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    cycling, history (especially ancient), reading
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    Celebrity, NCL, Vantage, AMA
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  1. We started cruising with NCL but were attracted to Celebrity by their cruises that were all over the World, South America, Australia/NZ, East Asia, South Asia and the Middle East, the Black Sea as well as all over Europe and the Caribbean. NCL is still weak in many of those areas, even though they have improved. HAL has good choices around the World, as does Princess.
  2. Virgin's prices are not as outrageous as they first look, since you pay for a cabin, not for each passenger. Also, many other costs that are extra on other lines are included. Still, unless they offer more crises than the Caribbean and Med, we will probably not use them. As for MSC, we have friends that took MSC and said the food was the worst they had been served on any cruise, ever. They said that they lost weight on the cruise, since they lost their appetites. As for Viking, as long as their fares are what they are, we won't be cruising with them, don't care how good they are.
  3. You could be right. If many passengers get tattoos, that would keep me away from the pool. I can't stand tattoos.
  4. Virgin may draw passengers from Celebrity, but currently Virgin only offers cruises in the Caribbean and Med (out of Barcelona).
  5. We are moderate drinkers and do not like the NCL beverage package. Last time on NCL Dawn, we brought our own wine and it worked well, but I wasn't aware that the Viva-Vino packages were still available. When I called NCL to ask about it, they didn't know about it. Apparently, you have to buy it once onboard. If we cruise NCL again, we would likely go with the Viva-Vino package. We used to buy the mid range one.
  6. We have seen significant increases in cruise prices for some of our 20 cruises that we have taken (11 Celebrity, 7 NCL and 2 Royal C). When we did around the Horn of South America in Jan 2014, the cruise fare doubled from what we booked. We always book early, many times as soon as the cruise is announced. On a couple of other cruises, we have seen increases of 50% or more. We have seen prices drop on about four cruises, which all but one we called and got the low price. On one it was after final payment, but we called and got a free upgrade to Aqua. Transatlantic cruises are usually the cheapest long cruises. We have taken three TA cruises and on TP cruise. Also, we have a TA cruise booked for 2021 (Rome to Tampa for about $1800 per person, no perks, which we like).
  7. This might be an option for us. We are Elite and enjoy the free happy hour and moderate drinkers, so we don't drink a lot. Our only drinks outside the happy hour are usually at dinner. We usually buy a 7 bottle wine package for a 14 day cruise, but may try this.
  8. We have done four cruises that included MED ports. There is quite a lot to see from one end to the other. Many cruises are out of Barcelona, others out of Civi-- the port for Rome, others out of Venice (that also visit Adriatic Ports), then some out of Athens and/ Istanbul. Not sure if any go into the Black Sea, which we did. The Eastern Med includes the Aegean and the Greek Islands, which are great. Cruises out of Venice visit Split and Dubrovnik that are great. The Western Med will have ports in Spain, France and Italy. Port that allow you to visit Rome, Florence, Monaco, Nice, Barcelona, Cartagena, Malaga and other ports in Spain. Some cruises go out into the Atlantic as well and visit Lisbon, Portugal, and islands like the Canary Islands and Madera. Here are my cc reviews on all the cruises that touched on the Med, that we did. Spain, Canary Islands and Morocco http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=80907 E. Med and Adriatic, NCL Gem http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=70129 Black Sea and E. Med http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=228545 W. Med NCL Epic http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=103808 If you have any specific questions, feel free to send me a message.
  9. The Panama Canal cruise would be best. Be sure to read the book, Path Between the Seas, by David McCullough. It tells the story of the building of the canal. When you go through the canal, you will see the engineering features that are mentioned in the book.
  10. We did Alaska on the Sun and booked an Aft-balcony, which was perfect. You didn't have the cold wind like you would on either starboard or port and you could see so much. If you are going one way from Vancouver to Seward, book starboard unless you go with an aft. Even if you do port, in both Glacier Bay and the Hubbard Glacier the Captain will do a 360 so everyone can see the glaciers.
  11. We have had two Celebrity cruises cancelled and one on Royal Caribbean. All three times we were very pleased with the benefits and/or transfer options. I am reading on the NCL thread that they have really screwed up the way they handled their Asian cruises. We learned what river cruises to avoid when the flooding in Central Europe resulted in cancelled cruises or some lines just turning the cruise into a bus tour.
  12. Happy Cruiser, You are right, but I will give X credit for taking the right action in the end. We also cruise on NCL (less now) and their drink packages are not so wonderful and include a horrendous 20% gratuity on a daily value of $99 per person per day. Our last NCL cruise we couldn't book the cruise without perks and still declined the beverage (drink) package, but brought our own wine, paid the $15 corkage fee per bottle and still paid LESS than what we would have paid JUST paying the gratuity on the beverage package.
  13. We have done only one Caribbean cruise that included Aruba, Curacao, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, St. Thomas, St. Marten and Antigua. Perhaps I expected more at Aruba, it was nice, but we were not overwhelmed. We like Curacao more. Our favorite islands were St. Lucia and Grenada, they seemed more authentically Caribbean. We also like Barbados, St. Thomas and Antigua. St. Marten seemed to be more like a hyped up Miami. It was OK, but just a but too much overrun by tourists and didn't seem as Caribbean as the others. I would go with the cruise that included St. Lucia and Grenada.
  14. Still, it is wise to exercise care. I believe that I read this report on the Rick Steves travel website. Check it out if interested. https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/general-europe
  15. Regarding afternoon coffee or tea, Celebrity has pretty good coffee at the buffet. It is Lavazza coffee and far better than what cruise lines like NCL serve. If you want the specialty coffee, like you buy at Starbucks, you would like Café al Bacio. https://www.celebritycruises.com/things-to-do-onboard/eat-and-drink/bars-and-lounges/al-bacio They have specialty tea there as well, along with pastries, which are free with purchase of coffee or tea/
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