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  1. Dengue fever seems to be going around in some areas. You might want to check travel advisories and at least be prepared with mosquito repellent, etc. Not saying you shouldn't go but a few severe cases made the news here recently so it's probably best to try and avoid the mosquitoes.
  2. The MDR is also only open for lunch on sea days, not port days. But as others have said, you can order any drink you want. You aren't limited to the menu suggestions.
  3. I have never felt this nor have I noticed it nor has anyone treated me any differently. The crew is great to everyone. There are different loyalty levels (which means you get more free stuff the more you cruise) and of course there are people who stay in inside cabins and those who can afford penthouse suites but I've never noticed any special treatment of anyone, beyond the perks they get from their loyalty level or because they've paid mega bucks for the kind of perks you get in a suite. We usually stay in verandah cabins and we've always been treated like royalty. I don't know if I've even met anyone who's stayed in the suites (not counting sky suites). I don't know if that's because they don't flaunt it or because suites are so amazing that they never leave them. LOL I think if I could ever afford a penthouse or owners suite I would probably stay in it all the time. Don't worry. You'll have a great time. Everyone else is there to have a great time as well, not to look down their noses at others.
  4. My husband likes to sit near the front of the theatre. If I recall correctly, there is at least one row where the aisle seat and the one next to it don't have an arm between them. It's 3 or 4 rows from the stage, I believe, on the left side. I don't know if it's the same on the right side or if there are similar seats further back. You might want to investigate on your first day on board. You can wander most of the ship and the theatre is often open during the day on embarkation day. If you find any seats like these you might want to try to get to the theatre a bit early so you can snag them.
  5. Or get the book Alaska Ports of Call by Frommers. One man's "must see" is another man's "not on your life". For example, I spent a great deal of time researching whale watching tours only to find out that my husband wasn't the least bit interested in this "Must Do" that I read about on cruise critic. LOL It turns out that our must dos were to see glaciers and totem poles and hike. There's a lot to see and do in Alaska. There's no one right way to do it.
  6. I think you would enjoy it. There are lots of activities if you wish to join in (dance class by the pool, trivia, etc.) but it is also easy to find a quiet spot to chat or read. The food is really good. They have some type of show in the theatre every evening and then there are still some late evening activities - a game show or dancing to the house band or the dj. My young-at-heart 67 year old husband can usually be found at the "disco" late into the evening. We like it because it is a very relaxing environment but there are things to do if you want, and they are not "in your face" if you don't. Depending on where you are going, they sometimes have guest lecturers on sea days. We've usually found them to be very interesting.
  7. Another option for Dover is the nearby town of Canterbury. We took the ship shuttle to town and then walked to the train station (not a long walk - maybe 5 or 10 minutes) and then took the train to Canterbury. We spent quite a long time in the Cathedral, which is massive. We also walked around the town along the medieval-looking streets. It started raining so we ducked into a place for coffee. It turns out the whole restaurant was gluten free, so my celiac husband got battered fish, onion rings and sticky toffee pudding - things that celiacs don't usually get to eat. That just made his day. But I digress. :) It was a lovely day in Canterbury and we got back in time to look around Dover a little bit and then took the shuttle back to the ship.
  8. Thanks! I haven't heard of him, but I'm sure we'll have a good time anyway. 🙂
  9. Hey Morgsmom! I hope your dh has recovered from his jetlag upon returning home. :) Do you recall who the cruise director was? Also, what other ports did you go to and which was your favourite? Thanks.
  10. Maybe it depends on the ship or where it departs from? I don't think I've ever had Dasani on a cruise ship (just as well - I think it tastes like dirt). The last few cruises we've been on they've had Crystal Geyser as the classic water.
  11. Last time we were on Infinity the hostess sent away a guest wearing shorts at dinner, and she also asked a man to remove his ball cap at breakfast. He asked why? She said, "it's the dining room sir". He looked old enough to know about the "no hats at the table" rule. I guess it depends who's manning the desk at the time.
  12. It doesn't say that anywhere. But personal experience is, sometimes they will let you order a bottle of water with your drink or coffee. A couple of times they've said no, but for the most part they do it, no problem.
  13. I haven't seen anything about Reflection lately. Does anyone know who the CD is/will be in a couple of weeks?
  14. We went with Marelvy Pena in 2015. At that time the cost was $63 pp. It included a snack that she brought for us. Her tour was similar to Dora's. We all wanted to stop for coffee so she took us to a local place where we could have some refreshments and do a little shopping. That's the difference. You will hear more with a smaller group and they can take you to places the big buses can't go. There is also a bit more flexibility if you want to stay somewhere a bit longer or stop off somewhere. We didn't spend much time in the dungeon (which was a cool place to be). I imagine the shopping stops will be longer with the big bus tour. I always recommend smaller groups. It's usually worth the cost for a better experience.
  15. If you have a beverage package then the gratuities are included. But you still have to have your card swiped. If you have a package then you don't have to sign anything. If you don't have a package then they will have you sign a slip. Other than that you just have your card swiped for things you would be charged for, e.g. in the shops, for drinks, spa services, etc. You don't get swiped each time you go to the dining room or buffet.
  16. No. Disregard that comment as it pertained to a different thread. You only have to pay for drinks at al Bacio, unless you have a drinks package. The pastries are free for everyone. Just go up and ask for whatever you want. Or you can sit at a table and tell them what you want and they'll bring it to you. Easy.
  17. We were on the Canary Islands/Azores/Portugal cruise, also out of Southampton. Also in September.
  18. Us too. Maybe we were on the same cruise. :)
  19. I just checked a recent Celebrity Today. It's listed under the Oceanview as "scones and sandwiches" from 4 to 5.
  20. There's being obsessed with calories and there's being mindful of them. As one who has battled excess weight her whole life, I make sure that I enjoy the heck out of whatever it is I do decide to eat, regardless of calories. But I try not to "spend" them carelessly, e.g. the apple crumble is a complete waste of calories for me. I don't enjoy it. Why would I eat it? But OP, as you can see, it is all subjective. I hate most of the apple desserts (not home made, but the ones on the ship) and there are many things people have mentioned on here that I wouldn't bother with. But they love them. And I love my favourite things. And that's why it's great that Celebrity offers so many options. Watch out for special days too, like "pie day" and "cupcake day", etc. I wouldn't go by what other people say. You should just go and try what you want and have a good time.
  21. Do you get that in the specialty restaurants or the MDR? I don't think I've seen souffles for dessert in the MDR. Oh, wait....maybe on chic night?
  22. That would definitely be disappointing. The few times we've taken a "wherever on your own" type thing, it's usually just been a Celebrity staff member and they may not know much about the area. If there's a guide, they often use someone local on the bigger Celebrity coaches and they talk about their country. We are taking an approximately 2 hours each way "on your own" transfer next month. It would be nice if someone said something about the area at some point over those 4 hours. :)
  23. I love Alejandro too. He was so much fun on our Antarctica cruise with "900 sea days" (according to him). ghstudio, are you sure your tour wasn't "hosted" as opposed to having a guide? Usually it says somewhere in the tour description. If the tour (not usually a tour but transfer to somewhere) has a host then they just seem to be there to make sure everyone knows where to meet the bus and then go looking for strays that don't manage to get back to the bus on time. At least that's been my experience.
  24. I can't speak to the Equinox specifically, but it seems to me that after they opened Sushi on 5 on the ships, they stopped serving sushi in the Oceanview. I haven't seen it on any ships I've been on in the last few years. It's disappointing because it was nice to grab some for a late afternoon snack after an excursion.
  25. Oh. Kay. Well, you seem to have all the answers so I guess your work is done here. Good job.
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