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joat

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  1. Yes, the 'drinks' packages are listed and ridiculous. But wine seemed to be by the bottle only. Just strange.
  2. Booked on May 10, 2019 Regal Princess--Copenhagen >Copenhagen. I find only individual bottles listed so far on the Princess site. On CC the most recent discussion I have found so far about wine packages on Princes is from 2008 and 2006. We have sailed on HAL several times, thrice on RC, once on Celebrity. We have always bought wine packages prior to sailing. HAL and Cunard have wine package. I am finding only individual bottles of wine. Am I missing something on their site?
  3. Thank you very much for the follow-up information. I think we will look into cruises with the Carnival family--HAL, Princess, Cunard especially. Hopefully a spring 2020 cruise will be possible. I am also looking at a Nile cruise package through Outgoing Adventures, booked through Happy Gay Travel. These are all small groups within the passengers. Good reviews but we are still investigating it.
  4. Thank you for the information. Sadly, this will likely be a 'game changer', especially for my spouse even though the itinerary we are looking at is really interesting. P&O and Cunard are owned by the same corporation (Carnival) as HAL. Both these receive praises for their dining room offerings, just as HAL.
  5. My husband and I are looking at a 2020 cruise out of Singapore, ending in London-Tilbury. One of our great interests in cruising is the quality of food in the main dining room. We have tried a few different cruise companies but always come back to the most excellent quality and variety of food on Holland American Line ships in the main dining room. Cannot find any reviews on CC about this. Please, give us some input regarding the main dining room offerings. If you have sailed on HAL as well, a comparison would be great. Thanks.
  6. Thank you so much for the great comparison of FO and HAL cruise lines. One of our concerns has been dress code on FO. We are both retired, live in the desert Southwest and suits/sport coats are rare. Here being dressed for dinner (for men) is a pair of slacks and a nice shirt--could be Hawaiian, short sleeved or long; just not T-shirt or less. We each own one blazer, two ties each and two dress shirts each. Never wear them unless on a cruise. (Not at all on the last cruise-never to be repeated Celebrity :loudcry:-and only once on the previous Med. cruise-HAL) It seems that on FO jacket and tie are required every evening and more formal dress, for men, on certain other evenings. HAL has a 'dressy' night or two per cruise, but realizes that being dressy does not mean a coat and tie in all societies, so no problems. That and the, for me, boring English cuisine are huge negatives. We will likely stay with HAL. Oh, and we love the Lincoln Center performers on HAL! Learned from yesterday's search that this has been expanded from the original 3 ships to 8 of the HAL ships. Again, thank you very much for the input.
  7. We have sailed on several cruise lines. We keep coming back to HAL (Holland America Line), mostly since we live in the U. S. But I read much about Fred. Olsen Line and would like to know from cruisers who have sailed on both lines which they prefer and why. Thanks.
  8. We have sailed on several cruise lines. We keep coming back to HAL (Holland America Line), mostly since we live in the U. S. But I read much about Fred. Olsen Line and would like to know from cruisers who have sailed on both lines which they prefer and why. Thanks.
  9. Thanks. This is a great site. Fortunately, we do speak more than just English, though it is our native language. So not English speaking lines are definite possibilities as well.
  10. Thanks to all. I finally was able to get a reply on IM on the Celebrity Facebook page. Have established contact with one of the sales reps. He is a very nice guy and has been very helpful.
  11. I have a couple of questions for Celebrity and need to reach out with an email. Hate telephones. These ears do not deal well with telephones. Prefer email. Anyone have an email address for anyone in Celebrity US? A sales rep, perhaps? My previous contact is no longer with Celebrity and his email address is dead. It just gets kicked back. Celebrity UK has an email address and will reply to email, but they cannot provide answers to some of the questions I have about two 2019 cruises through the US office. TIA for the info.
  12. Not sure where to post this but decided to try here. In November, 2019, Celebrity has a b2b cruise from Rome to Dubai; Dubai to Singapore. Does anyone know of any other cruise line that does a similar relocation that includes the Suez Canal and Petra; west coast of India and ending somewhere in southeast Asia? Could be Thailand, Singapore or other port. I found MSC from a couple of Italy ports to Dubai and/or Abu Dhabi, but nothing beyond the UAE. Thanks for the input.
  13. Not sure where to post this but decided to try here. In November, 2019, Celebrity has a b2b cruise from Rome to Dubai; Dubai to Singapore. Does anyone know of any other cruise line that does a similar relocation that includes the Suez Canal and Petra; west coast of India and ending somewhere in southeast Asia? Could be Thailand, Singapore or other port. I found MSC from a couple of Italy ports to Dubai and/or Abu Dhabi, but nothing beyond the UAE. Thanks for the input.
  14. Not sure where to post this but decided to try here. In November, 2019, Celebrity has a b2b cruise from Rome to Dubai; Dubai to Singapore. Does anyone know of any other cruise line that does a similar relocation that includes the Suez Canal and Petra; west coast of India and ending somewhere in southeast Asia? Could be Thailand, Singapore or other port. I found MSC from a couple of Italy ports to Dubai and/or Abu Dhabi, but nothing beyond the UAE. Thanks for the input.
  15. Thanks for the input. HAL is looking better and better. Sadly, HAL does not have any routing such as this Celebrity--Rome>Dubai; Dubai>Singapore (in the fall leaving the Med. season; the other directions in the spring going to the Med. season)
  16. We are looking into back to back cruises for 2019 from Rome to Dubai; Dubai to Singapore. This is a month aboard ship and we would need to have laundry done along the way. On previous Holland cruises, we have always used a laundry package for a flat fee and it worked out great. Does Celebrity offer laundry packages? How much?
  17. We are looking into back to back cruises for 2019 from Rome to Dubai; Dubai to Singapore. This is a month aboard ship and we would need to have laundry done along the way. On previous Holland cruises, we have always used a laundry package for a flat fee and it worked out great. Does Celebrity offer laundry packages? How much?
  18. Thanks for the great input from all. It was especially good to have the links I can pursue. I rather like the idea that tourists are not allowed in the buildings. They are just empty spaces and too many tourists inside could lead even to unintentional damage to these world treasures. I know other places where just the build-up of breath and moisture from throngs of tourists has resulted in irreparable damage to some sites.
  19. In searching for information about day trips from a cruise ship to Petra, the most recent was 2012. Anyone who has made this excursion, an update would be much appreciated. We are beginning to look into Celebrity cruises from Rome to Abu Dhabi and/or Dubai for late 2019. Petra would be one of the highlights to include, if possible. Any online links to private tour companies that have proven good for forum participants would be tremendous. Thanks.
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