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    Seeing the World as much as we can and while we can
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity
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  1. travellovers2


    I checked on TripAdvisor and liked the Oriental, but I wanted to get some ideas of other hotels where people that were there to leave on a cruise have stayed. I guess since no replies, then I will ask on TA and hope to get more help. Thank you!
  2. travellovers2


    Does anybody know where the Diamond Princess docks in Kobe? Can you recommend a hotel for an overnight stay before the cruise? Thank you.
  3. BruceMuzz.. after considering the amount of time we are allowed for Kyoto where we would like to stay a couple of days, we decided to change to the Celebrity Millenium for 11 nights cruise. It allows us to stay in Kyoto and Tokyo for a few days each after the cruise. The ports are more or less the same: Yokohama - Shimizu - Osaka - Kobe - Kochi - Fukuoka - Busan - Aomori - Yokohama We would have loved to sail on the Diamond Princess because we love Princess, but 7 nights cruise is not enough and 14 nights is too much for what we want to do. Not so bad for the taxi fare vs having to deal with luggage on a metro. We will definitely take a taxi then. Thanks. Thank you for reviewing the ports. This gives us an idea of what to expect.
  4. Thank you for your thoughts and recommendations. We decided to change to Celebrity -April 10 cruise. It gives us 6 extra days after the cruise so we can stay in Kyoto and Tokyo for a few days before flying back. Is the train station for Shin-Yokohama close to the cruise terrminal so we could take a taxi there? smtcan ... I sent you an email. Looking forwarding to reading your journal. Thank you. πŸ™‚
  5. Le Petit Chef is a 3D video that plays on your plate before each course. It's very entertaining. We went to Qsine on the Infinity last month and really enjoyed it. I hope it's not the same one on Millenium, if it is, we will skip it. The creator came around the tables to talk to everyone and he mentioned that they have it on other Celebrity cruises and the story was different, so we hope that will be the case.
  6. Both cruises allow us a couple of days in Tokyo when we return. The Princess cruise allows us to go to Kyoto when we arrive on Friday afternoon and stay there until Sunday that we would have to take a train to Yokohama to get on the cruise. Can you take an excursion to Kyoto from Kobe?
  7. What about the itinerary? This is our first time to Asia and might be the only time around Japan since we have so many other places to see. We want to make sure we don’t end up in ports with only shopping as an option. Thank you.
  8. We booked a cruise on Holland America and another on Princess trying to decide which one to keep. One is in April and the other in May. We like both cruise lines. This will be our first time to Asia. Can you help us decide? Based on the ports, which one would you choose to get the best of Japan? Holland America Westerdam - April 10, 2020 - 14 nights Ports: Yokohama, Shimizu, Osaka, Kochi, Fukuoka, Kanazawa, Vladivostok, Otaru, Hakodate, Aomori, Yokohama Diamond Princess - May 10,2020 - 13 nights Ports: Yokohama, Kagoshima, Busan, Hakata, Kobe, Kochi, Hiroshima, Matsuyama, Miyazaki, Busan, Kobe.
  9. Just a follow up to this post. We went on the cruise last month. The TA said she was sending us a bottle of wine "on her" since we were celebrating our anniversary on that cruise. Never happened. During our cruise she sent an email asking us to book our next cruise onboard and give her name. Well that never happened either. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ When we got home, I emailed her back letting her know that we were not interested in booking with her again. I should have asked about the wine. A few weeks ago, we were able to book a cruise online with Celebrity and one with RCI by calling C&A since we become diamond on that one cruise in a couple of months and had a question about it. He says he is sending us a bottle of wine to celebrate our becoming diamond. We'll see. So it must have been a glitch that asked us to book with a consutant. Good TA's are out there, this was not one of them. We do have one on HAL that has been excellent every single time we book with her. I noticed that after I logged in to Princess to look for a cruise to Asia, I got a call from a guy saying he would be our cruise consultant and now I receive promotional emails from him. Looks like all the cruise lines are doing this now. So we will keep our fingers crossed if ever dealing with a TA again, just not this person on RCI.
  10. Got it.πŸ˜‰ Sounds like there is going to be 1 chic night. We look forward to it.
  11. Thank you everyone. This pretty much clears it up that there will be one " formal" night or whatever they want to call it nowadays. Definition of chic: stylishness and elegance, typically of a specified kind .... Sounds formal to me! :)
  12. Does anybody know if they have a formal night on the Infinity for a 4 nights cruise?
  13. I would say about a couple of miles until we got to the area where we needed to take the shuttle back to the ship.
  14. The tour was more of a shopping spree. On our way to Agadir it just so happens that a guy is on the side of the road with his goats on top of a tree. They make a 10 minutes stop for pictures. The next stop is in a place that is fake set up for tours to go there and drink something. The drinks are free. I saw ladies paying at the bathroom. When they arrive in Taroudant, we are not allowed to get off and walk around, they stop by the side of the road for 5 minutes so you can take photos with the wall. As soon as the bus stopped, a policeman came to talk to them so we were told to rush. We didn't even bother to get off the bus. Then they take you walking very quickly through the Souk. You are not allowed to stop anywhere until they reach an area that is a very small courtyard surrounded by the specific shops where they want you to shop. If you try to go anywhere else, they immediately tell you that you cannot go out of the area. You have to stand there 20 minutes surrounded by very pushy salesmen, then we had to walk through the city to a store that we didn't even go in to by some scented item that we did not care for. From there they put us back on the bus and back to Agadir. We were very disappointed. One fo the guides came up to us at the end with his hand open with coins on it and asked "do you have something for me". We don't care to go back to Agadir and if we have to, we will stay on the ship.
  15. To speed up your time to go through customs: Join the GOES (Global Entry) program that you can use to enter the US and cross by land to Canada and Mexico. You pay for 5 years at a time. You go to the kiosk at airports and you go through a dedicated booth at cruise terminals. For cruises and land crossings through Canada and Mexico you get a card. At the airport you use your passport. It has saved us a lot of time!
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