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  1. Yes, the travel insurance forum is LOADED with many informative posts. We have used The Trip Insurance Store, but did not need to make any claims- a good thing!
  2. We have cruised with Princess 6 times and it is our current favorite. (HAL 1 time, Celebrity 2 times). We were on the Celebrity Reflection in October and the Regal Princess in September. Wow, we will most likely NEVER go on Celebrity again. There was such a difference in in the general atmosphere of the entire ships. (however, our cabin steward on the Reflection was wonderful). We LOVED the buffet on the Regal; so much variety, shrimp, fresh and SANITARY! I was able to get a different kind of "Eggs Benedict" each morning. I am vegan but cheat with fish; shrimp being a favorite. On the Celebrity Reflection: Flies were buzzing around and landing on the food. Yuk! And Reflection buffet service was scarce and unfriendly and shrimp was non-existent. Dining Room food on Reflection was mediocre as was service. I had a Scampi Linguine one night and there was absolutely NO flavor. It took us at least 25 minutes one night to get our dessert after ordering it. Whereas on the Regal, service was abundant and friendly. They tended to dirty tables in a very timely manner and there was always someone to come by and ask if they could get you anything to drink. BTW- Princess beverages cost considerably less. Balconies: Balconies on the Regal are a good size if you are on the aft or forward. We were on the front of the ship in M101 and our balcony was about 15X15. Our aft Reflection balcony was a nice size. Both of our rooms had sofas.
  3. We were just fine and really enjoyed the Acropolis!!!
  4. We used Walks of Italy for the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Forum tour. Our tour guide was excellent. We also used them for our Vatican tour which was early entry- both were skip the line.
  5. Can you challenge it with your credit card company since you never received what you paid for?
  6. At least you will have a better drink package than we had (the Classic). It BARELY offered anything worthwhile and was quite disappointing. Cellar Masters is fun, however it is very expensive by the ounce. You need to purchase a separate card for that.
  7. P.S. This was recently on the Reflection.
  8. Just be aware that not all passengers follow the rules; and that smoke blows around with the wind. And that can be annoying when trying to enjoy some of the outdoor venues. (personal experience)
  9. nini

    Flight times

    After our ship docked in Civitavecchia (port close to Rome), we did not relish the idea of spending a night at the airport before flying home. However, if the ship had docked late or our transfer did not show up on time, then we would have missed our plane.
  10. Princess!!! Of course, then it would also depend on the ship. And yes, Alaska is about the ports. We have enjoyed 4 Alaska cruises on Princess and really liked having the naturalists on board with their commentaries and lectures.
  11. THANK GOD I have had a lesson on fruits- now I know the difference. Phew! Now I will not eat an orange when want an apple. Gee, so grateful I majored in dentistry and not flight strategies.
  12. fbgd- Yes, I realize what the OP is asking. I felt that this was a similar comparison because we also flew economy via Celebrity/ Choice Air from the west coast to Europe, even though AMS is closer than Rome. That is why I offered the post.
  13. We paid $796.00 for economy SeaTac to Rome. I booked it last June and we flew in October - through Choice Air (Celebrity). October is still considered in season in Italy.
  14. We used "Walks of Italy" now known as "Walks". Our tour guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. It was one of the best tours we have ever had. We booked a tour which included the upper level tiers, Palatine Hill and the Forum. We did not wait in any long line.
  15. Yes, the cash issue is very standard practice. We each took 100 Euros with us to get us started for our first transfer and then did an ATM withdrawal for a few tours- using our Schwab account which gave us a great exchange rate and reimbursed our fees.
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