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  1. I would echo the advice to wait to re-price as there will likely be greater reductions in the future. And yes, re-pricing is definitely possible with a NRD- I just did so for our upcoming RCCL cruise when I noted a $100 pp reduction. Called the big box agency when I noted the lower fare. How they handle requests for a fare reduction is to call the cruiseline. I just about dropped the phone when the rep came back to me and informed me that the pricing she got from RCCL was actually close to $500 pp lower and would now include a $50 OBC! We did lose $95 shop card value though.
  2. Our plan is to either walk (@20 minutes I think) or taxi from the ship to the train station in Le Havre. The average one-way train journey is under an hour. Once in Rouen we might book a walking tour for 15 euro pp. Or take a Segway tour. Or just explore on our own. If you look into Tours by Locals, there is a private tour offering from Le Havre for a tour of Rouen, but pretty spendy unless you get other roll call members to join you.
  3. @grnrab Thanks for the detailed & glowing review! Did you book a private tour or the "Pirate" tour offered to cruisers? The pricing is great for the group tour and includes a lot. DH & I previously spent a night in Sintra, but arrived late and had to be at the Lisbon airport early the next morning so didn't experience any castles except to view them from afar. We did drive from Fatima to Sintra- just getting to our b&b was a challenge, so it will be great to leave the driving to the tour company.
  4. I've been researching for a tour from Libon to Sintra and found "We Hate Tourism Tours". Their offerings seem to be very well-priced. Has any Cruise Critic member booked a tour with this company and, if so, what was your experience? Thanks!
  5. @Bruin Steve The one town that may be skippable is Corniglia. We took the train there, but the village is atop an extremely steep hill. There is a path to the top, but we opted for a shuttle bus to transport us up & down from the station. I suspect the same issue applies to the ferry boat landing, although maybe the path to the town is less steep? Nevertheless, time & logistics to get to this small village, IMHO are not worth it for including in a one day trip to all villages.. For those staying longer in the Cinque Terre, one of the highlights of our time there was a concert at Oratory Chapel of St. Trinita in Vernazza. in past years the hour-long opera highlight performances were scheduled for Wednesday & Friday evenings. Here is a link: https://cinqueterreriviera.com/vernazza-opera-festival/
  6. This is the website I used to help me plan. It has all the links you might need, including ferry schedule & Pricing! https://www.apathtolunch.com/2014/06/complete-cinque-terre-portovenere-la.html
  7. This is the website I used to help me plan. It has all the links you might need, including ferry schedule & Pricing! https://www.apathtolunch.com/2014/06/complete-cinque-terre-portovenere-la.html
  8. As did John in the above post, we also spent 3 nights in Monterosso before we boarded a Celebrity cruise out of Civitavecchia with our first port-of-call being La Spezia. Our land visit to the Cinque Terre was disappointing due to crowds in all the villages during the day. It was more enjoyable in the evenings when the cruisers had departed. This is my recommendation for LaSpezia. Don't try to visit the main Cinque Terre villages. Instead head to Portovenere! We took the public bus to/from LaSpezia, although you could take a ferry. In Portovenere we took a one hour 3 Island boat tour, walked to the church & fort atop the hill, had lunch at a small bistro and enjoyed the relaxed pace of our day. Here is a link to a Forbes article on Portovenere: https://www.forbes.com/sites/catherinesabino/2019/07/14/9-reasons-to-visit-the-cinque-terres-gorgeous-sixth-townportovenere/#7a176e330264
  9. For lunch I recommend Olde Hansa. Restaurant is lit by candles and servers are costumed.
  10. Beware of the first 3 sweet 16s because the verandas have metal pillars which affect the view/ de 2 YOKOHAMA, JAP
  11. Just checked into pricing for the cruise I was hoping our friends on the Equinox could book for DBiL/DSiL and it is up $400 also, but the big box is giving an additional $50 shop card- woo-ee!
  12. Thanks for the pdf link. I've been trying to reach friends aboard the Equinox who booked for them and us on Sunday, to ask if they'd book for DBiL/DSiL before the sale expires. So far no response from the cruisers, but if they can't be reached, only the Onboard booking credit will be lost, and DBiL/DSiL can wait until the 30th for the same sale!
  13. We did the Eclipse from Buenos Aires to San Antonio in March 2019. Our itinerary did not include the Falklands but we had booked a private tour to see them out of Puerto Madryn. Unfortunately, roads to Peninsula Valdes and to Punta Tomba were flooded and all tour providers including Celebrity had to cancel tours to those sights. We missed penguins on that cruise b.c. we'd booked something else in Ushuaia, which was our last opportunity for penguins. Punta del Este in Uruguay was also aborted because the harbor was closed due to high winds. Despite these glitches, that cruise is one of our favorites. So if penguins are your thing, I suggest booking tours to see them in more than one port, J.I.C. And to help guide your choice of Princess or Celebrity, check out each line's shorex offerings & pricing. Also look at the roll calls for each cruise- we joined other members for private tours that they'd organized in addition to ones that I coordinated. The more active the roll call the better the opportunities available!
  14. Yes, there is a 60 day window. Here is a link to the form Celebrity requires to transfer a booking to a TA: http://rccl.force.com/directtransfers/DTTCelebrity Although we've not done so, I've read that it pays to call around to various TA's after booking onboard and see which might offer the best additional perks. We just might try doing that to see if the big box can be beat.
  15. @laverendrye & @Host Jazzbeau Thank you both so much. I knew I could count on Cruise Critic members to help me out! Your blog, Host Jazzbeau, is helpful beyond the Dordogne because we will be visiting Rouen when the Jewel of the Seas is in LeHavre, and after the Dordogne, spend a week in Paris which will include a day trip to Giverny. From Paris it's back to the US.
  16. To the best of my knowledge river cruises only navigate the Dordogne as far as Libourne.... We will be on a land trip to the Dordogne region in the area near Perigueux & Sarlat-la-Caneda, If any Cruise Critic member has stayed in this area, what suggestions might you have for a central location to stay for 4 nights as a "hub & spoke". Are there tips for things that we should not miss- we are for sure wanting to visit a prehistoric cave sight, but which one?
  17. There are irregular "regular" verandas on the E-class ships. 1A &1B which are forward and toward the stern. The opening toward the sea is configured like a large porthole.
  18. Yes, do your homework before you go to make an onboard booking. You have free internet access to the Celebrity website when you are on a Celebrity ship, so you can check options before visiting the Future Cruise Consultant.
  19. Booked! My girlfriend just called from the Equinox. She saw that Future Cruises was empty so decided the time was right to make our reservations for the Millennium Pacific Coastal next year. I had emailed her our Cap't Club #s, and our cabin selections- ranked from the 2C Sweet Sixteens, to CC2s to OV Deck 7 at the bow. We lucked into adjacent Sweet Sixteens portside! Non-refundable $200 deposit per cabin, 4 perks + $200 OBC for onboard booking bonus. I asked her to clarify with the consultant about both reservations being cancelled if one couple bailed and she was told that our reservations are separate and one cancellation would not impact the other reservation. Had we booked refundable rates, the cost per cabin would have been higher and there'd have been just 3 perks!
  20. Hmmm- as I post, friends of ours are boarding the Equinox and will be booking a 2021 cruise onboard for us and them. We will be in separate cabins so won't we each have our own reservation #s? That shouldn't result in @Purplsmurf's scenario, shoud it?
  21. Thanks for confirming my doubts about the feasibility of this idea. In fact, after posting I realized that the sea day between Oslo & Bergen would mean 2 hotels nights, not just an overnight that I had originally thought. There are many things to see in Oslo, and I've a couple of activities in mind for our 2nd time in Bergen (Fingers X'd for sunshine!).
  22. The RCCL Jewel docks in Oslo at 8am on 8/25 (leaves at 7pm), spends 8/26 cruising to Bergen and departs from Bergen on 8/27 at 4pm. So as I'm pursuing Rick Steves' Norway Guidebook, I come across his "Norway in a Nutshell" advice which gets me to thinking we could theoretically take this rail & ferry trip on our own, spending the night at one of the smaller towns such as Aurland or Balestrand and then proceeding to Bergen the next morning. The big risk is that the ship has to skip Bergen due to weather, etc. Has anyone here done this journey on their own? I think our time in Oslo is too short for a day-loop tour. I will check into RCCL's shore excursion offerings, j.i.c. such a tour is available through them. Tusen Takk!
  23. I will definitely check into the Archive. DH & I were recently on a tour of Dachau followed by a visit the next day to the Munich Documentation Center. Never Again.
  24. Agree with all the positives and cautions posted about Roll Calls thus far. I am disappointed in the small # of participants on the roll call for our next cruise, especially since just DH & I are on this sailing without framily. On previous cruises we've sailed as a duo we've developed a ready-made group of friends before we even board, thanks to active roll calls with members who organize not just tours, but pre-cruise gatherings & shipboard activities, e.g. Murder Mystery at Sea (thanks, 4774Papa!).
  25. Thanks for everyone's input thus far.... We are in Kristiandand on Monday 8/24 so the train is not an option, darn. I have bookmarked the link to Tom's Port Guides. Kristiansand is our 1st port-of-call after leaving Copenhagen the previous evening. Barb
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