TeeRick
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Hometown: Philadelphia suburbs
Joined: 06/14/2015
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About TeeRick

Live in southeastern PA. Just Retired. Cruise often. Royal Caribbean Diamond-Plus and Celebrity Elite.


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Celebrity Infinity

April 2016 - Celebrity Infinity to Panama Canal, Central America

Great Panama Canal Experience on Celebrity Infinity

This was a 15 night cruise westbound from Miami to San Diego on Infinity.  Although an older M-Class ship it is still in great shape and has an overall classy atmosphere. We were most impressed with the staff and outstanding service across the ship.  We were in a Celebrity Suite, although the service was great everywhere.  The highlight was cruising through the Panama Canal.  To this day it is an engineering achievement.  We went through the old locks although we saw the new ones which will open in June for larger ships.  We loved dining in Luminae which was extra special service.  We had great dining experiences in Qsine and Tuscan Grill as well.  When we occasionally went to the Oceanview buffet it had plenty of choices and food was pretty good for most choices.  Cafe Al Baccio was a go-to place for coffee and pastries.  We were very satisfied with the entertainment which was very good almost every night and never repeated the same shows - surprising for 15 nights. The casino was smoke-free which was a plus.  We loved the canal but some of the ports were not so great.

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Celebrity Reflection

November 2015 - Celebrity Reflection to Caribbean - Western

Wonderful Ship and Great Service But a Couple of Glitches

We sailed the Nov 7th Western Caribbean cruise out of Miami.  This was a beautiful ship and the on-board experience was superb.  We stayed in an S1 Sky Suite on deck 12.  There were a number of positives for this ship.  We loved dining in Luminae and the choice of ordering from either the Luminae or the Opus main dining room menu.  The food was always delicious and presented well.  We also did the Ocean View Grill (buffet) for some breakfasts and lunch - the selection was always excellent.  One night we tried the Tuscan Grill which was also very good.  The ship is extremely clean in every public area.  We had a premium drink package which allowed us to order pretty much anything we wanted any where on the ship.  Wine selection was pretty good.  Entertainment in the theater was usually well done and there were different types of music around the ship (both loud or low key depending on your preference).  We enjoyed the Martini Bar before dinner but it was crowded on most nights.  The Sunset Bar on deck 15 aft was a favorite.  Overall the staff on the ship were very friendly and provided excellent service.  A couple of negatives however.  The embarkation process was poorly done as the ship had just come to Miami from a trans-Atlantic and required extra inspections.  Lines were long!  Also the tender process for Coco Cay was also poorly organized with long lines.  Both situations could have been improved by announcements/updates from Celebrity. This did not ruin our cruise at all but worth a mention here.  I would have rated 5 stars except for these glitches.

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Brilliance of the Seas

July 2015 - Brilliance of the Seas to Europe - Northern Europe

Great Cruise to the Baltic Countries

This was our second cruise on Brilliance OTS.  The ship is older but well maintained.  The service across the board on this ship was outstanding.  We were in a Grand Suite on Deck 10 mid ship which was quite comfortable.  We dined in the Main Dining Room (very good), the Windjammer (average) and three Specialty venues- Chef's Table (outstanding), Chops (excellent) and Izumi (excellent).  The entertainment on the ship was nothing special but not bad.  Our one complaint was the high price paid for wireless internet - which failed to work in our cabin.  The ports were all very interesting both historically and culturally.  We used ALLA tours in St. Petersburg and we took the two-day comfort tour.  It was one of the best tour experiences that we have ever enjoyed.  ALLA is professional and Top-Notch all the way.  We thought the hidden gem on the cruise was Tallin Estonia which was just beautiful.  We also loved the friendliness of the people in Skagen, Denmark.  Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki were similar big cities which each had their special charms.  The cruise was very scenic overall.  Just a bit cool for July - temperatures were 55-65 F for the whole cruise.  Nice bucket-list cruise!

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Freedom of the Seas

November 2014 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Grandeur of the Seas

August 2014 - Grandeur of the Seas to Bermuda

Independence of the Seas

November 2013 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Allure of the Seas

October 2012 - Allure of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Celebrity Millennium

July 2010 - Celebrity Millennium to Alaska - Inside Passage

Independence of the Seas

March 2010 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Serenade of the Seas

January 2009 - Serenade of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

Freedom of the Seas

March 2008 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Explorer of the Seas

March 2007 - Explorer of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Navigator of the Seas

March 2006 - Navigator of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Brilliance of the Seas

October 2005 - Brilliance of the Seas to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Adventure of the Seas

April 2004 - Adventure of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

Voyager of the Seas

April 2001 - Voyager of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

TeeRick's Tips

Colon, Panama - Saw the locks on the canal but Colon itself is to be avoided
Celebrity Reflection Celebrity Reflection - If staying in a Suite order the burger for lunch in Luminae. We loved the coffee bar and gelato on Deck 5. There is a secret coffee area in the Library.

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