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About cruzgryphon

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    SW Ontario
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    Royal Caribbean, Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Still trying to decide

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  1. This is great news!! Thanks for all the feedback and suggestions.
  2. My apologies if this question has been asked and answered before. I did a search on this forum and came up with nothing. I just put a deposit down for a couple of cruises and got OBC (non-refundable) of approximately $500US per cruise. My TA asked if I wanted to pre-pay gratuities as part of my final payment. I was wondering if it is possible to not do this and instead have the daily gratuities covered by my OBC once I'm on the ship? As a solo traveller who doesn't drink, completely using up $500 US OBC in a week or 10 days will be impossible so thought using it to pay daily gratuities would be a good use of the extra OBC. TIA for feedback.
  3. Thanks for all the feedback and advice everyone. I've moved up the time of my Civi. pick-up. The downside (for me at least) is that I'll have to do self-disembarkation, but that's better than taking risks with not having enough time at the airport. Thanks again!!
  4. I'm going to be on the Jewel of the Seas arriving in Civitavecchia at 5am. I've scheduled RomeCabs for an 8am pick-up. My flight leaves at 11:35am and I'm travelling business class (in case that makes a difference to responses to my question). Should I change the pick-up time to 7:30am or do you think half an hour won't make that much of a difference? TIA
  5. I'm going to be staying in Rome in June for 4 nights pre-cruise. I've narrowed my choice of hotels down to three see below. I've checked out TripAdvisor and the reviews are all pretty similar. Wondering if anyone here at Cruise Critic have stayed at any of them and would they recommend it again pre-cruise. Also all 3 have some sort of roof top restaurant/terrace and I'm wondering what those are like in terms of view of the city. TIA - Hotel Forum Roma - Capo D'Africa - Hotel Monte Cenci
  6. I'm doing the June 23rd Greek Islands cruise. How about yourself?
  7. I'm cruising on the Jewel from Civitavecchia and using Royal transfer (travelling solo so it's the cheapest option). Based on your post and reference to CAD, I'm guessing you may be thinking about the 11:45am FCO to Toronto flight (that's the flight I'm taking). My travel agent called Royal and they said I would be ok using Royal transfer to catch that flight (my Travel Agent didn't say anything about needing to do self-disembark, but I'll check and see if she can find out).
  8. Good Afternoon all, I did a search for this but came up empty handed - apologies if it has been answered before. I was wondering if anyone has any experience/reviews of Niki (Vlachou) Olympic Tours Shared Tours in Santorini, Mykonos or Katakolon ? I've read some good reviews about her on TripAdvisor but I wanted to get some feedback from cruisers using shared tours. TIA
  9. I'll start off by saying I'm not an employee of Royal Caribbean, don't have any relatives who work for Royal Caribbean or anything like that. I just wanted to start this thread to get a feel for what others think of the food quality on Royal Caribbean. I've been cruising for 10 years - predominantly with Royal Caribbean but have also tried some other cruise lines as well. Over the last couple of years it seems to me that the food quality in the main dining room (not the specialty restaurants) - variety, quality of food itself - has decreased on Royal Caribbean. People who I've talked to onboard seem to feel the same way - new cruisers, cruisers who have cruised other cruise lines and loyal Royal Caribbean cruisers. Do others find this as well? How does the quality of food compare to say Princess these days? Be interested to hear people's thoughts on this.
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