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With all the talk of a Galaxy Refit has anyone sailed on her recently and what is her condition? I am booked for an April 08 sailing and hope I won't be disappointed. Any insight is appreciated. Thanks!
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With all the talk of a Galaxy Refit has anyone sailed on her recently and what is her condition? I am booked for an April 08 sailing and hope I won't be disappointed. Any insight is appreciated. Thanks!
I took two cruises aboard MV Galaxy in 2007. During the first, at the end of January, the ship had a work crew replacing the deck material around the pool and in other topside areas. They literally closed 1/4 of the area around the pool at a time, removed the old deck material, and put down fresh Bolidt during the span of several cruises. The ship also had plans for other maintenance and upgrades, including a new lighting and sound system in the Savoy Lounge. When I returned aboard in October for the second cruise, all of the work was completed and the ship looked magnificent!

Realistically, I think that some heads may have rolled a year or more ago over deferred maintenance on some of Celebrity's ships.

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thanks Norm - appreciate the info!!

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With all the talk of a Galaxy Refit has anyone sailed on her recently and what is her condition? I am booked for an April 08 sailing and hope I won't be disappointed. Any insight is appreciated. Thanks!
Hi dackdog35:

There is a Galaxy dry dock scheduled for much needed refurbishment next year. At this time the condition of the Galaxy, even by the most ardent Celebrity supporters, is by far in the poorest overall condition of the Celebrity fleet. The food, service and itineraries are still very good but the condition of the Galaxy, by any standard, is not good and is at least 3 stars away from a 5 star cruise ship.

Some of the problems that now exist on the Galaxy are: stained sinks in most cabins, fogged windows in the Stratosphere Lounge, worn carpet through the ship, torn and stained cabin furnishings and many tripping hazards throughout the ship. For anyone to say that the Galaxy is in great shape, at this time, does do a great dis-service to all who are looking for valid information about any particular cruise ship.
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Some of the problems that now exist on the Galaxy are: stained sinks in most cabins,...
Some cabins did have stained sinks, I'm not persuaded that "most" is a fair characterization. The crew was replacing sink units in many cabins during my most recent cruise (October-November 2007), so this problem may now be corrected.

And in any case, how does some discoleration in the sink adversely affect your experience of the cruise?

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... fogged windows in the Stratosphere Lounge...
This problem had been corrected before my most recent cruise.

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... worn carpet through the ship...
That's something else that had been corrected before my most recent cruise. During my previous cruise (January 2007), however, the crew was replacing throughout the public areas.

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... torn and stained cabin furnishings...
Okay, I did not get to see all of the cabins so I can't say that this did not exist. It's entirely possible that some cabin steward somewhere on the ship was slacking off and thus failed to clean or to replace cabin furnishings that needed attention. Nonetheless, the statistical sampling of cabins that I did visit at various times during the cruise, which were dispursed across several parts of the ship, did not have this problem.

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... and many tripping hazards throughout the ship....
Such as?

Yes, I did notice an occasional power cord for a vacuum or some other appliance that some crew member was actively using to clean a public room, but it's absurd to tar and feather a cruise line for a "tripping hazard" over something like that.

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For anyone to say that the Galaxy is in great shape, at this time, does do a great dis-service to all who are looking for valid information about any particular cruise ship.
When were you last aboard MV Galaxy? I'm getting the distinct impression that your information is seriously out of date. I won't dispute that maintenance had been seriously neglected MV Galaxy in 2005 and 2006, leaving these vessels looking somewhat shabby, but the crew aboard MV Galaxy has worked very dilligently throughout 2007 to rectify that situation. My guess is that a few fairly senior heads probably rolled a bit over a year ago.

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I was on the Galaxy very recently and the condition of the ship is poor compared to others. It is in need of the revitalization that is scheduled for her.
The food and the service is still high quality.
However, do not think of the ship as being in complete horrible condition, because it is not. It just needs some work, as all ships do when they reach being 12 years old without being revitalized yet.

As for the fogged windows in the Stratosphere Lounge, that is one of the things that stands out the most, not only on the Stratosphere Lounge but also around the pool deck (11th deck). Also, on the 12th deck some glasses are cracked.


I hope you are not disappointed on your voyage and enjoy it as much as I do. The ship does have its charm.
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Some of the problems that now exist on the Galaxy are: stained sinks in most cabins,...
Some cabins did have stained sinks, I'm not persuaded that "most" is a fair characterization. The crew was replacing sink units in many cabins during my most recent cruise (October-November 2007), so this problem may now be corrected.

And in any case, how does some discoleration in the sink adversely affect your experience of the cruise?

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... fogged windows in the Stratosphere Lounge...
This problem had been corrected before my most recent cruise.Norm.
Norm:

My Mom and Dad just returned from the Galaxy on Jan 5, 2008 and the Stratosphere windows were fogged up and they said it was impossible to see anything out of the windows. Now, since you said you sailed on the Galaxy last, in November of 07, then either they did a very poor job of replacing the windows and they have already fogged over again or you were just making that story up about the Stratosphere windows being replaced. I will leave that one up to the readers to decide. Thanks also to Heart at Sea for confirming what my parants said about the cloudy windows in the Stratosphere Lounge.

Of course stained sinks would not ruin anyones cruise but they are an indication of a ship that has not been well maintained.

As for the silly explanation from Norm about cords laying on the floor for the people using a vacum (Norm must have been a politician!) what I was refering to were rips in places in the carpet and some with tape to hold it together. In some spots my parents also noted weak flooring under the carpet and there were also observed some loose tiles.

I found this list of things to be fiixed during the two week dry dock for refurbishing the Galaxy. If what Norm was reporting about the Galaxy being in great condition was true then I think he should call Celebrity and and advise them to cancel the dry dock!

For those who are interested in things to be repaired and improved here is the official list from Celebrity.

The refurbishing for the Galaxy will be performed in Freeport Bahamas and the drydock, is scheduled for April 18, 2008 and will last for two weeks and here are the details, (per Celebrity):

1. Replacement of royal suites carpet (400 sqm)
2. New design for all soft goods in the penthouse suites
3. Replacement of stateroom carpet (3500sqm)
4. Replacement of stateroom chair and sofa fabric
5. Replacement of 500 bathroom countertops
6. Replacement of all stateroom balcony ceiling panels(decks 9 and 10)
7. Swimming pool deck, decks 12 and 11, teak effect
8. Replacement of all defective corridor and staircase railings
9. Refurbishment of elevators
10. Replacement of 25 windows in the Stratosphere Lounge
11. Sanding and varnishing of wood floors in suites and dance floor
12. Teak wood repairs on sky suite balconies (deck 12), royal suite
balconies ,decks 9 and 10
13. Teak wood repairs on the pool area, deck 11 aft and deck 12 aft
14. Marble polishing in the suites, lobby, bars, casino and Orion restaurant
15. Replacement of marble floor in casino
16. Replacement of tiles in Stratosphere lounge entrance
17. New design for mosaic tiles on pool deck, pool bar, sky bar and sitting area next to sky bar
18. Replacement of shutters on the pool bar and grill
19. New design of carpet and soft goods for the Oasis Cafe, including
buffet blinds, lighting fixtures, and new design chairs
20. Panels underneath the buffet counter to be replaced
21. New design carpet for the Orion restaurant
22. New service station drawers in the Orion restuarant and replacement of tiles
23. Replacement of carpet in Rendez-vous lounge
24. Installation of new flooring on Embarkation area Deck 3
25. Replacement and /or refurbishment of external light fixtures
26. Refurbishment of interior of tender boats
27. Refurbishment of thalassotherapy room in AquaSpa
28. Installation of additional public bathrooms outside the Orion restaurant
29. Replacement of theatre carpet and soft goods

I'm sure the many cruisers who were disappointed with the foggy windows in the Stratoshpere lounge, on the Sky Deck, will be glad to read item #10.

The crew does keep the ship clean and do everything that they can to keep the ship nice and my only point was that the Galaxy is not even close to being in perfect condition as Norm seems to want us to believe.
I feel that if any cruise line is going to market any ship as a five star cruise ship, then it darn well should live up to the promise.
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We are scheduled to be aboard Galaxy for the Transatlantic on May 3rd, the first cruise after drydock. I will make sure to post what I see regarding the improvements, the list of which, if I'm not mistaken, I posted on these boards a number of months ago; particularly the windows in the stratosphere Lounge.

We sailed Galaxy twice; last time being in 2001 & loved her. Stratsphere Lounge, as well as all the top deck lounges on all Celebrity ships, are one of our favorite places onboard. The best part of these lounges is the view one has looking forward. I have been reading about these windows on Galaxy for YEARS! For those views to be marred by foggy windows for all of this time is indeed a disgrace & Celebrity should be ashamed of themselves!

Celebrity is our favorite cruise line & it is disheartening to read so many instances on this and other boards of their recent lack of maintainence. Our first impressions of X were their always obvious program of keeping their ships "shipshape".

I sure hope that this recent trend does not continue!
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Don't worry. You'll have a wonderful time. We've been on the Galaxy for 6 weeks over the last nine months, including last month. On the whole, it is in very good condition, and there's nothing that will prevent you from having a fine time. A few windows in the upstairs bar need to be replaced, but that's about all. Excellent service...wonderful staff on board...it's a very well run ship.
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We are scheduled to be aboard Galaxy for the Transatlantic on May 3rd, the first cruise after drydock. I will make sure to post what I see regarding the improvements, the list of which, if I'm not mistaken, I posted on these boards a number of months ago; particularly the windows in the stratosphere Lounge.

We sailed Galaxy twice; last time being in 2001 & loved her. Stratsphere Lounge, as well as all the top deck lounges on all Celebrity ships, are one of our favorite places onboard. The best part of these lounges is the view one has looking forward. I have been reading about these windows on Galaxy for YEARS! For those views to be marred by foggy windows for all of this time is indeed a disgrace & Celebrity should be ashamed of themselves!

Celebrity is our favorite cruise line & it is disheartening to read so many instances on this and other boards of their recent lack of maintainence. Our first impressions of X were their always obvious program of keeping their ships "shipshape".

I sure hope that this recent trend does not continue!
Richsea: Great timing on your Galaxy sailing! I am sure the Galaxy will be her old self after two weeks of refurbishment. I am sure it will be a great cruise on a ship that will be in very good condition. I am with you and hope that ship maintenance becomes a priority again with Celebrity.
I like the size and layout of the Galaxy and would love to sail her again. Have a great cruise.

I did not in any imply that you could not have a good time on the Galaxy because the food and service still remain very good. As Richsea said "Celebrity should be ashamed of themselves for letting the Galaxy go for so long with so many things that need attention for such a very long time".

According to Celebrity they plan on replacing 25 windows in the Stratosphere Lounge because of a break in the seal between the pains of glass and I don't think they would replace any that were not defective. That to me, is a lot more significant than a "couple" of fogged windows. The many other issues on the Galaxy go with out saying.

My whole point was, for all of these years what kind of a shock must have been for the more than 97% of all passengers who do not read internet cruise web sites and believe the Galaxy, the ship they were sailing on, is a five-star cruise ship.

Norm: Since you have asked me a lot of questions and inferred that I was mistaken about the fogged windows in the Stratosphere Lounge on the Galaxy, I would like to know what your story is on the statement that you made sating that "the problem with the fogged windows on the Galaxy had been corrected before your last cruise", which I believe, from what you said was November of 2007. I am sure we would all love to hear your answer!!!!
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Norm: Since you have asked me a lot of questions and inferred that I was mistaken about the fogged windows in the Stratosphere Lounge on the Galaxy, I would like to know what your story is on the statement that you made sating that "the problem with the fogged windows on the Galaxy had been corrected before your last cruise", which I believe, from what you said was November of 2007. I am sure we would all love to hear your answer!!!!
The Stratosphere Lounge is not a place where I normally "hang out," but I did walk through it a couple times and did not notice the problem, which I did notice on the previous cruise. Perhaps I was distracted by conversation or whatever, but I thought that a couple of us had seen the lights of Istanbul at night pretty clearly. In any case, I can't go back there and check the windows again so I'll stand corrected on that item.

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FWIW, here is a link to some Galaxy photos taken within the past 2 weeks, including some of the windows in the Stratosphere Lounge. While they should definitely be replaced, frankly, I don't see what all the hubbub is about. JMO.

http://www.pbase.com/iflyrc5/jan_08_...ruise&page=all

To listen to some, I almost expected to see a downright shabby ship, but that is not the case.
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Just got off the Galaxy on Jan 14/08 and these minor issues are nothing because you don't sleep in the Stratsphere Lounge anyways. The service was excellent and the food was incredible. We took along some first timers and are now hooked on cruising. Tip; If you are in San Juan for an extra day or two for your cruise, recommend staying at the Cieba Country Inn, it is run by a couple from New York for the last 11 years who serve breakfast. It is 45 minutes away from San Juan and in the hills. We stayed a day before and a day after the cruise. Loved it.
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I agree about the good food and service on board the Galaxy. I agree about you don't sleep in the Stratosphere Lounge and it would be dark anyway and really would not matter that you could not see out of the windows when at sea at night. I would view this problem, which has been allowed to go on for now over four years, as a possible sign of lack of concern by Celebrity. It is not just one thing that can have a negative impact on a cruise but a series of these things that can impact your enjoyment of a cruise. At the end of the day there really is just no excuse for ignoring the Galaxy's many problems for as long as they have been ignored. I can see Celebrity's point, that as long as everyone is willing to just accept things as they are there really is not much incentive to correct them. Just my opinion.
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Conde Nast poll just this week announced top cruise ships among readers survey and Connie is #1. All four M class ships are in top 10 and with all these complaints Galaxy is #13 of big ships surveyed. Go figure...

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Richsea, thanks for the pictures. They look pretty good. I confess I was getting worried after reading the posts! I know this is an old ship and we got a phenominal deal for a family spring break cruise but I don't want to sail on a tub either. I was told by the sales rep that the beds had all been done. Did you find that to be the case?
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Hi Slyre! That link was to photos taken by another cruiser. Unfortunately, I haven't been on Galaxy recently, but are booked on theTA in May. However, I have read that much of the bedding has been replaced. Don't know if it all has been replaced.

As long as you are not expecting a brand new ship, I am willing to bet that you will have a great cruise on Galaxy.

Relax and enjoy your cruise!!!
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Conde Nast poll just this week announced top cruise ships among readers survey and Connie is #1. All four M class ships are in top 10 and with all these complaints Galaxy is #13 of big ships surveyed. Go figure...

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Hi dkjretired:

It should also be pointed out that Conde Nast poll, by most people's standards, has always over rated Celebrity! Last year the four Celebrity m-class ships were all ranked in the top four by the Conde Nast Poll, with the Galaxy ranked number eight, even its present condition. For the Galaxy this was before some of the bedding was finally replaced and the pool deck was resurfaced after several years of neglect. Those facts in themselves should tell you something about the accuracy of the Conde Nast poll, but the slippage is finally beginning to show even on this poll
Actually, if you look at the whole picture, the Galaxy was in far worse overall condition in 2006 than it is now.

As I have said before the food and service are still good on Celebrity ships but with the maintenance issues on several Celebrity ships, you should exercise care with which ship you choose to sail.

As I mentioned before Porthole magazine gave Celebrity exactly zero awards in all classes, so I take all of these polls with a large grain of salt.

One thing that does show in the poll that you mentioned, is that several of the Celebrity m-class ships have slipped dramitaclly and the Galaxy also is finally begining to slip closer to the rating that it deserves.

Neither one of these polls means much too me, because they are all advertiser driven and I am more interested in gleaning all the unbiased information and facts that I can. Call me naive, but I want to know the condition of a given ship now and not four years ago or how it might be after dry dock several months or years down the road.
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It should also be pointed out that Conde Nast poll, by most people's standards, has always over rated Celebrity!
What evidence do you have that "most people" believe that Conde Nast's poll overrates Celebrity? Have you done a scientific poll of the general population that has yielded a different result?

Yes, you may feel that Conde Nast's readers overrate Celebrity and you may even have a circle of friends who feel that way, but what on earth makes you think that you and your circle of friends are more representative of the general population than the much larger sample represented by Conde Nast's readers?

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Last year the four Celebrity m-class ships were all ranked in the top four by the Conde Nast Poll, with the Galaxy ranked number eight, even its present condition. For the Galaxy this was before some of the bedding was finally replaced and the pool deck was resurfaced after several years of neglect. Those facts in themselves should tell you something about the accuracy of the Conde Nast poll, but the slippage is finally beginning to show even on this poll
Actually, if you look at the whole picture, the Galaxy was in far worse overall condition in 2006 than it is now.
What you are saying about the condition of the ship is quite true. Of course, there's also significant lags between (1) the time when readers take a cruise on a particular vessel and the time when they answer the survey and (2) the time when people answer a survey and the publication of the results. The combination may well add up to a year or more.

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As I have said before the food and service are still good on Celebrity ships but with the maintenance issues on several Celebrity ships, you should exercise care with which ship you choose to sail.
It appears that Celebrity has solved the maintenance issues. Frankly, I still would like to know how many heads rolled over this.

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Hi Norm: Unfortunately the people who work on board a ship like the Galaxy do not make the decisions as to whether things like fogged windows, frayed carpet, stained and torn furnishings in cabins and public areas and stained sinks in the bathrooms of most cabins. All of these decisions are made by the land based corporate people and I don't think that as you like to say that any heads rolled, but rather it was just another cost savings for Celebrity.

Just common sense says that the Galaxy, in 2006, should never have been rated in the top ten in anybody's poll of cruise ships. As you seem to have eluded too the Galaxy is in better condition now than it was in 2006 and yet still slipped in the Conde Nast polls for 2007. This only backs up what I have said about how valid this poll is. That said, right now the Galaxy is far from a match for the condition of most mass market cruise ships. Of the two polls the Porthole poll of its readers, which gave zero awards to Celebrity, is probably closer to the actual truth.
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I must say that I've really enjoyed this thread, especially the back & forth between Debra & Norm. You two have obvious differences of opinions, & have both made valid points regarding the maintainance (or lack thereof) of Galaxy, without getting nasty, as happens on other boards.

I must admit that I have been a loyal passenger of Celebrity since 1996, & while I am mostly happy with the product & service received on board their ships through the years, it is a little disheartening to see more & more negative posts regarding Celebrity. I used to read posts by the naysayers & be able to see that most just have an negative agenda regarding X. I never put much stock in their ramblings, mainly because when I boarded a Celebrity ship, I found that they delivered a consistantly good cruise experience.
But I must say that the trend has been to read more & more negative experiences by multi-time Celebrity cruisers, & this does have me concerned. I guess that I will just wait & see what experience I have on our next cruise, which, as it happens, is on Galaxy in May.

Debra, I would point out that comparing a Conde Nast poll to that of Porthole Magazine, is comparing apples to oranges. Firstly, I suspect that Conde Nast's poll is based on a much larger base of travelers (& probably more affluent) than is Porthole's poll. While I have not seen a Conde Nast questionaire, I have seen the one in Porthole, & I remember thinking that Porthole's was so all over the place, that there is no way that the results would be meaningful, being diluted, & could not have much meaning. I also agree with Rick that the lag between the taking of the poll & the actual publishing of the poll, makes the results somewhat outdated. Most likely, the slide of Galaxy in the latest Conde Nast poll reflects the lack of maintainance since 2006.
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i dont think the galaxy is going into dry-dock until after your cruise. celebrity has told me the middle of april. however, its only in out of commission for 2 weeks so i dont know what all they are doing.
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As posted earlier, ehre is a list of the scheduled improvements during dry dock:

The refurbishing for the Galaxy will be performed in Freeport Bahamas and the drydock, is scheduled for April 18, 2008 and will last for two weeks and here are the details, (per Celebrity):

1. Replacement of royal suites carpet (400 sqm)
2. New design for all soft goods in the penthouse suites
3. Replacement of stateroom carpet (3500sqm)
4. Replacement of stateroom chair and sofa fabric
5. Replacement of 500 bathroom countertops
6. Replacement of all stateroom balcony ceiling panels(decks 9 and 10)
7. Swimming pool deck, decks 12 and 11, teak effect
8. Replacement of all defective corridor and staircase railings
9. Refurbishment of elevators
10. Replacement of 25 windows in the Stratosphere Lounge
11. Sanding and varnishing of wood floors in suites and dance floor
12. Teak wood repairs on sky suite balconies (deck 12), royal suite
balconies ,decks 9 and 10
13. Teak wood repairs on the pool area, deck 11 aft and deck 12 aft
14. Marble polishing in the suites, lobby, bars, casino and Orion restaurant
15. Replacement of marble floor in casino
16. Replacement of tiles in Stratosphere lounge entrance
17. New design for mosaic tiles on pool deck, pool bar, sky bar and sitting area next to sky bar
18. Replacement of shutters on the pool bar and grill
19. New design of carpet and soft goods for the Oasis Cafe, including
buffet blinds, lighting fixtures, and new design chairs
20. Panels underneath the buffet counter to be replaced
21. New design carpet for the Orion restaurant
22. New service station drawers in the Orion restuarant and replacement of tiles
23. Replacement of carpet in Rendez-vous lounge
24. Installation of new flooring on Embarkation area Deck 3
25. Replacement and /or refurbishment of external light fixtures
26. Refurbishment of interior of tender boats
27. Refurbishment of thalassotherapy room in AquaSpa
28. Installation of additional public bathrooms outside the Orion restaurant
29. Replacement of theatre carpet and soft goods

I'm sure the many cruisers who were disappointed with the foggy windows in the Stratoshpere lounge, on the Sky Deck, will be glad to read item #10.

The crew does keep the ship clean and do everything that they can to keep the ship nice and my only point was that the Galaxy is not even close to being in perfect condition as Norm seems to want us to believe.
I feel that if any cruise line is going to market any ship as a five star cruise ship, then it darn well should live up to the promise.

The final Galaxy Caribbean cruise ends April 18 in San Juan, PR, & she is scheduled for dry dock in the Bahamas thereafter, with her first post-dry dock sailing is scheduled form Miami on May 3, which leaves a 3 week window for refurb.
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The final Galaxy Caribbean cruise ends April 18 in San Juan, PR, & she is scheduled for dry dock in the Bahamas thereafter, with her first post-dry dock sailing is scheduled form Miami on May 3, which leaves a 3 week window for refurb.
I meant to say 2 week window! My mistake!
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I must say that I've really enjoyed this thread, especially the back & forth between Debra & Norm. You two have obvious differences of opinions, & have both made valid points regarding the maintainance (or lack thereof) of Galaxy, without getting nasty, as happens on other boards.

I must admit that I have been a loyal passenger of Celebrity since 1996, & while I am mostly happy with the product & service received on board their ships through the years, it is a little disheartening to see more & more negative posts regarding Celebrity. I used to read posts by the naysayers & be able to see that most just have an negative agenda regarding X. I never put much stock in their ramblings, mainly because when I boarded a Celebrity ship, I found that they delivered a consistantly good cruise experience.
But I must say that the trend has been to read more & more negative experiences by multi-time Celebrity cruisers, & this does have me concerned. I guess that I will just wait & see what experience I have on our next cruise, which, as it happens, is on Galaxy in May.
Hi RichSea: Thanks for your kind words. Celebrity used to be our favorite cruise line but with things going the way they have for the last few years we have had a change of heart about the quality of the product that Celebrity can deliver on a consistent basis.

You are right that Norm and I do have a difference of opinions but on this board everyone is allowed to state facts that they are aware of, correct others when they are wrong about facts, and also allowed to express their own opinions. On many other boards this open exchange of ideas is not always allowed. When moderators try to influence what is allowed to be said then I feel there is more apt to be nastiness by those who are given free range to say what they want and also nastiness by those who are having their facts and opinions suppressed. This board is a credit to those who moderate this board and is why it is no doubt the best board going, to be able to read all points of view without undue influence by cruise line sponsors or other special interests. I have sailed for many, many years and still learn new things from this board on cruisemates as well as other boards on cruisemates. I feel that the free flow of information is a win/win situation for me and all readers.

I have also heard about many passengers who agree with me that Celebrity has been going downhill the last few years. Almost none of the problems that exist today on Celebrity ships existed four or five years ago. I think the biggest reason for the wide swings in opinions is because of the inconsistency between the condition of Celebrity ships and even the different conditions between some cabins on the same ship. I now enjoy several cruise lines and am not just a promoter of just one cruise line.

As I said before I don't put much stock in polls and feel they like the wrapper on a box of candy, while they might be interesting to look at, none of them have any real value, except to cruise line advertisers who want to promote a particular cruise line.

I noticed that the Galaxy will be just out of dry dock and you should be sailing a ship that has finally been returned to the condition that it deserves. The food and service and entertainment have always been good on all of my Celebrity cruises and I sure hope that does not change. Can't wait to read your review of your cruise.

Have a great cruise!!!

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dackdog, I believe we are on the same sailing of the Galaxy - April 7 - 18th. Ahoy, matey!

It is my understanding that the Galaxy will be in dry dock from April 18th through to May 2nd. It is also my understanding that while she may be showing a few signs of wear, she is still a beautiful ship to sail on. I'm hanging on to that thought rather than look for stuff that is not quite up to par.
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thanks for your help! someone posted a list of things they are suppose to be doing. im glad to know the ship is great even before refurb!!!
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dackdog,

I am a new hire to the Galaxy coming aboard on Feb. 4th and having never set foot aboard another ship I am not sure if am a good judge of this or not.
However from what I have seen since coming aboard and from reading your concerns I feel safe to say you will enjoy the cruise itinerary and the condition as well. As for the specifics listed in the previous posts I really think the Stratosphere windows are the most glaring problem (other than the retractable roof over the Aft pool).

Other than that the ship is in pretty darn good shape considering her age...
I am the ships Lighting Designer for the shows in the main theater so maybe you can introduce yourself once on board and we can compare notes for others...I will also be here through dry-dock and will see the improvements made first hand and can update at that time. I hope your vacation will be memorable and for all the right reasons.

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Thanks Brett for the info. The countdown is on and I am looking forward to the cruise. So are you usually in the theatre then during the day? I plan on taking in all the evening theatre shows - its a great way to digest all that amazing food!! So have u ever heard that joke....how many lighting designers does it take to change a lightbulb.......??? lol!!
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However from what I have seen since coming aboard and from reading your concerns I feel safe to say you will enjoy the cruise itinerary and the condition as well. As for the specifics listed in the previous posts I really think the Stratosphere windows are the most glaring problem (other than the retractable roof over the Aft pool). -Brett
Hi blorins! Welcome to the boards! Can you elaborate on the retractable roof over the aft pool? I had heard that it was operational not too long ago.
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