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  1. As I stated in an earlier post, the YC seemed better in the Seaside compared to the Meraviglia. Having said that, once you leave the YC area of the ship, I would give the nod to the Meraviglia. The Seaside is nice, but the open atrium area of the Meraviglia is wonderful. If you are a gym kind of person, the basketball court on the Meraviglia is the best at sea! Indoors, A/C and a full court with a great rubberized surface. Enjoy! Kel
  2. Hi bf, Both ships are great in their own way. As for the YC, I much prefer the Seaside for the following reasons: --there are a few less people in the Seaside YC (at least it feels that way). --the two story lounge and dining room on the Seaside is a better design. --the buffet outside near the pool is much better on the Seaside and we felt the selection was better as well. --the staffing seemed about the same on both ships. --both have outstanding service. You can't go wrong with either ship. Enjoy! Kel😁
  3. Well I did some math concerning the "Likes" and "Dislikes" on this thread only. I didn't count anyone that had not traveled on the Edge; didn't count anyone more than once; didn't count anyone who had no opinion and was off topic. Here is the summary of this group: Didn't like their IV experience -- 16 people -- 53% Did like their IV experience -- 14 people -- 47% Since every ship sailing has traditional balconies, except for the E-class of Celebrity, I'm sure they will have no problem filling these cabins. For the ship engineers out there -- does this type of cabin decrease the amount of "drag" along the sides of the ship while sailing at high speeds? Not sure this is an issue? Seems, traditional balcony cabins would create more drag with their open spaces? Just curious. Kel
  4. Good point! We loved the privacy aspect, as you can walk around in your underwear, and unless you are in port, no one can see into your cabin. A/C kept the room cool, even with that glass wall. Enjoy! Kel😁
  5. The above photo shows the seaside view of an IV cabin. This is a glass-walled cabin, with the ability to lower the top half of the wall. Not a typical balcony, like 99% of the ships sailing, but something new and different. We like it and some people do not. Nice to have choices. Enjoy! Kel😁
  6. Paul, I agree with you 100%. Head to head, I would always choose Celebrity. We are back to HAL in our rotation, as they have fixed most of their objectionable qualities (smoking guidelines...,), and their product is, dollar for dollar, one of the great deals to be had in cruising. I've always thought Celebrity's major failure was the lack of a wrap-around promenade deck, but the new E-class has this wonderful two story walking/running deck that winds in and out of the upper decks of the ship. Much more interesting walk compared to the traditional promenade deck. We have completed 33 Celebrity cruises (306 days) and 12 HAL cruises (103 days), so except for four Cunard cruises (109 days), and 15 RCL cruises (117 days), Holland America is pretty popular in our cruise repertoire. We have 28 days on the Noordam coming up and 15 days on the Millennium, so we feel pretty good alternating between these two great cruise products. Enjoy! Kel😁
  7. First, let me state that we are not really balcony people. We've had dozens of veranda cabins and we really spend very little time outside. Wasted expense for us. Having said that, the IV on the edge was wonderful. It gives the cabin so much more room and acts as a very private "glass wall" at the end of the room. At any time, you can lower the electric shade and have a dark, quiet cabin. The Edge is different, modern and our new favorite ship. People resist change, but we feel like Celebrity hit a home run with this new concept. My wife and I have spent 7% of our total time together on cruise ships (752 days), so we know what's out there. Enjoy! Kel😁
  8. Hi fellow cruisers, My wife and I booked a 14 day transatlantic cruise for 2022. We got the Beverage Pkg + the dining Pkg. My question is -- how many nights are included in this promo dining package? The service charge for the dining package was $22.80 per person. We usually buy more evenings in the Specially restaurants, but it's been a while and I don't know what they charge for the additional service fee. Thanks, Kel😁
  9. I don't think I would consider another World Cruise unless I could score it for less than $18,000 per person. The added perks from the luxury lines really don't add up financially. I know, many of you believe that free business class air, drink packages, prepaid gratuities, OBC, free laundry, and free internet are worth the extra $30,000 per person, but not me. Kel😁
  10. Having to frequent the self-laundry rooms on the Queen Victoria during our World Cruise had its own challenges, as it seemed like everyone was competing for the four sets of machines on the six decks it was offered. Many times it was impossible to find an open machine during open hours. It drove some people bonkers!🤪 On the positive side, you could meet some interesting people. My wife spent the afternoon with Margaret Atwood, and I got to help one of the comedians create a bit about how to reserve a washing machine by using the plastic "out of order" signs.(People actually did this) Always, some individuals seemed to have inside information and gossip about upcoming events on the ship. After several weeks together, you do form an unique community of international vagabonds, and the bars, lounges, and the laundry rooms provide the spaces needed to interact. Our next long cruise will be on HAL's Noordam and we are opting to pick up the whole cruise laundry package. The cost is $198 for 28 days. Well worth it, and our philosophy is any item that can't survive the laundry stays home. Celebrity does provide two loads of laundry, per person, as part of the Elite Plus level of the Captain's club, although I'm not sure if they would allow that to recycle for each segment of a World Cruise? Enjoy! Kel
  11. Oops! My mistake -- It should read 2022 for the World Cruise on the Poesia.
  12. Looks nice, but I don't have $100,000 laying around.🤑
  13. Wow, you got that right. In 2019 we got smooth seas everywhere; we missed the fires in Australia; we did Hong Kong before the unrest; had a wonderful time in Sri Lanka before the attacks. We have enough in savings to do another World Cruise, but we need Celebrity to jump into that market. MSC has a nice itinerary in 2020, but we've only cruised in their YC and the Poesia lacks that. HAL has not listed anything yet. Oceania is nice, but they only have their R-class ships on that run (too small, too slow and old equipment). Princess is offering a WC on the Island Princess, which was messed up by their redesign of the ship, and we've never been big fans of everything Princess. We love Crystal, but we can't afford it and their ships are really old. No World cruises coming out of RCL or NCL. Cunard is a great option, and we can even live with the whole formal thing, but their itinerary is the same one we already experienced. Enjoy! Kel😁
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