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Celebrity Secrets they usually don't tell you about

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This is a great thread. Was on Celebrity 11 years ago and now going back in December for New Years. Can't wait!

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Some Solstice secrets(?) for you:

 

Deck 3 is also called "Boston".

Besides the public areas you can also find there: Emergency Switchboard; Computer Room; Solstice Theatre Dressing Rooms; Costume Store

 

Deck 2 = "Miami":

Fish & Fruit Store & Prep; Provision Handling Meat, Poultry, Dairy & Vegetable Store; Prep Garbage Handling Engine Offices; ECR Admin; Payroll; Hotel / Food & Beverages Offices; Safety & Security Offices; Key Shop; Crew Laundry; Crew Galley; Sunset Diner; Connexion; Mingles Lounge; B Fit; Pages

 

Deck 1 = "New York":

Wine & Liquor, Frozen Vegetables, Dry, Ice Cream, Ice Carving, Pasta / Bread Storage; Engine Central Store; Garbage Rooom; Crew Hair Dresser; Crew Laundry

 

Deck 0

Electrical Store & Workshop; HVAC Workshop; Electrical Workshop; Engine Room Equipment; Engine Rooms; HFO Tanks; Plumber Workshop; Electronic Shop; Laundry Dry Cleaning; Wet Laundry; Uniform Store; Photo Lab; Print Shop; AquaSpa Store; Taylor Workshop; Linen Store & Distribution; Hotel Supplies Supervisor; Boutique Shop & Store; Carpenter Workshop; Hotel Store; Upholstery Shop & Store; Replacable Store

 

Deck TT

Engine Workshop; Garbage Room; HFO Tanks; HFO Overflow Tanks; Pump Rooms; Fuse; Kaleidoscope; Crew Training; TWW & PW Tanks

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Don't get his hopes up. We had a CC Room service smoothie and it was undrinkable, just awful. Neve again.

 

 

Ours was with Soy Milk, and some people do not like the taste. I love the Soy Milk Smoothie (Bananas, Soy Milk and Honey).

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Ours was with Soy Milk, and some people do not like the taste. I love the Soy Milk Smoothie (Bananas, Soy Milk and Honey).

 

i had the smoothie too, mine looked as bad as it tasted. completely undrinkable.

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My favorite tips:

1. Sea sickness pills are free at the pursers desk....

 

 

Where is the "pursers desk"?

 

Is it known by another generic name?

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Where is the "pursers desk"?

 

Is it known by another generic name?

 

The more modern name currently used on the ship is "guest relations".

They don't use the term "purser" anymore.

 

So we're talking about the main desk in the lobby on the lowest floor of the atrium - deck 3 on most, if not all, of the ships. If this was in a hotel you'd call it the front desk.

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It looks like this needs bumped up again. I lost the notes I had copied from here and had trouble finding. It has a lot of great helps.

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It looks like this needs bumped up again. I lost the notes I had copied from here and had trouble finding. It has a lot of great helps.

 

Thank you for "bumping" it! I am glad you did - reading and learning a lot!

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We're going on the Century in October. I'm seeing lots of good info on the Solistice, but I'm looking for any up to date secrets about the Century!

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Funny, but when I asked our butler about some shrimp cocktail, he looked at me like I was insane. lol I read it on the threads and thought that would be a nice treat in our suite before dinner. Oh well. lol

 

O and lets not forget a plate of fresh fruit and a slice of pizza, O lets say around an hour before going into the MDR!!. Come on now! where cruising..

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We're going on the Century in October. I'm seeing lots of good info on the Solistice, but I'm looking for any up to date secrets about the Century!

 

If you do a search you'll find at least one thread devoted to Century secrets.

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Just back from a week on the Solstice where I noticed a few changes:

The charges for cashing in your OBC's has gone from 3% to 5%

They charge extra for Fresh Squeezed OJ and Smoothies.(except in Blu)

No chocolate fountain at the weekly brunch.

The menu in Blu has not changed since 2009.

They have a 14 day menu for longer cruises but choose to repeat the 7 day version over and over for the past 4 years.

The Theater shows have not changed in the past 3-4 years....not so much as a new song!

Activities staff barely speak English and cannot be understood during trivia games.

The Art Auctions are gone......replaced by a resident artist who charges 2K+ for most of his work.

Enrichment speaker started out teaching computer classes...when that job was eliminated....she magically became qualified to lecture as an expert on all things Caribbean. What a joke!

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How disappointing!

Re the art auction; the reason they aren't there any longer... the company they had went bankrupt Some of my friends had to fight for a year to recoup most of their money back; still lost on the exchange and processing fees; received little help from Celebrity.

All this worries me from a cruise line that was certainly better than the rest.

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Just back from a week on the Solstice where I noticed a few changes:

The charges for cashing in your OBC's has gone from 3% to 5%Have never cashed in an Obc. I didn't know that you could

They charge extra for Fresh Squeezed OJ and Smoothies.(except in Blu)Not if your in Concierge

No chocolate fountain at the weekly brunch.

The menu in Blu has not changed since 2009.

They have a 14 day menu for longer cruises but choose to repeat the 7 day version over and over for the past 4 years.I just got off the Solstice after a 14 day cruise 2 months ago. The menu changed for all 14 days

The Theater shows have not changed in the past 3-4 years....not so much as a new song!

Activities staff barely speak English and cannot be understood during trivia games.They spoke only English and were clearly understood

The Art Auctions are gone......replaced by a resident artist who charges 2K+ for most of his work.Already addressed

Enrichment speaker started out teaching computer classes...when that job was eliminated....she magically became qualified to lecture as an expert on all things Caribbean. What a joke! We had fabulous enrichment speakers on our 14 day cruise...professional and intellectual

 

Wow! I can't believe that we were both on the same ship...seperated by 2 months. It must have changed drastically in that time.

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Wow! I can't believe that we were both on the same ship...seperated by 2 months. It must have changed drastically in that time.

 

TO DMK,

 

Forget the 2 months... seems like 2 weeks ago things were much different on the Solstice when I sailed her than SLOINDOWN's recollections here...

 

Just back from a week on the Solstice where I noticed a few changes:

 

The charges for cashing in your OBC's has gone from 3% to 5%

 

They charge extra for Fresh Squeezed OJ and Smoothies.(except in Blu). As noted this has been the case for some time now... you can get Fresh Squeezed OJ and Smoothies from the Breakfast Menu if you are in Concierge Class or above

 

No chocolate fountain at the weekly brunch. It was there 10 Days ago... although I have to admit that it was pretty hidden away, being at the very back of the room.

 

The menu in Blu has not changed since 2009.

 

They have a 14 day menu for longer cruises but choose to repeat the 7 day version over and over for the past 4 years.

 

The Theater shows have not changed in the past 3-4 years....not so much as a new song!

 

Activities staff barely speak English and cannot be understood during trivia games. English wasn't the gal's first language for sure, but she was extremely friendly and patient and understanding... don't believe that it was an easy "job" for her either. BTW, how is your Italian ?

 

The Art Auctions are gone......replaced by a resident artist who charges 2K+ for most of his work. Loved his work, but prices were waaaay beyond most people's budgets (saw one piece that he wanted $ 15,000 for)

 

Enrichment speaker started out teaching computer classes...when that job was eliminated....she magically became qualified to lecture as an expert on all things Caribbean. What a joke! Might have been a last minute replacement in the Apple Studio actually... there was a very knowledgeable guy working there when I took classes just 10 days ago. As well, I noticed that the Solstice was going thru a period when a good number of staff were being shuffled, and a turn-over in contracts... people leaving (even mid-week) and others coming on. Made for some crazy over-laps once in awhile

 

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It looks like this needs bumped up again. I lost the notes I had copied from here and had trouble finding. It has a lot of great helps.

 

You can click on the post # top right and it will give you a single post to print.

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The charges for cashing in your OBC's has gone from 3% to 5%

 

"cashing in your OBC's": what does that mean? Do you mean asking for cash instead of spending the credits? If so, I didn't know one could even do that either. Though I have no reason for doing it since what I end up owing is always more than the OBC. :D

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If you ever had "extra" OBC. You can cash it in at the casino. $100 cash from casino costs you $ 105 now instead of $ 103. $ 60 costs you $ 63. I've had $ 500 OBC on a seven night cruise (various reasons), so I cash a bunch of it for cash. (that was before there was a fee)

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You can sail to the same places cheaper on Carnival or Norwegian. :D

 

 

 

 

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You can sail to the same places cheaper on Carnival or Norwegian. :D

 

 

 

 

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Yes. But then you are on Carnival or Norwegian. ;):p

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Difference between Carnival and Norweigan; compared to Celebrity is like night and day!

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You can sail to the same places cheaper on Carnival or Norwegian. :D

 

Ah yes, Carnival, the Nascar of cruising.

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Ah yes, Carnival, the Nascar of cruising.

 

TO SCOTTBEE,

 

Guessing that this is sort of a "regional" reference and not necessarily one that means "one speeds round a course of islands in a short period of time"

(Nascar not having a gigantic following here in Canada like it does in the USA).

 

Personally, I've always thought of Carnival as the Frat-Party of Cruising... way to many drunken folks out of control (waaaay out of control) for my liking...

(Dare I even say, in light of the recent Costa Mishap... sadly even perhaps a Captain)

 

Which is why when we were looking to cruise, Carnival wasn't even on the radar !!

 

Cheers!

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TO SCOTTBEE,

 

Personally, I've always thought of Carnival as the Frat-Party of Cruising... way to many drunken folks out of control (waaaay out of control) for my liking...

(Dare I even say, in light of the recent Costa Mishap... sadly even perhaps a Captain)

 

Which is why when we were looking to cruise, Carnival wasn't even on the radar !!

 

Cheers!

 

AMEN! Did Carnival once...Never again! You get what you pay for! :D

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