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  1. Does anyone have an opinion on the Promenade or Central Park view staterooms on HOTS vs. the Interior with virtual Balcony? On some of the dates I’m looking at those “interior” with the window are considerably cheaper than the Interior with Virtual Balcony, and even cheaper than the Solo Oceanview. I know there’s no oceanview but the itinerary only has 1 sea day and pretty long port times on most of the other days so I don’t think I’ll be in the room as much as I might be on a Caribbean sailing.
  2. There are definitely some bad reviews on the Spirit, especially that cruise from Dubai right after it’s overhaul when Covid hit. It sounds like NCL did not do a good job of communicating what was going on. So I’m wondering if I should either stick with my original itinerary on Enchanted Princess but move to the Sept 4 sailing, or look for one of the sailings on the HOTS for around that same week. Princess ends up being a little more but it includes drinks, gratuities and Wi-Fi. I would be looking at an inside for sure on Princess and at least the interior with virtual balcony on HOTS.
  3. NCL does offer similar itineraries on the Spirit in August and September, some are 9 days instead of 10 and they add Dubrovnik and Koper in place of the 2 Greek ports and Catania. If I really wanted to push the dates out, there are similar itineraries again but on the Sky in the Spring of 2022. HOTS offers that same #2 itinerary through October, although the mock bookings I did don’t seem to have the lower single supplement starting later in the summer so the 7 night, even in an inside, ends up being more than the 9 or 10 night NCL.
  4. I would most likely save the scooter for use on the ship. I do think you're right about booking a private car/tour as even on Sky Princess last year we noticed that our private tours were 1/2 through some of the sites before the ship's tours arrived. The only itinerary from Royal that will work for me next year on a smaller ship is a 12 night on the Vision. There is a 10 day on the NCL Spirit that could work also from Venice to Barcelona, but it has no sea days at all. I would likely need to keep the visits to maybe Corfu or Argosoli and possibly Monte Carlo short. I do like the idea of debarking from one port and ending in another. 10-Day Mediterranean from Venice to Barcelona: Italy, Greece & Croatia Date Cruise Ports Arrive Depart Tue, May 25, 2021 Venice, Italy (EMBARK) --- 5:00 pm Wed, May 26, 2021 Split, Croatia 7:00 am 5:00 pm Thu, May 27, 2021 Kotor, Montenegro 7:00 am 5:00 pm Fri, May 28, 2021 Corfu, Greece 7:00 am 6:00 pm Sat, May 29, 2021 Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece 7:00 am 6:00 pm Sun, May 30, 2021 Catania, Italy 7:00 am 6:00 pm Mon, May 31, 2021 Sorrento (Capri), Italy 7:00 am 6:00 pm Tue, Jun 01, 2021 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 7:00 am 6:00 pm Wed, Jun 02, 2021 La Spezia, Italy 7:00 am 6:00 pm Thu, Jun 03, 2021 Monte Carlo, Monaco 7:00 am 12:30 pm Fri, Jun 04, 2021 Barcelona, Spain (DISEMBARK) 5:00 am ---
  5. Sorry I should have specified. The 2021 cruise would be in addition to rebooking the Princess one for 2022.
  6. So a friend and I are currently booked in an obstructed view deluxe balcony on the newest Princess ship, Enchanted Princess for the 5/1 sailing out of Athens to Barcelona. My friend's daughter has been out of work due to Covid, and so far has had issues collecting unemployment so he's been supporting her and doesn't think he can afford his portion of our remaining balance. So I'm trying to decide if I foot the entire bill myself or look for a less expensive cruise for myself for 2021 (or maybe even a land vacation?) and then rebook our Princess cruise for 2022 when my friend should be able to go. I'm asking this on the RC forum as the 3 cruises I'm most interested in are all Royal cruises on either the Anthem or Harmony. I've only cruised on Carnival many years ago and then Princess. The 7 night Norwegian Fjords on the AOTS is the least expensive but I'm a little concerned how many of the excursions I would be able to enjoy. Hiking is out for me as I have a knee issue due to an accident in 2018. I can walk for up to 10,000 steps per day (about 5 miles) maximum before I get swelling issues. I cruised last December in the Caribbean and was able to get around fine including a tour of Mayan ruins, so I'm thinking I can manage ok if I pace myself. I could potentially look into renting a small scooter as well. The details on the 3 RC cruises I'm looking at are below. Which one would RC regulars recommend? 7 nt Norwegian Fjords on Anthem. I would book a solo balcony. This is the most affordable balcony by $275. Day - Port 1 - Southampton , England Embark 5:00 PM 2 - Cruising 3 - Bergen , Norway Docked 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM 4 - Geiranger , Norway Docked 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM 5 - Alesund , Norway Docked 6:00 AM - 4:00 PM 6 - Kristiansand , Norway Docked 1:00 PM - 7:30 PM 7 - Cruising 8 - Southampton , England Debark 5:30 AM. I would stay on in London a few days. 7 nt Western Mediterrean on HOTS 5/16/21. There are solo oceanview cabins available, but I'm wondering if I would be better to upgrade to the std balcony for $363 more or look at a interior with virtual balcony or std oceanview? Day - Port 1 - Barcelona , Spain Embark 6:00 PM; I've never been to Barcelona so I would plan to stay a few days post cruise. 2 - Palma de Mallorca , Spain Docked 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 3 - Provence (Marseilles) , France Docked 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM 4 - Florence/Pisa (La Spezia) , Italy Docked 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM; I've never been to Florence so this excites me. 5 - Rome (Civitavecchia) , Italy Docked 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM ; I've spent a week in Rome before and loved it so I wouldn't mind going back for a day. 6 - Naples (Capri) , Italy Docked 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM; I've never been and really want to see either Pompeii or Herculaneum and the archeological museum in Naples. 7 - Sea Day 8 - Barcelona , Spain Debark 5:00 AM 7 nt France & Spain on AOTS 5/28/21. I would book a solo balcony. It's slightly more expensive than the std balcony for 7 nights on the Western Med HOTS above. Day - Port 1 - Southampton , England Embark 5:00 PM 2 - Cruising 3 - Bordeaux (La Rochelle) , France Docked 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM 4 - Bilbao , Spain Docked 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM; I would love to see San Sebastian. 5 - La Coruna , Spain Docked 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; I would look for an excursion to Santiago de Compostela. 6 - Cruising 7 - Paris/Normandy (Le Havre) , France Docked 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM; I would love to do a D-Day tour. I've been to Paris 2X before. 8 - Southampton , England Debark 5:30 AM; I would stay on in London a few days.
  7. 284 days. A Med cruise on the Enchanted Princess that was booked pre-Covid. Not sure how likely it's looking at the moment.
  8. Thank you notamermaid. That actually helps. The cruise I'm looking at leaves from Vilshofen the middle of the month so I feel a little better about it. I know that obviously it's too early to predict but that's why I purchase trip insurance, and I'm a go with the flow (pun??) type anyway. katmu
  9. Hi- I'm looking to book my 1st river cruise on Ama on the Danube in November 2020. I'm wondering if some times of the year are better or worse for high/low water issues? Due to a large project at work, I'm somewhat limited when I can take a longer trip this year so that's partly why I'm looking at later in the year.
  10. Hi, I'm also a ocean cruiser looking to do my first river cruise with Ama this coming November on the Danube. Are certain times of the year more likely to have water issues than others? We have a large project at work this year so I have several months, including a good part of the summer when I can take an extended trip so that's why I'm looking at November plus I tend to like visiting Europe during the low season. I'm ok with the cooler temps as I'm from Minnesota.
  11. As someone with a bit of a mobility issue now, believe me I'm aware of how heavy my bags are. On that last cruise where I packed what I thought was a lot for me my 1 bag on the way there totaled 35 lbs. and 36 lbs on the way back. I can't imagine trying to manage a 70 lb bag plus a 2nd roller bag. I'm hoping to go back to a carry-on size for the Mediterranean cruise plus an underseat size backpack.
  12. I have not stayed at the Hotel Bucintoro as my son and I were booked to stay there 2 weeks after I had a bad accident and fractured my leg really badly so we had to cancel our trip to Italy. Of all of the hotels that we had to cancel, the Hotel Bucintoro was the best. They gave us the option to rebook at a later date and use the amount we had already paid towards a new reservation. Some of the others did not. Very nice people.
  13. I’m planning to wear either dresses than cover my shoulders and are at least slightly below knee length or Capri pants if not full length pants. The weather in early May won’t be quite as hot as if I was sailing in July or August. i also discovered unfortunately on my last cruise that some people tend to stare at the scars and lympadema wrap I have to wear on my right leg so I may want to keep my leg covered.
  14. These were a couple of the specific bar menus. Of course, I forgot to capture which ones along with the pictures but I hope these help a bit.
  15. I have these of the main bar menu off our Western Caribbean from 12/7.
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