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  1. We always did a combination of cruise and land tours. We usually rented apartments or houses for the land part, which allowed us to visit and explore in depth. The cruise would come in the middle part of the holiday and we really enjoyed the whole X experience, plus of course the ports, which gave us a taste of places we liked enough to visit again at a later date. We aren’t avid cruisers, just about once a year, but it’s been something we really loved right from the very first, 15+ years back. And we would still want to continue cruising, especially when we take our annual extended f
  2. Thanks for the info on Regent, I too will contact you for further details. We take just about one cruise a year, or even every other year, but have been loyal Celebrity customers and happy with their product and service. But we’re now looking for other options, especially since we cruise almost exclusively in Europe and are would like different ports and itineraries.
  3. Except for Alaska we cruise exclusively in Europe, our preference being for the 14N/15D sailings. But there’s fewer and fewer of them now, only a couple of 10/12 nighters. I remember in June 2014 we did a Venice-Istanbul 7 nighter and Celebrity had four such itineraries that month with only 2-3 ports being repeated. A couple of folks we did tours with were booked on a B2B2B. Nothing of that sort now, just the tried and tested formula!
  4. We’re in the same ‘’boat’’, only one cruise a year, if at all, and almost all exclusively on Celebrity. We always opted for the bev package, we aren’t huge drinkers, but we found it was worth it, what with the coffees and teas and water, plus wine with dinner and a nightcap for DH. Gratuites we always pay, and then some, so that’s okay too. The OBC was useful to pay for specialty dining and we never got wifi, our Elite minutes were more than enough to stay in touch with the office. Plus ports all have free wifi and that was enough to check on emails and send whatsapp messages to friends and f
  5. If the Infinity and Connie are indeed transferred to Pullmantur, any idea which ships might replace them? Especially the South American itineraries we’re talking about now? Would love for the Silhouette to be brought back as per the original deployment...
  6. We’re also booked on the Infinity Chile-Argentina sailing in February 2022, originally scheduled to be on the Silhouette. We transferred to the Infinity a couple of months back, but aren’t too excited about the ship. Still a long way off, so we’ll see how it goes, though I don’t believe any revolutions will take place till at least 2023.
  7. Dani, the Nordkaap sailing almost always has only Flam or Geiranger, makes sense as they need to go much further up north. We did the southern fjords some years back and really enjoyed the Norway in a Nutshell train journey from Flam, my choice was based on that. But from what 4774Papa says it can be done from other ports too, so I need to research it some. Geiranger fjord was stunning, we later took a tour up to Dalsnibba and the Eagles Rd. All of Norway was gorgeous and we always rate that cruise as one of the best.
  8. Thank you markeb and Miaminice for the detailed description of the Radiance class ships. I read yesterday that the Jewel had been refurbished in 2017, do you know if the interiors were redone, especially the staterooms? I agree that people on these itineraries aren’t looking to party, nor would I except to see many children. My experience is that the majority on European sailings is looking to explore the ports.
  9. The Nordkaap sailing is on the Jewel, which Celebrity ship would you say she’s like? The refurbished Millie or the pre-revolution Infinity and Summit? We did Alaska on the Millie in July 2019 and she was lovely.
  10. Thanks a lot, would be most interested to read your review.
  11. You’re right, sorry, my mistake! Celebrity will now deploy Infinity in South America instead of the Silhouette, she’s being diverted to the Caribbean. We took the option of rebooking on Infinity, but aren’t happy with the change and haven’t decided if we want to do this cruise...
  12. Royal has an Arctic Circle sailing on the Jewel of the Seas on June 20, 2022, which includes Flam, a port we want to see. I will of course post on the Royal Caribbean forum, but wanted your take on this too. Thanks again, really appreciate your taking the time to tell me about your experiences with these different lines, you guys are the best! https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruises/?country=USA&dates_maxDate=07%2F31%2F2022&dates_minDate=06%2F01%2F2022&departureCode_AMS=true&destinationRegionCode_EUROP=true&itineraryPanel=JW12AMS-3054981916
  13. Nordkaap is most certainly on our wishlist. Celebrity offered this about 10-12 years back, on the Connie I believe, but when I looked the next year they no longer had that itinerary.
  14. Thanks for pointing out that these are two different cruise lines MN, absolutely didn’t have any idea about it. Half our group is vegetarian, so am not sure what kind of options would be available on TUI Germany. Celebrity was extremely good in that respect and we were spoiled for choices, they also have a good, though somewhat repetitive Indian menu too.
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