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Old July 16th, 2004, 11:04 PM
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Hi There!

My father and I willl be staying in our first Celebrity Suite on our next cruise and would love to hear what some thought who have stayed in them. We love the idea of the panoramic windows but will surely miss the balcony. We're booked in 8104 which faces forward. Are they really decorated differently deck to deck? Did you like the butler service? What did you love about this room? We want to know all!!!

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Old July 17th, 2004, 09:04 PM
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We also have our first CS booked for our September sailing so I can't answer any questions about it, but we have had a number of Royal Suites and love them - especially the Butler service. Here's a link to a website with pictures of many of the Celebrity cabins. http://www.geocities.com/mahdnc/Cabinpix.html

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Old July 18th, 2004, 10:01 AM
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Thanks very much Sue. Those are great pictures! Which ship and what itinerary will you be going on? Do you know if they are decorated differently??

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Old July 19th, 2004, 05:43 PM
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Sue
Thanks for posting the pix. My wife and I will be on the Infinity this September 5 and we will be staying in one of the Celebrity Suites. I posted about a month ago asking if anyone could give me any information about this category of suite, but got no responce. Judging from what I've read about the cruise line in general, we'll be having the time of our lives on this cruise. Do you have any information to pass on regarding the computer set up (costs and practical use), butler service (just what is he available for), noise levels from other rooms/hall (noted that the bed adjoins the outside hallway) or anything else you might want to share. Thanks again for the pix.
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Old July 20th, 2004, 08:27 AM
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I was in a CS 7138 on the INFINITY in june. The room is great. I did not miss the balcony at all. (it was an ALASKA cruise though...) As a matter of fact, it was nice not to be caught up in the whole "oh god...my balcony might be smaller than my neighbor" mess that I see so much on these boards. A forward facing suite is definately the way to go though, as the rear facing suites have one of the 4 windows taken up by window washing equipment. I did not hear any noise from the hall or the adjoining CS. (there is a door to the adjoining suite in the dining area). Although the bed does share a wall with the corridor, those passengers coming up the corridor from the rear of the ship and those coming down from the front, EXIT the corridor before passing in front of the suite. (see the deck plans). The only thing I did not like about the room was the bathtub. Due to only having a shower/tub combination, you had to straddle the (fairly high) tub wall to get into the tub to take a shower. It was nice however, to sit in the tub and be able to look out the panoramic windows to the water beyond. (thanks to a window set into the bathroom wall to the living room....with electronically controlled blinds)
The CS really was great ...and a great bargain. Wouldnt hesitate to book this room again. The butler stated numerous times that the "celebrity suite" was a favorite among the staff because of the unique design and the panoramic windows. I can see why.
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Old July 20th, 2004, 12:05 PM
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Hi dbna

You won't believe what suite we will be staying during our September Cruise on Infinity. That's right, #7138! I'm glad you took the time to write. My wife and I found your post very informative. My wife like to soak in a jacuzzi after a lond day of shopping on shore, so she will be in heaven in this suite. My only real concern was about noise from the hall and you put that concern to rest. Thanks. How did you like the ship overall (food, service, other cruisers, etc.). I'm a non-smoker, do you have any hints on hideaways to get away from the stale smoke or is that even a problem? By the way, you wouldn't be related to a DCT61 who also posted (on another board) that he had stayed in the same suite during a cruise this past June? Thanks again for your post.

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Old July 20th, 2004, 06:58 PM
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Not only am I related....Im him!

Im not a good one to ask about food. Friends of mine say I have the culinary sophistication of an 8 yr old, so obviously I dont go on cruises to eat. I lost 4 lbs on this cruise. The two things I hate more than anything are seafood and mushrooms. EVERYTHING on this cruise had either seafood or mushrooms on it. But the things I did eat were very good and wonderfully presented.

The 2 places on this ship I would go to avoid smoke would be the casino and the LEFT side of all public rooms.

The butler for suite 7138 is named MANUEL (not sure if hes the permanent butler for this suite) he was very good. He appeared several times during the day to see if there was anything he could do for us, or if we wanted anything to eat. We had a cocktail party the day we were at hubbard glacier, he brought us tons of food and offered to stay and serve. My only problem with him was that his accent was very difficult to understand. Many times he would stop by and just talk....unfortunately Id just stand there nodding my head and grin like an idiot. I couldnt understand a word he said.

By the way, the color scheme in this room is rust and beige. The overhead speaker system in the living room is "buzzy"...i think its blown.

any other questions?...I d be happy to answer them, if I can
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Old July 21st, 2004, 07:55 PM
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Thanks for the good information. We have 7140 on Constellation for the Sept. 7 transatlantic. We had hoped for a forward facing one, but NO CS were available when we booked - so we booked a RS and waitlisted for the CS. On our transatlantic last year we had a RS and found that it was too cold and windy to use the balcony hardly at all! So this time we will have the huge wall of windows. Since for this northern crossing, the temps will be in the 50's I think we made a good decision (at least I hope so, because we usually love our balcony).

A little more about the Butlers - - The butler is there to take care of you and whatever you want. The cabin attendants take care of the cabin. For us, they are part of the reason we primarily sail Celebrity.

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Old July 22nd, 2004, 09:39 PM
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We're in 8140, what are the rooms decorated like on this deck?
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Old July 23rd, 2004, 07:42 AM
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Do you mean 8104?
All celebrity suites on the INFINITY have modern "clean line" type furniture. The dining room table is wood with a dark stain as is all the wood furniture. The suites on that floor look to be decorated in shades of blue. The sofa has a blue/yellow plaid fabric on it....the easy chair (these things are comfortable!!!) has a beige/white fabric on it. The ottoman has a combination of the sofa and easy chair fabric. The carpet is light beige. You can view photos of this room by going to: www.webshots.com and typing in "infinity".
I hope its ok for me to give out that website on this board...if not I apologize.
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Old July 23rd, 2004, 07:44 AM
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ALSO...the website that SUE mentions above, has pictures of the celebrity suites on the INFINITY and all other "m" class ships.
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Old July 25th, 2004, 07:46 AM
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we were on summit a year ago last Jan. and upgraded from lge balcony cabin to CS. It was fantastic. Living space galore and panoramic bay windows. 10 day trip and upgrade was only $1,000. Biggest bargain ever. We are on 10/24 Millenium cruise to MED. in CC class. Hope to upgrade once again. You cannot go wrong.
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Old July 25th, 2004, 10:23 PM
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wow! sounds incredible. what about upgrades to royal suites? how much would they cost about? we are going next january.
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Old July 26th, 2004, 08:14 AM
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Not very many and never seem to be available.
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Old July 26th, 2004, 11:12 PM
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Just back from Celebrity Summit July 9th cruise. We had the Celebrity Suite 6106. It was outstanding. (Even though "rear facing" with the one window blocked by window washing equipment) You will not miss the balcony AT ALL. In fact the window wall gives you a better overall view as there is no half wall blocking the views. It is really wonderful and we WILL book a Celebrity Suite the next time we cruise!
I agree about the bathtub. The jacuzzi tub was wonderful but difficult to get in and out. We didn't notice any noise from the hall way since the bed was on a wall backing to the hall. In fact I hadn't even realized that until I read it hear!
The butler was great also. We loved the extra attention and the afternoon treats (except for the appetisers just prior to dinner...they were a guessing game of what IS that??) I will suggest a real treat...order your breakfast in your suite several mornings. We LOVED that. We could open the blinds and enjoy a morning in our suite. The food was hot every time too! Actually better than the dining room!!!
The computor in the suite is a great feature. But do be careful how much time you spend on it. It runs 75 cents per minute!!! You can buy a package, but that only discounts to about 70 cents per minute. And IF you do not use all of the minutes you are out. So I had opted to just chance it. It was quite expensive to "stay in touch" with my office while I was away, but unfortunately necessary for me. Just a heads up...it can add up very fast.
We enjoyed our cruise so much!!!! I keep re living it in my mind. Be sure to book a dinner in the Normandy!!! The specialty restaraunt. It is outstanding!! Try the Grand Marneir Soufle if they have it. It is outstanding!!! We were also invited to an "Elegant Tea" which I believe all suite guests are invited to. It depends on your timing for shore excursions, but it was fun to experience. It is just a formal tea with all of the trimmings. Three tiered siler cart of very fancy treats!!! Enjoy!
Just another tip....if you would like to be invited to the "Captains Table" for dinner one night be sure to "smile" and be friendly on check in day at the counter!!! We were invited to join the "Hotel Manager" at the Captains Table one night and learned that the Social Hostess is the one who simply watches people as the check in and picks out people that she thinks might be fun for them to have dinner with!!! It is simply the luck of the draw!! Now if it isn't something you would enjoy....you can be frowning! That is If it is posible to frown on check in day!!!!
We didn't do many shore excursions aat all as we wanted some rest and had planned pre an dpost cruise activites on our own. BUT...I highly recomend spending time on Icy STraight Point. It was a delightful Alaskan experience. Not just shopping stuff...but a beatiful walk through a rain forest. This stop is a new one for Celebrity and I think our ship was only the third of fourth there!! Everything is very new. The small town of Hoonam which I believe was a logging town has been almost obliterated by the fact that the logging has stopped there. This new stopping place for the cruises is offering a new beginning to the people there. They are very excited and very friendly. Everyone on our cruise enjoyed that day. AND we saw wales while we were just sitting on a bench along the shore!!! It was a very nice change of pace from the usual ports in Alaska. Enjoy.
Have a great trip!!! It will bring you many wonderful and lasting memories.
PS in case anyone has a free day prior to cruising and will be in Anchorage or Seward. Try a day cruise on Prince William Sound out of Wittier. It was unbelievable. We went to 13 glaciers, saw a lot of wild life and thoroughly enjoyed the whole day.
Also the train is a great deal and wonderful way to get from Anchorage to Seward!!!
We also took the Rocky Mountain Railroad two day cruise from Vancoover to Banf after our cruise. The Gold Leaf service was unbelievable! An incredible journey if you have the time. We wouldn't have wanted to miss it!!!
Bon voyage to all. I'm so jealous that you still have your cruise coming up. I NEED to book my next one soon. I'm in withdrawl!!!
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Old July 27th, 2004, 09:12 AM
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Hey Sue

Thanks for the posting. I've been waiting for your return and trip summary. Sounds like you had a great time, so much so, that I can't wait until my turn in September. Your information about the suite coupled with information from others on the boards, especially dbna's posting have helped me a lot. I just can't wait to get on board. How was the weather for your cruise? Did you have any rough seas?
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Old August 3rd, 2004, 02:05 AM
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Wow, FloridaSue those are some great secrets.
YOu're making us even more jealous waiting for our cruises!
my parents are fond of balconies!
I had a dream last night, i fell out of the windows, because they opened and i thought it was a balcony but i slipped off! aah! i know, impossible!! love the treats. thanks for your awesome post! lovin' it!

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Old August 3rd, 2004, 02:50 AM
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We are just about to book a CS for next year - good question - do these lovely windows open as I might want to take pics when it is raining (Alaska) We can only get a rear facing cabin - is it worth waitlisting also for a forward and how much difference does the window washing equipment make - I presume you can see through it in parts. We could have a RS but that would blow the budget for any 2006 cruises so are thinking a CS might be good enough

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Old August 3rd, 2004, 12:51 PM
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Windows do not open.
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Old August 3rd, 2004, 11:20 PM
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from so many other posts about the CS & RS, Everyone says stay with the CS, its a great bargain for the extra space. Would definitely save for another suite for a 2006 cruise. gotta love those suites! when is your cruise? if you've got alot of waiting, i might waitlist for a forward facing one, also, what floor are you on?
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Old August 3rd, 2004, 11:21 PM
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from so many other posts about the CS & RS, Everyone says stay with the CS, its a great bargain for the extra space. Would definitely save for another suite for a 2006 cruise. gotta love those suites! when is your cruise? if you've got alot of waiting, i might waitlist for a forward facing one, also, what floor are you on?
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Old August 4th, 2004, 12:59 PM
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Thanks for the advice.
We have gone for the CS as I figured the extra price of the RS took me a good way to my next cruise. We are in an SS in April (Summit) and thats us now booked on 3 Sept 2005 (Infinity) in CS8106 - all the forwards are taken. Asked TA to waitlist us for a forward and when we spoke to to Celeb UK (I listened in to the call) they told us we could only waitlist for one cabin which seemed an even greater lottery- had to pick one of the forward ones. So by my reckoning, if you make the wrong choice (one in 4 chance) a subsequent booker can get a forward before you. Is this correct? We are CC members as well - should I call another number as we are aware (and have seen posters on this board with the same prob) Celeb UKs office is very poor on advice and knowing what actually matters. Last cruise they told us we could not pre book Speciality restuarant before we cruised, then had to go without a special on hubby's birthday as it was fully booked at the time we wanted once we had boarded (another gripe - we were held back for 4 hours in hotel when all the time the ship was boarding!!)
BUT I love Celeb and am so looking forward to my cruises next year

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Old August 9th, 2004, 03:53 AM
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Ooh, that sounds terrible, ..about the waitlisting bit! hope you'll get the one you want, i just am curious why you can only waitlist for one suite. but your cruises sound fun! my only regret is that i wont be able to hear the ocean while we sleep..
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Old August 9th, 2004, 02:37 PM
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As I see it...Celebrity is the poor mans Cunard or Silverseas. It is kind of like Embassy Suites. At Embassy Suites the price is reasonable and yes...you get a suite.......but is it really a suite? One should not expect Four Seasons quality at the Embassy Suites.....Just as one should not expect Cunard quality on Celebrity. You get what you pay for. I know the argument...."I pay 5,000.00 +++++ Dollars for thyis cruise and blah! blah! blah! blah! but remember people on the higher end cruise lines pay much more for that personal attention and luxury. Celebrity will never be that cruise line. It is cookie cutter service with cold towel and some poolside frozen pudding thrown in to make it seem different.
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Oh and I forgot to mention the cheap swill they pass off as champagne. Yes they do serve rot gut champagne in dirty glasses (mine had lipstick on it as I boarded Mercury last February) there were actually people taking 2 or 3 glasses as they got on the ship. I actually heard one guy tell his wife she better drink up because that would be the only free alcohol they would be getting and she chugged that one down and took another. How tacky is that? This is the type of clientel one finds on Celebrity ships. I love it!!!! See I am a people watcher and I absolutely love the idea of watching people in that type of environment. Its like a floating sociology experiment. This is why I love cruising.
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Total... you and I would get along. On our last cruise, I asked the M' D to move us. We were tucked off to the side next to a window. I wanted to be out in the middle. He tried to convince me that it was "private" and a much sought after table for two. When I told him I was a people-watcher and would feel left out he laughed and said, no problem. He could easily find a couple that would prefer our private table for two.
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Old August 10th, 2004, 06:17 PM
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We sailed on the Constellation just recently and we enjoyed ourselves so much we thought we would return.
We have decided on a CS Suite however cannot quite decide what deck.We had the Sky deck last time with a CC Cabin and were Midships and had no complaints re noise etc.
We thought that it may be a good option to book a forward CS Suite on the Penthouse Deck as that is where the service galley would be mostly had for the Suites etc.Of course the higher the Cabin the better the view?Re Sky Deck.
Is this good thinking re position of Suites?
We were once in a Suite, Holland America,far away from the service Suite Galley and it got embarrasing to ask in the end so we just gave up.Maybe it was just the unfortunate bad luck with a lack of interest staff?Eg Food was only warm as it came via a dumb waiter via another Suite service Galley.Where as Cabins on the Suites Deck that were Serviced by their own Galley every thing was just right.
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Old August 11th, 2004, 07:54 AM
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Penthouse deck seems a little too low for a CS. Your view forward would be looking over the tops of the lifeboats. We were on VISTA deck and it was ok...we still looked down on the lifeboats, but not quite so close to them. When I first booked the CS, there was a thread on this and another board, giving opinions on the best deck for a CS. It seemed as though the majority of opinions either went for VISTA or PANORAMA decks.The photo website I mentioned above has an exterior picture of the INFINITY at the CS bumpout...it gives you a good idea of obstructions and what youll be looking at when in your suite.
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Old August 25th, 2004, 05:54 AM
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Its great we are getting different opinions across the thread.
when are all your schedules for vacation? Although in the U.S we are based on the west coast, we live on the island of Bali in Indonesia so our planning may differ with yours. Our cruise is booked on January 8th. Will the ship be empty, i assume that it is the middle of the school year? So far we have not found anyone booked on this cruise but would like to get an opinion on this. And of course on the suites..!
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Old August 25th, 2004, 08:38 AM
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Didi

My wife and I will be cruising on 9/5/04 to Alaska on the Infinity and we'll be staying in a Celebrity Suite on that trip. I'll most likely be posting a review when we get back, so look for it sometime around mid to late September. May even have a picture or two.
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