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Should I use a travel agent or book directly with a cruise line?

One of the most common questions I find myself passionately answering both in person and on online communities (I’m looking at you Reddit), is about how to actually book a cruise.  Should you use a travel agent or book directly with a cruise line?  I’ll tell you right out the gate that whether you’re looking into your first cruise or well on your way to the highest levels of a cruise line’s loyalty program, I highly recommend using a good travel agent, but let’s talk about why by addressing some common questions and misconceptions... Read more about Should I use a travel agent or book directly with a cruise line?

"Heartbeat of the Operation" Galley Tour on the Celebrity Reflection

Recently Ric (@CruiseHabitRic on Periscope and Twitter) shared his 7 night Caribbean journey on Celebrity Reflection.  Click here to check out his live blog from that sailing.  Below read his take on the "Heartbeat of the Operation" galley tour".

On the first full day of the cruise, Food & Beverage Director, Clint Kelu, and Executive Chef Kuldeep Singh invited all of the ship’s passengers to take part in the “Heartbeat of the Operation Galley Tour.” The four of us went down to the lower deck of the Opus Dining Room about 15 minutes before the scheduled 11am start time. As we entered, crew members were at the entrance handing out small slips with group numbers on them. We were placed in Group 7, given a glass of champagne, and asked to take a seat in the dining room.

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Weekly Video Cruise News Update - December 17th 2016

This is the second in our new weekly video series keeping you up to date on the world of cruise news.  Be sure to follow us on Periscope so you can catch us live for these and other interactive broadcast.  We'll be live tomorrow from Port Everglades broadcasting sail-aways of ships from Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Princess, Celebrity, and Holland America.

 

 


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Carnival Updates Policy, Willl Send Late Diners to Buffet to Think About What They've Done.

Carnival Cruise Line announced this week that they're testing updated dining policies on the Carnival Glory and Carnival Conquest.  On those vessels, dining times which had previously been 6:00pm and 8:15pm have been updated to 6:00pm and 8:00pm. saying that the change will enhance the dining experience for all guests.  Makes sense yet?  This will help: Carnival also announced that persons arriving more than 30 minutes late for dinner will not be seated in the main dining room, and be referred to the buffet dining area.  Presumably, the fifteen minute-shorter gap between first and second seating will be easy to accommodate as they can now guarantee that no meal service will begin more than 30 minutes after the scheduled time, and the final meals should end a bit earlier. Read more about Carnival Updates Policy, Willl Send Late Diners to Buffet to Think About What They've Done.

Celebrity Reflection Live Blog - Day 8 - Disembarkation

I woke up at about 5am and decided rather than staying in bed, I’d give myself a final tour of the ship. I watched from the balcony as we slowly approached Dodge Island and Port of Miami. I finished up my packing and set out to walk around the ship.

As I walked past the shops on Deck 5, I saw a uniformed security officer who I assume was on her way to prepare the gangway for departure. I shrugged my shoulders and said “I just don’t want it to end.” 

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Celebrity Cruises Insulated Tumbler, Visor, & Tote Giveaway

As we continue to cover and review Ric's Celebrity Reflection cruise from last week, we thought it'd be a great time to give away some Celebrity swag.  Up for grabs this time is an insulated Celebrity Reflection tumbler and a Celebrity visor (pretty high quality material, actually).  We'll throw it in a lightweight Celebrity tote for good measure.  I highly recommend using that tumbler for your next pre-cruise coffee, as there are few times I desire to be highly alert than embarkation day.  Entering takes only a minute and is nearly guaranteed to be painless.

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Celebrity Reflection Live Blog - Day 7 - Sea Day

Celebrity Reflection Christmas Display

 

This was the cruise’s second sea day.  I spent a good portion of the day doing things that will become the subjects of a few individual posts to come in the next couple of weeks. These post will include the art collection on the ship, the ship’s venues, a conversation I had with the ship’s Hotel Director, Niyazi Korkmaz and Event Coordinator, Zsofia Bak, and a recap of the specialty dining restaurant Qsine, which I ate at on the last night of the cruise compliments of Celebrity and the Hotel Director. 

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