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  1. Thanks JB! I think it's best to do it the easy way with a private transfer. We'll likely be tired from the long flight and less hassle is welcomed.
  2. Does anyone know if it's easy to take the National Express from LHR to Southampton? Our Virgin Atlantic flight gets in to Terminal 3 at 10:40 a.m. DH has difficulty walking long distances, and we'll be each pulling our luggage. If we take the coach, can we safely make a 1 p.m. departure? What stop in Southampton is closest to the Southampton Harbour Hotel? Thanks to all!
  3. That's one of the reasons why I decided to go with the private tour with 2 other couples. Easier to get 6 people organized than to corral 12+ people! And while I don't expect to see everything, I want to make the most of the opportunity and time in port.
  4. Thank you all for your thoughts! DH and I are going with a private tour. We have another couple that's joining us and are waiting for two more people to complete our small group. This is likely our only chance to visit the D-Day sites as there are many other places on our bucket list. We don't want to have any regrets.
  5. I can't say that it's personally meaningful, but I don't want to get stuck in a very large group where it's difficult to hear the guide and the tour quality is poor.
  6. I'm posting this topic on the main Royal Caribbean page to seek a wider audience. DH and I are cruising on the Anthem of the Seas in late May, calling on Le Havre the day before the annual D-Day observance. The timing is bad, because many independent tour guides to the D-Day sites are fully booked already. The ship offers several shore excursions, but they are probably going to be large in size. The tours are called, "D-Day Landing Beaches", "D-Day Beaches and Bayeux Tapestry". and "The Beaches of Normandy". All are purportedly full day tours. The small group size tour offered by the ship is fully booked. I've tentatively booked "The Beaches of Normandy" at 189.75 pp. The tour is supposed to go to Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery, and the Caen Memorial Museum. A buffet lunch is included. Has anyone experienced any of these mass tours through RCCL or similiar through another cruise line? If so, what are your thoughts/recommendations? Are they simply too crowded and chaotic to enjoy? Should I just pony up for a private tour? My roll call has been very slow and passive. Your thoughts are much appreciated!
  7. Several of my friends are fans of Delta, but for this trip we have to go with American Airlines instead. The flights and times work for us. I'm waiting to see if our seat selection that I made through A2S will carry over to the reservation on the AA website. So far it hasn't. I hope this is not another bump in the road.' Thanks for your help Meg!
  8. I did a booking with all Delta flights today. Air2Sea was only able to offer Comfort + seats as the Premium Economy option. When I tried to upgrade the seats to Premuim Select with Delta, it indicated the cost would be $1100+ total for the two of us on each leg of the overseas flights. For that amount of money, I might as well pony up a little more and fly business class! I'll have to look at other options and rebook. Disappointing!
  9. Hi Waterbug, Thanks for responding with so much info! I simply have no clue about the differences between booking codes and upgrade strategies. Your advice is golden! I'm looking at Delta 1700 and 32 going to LHR from SMF on May 27, 2020. On the return, it'll be DL 4404 operated by Virgin Atlantic from LHR to LAX, where I'll take Delta 3917 from LAX to SMF on June 6th. I'm not exactly sure if Virgin Atlantic is a travel partner of Delta. It doesn't show as a travel partner when I look it up. I'm a member of Skymiles, though I have only 28,000 points. Thanks so much for your time!
  10. I'm strongly considering using Air2Sea for my flights from the west coast to London in the spring for our cruise aboard the Anthem of the Seas. I've never used Air2Sea, but the airfares are less costly than going through the airlines. My flight options with Delta Airlines seem to be the best choice for duration, times, and connecting cities. We would like to fly Premium Economy. Delta Airlines has two categories of better than standard economy (coach) seating: Comfort Plus and Premium Select. Basically, Comfort Plus only provides a little more legroom and pitch than the standard economy seat and these seats are in the Main Cabin. Premium Select is more like the Premium Economy seats on other airlines, with a separate cabin area, larger seats, better legroom and pitch, and additional amenities. However, when I called Air2Sea today, they told me if I were to book the flights on Delta and select the Premium Economy option, I would only get the Comfort Plus seats and not the Premium Select seats. Air2Sea stated that I would probably get to sit in Premium Select if I paid for an upgrade with Delta after booking with Air2Sea. Does this seem correct? Has anyone gone through this scenario? I'm anxious for some suggestions as it's my first time using Air2Sea. Thanks in advance!
  11. Now that we're back, I can report what happened but it didn't go exactly as planned. On the BOGO, we were assigned to dine on Day 1 at 9 p.m. That's much too late for us, and I didn't want to chance starting our vacation on a sour note if I couldn't change it. I cancelled the BOGO and bought the Chops +1 package. I chose to have Chops on Day 2 at 6 p.m. when I booked. My husband said he wanted to try Hooked on Day 2 instead of going to Chops. Once on the ship, I was able to change Day 2 dining to Hooked and we went to Chops on Day 5. The dining staff was really accommodating on Symphony without question. I probably would've been able to change the BOGO if I stuck with it.
  12. Continued: Park Cafe was our go-to for lunches. On Symphony, the dining venue is about twice the size for seating, compared to the other Oasis class ships. And the sandwich choices were more plentiful. The bean counters must have been pleased with the amount of spending on the ship. Compared to other cruises, they didn't offer the 10 drink punch cards, and I didn't see any aggressive selling of their dining packages. Sometimes, I like to treat myself to a spa treatment within a reasonable price point. I know well that spa treatments available in my local area are of better quality and value. Yet, there were only a few discounted spa specials advertised in the Cruise Compass. Lastly, we had to do self debarkation to make a 10:50 flight out of Miami International. We lined up at 6 a.m. with 50 people ahead of us. They didn't start allowing passengers off the ship until 7 a.m. The process was quick after it began. No more filling out custom forms. We were out, took a taxi to the airport, checked in our bags, and in line for the TSA screening in an hour. All in all, it was one of the better cruise vacations we've had, and I do consider myself a discerning traveler. I'd be happy to answer any questions about Symphony.
  13. Continued: We had Chops + 1 as BOGO Dining had us scheduled for Day 1 Dining at 9 p.m., which is much too late. I know many people have had success with changing their reservations once on the ship, but I didn't want to risk having our vacation start on a sour note if we couldn't change to an earlier time. We ate at Hooked on Day 2, and Chops on Day 5 (both formal nights). Hooked was nice, in my opinion. I had a fisherman's platter which was fried jumbo shrimp, cod, scallops, clam strips, and calamari. My husband's entree was Surf and Turf. He said the filet mignon was tough. Though he enjoyed two servings of oysters on the half shell as appetizers. The Boston Creme Pie was excellent, nice and light! We usually dine at Chop's each cruise. The colossal chilled prawns are always good. For the past two cruises, we've had issues with the doneness of the meats. Last year, our lamb was too done to the point of being blackened. This time, my husband's steak was too rare for medium doneness. You'd think that a specialty steak restaurant would get it right. Service, however, was excellent. Having been on each Oasis class ship, I would say that 1977 is the most impressive ice show at sea. The drones are a fantastic start to the show. The show was packed! Our dining partners were equally impressed. This is a show not to be missed! To be continued....
  14. DH and I just got off Symphony of the Seas today. She is a gorgeous ship and we were very pleased with services from our stateroom attendant and dining staff. We were also happy with the food in the main dining room, but food is always subjective. A few thoughts.... Originally, we booked a Guaranteed Oceanview Balcony, Category X. We were assigned a 2D on Deck 10 about 2 weeks after we booked. The cabin turned out to be a connecting cabin. We tried changing to another cabin within the same category, but to no avail. During our vacation, the neighboring occupants would allow their door to slam, and they would talk loudly late at night. The noise just seemed louder with a connecting cabin. Our stateroom attendant was excellent. He brought extra Kleenex, towels, and bathrobes as we requested. The cabin was kept spotless. There didn't seem to be as much closet space compared to other Oasis class ships, but drawer space was more than adequate. They stopped furnishing the cabin with the small coffee table, which always seemed to just get in the way. The end tables next to the bed are awfully narrow. Another nice touch is the nightlight in the bathroom. No more bringing on flameless candles to illuminate the dark. More to follow.....
  15. I went ahead and booked the BOGO. The only time available was Day 1 at 9:30 PM. I'll make a dash to change it after boarding in a couple of weeks. I'll let you all know how it works out. Thank you very much for your replies!
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