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  1. Do you usually get extras with your TA that the site doesn't give? Our TA does usually offer additional OBC. It has been different amounts with each cruise, I suspect depending upon length and price. My DH will work out the price details when booking. He also stays on top of the current pricing through CC Roll calls/ email marketing materials from X. He will email the TA, and sometimes the TA has been able to rebook to the lower rate, upgrade the room and other times (before the current AI pricing) and get additional perks added in. You make a great point about I
  2. Hi Zeppgirl, First, I agree with others, Med Cruises can be very port intensive, leaving you with less time on the ship. You may not get the same use out of the retreat benefits as a trip with several sea days, etc... In deciding between the classes we have ended up with AQ on 8 Celebrity cruises. We had never been on a large ship before Celebrity/Silhouette, and after reading about BLU on CC, we booked and really enjoy the service levels in BLU. You will see allot of information on the pros and cons of BLU. Yes many of the tables for 2 are close, but they are/can be close i
  3. We have cruised on Silhouette three times in AQ. Agreeing with others that location selection isn’t ideal under the pool, we have not had noise issues on any of the trips. If you are focused on balconies, keep in mind many of the AQ cabins do have an overhang, blocking the direct sun. We typically avoid sitting in the sun, and enjoy the protection from rain the overhang provides. This is the port side of Solstice however you can see the overhang on the AQ rooms covering many rooms. Happy future travels on the Silly, it is our favorite Celebrity ship.
  4. Yes, as others have mentioned you can look up the status from the US passport website. I did get an email with a link to the govt website, and it had a locator number but you can also look it up with your name, Birthdate... It took 6 weeks from the time I mailed everything in to get that email. The website only told me that they received the application on Oct 26th. I received another email in January saying the passport was approved, and what day it would arrive. It was reassuring to get the confirmation notice in advance.
  5. Received my renewed passport last week. Here are the details: Chose standard service ($110). Mailed using certified USPS for tracking on 10/19/20 to Philadelphia from Georgia, cost was $4.95. It arrived per tracking on 10/26/20. Received email confirmation from US Govt that they were processing on 12/5/20. In took almost 3 months including USPS shipping. Anxiously waiting to be able to use it.
  6. We were on the Eclipse sailing just before you last year, San Diego to Vancouver and felt things were a bit off. First, the embarkation was delayed because of a big inspection. The staff said it was a result of returning to US waters from South America. We noticed things were missing, like limes and other fairly common fruits or vegetables. The Blu staff said they didn’t get some supplies while in San Diego. I don’t recall service issues like you experienced, but found there were small gaps. We don’t ask for a certain waiter or to be seated in the same location, but typically the hostess
  7. Haven’t thought about it, but it would probably depend on the ship crew size. If they lower the crew by 50% to handle the lower guest capacity, the tips/crew pay should remain the same. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  8. KTB, Some of the May and June cruises, were not all ‘cancelled’ at the same time, as Celebrity was attempting to still sail, working around the various country and ports closing. We had our May 28 cruise to Canada amended, and were told on March 24th that the cruise would now be to the Bahamas. It was on April 16th that we received notice that Celebrity cancelled global cruising until June 11th. We did request a refund on April 17, and are still waiting. The TA followed up with Celebrity yesterday, and said our refund was to be processed today. :) Sent from my iPad using Forums
  9. Based upon the price and length, I would Go with Oceania. We have sailed on 7 Celebrity ships in the past 5 years, but all in Aqua, so I can't assess Retreat/Suite benefits and compare. We sailed Oceania Marina in a Penthouse Suite which was nicely appointed, with a walk in closet and good size bathroom. There was a lounge, but I think it was limited to snacks, concierge services and non-alcoholic drinks. The food was overall better, and the (price included) specialty restaurants were all very good. I can't remember what we did on the drinks package, but recall drinking nice wines.
  10. We have been on the Solstice twice, once in cabin 1562 and again this year in 1566. We have never had noise issues under the Solarium, and could not hear the Jacuzzi running while in 1562, which I think is right below. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  11. Not really. They are mostly on Deck 11 on the S Class ships, but are located in the front, middle and back. We have never sailed aft, so Not sure if Any of those are AQ.
  12. Hi Muffinz, I might miss a few things, but the AQ rooms and balconies are the same size as Concierge and regular balcony rooms. They have changed the additional amenities over the 4-5 years that I have cruised on Celebrity, but generally that difference are: Blu Dining room (any time seating), limited to AQ guests, and Retreat guest if space is available (that is handled differently by ship.) They serve Dinner and Breakfast Free access to Persian Gardens Ice Tea (bottled water was dropped a few years ago) delivered daily Expanded breakfast room servic
  13. Yes, we love Aqua Class. Our first large ship cruise was on Celebrity in the Baltic. We saw a sale, and booked into AQ not really knowing what it was, and have now been on 7 trips, all Aqua. We enjoy Blu and use Persian Gardens, usually when returning early from shore excursions, as it is not as crowded on port days. We also like the cabin placement on the ship. Many people have made negative comments about noise from the pool or gym, which we have never noticed. We enjoy the overhang, as it protects from the sun and rain, giving us more balcony time.
  14. Ken, you are on vacation, put the tie back in the drawer and relax. 😊. No one will notice.
  15. Cruisestitch, thank you for your explanation. We were on Solstice last month, and received a refund on the itemized statement a few days before the end of the cruise. DH asked guest services, and they said it was for port taxes. As we hadn’t missed any ports, it didn’t make sense, but it does now.
  16. We are booked 9048 on Summit in May, so interested in your question. We chose that location as we have cruised 6 times on various S ships under the Solarium, starboard side, with no noise issues. In fact, we have observed that the Solarium typically clears out by happy hour/early dinner, and frequently we have seen the staff hosing it down, and setting up for the next day during dinner hours, so by the time we are in for the evening, it is all quiet above those cabins. The Solarium is open till 10pm (it was on our cruise last month) so even if their are people still using it, it isn’t lat
  17. Just returned from 12 night Solstice, and there were 2 chic nights.
  18. We took the Pacific Coast cruise on Eclipse last April, and the arrival time was 7am. Just looked at the pictures I took, and we arrived under the bridge and into the Vancouver harbor at 6:15am, we were still coasting around, as the last pictures I took were around 6:45am and we were still pulling up to the pier. We normally take the early walk off, but disembarked regular closer to 9am, and recall the luggage pick up and catching a cab to be easy, without lines or waits at that time. We did have breakfast in Blu, and as the ship had NOT yet been cleared, there were mobs of people on the fi
  19. On Solstice in AQ now. Here is the door tag for breakfast items, and the room service card. I agree with Jelayne, breakfast in Blu is such a wonderful experience, we have not tried room service yet on this trip.
  20. We were in Port Chalmers on Saturday traveling on the Solstice. The buses were available right At the cruise port. They were $15. One way to Dunedin, or $20 return. Dropped you and picked up right downtown. Cash only, they accepted Any currency, but still $20, so best to have New Zealand.
  21. We just returned from a Rhine cruise of the Christmas Markets on AmaPrima, with the Pre-tour of Zurich/Lucern. This is our 3rd AMA cruise (Bordeaux and Danube), but the first time we took the AMA extension trip, as we enjoy booking and traveling on our own before cruises. There have been a few questions asked over the last few weeks, that I might be able to answer, or have an opinion. The hotels AMA booked were: Zurich Marriott. Standard business hotel, with a great location. Nice, clean, well maintained. It was an easy walk to the train station, which was a bouncing off spo
  22. We took advantage of the per bag option a few times when it was $25. Per bag. An alternative to the packing tape is lining the flimsy paper bag with a hotel plastic laundry bag. It will reinforce and allow you to Roll and stuff more into the bag. I learned this trick from someone here on Cruisecritic. Just made Elite, so we are going to be exploring the 20-30 items on our next cruise. Thanks for that tidbit.
  23. We did this cruise last August on the Silhouette. We did not find the either crossing to be rough. We did have high winds and rain one of the days while in Iceland, but the ship was docked. We may have been very lucky on the weather during the crossings, but that was our experience. We really enjoyed the cruise, it was a first time in Ireland and Iceland.
  24. We did a B2B in Southampton last September. As stated, we were not required to leave the ship. We had breakfast, and then went to a designed room (I think the movie theatre) to trade sea pass cards. We expected to have to wait in there, or some other space while they cleared, and cleaned the ship, but we were allowed the run of the ship. The hallway doors were closed, but our room attendants told us we could push them open to come and go, if we wanted to return to the room. We ended up relaxing in the solarium to stay out of the way. It could not have been more organized.
  25. We sailed Silhouette in September, and the Lawn is there. The middle section of Lawn is flanked by the Lawn Club Grill and the Cabanas. We never saw anyone on the lawn or cabanas, but this was a colder climate cruise. I suspect no one would care if you sat down on the lawn with drinks. There is also lawn on the starboard and port side of the sunset grill.
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