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On 4/1/2021 at 3:32 PM, cruisellama said:

Where will be the next "cruise friendly" country embarkation port be?   (So far RC/Celeb has Bahamas, St. Maartin, Cyprus, Greece, UK, Bermuda, Barbados, Singapore)  Maybe Mexico, Australia?

I think Cozumel.

One other thought has been working in my brain. Since my thought is very lonely, I guess I'll share it. 😲

In every case except Israel and Cypress, RCG has deployed older ships.  Is RCG using this as an opportunity to try out some of these other ports with an eye toward making the arrangement permanent?  It might extend the life of some of their older ships (especially Millennium and Vision) and open up some new markets for the future.

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Starting in June sailing from St. Maarten.     https://creative.rccl.com/Sales/Celebrity/General_Info/ITK/CEL_JUNE_CARIBBEAN_COMEBACK_FOR_CELEBRITY_CRUISES_Press_Release_3-19-21.pdf  

I was never so close to booking my first Celebrity cruise as I was in the hour between this and the Adventure of the Seas announement.

I think we all have to realize that the CDC is, in fact, a government agency with all the inherent hesitance to action of any government agency. (At least in the US, I can't speak for other countries.

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On 3/24/2021 at 1:01 PM, JeffB said:

That's fine as long as it doesn't interrupt my TA from booking Milllennium on any one of the sailings in June.😁 If you're thinking on booking Millennium as an RCL loylaist never having sailed Celebrity,  here are some thoughts. I've sailed Millenium 4x, the most recent was in Asia for a month B2B. I'm a smaller ship enthusiast so, Celebrity's Millennium Class ships are my cup of tea. I've sailed Jewel, a Radiance Class ship, once on a repositioning cruise - loved it. The two classes, as has been mentioned, are similar in size and flay-out.

When one speak's of "older' ships, Celebrity's maintenance standards almost make that term irrelevant. You might find a nick or two in a chair or cabinetry but for the most parts I've always found Celebrity's ships, no matter the class or age, spotless and everything I use regularly, functional.  If you find something amiss in your cabin, it will get fixed right away. The layout is easy to navigate - straight access fore and aft on most decks. Cabin size is average with a larger deck on what are called "hump cabins. If you can snag one of those, do it. Aft cabins also have a larger deck, forward facing cabins are a bit larger. I just don't like either of these cabins, have tried both and that's just me. 

Celebrity has pushed these "refrubishments" and cabin upgrades converting the Millennium class ships to offer more exclusivity. I'm not really in to paying a premium fares for special soaps and a shower head or being able to dine in an exclusive restaurant with, aside from maybe a specialty or two, the same food that's served in the main dining rooms. So, my advice is to skip these premium fares. Book an "obstructed" Veranda at the lowest price you can get. Obstructed is a misnomer. The only thing you'll find obstructed is looking straight down. Worst case you'll have the top 10th of a lifeboat in your view. No big deal. This advice varies but skip Tuscan Grill and whatever they are calling the others now (specialty dining venue names change regularly) but book Murano. It really is 5 star dining - or at least it has been for us on past sailings. Tuscan is OK, not great as one of the only 3 or 4 specialty dining options and I'm thinking these might be limited on start-up cruises.

If you favor what I call the glitz of the mega-ships, amusement park level activities and more dining options than you can take part on in a 7n cruise, Millennium will disappoint you. If you just want to sail, Celebrity cruise line is an excellent choice and Millennium a solid cruise ship. Before RCG acquired Celebirty, it was an independent luxury line. The X on the stacks of it's ships signified excellence. It's changed a bit in the 20y we've been cruising that line, almost exclusively, but not much.

The positive feature I like with M-class is the 3rd elevator area.  For a small ship, if you know how to play elevator roulette you can move quickly through the ship.   But really like Edge class now (has  more robust dining offerings and Retreat area is a well thought out bottoms up design)  that we've sailed it and I really like the lawn on the S-class ships.  Not sure we'll sail another M unless its Europe.  

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10 minutes ago, cruisellama said:

Not sure we'll sail another M unless its Europe.

I was heavily tempted to book Constellation in Europe for my 2022 Med sailing, but X is going against the pattern of pretty much every other cruise line in the Med and sticking to exactly one itinerary per ship, rather than a rotating itinerary that cycles a ship through two or three embarkation ports and a larger set of destination ports. Between that and the fact the ships don't do longer than a 10-night itinerary (and mainly 7-night), it wasn't worth it to book. I'd have had to do a S2S with another ship and find some way to line up the dates right.

I find it bizarre that X doesn't make the same types of cyclic itineraries available like Princess and HAL. Royal and MSC I kind of get; they're massively mass-market / lower budget, and in the case of MSC you can literally get on or off at any port along the way and then change ships for a different leg. But X is up-market and competes directly with Princess and HAL; imo, they should be trying to match those lines in appealing to travelers who want to see a LOT of the Mediterranean and go on longer sailings through a couple of home ports, that add up to a B2B or even B2B2B, while also satisfying people with more-limited time and/or budget who can only do one of the legs in the rotation.

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Just booked our first Celebrity cruise, sailing from the UK in July. We compared the pricing with a similar sailing on Anthem and when you included drinks and gratuities, Celebrity was cheaper!!

Really excited to be trying a new cruise line, but will will miss quiz nights in the Schooner bar.

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27 minutes ago, Mike.s said:

Just booked our first Celebrity cruise, sailing from the UK in July. We compared the pricing with a similar sailing on Anthem and when you included drinks and gratuities, Celebrity was cheaper!!

Really excited to be trying a new cruise line, but will will miss quiz nights in the Schooner bar.

We had trivia on Summit, and they were British Pub style.  I bet you will be pleasantly surprised! 

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33 minutes ago, KathyC said:
55 minutes ago, Mike.s said:

 

We had trivia on Summit, and they were British Pub style.  I bet you will be pleasantly surprised! 

Does Celebrity enforce the British Pub Trivia rule of chugging ones beer for incorrect answer? 
I may be confusing British rules with Irish. 

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24 minutes ago, twangster said:

Also some pretty strong vibes towards Edge being one of the first ships back in service "soon" (for the US).

 

Was told by a Celeb agent last fall "Edge class" ships were the fleet priority at restart.  Just taken much longer than any of us like.  With the surprise Caribbean season starting from non-US ports, allowance for smaller ships like  Milli in the mix.  Apex starts its first passenger sailings from Athens.  Would hope that its "all systems go" and everything is working on-board for those lucky passenger sailing from Athens.  

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Been following the restart of cruising in Galapagos on both RCL lines, Celebrity and Silversea.  Celebrity set the latest restart of July for Galapagos last month after they cancelled their cruises thru the end of June, so this announcement isn't really new news, is it?  It's interesting that Celebrity cancelled their Galapagos cruises in June, while Silversea did not.  Both share the same parent company, but do not always follow the same criteria when it comes to restarting their voyages in the same locations.  Waiting to see whether Silversea cancels June sailings on their brand new vessel, Origin, which is still awaiting its maiden voyage.  

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18 minutes ago, 1stTimeCruiser said:

Been following the restart of cruising in Galapagos on both RCL lines, Celebrity and Silversea.  Celebrity set the latest restart of July for Galapagos last month after they cancelled their cruises thru the end of June, so this announcement isn't really new news, is it?  It's interesting that Celebrity cancelled their Galapagos cruises in June, while Silversea did not.  Both share the same parent company, but do not always follow the same criteria when it comes to restarting their voyages in the same locations.  Waiting to see whether Silversea cancels June sailings on their brand new vessel, Origin, which is still awaiting its maiden voyage.  

Had my Origin booking cancelled early this year and yesterday added a Flora booking in the future so I too have been following both lines in the Galapagos.

There have been rolling cancellations on both lines.  This is the first affirmation that Celebrity won't cancel in Galapagos any more beyond July.  They have worked with the Ecuadorian government to be approved to proceed.   They know what the protocols will be as required by the government (not the CDC).

They aren't brand new offerings if that's your point.  These sail dates were offered in the past before the pandemic.  At the moment you can not book Flora prior to July 4.  As a new guest the first date you can book is now July 4.  In my opinion that does make it a restart of service.  

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On 5/5/2021 at 10:20 AM, twangster said:

The Galapagos are open!

Finally we can get back to seeing some boobies.

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Starting July 4, 2021, Celebrity Flora® will set sail on 7-Night Galapagos Island itineraries followed by Celebrity Xpedition® on July 24 and Celebrity Xploration® on September 18.

Isn't airfare being rolled in too?

 

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50 minutes ago, cruisellama said:

Isn't airfare being rolled in too?

 

There is a new promo that includes an allowance of $750 per person for airfare but it isn't combinable with other Galapagos promos.

In my case a Loyalty Galapagos promo for being Elite or above is looking better.  YMMV.

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