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  1. sailaway2joy...I think we enjoyed the same driver...Luca! We were with him on 11/18/2019, on the post-cruise 8 hour tour of Rome. He was amazing! We arranged on the RomeInLimo site for a 2:00 p.m. Vatican/Sistine Chapel/St. Peters tour, but outside of that, we just enjoyed his recommendations. He did ask what kinds of sites we wanted to see, and he totally maximized our time. We know we cannot see Rome in one day, but traveling this far was a new experience for us, and we wanted to see as much as we could. He managed to get us to the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, and drove past many other sites. He still found time for us to stop for coffee, and also an amazing meal at an Osteria, where the fresh pasta was made right in the front window! We "front loaded" our cruise in Venice, and only had the day in Rome. Luca gave us an amazing time! We definitely loved our time and want to go back.
  2. We booked another cruise while on board our 11/2019 Adriatic Sea cruise. We wanted the Baltic States cruises in Summer 2021, and they said they were just days away from releasing those itineraries (however we now checked and are available). They booked a "placeholder" cruise, and advised when we see the one we want, to have our TA switch it. We've done that in the past as well. We don't loose the deposit or the perks.
  3. Thanks for your review. We did this cruise in November 2018 on the Silhouette, and loved it. We just had a veranda stateroom on deck 7. Would love to return to the ABC's again someday. The Silhouette was fabulous. Happy Anniversary!
  4. We enjoyed the wines that were in the Classic package, however our last 2 cruises we went ahead and upgraded to the Premium package once on board. Then, we could have any wine suggested by the sommelier in the MDR. Most of the cruise we were ordering in the $11-$12 per glass range. Of course, my wife loves San Peligrino sparkling water, so did not have to pay any upcharges as that was included in the Premium. It works for us.
  5. Enjoy your cruise! They are great port stops. Even though our cruise was highly impacted by the weather, we loved them all! We came away with a real appreciation for the beauty and history of Croatia, and hope to return.
  6. Interesting topic! We will be on the Reflection in 2020 for Thanksgiving - in the Caribbean. Not that we are "needing" the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. We will be thankful to be on an amazing cruise, and weather we eat in the main dining room or specialty restaurant, it will be amazing since we are on vacation! I'm not the biggest fan of turkey, so will keep all options open.
  7. Did both Murano and LCG on the Silhouette in 2018. We took advantage of the first night 30% discount for Murano, and liked it so much we booked it for the last night of the cruise as a treat (full price). We were not going to do the LCG, but were approached in the buffet. They were offering a discount, so decided to try it. It was also terrific. We were in the Caribbean so it was warm, but a bit breezy. Did not detract from the experience, though.
  8. Good! We enjoyed Cellar Masters on the Silhouette last year. In the next 2 years we have 2 cruises booked on Reflections, so hope to continue to enjoy it. We enjoyed relaxing with our tablets and being served wine.
  9. Pantheral, If you book Marijana, please let her know that I referred you (my name is Dale Niehaus). I am certain she will know that we are the tour that had the 70+ mph wind and driving rain in November...ha! By all means, do book this excursion with her. She is so funny, witty, knowledgeable, and all round a great guide! Very honest, too, about her experience as a young child living through "the war" from 1991-1995. All our guides in Croatia experienced it in some fashion. On Kotor, we had a tour called Private tour of Perast, Roman Mosaics in Risan, and Kotor Old Town (5 hours). The guide was to be Tatjana Miljenovic. Tours by Locals contacted us as soon as they were advised the ship would not be making the stop. They informed us that they will be making a full refund to us. Class operation! We highly regret (but understand) missing this port, as it was going to be a highlight. The whole Adriatic Sea was in turmoil that week, including epic flooding in Venice. Curious...what part of WI are you from? I spent my college years (1980's) in Kenosha, and my wife is from the Wisconsin Dells area.
  10. Pantheral - go Badgers/Packers! (semi-Wisconsin person here!). Sure...happy to advise. We booked Tours by Locals (easy to find if you google that name). In Split, we booked a tour with Vjeran Mlacic called "UNESCO sites: Split and Trogir". He met us (4 of us) with a private driver, so he was free to talk. Trogir is such a beautiful medieval city with a lot of history (google the photos!). We then had a tour of the Diacletian Palace. Vjeran ("VJ") is a great guide and so knowledgeable. This was a 4 hour tour. At the end, he made some restaurant recommendations that were so close, yet off the tourist path. The food was amazing, and mostly locals were there. In Dubrovnik, we booked another Tours by Locals tour with Marijana Srgota - entitled Dubrovnik and Coast. We went to the hill (Hill Srd) overlooking Dubrovnik, then over to the village of Cavtat (charming!!!), and then back to Dubrovnik for a tour of the walled city. Marijana is an amazing guide....she was challenged this day because there were 45 mph winds in the walled city, and 70 mph winds on the hill overlooking the city. Then, the rain was absolutely driving!! She was an amazing wealth of information. She is around "40ish", but survived the war of the Serbs, Croatians in 1991 (research the history of this) - and will share whatever you want to know. Positively humbling! You will not go wrong with her. Sadly, we missed Kotor as Celebrity cancelled this stop due to the same weather system. We had a similar tour scheduled with a Tours by Locals guide, but, alas, we could not partake. Kotor is a tender port, and they determined the prior day that it was not going to be safe, so we diverted to Corfu, Greece. Because this was an unexpected stop, we did not have a chance to research or book a tour - just walked around the old town. Let me know if you have any other questions....😀
  11. Luv2travel - you will enjoy the itinerary. I highly recommend Tours by Locals. We found our tours of Rijeka, Split, Dubrovnik, and Valleta (Malta) by this company. They vet their guides, and all of them were worth the 5-star ratings we gave them. Due to weather, we missed Kotor (big sigh), which was one we were REALLY looking forward to. If you are willing to spend 5-7 hours on a tour, you can not only see the "old town/walls", but the surrounding area. Our guide in Rijeka took us to Island Krk - about 30 minutes away. Spent an amazing day there - so much to see and do. Let me know if you have specific questions about the ports. We really enjoyed getting in their vehicles and seeing the area.
  12. You are welcome, CruiserMickey! We may have been spoiled, as we were doing private tours booked on our own up until then. We did enjoy this tour, although I have to advise that it was somewhat abbreviated. We were delayed entry into the port of Naples by almost 2 hours due to poor weather and rough seas (we almost did not make it at all!). As a result, when we reported to the Celebrity Theatre to check in, they were already advising that some excursions were being abbreviated due to time constraints. Fortunately, we made both Pompeii and Sorrento, although we did not get the time to walk around Sorrento - only the farm/food stop. Pompeii was done very well. The guide on the bus was the guide in Pompeii. They give you a device with ear buds. My only comment is that we started late, so felt perhaps a bit rushed. Either way, you do not get the same experience as you would if you had all day (a trade off when you have to get back to the ship). Pompeii deserves all day to do it right. The farm/food stop in Sorrento was amazing. We got to try fresh mozzarella (they demonstrate how it is made!), tomatoes, another cheese, and salami. They also had their homemade Limoncello, which was delicious. We did not get to walk around town or shop, although the weather was not conducive for that sort of thing. All things considered, we had no complaints. Would prefer to do this as a private tour, but the distance and time involved made us feel more comfortable with doing Celebrities tour. A funny side note....we were "pushing" the time on getting back to port when the bus was pulled over by the Polizia. Apparently there was a problem with one of the taillights - the driver was perfectly safe, so no issues there. It did look like several tours were getting back later than we did. Overall - a memorable day!!! Let me know if you have any other questions.
  13. Kiran - we did the ABC islands last year on the Silhouette. You will love those ports! You will have no worries with the Connie...just understand that there are fewer restaurants, but nothing that would detract from an enjoyable cruise.
  14. Thank you MisterMet! The seafood night was in the middle of the cruise. For us, it was on the day we spent the rescheduled stop in Corfu, Greece. You should check when you board, as they will tell you. Since we were celebrating a birthday, we stopped to make a reservation upon embarkation. That is when they told us that particular evening would be their Seafood Night. Enjoy your Greek cruise! You will enjoy it, and the Constellation!
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