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About ctompkins

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  • Location
    Denver, CO, USA
  • Interests
    Family, NASCAR, Lakehouse
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Carnival
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  1. Thank you, Mr. Watson, great info.
  2. Thanks for thanks for the photos!! I love this ship!!
  3. Hi Folks, Well, we will try this again! After having 3 cruises cancelled during this pandemic, I went ahead and rebooked the British Isles sailing. I did book a Port Side cabin! I am being silly, and should step back and realize ANY view off of a cruise ship is gonna be a fabulous one. Not sure if this happened to you, but almost all of the sailings on the Princess Crown were canceled, as they are redeploying that ship to the Caribbean and replacing her with the Sky. There were 20 sailings moved to the Sky and 2 sailings to the Regal. Please check the attached photo, list
  4. Hey all, When cruising the British Isles with a balcony cabin, better port views, Port or Starboard side?? Thanks, see you on board! Colleen
  5. I was also on a cruise that was canceled but sailing Sept. 23, 2021. My email did not say that I was being automatically rebooked. The above booking was a rebook for the Canadian/New England cruise that would have been leaving today. With this cruise we had Gratuities, WiFi, and Free drinks as a perk. When I booked the British Isle sailing my perks did not show up or were mentioned until the booking was made. I had noticed when I was booking the mini-suite, that the prices were about $800 more a person because of the “perks”, and was upset that I was going to now have to pay for the perks
  6. Hi Kaye, We loved Skagway (White Mountain Pass) Train Ride. Also Glacier Bay is incredibly awesome, and Ketchikan is so pretty and walkable. We are cruising on the Quantum of the Seas in July, visiting most of the places that you currently are looking at. I don’t think you could make a wrong choice, just see what fits your schedule (and pocketbook) the best. If at all possible, DEFINITELY, get a Oceanview Balcony Cabin (even if you have to second-mortgage the hubby)! 😆
  7. Thank you, masterty. How will I know if the fare I am purchasing is ‘refundable’?
  8. Hi all, My DH and I, are wanting to book two cruises for 2020 & 2021. There is a current Anniversary Sale going on right now, but don’t really need a room upgrade, as we usually book Club Class, and I don’t drink Wine. I have heard people comment that they are waiting for one sale or another, before booking their cruise. I have not ever paid too much attention to the sales (my bad!), so not sure which promotion will give us the better deals on cost. What sales should we hold out for? Best Deals? Any thoughts? Thanks, Colleen
  9. Hi Gay, Well glad my review helped you out. ItalyToursEU were really great. Make sure when signing up online you keep all your email correspondence in a folder. Sometimes, with all the tours we booked, (with this company and others), I was confused on whether we were actually signed up and confirmed? Print your confirmation pages and bring them with you, as they will give you info as “paid, dress requirements, meeting places, etc. Have a great time! Colleen
  10. Hi, My DH and I just got back from a 12-day Princes Cruise to the Mediterranean. We did take two tours with ItalyToursEU (ItalyToursEU.com). Best of Florence/Pisa Tour Review Our driver was Massimiliano, and guide was Virginia. They were both very knowledgeable and passionate about their cities and country. Massimiliano, answered several questions about what we were seeing during the nearly 1-1/2 hour drive to Florence. He was prompt in picking us up at the ship, and we were escorted to our beautiful, newer Van. When we got into the city, w
  11. Hello, All you will need to do to get an extra sheet is ask. We have found that our room stewards are more than happy to accommodate their guests. An extra tip is really not nessesary, but if you feel the need to, a couple of dollars would be sufficient. Enjoy your cruise!
  12. Pre-order your flowers. They are pre-arraigned from florists on land and delivered to the ship. They have a greater selection and are so fresh. DH always gets me an arraingement, and the ones I got last time, lasted the whole 21 days (w a little plucking and placing). Still so fresh I could have taken them w me (but as we know, that’s a No No)! Plus, they are half the cost of RC’s flower bouquets and twice as big!!
  13. Hi EP010835, My husband and I did a full transit on the Coral last year. It is my understanding that you will never sail through the larger, newer, locks if you are on the Coral, or if you do, something is really wrong! This ship was the 1st cruise ship built to transit the full Panama Canal. It is advertised as sailing the old locks. There would be a mutiny if it did not! The new locks are huge, (which you can see every now & then) and like you are sailing up a flat, grassy canal. We also heard (so don’t remember if this was from Lecturer on the top decks or a very knowledgeabl
  14. Ahhh, that makes complete sense now! Thank you for that insight. We really weren’t picky as to where the mini-suite was, just that there were more than 8 cabins to have selected from. I did up-grade to Club Class to get a decent mid-ship location. Going forward, I do need to look to see if the itineraries will be sailing back-to-back, or more. I know several folks on this trip are doing 4 back-to-backs! Happy sailing!
  15. Aaaah, good to know! Thank you for that information. Safe travels!
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