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    Scottsdale, AZ
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    Great friends, great food, great wine, cruising, and baseball
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    MSC, Celebrity
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  1. Hi Maris. We did a "Dora" tour on our MSC Divina cruise in 2014, and Mercedes was our guide. She was amazing, and loved it. We were with another group of 4 that I friended on Cruise Critic, so for this excursion, we were a group of 6. We are going back to Cartagena (unless this virus changes things) in November 2020, and have booked Dora (with Mercedes) again! We loved Cartagena in 2014, and can't wait to go back and spend more time in the old walled city! Dale
  2. Having a freshly made coffee and/or latte on our verandah stateroom on a lazy sea day. Could watch the sea forever!!
  3. Well said! We have 2 cruises booked on the Reflection - November 2020 (America's) and August 2021 (Baltic), and hoping they are not impacted. We truly are in unprecedented times!
  4. Thank you for posting....lots of wise words and wisdom on this post! These are unprecedented times that we are in! We often come home with a cold from cruises, for some reason....
  5. Prior post 105 is mine....wouldn't let me enter text. This is Celebrity Constellation, November 2019. Dubrovnik. Beautiful view, but 70+ mile an hour winds followed by epic rain
  6. I saw this on Facebook.....Yeah Captain Kate!!! Well deserved for the hard-working crew.
  7. Hi Maris! The America's cruise is going to be 11 glorious days. We've been to several of these ports on prior cruises, but wanted to return! The Baltic is another 12 glorious days. Incidentally, we did a Southern Caribbean in 2018 on the Silhouettte, going to Grand Cayman and the ABC's. Loved that cruise too! The ABC's are wonderful! Dale
  8. Loving your review and photos! Your dogs are just beautiful! We will be on the Reflection in November 2020 on our America's cruise - Grand Cayman, Cartagena, Colon (Panama), Limon (Costa Rica), Roatan, and Costa Maya. Then on Reflection again in August 2021 for a Baltic cruise. Can't wait for your review and photos! Dale
  9. We actually have two booked, which will remain so for now. In November 2020 we are booked on the Reflection America's cruise (goes down to Cartagena and Central America). Then also on the Reflection in August 2021 for the Baltic. We have a few months to see whether the November cruise will happen, and are prepared to pay just ahead of the deadline.
  10. Totally agree! Have learned so much, and always appreciate everyone's perspective!
  11. Just started using a new TA after some research - we have our 2021 Baltic cruise on the Reflection with her. Had a couple questions (not important) just as the Coronavirus was flaring up in China. Took a few days to hear (but I wasn't in any hurry, so not a problem). When she got back, she apologized, and said she spent the better part of several days making rushed arrangements for 3 of he clients who were over in China and needed to get back, and she was successful. Sounds like we found our TA!
  12. Claudia...sounds like our kind of place!! 🙂
  13. We've booked future cruises the last three times we have sailed. First, we booked for the perks, OBC, and low deposit. The cruise agent aboard "assigned us" a cruise based on our areas of interest. It was a 9-night ABC Island cruise. She said we could always change it if we found something different, and could keep the perks. We decided to keep it, and had a great time. While on THAT cruise, we wanted to book a 2020 Pacific Coastal cruise (round trip out of LA). A specific cruise for 2020 did not show at that time, so we booked a 2019 cruise just to get the same OBC, perks, and low deposit. Unfortunately Celebrity opted not to do 2020 Pacific Coastal s round trip from LA, so we changed to a November 2020 America's cruise on the Reflection. Finally, while on our November 2019 Italy/Dalmation cruise, we wanted to book a 2021 Baltic Cruise (St. Petersburg, Russia), however again, we were too soon for that itinerary to be available. So...our agent aboard booked us on a 2020 Baltic cruise and advised approximately when the 2021 itineraries would be available. Within weeks, we saw the one we wanted and contacted our TA and made the change. In each instance, we kept every perk/benefit and deposit that we originally got when booking on board.
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