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40 minutes ago, slidergirl said:

The roped off area offers NS peeps tables, chairs, probably tablecloths, servers, and the same food they'd get in Pinnacle for breakfast,  just for them and their CO buds.  

 

And, just all the noise of the MDR with tables so close one can easily reach the salt and pepper on the next table.  It isn't the tables, chairs, tablecloths, servers, and the food.  If CO becomes just a devalued roped off area, we won't be dining there.

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22 minutes ago, RocketMan275 said:

And, just all the noise of the MDR with tables so close one can easily reach the salt and pepper on the next table.  It isn't the tables, chairs, tablecloths, servers, and the food.  If CO becomes just a devalued roped off area, we won't be dining there.

 

Compared to having a separate room as on K and NS, I agree that a roped off section of the MDR  doesn't measure up for the reasons you give. Although I didn't care for the "glass box," there was more room between tables and it wasn't as noisy as some of the central areas of the K's MDR. 

 

Although I was in a NS, I opted out of CO and chose to have dinner in the MDR because traveling solo I preferred fixed dining at a large table. Nobody else at the table was in a NS. From conversations, I gathered that one was in an inside and others were in verandas. So what? I don't think the main appeal of CO or a NS is being able to avoid being with "lesser" passengers. CO is about a better dining experience and a few other perks, and for me at least, the NS is about real estate. 

 

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1 hour ago, qoap24 said:

Can anyone tell me how the Gala night was in CO? Dressed up more than normal nights?

I would say about the same as other nights (smart casual) with an edge going a bit dressier to fully formal and decked out on the gala nights. Probably the same ratio of attire you would see in the MDR or a specialty for a gala night.            

 

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2 hours ago, Crusinsusan2 said:

I would say about the same as other nights (smart casual) with an edge going a bit dressier to fully formal and decked out on the gala nights. Probably the same ratio of attire you would see in the MDR or a specialty for a gala night.            

 

Thank you. I wouldn't want to show up under dressed.

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Your welcome! I post this photo to only show how dressed up we will ever be regardless of venue or gala nights for dinner on warm weather cruises on HAL and recent CO/Specialty/MDR or Lido. Beach vendor bought travel jewelry that wont break my heart if it blows apart at dinner or I lose it 🙂 (wedding rings/watches either left at home or in the safe when onshore)  We were comfortable right in the middle of the gorgeous dresses, suits/ties carefully planned and packed by some and also with the folks that literally chose not to dress at all. Darker colors/sleeves for me and only a dinner jacket for hubs when in cooler sailing.  Hope this helps as I struggled mightily and worried too about us trying to find the fit between being under dressed and over packed.     

 

 

  160873903_SueJimLuxparty(2).jpg.5c1e7caae30ff4f3bc2ad394db69f1b0.jpg      

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15 hours ago, Crusinsusan2 said:

Your welcome! I post this photo to only show how dressed up we will ever be regardless of venue or gala nights for dinner on warm weather cruises on HAL and recent CO/Specialty/MDR or Lido. Beach vendor bought travel jewelry that wont break my heart if it blows apart at dinner or I lose it 🙂 (wedding rings/watches either left at home or in the safe when onshore)  We were comfortable right in the middle of the gorgeous dresses, suits/ties carefully planned and packed by some and also with the folks that literally chose not to dress at all. Darker colors/sleeves for me and only a dinner jacket for hubs when in cooler sailing.  Hope this helps as I struggled mightily and worried too about us trying to find the fit between being under dressed and over packed.     

 

 

  160873903_SueJimLuxparty(2).jpg.5c1e7caae30ff4f3bc2ad394db69f1b0.jpg      

Thank you! Very nice looking couple you two are. 

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Crusinsusan2: very nice and totally appropriate for dinner on HAL!!

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Celebrity installed Blu on the older M class ships by adding wall panels and updating the port side entrance to the MDR on deck 5 along with dew decor and chairs.  They repeated the process when they installed Luminae on deck 4 of the M-class ships.  We were onboard Infinity when Luminae was installed in 28 days on a South America B2B.  Work was done when the MDR was closed.  The ship was not at 100% capacity so there was room available.   As far as taking away space, the tables may be a bit closer, but those who now eat in Blu and Luminae were eating in the MDR before.  All the S class ships were built with Blu on deck 5, but Luminae was carved from the MDR.  For most, he main attraction of Aqua Class is Blu.  Suites have far more benefits on Celebrity than HAL and the price is higher. 

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