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About don731

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    Disney Parks
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Cunard, Azamara
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Sydney, Venice

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  1. We had a lifeboat balcony on our last crossing....still a lovely cabin. No obstruction to airflow when we had the balcony door open. Well worth the discount offered for this class of balcony.
  2. We did 21 nights on the QE two years ago (SFO to SYD) and it was fabulous! Revisited the QM2 a year ago, and it was great. (Still miss the QE2). 😀
  3. Yep! Due to the botched refurb, we didn’t have a full stage show on the Coral until late in the second week of the cruise. The other beautiful club/show room at the stern was hardly used at all at night. We’ve cruised on other small upscale ships (Azamara, Regent) with limited entertainment, so we’ll set our expectations appropriately. 😀.
  4. We did one cruise on Princess, the Coral through the Panama Canal. Got a great deal, but would agree a standard balcony is worth no more than $75-100 pp/pn. Beautifully designed ship, but in bad shape after a major dry dock (much rehab not completed...continued during the cruise with many contract workers). Food not memorable, but great staff in all cases. Not as a refined experience as compared to HAL or Cunard. Looking forward to our first Oceania Cruises in February.
  5. Couldn't agree more. On our Princess Panama Canal cruise in February they let virtually any mode of dress in the MDR on "formal nights", which suggested a suit or tux. Lots of guys in jeans, no tie, not even a collared shirt, maybe a jacket. The only two guys in a white dinner jacket were me and the head waiter, who greeted me on formal nights with "Welcome back, Mr. Bond." 😀 We don't really care what the dress code might be, just have your guests stick to it.
  6. The lines must buy and sell their data....we get numerous mailings from all the Carnival owned lines, RCCL lines, river lines, etc. I agree that O is up there with one or more per week.
  7. On lines such as Cunard formal nights require either a dark suit and tie or tuxedo for men, and evening gown or cocktail attire for women. Cunard enforces it strictly. Might be two formal nights on a trans Atlantic crossing, more on a longer cruise. We had six on the QE from SFO to SYD (3 weeks).
  8. We did the Panama Canal on Princess in February, and while the crew were great, the upsells, unmemorable food, and obnoxious fellow passengers (buckets of beer starting at 0900) make it unlikely we’ll do Princess again. Ship had come out of dry dock half finished....pallets of carpet on the promenade deck, wires hanging from the ceiling, contract workers installing stuff all night long....you get the picture. We did the Baltic on the Cunard Caronia in 2000...an amazing cruise! We did our own touring everyplace except St. Petersburg. Stockholm, Visby, Tallin, Helsinki all easy and fun on your own.
  9. Get Bermuda shorts in Bermuda! We did Bermuda on Regent a few years ago...fab cruise!
  10. Brilliant! Do they robustly enforce the 6 bottle limit?
  11. Is the mini fridge large enough for a bottle or two of wine?
  12. Best hotel to stay in the night before embarking? Biscayne hotels are pretty expensive in February. 😀
  13. What is your preferred wine carrier? Just the cloth bags from the local supermarket? Cheers!
  14. As retired airline folks who often fly standby, we travel as light as possible. Travelpro rollaboards that fit in the overhead, plus fabby Briggs and Riley Baseline personal item bags for under the seat. We carry a set of collapsible wheels when we have to check the rollaboards, so then we can wheel both the smaller bags around as one compact unit. For short trips (up to a week) we have smaller half size Travelpro mini rollaboards.
  15. Also the slider on the deck plans page doesn’t work on an iPad.
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