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  1. Wow, great price! We're paying $200 pp to upgrade from Inside to mid ship balcony. I originally put in a bid of $100 each but then we decided to increase it because we really wanted the balcony. We felt we got a great deal because that category cabin was $900 pp more than what we paid for the upgrade. All Balcony cabins are now sold out.
  2. If you have shore excursion credits call to book and you won't be charged up front. It will go on your cabin account and the excursion credit will be deducted then.
  3. I bid $200 (fair) for an upgrade from inside to balcony. It was accepted 4 weeks before the cruise and we got midship balcony on deck 9 of the Spirit.
  4. We used London Walks. We love that company. For the Hampton Court Palace tour we meet our guide at the Waterloo train station. We added to our Oyster card to cover the cost of the train. We took the train to Richmond and did a brief walking tour there. Then had some free time before taking a boat up the Thames to Hampton Court Palace. They suggested a sandwich shop in Richmond to buy food and even arranged to have the food delivered to the boat. We were the only group using the boat and ate our lunch while we travelled on the river. We used the dock at the palace and then the guide purchased our tickets and did the tour of the palace. The tour ended at the palace. You can stay as long as you want afterward and then make the short walk to train station for the trip back to London.
  5. Are you on a cruise and will only be in London for a day or are you sending some time in the city post- or pre-cruise? I would highly suggest London Walks great escapes then. If you enjoy walking then these tours are perfect. We did the Cotswolds tour and also the Hampton Court Palace Tour where you take a boat part way on the Thames going through the locks on the river. If you want to do a day trip to Windsor that is very easily done on your own by taking the train to Windsor from Paddington with one easy change and then walking around town and visiting the castle on your own. We also did a day trip to Liverpool on our own. Took a 7:30 am train to Liverpool and took a taxi to The Beatles Museum at Albert Dock. Booked a 3 hour tour with Fab Four Taxi Tours that picked us up at the museum at noon. They dropped us off at Mathew Street and we went to the Cavern Club and had dinner at the Hard Days Night Hotel before heading back to London on the train. Got back to London around 10 pm. We also did a bus tour with Premium Tours to Stratford-On-Avon, Bath and Stonehenge and another tour to Canterbury, And other to Oxford, Bampton, and Highclere Castle.
  6. What is your style of travel - do you like a small group or do you prefer a large group? What do you want to see outside of London? I have used these two companies: https://www.premiumtours.co.uk Large group tours using bus transportation with tours in London as well as day trips outside of the city. http://www.walks.com/other-tours/day-trips-from-london/ - A variety of 2 hour walking tours in London but they also have day trips they call Great Escapes. A full day using trains and boats to arrive at destination for day trips.
  7. We had problems getting an afternoon flight that was non-stop from FCO to EWR. All non-stop flights were in the morning. We choose a flight with a stop over in Canada that leaves at 1:30 pm. I was told to leave a minimum of 5 hours from disembarkation time to the flight time.
  8. We had an Aft balcony that was very large on POA on deck 7 - it was right above the promenade deck but it still felt private.
  9. I was on the Jade from Noon to 10 pm a few years ago and we had no problem getting the cable car after sunset. I heard that as long as there are cruise ships in the caldera the cable car will run.
  10. Didn't have Greek coffee the last trip. We arrived at noon and left at 10 pm.I will have to try on my next trip.
  11. Best moussaka I ever had. My travel companions also enjoyed their meals - one person had grilled octopus - can't remember the others. The food tends to take a back seat to the view.
  12. Here is an image of the position of a ship in the caldera and Fira. There are some nice views sailing into the port but you really want to get off the ship to see the views from the top.
  13. Most European hotels also ask to see your passport. Not sure what they do with it but if the number is input into their systems that could be where a breach occurred.
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