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  1. Another vote for Dora. When we were in port at Cartagena there were several other cruise ships in port as well.....the traffic was horrible and everything was very crowded. Dora tried to hit the sights at times that wouldn't be so crowded with cruise tours and I think she did a great job. She took us to places that we wanted to go in addition to her regular tour and we found her to be extremely knowledgeable and personable. She was worth every penny!!
  2. Thanks for the suggestion to check with our TA. I'm checking with her to see what she can do. We are happy enough with the Concierge cabin but if we could upgrade for a good deal in a good location we would probably do it.
  3. That'a a really good point about not being able to choose the locatioin of the cabin on a move up offer. I noticed that some of the Celebrity Suites look like they are also under the pool or grill area. We had a Celebrity Suite on our last Celebrity Cruise and it was a disaster because it was under a grill with furniture (or carts) being moved throughout the day and night. Celebrity gave us a credit to use on a future cruise because of the unresolved noise issue which is why we are on this cruise so we can use our credit. The move up to the Celebrity Suite is $1300 which is the best value but we might be under the pool area.
  4. We just had a move up offer from our Concierge level cabin on our 12 night Infinity cruise. I checked the prices that are currently offered and it's interesting that the Veranda cabin is now more expensive than a Concierge cabin on their website. Our original price was lower than what is shown on the website and came with $375 Onboard Credit, Prepaid Gratuities and Beverage Package for Two. Now the minimum upgrade offer is $150pp for Aqua Class and $1000pp for a Sky Suite. When I look on the Celebrity Website the Aqua Class is $500 more than a Concierge and the Sky Suite is $1000 more than a Concierge. I'm trying to decide if either of these is a good deal.....Do they ever come down in price on the move up offers?
  5. We were with our Blexie guide for two days and we gave the driver about $20 for the two days and our guide about $50 for the two days. We felt like both our guide and driver did a great job and this worked out to a little over 20% of the cost of our tour which is what we usually tip our tour guides if they have done a great job.
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    Blexie????

    We have just used Blexie for two days while on Empress of the Seas. I found him on Google and arranged the two days of tours via email. He is also on Facebook where you can see a description of his tours. The charge is 130 CUC for your party. The most you can fit in a classic car is four in addition to the driver and guide. This is much cheaper than the ship's excursions and I think it's much nicer. Blexie has various guides....ours was Lester and we were very pleased with him and had a very enjoyable time in Havana.
  7. We just got back and used Blexie for two days of touring. So glad we had a hard top as it was so hot and it felt so good to get cooled off a bit. The first day we went to several different sights including Fusterlandia which was amazing. We did not go into any museums which was fine with us as we wanted to see the area for our first time in Cuba. There is a lot to see for sure. Our guide was Lester and he spoke really good English and really did a great job of telling us about the sights without overwhelming us. There were four of us and the driver and Lester (6 in all). The convertibles looked really cool but would have been way hot. They met us in front of the cruise terminal at 10 AM each day and we were finished between 3 and 4 both days. I think a tour later in the day might be preferable when it's not so hot actually. The second day we went to Ernest Hemingways home in the country which was so interesting and then finished our day with a walking tour of the UNESCO Heritage area. Nothing was that far and there were taxis everywhere so I don't think you would have to worry about being late getting back to the ship on time if anything happened. Getting back on the ship was quick and easy but could possibly take longer if there were several ship excursions returning at the same time. Although we bought CUCs at the cruise terminal we found that most places would take dollars as well. I didn't want to have to sell back the CUCs so when we ran out of them we just used dollars.
  8. We booked directly with RCL and didnt ever indicate we would have interest in an upgrade. The paid upgrade offer came out of the blue in an email and asked if we wanted to be on the upgrade list.
  9. We just received an upgrade email for a 4 night Empress of the Seas cruise from an Oceanview to a JS for $500. In my mind it doesn't seem worth it for that short of a cruise (we leave next Thursday). Any thoughts from those who have sailed on the Empress?
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