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Sunny AZ Girl

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  • Location
    Queen Creek, AZ
  • Interests
    Faith, Family, Travel, Photography
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean - but open to others for itinerary
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mediterranean

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  1. We enjoyed Dimillo's when we visited Portland this October. It worked well for our group and we were able to make reservations in advance. Nice views.
  2. I would recommend Visit a City when planning any DIY itinerary, in conjunction with the Rick Steve's books. We have done this several times. You use one of their suggested itineraries depending on your time allotted and interest and then customize it to work for you. It gives you maps, opening hours and descriptions of attractions. It is operated by Viator, so there are tours you may or may not choose to include in your day. Once you have completed your itinerary you can download it and use it offline as you make your way through the city. https://www.visitacity.com/
  3. Good to know. Thank you for posting this. We will be watching for developments as we anticipate our planned 2021 vacation to Italy & Greece.
  4. We spent a week in Tuscany a few years ago and had a wonderful time! We visited the small towns and villages in the area from our AirBnB villa and then spent a night in Florence before flying to Barcelona for a TransAtlantic cruise. We had one day to tour Florence (we did a self directed tour using a customized Visit a City itinerary) and we loved it. However, we loved our countryside villa and the small villages we visited even more. Next year we are planning 5 nights in Rome and one night in Civitavecchia prior to taking a 9 night Greek Island cruise (with an overnight in Naples, so we can do both Pomeii and the Amalfi Coast) with a Trans-Atlantic B2B. We are spending 5 nights in Rome since we have never been there before and plan to only take half day tours for the most part with plenty of time to just enjoy the ambiance of Rome. We have learned that Italy can be tiring with hills and plenty of uneven surfaces and stairs. We aren't getting any younger (We will be late 68 - late 71 on this trip!) and we enjoy it all the more when we can sit at a sidewalk cafe and watch everyone who is in a hurry scurry past us as we slowly enjoy a cappuccino or a gelato.😎
  5. I just sent an inquiry to PK Travels for a tour for 2021. My question is whether we should stick to the 8 hour Athens Tour or should try to combine the Athens and Corinth Tour in a 9 hour day? This will be our first visit to Athens.
  6. We are also interested in this tour through PK Travel in 2021. I just e-mailed for information. We actually had booked with them about 4 years ago, but had a family emergency and had to cancel the cruise. Our experience with them in the booking and cancelling process was very positive.
  7. My recommendation for the HOHO bus in any city is to ride it in the complete circuit (without getting off) on the first day to get an overview of the city, After that, either go back to the places you want to see on your own or use a 2nd day ticket to go back to your highlights. You can judge on the first day if you would like, what the lines are like to actually hop on and hop off the bus on day 2. We have actually wasted a 2nd day ticket rather than wait in lines. It was still worth it, as we really enjoyed the first day general orientation with the narration of the area. I have not been to Rome (yet), but would probably forego the HOHO bus there entirely as it looks like it is rather compact. Sometimes a walking tour can do the same thing.
  8. We are looking forward to October 2021. Hopefully Europe will be ready for cruises by that time.🤞
  9. That is also my concern. My DH will be 71 before our next cruise in 2021, but he is in perfect health at this time, not even on any medications. That could change, but I am reading that doctors are refusing to sign that note due to liability concerns.
  10. Agree also. From what I am hearing from the people who aren't normally cruisers like us, they are afraid at this point to get on a ship. The media has the general public equating cruise ships with floating cesspools. I predict it will take at least a couple of years for RCI to bring in the new cruisers it has been marketing to in mass quantities. In the meantime, they are going to have to depend on those of us who are repeat cruisers to fill the ships at discounted prices. Unfortunately for them, we tend to be low onboard spenders. But, once people stop hearing about cruise ships with massive infection rates and quarantines they will probably start to book once again & prices will once again start to rise. I for one volunteer to help the cruiselines reassure the general public that cruising is safe once this is all over!🙋‍♀️
  11. I cancelled both a Celebrity cruise and a RCI cruise a couple of weeks ago (not related to the virus, but after the 30 day suspension). The Celebrity refund hit my account within a few days, the RCI refund took about a week later. But I got both back fairly quickly.
  12. Plus, we will be the ones who are first to get back on their ships! You can bet that the untapped population that seems to have been RCI's focus in the last few years are not going to consider cruising as a vacation option for quite some time due to all of the negative publicity surrounding the two Princess ships that were quarantined. Many people now consider cruise ships as floating petri dishes. My DH is 70 and healthy (no medications), but I am concerned that we will be unable to find a doctor willing to sign that waiver.
  13. My DH will be 71 by the time we cruise next in April '21, He is in perfect health at this time. Hopefully, he still will be. But if doctor's are refusing to sign the letter at that time I am not sure what we will do. Airfare will be available soon. I don't plan to book anything until the virus threat is a memory only, but that will put a lot of people in a bind. What if you are all set to go and a week before departure you can't find a doctor to sign this form? Hopefully, Royal will rethink this once the hysteria dies down.
  14. NCL actually had three ships sailing under the US flag for awhile in Hawaii. It was a disaster for them. Reviews were horrible as they were stretched not only to fill with passengers, but with enough US workers who were willing to work under normal cruise ship conditions. We did the Pride of America a couple of years after they went back to just one US commissioned ship in Hawaii. The captain invited all of the Cruise Critic Roll Call people to not only a Meet & Mingle at the beginning of the cruise but a follow up meeting at the end to give us our personal reviews. He was working to build up the reputation of the ship once again after the other two ships departed. He explained to all of us the difficulties and requirements of working under the US flag. We were very impressed. BTW, it was a great cruise. We all gave a thumbs up. The crew was lovely, but they are hard to find when 80% of the crew needs to be US citizens.
  15. I cancelled two cruises - one on Celebrity and one on RCI. The Celebrity cruise is gone from my cruise planner, but the RCI is not. Different travel agents. I have not yet received a refund from either and that was over a week ago. I.m not surprised as I am sure their backlog is horrendous at this time. I a concerned that RCI has not received the cancellation from the second TA yet. I will have to follow up with the TA, I guess.
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