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About zdad59

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    On an island in my mind
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    Cruising, golfing, repeat
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  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Florida, St. Marteen, San Juan

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  1. Our gang usually have matching shirts for day 1. Last year it was these....
  2. But I saw it on the interweb, so it has to be true. 😲
  3. Thanks for such detailed input. Helps a lot. Your trip report is very good as well.
  4. My gang of 8 is sailing on Summit in February, to the ABCs. We are staying in Aqua class. This will be our first time on Celebrity. We usually sail on Royal Caribbean. We are used to the bigger ships so the smaller, more intimate Summit is something we are excited about. I have begun my OCD planning so I have a couple of general questions.... SHOWS......I realize that the shows on Summit won't be the big Broadway or even large scale RCL shows, but what can we expect? In particular what's the timing (early or late?), frequency (is there something every night?) and preparedness (I'm sure there are no reservations but how early show we expect to gt to a show?). We don't have a dinner seating as Blu will be our regular dinner restaurant. SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS.....What specialty restaurants are the best to consider? We'll eat in Blu or the MDR each night, except for the last night, when we usually go to a specialty restaurant for a "Last Supper" as a group. Experienced Summit/Celebrity cruiser opinions are appreciated. We are looking to a more intimate and quiet experience, compared to RCL Symphony/Allure/Harmony, which were our last three cruises together. LOVED them all but are looking forward to this new experience. Any Summit tips, tricks, expectations are appreciated.
  5. Just thought I’d follow up. I sent an email to Mr. Bayley yesterday and cc’ed others. It was mostly heaping praise on certain staff on Symphony but it did bring up a concern about wait times at the thrill park at CoCo Cay. To my surprise, I got a call today from the RCL Executive offices. A gentleman, who said he was an assistant to Mr. Bayley, said Mr. Bayley read the email and wanted him to respond personally. We had a nice chat about things. I was assured they are very aware of the queue issues at CoCo Cay and have a team working to come up with a resolution. He also noted that the message was forwarded directly to the ship as well as the Dining, CoCo Cay, and Entertainment Executive staff. Now they may may have been blowing smoke up my skirt but I was very favorably impressed that I got a personal call response less than 24 hours after I sent the note. Nicely done RCL.
  6. Check the calendar. Miami boat show is in February every year. We hit it with our Feb cruise this year. Hotel are scarce and very expensive that week. We stayed at Hampton Inn - Brickell, using a points stay.
  7. Already got that. He's been very responsive in the past too.
  8. We love staying at the Casablanca Hotel in Old San Juan. An eclectic, funky, hotel, very different than your typical hotel stay. And its in a great location for sightseeing in OSJ.
  9. I have a good news note to send, and would love to get it to the right person in charge of dining. Would the Hotels VP, Mark Tamis be the right POC? My wise and all knowing friends here at CC would surely know. TIA, Z
  10. If you are going to get it for sure, its almost always better to get it before. On embarkation day its usually $70 for the first person, 50% off for the 2nd ($35). Plus 18%gratuity of course. That's exactly how it was two weeks ago on Symphony. You can usually do at least that good before boarding. And keep an eye on it. IF the price goes down, cancel and rebuy. That's exactly how it was two weeks ago on Symphony.
  11. We didn't see a movie so not 100% sure what was showing. They do have pretty recent movies though. And yes, on night when there is no aqua show, they have a movie in the evening in the Aqua theater.
  12. We're just off Symphony a week ago. Didn't miss not having a headliner. Towards the latter part of the week you get the second, non reservable ice show, you get FLIGHT, and frankly there is so much other entertainment on the ship, not having a headliner is no big deal.
  13. You read my thread. There are two formal nights on a 7 night cruise. There is no "theme" advertised by RCL. My groups dress theme was chosen by the matriarch of the family. She chose "Black, White, and a touch of Red" for the first formal night, and "tropical" as the theme for the second. Also know that formal dress is completely optional. Not everyone participates. We usually don't but we were tag a longs on this cruise so I went all out.
  14. Thanks......with all the comments here and on the ship, that jacket will become a regular part of my cruise wardrobe.
  15. Its less about which dining room you are in than where in the dining room you are. Off to the sides, close to the front for us, tends to be quieter. In the middle of the dining room seems to allow the din from levels above or below to filter down. DO yourself a favor. When you board the ship, make a trip to the MDR and check out your seat assignment. If you don't like the location the matre di staff may be able to reseat you somewhere more favorable....unless you have a very large group, which makes it difficult.
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