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  1. Just got email, This might be good sign. Four of the R ships back together. Glad to see smaller ships still sailing.
  2. We did the tour early this year and enjoyed it and the walk to see the penguins very much. It was about a mile out, but we started seeing small groups right after starting the walk. Very easy walking even with temperatures in the high 80s the day we were there. Good bbq lunch at the building in earlier post. Saw llamas (or close relatives) on the way out, as well as stop at lighthouse. Interesting seeing fiberglass lighthouse and sea lions sunning themselves.
  3. Skagway tours We did a Dyea Dave private tour with White Pass rail back two years ago. Best tour in over 20 cruises and we were planning on doing it again last spring before everything was canceled. It was early May and first run for the train. We stopped side of the road to watch bear other side of guard rail watching us. Driver was amazing spotting wild life. Snow drifts that were cleared for train were crazy. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  4. Smoked Zacapa We visited their tasting room several years ago. High point was the smoked xo. The used a smoke gun and larger glass dome to make a straight liquor that even my wife liked. It was cheaper at large chain liquor store at home, and we did not have to carry it. Did buy rum filled chocolates. Last time we were on Celebrity, the 23 was listed smoked at World Class bar, but did not have a smoke gun board. Volcano was smoking and rumbling when we were there, erupted with loss of life a couple of weeks later. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  5. We tried everything we could to upgrade the land portion of our June Alaskan cruise this January and February. We had just the suite cabin we wanted, but were told it was wait listed on could not get it back. There were plenty on cabins available for inside and ocean view so the other excursion were not sold out. The on board sales person on last cruise did everything she could to knock the ABX three day excursion packages. We canceled 10 days ago thinking we would see if cabin opened up after final payment. Checked this morning, and we are not the only suite to cancel. I hope customer relations is happy with their iron clad rules and empty cabins!
  6. After 23 cruises, the Grinch has finally struck and stolen our door decoration. I was nice seeing all of the decorated doors around the ship early in the cruise. My wife spent hours making a very nice embodered Xmas tree with lights for our door. This morning when we got up it had been stolen. In talking to room Stewart, we are not the only ones even in our small section of the ship. We have since heard that this has been very common in talking to guest relations and other passengers. This very disappointing, hopefully someone will turn these items in and we will be able to claim from lost and found
  7. Getting into chefs table can often be difficult on shorter cruises. They do not offer it every night. Back to back people can sometimes cause it to be sold out before new people get on.
  8. Is this a departure day tour? The canceled all of the transfer tours on our April Italy cruise and left us chasing transfers and tours. Much cheaper doing shared limo and hop on hop off
  9. Just did Spain France and Italy 7 day cruises, France was my favorite for sight seeing. We did private tours in Provence and really enjoyed them. Crowds were much worse in Spanish and Italian stops. The issue we had was there was no none EU stops and we were charged VAT on ship purchases. Extra 20-22% adds up. Not sure if purchasing upgrade packages before board helps or not.
  10. The hats are now generic. I have my inaugural season Pursuit hat, a Journey hat, and Pursuit hat that is now my wife’s since she shrunk it. They expensive unless you have obc to spend.
  11. I would be afraid of trip size if tours were included. We did ship tour for sherry tasting on recent Spain Tour. As we were leaving tasting, a group from Viking that looked like 100 people came around the corner with one guide trying ride heard on them waving Viking logo flag. Not sure if river or ocean cruise. Only surveys we have received are post cruise. We were invited to focus group about LVC program while in Miami between cruises. Program is getting to be useless with changes to veranda cabin status.
  12. We did chefs shopping tour in market in Kotor with Chef Daniel. Sampled everything in market. We then had tour of the town with local guide. Went back to ship for quick lunch and guide met us for van ride to winery for tapas and tasting. When we returned to ship, Daniel had prepared fish that was still moving when he picked it out in the morning along with other local dishes. Local wine that the wine steward had chosen was served with each course. This was better than chefs table.
  13. West bound is much easier on the body. We have done two east bound on Celebrity and one west bound on Journey. The 23 hour days get to be a real pain after 3-4. We really enjoy the sea days and did not get any more bored on Azamara than on Celebrity.
  14. During recent ten day Caribbean cruise on Journey, that we told would get a chance to try new menu on the four day Cuba. At last minute, Miami pushed out the change. Chef did do his favorites for us last night. Wife loved the shaved salad, my favorite was the lobster ravioli. Hopefully will be in place for our April cruises on Pursuit.
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