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Celebrity Cruises adds new flavor to evening casual dining experience.

Posted on October 13, 2010 at 4:02 PM Comments comments (0)

Per Celebrity press Room

  "Celebrity Cruises adds new flavor to evening casual dining experience. Contemporary, marketplace-inspired approach focuses on variety, global influences

Miami - (October 11, 2010 ) - As part of an ongoing commitment to offer premium vacation experiences based on guests’ tastes and preferences, Celebrity Cruises is revamping its evening offerings in its “lido,” or primary casual dining, venues. Transitioning away from a sit-down experience and moving toward an “international marketplace” approach featuring a flavorful lineup of food stations, the offerings will blend classic and contemporary cuisine inspired by the popularity of global culinary influences and an ever-increasing number of guests from around the world.

“Since the launch of our Solstice Class in 2008, our guests have shared a great deal of positive feedback about the flavors and variety offered in our marketplace-style Oceanview Café venues, so we are taking that concept to the rest of the fleet,” said Jacques Van Staden, Vice President, Culinary Operations. “We have created a menu that speaks to the tastes of our guests, who are intrigued by the culinary arts and a truly global range of flavors and cooking styles.”

The new evening casual dining service will present a flavorful array of authentic cuisine, including:

•A made-to-order curry station featuring Indian staples such as raitha, papadums and paratha;

•A full made-to-order pasta station enhanced with assorted breads and a salad bar;

•Two fresh, made-to-order sushi stations; two made-to-order stir-fry stations featuring Asian-inspired ingredients and preparation;

•A Mediterranean-inspired lineup of antipasti, olives, cheeses and assorted cold meats;

•A carving station, grilled meats such as pork chops, New York strip steak, and chicken breast, and grilled fish;

•Multiple fresh vegetables, a “loaded” baked potato station, and a variety of sauces such as béarnaise and gravies;

•A made-to-order pizza station open until 12:30 am, that features fresh garlic bread and antipasti items; and

•Two dessert stations.

Celebrity will no longer offer tableside service in a traditional “sit-down” style during its evening casual dining service.

This change is another testament to the popularity of Celebrity’s Solstice Class ships. Earlier this year, Celebrity announced that it would “Solsticize,” or retrofit, its Millennium Class ships with some of the most compelling features found on the Solstice Class ships.

Celebrity’s evening lido dining service will begin at 6 pm each evening. Celebrity Century, Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Millennium and Celebrity Summit will transition to the new service by the end of October. The changes will not affect Celebrity Xpedition, the 92-guest megayacht sailing year-round in the Galapagos Islands.

More information about all of Celebrity’s casual dining offerings, including poolside grills and more, is available at www.celebritycruises.com/CasualDining. "

Secure Flight Passenger Data

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 3:39 PM Comments comments (0)

 Travel in, through to and from USA by Air - Per American Airlines website:

"............As a result of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mandate, beginning November 1, all passengers will be required to have Secure Flight Passenger Data (SFPD) in their reservation at least 72 hours prior to departure. This is the next phase in a program that was initiated by the TSA in 2009.

In compliance with this mandate you will be required to provide Secure Flight Passenger Data:

To purchase any ticket on or after September 15, 2010

To travel November 1, 2010, or later regardless of purchase date

You will be unable to travel without providing the following information.

Full Name (first, middle and last name, as it appears on the non-expired government-issued photo ID that you will use when traveling)

Date of Birth

Gender

Redress Number (if applicable)

You will need to provide Secure Flight Passenger Data:

If it was not provided when you made your reservation

For reservations made prior to adding SFPD to your AAdvantage account profile

For all future reservations

By adding Secure Flight Passenger Data to your AAdvantage account profile, we'll add the SFPD automatically when you make reservations through American Airlines† in the future. You can follow the steps below to add SFPD to existing reservations. ................"

NEW UK HOME LUGGAGE PICKUP SERVICE

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 2:07 PM Comments comments (0)

New home luggage pick-up service - 14/09/10  SOURCE: www.celebritycruises.co.uk

""A new luggage collection service from Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises means that the outstanding service experience can now begin the moment guests leave their front door. The service will allow travellers to have their holiday luggage collected from their home, delivered directly to their stateroom on-board their chosen ship and delivered back to their home after their cruise avoiding any hassles with heavy luggage.

A collection time is arranged directly with the guest and once picked-up; the safe and secure luggage service is track-able allowing guests to monitor the location of their luggage. Luggage is collected between 24 and 96 hours prior to the cruise departure depending on the address location in mainland UK.

Dominic Paul, managing director, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, UK and Ireland, explains:

"The new luggage service has been designed to further enhance the exceptional service experience our guests receive whilst on-board any of our UK based Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises ships. We see this service as particularly useful to our guests with mobility issues, large families or need to travel some distance to the port. The service extends the holiday from the moment guests leave their front door, right up until their return by providing an easy and convenient luggage transportation which takes the burden of dealing with baggage away from our guests".

 

The new luggage collection service costs £35 per luggage item each way, and is available for cruises on-board the UK-based Royal Caribbean International ships Independence of the Seas for cruises from Southampton, Jewel of the Seas for cruises from Harwich, and Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Eclipse cruises from Southampton.

Guest book the new luggage collection service by calling 0845 686 0662. Collection must be booked at least five days in advance of departure. The service operates seven days per week. The service is currently not available in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland."" BOLD Text is mine

Luggage Tags (Labels)

Posted on September 12, 2010 at 4:51 AM Comments comments (0)

Apparently you have to request luggage tags from Celebrity online from 45 days to 14 days out from the sailing date, for tags to be sent to you by mail. They will not be sent automatically. A 'luggage button' should appear on your reservation summary in this time period. 8 tags will be mailed to you.  

US to charge for ESTA from 8 Sept 2010

Posted on August 7, 2010 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

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Just spotted on SKY NEWS    (c) Sky News 2010

 

The levy, known as an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (Esta), is currently free but from September 8, people will have to pay.

An Esta has been compulsory for all UK residents travelling to America since January 2009.

US Customs and Border Protection announced an interim rule covering the Esta will become effective on September 8.

EU home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said: "I regret very much the fee established by the interim rule."

She said she had repeatedly raised concerns about the introduction of a fee that may deter or complicate travel.

Ms Malmstrom added: "I remain convinced that these new requirements... are inconsistent with the commitment of the US to facilitate transatlantic mobility.

"And (they) will be an additional onus for European citizens travelling to the US."

But consumer groups say there is a way of getting around the fee by applying before September 8.

MoneySavingExpert.com said an Esta lasts for two years, or until a person's passport expires, whichever is sooner.

It says if the person applies for authorisation now, they will "beat the $14 fee". And even if the person has no current plans to go to the US, but may do in future, it is worth doing now.

An Esta is a web-based application form that tells you in advance whether you are eligible to travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP).

You should allow up to 72 hours to be told whether you are successful or not, but the majority get an answer immediately.

Esta approval does not guarantee entry into America. It only grants 'approval to travel' to the US.

The Esta system requires travellers to complete an online application form, answering questions they previously had to respond to on paper forms aboard flights or ships bound for the US.

The questions include whether a passenger has a communicable disease, a physical or mental disorder, abuses drugs, has been convicted of certain criminal offences, or been involved in espionage, terrorism or genocide.

Martin Lewis from MoneySavingExpert.com said: "Anyone even mulling over going to the USA should urgently go and fill in their Esta right away.

"The security authorisation lasts for two years so do it now and it'll be free if you travel in that time. Yet leave it for a month and you'll have to pay for it.

"Though it is rather strange that this fee is mainly going to promote US tourism. You would've thought keeping it cheaper to get in would help more - after all, it's free for most Americans to come here"............(c) Sky News 2010

Guest Speakers

Posted on June 25, 2010 at 1:34 PM Comments comments (0)

:)   A guest speaker for Constellation's TA on board lectures is Dr Michelle Thaller,

Dr Thaller is an American astronomer and research scientist. Dr Thaller is currently the assistant director for Science Communication at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center . From 1998 to 2009 she was a staff scientist at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, and later Manager of the Education and Public Outreach program for the Spitzer Space Telescope, at the California Institute of Technology.

 

Volcanic Ash

Posted on April 18, 2010 at 12:04 PM Comments comments (1)

:( Volcanic Ash from the Icelandic Volcano  Eyjafjallajökull (pronounced ay-yah-FYAH-lah-yer-kuhl), disrupted flights in April & May 2010 and impacted severely on plans for pasengers from the UK & Europe to join the Voyager of the Seas in Texas, for the transatlantic to Barcelona.


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