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  1. We were on the Baltic cruise on Regal on 4th September which has now been cancelled. We are thinking of doing the 2022 version on Sky Princess, starting on September 3rd. Are these two ships equivalent or is Sky Princess better? What are the S5 suites like?
  2. Such great news that ‘Always included’ now means that tips, wifi and classic drinks are no longer chargeable. This is the honest way to sell luxury cruises. Well done Celebrity. Princess still charges you £35 per person per day and this used to be a very good offer.
  3. At last a cruise line has made a commitment to ‘always included’ in the price. This is the honest way to sell luxury cruises. So no extra payment for : WiFi classic drinks tips We are delighted with this new initiative. well done Celebrity
  4. Traderboy - you seem truly angry at Celebrity. Would it be better if you cruised with another cruiseline? Not at all angry. I was delighted by my first Celebrity cruise in February. We have cruised with lots of other cruise lines. some of them have stopped charging gratuities and just include it on the fares. This really is the honest proposition. They really shouldn’t include gratuities ‘as a perk’ imo
  5. Maybe you are right , Westlake girl. I think it may well be a group booking. Are there likely to be any other special booking conditions? We have booked several times through this same TA and never had any problems.
  6. You're quite right, Emmas Gran. Having free gratuities as a 'perk' is in itself undermining the idea of gratuities in my view. Come clean, Celebrity, and don't offer fares which do not have gratuities included.
  7. Thanks Jojo and Barbette I think you may be right that it is my Travel Agent who is trying to grab my money. I will pursue them. I did consider booking direct with Celebrity but found out that the overall cost of the entire trip would be much higher. I was on a February 2020 cruise from Singapore to Dubai which turned into a very fortunate Dubai to Dubai cruise. Most of our passengers had horrendous difficulty in getting refunds for their altered flights, particularly if they booked them with Celebrity. I thought that the consensus view was that your money was b
  8. Thanks for these comments. I think my original posting may have been misunderstood. We are from the UK and this week we booked a new cruise for February 2022. We normally like anytime dining but we were amazed to be told that,, in order to book it, we needed to pay the tips NOW not when the final payment is due. As I said before this policy seems to be designed by Celebrity to bribe its customers and create extra cash flow. Of course we are aware of their relatively new system of booking wither no perks, 2 perks or all perks. We are also aware that the crew do ne
  9. What do others think about this? it seems a money-grabbing approach which is tantamount to bribery. We have no problems about paying tips for good service. But we are not prepared to pay them 15 months ahead of our cruise.
  10. How do these two classes differ and which do people prefer. I have only been on the Constellation, an M- class ship.
  11. Can anyone say how these two ships compare. We were on Constellation in February and we very much liked the hydrotherapy pool, which was freely available. Is it the same on Solstice? When are either of these ships going to be revolutionised?
  12. Can anyone say what they appreciate most about concierge class. Also is the Celebrity Solstice due a refit in 2021?
  13. Thank you very much. Such a long list of lovely benefits. Do they all apply on Regal Princess?
  14. I agree with your thoughts entirely. No one can possibly predict what will happen in the rest of 2020, never mind 2021 and 2022. There will certainly be a time when cruising becomes safe again. In the meantime we will just do whatever we need to do with any future bookings and cruise credits that we have. I will not pay the final balance if I am unconvinced about safety.
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