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caripoo

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  • Location
    Indiana
  • Interests
    travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Azamara, Seabourn, Crystal, Viking
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe

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  1. Have only done Viking and Crystal.......LOVE both, but if I were to compare EVERY bit of one to another Crystal wins HANDS DOWN. EVERYTHING is included, our Rhine last October was less$$ than Viking...we had 106 passengers compared to 170, no need for liquor packages, no tipping, we always tip extra in the end.......we had an upgraded suite on the top floor...butlers for every room....much better security......food was better......The only issue I see with comparing the two is they have fewer ships than Viking, so if you have low water issues........I would for sure take a Viking cruise again and would never tell someone NOT to, but if Crystal goes where I want, I would pick them first.
  2. I would have a really good TA... they are worth their weight in gold to plan and execute travel plans like this.......
  3. Come in early, get over your jet lag...Stay at least 3 nights in Rome before your cruise.....and if you can stay after as well think about a train to Florence and fly from there home....Or if you can stay after go to the Amalfi coast for a few days and fly out of Rome.
  4. Your ship can order you a private transport... 8 people and luggage will be a challenge, you will need two.....also Ubers are less $$ than taxi's
  5. High speed train...first class....most of the time you can see your luggage....cable lock your suitcases together...Easy Peasy
  6. Madeforspainandportugal......Used them for 3 full days in the fall!!
  7. Trains are easy and efficient
  8. We were on the Crystal Debussy in October....Thought it was beyond FABULOUS......sadly they will not be putting any France on for a few years.....
  9. A good TA is worth their weight in gold..... We always use one for EVERYTHING....Trust me, I do my research. But in the end, she books the cruise, handles private excursions, arranges drivers, transfers, hotels, gets better OBC's and better buss. class air that I can find.......Ask around, friends, church, your jobs.....TA's are not dinosaurs yet...Good Luck!!!
  10. Depends where you are flying from.....If you are flying from Zurich, I would stay there and maximize your time.....you will spend 1/2 day each way to get to Lucern and back, and if you only have 2 days.......There is lots to do in Zurich...they are on a beautiful lake with snow covered mountains ......
  11. WOW They have really gone up....guess I should quit recommending that Hotel!! I would not pay that for any hotel.
  12. Used them a couple of years back and they were fantastic....my husband basically planned his own Band of Brothers tour.....We are also using them again next year.....
  13. Stay in London......Even IF you have train interruptions, you can get a driver, cab.......
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