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  1. 3 hours ago, ScottD said:

    Already listed a few.... I'm looking at that Cayman island\ Coco cay itinerary for sure....

    Yep just saw the PDCC stops on the Celebrity site for the 3-4 day cruises.  Refection and Beyond.  Both nice ships, but with no "toys".   Guess a move to get younger families on Celebrity.

  2. 15 hours ago, smokeybandit said:

    Either they're going to start stopping there or the choice of words is quite poor.



    It's sounds like it, but in the past when they've run an ad like this, it ended up being a disappointment or at least  underwhelming.   I was under the impression that PDCC is very "booked" with current fleet sailings.  If this is going that way, expect higher loading on the island.  But maybe there will be an isolated stop like they do with Labadee.

  3. 12 hours ago, MechelleEric2023 said:

    We are so excited for our cruise! It will be a first for my kiddos!  They are 28 & 21!  LOL My last cruise was on Cunard in 1978 when I was 9 years old!  Thank you for this forum! You have answered all of our unwritten questions!!

    This will be very different cruise  from 1978.  No skeet shooting.


  4. 16 hours ago, BB1 said:

    I certainly am not one who can predict the future but it is interesting that  Carnival and Norwegian are both putting their newest and largest ships in Galveston.  It would be reasonable to see an Icon ship there in the not too distant future. It would also be nice if they could put a Celebrity ship there too. 

    I noticed that too which had me scratching my head when Allure was sent first, and Galveston is gateway to lots of families in the central part of TX and surrounding drivable  region (OK, LA, MS, AR, MO)    Allure doesn't have enough "kid" stuff compared to the competition. Harmony is coming (updated version), but Icon would be a real draw.

  5. 2 minutes ago, crazy4disney said:

    Interesting... Thank you for sharing your experience! Can I ask around what time you got to the lot?


    Good picture. If you purchase the premium covered lot, they will route you to the right middle of the pavilion where you get a second scan to enter the covered parking.   We arrived  about 1015a (we had a 1030 boarding window).  The "X'd" entrance was blocked and so we had to drive past the terminal to access just as you highlighted.  

  6. On 5/3/2023 at 6:23 PM, Cory said:

    Does your RC Points work with Celebrity? If you are an Emerald do you get Emerald status on Celebrity and do you earn points for RC if you cruise on Celebrity?

    They match tier benefits up to and including Diamond.  But you only receive new points on the line you're actually sailing.  So look at the Captains club match for C&A to define the benefits


  7. 14 hours ago, chopper said:

    Hello- sorry if this same question has been posed a thousand times but I didn’t find anything that matched.  Heading on Allure in September with some friends and we agreed to do a 3 night dining package.  We plan to do Samba for sure (unless someone has some reason to avoid). Beyond that what is generally better?  Chops, 150, hibachi, Giovanni’s?  I feel like Matt has said chops is t the best steak.  We are all meat eaters.  Thanks for any advice!

    I agree with Matt, the steak at Giovanni's is better than Chops.   

  8. On 5/10/2023 at 2:50 PM, Kathleen said:

    @cruisellama enjoyed reading this as we are due to sail Beyond in January as our first Celebrity cruise! I am beginning to collect information so we may be as prepared for it as we have been for our RC cruises. Like you, we are booked in a sky suite on deck11, 11219. First question is about the magic carpet. Is that an included venue or is that like specialty dining. We are looking at purchasing a dining package. We are on an 11 night sailing so we thought that might be of benefit. If so how many nights dining package would you suggest out of 11 nights. Is there a concierge or butler that would make specialty dining reservations in advance for us like on RC. We were unsure if there was a butler with the sky suite or if that was really more like a concierge. Any help is greatly appreciated. We look forward to sailing her!

    Yes on reservations, but there isn't an early outreach email for Celebrity Sky Suite as in RCL Sky Suite level.  There is an early outreach for suites above Sky.  The suite concierge(s) in the Retreat can take care of requests.  Magic Carpet dining is a premium venue.  Lunch is a less expensive option than dinner.  Also, offerings are "weather (wind)" dependent.  La Voyage is unique to Beyond (and Ascent), very small and intimate dining experience.  Found the atmosphere and service excellent, but we're not a fan of Dan Boilud menus (you can also get a sample in the Retreat overnight and Chef's table).   As it's a small venue, reserve early.   We've tried all the specialty restaurants to gauge preferences.   Personally I prefer Fine Cut, Eden & Raw on 5.  But IMPO - they're really not necessary for a great experience.  In the future, we'll only do 1 or 2.   The butler will take care of you so start thinking  of preferences.

  9. 21 hours ago, twangster said:

    That's true until you consider the politics.  

    When they first talked about LNG in PCN there was a huge outcry from local residents convinced the port would blow up.  So they went with barges that stay out at sea between bunkerings.

    It's nearly impossible to accomplish anything in America due to special interest groups. 

    The same geographic area they've launched rockets for 50+ years.   (and they do blow up occasionally)

  10. 19 hours ago, jticarruthers said:

    I learn new things ...

    I recall hearing about LNG in Port Canaveral but turns out twangster is correct, they don't have LNG facilities but they do provide LNG refueling  in Port Canaveral by transferring the fuel from another ship ... who knew.



        Thinking about it, all fuels are  moved via tanker if pipelines are not available.  At many ports you'll see a refueling tanker position next to the ship to offload diesel. In the long term I would think storage infrastructure will be built so they wouldn't have to move fuel from GA.  Is it safer and more cost effective to frequently move the fueling station a few hundred miles, or establish a nearby storage facility to offload LNG.  Obviously some cost and risk management trades.

  11. On 4/27/2023 at 12:55 PM, JasonOasis said:


    If this is true that is awesome news I absolutely love Oasis Class ships can wait for Utopia to arrive. 

    Putting the ship on an all-Bahamas itinerary sounds temporary (probably until they find her a permanent home) but I've got my credit card ready to book a crown loft on a B2B cruise.

    Isn't Utopia LNG?  If so could fuel logistics be contribute to the proposed itineraries?

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