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About Esilef

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    Cool Cruiser

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    Cruising & travel. That’s why I’m here!
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    I am yet to find a port of call I don’t like!
  1. My father is still very keen on Cunard and seeing the Canaries. This cruise departs on the 23/12 where as the P&O one goes on the 19/12. Dad’s birthday is the day after the cruise ends or we could stay onto Hamburg for another 2 nights and celebrate his birthday on board. For someone whom spent years professing his dislike for cruiseships he’s making up for lost time. my issue at the moment is the cruise is showing as $725000 pp in all cabins.
  2. I’m still on my cruise hunt for Christmas 2020. we had a look into river cruises in Europe but as I’m a mum in my 40’s with a asd child whom will be 11 at the time of the cruise, it was decided that these cruises were too expensive and were “tailored” for the more elite clientele. also researched canal boat hire. Basically a caravan on a canal. Looks good but also hard work and not suitable for December. Now the plans are looking like the Cunard queen Victoria departure 23/12/20 for 14 nights or we could go p&o UK for a similar amount of $$ but the timing is not the best. does anyone have suggestions for cruises out of England in December? We would want to arrive about a week earlier and at the end of the cruise either do another one or go to another part of Europe. grumpy grandad really loves cruising Cunard.
  3. Thanks for the information. I’ve had my father attending river cruise information sessions. we did a full land based Christmas market tour a couple of years ago and I loved it so much I want to go back. hoping we can do armsterdam to Budapest on a river cruise and then add in land sections before and after.
  4. Drat! 6 hours too early. I was born on the 28 February in a leap year.
  5. At least there will not be deck chair hogs by the pool if it’s snowing!
  6. Also we have just done a Mediterranean cruise to Europe. Cruising is is my addiction.....
  7. When we went to the leaning tower of Pisa some idiots had lit a fire in the hills above the town. We went on the rci tour to Pisa but the bus had to go the back way through the bush to get us to a boat to take us up to the town. The police stoped the bus and checked all us passengers out looking for an idiot who had lit the fires..... because of the fires the roads back to the ship were gridlock. We ran late but so did most of the other ship tours. The ship waited that made others on private tours greatly relieved! Captain merek announced the names of those whom missed the ship but when they met us at the next port he welcomed them back. As we sailed out of the port you could see the hills on fire above the town.
  8. Captain merek??? I thought he was our captain on vision of the seas from Barcelona last September..... he mentioned he was leaving that ship.... if it’s the same one he’s brilliant & sings wonderfully
  9. We went as a multigenerational family to the Christmas Markets in Europe a couple of years ago. It was majestic but hectic as at every town you had to travel by train with all your luggage. As as we all know cruising is the best way to travel as you get onto the ship and unpack once! Being a multigeneration group we have a 10 year old ASD child, a 45 year old asd male, a 74 year old grumpy grandad and me 43 and bitchy. we are looking at going in Christmas 2020. Dates are 15/12-15/1/21. i have looked at the river market cruises ie uniworld, scenic & apt. i am also willing to look at ocean cruise ships if they can get us close to the Christmas Markets. grumpy grandad likes fine dining & a good glass of wine (or 3) but mr 10 likes maccas Any suggestions from Australians whom have cruised the Christmas Markets? I’ve noted some of the cruises specialise in Australian cruisers.
  10. I booked the $1000 aud ovation of the seas cruise departing on feb 22 2020 with this sale. It includes $150 usd per person in obc. I was happy with this 7 nighter.
  11. I booked interior cabin with virtual balcony on the ovation of the seas 7 nights to the islands departing feb 22 2020. Price pp was $999 aud but you got $150USD pp spending money. Thought this his was a great deal to get to checkout ovation!
  12. welcome back. just be warned that the after cruise blues will start and you’ll be looking for your next cruise in no time.
  13. I think P&O should adopt an Aussie naming theme. P&O Wayne P&O Sharon (shazza for short)
  14. I loved my vision of the seas cruise so much that I am now investigating a cruise through Northern Europe in September 2020. does anyone have any recommendations for a cruise like this? I would love to see the fiords and places like Amsterdam, Denmark. The northern lights. currently looking at the Island princess open to suggestions but I don’t believe that river cruises are suitable for people with kids.
  15. Today was split Croatia. We went on a bus tour to a beautiful restaurant via the river and had red wine, olives, cheese, ham and bread. Followed by a river cruise. Spectacular. The rest of the tour went to the old palace whilst William and I went back to the ship. Tomorrow is our last day of ports. This ones kotor. With so many ports and so many tours I’m exhausted and are looking forward to a couple of relaxing sea days. If i did this itinerary again I’d be looking for one with a couple more sea days.
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