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  1. We are travelling on the Grand in October. We are in a suite so they mention that we can make a complimentary specialty restaurant booking on embarkation day. How easy are these to make on board...i'm thinking for 7.30 ish for two probably at Sabattinis (please don't give me opinions regarding the qualities of the specialty restaurants i'm really focused on the booking set up). Are they often booked out for the embarkation day for popular times or do we have to settle for ridiculously early or late times? Or should i book before the cruise then try to get my money back or have it put to "on board credit". Appreciate comments from people who have travelled in suites.Thank You
  2. Perfect! Thank you all for that! Some very good suggestions.
  3. We are booked on a B2B in October out of San Francisco on Grand Princess. We have got a window suite for the first leg but have to move to a mini suite for the second cruise (no windows available as yet!). How do Princess organise this? Do we have to repack everything in our cases again or is assistance given to move articles? And when does this happen, like what is the time line (especially if it has happened to you!) . It obviously can't start till the people in the other cabin have left the ship (and the room is prepared?). Any help from people who have done this before would be greatly appreciated!
  4. What about hot cross buns?Surely the baking boys could make them!
  5. Sounds like a golden opportunity missed by HAL! That's a pity that nothing happens!
  6. We are on the Westerdam sailing in Japan during Easter this year. We haven't cruised with HAL before or cruised during Easter. I wonder if more experienced HAL cruisers can tell us if anything "special" occurs? I don't necessarily just mean religious ceremony but the other Easter type celebrations ie Easter Eggs, Hot Cross Buns etc that we enjoy so much in Australia.
  7. We sailed Costa Favolosa in Norway and had a fabulous trip! I would recommend though that you see if a suite is in your price range...the suite comes with great extras, incl great drink package, fabulous food extras and priorities. They also have an English hostess to help you with problems. If you want a real travel experience i would go for Costa! HA is rather US based and conservative!
  8. We too cruised with Costa to Norway in June this year on the Favalosa. The ship was in excellent condition. We had a suite and loved the package that came with it! Ditto the drinks package and the Club restaurant was excellent! 5 English as a first language speakers on the full cruise, we 2 Australians and 3 New Zealanders but not an issue. The crew virtually all spoke English and the English hostess was wonderful. Price was fantastic! We would sail on Costa again at the drop of a hat! But would only sail in a Suite cabin! Some of their itineraries are really unusual and very attractive.
  9. Thank you for Cruise Critics "some" useful replies! We shall wait and see and do some homework on alternatives!
  10. We also are booked on this cruise. In Australia the cruise has now been removed from large agencies or listed as fully booked. I've never been in this situation...its a bit unsettling.What do Celebrity normally offer as compensation if it has been chartered and our booking is cancelled?
  11. Just got back from Favalosa Norway cruise from Copenhagen and returning there 7 days after. We got a taxi to terminal, they are clearly marked (cost about 290 danish crowns). Luggage taken as soon as we arrived. We arrived at 2pm for 5.30 departure (most Costa people get there very early!!!). We were in a Suite but terminal was very quiet despite over 2000 going onboard at Copenhagen (another 1500 plus got on at Warnemunde). Given ticket with number on it and told which line to get in. Quickly got to one of the desks. We handed over our documents and passport. They checked them and handed the documents back...got passport back at end of cruise. We were told to board. Our picture was taken by a crew member and he kept the documents and were told to go straight to cabin which was open and where we found our cards on the bed. Luggage took about 20 minutes. All in all it took less than 15 minutes to complete formalities...fantastic! And someone in another class cabin would have done it just as quick! It was a great cruise!
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