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  1. We had an inside on the refurbished spirit with no issues at all. Beautiful ship and great service. Double check that you are looking at the new deck plans as some passengers we spoke to had booked cabins which were under the gym after refurbishment (not when they booked) and had a real problem with noise from above. Oh and don't forget that you can ask for a coffee maker in your inside cabin from your steward.
  2. Kennystwin Thank you for your reply I really appreciate that you took the time to come up with so many brilliant thoughts. I had not thought of avoiding bus trips (though we usually don't do them any way) you are correct that he would hate to be told about life in Alaska by some one who hadn't spent winter there. I have been to North Pole Alaska at Christmas but it only got down to -30 and I was told I needed to come back to experience proper winter weather.
  3. I looked before I booked - the deposit is a few hundred and we paid by a credit card that has an excellent record of refunds, I would certainly not put down the many thousands that some people appear to have lost reading trip advisor. The trip is not until July 2022 so we have plenty of time before final payment is due.
  4. Will check out the capitol building and brewing tours they sound great.
  5. Thank you for your advice I will look at the mine tour for sure. Tourist stuff is fine as are crowds of people, when you live some where you never do the tourist stuff (the last time he was in Juneau was 30 years ago for business). The cruise is a part of a longer trip so I get to see part of Alaska I haven't been to DH is happy so long as he is being fed and watered I just want to find stuff he will enjoy too.
  6. OK here is my situation. My wonderful DH has agreed to an Alaskan cruise BUT he lived for most of his life in Alaska. Dog sledding - he owned a team, wildlife - spawning salmon, moose and beaver hung out on his property, flying over a glacier - he did it as his job ........ So any suggestions for things to do off the tourist trail? We like people, food, wine, quirky things, wine, mechanical things and wine. I thought the Mount Roberts Tramway in Juneau would fit the bill and Dolly's House in Ketchikan but other ideas most welcome. I know it seems strange but I have only seen inter
  7. We did a 14 Day Amsterdam to Budapest in September / October 2017 and I would thoroughly recommend it. (We have just booked Bucharest to Budapest for 2022). You will see a lot of small German towns and some major European highlights, plus amazing autumn colours. If you have time spend extra days at both ends of the trip as both cities deserve as much time as you can give them. The Szechenyi Baths were a total highlight for us at the end of our cruise. As others have said research (ooh I do love a spreadsheet) to find out which company is the best fit for your party and budget
  8. If you have booked in the UK and paid in £ then there is nothing left to pay on board - if you look at your account you will see the breakdown of the price listed like this Cruise fare, Fuel Suppl (usually NA) Gov't taxes, fees and port Expenses Guest total ( the sum of the above) then a new line saying Prepaid Service Charges then the total price to pay The Ts&Cs for the US customers are totally different and have a daily charge added to your account on board plus tips added to the drinks package at the time you pay for the cruise.
  9. On our trip Spice H2O was pretty quite after about 5pm when the sun loungers were no longer in the sun and the staff take all the cushions in. It is not a party area just a nice chill out space with quite ambient sort of music. We were on deck 9 and cut through deck 10 to get to the stairs but it was not a busy thoroughfare by any means. I would recommend the location. The only cabins to avoid at all cost are the ones under the gym, double check you have an up to date deck plan as the gym was extended in the refurbishment, and the soundproofing left a lot to be desired.
  10. Yes we have our refund - actually several days ago but have just seen it on our credit card statement. This was a 50% refund for a disrupted cruise which finished on the 22nd March so a little less than 2 months.
  11. One final picture I meant to post, taken in Cape Town - this is the kind of fill up I approve of! OK so I know it was water but a girl can dream
  12. Sorry I can't answer about the spa we never got close to it. I loved the old Spirit and the renovations make it even better, Spice H2O is a wonderful space, on the "arms" at the aft on deck 11 there are comfortable chairs, The Local is a vast improvement on the cramped 24 hour place before and the casino is smoke free. There is a upstairs area for smokers which is glassed in. Not everyone liked the huge screen in the atrium, but it seemed to mostly have videos of flowers, beaches and waterfalls and I didn't have a problem with it.
  13. No sign of it yet and I'm not expecting if for weeks - but not looking to book another trip for a few months.
  14. OK we are on the home straight now hold on Food We had refuelled at sea and taken on six tenders of provisions whist off the coast of (probably) the Seychelles. With so many days still to go it was inevitable that some items would run out. The only real casualty as far as we were concerned was the reducing choices on the salad bar, bean and lentil based salads appeared and shredded vegetables replaced lettuce. We had 8 meals in the speciality all of which were excellent. Onda by Scarpetta is the new Italian and the menu is confusing as it looks a bit like a regular Italian
  15. We are still cruising if you are still reading Well, breaking news we made it to Reunion, well, not exactly to Reunion but we stopped near by to allow a medical evacuation which was not unexpected as there had been a passenger code alpha the previous evening. After this, it was confirmed that all of our ports were no go, so now it is full steam ahead to Cape Town and a total of 16 consecutive sea days. The new question is will the South African Government let us dock and disembark? Day 16 saw rough seas, high winds, cloudy skies and general grumpiness as deck 7 was clo
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