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  1. I emailed Celestyal asking the question and they confirmed what you said. Have to go through the travel agent. Did you see where Celestyak has ceased any sailings until March 6 2021? Stan
  2. I booked with a TA also but have not been told I would not be able to see anything on Celestyal's website on my booking. Will have to follow up on that. Celestyal US told me an update was being done on the Celestyal website and that is why I couldn't access my booking. I would think we would at least have access to book excursions. We went to Santorini on a Viking Cruise in May 2019. It was a mad house with 4 cruise ships in port and all of the passengers wanting to be in the same spot. I would think in November it would not be as crowded. Even if it is crowded in the day time, when all of the cruise ships leave it it will be a lot less crowded and enjoyable. We did have a terrific lunch at one of the restaurants overlooking the caldron. Stan
  3. Hi Jeff. Good to hear from you. We are in the Richmond, VA area. Both retired. We are going to arrive in Athens several days early to try to get over the jet lag and to do a few thing. This will be my 3rd trip into Athens and my wife's 2nd trip. We were there about 4-5 days previously and saw a lot. We plan on doing a trip to Delphi one day. Will stay in the Plaka area probably in an Airbnb. For Israel I am thinking there will be a lot of people on the bus to Jerusalem at what appears to be a relative expensive trip. The one I posted looks like a good deal. However, we have to have a total of 8 people for the tour to run. Can have up to 16. Will probably look at some independent excursions in some other ports to get a comparison of the prices and see if they might be better. I have noticed we will be in Kusadasi twice with the same excursions. I am trying to figure out other options. I think we will hit all of the major attractions on the first port call. Let me know if you come up with any other options for it. After we finish the B2B we are going to 3 or 4 Christmas Markets before heading back to the US. By the way, have you been able to get into your Booking summary on Celestyal's website? I haven't. Stan
  4. Thank you Notamermaid. I find the waterway maps very interesting and easy to read. I like that it shows the locks and is easy to locate them. Thanks again. Stan
  5. I would hope everyone understands that wearing a mask is mostly to protect other people and not themselves. If one cannot agree to wear a mask then they should not book a cruise. i also would hope the cruise line would disembark any passenger that did not comply with this requirement in order to protect the other guests. Stan
  6. Notamermaid: Don't know how to thank you for the above info. Now just need to do some translation to English and studying of the data. But on initial glance the graph bears out what you always say. Late spring probably will have high water (just a question of how high). And lower water in early fall. You appear to be a little like me. Do not want to let something go until you figure it out. I had continued to do some research on this but was not having a lot of luck. - partly since everything was coming up in German. Thanks again for the info and the link. Hope you continue to be well with Covid-19 and don't let your guard down. As you might have read, states in the US that continue to move into more "open" phases of reopening are showing increased cases of the virus. Stan
  7. I agree with what the two other posters said - only S, SB & GS but you have to get to the queue first. Meaning, based on a review I read, you have to go through the same line as everyone before you can get into the area where the separate queue is. Also read that this is one time when it may pay to get to the boarding a little later in hopes the queue to get into the check in area is smaller. One reviewer in one of the suites said it took them 2 hours in total, most of the time spent in the first queue. Stan
  8. Thank you. I would not be surprised if there is no such information. I don't want you to e putting a lot of time into it either. I really appreciate your looking into it/ Stan
  9. Are you able to get into your booking summary? We are on a Nov.2021 cruise and cannot get into our booking summary. Thanks. Stan
  10. Hi Steve. I know you and I had a phone discussion about this and one of the things I learned is that I did not ask the right question. I think it would be good if you could give a "brief" explanation of the difference in the two as it relates to cruise travel insurance, including the third party aspect of it. I am also sure many are interested in the CoronaVirus (Covid-19) and how travel insurance does or does not cover the virus when it comes to cancelling cruises. Thanks. Stan
  11. My understanding is that you can use the FCC for anything that can be purchased pre-boarding. Includes excursions, drink package, prepaid gratuities, pre or post extensions, etc. Once on the ship any unused FCC cannot be used and is lost. Stan
  12. Just read an email from Viking that they have canceled all cruises through August 31. It reads: "Further suspension through August 31 We were the first cruise line to announce a temporary suspension of operations. We have continued to evaluate the situation, responding accordingly. While restrictions related to COVID-19 are beginning to ease in some countries, travel remains complicated. Therefore, we have made the decision to extend our temporary suspension of operations through August 31, 2020. A Future Cruise Voucher for 125% As a guest whose cruise falls within the extended window of suspended operations, we want to support you and protect your travel investment. Therefore, we are offering a 125% Future Cruise Voucher, found at the bottom of this message. This voucher includes 100% of the monies paid to Viking, plus an additional 25% value. The added value provides an opportunity to enhance your trip – by choosing a longer itinerary; adding a Pre/Post cruise extension; upgrading your stateroom category; or even upgrading to business class air. Additionally, any vouchers you may have applied to this booking have automatically been reinstated, are valid for 24 months and are available for your immediate use. To ensure you have the time and flexibility to plan for your next trip, the 125% Future Cruise Voucher has exclusive and enhanced terms. It is fully transferable, allowing you to gift it to someone with whom you would like to share the joys of travel. It can be applied within the next 24 months to any river, ocean or expedition cruise. If you are unable to use your voucher by the expiration date, simply return your expired voucher to Viking, and we will send you a refund equal to the original amount paid to Viking. As a reminder, if you use your voucher and rebook your cruise – with Viking or your Travel Advisor – by June 30, our Risk Free Guarantee is applicable to your booking. This means you can change your plans up to 24 hours prior to departure, giving you the peace of mind and the flexibility you need to make the best decision for you." Stan
  13. Thank you very much for the information and for correcting me. We are hoping Viking will cancel the cruise would will be more of a benefit to us versus us having canceling it. If they don't we will have to do so and reschedule. I did notice that some of the dates we would choose are already sold out. So, we will have to look at going earlier or later. I look forward to any info you might find on historical monthly / yearly averages. Thank you for your help. Stan
  14. Hello everyone. My wife (Karen) and myself (Stan) are booked on this cruise as part of a B2B we are doing with the first part being the Steps of St. Paul departing on November 13, 2021. This will be our first cruise with Celestyal although we have been on small cruise ships with Viking. We really like the small cruise ship experience. One of the things I am interested in is whether we can find any optional excursions with other tour companies that will allow us to save some money on the excursion price. One company I have come across is the Ashdod Israel port of call. It basically does the same cruise as Celestyal does but at a cost that saves around US $43.00 per person based on the current Celestyal excursion price. The small group excursion is US$99.00 per person. I would like to see if any others would be interested in sharing this small group excursion with us. We need a minimum of 6 people to guarantee the small group tour with a maximum of 16 people. If you would like to see information about the small group tour go to www.GuidedToursISrael.com and look for “Shore Excursions.” Then “From the port of Ashdod.” Then the “Jerusalem Excursions.” We are doing the Jerusalem and Bethlehem tour. Details are “We will pick you up from the Ashdod port in the morning just outside the ship to make our way to the holy city of Jerusalem. On our tour you will be able to enjoy a guided trip to all the major attractions of Jerusalem including the Jewish and Christian quarters in the old city, Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Mount of Olives/Garden of Gethsemane, and more. The tour in the old city of Jerusalem is a walking tour as driving is not possible in the old city. In the afternoon we will visit the Israel Museum with the Dead Sea scrolls before heading back to the port of Ashdod in time for departure.” There are reviews of this company on Trip Advisor. Let me know if you have any questions. I will also be looking for excursions in other ports. Stan
  15. I am doing this cruise in November and have been looking for alternate excursions to see if I can save money on the tour cost. For Israel I came across www.GuidedToursIsrael.com. They will do a truly private tour or a small group tour for a minimum of 6 people to Jerusalem and Bethleham. they also offer other tours. For anyone interested in the cruise, the ship and ports take a look on you tube and search for EECC Travel. She and her husband have a video for their time in Athens, Ship Boarding, Ship Tour, Their Cabin, All excursions and other things. Lots of info. There are a lot of other crusie related videos also. Stan
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