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  1. 1 hour ago, upwarduk said:

    I have just returned from a cruise on Explorer of the Seas.

    Our Muster station was out on deck, below our LIFEBOAT, so at least we knew where to go in an emergency. Although we were lined up like children waiting to go into school, we could see the demonstration and could hear the safety information.

    I must admit that I was very surprised that Royal, who are supposed to be the family ships, had a traditional Muster drill, whereas Celebrity showed that weird film in Murano, where there was so little room. 

    They showed that terrible movie on Oasis and Harmony last year.  Much too loud, to the point of being painful to the ears.

  2. On 9/14/2019 at 9:39 AM, Fouremco said:

    Airlines pay up to $20 million annually for their in-flight movies, and there is no reason to believe that cruise lines receive preferential rates. That's not "next to nothing" in my books, and clearly Celebrity holds the same opinion.

    Airlines have hundreds of planes making multiple flights per day.  The cruise line has, at most, a few dozen ships; with a captive audience for up to several weeks at a time.

  3. 1 minute ago, wrk2cruise said:

    "Neeno", he is from the Philippines


    He is the absolute best waiter we have had in more than 40 cruises!  I always pronounced his name as "Neeno", but I started to wonder if that was correct after our cruise.



  4. On 9/13/2019 at 7:11 AM, wrk2cruise said:

    I guess we should return this thread to the topic of Luminae on Equinox.   FYI anyone sailing between now and Nov and want a great waiter in Luminae then request Nino.  20+ years on Celebrity/Chandris.  Best waiter we have had on Celebrity.  Have had the pleasure of his service on 3 trips.

    Does he pronounce his name "neeno? or Nino (spanish pronunciation)?

  5. 9 minutes ago, Georgia_Peaches said:

    We sailed Equinox in a RS.  Service on our cruise was mostly excellent.  There were a few things that I didn't care for, like the recorded messages on the phone...mainly because I couldn't figure out how to get the blinking light to stop flashing.  The other issue we had was with our A/C in the bedroom.  It just didn't seem very cool.  The butler did go out of his way to try and cool things off by setting up a fan.  I remember the food being good with the exception of Tuscan Grill.  Service was very slow and food was just OK that night.  I really wanted to do the glass blowing but could never get an appointment slot.  Other than those minor issues, our cruise was lovely.  While I'm not really interested in the Equinox again, we have a November cruise on Silhouette and I am counting down the days.  OP, I hope you find what you're looking for on your next sailing.

    Which RS did you have?  We are in 1241 in a few weeks.


  6. 58 minutes ago, wrk2cruise said:


    From my last email exchange with him in February he said he rejoins Equinox in April and will leave on Nov 2.  We sail in 2 weeks, unfortunately won't be in a suite this time but will stop in to see him.  He's our favorite waiter having been served by him 3 times in the last couple of years on Equinox.


    Great news.  He has been our favorite waiter out of 36 cruises!  Wonderful man to converse with every day.  BTW, we are cruising on Equinox on Oct 2, 2019 so we will see him then.


  7. I would say Yes.  Even though suggested attire is for a more dressed up evening, I have seen many people still in jeans and polo shirts in all of the dining venues.  About the only time I have seen people turned away is for wearing shorts and/or flip flops to the MDR in the evening.We have alwlays enjoyed formal nights and dressing for dinner (still do!) however the trend is to a more casual do-your-own-thing mentality.  Do what you wish, don't worry about what others think.


    Although having read recent cruise ship news, it is probably best you don't show up for chic night dressed as a clown! LOL

  8. Dear son (just turned 21 at the time) came back to the cabin at 3 AM, shall we say SLIGHTLY intoxicated?  Lost his cabin key and woke me up by pounding on the door.


    He came in and went to bed, I got dressed and went down to Guest Services to cancel his Seapass card and get a new one printed.  I think that all of the GS people were asleep in the backroom.  But anyway, while I was waiting I saw Security making their rounds and looking behind couches and cabinets and into closets and other spaces looking for people sleeping/passed out in these spaces. They would wake them and send them on their way. 


    To this day, he won't drink Long Island Iced Teas. LOL

  9. On 3/31/2019 at 10:05 AM, Charles4515 said:


    The problem is that cardboard has implications too. Paper products require more energy and greenhouse emissions to make. The real issue with plastic is proper disposal. Litter. Paper has an issue too, carbon emissions. That is why I said earlier I am agnostic on the issue of plastic straws. The only effective answer would be not to use straws at all. We could say go back to glass milk bottles but then that would likely raise other issues. All that sea glass because glass was littered. Now, the issue has come up that China does not want our trash anymore. Recycling costs have gone up. Some communities have now stopped recycling because they can’t afford it. A solution that seems like a solution, eliminating plastic straws or plastic egg cartons may make people feel good but may not be a real solution.

    In our community we have a government sponsored recycling problem.  Except, they don't accept glass containers, as there is not a viable market for them (according to the powers that be).  Glass is infinitely recyclable, either as other glass products or as ground up "sand".


    If we should be concerned about cruise ships use of straws (which are either incinerated on board, or off loaded as a compacted bundle of trash), I think that you should watch the cruise ship re-provisioning activities when in the home port.  Each pallet of food or other products that comes on board is wrapped in miles and miles of plastic wrap. All of that plastic wrap SHOULD be collected and recycled, however, I have seen lots of it blowing around on the pier and it ultimately ends up in the sea. Fresh produce is delivered in boxes and trays that are made from cardboard, but the cardboard is usually coated with a thin layer of plastic to make them water resistant.


    Plastic is everywhere and the banning of straws won't have a significant impact one way or the other.  BTW, I don't use any kind of straws.





  10. The primary reason that the electrical outlet is on the ceiling is to ensure that you don't drop an electrical appliance into water in the sink and electrocute yourself. I don't know what the allowed amperage for these outlets is, but they should handle just about all items you wish to use, except high wattage items like a hair dryer or space heater.

  11. On 2/1/2018 at 9:24 AM, kokopelli-az said:

    Do suite guests still get to use the luggage valet service for free?

    We got luggage valet for free (Royal Suite) on Equinox last April.  However, I had to ask the concierge for the paperwork and the terms as no information was provided in the cabin.

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