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    Travel, by car and cruising. 50‘s music.
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  1. There was a variety of snacks, beer wine and liquor in the store at the port.
  2. We did Cinqe Terra on Sunday Sept 30 with Bellaitalia from the Livorno Cruise Port. We drove Levanto and we had to take the train because the ferries were not running. We were able to stop in 3 Villages and walk the waterfront in two of them.people also went to the old town in one. We had a nice lunch on the water and a snack in another. It was a long ride from Livorno to Levanto but the ride was much shorter on our return from the LE SpeZia train station. We did not find it crowded at all.
  3. It depends on the port. The cruise companies do not supply the carts. The port authorities determine whether they will be used for transportation or not. I know St Martin in the Caribbean has them. Never saw them in Europe. Have not sailed in US ports.
  4. Just off the Connie two days ago. We are a mixed group of elites and regular Captain club cruisers... no one had a suite. The night before our tender port, those who were elite cruisers and their cabin mates received priority tender tickets in their stateroom. We were to report to the Rendevous lounge at 7 Am to be escorted off the ship directly to the first tender available. Our friends who were not elite had to report to the area on 5 where the shops are located. They were there at 7 AM and also got tickets for the first tender. They went directly to the tender and we were the only ones in the Rendevous so they escorted us down and to the head of the line. we all ended up in the first tender, whichputus at the dock one hour early.
  5. Ghstudio, that’s just what we do. We had a 200 for 2 people non refundable deposit on our upcoming cruise, which we booked onboard last February.so we insured the deposit and there was a minimum premium of @$104.00. In May, we added our airfare and at final payment we added the remaining costs. Very Ecco omical to do it this way, especially if you have pre existing conditions that you want to be covered for.
  6. I believe the restaurant presentation you are referring to with the animated characters on and around your plate is known as Le Petite Chef. That is the menu featured in Quisine Restaurant on the S- class ships. Quinine Restaurant on the M. class ships is still the multi course multi dish restaurant, with no animated characters.
  7. The future cruise planner will meet you at any time of your choosing in Michael’s Club. We have booked twice there while we were suite guests. As the Retreat is the replacement lounge for Michael’s I am sure they will be happy to meet you there. Just notify the concierge at the Retreat or call them directly.
  8. In Amsterdam, You will have an elevator to the area of embarkation and it is a pretty straight run on to the ship from there.i did it last year with my rollator both ways 4 x onour overnight.. In Civitavecchia, the gangway is long and in some parts steep. My husband was able to roll the rollator with our carry- on bags down, but I had to hang on to the handrails with my scooter. you can always wait for assistance from staff but get to the location early as there is always a delay as they don’t have enough wheelchairs.
  9. Does anyone know who will be the Master and the CD on the Connie sailing from Barcelona on Sept 22?
  10. We are doing this through SpainDayTours. 4 hours. Airport to hotel. We could have done Port to Ship as well.
  11. I have been having this problem for a month. I went on to to the community website and see that CC has issued a workaround for those having problems. You have to go to cruisecritic.com and sign in at the main site, then you can proceed to any of the boards.
  12. I know I will probably be flamed to death for this but here I go anyway. Celebrity neither conducts tours nor cancels them. Celebrity offers tours for their customers who many times are just too lazy, ignorant or afraid to plan and book on their own, or people who don’t want to pay out of pocket for their tours and want to use the onboard credit they received as a so called perk. Celebrity is only too happy to offer a tour for you with the same company I have planned for myself, but Celebrity will gladly pocket the markup between what I pay and you pay and put it in their own pocket. They are already laughing all the way to the bank that you would use the alleged * free perk* that they say they gave you but that you already paid for by having it built into your cruise fare. And now you are paying an additional 20% just to use it towards one of * their* tours. It is the tour company that sets thé minimum passenger guarantee, not Celebrity. Celebrity is probably just as annoyed as you are, because they lost the amount of markup that their sheeple are paying to get a * supposed * guarantee of a safe tour that returns on time. In most European ports, the privately booked tours and the Celebrity tours travel the same path aswe do and are right behind or ahead of us wherever we go. And all of the other cruise companies do the same with the same tour companies. The Med, Russia, Hawaii and Alaska, they all do the same. I can’t miss their paddles or flags just ahead of or behind me, only they have a group of 50 and I have a group of 8. Hope this helps to explain what sounds like a first world problem.
  13. We are sailing on the Constellation on Sunday Sept 22. My husband and I are arriving to BCN early Thursday morning and plan to do some sightseeing in Barcelona later in the day on Thursday, as well as Saturday. Friday, we are going on a tour to Montesserat and the Cava wineries. I understand the Le Mercie festival will start on Friday the 20 th and continue until the festivities culminate on the evening of September 24. Can anyone tell me about this festival and does anyone know about any of the festivities on Friday and Saturday.?
  14. Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess, MSC
  15. Not much to see In Köper
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