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  1. Hi there, We did the Reflection, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland in May.... it was surprisingly the most casually dressed group of cruisers I've ever experienced. (we were in Luminae, but obviously you see people walking around the ship) We've done about 10 cruises on Celebrity in the last 10 years all but one in Europe ( I know, lots of people are on X way, way more than us) but I was really surprised at how casual people were. this may have been due to the fact that most of the ports in May were pretty cold, we did Scotland & Ireland pre cruise, & experienced snow & sleet... so most people were packed & dressed for expedition type ports... gore tex boots, down vests, & waterproof hats were deriguour... (Except in Cobh (Cork) where quite a few people had to buy shorts & tees for the day in port) That said, on the "chic" nights we did see a few blazers. It was completely different from any European cruise I've ever been on, including TA's on Celebrity One of the best Itineraries I've ever been on :) so enjoy, & if you like dressing to the nines, please do so! Hope your cruise was as great as ours.
  2. Super helpful, I didn't realize the no glass option was always available, thanks :)
  3. When we did it they had a supply problem with the glasses, so we were able to o the class only for a really steeply discounted rate. If they are offering the high quality glasses, it's pricey, but worth it in my opinion, it was really a lot of fun & very informative.
  4. Wow, you had me at BEER lol. (I'm the fan, & DH will just tag along) Going to definitely add the brewery in Juneau to my list of things to do, thanks!
  5. Exactly! A great part of doing the on board activities is meeting people with whom you have a lot in common :) I know a lot of people complain about paid activities, but honestly, if it was free, the whole ship would be there lol. ;) We'd done the Riedel workshop in the past, & enjoyed it as well!
  6. It's interesting, ours was oversold, & overcrowded, but we had so much fun! A super nice couple that we hung out with a bit did it as well, so it was nice to compare which wines we liked & why. The people who were pouring out the wines were actually pretty knowledgeable & answered any questions we had & also recommended other wines we might like based on what we enjoyed at the tasting. Enjoy! I'd definitely do it again :)
  7. We did it on the Reflection in May, there were 6 stations, each with several wines to choose from, Reds, Whites.... you could taste as much as you liked, little snacks of crackers, cheeses were available, I would definitely do it again, ended up finding a few wines that we really liked that we wouldn't have normally tried. Keep in mind that if you're on a cold weather itinerary events like this sell out fast. Ours did :)
  8. This is what I'm resorting to, I do my shopping/price checking on a big box site, & then I call X. As much as I love their product once I'm on onboard, every little thing that happens shore side is so excruciatingly complicated. Luckily, most accounting problems on our cruises have been taken care of before we sail... Except that it seems we always have to go to guest services/michaels CC to get our OBC to show up on our onboard account. Good luck with getting everything sorted out. :)
  9. I think you're right, not coming back. I really would be interested to find out if they worked something out.
  10. So the OP was counting on $300 USD OBC per person, hopefully they will come back & let us know how it worked out.
  11. wow, I'm hoping my handle holds up. We shall see. Personally I try to do carry on only whenever possible, but the OP was asking about checked luggage. So ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  12. Hi there :) from what I can see, your cruise is past final payment, but has had huge price drops, while still retaining perk options. An easier solution might be to pay a bit to upgrade to a higher class ( thus obtaining a little nicer cabin, & more perks) hope it works out for you.
  13. Woo hoo for business class that's a fantastic deal. Never been to Madrid, but the parts of Spain I have visited have been wonderful :)
  14. I have seen them enforce, & charge for oversized (air new zealand) & yes, the warranty doesn't cover abuse... interestingly, this luggage was purchased to replace our 10 year old Timblerland Claremont luggage, which was an absolute workhorse, if they still were available, I would have def. bought that again.
  15. oh wow, that sounds wonderful! Congrats on your upcoming retirement. A TA is a great way to start the celebration :)
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