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  1. sailco

    Need help-new to Celebrity Millinneum

    You're going to love Celebrity especially this class of ship. Have a great cruise and come back to tell us all about it!
  2. sailco

    Tender to Newport Rhode island

    Newport is easily explored on foot. There's plenty of time to do the coastal walk and loop back to town. You pass many of the old mansions including the Breakers. Back in town, don't forget to call in to the historic Tennis Club/International Tennis Hall of Fame and leave time for a drink at one of the marina bars before lining up for the tender. There's also a trolley but the ship usually books it out.
  3. It's been going on for too long without any sign of resolution. I'd be sending the whole file to Jan Swartz ASAP. Sure it'll probably be sent back to the Australian office but it'll come with a strong message to fix it now!
  4. sailco

    Beverage upgrade and other questions.

    I think you beed to contact MSC directly to upgrading the beverage package and I'm pretty sure you'll be able to use both massages if you play your cards right 🤫 To status match you need to download the form from the MSC website, fill it in nd send proof of your RCL status. It took less than 48 hours for our MSC status to be confirmed.
  5. sailco

    First time to Muscat, Oman

    I was just reminded on another thread that you can buy a combined hoho ticket that covers Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat. If you're stopping at all three ports this is a real money saver. Check Viator.
  6. sailco

    First time to Muscat, Oman

    I was just reminded on another thread that you can buy a combined hoho ticket that covers Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Muscat. If you're stopping at all three ports this is a real money saver. Check Viator.
  7. Just wondering if Anne has heard back yet?
  8. sailco

    Hotel booking sites

    Oh yes, of course. Agoda ☺️
  9. sailco

    Boarding in Singapore for an overnight - futile waste of time

    Contact Celebrity to get the correct information. I assume you've already informed them that your husband won't be boarding on Day 1? the easiest way around overnighting in Singapore is to get off the ship early and spend the morning or all day exploring that wonderful city. There's always plenty to do!
  10. sailco

    Hong Kong for 1 and a 1/2 days

    Check to see if your cruise is offering an embarkation tour. We took a four hour tour with Celebrity that was very thorough. We rode the Peak Tram, visited Aberdeen and the Stanley Markets. Along the way we passed all the well known sights of Hong Kong Island. It's an easy and convenient way to fit in lots in a limited time with the added security of knowing you luggage is safely stored under the bus. I agree with the comments about Lantau Island. There are hundreds of stairs and lots of walking over uneven surfaces. Personally I think with the time you have you're better off just having a good look around Hong Kong. I can highly recommend the Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hotel on Nathan Road. Book a renovated room on the upper floors. Buffet breakfast is included and has everything you could think of. Biggest and best breakfast we've ever had. The MTR is over the road and it's a leisurely 10 minute stroll to the Kowloon waterfront for the light show, the Star Ferry and the clock tower.
  11. sailco

    Hotel booking sites

    We booked an airport hotel in Johannesburg a few months ago. First time using Agora. Paid in full in our home currency at time of booking. The room was exactly as described, possibly even an upgrade. There was no fuss at the desk, no extra charges - they didn't even take a credit card swipe - and they allowed us a very late checkout free of charge. We have had difficulties with another well known company a few times including being overcharged at the hotel and once we arrived to find our booking had been cancelled! These days we're more than happy to pay up front, so long as it's in our own currency with no foreign exchange fees attached.
  12. sailco

    Drinks on us vs Easy Package

    Thank you very much Beamafar! That's a great help.
  13. sailco

    Drinks on us vs Easy Package

    A bit off topic but we didn't get a beverage package with iur booking and we're trying to work out what to purchase. Can anyone tell me the average price of a bottle of wine? A bottled wine menu would be wonderful if anyone has one. And can someone tell me the price of a bottle of non premium drinking water. Thanks.
  14. sailco

    First time to Muscat, Oman

    We were there on Friday 9 March 2018 on Celebrity's Indian cruise. Constellation - Singapore to Abu Dhabi. I don't remember the HOHO being that expensive. We bought it on the ship. It did start from dockside. The route was fabulous and we went around twice, once before and once after exploring the souk. The Muttrah Souk was open all morning. Some of the traders had shut down when we got back from our second loop but many were still open for business and doing very well! It was great to be travelling on the bus and seeing everyone rushing to various mosques following the call to prayer. It seemed like cars and people were everywhere. On the return of our second loop we hopped off at the start of the corniche and meandered back to the souk enjoying the sights on sea and land. Our only complaint with the HOHO was with the free wifi. It messed with my email log ins for the next week until they reset. So as a word of advice don't be tempted to access the internet while onboard the bus. There was a ship's tour that covered only half of what we saw from the HOHO and being Friday there was no entry to most of the spots it visited. Friends did the ship's excursion to Nouvele Nakhl Fort and loved it.
  15. sailco

    First time to Muscat, Oman

    The HOHO does a very thorough loop around the city. You can see a lot without having to get on or off. It stops and starts outside the main market and even on a Friday you'll find many of the stallls operating. A stroll along the corniche is also very rewarding.