Is Luminae Really An Upgrade Over Blu?

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#81
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Originally posted by louhut
All I can say is wow. Most of us are not in your position to be able to book suites. I have booked inside to Aqua Class. I have always enjoyed our food. Options are available. I book out cruises based on the itinerary. This is the most condescending review I have ever seen. I am happy for you and your ability to book a suite. Most of us do not have this option. Your experience is different from most of us. I am really offended by this. I am sorry.


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Wow, I think you are on the wrong thread. This thread is about whether upgrading from Aqua to a suite to get Luminae is worth the price. cmhdoogalsatsea was only giving their opinion of Luminae vs Blu to answer the OP's question, not bragging that they are in a suite. Not sure how your comment helps answer the OP's question.
#82
UK
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Originally posted by louhut
All I can say is wow. Most of us are not in your position to be able to book suites. I have booked inside to Aqua Class. I have always enjoyed our food. Options are available. I book out cruises based on the itinerary. This is the most condescending review I have ever seen. I am happy for you and your ability to book a suite. Most of us do not have this option. Your experience is different from most of us. I am really offended by this. I am sorry.


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If you're offended by a forum member offering his opinion in response to another forum member who asked for it I suggest you either stop using cruise critic or seek professional help for your issues.

I also suggest you have a long hard think about what this extremely useful internet resource is actually for.
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#83
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When you dine in luminae, the tables aren’t as close as when you dine in Blu. So in addition to food being better, the service and table placement affords you much more room. As suites are bigger, so is The seating area much more spacious and private.

I recall instances in blu where I felt like all the tables for two were on top of each other and Not really tables for two. Still more comfortable then the MDR. Given the option, we would book a balcony over aq and dine in specialty restaurants, if suites weren’t in our budget
#84
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Another diff if it matters to anyone...you will see few children in BLU due to cabin capacity limit of 2 guests per...Suites have no limit as far as I know.

BLU has few large tables...some round ones and a large banquette along the rear wall.(M) These attract larger groups who tend to be loud.. There are other threads about large groups in both Luminae and Blu so not a differentiating factor.

But other than large or loud groups, we do not mind the tables being close together in BLU and it has a clean Blue and white decor and nice views...hope EDGE BLU is the same.
#85
Florida
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Originally posted by hcat
Another diff if it matters to anyone...you will see few children in BLU due to cabin capacity limit of 2 guests per...Suites have no limit as far as I know.

BLU has few large tables...some round ones and a large banquette along the rear wall.(M) These attract larger groups who tend to be loud.. There are other threads about large groups in both Luminae and Blu so not a differentiating factor.

But other than large or loud groups, we do not mind the tables being close together in BLU and it has a clean Blue and white decor and nice views...hope EDGE BLU is the same.

I agree about Blu's décor, we thought it very pleasant. There are also at least 2 tables for two in the center part of the room that are very private on "S" class ships. On our 1st cruise in Aqua on Solstice we had one of them for all 7 days. Very nice.

Luminae's table are far enough apart to be truly private, but close enough to converse with the next table if you wish....we've met some great people that way.
#86
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Originally posted by Cruise a holic
When you dine in luminae, the tables aren’t as close as when you dine in Blu. So in addition to food being better, the service and table placement affords you much more room. As suites are bigger, so is The seating area much more spacious and private.

I recall instances in blu where I felt like all the tables for two were on top of each other and Not really tables for two. Still more comfortable then the MDR. Given the option, we would book a balcony over aq and dine in specialty restaurants, if suites weren’t in our budget
The two tops in the MDR on M class ships are at least as close as the two tops in Blu.

Yet no one ever complains about that on here for some reason.
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#87
Jericho, New York
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Originally posted by Mynki
The two tops in the MDR on M class ships are at least as close as the two tops in Blu.

Yet no one ever complains about that on here for some reason.
True. But you pay much less for cabins and dining in the MDR. You pay significantly more to dine in blu. And even more for suites and the ability to dine in blu. The blu cabins are balcony cabins with a few perks. IMO dining in blu shouldn’t cost much more then dining in regular balcony cabins. Perhaps a fair amout to pay shouldn’t be more then $30 per couple per day
#88
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Originally posted by Cruise a holic
True. But you pay much less for cabins and dining in the MDR. You pay significantly more to dine in blu. And even more for suites and the ability to dine in blu. The blu cabins are balcony cabins with a few perks. IMO dining in blu shouldn’t cost much more then dining in regular balcony cabins. Perhaps a fair amout to pay shouldn’t be more then $30 per couple per day
So just pay for a regular balcony cabin and dine in the MDR if that is your choice, These are just purchasing decisions for all passengers booking cruises. Pay for what you want. Like everything else in life.
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Originally posted by TeeRick
So just pay for a regular balcony cabin and dine in the MDR if that is your choice, These are just purchasing decisions for all passengers booking cruises. Pay for what you want. Like everything else in life.
We typically take an all inclusive specialty restaurant package. We also book sky suites and above so we have breakfast in Luminae and an occasional lunch when open. Based on our 30 plus Celebrity Cruises, at least 6 in AQ I am sharing my experience and opinions. Of course each person has to make his or her own decisions. I believe AQ is clever marketing on celebrities part.
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Originally posted by Cruise a holic
We typically take an all inclusive specialty restaurant package. We also book sky suites and above so we have breakfast in Luminae and an occasional lunch when open. Based on our 30 plus Celebrity Cruises, at least 6 in AQ I am sharing my experience and opinions. Of course each person has to make his or her own decisions. I believe AQ is clever marketing on celebrities part.
Yes AQ seems to be clever marketing as it is always sold out. At least AQ gets some spa benefits and gets BLU. I don't understand Concierge Class though. More money for no perks and no dedicated restaurant, but you get to use a concierge on board.
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#91
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Originally posted by TeeRick
Yes AQ seems to be clever marketing as it is always sold out. At least AQ gets some spa benefits and gets BLU. I don't understand Concierge Class though. More money for no perks and no dedicated restaurant, but you get to use a concierge on board.
We generally like the position of the C1 rooms--often booking an aft facing
The embarkation lunch is nice, as is the bottle of sparkling white, the fresh fruit daily.
The savories are meh-- but appreciate the gesture.
We have used the onboard concierge to rectify a dining issue which was not being satisfied by GS
We enjoyed the cocktails with officers on the helo pad as well

Have booked an AQ for a TA thinking the spa thermal will be nice to use on the sea days. And we are looking fwd to trying Blu

Normally we find the position of the AQ cabins awkward
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#93
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Originally posted by TeeRick
Yes AQ seems to be clever marketing as it is always sold out. At least AQ gets some spa benefits and gets BLU. I don't understand Concierge Class though. More money for no perks and no dedicated restaurant, but you get to use a concierge on board.

I agree with you about Concierge Class...we did it once and thought it was a waste of our money.

AQ may be clever marketing BUT we came BACK to Celebrity after 7 years strictly because of it and I suspect many others did too. When we sailed on Solstice in 2010 Blu was such a breath of fresh air from the noisy crowded MDR. Still like Blu and if we weren't able to sail in a suite we would ALWAYS opt for Aqua...it's worth the extra $$ for us....just a FAR better dining experience, especially if you don't care to go the specialty restaurants which we don't.....
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Originally posted by Cruise a holic
Typically the price difference between balcony and c2 or c3 slightly more then balcony. You get additional cc points bringing you to a higher status sooner.

Well, yes, but if you are 1000 points away from Zenith and over 60 the chances of EVER reaching Zenith are pretty much nil...making those extra points meaningless...….
#95
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another reason we love Celebrity as they offer choice for all tastes and budgets. Some people like and inside cabin with no frills or extras, others want a big suite with all of the extras. Works for all
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Originally posted by Gracie115
I agree with you about Concierge Class...we did it once and thought it was a waste of our money.

AQ may be clever marketing BUT we came BACK to Celebrity after 7 years strictly because of it and I suspect many others did too. When we sailed on Solstice in 2010 Blu was such a breath of fresh air from the noisy crowded MDR. Still like Blu and if we weren't able to sail in a suite we would ALWAYS opt for Aqua...it's worth the extra $$ for us....just a FAR better dining experience, especially if you don't care to go the specialty restaurants which we don't.....
We were also getting ready to jump ship...MDR too noisy, crowded, hectic...then they introduced AQ class & BLU...it was made for us.. Ambiance in BLU, menus, open dining times, great breakfasts...so much better than the MDR herd. And we also have the Persian Garden, upgraded shower....priority embark etc

We do miss the daily bottled water.

Would like to try a suite and Luminae some yime but sems just out of reach, plus BLU more simple menu fits us better,.
#97
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Originally posted by louhut
All I can say is wow. Most of us are not in your position to be able to book suites. I have booked inside to Aqua Class. I have always enjoyed our food. Options are available. I book out cruises based on the itinerary. This is the most condescending review I have ever seen. I am happy for you and your ability to book a suite. Most of us do not have this option. Your experience is different from most of us. I am really offended by this. I am sorry.


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Sorry, I didn't see any condescension in that review. The individual clearly has a special dietary requirement as well as a subjective opinion on some dining. The vegetarian diet is a bit unusual, but not snooty. I have found that as I age, I eat less meat, especially beef. I now prefer chicken and fish.

The fact that some people have the financial ability to book suites is no big deal. Let them enjoy that. We have done a suite once and Aqua Class once. We don't feel that the upgrade is worth the cost and are happy in a veranda and dining in the MDR. Your experience and other's experience may not be the same, just have the flexibility to accept what other people choose.