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barbeyg last won the day on December 7 2021

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  1. We are sailing TO Europe, because for us, it’s more important to be adjusted when we get there. We only have several days to enjoy Rome, and don’t want to lose the first day to struggling with the time change. We will be retired so really don’t care about the long flight home. That said, we will try the other way too, and figure out which we like more. We will fly in at least a week ahead the next time, and know we will lose at least one day to adjusting.
  2. Next two Celebrity bookings are: Celebrity Edge, Vancouver to HI, 9/2024 and Celebrity Ascent, 8 night Southern Caribbean (great pricing for 11/13/2023 in a SS -- it's up by $200 now, but still a sweet price for a suite)
  3. Sorry it took so long to respond. On our cruise, the stateroom attendant was referred to as the Retreat Host, but he was just an excellent stateroom attendant. There are also Retreat attendants (concierge and others) that are always in the lounge (not sure what they are called these days) on duty (24 hours) in the Retreat, who are there to resolve any issues, if you are in the lounge and need them. In addition, the Retreat head concierge should have a card in your cabin to call if you need anything. That person does not fulfil the requests, but makes sure those are taken care of, if they pertain to something besides the cabin itself, which the stateroom attendant takes care of. Hope that makes sense. No butler, but excellent service for us.
  4. Our cruise on Beyond, our cabin steward took care of things like ice in the bucket, hangers, etc. He seemed to always be working. We had the Retreat host's card for anything else, and those requests were handled thru the Retreat. We don't make many requests, so didn't notice any decrease in service ourselves. For us, we were happy not to have to meet with the butler from time to time at the cabin. We still got a treat in the cabin for the birthday, had the bottle of champagne waiting, the rose on the table, and chocolates each night, one of which was the specialty chocolates onboard.
  5. We returned last week from Celebrity Beyond. We were in a Sky Suite, and had a great time. The 'Retreat Hosts' are really room stewards who work their butts off. We have no complaints about the service, but aren't high maintenance. We asked for additional hangers and the ice bucket to remain full, and Domnick took great care of that. He was grateful that we are up and out early, so he could begin with our cabin each morning. The ship is beautiful, the staff very friendly, the Retreat lounge was really enjoyable. We would sail the Beyond again in a heartbeat. A very nice touch was that Captain Leo, cruise director Alexandro, and some of the officers were dockside to say goodbye to us as we left the ship. So many times, once the cruise is finished, the staff is in a hurry to push you out the door because they have so much to do to prepare for the next one. That goodbye made for a very nice finish to a great cruise.
  6. 21 days till our Celebrity Beyond sailing in a SS. Cannot wait!
  7. $4600 for a balcony on Radiance in AK. I would personally rather visit AK for a land vacation, with excursions out to the glaciers. It would be cheaper, and the accommodations better. Knew the pricing would be up there, but this is over the top.
  8. Agree. I recently booked a 3 week trip next year to visit family (they live in a tourist area). The rental is a cute 3 bedroom home, in most desirable town of the area, for about half of what we would have to pay to sail Icon in a balcony cabin for a week. And that includes restaurant/entertainment estimates. Icon pricing is too pricey for us. Hopefully the rest of the releases in November won’t be the same. I understand the new ship pricing, and expect it. Not for us in this price range, however. I hope pricing moderates at some point.
  9. Of course they are. All are trying to maximize their profits, and I understand that. Pizza-gate aside, in some cases, I’m finding better value elsewhere, comparing like products (RCI D+ benefits against all-inclusive bennies). I never even looked before. I know some Pinnacles doing the same. Can’t hurt to try out other (less costly) products when the product I prefer is ever-evolving.
  10. They aren't stupid. They are going to push the pricing increases, along with decreases in service, as far as they can. That's what businesses do. This kind of survey just allows them to find how far they can push without overly upsetting those who regularly cruise with them. Frankly, all the changes have helped me be more open-minded to other lines. We have our cruises booked thru the spring of 2025, but the 2025 Norwegian fjords cruise we want to sail is up for grabs, and RCI/Celebrity won't be our only consideration. We wouldn't have considered that a year ago.
  11. I wondered that too, but didn’t want the province to invalidate the one we have. Maybe someone in Canada knows. And Twangster has a great point. My hubby has a US passport (dual citizenship) so we are just glad we don’t have to send the BC in for renewal, that’s for sure.
  12. It looks like the OP got this straightened out? I agree with others. Never cut it too close. Heads up for those renewing and reading this, you don’t need your birth certificate for renewals, unless there are certain mitigating circumstances. And my husband was born in Canada. If you order a “backup certificate” in the province he was born in, it invalidates the previous one. Strangest thing to this American, where we can order all the certified copies we want. So, depending on the country, you can’t have an extra copy on hand.
  13. I just got back from a cruise on Harmony OTS. The crew was definitely nice and friendly, but one of the things I noticed (after sailing Celebrity last December), was that every single employee I passed on Celebrity Apex smiled, and most greeted me with "good morning", "good afternoon", etc. Not so much on Harmony. Most didn't even make eye contact in passing. Not that I need greeting, or smiles from the crew. It's just a big difference that I noticed. It's the little things like this that makes Celebrity stand out for us. Yes, most on Royal are friendly if waiting on you, or encountering you more than once. Our Harmony room steward was in our top 3 room stewards ever. But Celebrity has little touches that Royal doesn't. We sail Celebrity when we want great food, adult company, personal touches and a fantastic martini bar. We sail RCI for the energy, the shows and a variety of things to do. Both fit a niche for us. We also sail Celebrity whenever the suite prices are down, and also for some of the itineraries that are more unique than the same-old same-old Royal seems to be doing.
  14. Besides some who put off medical care and immune systems that need rebuilding, we have a society that is stressed out, and/or has short fuses. That has to affect the health as well.
  15. We did as well, and loved the proximity to PATH/Manhattan. And gotta love those warm chocolate chip cookies upon arrival!
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