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.
All staterooms include:
- 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
- 24 hour room service
- 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
- 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:
- 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
- Exclusive access to Blu, a specialty restaurant featuring “clean cuisine” that also serves complimentary breakfast every day
- Upgraded room service menu
- 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
- On-demand wellness programming
- Hansgrohe® shower panel
- Fog-free mirror
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:
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.