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    Princess, MSC, Celestyal, Celebrity, RCL
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    Alaska, Pacific Coast, Caribbean

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  1. Have you looked at Celestyal Cruises? They are a Greek cruiseline out of Pireaus (Athens). Small cruiseline with 2 ships offering 3, 4, 5 or 7 night itineraries. We are doing a 4 night itinerary followed by the 7 night 3 continents itinerary in March. Very affordable because your cruise fare includes drinks, gratuities & some excursions. They even offered a Black Friday 2 for 1 deal last November and I was able to reprice my cruises to get the better price. We cruised with Celestyal in 2017 when they still offered their Cuba itinerary. Nice international passenger mix, very good staff, food was good too! Ships are smaller & older but well taken care of - a more traditional cruise experience. We are Elite on Princess & Diamond/Elite on RC/Celebrity & Black on MSC, but all of that is meaningless if they don't go where you want to go when you can go...
  2. Welcome the Cruise Critic Have you been on Celestyal's website? The itineraries are available with all the port times listed. We booked the cruises ourselves on-line. I can access both my reservations using my last name & booking number. I noticed on my reservation page they have added a pre-departure info booklet you can download as a pdf. In Cyprus we will probably DIY with the hop on hop off bus. For Israel possibly a private tour to Jerusalem & Bethlehem. Not a lot of current info available here on the ports of call board & this is a new itinerary for Celestyal. Hopefully there will be more info in December when the first cruisers return. No guarantee that any CC members will be on board. When we did the Cuba cruise with Celestyal the passenger mix was more European with some Canadian & American passengers. I don't remember getting much of a response on CC for a roll call for the Cuba cruise.
  3. This is our second time on board the Crystal. First time was their 7 night Cuba cruise back in 2017. Really enjoyed the size of the ship. Anyone else booked? Very excited for this itinerary & hoping to trade out some of the included excursions for the other choices. Some are the same as what is offered on the 4 nighter we're doing first.
  4. Anyone else booked? We are doing this one before the 7 night 3 Continents cruise on Celestyal Crystal March 21. We have some hotels booked for arrival, in between & before flying home. Starting to look at tours for the days and ports that don't have an included tour.
  5. Just back from 2 weeks in Japan - 8 night cruise plus extra time in Tokyo. We rented a pocket wifi device from a company found here on cc. Cruise Port Navigation With exchange to CAD it was about $75 for 15 days with unlimited data. The device was delivered to our Yokohama hotel precruise. We used it in our Japan ports and post cruise in Tokyo. It came with a return envelope, so we were able to drop it in a mailbox at Narita before our flight home yesterday. Very easy to use & worked for both iphones. Wifi is available in various locations, but if you are using apps to navigate the trains & subways plus other maps then the pocket wifi device is very convenient. Recommend using maps.me, Rome2rio & Tokyo Subway apps.
  6. Just disembarked Diamond. There is a free bus shuttle to Sakuragicho station, but any other transportation looks like pre-arranged or taxi. We did the free shuttle & will be taking the train/ subway into Shinjuku to our airbnb apartment. There’s an app called Rome2rio that is working very nicely for train/subway/bus info. We also booked a pocket wifi device to use - works great with our iphones.
  7. We’re in Yokohama now. Staying tonight at the Hotel JAL. Basic double room for two was 9500 yen or about $113 CAD. Small, basic but it’s only one night! We flew to Haneda Airport in Yokohama instead of Narita. The ticket counter for the bus was just outside the final customs/immigration stop. Bus tickets were 1440 yen about $18 CAD for 2. It was about a 25 minute drive to our stop which was Osenbashi Pier. Our hotel was a 10 minute walk away from the pier. Closer to Chinatown. Heading to Chinatown soon for dinner. We board Diamond Princess tomorrow.
  8. I received the offer this morning in an email. We have an inside for the Feb 14th sailing - booked long before the prices went up. Schedules don't work for us & I agree the offer isn't that exciting. Ruby Princess! !!EXTEND YOUR VACATION 3 days for FREE!! Princess is extending a special offer to guests booked on the February 14 2019 sailing of the Ruby Princess. Move to THE ROYAL PRINCESS: April 06, April, 13, or April 20 and receive: * 3 EXTRA CRUISE DAYS * Enjoy upgraded accommodations in your private balcony (Categories DV-BY) * Air change fees will be honored up to $150 per person * EZ AIR Protected 100%
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