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  1. We’re in Norfolk, England, which is a rural and coastal area of the UK. We’re very lucky as there have been very few cases locally, but we’re under the same lockdown as the rest of the UK: stay at home except for essential work and shopping and for exercise once a day. Shopping has been difficult (shortages and restrictions in the supermarkets and near impossible to get deliveries if you can’t shop in person) but this is starting to improve. We have two small shops in our village which we’re very grateful for, though there have been occasions when we couldn’t get milk, for example. We have local volunteers doing shopping and delivering medicines for people who are unable to do this themselves. We are booked on the Constellation out of Venice in September, but I’m not optimistic ☹️
  2. In fairness, that’s the size of chair that there’s always been in the standard M class balcony cabins - it’s only Aqua & Concierge that had sofas. Also, am I right in thinking that Kelly Hoppen only designed the suites, not the other cabins, so isn’t responsible for these issues?
  3. That’s useful thank you. I’m glad I asked on here - you’re very helpful.
  4. Thank you both for your very helpful replies 🙂
  5. We have a port stop in Athens in September. Our number one must-see is the Acropolis but we would also really like to visit the National Archeological Museum, which I understand is a long way away from all the other attractions. I have been researching organised excursions and have not been able to find one which does both the Acropolis and the Archeological Museum, so I think we’ll have to do this independently. Does anyone have any advice about the best way to do this? Are the hop-on-hop-off buses any good? Are there massive queues at Piraeus to get on the HOHOs? I would be grateful for any advice.
  6. You can turn up any time within the dining room opening hours. Sometimes you’ll be seated immediately. At peak times, you may have to wait: they’ll give you a buzzer so you can go to a bar nearby while you wait. The first two nights tend to be very busy. At peak times there can be a long queue to request a table and then a wait for the table as well. After that, it settles down and you can often get in immediately. You can can request a table for two or a table with others. Often, if you request a table with others, you’ll get seated more quickly, as most people on Select Dining prefer not to share with strangers. The tables for two are very close together, so you are effectively eating with others anyway. Sometimes your neighbours are willing to be sociable, sometimes not.
  7. With the CBP, you can get a bottle of water (unbranded) alongside another drink, so we got in the habit of asking for water every time we got a coffee or alcoholic drink, for each of us, and stockpiled as suggested above. Also, we would get a couple of bottles (one per person) whenever we were passing a bar. My husband (who gets migraines so needs to drink a lot of water) would nip up to the pool bar with my card as well as his a few times a day and stock up. Most servers were happy to give him 3 or 4 bottles on the 2 cards when he wasn’t getting anything else. If you’ve completely run out, water and ice are dispensed from machines in the buffet in plastic tumblers that can be taken back to your cabin, or carried about the ship.
  8. On Connie a year ago, Select Dining was on the lower floor. It is a very big room and crowded, so you won’t necessarily be anywhere near the big windows. We didn’t bother making any reservations. When you go to enter the dining room, there are two queues, one for people who’ve made reservations and one for those without. On the first two nights, both queues were long at peak times (approx 7.00-8.30). People without reservations were sent away with a buzzer until a table came free. This isn’t a problem as the Rendezvous Lounge is right next to the dining room. If you’re prepared to share a table, you’re more likely to get seated quickly, but we preferred to wait for a table for two. By the way, the tables for two are very close to their neighbours. After the first two nights, things settled down and we were able to get tables immediately, whatever time we wandered in.
  9. 30 minutes might be a bit early but 15-20 is good. Once there is a bus full of people for each excursion, your number will be called and you’ll be on your way, so you can get away early by arriving early.
  10. No, I don’t think you stand a chance of making a 7.00pm show with that dining time. How about just choosing a few shows that you really want to see, and then eating in the buffet those nights? Then on your non-show nights you can enjoy a leisurely dinner. There will be entertainment in bars and lounges in the evening so you could do that after dinner instead of the theatre show.
  11. I’m going to have a massage and H is going to do the behind the scenes ship tour with visit to bridge and engine room.
  12. Yes, it’s costly. Yes, it’s worth it.
  13. I booked a Celebrity tour in advance (Dubrovnik, I think it was) and later received an email to inform me it included a stop at a diamond shop. So I cancelled and booked a different one. I wonder what prompted them to email - perhaps complaints?
  14. Is it just so that the bed is far enough away from the wardrobe for you to be able to open the doors?
  15. We were on Constellation in September 2018 in the Med. We had an absolutely brilliant time. I think the ship is a bit dated. Carpets and upholstery aren’t modern and some of the venues are a bit gloomy. In the cabins, there are scuffs, chips and worn bits. But stuff like that doesn’t bother me unduly, so long as it’s clean and comfortable, which it was. On this port-intensive cruise, there was very little in the way of classes and talks. A talk about the ship’s navigation and a dance class were no charge. But a lot of the scheduled activities were really sales pitches by the art gallery, shops, spa etc. I’ve seen a lot of reviews which complain about being constantly badgered to buy drinks packages etc. I was asked once on the first day. We only had one sea day, so the ports were more important than the ship, for us. On the sea day, the outside pool area was too noisy and busy for me, but the indoor thalassotherapy pool is lovely. Food in the MDR was hit and miss. The buffet was good. Service everywhere was excellent. I hope this helps, and if you have any specific questions, I’m happy to answer.
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