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Old June 13th, 2002, 01:01 PM
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I've seen some references to this in another topic where folks feel Celebrity is the worse over Princess and HAL in this category of nickel, diming. I'm accustomed to Princess where they charge a 3% fee for casino cash charged to your shipboard account and for ice cream on deck but what am I going to find on my first Celebrity cruise in September? I can work around or accept any of these items if I know about them. I just don't like surprises.
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Old June 13th, 2002, 02:48 PM
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The Reservation Only alternative Restaurant is $25pp. That is your choice and definetly not mandatory. It is a culinary delight, of course any wine or alchol are additional too. If your ship has a Cova Cafe, you will have to pay for Cappacino, Expresso or specialty teas. At certain times of the day, pastries there are free. Michael's Club sells cigars and find cognac's. The usual spa and photo opportunites are there for your purchase. I don't gamble so wouldn't do a cash advance. Obviously soda, bottled water as well as your alcholic beverages are extra. I can't think of anything else.
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Old June 13th, 2002, 03:28 PM
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Hi, Frank. I have a couple of things to add. The use of the thalassotherapy pool on the Millennium Class ships is free but I understand you have to pay $10 per day or $60 per week to use it on the Century Class ships; however, if you have certain spa treatments, then there is no additional charge for use of the thalassotherapy pool. Soft drinks are expensive, $2.00 each, but they sell children's and adult soft drink cards (actually just a sticker they place on your signature card) for unlimited soft drinks for something like $30-35 for the week. And, of course, any dry cleaning, pressing (which I use often), and laundry services are extra but very reasonable in my experience. I guess the only thing I really object to is paying that hefty price for a soft drink, though I don't drink many.

Hope this info helps.

Happy Sailing!
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Old June 13th, 2002, 03:50 PM
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I didn't find Celebrity to be any worse or better with regard to this issue, however on my recent cruise aboard Galaxy to New England/Canada they did automatically add 15% gratuity to all drink purchases including wine at dinner. It didnt bother me although I did feel their drink prices were somewhat high in general. They do always have a drink of the day for ~ $3.50 but beware any 'sour' or tropical drinks. Seems they use the same foul 'lemon' mix for everything in this category.

Cash was the choice of most in the casino (never used my card here). Other than the aforementioned , Celebrity does add 10% gratuity to spa services and did not offer complimentary use of thalassotherapy with spa treatment on my cruise. It was always an additional $10. Also Celebrity suggests tipping totaling about $10.50 /day per person overall (waiter,asst waiter, cabin steward,maitre'd).

Soda was $2 a pop and during non-meal hours icetea/lemonade machines were shut down. So be prepared for that. There was no additonal charge for Ice Cream, however.

They never push drinks on passengers which I found comforting. Hope this helps! Enjoy your cruise !
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Old June 13th, 2002, 09:29 PM
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I was so happy to see your remark about you using the dry cleaning and pressing!! I catch alot of slack and alot of comments on here because i also reply on the ships cleaners and laundry. I certainly am one who during the day like my old comfy shorts or kakai's. I do however like neatly pressed clothes for the dining room and neat clothes in general. Many people say they cruise for the relaxation (as I do) and not to worry about looks, but I have just never been able to pack without opening my bags to massive wrinkles (even with the plastic cleaning bags). And on the 11 day cruises, well I can't wear the same clothes that often without them being laundered!!
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Old June 13th, 2002, 11:20 PM
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We've been on two Celebrity cruises. The last one was transatlantic on the Millennium. We're going on July 1st on the Millennium. Anyway, there was NO surcharge for cash at the casino at the last two cruises. I'd like to hear if this is still the same. We're counting on it! Actually, we'd see people at the ATM machines and tell them to just go to the casino, charge it to the room, and you'd get "free" cash. Does anyone know if this service is still free?
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Old June 13th, 2002, 11:33 PM
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My last was on the Infinity to Alaska last August and there wasn't any surcharge. Will be on the Mille in Aug and expect it is still free!!
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Old June 14th, 2002, 06:54 AM
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I was on the Summit this past January. Prior to our sailing I had also heard about the 3% charge to get money off your card in the casino. We most definitely did not encounter this. It was "free" to get money off our shipboard account in the casino.
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Old June 14th, 2002, 09:15 AM
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Helene, I was on the Millie the first of February and there was no surcharge then. I only got $100, so I don't know if the amount you ask for has anything to do with it or not.
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Old June 14th, 2002, 09:27 AM
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Hi, Ray.
I know exactly what you mean. That's the first thing I do when I unpack is send all of the clothes I will wear in the evenings to be pressed. My dearest friend, who often cruises with me and has lovely clothes, sends absolutely NOTHING to be pressed and it drives me crazy. How on earth can she wear wrinkled clothes to dinner, especially a formal evening gown???!!! It's not the money, she says. She just doesn't worry about it and says everybody else is in the same boat she is (no pun intended). Last year the scarf to her evening gown was so wrinkled that I suggested she not wear it at all....... but she did anyway. Oh well. To each his own. You and I will continue to be the neat freaks, Ray, no matter what others say or do.
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Old June 15th, 2002, 07:13 AM
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My mother and I are taking an Aug cruise to Bermuda and I was wondering about clothes. Would it be worth it to bring a travel iron or are there irons in the staterooms? I hate wrinkled dresses too.
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Old June 15th, 2002, 08:11 AM
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Irons are a real safety hazard. A travel steamer is a better bet.
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Old June 20th, 2002, 08:23 PM
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Thanks to all that replied. I don't have any problem with the extra charge items that were mentioned as I've had them on Princess. It would be nice if the casino still didn't charge for $. Princess does levy that 3% fee but at one time didn't. The $2 soda fee sounds higher than Princess' $1.50 + 15% gratuity. Also their suggested tipping sounds a little higher - what is the spread? In the past I've been accustomed to $3.50/day/pp for the waiter and room steward and $2/day/pp for the assistant waiter. That comes to $9/day/pp. The maitre'd and others weren't tipped on a per day basis but just given something at the end - if - and that's a big if - they did anything special to earn it. Glad handing doesn't do it for me.

BTW, I'm not a hot tea person but how is their afternoon tea? I almost never missed an afternoon tea on Crystal because it was so elegant and impressive. I know Princess is just tea and a few finger sandwiches and pastries. (Like one needs what they gave you on Crystal but it was impressive expecially their Bethovan tea where everyone dressed in period costumes.
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Old June 21st, 2002, 10:16 AM
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Prices are generally a little bit higher on Celebrity than on Princess, Royal Caribbean, or Carnival (soft drinks, soft drink cards, internet access etc.) and of course the total tip is higher because of the additional Chief Housekeeper position which seems to be unique to Celebrity, but they don't charge for ice cream or to get cash in the casino. All in all,though, most of the additional costs on a Celebrity cruise (and on most other lines) are discretionary ones, which you can choose to incur or avoid.
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Old June 21st, 2002, 03:44 PM
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Frank, Celebrity's casual afternoon tea is about the same as Princess', finger sandwiches, pastries, etc. served on the buffet line. However, on one day during the week, Celebrity serves Elegant High Tea in a different location (no shorts allowed - I've actually seen people turned away) with white glove table service and more elegant food and tea selections. The food is always excellent and one of my favorite things to do.
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Old June 27th, 2002, 10:12 PM
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PBP wrote:

> Frank, Celebrity's casual afternoon tea is about the same as
> Princess', finger sandwiches, pastries, etc. served on the
> buffet line. However, on one day during the week, Celebrity
> serves Elegant High Tea in a different location (no shorts
> allowed - I've actually seen people turned away) with white
> glove table service and more elegant food and tea selections.
> The food is always excellent and one of my favorite things to
> do.

Thanks, that sounds like Crystal's everyday tea. I think I like this better because I don't need another place where it is hard to resist some food. My wife will like this.
Frank
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