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  1. I was just wondering if there were any itinerary changes due to the strong Nor easter hitting the east coast - Oct. 17, 2019?
  2. Picture from the crows nest on Hal vaandam
  3. Does anyone have any of the daily schedule of ship activities papers for the Summit ? I forgot the actual name of them. Cruising in November and wanted to take a look see, and see the daily activities .
  4. My wife and I have recently returned from the 14-day New England/Canada cruise aboard the “revolutionized” Summit that departed Cape Liberty on September 8, 2019. This was our fifth cruise on Celebrity, and our second on an M-class ship. We sailed on the Infinity back in 2013, and she was fairly worn and in need of updating back then, so we were very much looking forward to seeing what the “revolution” had brought to the Summit. In the posts that follow, I will give my thoughts about the ship (including food, dining, entertainment, etc.), as well as the itinerary, and of course I’ll be happy to answer any questions that I can. (the Summit anchored in Bar Harbor, by turtles06)
  5. Has any stayed in outside cabin 7000 on the Summit? Any thoughts? Thanks
  6. My wife and I have just returned from a very enjoyable 14-day New England/Canada cruise out of Cape Liberty on the “revolutionized” Summit. We were originally booked in a C2 cabin, but when a corner Family Veranda opened up (8166), we “downgraded” ourselves and grabbed it. We’d stayed in the same cabin some years ago on the Infinity, so we knew how large and wonderful it is for two people. Even back then, the Infinity was worn and dated, so we were excited to see what the “revolution” had brought to the Summit. Because there are still so many questions about specific staterooms on the Summit since the updates, and since I’d promised on another Summit thread to post photos of our corner FV, here are our thoughts and photos (spread across a number of posts). First, the positives. Overall, we still loved this cabin, and would certainly book it again if we had the opportunity. We thought the color changes were lovely; we liked the grey and beige tones, which have a certain quiet elegance to them. (I’m not sure the photos really do them justice.) For the two of us, at least, there was more than ample closet space. We also had enough drawer space (four dresser drawers next to the closet, four smaller ones in the desk, and four smaller ones in the second room). There are also shelves in the closets as you can see in the photos. There are two closets like this in the "main" part of the cabin: The bed was extremely comfortable, and we thought that Celebrity did an excellent job with the bathroom. The stall shower, though small, was one of the best we’ve ever had on a ship, and it was wonderful to have a glass door in place of that awful shower curtain. There was ample storage space in the bathroom, as you can see in the photos. (photos by turtles06)
  7. Hi All: Does anyone have recent pics or video of the new sky suites? Am interested in your feedback as to the new decor? Thanks LB ps, also sky suite VS Royal suite, worth the extra $$?
  8. We are planning a 14 day cruise this summer on the Summit. Four young children (5-9) will be with us. How is the kids club? Are ther enough activities to keep them busy on sea days?
  9. 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.
  10. https://www.cruiselawnews.com/2019/10/articles/rescue/two-crew-members-jump-fom-celebrity-summit-into-saint-lawrence-river/
  11. Will someone who has sailed on the Summit since the "revolution" please describe the changes in what is apparently now called the Sky Lounge on Deck 11 (previously known as Revelations Lounge)? Photos will be appreciated. The Elite Cocktail hour from 5-7 pm was previously held in this lounge and I assume this is still the case. Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.
  12. I understand the cabins near the spa on deck 10 were downgraded from aqua class to cat 2C balcony. I'm booked in 1016 on the summit and I'm wondering if its still a good balcony cabin at a 2C rate. I understand it wasn't a good aqua cabin but that may not mean its a bad balcony room.
  13. I have a cabin booked for the starboard side forward, deck 6. I noticed it's above the theater. Has anyone stayed in one of those cabins? Is there a lot of noise from the theater? Thanks, Bucknwanda
  14. Heading out later this week on the revolutionized ship from San Juan for 7 nights. Planning to post a lot of photos, since I know how much I've enjoyed looking at what everyone else has shared.
  15. Set sail today from Bayonne to Bermuda. This is our 5th time in Summit. Last year sailed from Bayonne to Bermuda and New England. Loved it so much we came back again this year. We have the same cabin as last year (Sky Suite, same room). Big changes post revolutionization! Cabin is brighter but seems smaller without the wall of mirrors. We miss the coffee table. Not sure where the butler will put room service. Disappointed that flowers and wine we paid to have in our cabin today (as well as chocolate strawberries) required repeated inquiries to have delivered. Still waiting on some items which should’ve been in our cabin upon departure and were paid for well ahead of time. No flowers and chocolate strawberries did not arrive until after 10 pm and repeated requests. When we got to port in Bayonne before boarding, and our luggage was taken by the stevedores (whom we tip generously) we were told we could not bring our case of bottled water onboard as luggage which we have done previously. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT as I have a kidney issue which requires me to drink lots of water constantly and it has never been an issue checking a case of water with a luggage tag on it before (ships luggage tag). Otherwise the renovations seem fine, but there is less storage space in our suite. The Retreat is very nice too, tho we liked Michaels Club, it’s still a nice quiet place with great service. Just a heads up that bringing a case of water aboard this time was forbidden. 😕. So far a lot of things are falling thru the cracks. We booked this cruise far ahead of time for a big anniversary which is on 7/9. Hope things improve. Please no flaming on this post; Im just reporting on our experience so far.
  16. We haven't cruised since 2012. Getting ready to book on the Summit over Thanksgiving... Here is my question:What would be better C1 aft 9201 or Aqua Class 1136 or 1139 but I think there is no overhang balcony here. Aqua is only $200 more person for entire cruise. I need opinions...Go!
  17. Anyone know why the Summit is still in port. Should have been a 4pm departure I believe.
  18. My wife and I are on the Summit right now, the 14-night New England/Canada cruise round trip out of Cape Liberty. We just had a wonderful two-day port call in Quebec City on Sunday and Monday. Pier runners are not uncommon in the Bahamas and other islands, but we never thought we’d see people actually miss the all-aboard here. Two passengers were really late yesterday, and they are quite lucky that Captain Matt did not leave them behind. Our all-aboard yesterday in Quebec was 2:45 PM. This was of course clearly stated in the Celebrity Today and posted at the gangway. Also, since we were docked at the commercial pier about a mile out of the Old City and free shuttle buses were being used, it was also clearly stated in the Today that the last buses back from the Old City would leave at 2:30 PM; this was also announced in the morning on the buses themselves. At 3 PM, as the ship prepared to sail, my wife and I went down to the port side of Deck 4 so we’d have a good view of the sail past Old Quebec. We heard a shipwide announcement asking two passengers to report to Guest Services. We were standing over the gangway on Deck 3, where several officers and the port agent were on their cell phones, quite animated. The longshoremen were waiting to pull up the gangway. After some minutes, we could hear one officer say to the others “the Captain wants to leave.” More cell phone calls, and then an officer appeared with two American passports that he handed over to the port agent. The agent walked off the gangway, still on his phone. He came back shortly after, and it sounded like he told the officers “they are at the Chateau” (presumably the Chateau Frontenac). This was some distance from the ship, and everyone on the gangway looked pretty disturbed. More waiting and phone calls. Somehow, a bus must have been arranged for the stragglers, as a few minutes before 3:30 PM, a big bus pulled up with just the two of them on it. They were quickly hustled on board, and the gangway was pulled. One of the longshoremen looked up at us and said that had it been five minutes later, the Captain would have sailed. (There are speed limits in the St. Lawrence River to protect migrating right whales, so we were not in a situation where the ship could have speeded up to make up for lost time.) We’d never seen passengers that late before, nor passports handed over to the port agent. Those two people were lucky the Captain waited for them.
  19. I tried to book spa before our Christmas cruise and it is cash only, you cannot use OBC. what is your experience with availability booking spa once onboard? We have high OBC and we should use it on the things we like and not pay cash pre-cruise and later waste our OBC on stuff we do not need...
  20. We just departed Summit on last Sunday. Overall, it was a wonderful cruise. We were in a concierge cabin. I wrote an earlier post, stating that I asked my cabin steward if he had heard that LLP mentioned on this board to ask your cabin attendant to provide you with a footstool. I won't repeat what I've already written, but will add that he said that all of the footstools were thrown away and it puts them in a bad position when people ask about this. I thought that the ship looked beautiful. All of the color schemes, including the cabins, look much better in person than they do in pictures. We booked concierge because we like the expanded breakfast menu for room service, and of course, the controversial footstools. We did miss the large table on the balcony, but managed by eating breakfast at the desk. My husband brought in a deck chair each morning. Ironically, the dinky balcony table made a great footstool. We covered it with a towel and it was quite comfortable. My only complaint with the room was the tiny safe. We couldn't fit our tablets in it, but we were able to put our wallets, passport, and some jewelry in it. The main issue is that the door does not spring open when you unlock it, and you have to pry it open with your fingers. My husband's fingers were too big, so I had to open it each time. We plan to bring a magnet next time and attach it to the front, and grab onto that to open the door. Overall, we loved the cruise. These little issues did not impact our cruise in any way. The staff was wonderful and we loved Capt Matt. He is the youngest captain in the fleet, and just boarded Summit a few weeks ago. The food and the service were great. We'd definitely sail Summit again, just not sure that we would book concierge again, with all of the changes. We did get invited to the helipad for sail away from Bermuda, which was a nice treat.
  21. Hi! Im back. 😋 I’m going to talk about dining. Our experience was limited but our description of our experience would be ..... perfection. Because I slept so much and morning meds are tough to keep down, many of my breakfasts were in the cabin. (NOTE: I brought on 2 12 packs of diet ginger ale and a case of water. They were marked “medical necessity”. No one even looked at them. We put them on MY wheelchair and I rode in a Summit chair. We had carry on luggage on top.) jim would bring up to the room “made as you watched” Eggs Benny and a small bowl of fruit. (I love that man!). We are mostly grab and go kind of people. The Jammer/Oceanview Cafe (Jammer - can’t get the Royal Caribbean out of us) was perfect. Luscious carved meats, mashed pots and gravy for Jim’s. Jim is basically a meat and potatoes guy though he does eat salad now - and doesn’t die. There was a vast array of every kind of salad you can imagine for me. We were in heaven. The food was fresh, excellent variety of cuisines, changed daily, plenty of seating. Exceeded our expectations. i think its a little spread out. But then lines were easily managed. This is one area I worry about the light colors wearing well. You know, the back of the chairs where everyone grabs. Years of hands touching that spot. Will it begin to look shabby and it has heavy-heavy traffic. Dinner - we dined in Blu or Cosmopolitan. No specialty dining. i slept through dinner once (damn pills) and later ordered room service. Menu limited. Did not like the chicken noodle soup but the hamburger was safe for my upset tummy. They said 30-40 minute wait. No problem. We were enjoying our big balcony. Food arrived in 20 minutes. As many have commented, there isn’t really a great place to put the room service tray. The desk? Paleeeeeeeze. Put the other half on it and the balcony needs a big table we can all sit around and gab, write postcards or study your port excursion plans. We struggled with our dinner choices. As Aqua Class we had access to Blu but the first night we tried Cosmopolitan. Service was ...... so good it hurt! Rhandi (waiter) was especially special. He was happy, efficient and friendly. Everyone was terrific, honestly. Food - never a whisper of dissatisfaction. We went back the second night. Lou’s Coke was already on the table, Jim’s beer arrived as he was helping me with my chair and my iced tea and Dark ‘n Stormy (it was a Bermuda Cruise after all) were on the table before my napkin was gently placed in my lap. They made us feel special. We told them the next night we would try Blu. Apparently they did not expect us to return. Blu ..... Remember the moment in the movie Titanic when Jack and Rose are enjoying the raucous fun in steerage. The movie breaks and you are now in the stately quiet of the smoking/card room? THAT is the difference between the Cosmopolitan and Blu. Both restaurants are beautiful. Again in Blu, the chairs are white. How long will they look fresh and new. Dinner? Memorable with truly interesting choices. I had the grilled octopus salad. If you see this - TRY IT. Marvelous. Our wait staff were perfection-really.....very good. They even grabbed an escargot for me from the Main Dining Kitchen next door. The next night it was tough. Which restaurant? They both had cheesecake on the dessert menu so I was happy either way. (Cheesecake is a slice from heaven. It’s based on a NY Cheesecake but not Big and overwhelming.) We went back to Cosmopolitan. (We did have our last breakfast in Blu. It was a quiet restful way to end the cruise). There was a Worry with the AquaClass cabins added during her stay in the shipyard that Blu would suffer from crowding. There were plenty of open tables when we were there. Apparently it was a big deal for us to return from Blu. Rhandi got dessert soufflés For us from Blu and service jumped up - if that was possible. We Did have lunch in Cosmopolitan a couple of times - Lou’s favorite thing to do. Excellent. We were seated in the big high back chairs for lunch once. Clumsy to move into but very comfortable once you are seated. That was quite a ramble. Sorry about that.
  22. Pre-cruise in Puerto Rico We stayed two nights at the Best Western Plus Condado Palm hotel in San Juan. The room, service and location were excellent. The price was economical relative to the other hotels in San Juan. 5 stars We took the 6:00 pm Bioluminescent Bay tour offered by Kayaking Puerto Rico the night before the cruise. Also excellent. I highly recommend it especially if you have kids. The water in the bay glows blue-green where you paddle. 5 stars Embarkation/Disembarkation - 5 stars I have never had an easier time boarding a ship. We have no special status and no suite. We weren’t sure when to arrive so we decided to leave the hotel at 10:30 am and see what happened. We waited in a small line outside the terminal until they started taking luggage. The outdoor waiting area is shaded. We were on the ship about 15 to 20 minutes later. I have never boarded so early. It felt like we had the entire ship to ourselves while we explored. Disembarkation was equally painless. We were in no hurry to catch our 1:55 pm flight, so we took our time having breakfast in the buffet. We carried our own luggage off the ship. The lines for customs were short and fast. After a quick check of our passports we were waved through. A huge line of taxis was picking up passengers and taking them to the airport. There were more taxis than people looking for rides--a lot more! Cabin 6030 (“Sweet Sixteen”) - 5 stars The new stateroom design is amazing! Electrical outlets (AC and USB) are everywhere you need them. It had an open feel and plenty of storage space. There were drawers we didn’t even use. The pullman bed worked well for our son. Visually it is appealing. Carpet was soft. Towels were fluffy. Everything worked as designed. I honestly have no suggestions for improvement. Celebrity has perfected a small room design for seasoned cruise travelers like us. The balcony was the only place with minor issues. It is still the same 80 square feet as before the revolution. There was a slight cigarette smoke smell coming from somewhere. I never identified the exact source. During previous cruises aboard the Infinity, we were able to get the stateroom attendant to bring down some longer deck chairs, but this time we were told he was not allowed to do so. My impression is that the rule is more of a “class” thing where they want to reserve such perks only for those with higher status. That’s a shame because this economically-priced balcony has ample room for the long chairs. You can lay the existing chairs all the way back and extend one of them using the table to get a similar effect. Some people criticize these staterooms for being too far forward--making for long walks to all activities. Honestly, I found the opposite to be true. Many of the activities are at the front of the ship--the Sky Lounge, spa, kids’ clubs, theater, Cafe al Bacio are all close by. Yes, you have a hike to the dining room or buffet, but they generally aren’t places we go to several times per day. There isn’t really any penalty for booking a room this far forward. Food and Dining - 4 stars We ate in the main dining room each night. The staff seemed overworked--scurrying from place to place and having about one accident per night. The food was exceptional--with one exception--the beef. For some reason steaks and beef seemed too dry, tough and tasteless to us. I finished less than half of my Steak Diane--unintentionally catching the attention of the maitre d’ who asked what the problem was. I don’t know what it is exactly, but they have a beef problem. That’s a shame because everything else was pretty much spot on. Our breakfasts and lunches were mainly in the buffet. There are plenty of choices and everything tastes good. We found the best food to be at the back of the buffet--lots of hot breakfast and lunch options. Steaks were better at the buffet than in the main dining room. We had room service breakfast a couple of times when we needed to be ready early for an excursion. It is the same food and quality as you get at the buffet. No complaints. It is about what you expect when you have to get a family fed quickly before heading out on an excursion. Ports and Excursions - 4 stars We purchased two excursions from Celebrity--snorkeling at Buck Island and river tubing at Dominica. Both were well organized. Be sure to reserve months in advance and check prices from week to week. The prices increase close to sailing. Prices are competitive when they have 20%-off sales about six months before the cruise. They are the same excursions offered by other cruise ships. Teen Club - 2 stars Yes, I am well aware that active families with teens are not Celebrity’s primary demographic, but they should have been able to do better. This was a spring break cruise, after all. When we arrived the first day to check it out, they were playing Pink Floyd on the speakers. Really? Pink Floyd is an awesome band and would have been perfect for such a club when I was a kid, but times have changed. The first teen activity was called the “Great Teen Hunt” and consisted of grouping kids into teams and having them search the ship for other teens to join the group. Nothing says “lame” quite like having to recruit kids to join your club. The only saving grace is that kids of that age pretty easily make their own entertainment. Before too long they were organizing their own pool parties, ping pong tournaments and basketball games. Entertainment - 2 stars The shows were all pretty much average cruise fare. The production shows (“Chandelier” and “Life”) were pretty good for a ship this size. One comedian was struggling. Other cruise lines have more variety and multiple, more intimate venues that allow for things like improv. The theater on Summit is used for pretty much everything--comedy, hypnotism, singers, dancers, port shopping talks--everything. They need more versatile space. I think the beverage packages have changed how service is handled in the theater. Before beverage packages were popular, it seemed like there were a dozen servers in the theater giving each person multiple opportunities to purchase drinks. Now there are only one or two servers. Get there early and catch their attention quickly or you are not getting anything. Only a few orders get filled before the show. Better yet, stop by a bar on the way to the theater and bring your own. The Silent Disco was fun. The Rooftop Terrace was underutilized. One evening a large block of the middle of the screen was black and not working. During the day they would show recorded music concerts, but the sun back there was too intense to comfortably watch. At night they showed Discovery channel-like shows. They did show some recent movies, but always during dinner time. I have been on other cruises where nighttime movies were always a hit, but they never did that here. My hunch is that they can’t play movies at night for fear of disturbing the deck 11 cabins with balconies directly below. If true, that’s a pretty serious flaw in my book. Bars and Drinks - 3 stars This was our first time cruising on a beverage package. We don’t drink much but might have wine at dinner, a cocktail at a show or a soda at lunch. It was included as a free perk. We would not have gotten our money’s worth out of it if we had to purchase it ourselves. You have to work a little to catch the attention of a server or bartender. They always seem to be busy. I read some comments about how the Sunset Bar is now too open and hot since taking away the coverings. I agree with the criticism. I predict Celebrity will come to their senses and restore more significant covering above the Sunset Bar eventually. It is a less inviting place now than it used to be. We liked the coffees and desserts at Cafe al Bacio. Sometimes they were a little slow and disorganized with multiple servers generating orders but only one barista. One additional note that didn’t fit anywhere else: I like to pick up an extra copy of the dailies and save them as souvenirs. I didn’t see any near the Guest Relations desk. You can find extra copies outside the Gelateria across from Cafe al Bacio.
  23. My wife and I are aboard the Summit right now (Sept. 8 sailing). Some months ago, we were excited to learn that dancers with the American Ballet Theatre were scheduled to perform on our cruise. The other night, our Cruise Director announced that the first performance would be tonight at 9pm, with an encore tomorrow at 7pm. We got to the theatre this evening at about 8:15pm; there was already a line on both sides. By the time the doors opened at 8:30, the lines stretched back through the casino. By about 8:45, there was not an empty seat in the house. The first dance was a pas de deux from “Swan Lake,” about ten minutes long. The two dancers — Remy Young and Alexandre Hammoudi — were excellent (and I could listen to Tchaikovsky all night). This was followed by a twenty minute musical performance by a very talented singer, Kristen Hertzenberg. However, she opened her set with “I’m a Woman,” which was a very jarring segue from the classical ballet that had preceded it. After her set, the dancers returned for another pas de deux. I was not familiar with the name of the piece, but it was quite beautiful. All in all, the dancers performed for about 20-25 minutes, which I don’t think was enough. I think it would have been better if Celebrity and ABT had committed more to the ballet, so that they could fill a whole show. Hertzenberg has a great voice, and I would really love to see her do an entire show as well. (She is certainly tons better than the singer who performed two full shows last night.) It was a refreshing change from the usual shipboard entertainment to see ballet this evening. It was a good start by Celebrity and ABT; I hope they can grow it into an entire show.
  24. We are back from our sailing to Bermuda. It was worth most (maybe not all) the melodrama a few months ago. Celebrity reservations gave away our Accessible cabin booked for 4 months. Had a General AQ cabin and our friend ... well he had NO cabin. (We had made our final payment). Going up the Celebrity food chain we finally found Mirai who realized Celebrity’s mistake and fixed things. we had a $400 shipboard credit Gratuities paid Classic beverage package Our friend was given an inside cabin for himself across from us and AQ privileges. ...and our file must have been flagged because every time we asked for something they fell over themselves to make it happen. nOTE: im in a wheelchair. I can walk but not far - freakish accident 10 years ago. I’m also on a new medication for another problem that makes me sleepy. I mean SLEEPY. So, to me our drive from Annapolis, MD, to Newark Airport took about 15 minutes. I slept and Jim listened to a book on CD. We have a Rule. We NEVER want to see the back end of our ship leaving port so we always spend the night before near the ship. Bayonne....sigh Somehow we accumulated many Holiday Inn points so we got 2 rooms at the Crown Plaza near Newark airport. I was not impressed. Facility was old and as hard as they tried, it wasn’t a terrific part of town so it just wasn’t frosty new. We met our friend when we arrived, had a bite, took a shower and I pretty much face-planted onto the bed. Following morning - We Are Going Cruising!!! This is our first cruise from Bayonne in many years (new terminal was under construction when we were there last.). I’m sorry if I’m repeating what you already know. Royal Caribbean has built a reasonably large boarding facility. It’s sparkling clean, very friendly staff, parking garage gives protection from snow. Drove to the ship. LOTS of construction so Jeepers (GPS) was very confused. Once we saw the ship we were OK. Arrived about 11:00 (glanced at my watch). Lou had RAVED about how they treated his Mom in her wheelchair when they cruised in Alaska in May. I sat down in my wheelchair and waited to launch! No one came. Lou tried pushing me but everyone said someone would be right there. About 20 minutes later (Jim has parked the car and was now back) a very nice management type pushed me through to the handicapped area. He said someone would be right there. DO YOUR CHECKIN PAPERWORK AHEAD. Wonderfully cheerful ladies showed up with tablets and if it took 2 minutes to actually checkin, I would be surprised. My lovely ladies rolled me over to some chairs where the 3 of us sat ...... until 2:50 pm. Finally. We were boarding. Oops. Shoreside pusher cannot Board the ship and I was stopped dead in my tracks trying to board. Waited a while - in the way of others - while they found a crewman to help. We arrived in our glorious cabin as they announced the Drill will begin in 15 minutes. no leisurely lunch in the dining room, no time to checkout our cabin, we had to leave RIGHT AWAY otherwise elevators would be filled and they rarely move for a scooter (waiting in our cabin) during an emergency drill. We successfully drilled and went outside to enjoy the little gift the Captain gave us. As many of you know, Bayonne is Below NY Harbor so we don’t actually pass Miss Liberty. It was a Chamber Of Commerce - Perfect afternoon and the Captain turned port went up and did a 180 beside Miss Liberty. She looked so grand in the afternoon sun. I can imagine my Grandparents looking up to see her as they arrived from Poland, this statue so welcoming. Off to pass under the bridge - horn blasting as we went under. We were off to Bermuda and suddenly all The Whoo-Haa Of boarding was forgotten. end of part 1
  25. In no particular order - 😉 My wonderful husband, Jim, is a Royal Caribbean - Radiance Class Man. Aft Facing Balcony Cabins only. I have tried to tempt him with sweet-Suite deals but if no aft facing I’m met with ........ silence. in January I called him in a panic at work. hANG UP, CALL CELEBRITY AND BOOK 9164. Don’t ask questions. Just do it. He asked questions, of course, but he finally booked it with our friend Lou along too. here is the good, bad and ugly. Good far exceeds the other. 9164 - Handicapped Accessible Aft Facing Aqua Class Cabin. During her refit this cabin changed to Aqua Class from Concierge and 2 pax instead of 3. Ypon entry you are drawn in by the soothing color palate - much more attractive than photographed. I DO wonder how all these light colors will last on a busy cruise ship. right now ..... She is stunning. Bathroom to the right. You can hold your daughters sweet 16 party in here. There are grab bars - good for rolling seas. Standard cruise toilet with much room next to it to squeeze in your wheelchair. Toilet to the left, shower chair to the right. Shower is a long rectangle, shower seat at opposite end from shower controls. (Shower seat is slippery - just sit on a hand towel). There are bottles of Shampoo, conditioner and body wash which I used - satisfactory. There is not much space for shower products YOU brought. Desalinated water leaves your hair soft and fluffy and skin soft too. Yummy! Sink with a few small shelves is open below to roll in a wheelchair and mirror angles down which is a nice touch. Sparse counter top - not much extra room. oh yes, even in a rolling sea the water magically stays in the shower .... without a sill. Bathroom - big 👍 Bed - We asked our cabin attendant for extra pillows. Hahahahaha! We got FOUR big fluffy pillows (total of 8 on the bed) and a long body pillow. At night there were pillows flying everywhere! Mattress comfortable. I like mine more soft - go figure. Im a 5’1” wee short lady with 3 surgeries between 2 legs after the accident. I no longer launch well. Next trip I’m taking a foldable 4” step to help me into bed. Fits in my large bag perfectly. 2 small bedside tables with a drawer and shelves. Lights attached to tables. Round shade is glary (is that a word?). We solved the problem by putting our hats on the globes. They must be LED’s because the globes were cool to the touch. LEAVE YOUR POWER STRIP AT HOME. You have power plugs at the desk and in lamps on each side of the bed. Next to the bed is a 1 1/2 person sofa. Something in that sofa. Every time I sat on it, I fell asleep. Other side of room. The half-desk gets it half-right. I was never in sink with it. Just make it a standard depth and deal with it. More plugs here, light switches, a few shelves. We were not comfortable leaving much on the shelves at sea. I roll around and things would be flying. Next time the guards a little higher, please. Thanks. Round mirror and light - beautiful. It’s a shame it doesn’t have a night-light level. Actually there are NO night lights in the cabin. We left the bathroom light on. Next time I’ll bring a night light. we moved the 2 chairs next to the desk. Scooter fit in here perfectly. Ok, I apologize. I don’t have much good to say about the cabinetry. Ready? Here goes. cabinetry Materials look inexpensive....and the ARE. Smoked glass front cabinets. WHY? Jim put his folded polo shirts in one side....already looked messy. Rather than me straightening them all week, he just used some of the abundance of drawers. Woefully little usable hanging space. I came with multiple sundresses. There was not enough room for my dresses and Jim’s dinner shirts. Unsatisfactory. Lots Of good drawers 😋 taking up hanging space😡. i got a hanging shoe organizer to get the shoes up off the floor. Absolutely no space for shoes. Finally ...... The doors were awful at sea; banging and creaking. We used my Marine Tape (created for outside use-doesn’t breakdown in the sun.). It’s removable. We taped the HECK out of these doors to keep them quiet. Balcony Gagunda Not quiet - noise from bar above can be troublesome if you are a light sleeper. Looks like the deck was replaced. It looks beautiful. Views - stunning i was not really well enough to get the most from this lovely ship and destination. My newest medication basically put me to sleep. I actually slept through dinner once. My review of the cabin may be more fussy than most but I spent a great deal of time there. I’m lucky it was such a nice cabin.
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