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  1. I had an S1 cabin. I asked for, and got, a lounger. I don't think there is enough space for two loungers.
  2. I would call the special needs department ahead of time to request these items since they are medically needed. If they don't provide them, then ask the cabin steward. Phone number is 866/592-7225 Carolyn
  3. I always call special needs before the cruise. Most of the time the distilled water and extension cord is in the cabin when I arrive. If not, I ask the cabin steward. This is also how I get a sharps container since I take an injectable medication. I've never had any issue getting these things. Carolyn
  4. When I was there in 2017 the shuttle cost was $20. Carolyn
  5. I have previously used Butler's Buses for small group tours in Ireland. I don't know about private tours, but I think they can do them. I don't have a link, but they should be easy to find. Carolyn
  6. I have been on both ships this year, and you cannot go wrong with either one. I loved the Edge and appreciated how different the decor, etc. is from the Equinox. However, since you do not have prior experience with Celebrity ships, the difference would not be noticeable for you. For balconies, some people do not like the Infinite Veranda on Edge. I was in a Sky Suite so I had a regular veranda, but I'm sure I would like the Infinite Veranda. I think having 4 main dining rooms on the Edge is a great feature. They are each smaller than the usual dining rooms and have a variety of menus. The crew is exceptional on both ships. Equinox is my favorite S class ship and Edge is my favorite ship overall. I don't know of a reason for there to be a problem with any cabins on decks 6 & 7. It is best to have cabins above and below you. If there is any issue with motion sickness, midship is best. I personally prefer aft cabins, but they do not suit everyone. If your cabin is aft on either ship, it is a long walk to the elevators. Happy sailing. You will have a great experience no matter which ship you choose. Carolyn
  7. A few years ago I downgraded from Concierge to Family Veranda (while this is a better cabin, it is still considered a regular veranda rather than Concierge), and all they did was switch my cabin. I did not cancel and rebook. I still paid the higher fare, but that was fine with me. I cannot remember if this was after final payment, but I think it was. Of course, Celebrity changes the rules every other minute ๐Ÿ˜ Carolyn
  8. I always purchase the insurance at the time of booking to get the pre-existing conditions waiver. I only pay for the insurance to cover the deposit. Then as I add payments later, I increase the value of the policy and pay the additional premium. I did not originally know that I did not have to insure the total cost to begin with, so I am passing along this tip. I do not know if all insurers allow you to do this. Carolyn
  9. I have used Travel Insured International for USAA members. They have two policies. The most expensive one has more coverage and is primary. The second policy has lower, but still good, coverage. It is secondary, but you can pay a fee of only $25 to make it a primary coverage policy. They are not cheap, but I have had good luck with them. I have had to file a few small claims (medical care onboard) with them, and they have been handled very rapidly. The cost increases with age. At one time I looked into annual policies, and the ones I reviewed were all secondary coverage. I may have missed some that are primary. Also, the insurance through Celebrity is secondary, and has very low limits. Carolyn
  10. I think you can have it done at the pier if you want to. I saw some people having pictures taken. Carolyn
  11. It seems to me that the B2B procedures vary by port. In the US I have had to leave the ship in a group and get back on. In European ports we usually have not had to leave the ship. Once in England the ship provided a fee excursion for those that wanted to take it. Carolyn
  12. I had the new smaller safe on the Edge, and it opened without my having to give it a hand. My guess is there was a problem with yours, and they are not all like that. I agree, I don't like the size. Carolyn
  13. I always buy insurance. To me it is important that the medical insurance be primary rather than secondary. If it is secondary you must submit to your health insurance first; if they deny the claim then the travel insurance will pay. Since I am on Medicare, and I know they will not pay, having to submit a claim to them would only delay the reimbursement process. I don't know about other cruise lines, but the insurance through Celebrity is secondary. Carolyn
  14. I was in cabin 10145 on the Edge, so on port side while you will be on starboard side. This is a great location, and the bed does face the ocean. The window from the bathroom is over the bed, so you can look at the sea from the bathroom if you choose to do so. This location is close enough to the forward elevators that you can easily get to the Retreat Lounge, pool area, and Luminae. I think you will love the Edge. Have a great time. Carolyn
  15. I would go with the Sky Suite. Food is very personal, but I like Luminae better than Blu. I was in a Sky Suite on Edge and loved it. It was very spacious, had tons of storage, and had a regular balcony. One of my favorite features was the mirror in the bathroom that could be opened to become a window looking out to the sea. If you decide on a Sky Suite, I would recommend one that is at midship or forward. I usually like aft cabins, but on these ships all the amenities for suites are far forward. My friends had an aft Sky Suite, which has been their favorite, and they said they would not book that again on Edge class ships. It was a long walk to the Retreat lounge and pool and Luminae. Additionally the cabin configuration was not as nice as my cabin. I was a few cabins behind the forward elevators, and it was very convenient. I think having all 4 perks and all the suite amenities is worth the extra cost. Whichever you choose, I hope you have a great cruise. Carolyn
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