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  1. We have been in Old Quebec twice in mid Oct on cruises. Definitely bring gloves and a hat. The wind can get very cold. If you don’t have them you will need them! We were very glad we threw them in at the last minute.
  2. Another vote for the Hotel Jazz. Very close to the Ramblas. We have stayed there three times. It’s our go to Hotel in Barcelona. We have recommended it to many friends. Years ago we decided on the Jazz after combing through many pages of the Port Boards. We trust CC recommendations over other review sites!!
  3. We’re looking at the Staunton And Riu Hotels in Dublin. Cotswold Eagle gave us a good recommendation on the Staunton Hotel. Has anyone stayed at the Riu Hotel? Would love to hear any thoughts on that property. Thanks Mary
  4. We too are looking at Dublin Hotels. The couple traveling with us next summer booked a room at the Moxy because they wanted to use Marriotts points. Not knowing anything about the Moxy by Marriott brand I did a little research. They knew nothing other than it is a Marriott in a good location. I wanted to give you a heads up on the Moxy brand. The Moxy is targeted for the millennial age group. They do offer a Senior Citizen discount though! Reading through some reviews the rooms are small and do not have closets. While reading through reviews we decided it was not our type of hotel. What chased us away was reading about the front desk agents doubled as bartenders and barista! Definitely do your research on hotels that fit your personality before booking for extended periods. We too are researching hotels for a four day stay before our cruise.
  5. Thank you to 2ndhoney and Cotswold Eagle for your suggestions. We are looking for a nice hotel that is somewhat close to a number of restaurants that has a quiet sophistication and comfortable. We also like it to be in an area for walking and exploring and reasonably close to transportation. Not interested in big shopping areas. We would ideally like it to be less than $300 USD. Apx 275 EUR.
  6. Thank you Odbint. Walking distance would be great.
  7. We will be in Dublin apx 4 days prior to embarking on a British Isles Cruise July 2020. We are looking for recommendations for Hotels in Central Dublin. We are looking for walkable locations to restaurants and the main tourist sites. We are two couples newly retired that have never been to Dublin so we would appreciate some ideas. Thank you in advance
  8. We have done this cruise twice now. We did this cruise on last years repositioning cruise that continued on down from Hawaii through Polynesia then on to New Zealand and ended in Sydney Australia. We couldn’t have asked for better weather and calm seas. The day we left Vancouver was foggy and rainy and seas were rough. But things changed on day two. We love sea days. The Naturalist Brent Nixon was onboard along with his beautiful wife Mary Amanda who is also speaker. They are fantastic not to be missed speakers. We read books, enjoyed afternoon tea, concerts in the solarium and hanging out in our wonderful aft balcony. We enjoyed the outdoors and fantastic sunsets. Since the evenings were so beautiful we ate most our dinners on the deck outside the buffet in the warm air. Hal2012 we hope you have a fantastic cruise. We were on the Solstice for 35 days and loved it. Five Sea Days are for relaxing.
  9. We have an Ocean Cruise next summer on Celebrity that begins in Dublin and ends in Amsterdam. We are hoping that our River Cruise on Tauck that begins in Amsterdam and ends in Basal is docked nearby. Hoping they are both near Central Station as it would be very convenient if we could drop off luggage and wander around Amsterdam. Hoping Tauck will take luggage this early even though it’s too early to check in. The timing of these two cruises work very well together so it should be a smooth transition. We have been to Amsterdam several times in the past including four days last summer so do not feel the need to do much other than to walk as this is will be a lot of eating!! We’re very excited as this will be our first River Cruise. We have done lots of Ocean Cruising.
  10. We always book aft staterooms. Love them but if the seas are rough it can be a very rough ride. If you are prone to motion I would definitely not advise booking an aft stateroom. Last Oct on a very rough night we could barely stand up so we just climbed into bed and went to sleep. The hangers in the closet were a bit noisy!! We enjoy them and can tolerate the inconvenience as we are not real bothered. During the day we hang out on a lower deck mid ship. We usualy feel at least some slight rolling and it just kind of rocks us to sleep like a baby!!
  11. PC Walton. That is exactly how our cruise was. Absolutely amazing.
  12. We just did this itinerary Sept 2018. There was a hurricane in the South Pacific but it did not effect us at all. Our first night out of Vancouver was rainy and a little rough but after that the days and the nights were beautiful. It was almost like a lake. The weather was hot and humid in the Hawaiian Islands. We also stayed on this ship and continued on down through Polynesia to Australia. Absolutely fantastic Cruise. Will definitely do this itinerary again.
  13. Last summer we had a wonderful canal cruise on one of the open boats. We simply walked over to a nearby canal which was several blocks south of the Red Light District. We could see that they were departing soon so just climbed on for a leisurely ride through the canals. It was so much more enjoyable sitting outdoors where we could take photos and not be on a crowded boat. On this particular one there were about eight of us @ apx 11:30 in the morning. I will attempt attaching a photo of our canal boat. I would recommend walking around seeing what kind of cruises are available and pick your boat.
  14. Barwick Cruiser. We were in Amsterdam last July 2018) and we found the restaurants to be smoke free if you were indoors. The outdoor seating is another story. Tables are close together and just when you think you found a table on the fringe with no one next to you at a very early dinner time another guest would sit right next to you and pull out their cigarettes. Beware of bicycles they are fast and plentiful! We are fast and we nearly got hit!!
  15. We too are cruising out of Dublin on Celebrity Reflection 12 nights in July 2020.
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