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  1. i have been to the catacombs, took a tour with a private guide to the Jewish Area, been to Trastevere many times including the flea market. I am mapping out a tour to take to some of the Byzantine churches I havent seen, after I visit St Clemente, so hopefully I can pull it off. unfortunately there is rain forecasted for every day but one, which does put a crimp in your style there as there arent as many museums there as some other cities. But like I said, I have my regular repeats I always visit, so wont be bored, thats for sure. thanks for your help, Anne
  2. Unfortunately, flying out of there this afternoon to Rome. Each time it gets worse.
  3. Budget Queen, did you do anything way out of the ordinary you would recommend? I am flying to Rome today for four nights before a cruise and am looking around for something different since I have been to Rome at least 15-20 times. Not that I dont have my favorite sites and repeats to see, and shopping/wandering around is also fine, but just wondering If there is anything significant I have missed. I am going to Basilica San Clemente this time and taking a food tour of Trastevere but no explicit plans other than those.
  4. I am flying out his afternoon to Rome on Air France through Paris. I have also flown the NS Alitalia flight to Rome. Both in business and both were excellent flights. Always prefer stopovers in Paris before going to the med but do not fly on US airlines.
  5. I booked last night right before the deadline. I wanted to wait to book when I am onboard on board Celebrity next week but didnt want to risk it not being extended because it was an amazing deal for single occupancy. When it was extended, I called AZ and was able to cancel with no penalty since it was in the 24 hour period. i intend to rebook next week onboard to get my 7% discount and $300 OBC plus lower deposit. Win win. 😁😁😁 There is plenty of availability for prime verandas, too.
  6. Does anyone have any clue on whether the double upgrade will be extended? Just wondering if anyone has any inside information.
  7. I will be following your adventures with interest as I was on the TA before they dropped Cuba, then changed to the Celebrity Adriatic cruise on Nov 8 Venice to Rome. I am spending a week in Paris at the end. I am glad you were able to fly in the 777. I love the privacy of the 1-2-1 configuration and almost always fly Air France to Europe since I rarely go there without a visit to Paris, my happy place. (This will be my 31st visit). Unfortunately I do not stay at 5 star hotels, as I prefer the little boutique hotels in the 6th St Germain. It is nice to travel on hotel points, though, after working as hard as you do for them. I don't blame you for spoiling yourself. I am sure you want to see as much of Paris as possible in the shortest amount of time, but since you won't get to see anywhere near what Paris has to offer in 5 short days no matter how many hours you have, I recommend you spend some time just wandering around and soaking in the atmosphere, not running from one tourist attraction to another. Pick out the priorities and leave the rest for another time. (there will be one) Some great areas IMO for just walking are St. Germain, the Marais, Monmartre, the Grand Boulevards, Hidden Passages, the 7th and streets around the Eiffel Tower and the 5th near the Pantheon Rue Mouffetard., and Luxembourg Gardens. You will come across some hidden gems in all of these areas. Do not stress yourself trying to see too much, you wont make it anyway, I guarantee, and you will miss the real essence of Paris. That is my opinion of course, and easy for me to say I guess as I go there at least once per year, usually more often, and never for less than a week, but it is my advice nonetheless. PS don't spend too much time at the Louvre, go to the Musee D’Orsay instead. They have a great cafe on top, too where you can walk out and get great views of Paris and the Seine. i know you are going to love Paris but then, I'm biased. I am glad you said you had a friend who lives there, she will undoubtedly give you very good advice on how to experience Paris. Have a wonderful visit. Looking forward to your photos. Anne
  8. I will be following along as I cancelled this cruise due to it dropping Cuba. I will be on a Celebrity cruise through the Adriatic at the same approximate time. Would much rather be on AZ but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. At least the cost of Celebrity was half so that’s something. have a great time,
  9. Thanks Phil. I knew that didn’t sound right. I recently had $800 OBC and didn’t use It all so don’t really need that much. Unless it is refundable from the TA lol. anne
  10. You can also upgrade from Chase preferred to reserve. You cannot have both at the same time so you either have to cancel preferred (use your points before canceling or you lose them) or if you upgrade you can transfer your preferred points to reserve but are not eligible for the 50,000 new customer bonus on reserve. Make sure you understand before cancelling/transferring cards. PS you can also downgrade back if you want to for some reason. i agree that the Reserve pays for itself even if you only take one large trip per year.
  11. I didnt realize that OBC goes up to $400 on cruises of 9 days or more. I assume you need to book during the first half of the cruise. Correct? I also intend to try and book a cruise on AZ when I am on Celebrity in November. Thanks, Anne
  12. Thanks for the review. I am taking Connie from Venice to Rome on November 8. Have done the itinerary before on Silhouette in 2013 and liked it enough to repeat. I have cabin 3138 so hopefully it will not be as hot in winter. I also usually cruise in verandas but have been wanting to try those cabins on deck 3 with the big windows so ended up saving almost $2,000 on it. Would you book 3142 again? Was there much noise from people going up or down the elevator there?
  13. Good photo Phil. I wouldn't mind a smaller bed for one person, but I guess you cant have everything. Those cabins are outstanding value, especially if you snag the right ones. The location is the best, IMO. Anne
  14. I have been in 6036 and really liked it. Both that cabin and 6039 are between the lifeboats so you can see out. I have not been in the corner cabins at the ends so cannot comment on that but definitely would choose 6036 or 6039. I will mention that I travel alone so no problems with space or closet. Also I do not order room service so do t need the couch or coffee table. The desk was fine for my needs and the cabin was cozy for one person. The only thing I needed to remember was to keep the blinds closed when the crew was working on the lifeboats outside the window! Anne
  15. On a positive note regarding the upgrade promotion, I just noticed that there are very low single supplements on several of the Azamara cruises in the Mediterranean, including the 2020 spring TA on Pursuit. These are mostly on cruises between April and May on some of the more common routes but some of the prices are excellent if you are traveling alone. (Especially the TA and the May 14 repo from Lisbon to Southampton). These cruises are not advertised as solo deals, but they certainly are. Hope some other singles out there can take advantage.
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