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  1. Sailing in Aqua Class on the Edge in January. Have not been on Celebrity in 10 years and especially on Edge I know things will be different that we remeber. I would think we will have our breakfast in Blue each day to avoid the crush at the buffet or the hubbub of the MDR. But perhaps I am wrong about that? Lunch? On HAL we often have lunch in a specialty restaurant for a quieter meal, but personally I have always enjoyed the selections at the buffet. Dinner? How many days should we dine in Blu v an alternative? Would be interested to hear what you think.
  2. Seeking opinions from the HAL crowd. My wife and I have sailed exclusively on HAL for about the last 10 years - most recently on Oosterdam last winter. We were disappointed in that cruise for many of the reasons that we have been talking about here: limited mainstage entertainment, we were part of the $10 MDR charge for additional entree, no cold soups, etc etc. And so this year we are going on the Edge in January. Seems like there are lots of fans and lots of nonfans of Edge. Any of our HAL vets sailed her yet? What did you think. We are in Aqua Class with the controversial infinite veranda.
  3. If I have the classic drink package with its $9/drink limit but order a $15 dollar cocktail am I charged $6 or $15?
  4. If I understand correctly the "classic" drink package only allows you to have a drink or wine up to $9. I only see one wine at that price - a $9 pinot.
  5. We have booked an AquaClass gty on a January Edge sailing and have a few questions. On our booking confirmation for dining it says we have CEL SLCT. My understanding is that AquaClass dines in Blu. Will we need to reserve a time in Blu? Are there fixed times in Blu? Or do you just show up when you want? Can we also eat in one of the main dining rooms if we want? We have the classic beverage package as a perk. I want to upgrade that to the premium package but see no way to do that on the Celebrity web site. In fact the Celebrity site recognizes our on board credit but doesn't seem to know we have a beverage package. Our invoice charges us $98 for something listed as 2PKSBEVOBC NRD - sounds like something related to beverage package??? Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.
  6. We are experienced cruisers mostly on HAL for the past 10 years. Typically we take on Caribbean cruise in the winter for a warm weather get away. We have been on Celebrity in the past - Horizon, Summit, Equinox, but not in the past 10 years or so. As our last HAL cruise (Oosterdam) was a bit of a disappointment we are considering something different this year and so are wondering what our Celebrity experience might be like in 2020 as compared to the Summit or Equinox of 2010. Rumor has it that Celebrity is instituting various classes on their ships and wonder how that would impact the common man in a veranda cabin without much loyalty status. Any comments on the current food and dining experience as well as entertainment would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  7. Yes there is a thermal suite. Exactly the same as on the similar class ships as well as the New Amsterdam and Eurodam. Layout is of a locker room to change and then the hydrospa (or whatever they call it), essentially a large hot tub. There is also a room with about 6 heated ceramic lounge chairs. We have always enjoyed the thermal suite. For a week it was about $250/couple if I remember correctly. You can sign up once onboard
  8. What are they substituting? First night out on our recent Oosterdam cruise they showed a movie!
  9. I think lunch in the Pinnacle Grill is one of the best bargains on the ship. A quiet lunch with excellent service away from the hubbub of the Lido. What is not to like? How does it work? Make a reservation when you board, and appear at the appointed time. You will be seated and enjoy a great lunch. Highly recommended.
  10. Sad to see what is happening with HAL. We cruised on the Oosterdam in late February (cruise review is posted in the review section) and have to echo most of what the OP has said. We have been HAL loyalists for 15 years but perhaps no more. Like the OP, the cutbacks in the MDR are obvious. No cold soups, limited appetizers and YES, my wife was charged $10 for adding a lobster tail to her veal chop. First night out there was no main stage entertainment. No production shows. Parts of the promenade deck were closed almost always, making walking it a chore. We cruised HAL because it seemed to fit nicely between the main stream lines and the luxury lines. No more. HAL is now another main stream cruise line. As I said.....sad
  11. No need to worry about this. Simply put your bottle on your table and the wine steward will serve you very graciously and often with a compliment about your wine choice.
  12. Of course we don't pay $1000 or more to get into a restaurant on land
  13. So you actually do care what people wear to the dining room.
  14. Can we stop saying that dining in the MDR is "complimentary"? I think we all paid for it.
  15. Lame. So two nights there is no entertainment (port talk and a movie).
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