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  1. Is that walkway through the port?

     

    where exactly is that coach drop car park?

     

     

     

    The shuttle drop off is at “fermata bus Navetta”. If you search for that in google maps it will come up.

     

    It’s convenient that it’s the bus service terminal so they get the onward journey payments.

     

    You can walk from the ship to the port gate but dependent on the birth that could be up to 3/4 mile.

     

     

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  2. Thank you for the replies.

     

     

     

    kevinyork.... Unfortunately, due to 2 broken metatarsals, we won't be able to do the planned trip to Rome on the Express To Rome (done twice before) or Rome On Your Own. Did think of doing the easy on the legs trip but think will stay local. So looks like a shuttle bus / taxi.

     

     

     

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

     

    The free shuttle used to drop you at the port gate which is in the town centre and the promenade started just to the right. Unfortunately during some port works they started taking people to a car park slightly out of town and you had to walk to reach the centre or take a bus there or to the railway station. The port works are finished and they don’t seem to want to switch it back. I read on another forum that it may be pressure from the bus company but am not sure.

     

     

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  3. Did you read post 1 completely,I don't think you did.

     

     

     

    I read it but it wasn’t completely clear in hindsight. If they tipped cash plus auto tipped that’s a different matter. I will give clearer advice in future, as long as the question is clear as well.

     

    Did you offer advice.....? Or just criticise someone else’s post?

     

     

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  4. They provide free shuttles as the port isn’t really pedestrian friendly. Unfortunately they now drop off at a car park to the north of the town so there is a bit of a walk to the centre and beach but not too bad.

     

    Can I ask, is there a reason you don’t want to use that port stop to visit Rome?

     

     

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  5. We are just back from our first TUI/Marella cruise on Discovery. As mentioned by a previous poster, all servers in the MDR ask about dietary restrictions. All items in the buffet and the MDR menus are marked with a V if vegetarian. I was also a little concerned on the rennet issue. I find most cheese is okay, but things like real Parmesan can't be veggie by definition and were included on some items with a V.

     

    In any case, with a bit of care you should be fine and certainly won't go hungry.

     

     

     

    Thanks for that, very helpful. Would you say though if it’s marked with a V but has cheese in it then it’s safer to avoid it?

     

     

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  6. This has been an ongoing issue between US vs British usage of the term vegetarian.

     

    I, personally, have seen the complaint about the cheese many times here.

     

    It appears that there are a few people who do not or cannot accept the term vegan, which in the US is interpreted as no use of animal products in food preparation or processing at all, while vegetarian food can include dairy derived products and some vegetarians will include eggs.

     

    As in Eastern Asian foods often times will permit these ingredients and are referred to as vegetarian.

     

    Unfortunately, vegan may be another food term to use on ships and in many countries around the world. Especially ships who sail from/to the US and around the Caribbean. And, that means there will be foods which are not considered friendly and as such are best avoided for the short period of time when sailing.

     

    While I enjoy 'cheese' I understand it is not friendly to my chosen dietary lifestyle on ships and in a few ports we may visit.

     

    Other than that, there have been very few issues with getting an excellent meal on X at anytime I want it. I trust others will be able to going forward.

     

    I also note that a few vegetarians and vegans met aboard X drink wines and some liquors that are not vegetarian or vegan friendly without complaint, go figure.

     

    Bon voyage

     

     

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    But the problem is we are from the U.K. and this cruise line is overwhelmingly for U.K. passengers. In U.K. restaurants if a menu said a dish was vegetarian but contained cheese made from animal rennet you could at the least involve trading standards or sue them.

     

    There should be no need for a vegetarian to have to tick to vegan food at all. The definition, at least in the U.K, of Vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat meat or meat derivatives. They do eat dairy unlike vegans. There’s no real reason a vegetarian should have to become vegan on a cruise apart from the laziness of the cruise line to offer properly labelled vegetarian dishes.

     

    Unfortunately X (Celebrity) who you mention have cheese made with animal rennet in a large amount of the dishes they label as vegetarian suitable. They know it’s not vegetarian but mislead their passengers by not being honest. People with dietary, religious, moral or other needs are unwittingly eating meat derivatives and Celebrity know they are but continue to allow them to do so.

     

     

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  7. We’ve done Caribbean cruises in Jan and the weather has been lovely with the odd downpour. We did Dreamliner flights to Mexico this year and it was the best economy flight we’ve had. Better than Virgin. We paid £60 return for extra legroom seats but I’m not sure it was necessary. However, we wouldn’t pay the big increase to Premium especially if it’s a night flight. The food, drinks service and in seat entertainment were all excellent.

     

    We are taking a Dreamliner again to join Discovery next April and the direct Dreamliner flights were a definite plus for us.

     

     

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  8. I'm not a vegetarian but food is marked as such in the buffet restaurant and there is choice and you can check the vegetarian menus in the MDRs before deciding where to eat I do believe if you inform the restaurant you can have dishes specially made up as do the glutenfree eaters and diabetics

     

     

     

    Thanks. The main issue we have is the US lines mark dishes as vegetarian but they include non veggie cheese. When you ask the question they just say “ oh your vegan”. No, we are vegetarian and eat vegetarian cheese.

     

     

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  9. I did the Middle East Jan 2017 and due to all the wonderful excursions needed a rest when I got home!! Reasonably priced too If youre having an overnight in Dubai can really recommend the Burj kalipha evening trip - sorry if I've spelt that wrong Also the dhow trip through the 'ffiords' (in Oman I think) was good Check out the excursions on line

     

     

     

    Thanks. That’s very helpful. The Marella excursions look quite reasonably priced. Looking forward to an overnight in Dubai, Muscat and Jordan. It’s really refreshing to go on a cruise to places we’ve never been too. Brings back the excitement of our first ever cruise.

     

     

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  10. We’ve booked our April 2019 Cruise in the Middle East after much deliberation. Never been to the region so all new ports and reassured by Discovery being an ex Royal Caribbean ship, a line we have enjoyed.

     

    This is the first majorly itinerary led Cruise we’ve booked so it’s the destination that’s attracted us first but keen to see how Marella suits us. It’s also an adult only cruise and has easy direct Dreamliner flights (we experienced TUI Dreamliner in Jan and it was the best economy/charter flight we’ve had).

     

    Long time to wait though.

     

     

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  11. Ok, I think we are close to booking for Discovery next April. We’ve run into issues on the US lines with the vegetarian food since even though it’s marked as being vegetarian, if the dish includes cheese their cheese isn’t vegetarian (due to using animal rennet). Apparently US vegetarians are not so strict and many will eat non veggie cheese.

     

    We are so used to the majority of cheese in the U.K. being truly vegetarian and UK restaurants that offer veggie dishes that include cheese have to ensure its veggie. So we are wondering as this is a “british” Cruise line if their vegetarian offerings will be truly vegetarian?

     

     

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  12. Can someone point me in the direction of the U.K. law or EU directive that prevents Celebrity U.K. customers from taking advantage of price drops or moving cabins please? I am not talking T&Cs, but the law that prevents Celebrity UK from giving us parity with Celebrity USA customers. Thanks in advance.

     

     

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    It’s just Celebrity (and all UK cruise lines) are following industry practice amongst the travel industry of not honouring price drops for UK bookings. There is nothing forcing them but of course if they went it alone and honoured price drops then this just hits their bottom line. A Cruise friend booked a cruise this year with Celebrity and 2 weeks later they introduced an additional $200 on board credit. He emailed LLP to say he was disappointed and wouldn’t be booking so far out anymore. They gave him the OBC but then he is Elite Plus.

     

    Another Uk cruise line a few years back brought in a promotion whereby if you booked one of the “Vantage” fares then if the price dropped before the sailing they would offer you OBC for the price difference or an appropriate upgrade. Guess what.......the Vantage fare never dropped but they brought in saver fares which were exempt from triggering a price drop under the Vantage fare Ts and Cs. They soon dropped this as people felt conned.

     

     

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  13. The Oasis class ships have an advantage in that they have so much external space that is suited to a warm weather cruise. Iona looks to be a very internal looking ship and would likely feel much more busy indoors.

     

     

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  14. If you keep track of what you paid you can get refunded at the airport

     

     

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    That applies to onboard purchases that have attracted EU VAT. Not to drinks packages or speciality restaurants.

     

    Here’s the letter we were given on Symphony in May on a cruise that didnt leave the EU.

     

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  15. Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to being on the Summit in a few weeks.

     

     

    The Thai beef spring roll looks like it was served with a side of spaghetti. Do you recall what was on the side?

     

     

    Also, now that you shared the best, let us know if there is something that you wish you had not ordered. I hate to waste food, so I seldom replace something that is not up to par, but would avoid ordering something that is not recommended.

     

     

    Your effort is appreciated.

     

     

     

    The side on the spring roll is a slaw, ribbons of carrots, swede etc.

     

     

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  16. According to cruisedeckplans space ratios (GT/max pass) are:

     

    Oasis class: 36

    Quantum class: 35

    Spectrum: 32

    Freedom class: 34

    Voyager class: 35

    Radiance class: 35

    Vision: 32

    Grandeur: 31

    Majesty: 26

    Empress: 25

     

     

     

    Apparently these ratios exclude exterior space which would mean Central Park, boardwalk and the extensive pool area on Oasis class being excluded. Probably why I find Oasis class less busy than Freedom class.

     

     

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  17. Fair enough but I think it is only a matter of 5 or 7 years before the uk gets a quantum or oasis class ship. The relocation of Oasis is probably to see if those ships can cut it in western europe and push NCL out of western europe once and for all.

     

     

     

    An oasis class wouldn’t be a good match for ex UK cruising with all that open space. Quantum class is perfect as Anthem was when she started her maiden season ex Southampton.

     

     

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  18. We’ve had more contact with these head waiters than perhaps many as my O.h is veggie and the cheese in the vegetarian dishes isn’t veggie so there’s a note on our booking and the head waiters usually come and discuss options. Usually it involves them bringing us the menu for the next evening to see if there is something suitable or something that can be adapted.

     

     

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  19. We’ve tried asking for veggie Indian dishes in the main dining room on Oasis (an emphatic no) and Symphony (yes I can order you marinated tikka paneer for tomorrow ). When it came the next night it was plain pieces of cold unflavoured paneer. When the head waiter asked if it was ok, we said no it was plain and cold. The next night he said “as you didn’t like the paneer we haven’t really got any other Indian food for you”. So that was it. We tried.

     

     

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  20. Sauspud.

     

    Thanks so much. Reassuring to know you’ve switched from RCI. We would be in a lowly outside cabin though but the pics suggest they are pretty similar to Indy and Adventure cabins which would be fine. Thanks for the effort and all the info. Think you sailed Anthem pretty close to when we sailed (Sep maiden season from Southampton)

     

     

    Jayneykul

     

    A really useful comparison. So small worries in there but seemingly not enough to put you off going again.

     

    I would be interested to know how good they are at dealing with any issues onboard. Ive found RCI and Celebrity to be excellent in resolving any issues we’ve come across, sometimes embarrassingly good.

     

     

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  21. We’ve sailed P&O, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. The latter two have taken P&O out of the equation for us. Our line of choice would be Celebrity. We love the more adult feel on Celebrity and the social side having made many good friends onboard.

     

    However, we are tired of the itinerary’s that the US lines offer and prices are pretty sky high for next year. We’ve seen a Discovery trip in the Middle East next spring that appeals. All ports are new to us and have always wanted to visit Dubai and Petra. The price looks pretty good with A.I. and tips included and the flights are on the Dreamliner which we know we like.

     

    We saw the Discovery in a Caribbean port last year and looked down from the dizzy heights of Oasis of the Seas but she looked smart and a seed was sown.

     

    I suppose what I’m asking is opinions from those that have cruised on other lines. Are we going to feel like we’ve downgraded? Is the A.I. package ok or do people feel the need to upgrade. The brochure says the restaurants are included but surely there is an upcharge for the speciality restaurants? Are there fixed dining times as doing a dummy booking doesn’t ask for any preferences? My OH is vegetarian, will he have a reasonable choice? What’s the demographic going to be like on an April Middle East adults only cruise? I can’t find any main dining room menus online at all, anyone have any links? We love socialising in the bars in the evening. Is this something that’s prevalent onboard.

     

    Sorry to ask so many questions. Seems my cruising knowledge suggests people who try Thompson’s/TUI/Marella May largely be first time cruisers that then progress to more mainstream lines but we are looking at going the other way. Any views would be incredibly welcome.

     

     

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