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  1. Wow this thread has gone plain nuts.
  2. It’s the world we now live in, people go to fancy restaurants and ignore each other while playing on their phones.
  3. Cunard is probably the last of the bigger lines to stick with tradition and I applaud them for it. You either agree to dress to a certain standard or you don’t cruise with them. They took a risk sticking with that tradition and it paid off.
  4. In our experience you will just about always get in to both Tuscan Grill and Sushi on 5 ( which is actually very good with many cooked dishes). East to get 30% off Sushi on 5 on the day.
  5. We have always said we still enjoy the Celebrity cruise experience but will pick and chose. We have just booked again for February next year, 14 night Asia cruise on the Millenium. Free Classic drinks package, free Gratuities, and $200 OBC in an inside cabin for £95 pp per night. For us that’s decent value and competitive with other cruise lines of a similar standard. There may be things about Celebrity that are not wonderful, but there are still plenty of other things that are and the latter still outweigh the former for us.
  6. Not sure if you have stayed there before but if not you won’t be disappointed. Fantastic staff and don’t miss breakfast overlooking the intercostal waterway.
  7. Depends what you are looking for. Location, large chain or boutique, cost. We stayed at the Pillars hotel in September which was fantastic.
  8. Hi folks we are about to book another cruise with Celebrity, this time on the millennium. Has anyone had a midship inside or Oceanview stateroom on deck 2 or 3 that they found to be quite. Not too many are listed on the spreadsheet and after a noisy cabin last time we want some decent sleep this next holiday. cheers.
  9. It’s what works for each individual and it works for us. Too many people think of the alcohol packages as how many alcoholic drinks they consume but around half of ours is other drinks. Premium orange juice, speciality coffee, smoothies, soft drinks. Start adding in cocktails, a couple of beers during the day, and wine with our meal and we definitely save money.
  10. Is there a reason you keep sailing with Celebrity when you always seem to be so unhappy with the product ?
  11. We don’t tend to compare land and sea simply because for its it’s two different products. We love the sea and cruising in general, far more than any land based holiday. We will always cruise, but make sure we book something that offers us the value we seek.
  12. I had read that on here. My worry would be picking a dodgy ta in the first place, it’s really difficult when you can’t take advice and be given a name from those in the UK who use a reputable one. I can of course do the usual google search and it brings up many if the same names but I would not have a clue which one to choose.
  13. Yep, we all have the choice to move on if the product no longer has value to us. We have a good amount of future cruise credit to use within the next couple of years so won’t be throwing that away but I think we may move on to another line after that, maybe hold on for a deal with an upmarket line if possible. There is plenty of choice in the cruise market and we are not loyal to only one brand but rather individual cruises that meet our fit at that point in time.
  14. Exactly, people moan at the regular price yet plenty of people are willing to pay for the upgraded service. Murano on our cruise in September looked to be full every night we dined there. If it’s not for the individual walk on, no one is being forced to dine in speciality restaurants.
  15. I’ve always been of the opinion that the cruise industry is very unfair to just about anyone outside of the US. This is just the latest example of a Celebrity promotion in the US being far superior to that in the UK. We all know the existing situation of refundable deposits in the US which gives the ability to book multiple cabins and then cancel later at no cost thus making them unavailable to the rest of us. People should not have to even think about looking for an American ta which is fraught with danger if you don’t know which one to book with. There should be an even playing field.
  16. When we have priced up the luxury lines they have always been at least double the cost, even when factoring in the all inclusive element. I think if you don’t work and can be totally flexible it’s maybe possible to get a deal but for people like ourselves who need to book a year in advance no so much.
  17. As with specialty dinning it’s an individual thing, what’s the value to you. I think many cruise ship excursions are outrageous but plenty of other disagree and book them.
  18. It really is what value each individual places on a meal in a speciality restaurant. Many refuse to pay any extra stating they have already paid for their meals in the cruise price. A small percentage like ourselves think more along the lines of with what we have already paid we see upgrading our evening meal experience as well worth the extra. We had a conversation with a staff member in a Murano in September. He felt many people only though about the food and not the bigger picture of the service and ambiance with the personal touch and time that staff had to interact a huge part of the meal and not something staff were able to do in the MDR. Would we pay $70 per person in Murano, yes we probably would because for us the evening meal experience on our holiday is huge and more important than paying $100 per person for let’s say a cruise excursion. We are well aware though we are very much in the minority.
  19. Latest promotion in the Uk $200 OBC for inside to aqua cabin. The price for our cruise has been raised by £240 in line with the promotion from yesterday. Another master stroke by Celebrity.
  20. The quality of food and service in the MDR has declined, sorry but I don’t see how that’s not very obvious to everyone. Yes it might still be more than acceptable for many ( not us) and of course that is absolutely fine because it’s all about what works for us. We dine in Murano and are very happy with both service and food there so it’s all good.
  21. We are actually flying on the Friday arriving Saturday now, the ship has an overnight in Hong Kong leaving Monday. We arrive in to Singapore Sunday for two days on the ship then Intend staying at the Shangri la hotel a further three nights.
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