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  1. That was what I was presuming, but based on the comments shared it does not seem as if that would be the case. If so it would actually be like double tipping since you pay for tips in the daily rate up front.
  2. It has been a while since I have been to Cozumel, but in the past I was always warned to stay away from fresh fruits and anything other than bottled water. I have not been reading any posts here that voice any concerns, so I presume that it is now safe and not anything to be worried about? Considering one of the all inclusive for a day excursion and want to make sure I am careful if I need to be, so any thoughts here would be appreciated.
  3. I am planning on doing one specialty restaurant meal on my upcoming 5 night cruise on the Infinity and am trying to choose which of the two would make for the better experience. Any thoughts or recommendations on which would offer the best ambiance as well as food? Are both not to be missed? I would definitely try both on a 7 night or longer cruise, but on a 5 night thought one might suffice. I don't do sushi so the other restaurant is not an option.
  4. Thanks for the reply. Would you happen to know how they handle ordering premium drinks if you are on the classic package? I like to order Grand Marnies after dinner and I do not believe they are included in the classic package. Also, can I order specialty coffees in the dining room and at the coffee bar?
  5. I am receiving the classic drink package as well as free tips and a $300 OBC on my upcoming cruise and am wondering how tips will be handled on the drinks package. Will I need to pay a tip for each drink when ordered or will I be charged with tips upfront on the total cost of the drink package as if I were paying for it? Does anyone know how this works?
  6. A bit confused on the pricing. If there are 2 of us with a total of 4 devices, can we only pay for the service on 1 device if we don't plan to use them at the same time? I presume you can only use 1 device at time and do not have to pay for every device you plan to use. Can anyone clarify this for me?
  7. Yes, I agree. My favorite place to be but they are so hard to find now. I was on the HAL Koningsdam last year and was disappointed with the obstruction of the views with the lifeboats and lack of any kind of seating. The Solstice class Celebrity ships have a small area on their promenade decks with the traditional loungers, but they are definitely becoming a thing of the past with the new regulations and ship designs. I chose the Infinity hoping to be able to experience with this cruise.
  8. Interesting that some have commented that there were chairs and some say the were not. Seems consistent with the few photos I have been able to find. Hopefully I can expect to find at least some lounge chairs on this deck. It is a nice open and unobstructed deck like the older ships always had, not like all of the newer ships with the views blocked by life boats. Thanks for the input!
  9. So is that a more recent photo? Looks more like chairs vs lounge chairs. I have seen other photos with no chairs at all.
  10. I see the Infinity has a traditional promenade deck unobstructed from lifeboats, can anyone tell me if there are lounge chairs on the deck? Many of the photos I can find do not show any chairs so wondering if they have been removed as is the case on many of the ships due to safety concerns.
  11. When we last arrived via cruise, the X80 was not yet in operation. Cruisemom is correct in that the walk to the metro is longer than 15 minutes - if memory correctly serves, it took us about 30 minutes walking at a fairly brisk pace. Some in our group opted to purchase bus (#40) tickets at the kiosk and meet us at the metro station - their bus arrived at approximately the same time as we reached the station so taking the bus was a wash in terms of time saved (but very convenient for those that have issues with walking long distances). If the X80 is running when you are there, I believe this would be your best option. If not, the metro is a viable alternative. Info (including port maps) on X80 here: https://www.athenswalkingtours.gr/blog/index.php/2016/06/13/new-bus-line-connection-piraeus-port-to-syntagma-x80-enables-you-to-join-the-athens-walking-tours/ Sounds like the bus might be the easier option since the walk could be quite long to the metro. Thanks for including the link to this info, it was very helpful!
  12. Thanks for the input. Is the Monastiraki station further from the entrance than the Acropolis station? Will need to determine which station is best or if there are main entrances accessible from each. I will be visiting in early Oct, so hopefully it will not be as hot and maybe less crowded. Has anyone visited at that time of year? Are there any other areas of the city a must to see other than the Plaka?
  13. I will be excited to hear what changes are planned! Hopefully in advance of my cruise in Sept 2020.
  14. Doing some preliminary planning for my future Greek Island cruise and am thinking about how best to spend the day in Athens. Google is telling me it is very easy to simply walk from the ship to the Piraeus metro station and take a direct train to the Monastiraki station which would only take about 15 mins and walk from there to the Acropolis. Seems really easy to do via public transport, am I missing anything? I would plan to visit the Acropolis and then spend some time in the surrounding Plaka area before heading back to the ship. Any suggestions or things I should be aware of in my planning? Should I buy advance tickets for the metro and the Acropolis? Would there be an advantage to taking a bus or arranging for a tour either privately or through the cruise line vs just taking the metro on my own? If time allows on my return, would there be anything worth seeing or doing around the port area? The ship will be in port for a full 12 hours, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Lots of questions at this point, so suggestions would be much appreciated as always!
  15. I have read that the Explorer will be going into dry dock sometime during 2020. Does anyone know what type of updates are planned?
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