Tempest in a bottle of water as Celebrity executives prove their IQ’s are lower than h2o

The Celebrity Eclipse. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

The Celebrity Eclipse. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

From Cruise Critic:

— Passengers sailing in Celebrity Cruises’ AquaClass cabins will no longer receive free daily bottled water, starting immediately.

In a statement, the line said that passengers in AquaClass, along with those in Sky and Celebrity suites, will receive two free 9 oz. bottles of water upon embarkation. Previously, people traveling in Aqua, designed as a “spa class” of sorts, had daily bottled water.

The change has sparked an extensive thread on the Cruise Critic forums. “No water….Why again are they calling this AquaClass?” asked Gracie115. “We have 2 upcoming cruises on Celebrity in AquaClass and the bottled water, while not important to some, is important to us….When I booked both of these cruises, over a year ago, bottled water was one of my benefits. Now it’s not. It doesn’t feel good to have something taken away that you enjoy.”

“What’s the big deal?” countered QuakerBoy. “Almost everyone in AQ has a beverage package perk. Just pick up a bottle at any bar on the way back to the room.”

While QuakerBoy might have a point, beverage packages aren’t available on transatlantic or transpacific sailings.

For more on Celebrity Cruises‘ cabin types, read Aqua vs. Concierge class.

From Celebrity

All staterooms include:

Services

  • Our signature friendly, personalized service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1
  • Twice daily service (makeup and turndown)
  • Daily ice service in stainless steel ice buckets

Dining

  • 24 hour room service

Amenities

  • Robe
  • Complimentary tote bag
  • Custom blended bath products (shampoo, conditioner, and lotion), shower cap, cotton balls and cotton swabs
  • Water/wine glasses
  • Celebrity eXhale™ bedding featuring custom premium mattresses, plush duvets, and pillows, and 100% pure cotton linens
  • Hair dryer

Stateroom Features

  • Private mini-bar*
  • Interactive Samsung flat-screen television system to view and select shore excursions, order room service, and watch movies*
  • Private safe
  • Dual voltage 110/220AC outlets

*Additional charges apply.

In addition, AquaClass® staterooms include:

Services

  • A Personal Spa Concierge to arrange Spa treatments
  • Welcome bottled water
  • Daily delivery of flavored tea
  • Priority check-in
  • Express luggage delivery
  • Priority disembarkation based on travel needs
  • Complimentary shoeshine service

Dining

  • Exclusive access to Blu, a specialty restaurant featuring “clean cuisine” that also serves complimentary breakfast every day
  • Upgraded room service menu

Amenities

  • Complimentary access to the Persian Garden and Relaxation Room (Relaxation Room on Solstice Class only)
  • Aromatherapy diffuser
  • Pillow menu
  • Additional bathroom amenities, including shower gel, facial spray, and lip balm
  • Plush bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • On-demand wellness programming

Stateroom Features

  • Hansgrohe® shower panel
  • Fog-free mirror
"de Plane, de Plane" hollers Tattoo. Pool fun on the Celebrity Eclipse from folks who may not care about the bottled water not being provided as part of the upgraded Aqua class suites. One has to wonder about what kind of numbskull working as a Celebrity executive dreamed up this idea to reduce overhead via the elimination of two bottles of water per day for passengers already paying a cabin upgrade. Maybe that bozo formerly worked for Carnival and was in charge of keeping engines from catching fire. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

“de Plane, de Plane” hollers Tattoo. Pool fun on the Celebrity Eclipse from folks who may not care about the bottled water not being provided as part of the upgraded Aqua class suites. One has to wonder about what kind of numbskull working as a Celebrity executive dreamed up this idea to reduce overhead via the elimination of two bottles of water per day for passengers already paying a cabin upgrade. Maybe that bozo formerly worked for Carnival and was in charge of keeping engines from catching fire. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

AquaClass Staterooms $3,699 USD

AquaClass Staterooms
from $3,699 USD   This is a regular balcony stateroom on the Celebrity Eclipse.  THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

The Ocean Cafe on the Celebrity Eclipse. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

The Ocean Cafe on the Celebrity Eclipse. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

The grand dining room on the Independence of The Seas. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

The grand dining room on the Independence of The Seas. THE PRIVATEER CLAUSE photo

Political tilt by Royal Caribbean?

Customer ticked off by cutting out extra water glasses, pen and paper and FOX NEWS! 

From Cruise Critic member reviewing the Independence of The Seas:

“These cutbacks are annoying us enough to book with other cruise lines”

Sail Date: December 2013
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Our Waiter, Assistant Waiter and Cabin steward all left an unfortunate first impression, but all three managed to turn it around and now we consider them one of the best team we’ve had.

Embarkation – Considering the size of Port Everglades Cruise Port, our embarkation went reasonably smooth.

Room – JS 9234 – Nice big room! Another cutback, no pen and paper. Royal Caribbean is definitely moving to a more paperless method, but we were still buried under spa, shop and drink ad leaflets. I requested a Tempurpedic pillow via a travel agent and again on board, and was told it wasn’t available to Junior Suites. Liked the wider bed. I’m happy all information was on the interactive television. Another annoying cutback, only two glasses in the stateroom instead of four, when we’re used to getting one for drinking beverages and one for our Metamucil. Unfortunately, no more Fox News station on television.

Shops on Board – Needed a battery for my More

Published 01/28/14

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