20 questions from our users
Who has done the India cruise what visas did you get were did you get them please help?
Are there ironing rooms and laundry rooms on ship to do your own
Have done a few celebrity cruises and wonder if there is a frequent cruising bonus i could get?
Can I purchase Rupees on board the Constellation for visiting India and exchange my unused Ripees back later?
Can I book things, like a massage, before I go on the cruise?
Wheelchair balcony rooms, can three occupy the one cabin as i noted last trip we also had a trundle bed. and if I have two carers it gives them time off? Please advise. thanking you Barbara
When gratuities are pre paid, how are you identified so you do not have to them?
Being an Aussie, we never pay gratuities, whether pre-paid or at the end of the cruise. We immediately on arrival go to the Desk and inform them not to take gratuities off our bill. We will pay to those we choose to i.e. the cabin steward, the waiter, the wine steward. Australians are renown for not paying gratuities and the cruise ships know this.
I am going on a cruise. With celebrity, for the first time,,,we always go with royal Caribbean and our loyal status is diamonds plus,which gives us free snacks and free drink in the concierge room between 4 30 8 30 ,,will celebrity cruise line allow us too Enter there concierge room.
Can you take a portable garment steamer on board?
Does celebrity equinox have hammock hooks?
Are there dvd players in oceanview rooms? Where is the smoking area?
We're thinking taking our kids on the Celebrity Solstice during the school holidays (aged 12 and 15). Is this a good ship to take the kids on? What activities are there for the kids to do? Other than the price, is it worth booking a Guaranteed balcony room or a Guaranteed Concierge verandah?
Hi, I don't know that I am really the right person to answer this question with my children being in their late 20's. It is a beautiful ship, but does not have all of the teenager activities that are perhaps offered on Royal Caribbean, eg water slides, rock climbing etc.
As for guaranteed cabins, our preference is for a high floor balcony mid ship.
I have booked on a Celebrity Cruise to South America and Antarctic next February. Is through Webjet. How do I go about purchasing a drinks package?
Hi there :) . Im hoping someone can guide me in the right direction please? I have only cruised once (with p and o ) Now my elderly Mum would like me to take her on a three night cruise. She has never cruised before. It wasnt my favourite holiday I must admit, but I would very much like her to enjoy herself as its something shes always wanted to try. Also, are there any companies where more is included? I found that doing anything extra on p and o to be quite expensive :) . Many thanks in advance
I am a good supporter of Azamara Club Cruises. All drinks are included in the price, No children's activities therefor no kids or families with young children, quite small ships with everything easily accessible, no formal nights, open dining hours etc. They also go into some ports that larger ships cannot go to. Prices are good value but they typically do cruises for 7 nights plus which is not as per your 3 night requirement but I think you would enjoy a longer cruise that are a bit more expensive. Probably next would be Celebrity Cruises (part of the same company as Azamara), then Princess. I think the Queen Mary 2 has a 5 night ex-Sydney return to Sydney in February 2017
Hope to book a cruise with Celebrity early 2017. Is it true they have no laundry and iron for passenger use on board? Also I've been told there is an 18 % service charge on all drinks purchased and that would be in US dollars not A$.
I am actually going on my first cruise with Celebrity in January 2017 but I have cruised with other cruise lines. Most ships including the Celebrity ships don's have a self service laundry and I don't thing any provide irons for fire and electrical safety reasons. They have laundry, dry cleaning, pressing service on board whish is pretty inexpensive compared to Australian prices.
With the exception of a small few cruise lines (eg Azamara) you either purchase a drinks package (price for service charge is included) or pay with your onboard account where in most cases a tip is included.
From Celebrity's web site ( http://www.celebritycruises.com/frequently-asked-questions#faq5993 )
"For your convenience, we automatically add gratuities for your restaurant and stateroom services to your onboard SeaPass® account on a daily basis in the following amounts, which may be adjusted at your discretion:
$12.95 per person, per day in standard accommodations ($13.50 for cruises departing on or after July 1, 2016)
$13.45 per person, per day in Concierge Class and AquaClass® staterooms ($14.00 for cruises departing on or after July 1, 2016)
$16.45 per person, per day in suites ($17.00 for cruises departing on or after July 1, 2016)
This gratuity is shared by your stateroom attendant, dining services staff, and housekeeping staff members who help enhance your vacation experience. At your discretion, the gratuity payments may be adjusted onboard at Guest Relations, in which case they will not automatically be added to your onboard SeaPass® account. An 18% gratuity will be automatically added to all beverages, mini bar purchases, spa and salon services. Additional gratuities may be added at your discretion:
I hope you enjoy the cruise
Has things changed on the Millenium since 2012 we are thinking of going on it next year 2017.
Well if the standard of the Constellation is any indication of the Celebrity Cruise Line......NOOOOOO...
Do your homework,
Constellation was abysmal ...
Is there any price difference or option of buying a drinks package a few days in to your cruise? For example, I'm cruising for 12 days and thought I'd take the allowed 2 bottles of wine and possibly only want a drink package from day 4. Can I buy the last 8 days only?
Hi. As with all these things it is cheaper to book prior to the cruise. I'm not sure of what the price changes are (they have recently changed and my wife is the expert :) but it is a few dollars cheaper per day to book prior to the cruise. Also, you only have 3 days after sailing (from memory) to book a drink package. Just keep in mind that, while you would be unlikely to drink the value of a drink package at home, on the cruise you have the option to sip drinks throughout the day. We are not heavy drinkers but on a cruise it wouldn't be over the top for us to have a coffee in the morning, a bottle of water to carry with us, a morning cocktail (about 11.30 am ish), a wine with lunch, another afternoon coffee, a beer in the mid-afternoon, 2 champagnes before dinner and wine with dinner. That would add up to the value of a Premuim Drink Package and we haven't attended and night activities or bars yet. So we tend to be miles ahead but it really is each to their own :).
Hi, to tell you the truth not certain, they are pushing it on the ship all the time so there is a possibility they may well do it. We initially were going to buy the drink package, but it was going to work out to be $70 each per day and as i am not a drinker decided not to we than though well we would go wiht the premium non-alcholic one that worked out to be like $25 per day each when added up over the 12 nights was still a lot and they wanted that money paid upfront before we cruise. When you board they have stands set up to greet you and secure packages and dinner bookings so I am sure they will be able to assist. Depends on whether your a big drinker or not :) enjoy your cruise its a beautiful ship.
Booked on Aus Top End next month. Do celebrity cruises offer Aus Beer e.g. VB for the guys. Have sent numerous emails to celebrity, no response. Hope someone can answer our question?
Once you pre paid your gratuities, is there anymore gratuties for drinks, or anything else...........Has anyone had the classic drinks package and is it worthwhile or should we get onboard credit
Apologies for the delay in replying, but I've just returned from a seven night P&O cruise & Having had this recent experience with no access to a drinks package, I am in a good position to reply to your questions about drinks packages.
Reference the gratuities, we paid the gratuities and had no further gratuities to pay.
Regarding the drinks package,both my wife and I found that having drinks package alleviated much of the concern, stress or worry about how much we were spending. Personally, I think that a certain amount of the drinks package daily cost can be attributed just to 'peace of mind' and not having to worry about cost accrual. For us, we saved considerably more by taking the drinks package than we would have done by taking on-board credit. Of course everyone is different but I would strongly suggest you consider the drinks package.
Enjoy your cruise.
Do they serve Australian beers on the Solstice eg Crown Lager & VB and if they do can you recall how much they were.
Yes they do serve Aust. beers and from memory they are around $6.50 - $8.00 (ish). Sorry, not a beer drinker - occasionally have a Peroni but that's about it.
Thanks for the reply Michael, much appreciated. I waited that long for a reply from celebrity cruises that I have since booked with another line. In fact I am still waiting. It appears to me that the drinks package they are offering in their 123 promotion is basically worthless to anyone who enjoys Australias more popular beers. Thanks again
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