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    Sheffield, England
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    theatre, reading, dancing
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  1. thespian

    Eclipse Baltic Sailings - How many Kids ?

    Hi We have just got back from a fantastic cruise on the Eclipse. The weather was amazing which enhanced the beauty of the ports. Definitely a good month to do the Baltic. I was surprised by the amount of youngsters - I thought the lack of ports with beaches, climbing walls etc would deter young families but seemingly not. The youngsters did not cause any issue for us other than them bombing up and down the corridor! They did use the adult only solarium but then it's the only indoor pool. Yes, they were having a lot of fun in the pool but the noise that youngsters made was preferably to the exceptionally loud band! There was a good mix of ages on the cruise and the children for the most part were credits to their parents. There were teenagers in groups but not the feral gangs we have experienced in the Med. they were polite in the lifts and around the ship. I think parents are sensible and don't book Celebrity if their children prefer the attractions of livelier ships. Book the cruise and have a fantastic time - Eclipse is a fabulous ship, the staff are amazing and the Ports of Call are brilliant. Enjoy!
  2. thespian

    St Petersburg 2 day and ballet

    Thank you so much for the advice. I wanted to go with the ship's tour for the ballet because it seemed easier to book and the Celebrity website gives the impression that they would definitely have tickets. It would have been lovely to have seen the Mariinsky ballet but I believe in making the best of things and as we are only tourists, I'm sure we'll enjoy Swan Lake. It's a holiday to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary so it's special anyway. Having read the posts it seems like we'll have enough time to do the SPB tour and the ship's.
  3. Has anyone done the SPB 2 day trip to see the sights in St Petersburg and then come back to do the Celebrity Eclipse trip to the ballet? I am just wondering if it gets back in time to do the ballet or if I should book both excursions with the ship. Any advice would be much appreciated. Many thanks.
  4. thespian

    Berlin - which tour is best?

    Thank you for your advice. I have looked at the price for a mini-break in Berlin and it works out as not much more than the day trip from the ship! We have decided to go for a mini-break in Berlin instead. :)
  5. I hope someone can help with our dilemma! We are sailing on the Eclipse on the 8th August this summer and we are trying to decide on the tours to book. There are two tours in Berlin which sound good and as they are both £156 then cost can't be deciding factor. We are leaning towards the one with a river cruise as opposed to the 20th century experience but I wanted to know if this trip included sites such as the Brandenburg Gate etc. Any advice would be welcome. Thank you.
  6. thespian

    Bali Hai

    Hi I also loved The Bali Hai on the Equinox and watched the barman make it. He used black currant liqueur, Malibu, passion fruit juice. He whizzed those in a mixer with ice. No idea about the proportions. The previous poster's recipe sound much more posh though and is probably the proper one!
  7. thespian

    Celebrity- passport issue?

    Thank you for your explanation. I don't want to spoil anyone's holiday by creating difficulty or hold up any immigration process if it is necessary - it just seemed odd when I have never given my passport up before. I haven't visited Istanbul on previous Med cruises so that explains the difference. :) With reference to the officials' attitude, I would have expected them to supply the passengers with the correct information about presenting their passports, regardless of their personal feelings. :)
  8. We are cruising the Med later this summer and I have just read a rather disturbing review which stated that passports have to be given up for the entire cruise! Does anyone know why? We have cruised round the Med many times and never had to give up our passports. Granted this is our first time on Celebrity - is it just an unwelcome feature of their ships? Judging from the review, the authorities on board clearly made it very awkward for the passengers who did not wish to give up their passports. I would like to know why it is necessary to surrender your passport when other cruise lines don't require this !:confused:
  9. thespian

    Dailies from 11 Day Equinox Eastern Med Cruise

    I would love to see them too. :) Thanks if anyone can help.
  10. thespian


    We thought it was amazing! A real assault on the senses. Snake charmers and gorgeous spices. Different cultures living side by side - east meets west. Yes, it's a long coach journey but thy are relaxing and the coach is air conditioned. Stick your iPod on, sit back, relax and enjoy! X
  11. thespian

    buying wine

    Is it possible to buy wine at the port near Rome? We are flying into Rome and being transferred straight to the port. Does anyone know if there are any shops nearby? Don't really want to risk bottles in checked luggage but would like to take advantage of being able to take wine on board!
  12. thespian

    Manchester to Rome on day of cruise?

    I hope there is enough time, the 7am flight is the one Celebrity have booked us on! We are staying at Manchester Airport night before as another poster said, it costs as much to park the car anyway. :rolleyes:
  13. thespian

    Help with Wine Package

    Are you allowed to take the bottle of wine with you to finish in a bar or can you only drink them in the MDR?
  14. thespian

    Destiny Feb Deck 6 Front

    We always book one of the cabins at the front on deck 5. Yes they are a bit bigger than other outside but they also have a fridge. The first time we booked on Destiny we were in one of the outside port cabins on deck 5 - it didn't have a fridge and was a tad smaller. As the cabins on Destiny are tiny then we think any extra room helps. However the view is very obstructed. Hope this helps.:)
  15. thespian

    Pompeii or Herculaneum trip

    Hi I've been to both on different cruises and both are very interesting. I think your only choice is which to do first - you can always go back and do the other on your next cruise! I don't think it matters which way round you do it. I did the ship trip both and had excellent tour guides. I would recommend an organised tour for Pompeii as it is so large you could be wandering around and miss bits. Have a good time. (BTW there is little shade in Pompeii - take a big hat!)