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  1. Thank you so much, Go-Bucks. This was exactly the information I needed. I really appreciate your taking the time to post the details. ~Maya
  2. The excursion is offered by a local vendor, not Oceania. To get to the meeting point for it, I would need to take the ferry from Harvest Caye to Placencia. The ferry exists. The question is whether it is a ferry that anyone may take or if it is restricted to those who have paid for a ship-sponsored tour.
  3. Thank you for your information. I had no intention of going to Belize City or wandering around on my own. I'd hoped to take a guided snorkeling excursion to Laughing Bird Caye National Park. It leaves from the ferry dock in Placencia. My question, which I'd hope someone on this board could answer, was whether I could take the ferry from Harvest Caye to Placencia without being on a ship excursion.
  4. Since you have been to Harvels Caye on an Oceania ship, can you please tell me if it was possible to take the short ferry ride to the mainland to see more of Belize? People on NCL ships have reported that only those who'd paid for a ship-sponsored excursion could get off the island. If Oceania does the same, I will cancel my February cruise on the Sirena and find another cruise line that goes to Belize.
  5. If you want to go inside Sagrada Familia, which is well worth it, you need to buy tickets ahead of time--and soon. Don't wait until the week before because they might not be available for the morning you want. Last October, not during the high tourist season, the first tickets available to those who didn't buy them online were for a day and a half later. For our Azamara cruise out of Barcelona last October, we also arrived at 7:45 and had arranged for a guide to pick us up at the airport, give us a 3-hour tour (with stops and walking area in three areas), and then drop us off at the port. A do-it-yourself approach to the morning is cheaper, but we didn't think we'd feel up to it after going a night without sleep.
  6. For a less expensive Venice option, consider a B&B either through airbnb or a booking site. Both give you access to reviews. We were very pleased with our reasonably priced room at a B&B. It was about a 5 minute walk to the nearest vaporetto stop and 10 minutes to the Rialto Bridge. It was a few years ago and I don't have the name of the B&B to pass on. The owner gave us a list of and a map to restaurants with excellent food and reasonable prices, not tourist spots. We had a similar experience booking a B&B directly with the owner in Rome.
  7. Thank you for your help!
  8. Could someone who has been offered an upgrade please clarify the process. If you receive an upgrade offer from HAL, do you know which cabin you will have or must you take any cabin HAL gives you within a particular category? Thanks for your help. ~Maya
  9. Thank you. I will send you an email and really appreciate your help. ~Maya
  10. No one had photos of 4041 or 4042 a year ago. I'm hoping that by now someone on this board has a photo or can describe the layout. Thank you for any information you can provide.
  11. The Veendam's cabin 664 was very quiet. It's in the corridor just aft of the aft elevators. That corridor is a dead end so the only people walking by it are those in the few cabins farther aft. The elevators were convenient to access the main dining room and the Lido buffet. I would take a cabin in that corridor again in a heartbeat. BTW, we thought the Veendam was great, the only downside being the one nonfunctional elevator (pardon the pun) in each bank of elevators. The smaller size of the ship meant we could actually hear people sitting across from us at an 8-person table in MDR. On larger ships I've had a problem hearing anyone across even a 6-person table from me because of the din in the dining room.
  12. We've booked with Choice Air several times for Celebrity and Azamara cruises. We have gotten lower prices using Choice Air than booking directly with the airline, anything from $20 less for a flight to San Juan to $550 dollars less for a flight into Barcelona and out of Lisbon. Is "Flights by Celebrity" a new name for Choice Air or is it a different program?
  13. It's a water taxi from the Boston cruise port to the airport. It runs about once per hour, and you have to call to tell them you want to take it. My daughter used it and thought it took 15-20 minutes. BTW, I meant to say we took the Veendam to Bermuda.
  14. I agree. More variety in the itineraries would make cruising more appealing.
  15. There was a boat shuttle last June when we took the Summit to Bermuda, but of course it leaves at set times and takes longer than ground transportation. We didn't take it because we had an early flight. Taxis were lined up at the pier when we disembarked and got us to the airport in 10 minutes.
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