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  1. I read that our drink package is available on the island. All I have seen referenced for "Chill Island" is get a cold beer. Is there a dedicated bar on Chill Island?
  2. My husband and I are on the Panama Canal Cruise in 2021. This discussion got me looking at the excursions. I am looking at Panama Canal & Locks Transit By Boat - Fuerte Amador - 4 HOURS on boat including luncheon. $150/pp. Has anyone done this exact excursion? I want to do it but worried I will miss something else in the area.
  3. No one has asked the million dollar question..... If there is no top sheet, does the duvet cover get washed with each use???
  4. I am now Platinum - Woohooo! Can someone tell me what exactly is "Exclusive Trivia" and "Exclusive Top Tier Event"? I have never seen these listed before.
  5. Absolutely! Looking forward to our Portugal/Spain itinerary with Celebrity in 2020 and yes, we always closed down the Martini Bar :)
  6. Hello - Not sure if this was addressed to me. I have been to Malaga (beautiful) and have done many tours not related to cruise line. I would be concerned with the "rushed lunch" comment. It implies that it could be a very tight schedule and I agree that would leave me very anxious on timing to get back to ship. Also, "2/5 hours is a very broad time frame". I always make sure there is a two-hour window returning from a tour in case we need more time. Do you have other tour options to see visit these locations?
  7. I was on the Vision back in March. We dined in the MDR and the food was good but not as good as it was 10+ years ago. The appetizers were usually the same. The Windjammer is so, so. The worst is the station for hamburgers/hot dogs. Chaotic is best described.
  8. Wow....all the responses were very good and accurate from my cruising experiences. This is probably why I can't create a comparison chart....too many variables! Question - How do I find a good TA? When I ask around (I live in a huge community) everyone thinks their TA is the BEST! Hank - I loved your response and right on point of how I felt when I was on my first HAL last year. No disrespect to HAL cruisers out there because I do agree they have really good itineraries. I guess overall for dining, entertainment and a great Martini Bar, I still like Celebrity. They have good itineraries but my husband and I tend to do longer itineraries with them so the ship experience is important. Did a great transatlantic four years ago. So, perhaps you all helped me come to at least that decision. Thanks!
  9. I found a great site on cruiseships.com but unfortunately the website has not been updated in quite some time. It has a feature to create your own cruise profile (pasted below). Has anyone found another website that does this? I cannot fine one.
  10. I am not a "1st Time Cruiser" but there have been some breaks in our cruising where the industry has changed. My husband and I mainly sail RCCL and Celebrity. We are "Young upper 50's" and still love the night life, bars, great music but good dining with excellent service. Also good shows. We like FUN too. Is there some magical comparison chart that some cruiser on this site might have created to compare RCCL, Celebrity, MSC, NCL and Princess? I tried to but it was an exhausting effort. Also, we tried Holland last year and it just wasn't fitting our style. Nice people and food but too low key.
  11. Try not to be anxious and just enjoy your experiences. These scenarios happen all over Europe as well as Spain. Remember not to wear any jewelry, not even rings. Don't dangle an expensive camera around your neck, don't stop and pull out a map looking like a tourist and don't assume that only poor looking persons are pick pockets. They come in all ages and even dress in professional business attire. I know this because in Madrid, a man in a three piece suit was sliding his hand in my husband's front pocket while we were waiting for tickets. Luckily I caught him and he walked quickly away. It is always best to study where you want to walk to and have all your addresses available on your cell phone. Walk with confidences and soak in the culture!
  12. Has anyone been on Empress of the Seas for NYE? Wanted to know if the ship is any fun. Looks very limited.
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