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    New York
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    Jazz, food, wine
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  1. Host Jazzbeau

    Finally booked my 2nd River Cruise!

    I don't know what was going on, but I cleaned it up. [PS to Lois R: you will love Azamara!]
  2. Wow: Suites + Zenith! – your bags will be the A Number One special-treatment items on disembarkation. I would expect LLP to personally carry them off the ship for you!
  3. Host Jazzbeau

    OK so where is the Edge Hippie Van?

    Someone asked about a license plate. I suggest it should read "Further" – then rust wouldn't matter [actually, it would be expected ]
  4. Host Jazzbeau

    IT Problems All Over

    Celebrity IT haters might like to read these threads about HAL (a Carnival Corp line):
  5. Host Jazzbeau

    EDGE currently docked in Freeport

    Didn't you notice the special EDGE subform at the top of the page?
  6. Host Jazzbeau

    Our new Mediterranean video launching today

    Great video, but the announcer needs what Norm Crosby used to call 'electrocution' lessons – I guess he is supposed to sound posh, but there was too much mumbling for me to make out some of the crucial words!
  7. Host Jazzbeau

    Edge Sky Suites - What's the Scoop?

    Looks good to me. Can't wait to sink my buns into that cushion!
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    Edge Overpriced???

    I've just been reading a thread on the HAL board about their new 'Club Orange' offering where cruisers in any level of cabin can pay $50 pp/pd to get many of the 5-star and suite amenities. The 4- and 5-star members are up in arms about how this debases the loyalty benefits they paid so much to 'earn.' But IMO we are witnessing a second watershed in the 21st Century cruise industry. Starting in 2008 the cruise lines were doing everything they could to maintain market share – keeping prices low and ships full by cutting costs year after year. Now that the economy is booming again, they have collectively decided that it's time to maximize revenue. And, sorry for some folks here, elite loyalty members who sail in the cheapest cabins and use their loyalty perks to avoid spending any money onboard are not the customers they want any more. Thus the focus on line after line has been on increasing revenue from the point of booking – with more suites (and more reasons to book a suite) and new ships with more bells and whistles that justify higher cabin prices across the board. That's where Edge-class fits in and why I don't expect Edge prices to drop that much from this year. Yes, some of the people on this thread will leave Celebrity – but they will be replaced by new customers who don't get any loyalty benefits and therefore spend more onboard (which is exactly what Celebrity wants).
  9. Host Jazzbeau

    Le Ponant/Tauck Questions

    We haven't sailed on Ponant yet [have two cruises booked over the next two years] but would not book on Le Ponant because we are not interested in a sailing yacht as the sailing machinery takes away from passenger space – and the space per passenger is about 1/2 that on Ponant's new luxury yachts. What I do notice from the Le Ponant brochure is that the cabins on Antigua deck are actually larger than those on Marie Galante [though still very small].
  10. Host Jazzbeau

    Edge Overpriced???

    Actually, there is less rust on my car than on the 1 year old Viking Sun ship we were on in August. And you have forgotten all the threads on Cruise Critic with people worrying about "should I book on xxx because it's an older ship" – by which they sometimes mean only a few years! Anything brand new tends to sell at a premium for a while – new car models often go above list until the early demand is satisfied. That exclusivity is part of the value that people are willing to pay for. My point on this thread is that "overpriced" doesn't mean the same as "overpriced for my taste" – it can only be measured by whether the cruise line is maximizing revenue. Edge doesn't have to sell out at these prices for Celebrity to maximize revenue. When Apex comes on line, Edge prices will go down – but maybe never as low as M-class prices because lots of people do avoid older ships.
  11. Host Jazzbeau

    Edge Overpriced???

    Then I'd like to sell you my 2008 BMW – for the original list price. It's exactly the same product ten years down the line, same engine, same interior, same performance. So I guess it should still be worth the same as I paid.
  12. I agree. For most river cruise lines, there isn't any great difference between ships that should concern passengers. Our two European AMA cruises were on their oldest ships – but both trips were great and we never felt that a newer ship would have been better. BTW they were both 110m ships, which would actually be a blessing in this year's low-water situations!
  13. Host Jazzbeau

    Constellation vs Millennium

    I agree. We sailed on Coral Princess twice within a few months, and the food was quite different. We checked: the Executive Chef changed between our two cruises.
  14. Host Jazzbeau

    Edge Overpriced???

    Of course Edge prices will go down next year – it will be a used ship then. That has nothing to do with whether this year's prices, for the unique experience of sailing on a brand new CLASS of ships, is overpriced.