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  1. I was told by TA that the Celestyal website was basically ***** down while Celestyal moves everyone from the Experience to the Crystal. Just tried to log into my account still cannot get in. Stan
  2. Most people take a taxi. The hotel can arrange this. Believe it is around 35 - 40 Euro. Stan
  3. I did read on a post somewhere that the passengers were being given some free time to wondering around town after the included walking tour. However, this could have changed again due to the EU recommendation on restrictions on US citizens due to the high number of COVID cases in the US.
  4. If you have followed Celestyal you will know they had been trying to sell the Crystal without any luck. Speculation is that it was due to it's age and better ships available for the same price. They only wanted 2 ships when all was said and done. Since they could not sell the Crystal and think they will be sailing with a smaller passenger population (due to COVID) they thought it did not make since to hold onto the Experience (unfortunate for us passengers). What could not be derived from any of the articles available is how much did finances play into this decision other than this statement - "The decision to sell Experience will provide the company with enhanced liquidity, the line said, which in combination with zero third party debt forms the continued solid financial foundation to ensure a successful restart in March next year." Bottom line is that certain passengers will not be in the same cabin category they were in on the Experience. This will be due to the lower number of suites and balcony cabins available on the Crystal. Possible that some balcony cabin passengers end up in inside cabins. Bottom line is that we are the ones that will end up losing out. Let's just hope they will be able to sail in 2022. Stan
  5. Thank you @notamermaid. It is sad to hear that so much has been done but so much still is left to be done. Appreciate the youtube video. Nothing like seeing it to really realize how bad it was and still is. I know the residents must really appreciate the help the volunteers are giving. Thanks again for the update. Stan
  6. notamermaid - How are things going in the German towns that had the floods?
  7. We also did the Nightwatchman Tour on our 2 day stay in Rothenburg. We enjoyed it greatly. He was very informative and entertaining. We also had a very good dinner at a place name the Wine Bar (I believe) At first I thought it was just a wine place. But the young lady at the front desk at our hotel recommended it so we went and were glad we did. It is very small and the table was the smallest I have ever ate it. However, the food was good. Our hotel was inside the wall and provided parking in the back of it. I believe it was the Hotel Spitzweg . Nice hotel and not far from the town hall. Stan
  8. We were in Rothenburg the first weekend of September of 2017 and by chance they were having a festival. it is called the Imperial City Festival (the Imperial City Festival transports visitors to Rothenburg’s old city to the district’s golden age. The entire old city becomes one huge Medieval camp. Historical groups from different epochs of Rothenburg’s history come together for the Imperial City Festival. A host of knights camp in tents in front of the Rödertor, while the Meistertrunk troops from the Thirty Years’ War range through the city. In Herrngasse you’ll come across Medieval townsfolk and Schillingsfürst peasants. Dive into the past as a visitor. Entry is free). WE found it very interesting and entertaining even though we did not know what it was until i researched it later on. It is worth attending in my opinion. Because of the festival you would need to book ar oom a good bit in advance. Stan
  9. Have not sailed NCL in a long time and came across Celestyal in an article written in a magazine by accident. Th article got us interested in Celestyal and we were to be on a 14 day cruise in Nov. 2021. Prior to Celestyal cancelling the remaining cruise 2021 season after August we moved our cruise to Nov, 2022. All of this is to say if the cost is important to you then Celestyal might be of interest to you. The Experience will not sail under the Celestyal flag until March 2022. However, there are a number of video reviews of Celestyal cruises on You Tube. Stan
  10. If you look at the post right blow yours you will see that @Debscoco2 posted that she got an email that all cruise for 2021 after August 2021 have been cancelled. Stan
  11. Sorry to hear. Are you going to re-book for next year? Stan
  12. We moved our Aug. 2021 Viking Danube Romantic Cruise several months ago due to the unknowns with COVID, getting in to Budapest, restricted movement, staying in the bubble, wearing of masks. We understand the reasons for all of this but prefer not to deal with it if we avert it. We are now on the same cruise in Aug. 2022. Stan
  13. You have already been given lots of good advice above. You also said you have talked about "it." I would say to not only talk about it, but to also agree on the "rules" of the trip. Have every dinner together every night, or not. Like mentioned by someone above one or the other might decide they would like to try a specialty restaurant. Do excursions together or not. We have traveled with others and have never done all of the excursions together. There are usually different interest. Nothing wrong with going different directions on excursions. Again, agreeing before boarding might save any hurt feelings later on. It should not be up to any one person to make all the decisions.. It is everyone's vacation. Be flexiable. Stan
  14. You do not say anything about your age range. But, you are probably aware that most of the passengers on a HAL ship might be in the upper age (retired) bracket - pending the time of year you go. When we went on HAL to Alaska some years back the majority of the passengers were in the retired category but there were still a number of younger couples also. As far as a balcony goes they are nice to have when you want some time to yourself. However, you also need to understand that when on the balcony you will only see what is on one side of the ship. A large majority of passengers will be on one of the front decks (inside or out) where you can see both sides of the ship. i can't give you much direction on the smaller ships since I have not been on one but when I looked at them I seem to remember they had a lot of the more "active" excursions. Stan
  15. I have now moved my Nov. 12, 2021 Crystal B2B cruise to the Nov. 12, 2022 B2B Experience cruise due to uneasiness with the COVID increases in all the countries plus the fact that Israel in still not open for US citizens. The Experience will not be sailing until 2022. I think the first sailings are in March 2022. Stan
  16. No problems. Same price. Just a matter of what cabins are available. That is one reason I went ahead and made the decision. Just not comfortable with the Covid situation getting worse in most countries and Israel still not open to US citizens. Israel and Turkey were the main reasons for booking the cruise. Stan
  17. We have decided to move our cruise to 2022, They do not offer this exact same cruise so we will be doing the 14 day Eclectic Aegean and Three Continent departing on Nov. 12, 2022. Good luck with this 2021 cruise. Stan
  18. Have not cruised with them yet. Have one booked. one thing you will note is Celestyal seems to do "destination based cruises" with most port stops being fairly long. The shortest for ours is 8 hours. Some of the tours can be fairly long - 12 hours with short one being 4 1/2 hours. The guides will always do commentaries at the excursion stops and usually give information about the area and excursion stop while on the bus. There are some you tube videos of some of the excursions for the 3 Continents cruise. Look for Celestyal Crystal - Three Continents Cruise. Stan
  19. I am not going to recommend a particular cabin but will say that cabins not close to the elevators or stairs and that have other cabins above and below it versus lounges or restaurants are a good bet. Would not recommend anywhere near where the anchor chain is. I stayed on the 4th deck about 4 cabins away from the "free" laundry room. Never had any trouble with noise. Stan
  20. Anyone reconsidering this cruise based on the increase in COVID cases in the various countries? I noticed the other day that Israel has put a quarantine in place again. Stan
  21. I am with #Idubs. Bottom line fare is the most important thing. It all else is equal the OBC could sway me. But it would have to be from my current agency. Stan
  22. Don't know when you will be cruising but this year it is very possible you will be limited to the Viking tours to stay in the "bubble." However, if this is before the beginning of the cruise and you can not have to be in the "bubble" prior to boarding or at the termination of the cruise; I would say go for on your own. Stan
  23. I have notice several posters stating they have not spent as much as they normally would during COVID because of the lock downs and not cruising and therefore; have saved more money which is available for cruising now. What I have not seen is anyone post that they are having to take the RMD from their retirement account and along with their SS and pension they have more money than they need for their annual living expenses. Fortunately, I am in this situation and it is what funds ourcruising and other trips.
  24. Also not on your cruise. Will be boarding the Crystal on Nov 13 for a 2 week cruise. However, I will be interested in any feedback you have on the ship and how it is operated under the COVID rules from your cruise. Hope you have a great cruise and enjoy yourself. Stan
  25. A post has been started in this forum "Celestyal Cruises" as a Roll Call for the Nov 13 (St. Paul) and Nov 20 (3 Continents. cruises under the heading of - Celestyal Crystal Nov 13, through Nov. 20 through 27. Roll call. Stan
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