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ViviW May 22nd, 2013 02:28 PM

First Time Celebrity Cruiser
 
Hi, I've cruised a dozen times, mostly on RC and have a B2B booked on Adventure (Southern Caribbean) for later this year. But I've been missing Alaska (cruised there 3 times before) and wanted to try Celebrity, so I've booked Century for May 2014. It appears that the regular balcony cabins are the same as the Concierge balcony cabins. My question is what are the differences except priority boarding. Would I get priority boarding anyway because I'm Diamond with RC? Any information you would care to share will be appreciated.

Sistersolo May 22nd, 2013 04:07 PM

Usually the concierge cabins are the more central ones, but other than that they have the same size and layout as "regular" balcony cabins. The only real perks of concierge are fresh fruit baskets, and canapes (if you care for them) delivered every day about 4 p.m. I've heard some people say that room service is faster to the concierge cabins. They also earn you an extra point toward Celebrity's frequent-passenger program, but since you're already diamond on RCCL you'll most likely get all the perks of that, anyhow. For these limited benefits you pay an extra $2 per person per day gratuity.

ViviW May 22nd, 2013 04:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sistersolo (Post 1473878)
Usually the concierge cabins are the more central ones, but other than that they have the same size and layout as "regular" balcony cabins. The only real perks of concierge are fresh fruit baskets, and canapes (if you care for them) delivered every day about 4 p.m. I've heard some people say that room service is faster to the concierge cabins. They also earn you an extra point toward Celebrity's frequent-passenger program, but since you're already diamond on RCCL you'll most likely get all the perks of that, anyhow. For these limited benefits you pay an extra $2 per person per day gratuity.

Thanks for your response. The price difference between regular balconies and Concierge balconies is only $100, at least on my sailing, and if I can get the perks b/c I'm Diamond on RC and save the $100 I'm going for it:D

richsea May 22nd, 2013 05:31 PM

IMO, Concierge class is not worth the extra $$$ on Century, mainly due to the fact that the stateroom is exactly the same as a standard balcony. Having said that, if the canapés are worth it to you ( you must be in your room when they are delivered, at about 4pm to receive them), & having flowers & fresh fruit in your room appeals to you, then by all means go for it. HOWEVER, for $100, I would consider it! Priority boarding is practically meaningless, because you will find that when you arrive, there are so many lines,& is you are Elite due to your RCI level, there is no difference.
Please make sure that you advise Celebrity of your proper level on RCI, as they will not know otherwise! Call the Captain's Club desk @ Celebrity to advise them

Enjoy your cruise!

Manuel May 22nd, 2013 08:57 PM

Celebrity offers excellent service and great food.

I have booked Concierge class for our last five cruise on Celebrity. There are a few other perks associated with Concierge class such as extra fluffy towels and robes.
You should try it once. I think that you will like it.

TM

ViviW May 23rd, 2013 12:24 PM

Thanks richsea and Manuel for your help. The fruit and canapes aren't a big seller for me but I do like the more central location of the Concierge cabins. My only worry is it will be like getting your first balcony, once you do it you never go back;)

Manuel May 23rd, 2013 05:55 PM

Once I cruised on Celebrity with Concierge class, I have never gone back.

TM

storybookcruises.com May 23rd, 2013 06:03 PM

It's like any other part of cruising; what one person thinks is worth the money, another will think it's not. Some people will only get an inside cabin thinking that an oceanview is not worth the extra expense. We'll very often get an inside cabin so we can save the money and do another cruise later. To us, it's better to do more cruises in an inside cabin than less cruises in a balcony. But obviously, if money is not as important, then we much prefer a junior suite, which is our most preferred cabin.

It really depends on whether you think it's worth it or not, not what others think.

But as was already stated by some, and I definitely agree with this one, once you go up, you'll be spoiled and never want to go back down!

Pete

dkjretired May 23rd, 2013 07:38 PM

I agree with Rich and find most of the Concierge perks to be either meaningless or advertising hype. The priority boarding is only a separate line for CC cabins however very often the regular lines are shorter. They advertise the Concierge who is actually stationed on the ship but is available to all classes of cabins so that is no big deal. If you are Diamond in C@A you will get Elite on Celebrity which again is a separate line. If you do book make sure whoever you book with gets you a Captain Club number and it is associated with your reservation.

You should also be aware that Century is going into drydock early next year for a three week major overhaul. Because of this cabin classifications and numbers may change. The exact changes have not been announced but the drydock is scheduled for I believe Feb. and March prior to Alaska season.

Since it is so popular I believe Celebrity will be putting Aqua Class cabins on Century during the drydock as well as Blu restaurant which replaces the MDR for Aqua passengers. Prices are usually a little above concierge but are worth it.

ViviW May 23rd, 2013 09:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cruise planner (Post 1473997)
It's like any other part of cruising; what one person thinks is worth the money, another will think it's not. Some people will only get an inside cabin thinking that an oceanview is not worth the extra expense. We'll very often get an inside cabin so we can save the money and do another cruise later. To us, it's better to do more cruises in an inside cabin than less cruises in a balcony. But obviously, if money is not as important, then we much prefer a junior suite, which is our most preferred cabin.

It really depends on whether you think it's worth it or not, not what others think.

But as was already stated by some, and I definitely agree with this one, once you go up, you'll be spoiled and never want to go back down!

That has been my experience, too! My second cruise I got a balcony and never went back to an ocean view. I guess we get spoiled pretty easy:D Thanks for your advice.

Pete


ViviW May 23rd, 2013 09:50 PM

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Originally Posted by dkjretired (Post 1474006)
I agree with Rich and find most of the Concierge perks to be either meaningless or advertising hype. The priority boarding is only a separate line for CC cabins however very often the regular lines are shorter. They advertise the Concierge who is actually stationed on the ship but is available to all classes of cabins so that is no big deal. If you are Diamond in C@A you will get Elite on Celebrity which again is a separate line. If you do book make sure whoever you book with gets you a Captain Club number and it is associated with your reservation.

You should also be aware that Century is going into drydock early next year for a three week major overhaul. Because of this cabin classifications and numbers may change. The exact changes have not been announced but the drydock is scheduled for I believe Feb. and March prior to Alaska season.

Since it is so popular I believe Celebrity will be putting Aqua Class cabins on Century during the drydock as well as Blu restaurant which replaces the MDR for Aqua passengers. Prices are usually a little above concierge but are worth it.

Thanks for the heads up re dry dock. It may be worth the $100 to go Concierge just in case they change the cabins in dry dock b/c they wouldn't down grade me, would they? I don't care about the fruit or canapes and would get priority boarding as Elite but I wouldn't want my cabin to be moved forward or aft, I really like mid-ship.

ViviW May 23rd, 2013 09:51 PM

Thanks to everyone for your help and advice. I'm really excited to start cruising on Celebrity. I've seen their ships in port, they are so pretty:D

dkjretired May 24th, 2013 10:14 AM

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Originally Posted by ViviW (Post 1474012)
Thanks for the heads up re dry dock. It may be worth the $100 to go Concierge just in case they change the cabins in dry dock b/c they wouldn't down grade me, would they? I don't care about the fruit or canapes and would get priority boarding as Elite but I wouldn't want my cabin to be moved forward or aft, I really like mid-ship.

Just a minor correction on the drydock, it will start on Feb. 4, 2014 and last for four weeks. The only comment from Celebrity so far on what is going to be done is they will be making Solstice like enhancements.

don

beachbum13 June 2nd, 2013 09:15 PM

Thanks for asking the question! I'm looking at booking a cruise on Silhouette in Feb and was wondering the same thing. Thanks for the responses as well. Think I might spend the extra just to try it out.

dkjretired June 3rd, 2013 09:41 AM

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Originally Posted by beachbum13 (Post 1475181)
Thanks for asking the question! I'm looking at booking a cruise on Silhouette in Feb and was wondering the same thing. Thanks for the responses as well. Think I might spend the extra just to try it out.

Big difference on the S class ships. The CC cabins on M class ships can have more space and bigger balconies. On the S class ships this is not the case. CC to me is a waste of money on S class ships, if possible go for AQ cabins. Due to Blu being your dining room in AQ, that is a real upgrade. Most of the perks for CC are non-existent, superfluous or available to anyone on the ship. Really, just a lot of advertising hype.

dkjretired June 3rd, 2013 09:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cruise planner (Post 1473997)
It's like any other part of cruising; what one person thinks is worth the money, another will think it's not. Some people will only get an inside cabin thinking that an oceanview is not worth the extra expense. We'll very often get an inside cabin so we can save the money and do another cruise later. To us, it's better to do more cruises in an inside cabin than less cruises in a balcony. But obviously, if money is not as important, then we much prefer a junior suite, which is our most preferred cabin.

It really depends on whether you think it's worth it or not, not what others think.

But as was already stated by some, and I definitely agree with this one, once you go up, you'll be spoiled and never want to go back down!

Pete

Wife and I had a different experience, we are frequent cruisers who have been in all types of cabins, suites, AQ, Concierge, Balcony and insides. We sat down one day and figured out that we spend very little time in our cabin and now only book insides. I will look for decent upgrades which I have received on occasion but they have to be really good. Very happy with our decision. We can afford any cabin on the ship including the tops suites so cost is not a factor.

Don

storybookcruises.com June 3rd, 2013 10:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dkjretired (Post 1475239)
Wife and I had a different experience, we are frequent cruisers who have been in all types of cabins, suites, AQ, Concierge, Balcony and insides. We sat down one day and figured out that we spend very little time in our cabin and now only book insides. I will look for decent upgrades which I have received on occasion but they have to be really good. Very happy with our decision. We can afford any cabin on the ship including the tops suites so cost is not a factor.

Don

I get asked all the time by first-time cruisers what type of cabin I think they should get and I always say the same thing; it depends on how much time you plan to spend in your cabin. Some people are more active and spend very little time in the cabin, so it might be a waste to get a balcony cabin. Others are more sedate and spend a great deal of time in their cabin. To them I say perhaps you would benefit by getting a balcony. All depends on what you like and how much you've got to spend.

But like you, I'd much prefer to save the money and get an inside cabin so I can do more cruises. Then again, if money is not a problem, then give me my junior suite!

Pete

beachbum13 June 3rd, 2013 03:15 PM

I will always get a balcony if I can. If I can't then I may not go.
I love waking up and watching the sun come up as we get our first glimpse of a new port. We usually get room service on port days so we sit out and enjoy our breakfast with breathtaking scenery! We also enjoy a cocktail and a snack when we get back to our cabin. Many times enjoying the sunset. I also love getting up in the middle of the night and walking out and just looking out at the sea.

On our way back to porrt on Oasis we followed Sandy. I will never forget the sights of that angry ocean !!! Mother nature at her best and worst!

Askari July 22nd, 2013 06:27 AM

Once I cruised on Celebrity with Concierge class and i cannot forget that moment ever in my life

Manuel July 26th, 2013 08:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by beachbum13 (Post 1475285)
I will always get a balcony if I can. If I can't then I may not go.

I won't cruise without a balcony.

TM

MagiaCaribe July 28th, 2013 09:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ViviW (Post 1473865)
Hi, I've cruised a dozen times, mostly on RC and have a B2B booked on Adventure (Southern Caribbean) for later this year. But I've been missing Alaska (cruised there 3 times before) and wanted to try Celebrity, so I've booked Century for May 2014. It appears that the regular balcony cabins are the same as the Concierge balcony cabins. My question is what are the differences except priority boarding. Would I get priority boarding anyway because I'm Diamond with RC? Any information you would care to share will be appreciated.

I am also a first Celebrity cruiser.

AND, I am travelling alone as my friend back-off att he last moment :(

WHO is also taking the August 4, 2013 Bermuda Celebrity Summit?

Please email: rosaligia.alvarez@gmail.com

Thanks.

Peace,

Rosaligia Álvarez
Puerto Rico


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