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Ray in NH

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    Southeastern, NH USA
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    Cooking, Wine, Travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, HAL, RCI
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anything In/Out fo Boston

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  1. Our experience has been somewhat different than "dbf's". The servers at lunch and dinner will usually have a list of which wines they have access to, usually 2-3 different red and white wines. If you are unfamiliar with the brands, ask for sample pour(s) and make your selection. We usually try to keep our "tastings" to a minimum. If we find something we really like, we will just ask for it at the next meal. We have found the servers very accommodating (even though usually not a polished as those on the larger cruise lines). For the most part, they are not extremely knowledgeable with wine varieties, but are willing to do whatever they can to satisfy your requests. Do not expect to find extremely "high-end" wines/vintages. As "dbf" mentioned, you can always ask the hotel manager if they can/will get you a particular wine/vintage. We have always been able to "make-do", nicely, with the selections available. NRayH
  2. There is "limited" bar service. Beer and wine is complimentary during lunch and dinner. There is also a pre-dinner "Happy Hour prior to dinner, where beer, wine and cocktails are served (also gratis) along with some "finger snacks". Many, if not all, of the ships also have an open bar during the evening's entertainment, that often carries over a tad longer. On top of all that, passengers may freely bring their own "choice beverages" aboard, with no hassles. Having said that, I have yet to see anyone bringing aboard a keg. Bringing on locally obtained beverages is also fully allowed We find ACL's beverage provisions quite adequate, and have not seen any real abuse of the policy. NRayH
  3. Our first Celebrity cruise was aboard Meridian (1993), to Bermuda, and is still enjoyingly memorable. If you have enjoyed Celebrity, you will probably be very satisfied with Azamara. AZ has smaller venues, but also much lower passenger count, which helps lessen the "crowding" that sometimes occurs on larger capacity ships. We enjoy both lines and base our choice more on timing, itinerary differences. We also enjoy the smaller ships for ease of boarding/disembarking at ports of call. Hope this helps. NRayH
  4. Hi All, As of today, actually as of yesterday, (cannot get too far ahead these days), we are still scheduled to sail on 01 August -- Grand New England, aboard Constitution. We are keeping fingers crossed and massaging the rabbit foot. Fortunately, no flights involved for this one. Hoping to get back on-board -- already had two cruises cancelled, one rescheduled, for next year. We love our house and neighborhood, but the "wander-lust" is calling. Hoping all are "staying safe". NRayH
  5. Martin6469, We have not experienced this (nor heard of it happening) during any of our previous seven cruises on ACL. NRayH
  6. gailellen12, No way of telling, at this point, as to what will/will not be open in the ports. The stops, in and of themselves, are pretty interesting. NRayH
  7. Hi gailellen12, We have not been informed of any such "self-quarantine" being required, or even suggested. We are scheduled for the ACL Grand New England cruise (departure 01 August), and a Celebrity cruise later this year (to the Caribbean) -- not sure if the Caribbean one will still go?? ACL has stated that the Grand New England is still on schedule. NRayH
  8. Per a letter from the line's President, received via my travel agent, this morning, our Grand New England Cruise (01 August, 2020) will sail as scheduled. We do plan to be aboard -- Although "these days" one can never be too sure what the future may hold. NRayH
  9. Hi Gailellen, We are booked on the Grand New England (Sail Date 01 August). As per an e-mail from ACL's President (via my travel agent), our cruise is "currently scheduled to depart on schedule". Hopefully, this will hold up, and we will not need to reschedule. NRayH
  10. Hi Jim, Happy to be of some assistance. I think we have all been in that "What should I do now?" situation. What I try to do is to explain what I was trying to accomplish and what the result was. It is not always a pretty picture, but sometimes better than "doing nothing", and wondering what the outcome would have been. My lovely wife refers to it as "Learning from your mistakes" 🤔 Over ther years, I have "learned" a lot. Now, the task is remembering what it is that I "supposedly" learned. NRayH
  11. PTC Dawg, We are scheduled on the cruise preceding yours. Still no verification of cruise/cancellation from Celebrity. Keeping positive thoughts. NRayH
  12. We have been on well over 125 cruises (ocean and river) reaching all continents, on many different cruise lines, seven of which have been on ACL I do not think I could classify any one line as absolutely superior to all others. We have experienced some "mishaps" on a number of different cruise lines, as well as many more "outstanding" situations -- one of the reasons we keep returning. As others have stated, on ACL just about all the wait-staff and cabin are "relative newbies", as their tenure is purposely kept short by Senior Management, of the cruise line. The staff service has sometimes been less than stellar, but has always been acceptable (at least I cannot recall any situations where I felt it necessary to bring any "shortcomings" to the attention of senior staff). Mostly, our ocean cruises have been in upper level suites, where our expectations are usually higher. Having said that we are looking forward to a number of future ACL cruises. I cannot truly say that about all the ocean cruise lines we have sailed aboard. NRayH
  13. Which September cruise? We are booked on the (supposed) 14 Sept. sailing. If it doesn't go we will obviously need to move it. NRayH
  14. This has been an interesting thread-. We have cruised both lines (HAL 20 times ~300 days; and Celebrity 15 times ~ 150 days), most times in some sort of "suite" (various "definitions"). We have enjoyed both lines (most of the times). Smoking in the casino is not an issue with us -- we avoid casinos. We have always found some sort of entertainment (to our enjoyment) on both lines. However, we do not go looking for additional entertainment after midnight. Also Michael's Club (Retreat Lounge) is a nice "perk". We have had many enjoyable evenings there, with new-found friends. We find that Celebrity offers somewhat more "suites amenities" than HAL. For the most part, we have found suite services more consistently "excellent" on HAL than Celebrity -- both have always been, at least, :Very Good". As to every-day dining, we find Celebrity ( with Luminae) a cut above, but comparing Main Dining Rooms, HAL would get the nod. Specialty restaurants are a "tie" in our estimation -- it often depends upon the individual servers, and chefs. Hope this helps. NRayH
  15. Holidaylover10, Did you book via travel agent? If so, they should be able/willing to explain whichever codes you cannot decipher. I know our TA always reviews all the promo-codes with us to make sure everything is covered, and explained. NRayH
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