Review by jaynecbeezley

second class

In response to review, dustyroadrunner says ...


Tags: Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Solstice South Pacific - Australia

9 Answers

Thank you for posting your review.

I am not exactly sure I got your meaning about "seeing the sounds" but it seems to be an itinerary-specific comment (re: Dusky Sounds).

I share your frustration with how some cruise lines handle elite passenger perks versus others. We are not top tier on any given cruise line because over the years we have chosen itinerary over sticking with a specific line. Our loyalty points are scattered over many companies as a result.

Be that as it may, I understand that for passengers who have "voted with their pocketbooks" and stuck with a specific cruise line, getting a "thank you" for their loyalty is important. I don't agree with cordoning off an entire section of prime viewing space during scenic cruising periods. The decks are public space to which everyone should have access.

One option might be to have pay-for access for non-elites. Yep, I realize this adds to the nickel and diming problem. I'm not sure there is a solution that will make everyone happy.

Happy sails!

We noticed the same thing on our Alaska cruise August 18, 2017 on the Solstice. It was disappointing to learn that Aquaclass is fairly limited in gaining access to anything. This was the first time we tried this class. We would see barriers and signs for Elite, Suites, etc. all over the place, but Aquaclass wasn't allowed in. There were always barriers up, or entire sections of prime seats being roped off in lounges and the theater. I was once invited by a suite class guest to go up to the bow to see the glacier, but the attendant blocking the way said aquaclass wasn't allowed. That was an embarrassing experience. We felt Aquaclass was only second class on Celebrity, that suites were first class, and everybody else was probably third class, which is more like a system we would have expected on Cunard. We didn't like it.

Going on my first Celebrity cruise in 2019 so have a long way to go to get some perksHappy

I was on Solstice in August '16, and, although they did occasionally rope off the seats or close the top deck bar, the ship never made me feel as if I was a lower class than anyone else. I guess it is all in perception.

Wow, what an old thread to bring back .

True, but still a decent topic.

Holland America does not do this at least on any of the many cruises that I have taken on this line.

Aha! An idea for another thread.

If willing and able to upgrade to Aqua or Suite class you'll get some perks. You'll see better service and benefits by upgrading rooms on Celebrity. There are 4 basic ones that get offered: Internet, pre-paid gratuities, OBC, and drink packages. Suites generally get you all 4.

As for loyalty program perks - you need to do the "time at sea" to get those.

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