra" (2A Balcony) "About £150 / night", she guessed. "Closer to £380 / night", I suggested (500$) "well the steak and seafood in the MDR needs to be a lot better or it will be back to land vacations" For £150 /night you can find excellent hotels in most parts of the world with £230 in your back pocket which will go a long way for food a drink. A shame really but the continuing price rises whilst still affordable for us no longer appear to be good value.
  7. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-48130848 With the downturn in the uptake of the MMR jab I wonder if we will see more of these incidents
  8. We wouldn't normally bother with BA - overated and decidedly poor at the back of the plane, but on some routes and at some prices they make sense. 8 across in Club is poor these days, their new product will make them more competitive, The running joke is that BA First is the best Business Class in the skies. Our Sydney flights are likely to be with Singapore Airlines who have very good prices (cw London) from mainland Europe
  9. if you fly in business or first and don't mind a bit of a longer journey and a slight detour it can often be significantly cheaper to fly from places like Paris, Dussoldorf, Brussels etc - sometimes flying back to LHR to pick your BA flight up (looking at a £2500 saving for 2 of us on flights to Sydney). There are rules though, you must start and end your journey as ticketed - i.e. you can't ignore the bit about starting your abroad or on your return leave the airport at Heathrow.
  10. Sorry, you are incorrect - it is not called "Formal Night", it is now called "Evening Chic" which in some situations can be "Come as you are night"
  11. Miami Djs A full selection of in cabin toiletries - like you get in any hotel
  12. Dozen or so times to Hong Kong but not for a couple of years - the debate between staying on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon never goes away, regular travellers have their favourites. My view.... More touristy things to do on Hong Kong Island and would recommend 3 areas Central, Admiralty or Causeway Bay. The big advantage of staying in Kowloon is harbour front views during the day and spectacular light show views in the evening which are best viewed from Kowloon. If staying in Kowloon I'd pick a waterfront hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui (such as Regent/Intercontinental or Kowloon Shangri La - both of which have excellent Harbour View Rooms). The two areas I personally would avoid in Kowloon are the area around Ritz Carlton in West Kowloon or out towards Kai Tak in the Hung Hom area - these in the past have always felt a bit out with slightly more awkward transport options (only slightly though). Public transport in Hong Kong is very very cheap and plentiful with a wide variety of options - Metro / Tram / Bus / Ferry / Taxi / funicular - so I wouldn't worry too much you can get around very easily between the Island and Kowloon. Part of the fun in Hong Kong is using public transport like the metro, star ferry, peak tram and vintage trams.
  13. Promoting the fact that Edge is the best reviewed ship is one way to try and increase sales
  14. W.r.t. the IV cabins, In hindsight I wonder if Celebrity wish they'd created a conservatory a bit more like those being fitted to the new P and O ship, Iona
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