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  1. I wouldn't make a major purchase from anyone without doing some independent research first. I consult Consumer Reports before buying an auto, and Cruise Critic and other sites before booking a cruise. I knew before booking my first river cruise that the sun deck would be closed on the Main as well as a number of other issues that DougK mentioned. I would never rely on any company to disclose all of the potentially negative points of a purchase. That would be a sure way to drive business to the competitor who may very well have the same negatives.
  2. It's been pretty much the same hoppy selection on every cruise I've been on. On the classic package there's only Rebel IPA. If you move up to premium or pay an upcharge the selection is typically Sierra Nevada Pale, Stone IPA, Sumpin Sumpin and 90 Minute. There are certainly a number of other choices if you're into other styles. I think on MIllennium it would be in Cellar Masters although Rebel and 90 minute are offered in other locations also. Depending on the location and bar tender they may well end up being out of one thing or another but may substitute with a higher priced option.
  3. Hmmmm....Having sailed the Main canal, I don't recall seeing a single ship that had an open sun deck. It's the same for all the major lines marketed in the US. All of those river ships are virtually identical in size and height so I seriously doubt that you are going to find any one of them with an open sundeck. Don't know how you can blame Emerald for being the same as all the rest.
  4. Loved staying on the drawbridge side and watching the water traffic from the balcony. I guess there was noise but not enough that it bothered us and certainly not enough to impact sleep. Maybe the room type makes a difference but if I were to go back, I'd book on the water side again.
  5. As I recall, German was the language for the first part of the Amsterdam to Budapest cruise, and Russian was the language on the later part. At least for radio traffic.
  6. It would be helpful if someone would post the link to the official site.
  7. Since the back to back cruises began and ended in Auckland, it was just a round trip flight. I simply booked flights using the first cruise and changed the options from multi city to round trip and the dates to match the beginning and end of the back to back. In my case I was able to get seat assignments on my domestic leg myself, and the Celebrity agent got them on the Air New Zealand flight as I was unable to do that online. I did the pay later option and subsequently called Air New Zealand myself and they confirmed my seat assignments.
  8. As I posted on another thread, I had booked a round trip flight on the Celebrity website but never received a confirmation email nor did it show up in my account even though the the booking was confirmed online when I made it. I noted a phone number on the Celebrity site for flight bookings that said it was available 8 to 5 Monday through Friday. I had intended to call today but when I looked more closely the 8 to 5 hours stated IST. After a bit of research I determined that was India standard time which meant it could be reached from the US only in the middle of the night. So around midnight, I made my call. The agent who answered stated that there were no flights attached to my account. When I explained that I had booked online and gotten a completion, he stated that you couldn't book online if you were doing "back to back" cruises. The fact that I did it was apparently a system error and that you could only book those flights over the phone. I said I would like to book and he quoted me the same price as I got from the Celebrity site from the supposed sale. Once I agreed, he put me on hold for several minutes. When he came back he said that fare wasn't accepted by the airline and he quoted me a new fare several hundred dollars more. After going back an forth with him trying several other things in their system, I told him I wanted to try booking online myself again. He told me it wouldn't work but I went ahead anyway. This time I printed the web page confirmation and gave him the booking numbers. After some more times on hold, he was finally able to do something with those numbers and confirm my flights at the online price. Finally some sleep after about 45 minutes of on and off hold. Moral of the story, use caution, keep good records, and follow up quickly if you don't see a confirmation.
  9. I'm going to post my experience and resolution on a separate thread as it my be of some value to others.
  10. I didn't pay for it yet. I was one of those pay later things although I was going to pay for it if I had to before getting a seat assignment. I guess I'll call them tomorrow. Unfortunately the web page opened with the information but I didn't write it down as I assumed I would get an email with the same thing. My bad.
  11. I booked a flight last night and it was confirmed on the web page but now I have nothing. I didn't get any email confirmation nor does it show up in my account. How do I see my confirmation and airline booking code? Thanks
  12. There were groups with three speeds on our cruise. One slow group, one fast group, and the majority were a normal pace. Frankly, even for a fast walker, I'm not sure what the advantage would be in joining the fast group. To me, one of the main purposes of the tours is to learn from the guides. The fact that the fast group covered the same locations in less time meant that there was less time for commentary and interaction with the guides. I felt that there was plenty of time to wander after the included tour and saw no reason to rush through that.
  13. I think all the ships look pretty much like this. As I recall, two available european and one UK. You can always unplug the audio receivers once that are charged and use that outlet also.
  14. Check out Blue Thistle Tours. They gave a very nice tour last year when we were there.
  15. Here's a better picture with a wider angle. It is in the shopping area. When we were there there were multiple cruise lines with with the typical handheld signs. There were two with Emerald signs. One was an Emerald representative the the other was a shuttle driver. They had a list with names for that particular shuttle and when all of those on the list arrived it left. They basically ran them based on the flight schedules that were provided ahead of time.
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