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  2. The day passes for Tahitian Resorts are very expensive. We inquired once , cant remember the exact price but it was very high, and all you got was access to a selected part of the beach and a 2 course lunch....the 2 courses were 1. an orange juice. 2 a pastry. Pool access was strictly denied as that was reserved for the mainly French guests. The Hotels own all the best beaches in Tahiti . WE bowled into one in Papeete and were asked to move on immediately as we did not have the Hotel Pool towels, They showed us to a public spot around the headland but that was all mud. One tip for Bora Bora, ....lookout for a shuttle, usually a local in a ute or a people mover , offering a ride to Matira beach, That is the public "plage" and has the white coral sand. The Intercontinental is over the road and thats where we inquired, for a day pass , but were more than happy with Matira beach . The shuttle runs all day and on the way back we got off at Bloody Mary's. On Moorea there is a Motel down a right of way just before the old Club Med that has a beach and they welcome visitors to their beach bar , We found it by taking the shuttle to the pearl shop and the driver told us how to find it.
  3. frank808

    Freedom of the Seas Review 1/6-1/13,2019

    Nice review. I enjoyed reading it. I was wondering if you have the name of the vendor you used in St. Johns? We stopped there last year and did a tour but did not see Devils bridge and donkey sanctuary. Sure my wife would like to go there as we will be in St Johns in a few weeks. Thanks
  4. Bradison

    Room Service in a Crown Loft

    Great to know. Will give it a try on our next cruise. First time in a CLS. Thank you
  5. Navis

    Email to NCL Customer Service

    So, I've been off of CC since our cruise last September and apparently lost access to my account when the UI switched over so, sadly I am starting over on here! That said, I could not agree with this comment more. We have been on 8 NCL cruises, all in the Haven and all in deluxe owners suites. Don't get me wrong, we have enjoyed each of our cruises (even our cruise to just Port Canaveral last September) but certainly have noticed a continual degradation in the product. I also think it is gotten much worse since the bidding system was installed. The included liquors have been downgraded, the food quality has slipped and it seems the demands placed on the Haven staff seem to have exponentially increased (and, at least the requests I overhead, were unreasonable). We decided that, given all the changes that have happened to the Haven product (anyone remember the $3.95 upcharge for Johnny Blue?), we just can't justify the cost anymore. We decided to make the move to Seabourn for our next cruise. We'll see how it goes, but I don't expect we'll be returning to NCL until they reconsider the watering down of their Haven offering.
  6. IMO, all of the other stuff is trivial next to a MIL that can get on your nerves. I don't know how much advice I have for that other than the more you spend in that room, the worse it will be.
  7. Thank you so much. Looking forward to spending time on it now.
  8. sfaaa

    New dessert buffet

    Yeah, lunch only.
  9. AmyJA

    So Disappointed with Bliss

    Two people on the same cruise can have very different opinions. My 2 cents on our time sailing on the Bliss? Food was mostly good. Some wonderful (LA Bistro)l. Some not so (Cagney's). Didn't like the feel of the buffet area. LOVED the Observation lounge. And nope, we were not on an Alaskan cruise. Was the repo, bringing the ship south. The BEST cabin steward that we have ever have. And the rest of the staff? ALL were nice and knew their job. But then again...even the people on the ship (clients) were nice. Only ran into one pooh.
  10. silvercrikhix

    Casa Bacardi Gift Shop only?

    It sounds like the Barcadi “factory” tour is a bust. We don’t want to take the time for a tasting or mixology tour either. I’m a big Barcardi Fan though and would love to just go to the gift shop. Can I do that without taking the tour? Can we buy cocktails in lieu of the freebie with the tour? Thanks!
  11. Good thanks for following through also !
  12. Lionesss

    Room Service in a Crown Loft

    We ordered off the MDR menu, and it arrived within 30 min. Table cloth to pepper and salt shakers to those yellow plastic over metal warmer cover hot plates. It was not HOT HOT, but warm enough to enjoy. They brought everything and set it up on the table. The waiter that brought the meal was very attentive. Enjoy We did.
  13. There can be more than one ship there at a time? How can you find out if there is another ship in port with your ship?
  14. Coral

    Time line for upgrades on Princess Caribbean

    I just received an "upgrade" for a December cruise. It was minimal but free.
  15. trbarton

    Princess Cruise "Secrets" 2019

    If your willing to be upgraded only to the next category like from Balcony to Mini Suite, have your booking marked “Mita Upgrade” which means you’re only interested in the next higher category. I do this every time I make a booking. I do this every time I make a booking. Tom😀
  16. Daniel A

    smaller luggage tags?

    Were you able to print the tags from a PDF file? My tags are only opening on a web page and not a PDF anymore.
  17. OlsSalt

    HAL Amsterdam in 2020

    Amsterdam 2020 - Indian Ocean/ Africa portion - Singapore to FLL Wednesday, March 25 Singapore 9:00am Thursday, March 26 Singapore 5:00pm Friday, March 27 Strait of Malacca (Cruising) Saturday, March 28 At Sea Sunday, March 29 At Sea Monday, March 30 Colombo, Sri Lanka 8:00am 11:00pm Tuesday, March 31 At Sea Wednesday, April 1 Male, Maldives 8:00am 6:00pm Thursday, April 2 At Sea Friday, April 3 At Sea Saturday, April 4 Victoria, Seychelles Noon Sunday, April 5 Victoria, Seychelles 5:00pm Monday, April 6 At Sea Tuesday, April 7 At Sea Wednesday, April 8 Mombasa, Kenya 8:00am Thursday, April 9 Mombasa, Kenya 5:00pm Friday, April 10 Zanzibar, Tanzania 8:00am 5:00pm Saturday, April 11 At Sea Sunday, April 12 Mayotte, Comoro Islands 8:00am 5:00pm Monday, April 13 Nosy Be, Madagascar 8:00am 4:00pm Tuesday, April 14 At Sea Wednesday, April 15 At Sea Thursday, April 16 Maputo, Mozambique 8:00am 5:00pm Friday, April 17 Richards Bay, South Africa 8:00am 11:00pm Saturday, April 18 Durban, South Africa 8:00am 11:00pm Sunday, April 19 At Sea Monday, April 20 At Sea Tuesday, April 21 Cape Town, South Africa 8:00am Wednesday, April 22 Cape Town, South Africa 11:00pm Thursday, April 23 At Sea Friday, April 24 Luderitz, Namibia 8:00am 5:00pm Saturday, April 25 Walvis Bay, Namibia 8:00am 4:00pm Sunday, April 26 At Sea Monday, April 27 At Sea Tuesday, April 28 St. Helena, UK Territory 10:00am 6:00pm Wednesday, April 29 At Sea Thursday, April 30 Ascension Island, U.K. Territory 10:00am 6:00pm Friday, May 1 At Sea Saturday, May 2 At Sea Sunday, May 3 At Sea Monday, May 4 At Sea Tuesday, May 5 At Sea Wednesday, May 6 At Sea Thursday, May 7 Barbados 8:00am 6:00pm Friday, May 8 Guadeloupe 9:00am 3:00pm Saturday, May 9 San Juan, Puerto Rico 10:00am 11:00pm Sunday, May 10 At Sea Monday, May 11 At Sea Tuesday, May 12 Fort Lauderdale, FL
  18. Iamverybusy

    Drinks on Bliss?

    I'm thinking of booking a last minute cruise on the Bliss but there are no deals on drink packages (because booking an air+cruise package). If we purchase the basic "soda" package and purchase drinks by the glass is it cheaper, more expensive or about the same. I took a cruise on Celebrity last year and upgraded the drinks package but never really felt I drank what it was worth (3 alcoholic drinks per day max, a smoothie and water). Has anyone ever done this? Is it worth it, if we only drink say a cocktail, a couple glasses of wine, and a nightcap? Maybe we should get UBP based on a recent thread I just quickly scanned. Thank you!
  19. Ashland

    St Petersburg tour guides

    Most well know private tour guides are all well known....Our's from TJ Travel certainly was....VIP service wherever we went .... always to the front and escorted quickly in...real VIP service not only from her but our driver as well...just amazing !!!! I think the fact that we did a private tour with just the two of us made a huge difference....well worth booking it that way and something to consider for just a few $$$'s difference.
  20. Cruisercl

    Not Happy with Liquor Up Charges

    My intent was to comment on all of the posts by 'xakeridi' not just the one; their tone and generalizations has been unkind to others. My apologies for not making that more clear.
  21. Bradison

    Casino Rate Marketing Email

    What kind of $ do you have to gamble to get these kinds of offers?
  22. Happy Anniversary! But you have posted erroneously in the forum for help in using the message boards. You need to start your Roll Call in the Celebrity Solstice Roll Calls forum. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/372-celebrity-solstice-roll-calls/
  23. paul929207

    St Petersburg tour guides

    We used Alla tours last summer and they were great.
  24. trbarton

    Time line for upgrades on Princess Caribbean

    If your willing to be upgraded only to the next category like from Balcony to Mini Suite, have your booking marked “Mita Upgrade” which means you’re only interested in the next higher category. Tom😀
  25. shof515

    Carnival Legend to Iceland

    it is a unique cruise that very very rarely happens so it gets sold very very quick
  26. Many thanks for getting the Forum Jump feature working again.
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