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  1. We are staying at the Sanctuary House Hotel for several days in between cruises. If any one has stayed here, please give me your thoughts. Looking for an authentic English pub or any other good dining suggestions.
  2. We stay at the Best Western on Dorsey Road in Elkridge. The have parking an an shuttle to the port. You must ask for the cruise parking package.
  3. We are going to London after our cruise on Queen Victoria in May 2020 and am looking to buy National Express coach tickets to take us to London Victoria Station. Wondering what time would be the earliest we could get to the bus after debarking the ship. Our documents does not list a port arrival time. Thank you.
  4. This gave me a good laugh. Hope you can laugh now but I am sure at the time it was not funny. I think I would let a travel agent do my booking for me going forward. Enjoy your cruise.
  5. A few days before your first cruise is over you will get a letter in your cabin telling you where you to meet. You will need to pack the things you have in the drawers and the cabin stewart will move them and your hanging clothes to your new cabin. You will need to get your new seapass and clear customs before you can get off the ship. It is a very easy process. Enjoy your cruises.
  6. If you book on the ship and get the perks they are offering at that time, you can transfer your booking to a TA. Just remember to check and make sure they do not charge a booking fee or cancellation fee. Some of the small agency can not afford to give additional OBC from the commission they are paid.
  7. In the past we would cruise every Thanksgiving until they decreased the length of the cruises. The last cruise we did over Thanksgiving was 3 years ago on the Grandeur and there were 650 kids on that cruise. The kids club was not able to handle all the kids so not all kids could attend. They did serve turkey and the ship was being decorated for Christmas which was great. I would not recommend doing a 7 night or less cruise then unless you do not mind that many kids. We do not cruise with kids so that is no longer an option for us. Enjoy your cruise whenever you decide to go.
  8. We just sailed in one on the Adventure. You just need to remember to close your drapes when dressing. There were a few times that it was noisy but not too much of a problem.
  9. We did the Anthem in November and enjoyed the ship so much we are doing the TA on her in April.
  10. Just got off the Adventure after 21 days. Service was better in some areas than others. This may be our last cruise to Canada/New England on this ship as it was too cold to use the pool or even to sit in the solarium on some days. We feel this ship would be better suited for warm weather climates. We knew getting on the ship that they did not have covered pools but we wanted to do this itinerary.
  11. Yes the garage has an elevator. The garage is a great place to park for a short cruise but if you are doing a longer cruise it maybe cheaper to stay at an hotel with the park & cruise. It is $22.00 a night to park in the garage.
  12. We have stayed at the Ramada Inn on Frontage Rd and used their shuttle to the port. The room was nice but not much around the hotel. We have also stayed at the Crown Plaza. That was also a nice place. They are not a 5 star hotel but for one night and parking for the cruise they are okay.
  13. Grandeur has one of the friendliest crew that we sailed with. We sail out of Baltimore at least once a year if not more.
  14. Let the special needs dept know and I would also visit the Maite 'd when you get on the ship and let him know. They will give you the menu the night before and pick what you want off the menu. They seem to be very good at doing special diets.
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