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  1. So I need to have someone clear this up for me. If I fall asleep in the Solarium, am I using the Solarium in a legitimate manner? What are the legitimate use for the loungers in the Solarium? Are the only for use immediately before and after I use the pool or hot tubs?
  2. The $750 appears to be about 8%, that seems to be about the average value received as "incentives" to book with TA's. Beyond this type of incentive, sometimes you can also get a group rate.
  3. I understand that you didn't enjoy Labadee, but I think you are likely blaming the wrong people. Sure, once you went to the Artisan market some of the vendors may have been too aggressive for your tastes, but I don't think I ever saw anything that suggests the level of sophistication that you're suggesting. It's probably more likely that it occurred on the hometown streets, than Labadee. There have been plenty of times I had suspicious transactions on a CC that I haven't used for a while. The CC data is out there on the dark web, it was more likely that it was just a coincidence that it occurred when you were leaving Labadee. It's always good policy to monitor all of your CC transactions. Have a safe trip home
  4. You can have my free sushi for your free wifi
  5. Now it's clear …. The people that dreamed up the Eden concept and the Edenites were on drugs.
  6. For me that would be great news. I love Labadee and I wish Celebrity would stop there more often.
  7. Thanks for your review, it looks like it was a great trip. After your review I 'm more inclined to take a long trip and I don't think I'd be bored but I think I'd stick to warm weather climates. Maybe a transatlantic that goes south would be my choice. Thanks for the review, have a safe trip home. BBG
  8. Can you find an S-class ship with a similar itinerary?
  9. I think this is a good approach. The few extra dollars is worth it to eliminate any worry. Now sit back and finish planning the details of your cruise.
  10. Perhaps the reason no one is checking passports at the ports is that all of your stops have been in the EU and there isn't any reason for passport control. In Russia you need your passport and visa (included with many guided tours) to exit the port as well as re-enter.
  11. Host Walt, we really miss you.
  12. As you are getting ready to finish your long series of days at sea, are you ready to get off the ship? I don't remember much about your daytime activities, but have you been bored? Do you sense from the other passengers that they are getting anxious to get off the ship? Thanks for your review
  13. I'm confused, are there reports that someone has recently reported issues bringing water or soda onboard a ship. I haven't heard of any complaints. I am not aware of any issues.
  14. Be careful about concluding the Edge IV cabins are bigger than S-class balcony cabins. A lot of the complaints arise from the functionality of the IV cabins. The numbers indicate the cabin is larger and feature bigger bathrooms. The larger bathrooms are nice but do most cruisers think that is a good trade-off? Perhaps that's where the extra 8-squre feet was used in the IV cabins. Second is the introduction of king-size beds. This is advertised as an industry first. That's nice but in all of the CC threads I've read, I don't remember anyone complaining that the beds were too small. I think they were trying to solve a problem that didn't exist. The result of larger bed is to take away useable space from the cabin. There is also the issue of the inner doors to the IV balcony. Those doors need a lot of space to swing open, again taking usable space from the cabin. The most significant casualty from losing usable space were the tables inside and on the balcony. Many of us miss those tables, the larger balcony and the curtains in the area of the swing doors. The cabins are just not functional for many of us. It's simple to say, "just don't sail on these ships" and for now we won't. But there will come a day in the next few years where they will start using the Edge Class ships on our favorite itineraries then we will be stuck with these problems unless Celebrity makes some significant changes soon. Someone really missed the boat on the IV balcony design, they sided with style over function.
  15. No it's much better than an inside, but it does not as good as a conventional balcony. If it was better than a regular balcony, they would have used the IV balcony concept with the suites.
  16. I'll respectfully disagree with you on Hoppen's role. She was the lead designer and it was her responsibility to confirm designs were functional. The IV balcony appeared to be good if the balcony stayed the same size, but it was reduced to a non-functional level and the furniture was compromised to fit the design. The lack of a curtain on the inner doors failed to recognize how many people use the balcony while their partner remains asleep. Celebrity management also shares responsible for not understanding how their customers use their cabins and balconies. But as the lead designer the buck stops with Hoppen.
  17. I think you need to give us some additional idea of your preferences and what you enjoy on a cruise to determine if Celebrity would be a good fit. Do you entertainment at all the bars? Do you like fancy shows at night? Are you happy with just hanging out with your friends and a few drinks?
  18. Too late for the Apex, 😡 hopefully changes to future ships.
  19. Kelly Hoppen's lack of cruise experience is widely known. Perhaps you should go back and read some of the background info on the Edge.
  20. Can you believe that the Edge cabins were designed by someone who never was on a cruise ship? And Celebrity was proud of this oversight.
  21. I've always found it easier to avoid the shuttles at the port and arrange my own transportation to the airport. If you depend on the shuttle there will likely be a large group of people trying to get into a 12 passenger van. Grab a taxi or Uber and get yourself to the airport. You can also keep your group together a lot easier if you arrange your own transportation. I also avoid all rental car locations near the port and just go to the airport. They are usually small with a limited collection of vehicles and the wait can be very long because they are not really set-up to handle a large amount of people. These satellite locations are good for dropping off a car but not for much else.
  22. Is this no-refund policy unique to Celebrity or do other cruise lines follow the same policy in the UK? Do you have any idea why Celebrity has different terms and conditions in the UK?
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