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Old 06-10-2006, 07:26 PM
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Thanks FloridaKeith for your response. I have read several reviews that the Zenith is showing her age. I don't really know what that means. As long as it is clean and the cabins are clean, I will be happy. After all when you drive a new car off of the lot, it is then a used car. Nothing stays new for ever. I'm with you, I'm not into rock climbing walls either. It sounds to me that the Zenith is more for the "older folks" and not for youngsters. At any rate my wife and I and our friends are looking forward to the cruise. Maybe we will see you on board. I will be wearing my "M.R. Ducks" hat and shirts.
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Old 06-10-2006, 07:49 PM
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Another question I have; is there any alternative dinning to the restaurant? Does the Zenith have a buffet area? Usually for breakfast and lunch we prefer a buffet to being served in the restaurant. I have looked at the deck plans and haven't been able to find any kind of buffet area. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 06-10-2006, 08:17 PM
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Hi! There's a really good buffet for breakfast and lunch. There's a grill on the back deck that makes made-to-order omelets for breakfast and hamburgers, hot dogs and french fries for lunch. There'a also a pizza/pasta station, which makes great sandwiches and caesar salads for. During breakfast that station makes pancakes and yummy waffles. A fun alternative to the main dining room in the evening is the "casual" dining option. You make a reservation and they have a back area of the buffet area sectioned off during dinner. The recommended tip is $2 pp. The tables are set with tableclothes and you're served a 5 course meal here by very attentive waiters (these are the ones in training for the main dining room). We had a superb young man named Franco, from India, as our waiter every night and he went the extra mile to make it fun for us. I took my 85 yr old Mom on that cruise and the 2 hour dinners in the main dining room were just too much for her.

I know you'll enjoy your cruise. The Zenith and crew are superb!
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June 2006 Carnival Legend 8 nite
Sept 25,2006 Carnival Legend
Oct 29,2006 NCL Spirit (11 nite)
Feb 4, 2007 Carnival Legend
May14-25th,2007 3 B2B on Carnival Fascination
Sept 24,2007 Carnival Miracle
Nov 7,2007 Carnival Miracle
Jan 14 Fascination
Jan 18 Miracle
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Oh, forgot to mention......the buffet area is on the pool deck, on the opposite end from the Fleet Bar.
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Feb 2006 5 nite Celebrity Zenith
April 2006 9 nite Constellation
May 2006 Zenith to Bermuda
June 2006 Carnival Legend 8 nite
Sept 25,2006 Carnival Legend
Oct 29,2006 NCL Spirit (11 nite)
Feb 4, 2007 Carnival Legend
May14-25th,2007 3 B2B on Carnival Fascination
Sept 24,2007 Carnival Miracle
Nov 7,2007 Carnival Miracle
Jan 14 Fascination
Jan 18 Miracle
Future cruises:
Feb 25 Fascination
April 21 B2B Imagination
Sept 7,'08 Legend
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Old 06-11-2006, 12:27 PM
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Thanks Popsec. That is good news, as we prefer breakfast and lunch at a buffet. Thanks again.
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If you see Franco in the buffet area, tell him Linda and "Mom" say "hi". He knew Mom loved the chocolate desserts and one day he was working around the back grill area and saw us eating lunch out there. He came back in a few minutes with a couple of huge chocolate covered strawberries for her.......nice fellow!
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Past cruises:
Feb 2006 5 nite Celebrity Zenith
April 2006 9 nite Constellation
May 2006 Zenith to Bermuda
June 2006 Carnival Legend 8 nite
Sept 25,2006 Carnival Legend
Oct 29,2006 NCL Spirit (11 nite)
Feb 4, 2007 Carnival Legend
May14-25th,2007 3 B2B on Carnival Fascination
Sept 24,2007 Carnival Miracle
Nov 7,2007 Carnival Miracle
Jan 14 Fascination
Jan 18 Miracle
Future cruises:
Feb 25 Fascination
April 21 B2B Imagination
Sept 7,'08 Legend
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Old 07-08-2006, 02:32 AM
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WE will cruise on the Zenith, october 21st for 13 days, it will be our second time with her, last march we left Jacksonville to Panama Canal, we had a very good time.
For sure, it is a smaller ship, no balcony and the guests are older on a longer cruise, but for the price we paid, we are very pleased, the best food, the staff were always there for us,good show, plenty activities, played the games and won many prizes,even if they had a small problem with some people who got sick and they had to spray the whole ship with bleach everyday, since we got vaccined ''Twinrix'' before leaving,no problem for us.
It will be our 3rd time with Celebrity,and member of Captain's club
We are planning another one for next april, with CCL, don't know where yet.

We have been on the Zuiderdam HAL two years ago, it was a brand new ship, very noisy, no service, very crowded at breakfast and lunch time, no activities, never again.

2002 Century eastern Carribean 7 days
2003 Zuiderdam western Carribean 7 days
2005 Zenith Panama 14 days
2006 Zenith southern Carribean 13 days
 
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