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  1. thank you for the reply.. That is a situation I didn't think about. After Milford, the ship heads to Australia, so it seems if the overland excursion people from Queenstown can't board in Milford, then they would be flying to Australia? That doesn't sound like a good option. I will call Celebrity but sometimes it is hard to get answers to detailed questions like these. I am also assuming the inland trip and Queenstown is appealing and offers its own beauty and thus worth considering.
  2. We are booked on the Jan 25, 2021 Celebrity Solstice (Auckland to Sydney) We dock at Dunedin on 1/30 then visit Dusky, Doubtful and MIlford Sound on 1/31, the 3 fjords are scheduled at different times on the afternoon of the 31st. However also on the 31st there is an overnight excursion offered that visits Queenstown. No times are given for the excursion. I am wondering if we still get to see the fjords if we sign up for the overnight excursion. Also, the excursion description says " Day 1: Milford Sound to Queenstown, Day 2: Queenstown to Dunedin" The description says you re-board the ship in Dunedin. I am guessing that maybe this description is wrong and written for the Sydney to Auckland route rather than the opposite. Does anyone have experience with this overnight excursion. It seems like fun, but don't want to miss the fjords either. thank you.
  3. We just booked 1/25/2021 Solstice (Australia and NZ). When I log into my X account, I see the cruise but when I go to cruise planner and choose shore excursions there is nothing listed. We are 11 months out. Is this too soon to see any excursions? thanks.
  4. Need advice from those familiar with the Yokohama port. Trying to decide to stay in Yokohama or Tokyo prior to our April 10, 2020 Celebrity Cruise out of Yokohama. We are spending 6 days pre-cruise in Japan (arrive Osaka - 3 days in Kyoto, 1 day in Nagoya (Nagoya stop is a business diversion for me) then 2 days in Tokyo or Yokohama). I have been to Tokyo for business and saw the major sites, but I have never been elsewhere in Japan. My wife has never been to Japan. So trying to determine if Yokohama would be a nice place to stay for the 2 days prior or are we better off in Tokyo. I am good with public transportation but of course luggage on the subway can be an issue. I am assuming there are nice sites to see in Yokohama. Also, at the end of our 11 day cruise there is one overnight on board in Yokohama as well, that would be another opportunity to see Yokohama or Tokyo. We depart Narita at 5 pm the same day we disembark (after the ship overnight). We are currently booked in the Hyatt Regency Tokyo for those 2 days prior but considering changing that and staying in Yokohama. thanks for any advice..
  5. Viking put us in the Hilton. They had a big presence there, including a separate Viking reception desk, etc. So that is where we met the tour guides.... Should not be an issue. Not sure about other hotels, perhaps Viking only uses those if needed for capacity. I would guess they would have tour guides meet you at the hotels.....
  6. Although we did not stay at this Hilton as we walked past it I thought it would be a great place to stay for its location. It is really nice up by the castle area. We did walk down from there to the river , it is a very nice and easy walk.
  7. I like your idea of leaving the ship after an early dinner..... We found Venice to be very charming in the evening after the crowds have left - I wouldn't miss the chance to walk around in the evening... There is more to Venice than St. Marks, so don't limit your plans to that. Are you walkers? It is walkable to go from P. Roma to St. Marks - a very pleasant walk in the evening.
  8. I agree with all these posts, we tendered and it went pretty well. However on our stop we were scheduled to tender (we were on Cunard QE) and a Holland America ship was scheduled to dock. However, the QE was ahead of schedule so our ship docked for about 20 minutes, let people off, then backed off and started tendering (making way for the HA ship to dock). Unfortunately, Cunard only let off people at the dock who were booked on early excursions sponsored by the ship. We were biking on our own, so we could not get off even though we were ready and willing. I was a little upset that they would not let us off. So just be cautious if you are pushed for time, then the cruise line could give priority to those who booked excursions with them.
  9. Yes, this is a subjective question.... which direction are thinking of cruising (ie, sailing west from Budapest, thus likely stopping in Vienna, or sailing west from Vienna thus missing Budapest altogether??) I would definitely recommend an overnight in Budapest - our ship spent the night there so we did not do a pre or post cruise there (we did our pre cruise in Prague) but we spent an evening in Budapest on ship. The night time cruise after dark (which our Viking ship did while docked we took a special night city cruise for a couple hours) was truly spectacular. The government buildings lit up after dark in Budapest is really beautiful. That said, Vienna although more expensive, may be a slightly cleaner city, off the beaten path at least, and maybe more to do for a few days. I would definitely not skip Budapest altogether, however.
  10. We were in the same situation on MSC disembarking in civi and going to hotel. I arranged driver for 9;30 (arranged before the trip). We were assigned one of the last exit times which was 8:45 or so which worked out fine. Technically you could probably stay on board later but I am not sure I would want my luggage by itself in the claiming area. Self debarkation means you would have your luggage but you won’t have a cabin. They are going to change the locks early on your cabin. Have fun....
  11. We were on MSC in the Mediterranean in Dec. 2018. Water was included however it is bottled water and required a charge to the room (with signature) then a deduction from the account, etc. A bit of a hassle. No ice. We were told coffee was not included but could be specially ordered from the bar. I agree with the poster that it was met with confusion. When I looked around the dining room I saw not one table with coffee after dinner any of the nights. So if you insist you may get some but I doubt it is included.
  12. GBR !! We went on MSC (Mediterranean) this last winter. Far more similarities to other cruise lines than differences. I think most of these lines have settled into the recipe that works and they are almost the same. So I would not hesitate to go on MSC. A few differences, but really not that many, in my opinion.
  13. We have been to both cities and can recommend them both. However, one thing to consider is pre or post stay. I much prefer pre cruise stays. First you get a chance to adjust to time differences before your cruise. Plus on our viking Danube cruise (with Prague pre cruise stay) the airlines lost my wife's luggage but not mine. They were not able to deliver it to the Prague hotel until 2 full days after we flew into Prague. Without the pre cruise stay we would have been on the boat. I have to think delivering the luggage would be that much more complicated if you are already on the boat and traveling down the river. Of course there are also flight cancellations to consider. Just my thoughts.... Have fun
  14. I think it was 16 Euro on board for show and cocktail. I was disappointed in the cocktail, I was expecting to order a premium cocktail, however when you enter the theater they have a table of pre made drinks and you get to choose one of four. A fruity rum drink, a gin and tonic, a non alcohol yogurt drink and one other I don't recall. None really appealed to me.....
  15. I agree. providing tap water and ice at the tables is an inexpensive thing for the cruise line to do and they prevent really making people mad. Cruise ships are a diverse group of passengers and many will not be used to paying for water. Especially since all other lines provide water even when cruising in Europe.
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