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    It's about the destination
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    Japan, Thailand

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  1. I looked at your itinerary and note that you are departing from one of my favourite places in the world, Japan. We had a 14-night land holiday there and it is such an interesting country. We really enjoyed travelling on the Bullet Train and if you get the chance try some train travel there as it is uniquely civilised, especially if you have ever experienced travelling in London. I hope that you have the opportunity to spend some time in Tokyo before you sail. If you get the opportunity, try and purchase some Kit Kats. Why, because they come in a variety of flavours which are not available anywhere else in the world. They make great gifts to take back to the UK including the Green Tea flavour. Enjoy.
  2. Harvey1976, Do enjoy your cruise. I don't have one until June. I see from your signature that you are from the UK. You didn't say where you were sailing from, but I guess as it is the Solstice it is outside the UK so you have flights. Given that you have the premium beverage package included and access to the Retreat Lounge, you may want to think about bringing one or both bottles of spirit back to the UK so consider not opening them so that there is less likelihood of them spilling inside your suitcases in transit. I still have 3 unopened bottles of spirit from other Celebrity sailings, which we have just not got around to drinking yet as there are just so many other things to try on board especially in the World Bar.
  3. Sorry just saw your second posting. As you are in the Penthouse, you will receive 2 complementary bottles of spirits, Perrier Jouet champagne and the daily re-stock of your in room beverage fridge with beers, soft drink, fruit juice and water. You can if you wish, tell the Shore-side concierge of your preferences in advance when they contact you. There are varying opinions expressed on this board whether this is necessary. It is something which I prefer to do because we are typically travelling with family and each has their own preferences. Also the butler has the heads up ahead of boarding of what you want in your fridge but there is no right or wrong answer.
  4. Regarding complimentary speciality dining This is included for all those in the Royal, Penthouse suites and Signature suites which is available of some ships for all restaurants but not the Chef's Table. Reservations for Speciality Dining The occupants of Celebrity, Royal and Penthouses (and Signature) will be contacted by a Shore-side Concierge prior to sailing . This concierge can make dining reservations, in room set up and tours in advance of boarding. The time of the contact varies. My experience is that I was contacted 4 weeks before sailing but others have reported different time. We did not have any issues reserving speciality dining in any of the restaurants at the time we wished when booked by the Shore-side Concierge. We did however find that once on board, that it was not always possible to change bookings with the Concierge to the time we wanted but that is clearly subject to how busy each restaurant is. Hope that answers your questions.
  5. That sounds like a DH and DS thing. They would both absolutely forgo the luxuries for the adventure so thank you for that. When we went to Alaska, I did book a private tour to Admiralty Island (with all the brown bears), for them with a float plane, kayak and a guide for the day. Unfortunately, another trip with a helicopter onto a glacier for dog sledding did not work out because although they landed on the ice, the weather was too poor to sled, so the idea of zodiacs and helicopters onto ice would just be up their street. I'm not so sure about the masseuse, that sounds too much like luxury, although with the cold weather conditions you probably need it.
  6. Your photos and footage is stunning. The baby penguin, so adorable. I will make sure my husband does not see it otherwise he will not wait until 2023. We have sailed a few brands but never sailed HAL in part because we are non-smokers so like the very strict policy on RC and Celebrity. Ah those little nice touches, are so hard to give up once you get a taste for them. Your balcony looks lovely and large. I am guessing that it is on the aft, judging by the orientation of your photo. We sailed RC in June of this year on the aft for the first time because the cabin category we wanted was only available on the aft. Whilst the extra walking was good for us, we decided we are lazy and prefer mid-ship.
  7. A lady after my own heart. Actually you raise an important point, maybe my DH and DS should do an expedition. I can't imagine my DS saying no to a free holiday! Your children will be a little older by 2021 so will no doubt enjoy it even more. You right about the more luxurious operators. We have never sailed anything smaller than 2,500+ passengers, so its going to need a mindset adjustment (or rather I will) for a smaller ship.
  8. They (DH & DS) definitely did not travel that far north. What a journey that must have been. Sounds truly a holiday of a lifetime. Thanks for the tips regarding expedition ships and the difference with the holiday ships. My husband would be ok with the expedition, me, not sure but I would do it for him. I am a lady that likes her creature comforts and the facilities of larger ships.
  9. I think you have probably seen more of Scotland than I have as British native. Also more of Europe. Our travel plans are to do the long distance destinations first and work inwards across Europe as get to our mid 60s. Thanks for sharing your schedule. We did the same Iceland route but in the opposite anti-clockwise direction. The sail both in and out of Akureyri was breath taking. I wished we had an overnight there as there was lots to see. Although we enjoyed Reykjavik, because of the increased tourist numbers, it was enjoyable but a bit rushed. That said, we did a private 4x4 tour onto the Langjokull Glacier which was one of the scariest things I have ever done but not my DH and DS who spent most of the time enjoying my terror.
  10. Thanks, that was the impression I was getting when researching possible options, hence the comment of holiday cruise against an expedition cruise, they really not the same thing. We did Alaska in July 2013 so I cannot remember if we went to Barrow. My DH and DS said that they did travel along the Ice Road Truckers route as the Arctic Circle trip used both a small aircraft and road vehicle. They did bring back some wild strawberries for me to sample. Very small but unbelievable flavour. As for the temperatures, it was far from freezing that year. During the 7 day sailing and 7 days on land in Alaska, the temperatures were high teens to low 20s degrees Celsius. We took cold weather gear to wear but the temperatures were so high, we donated a lot of clothing to goodwill rather than transport them back to the UK.
  11. Absolutely agree with you, brings learning alive and becomes a wonderful shared memory for the whole family. I did not have the opportunity to travel as a child so it is just as much a treat for me as my son. My DS is now grown up 19 year old and 6 feet 5 inches (and still growing) but talks fondly about the various places we have travelled around the world. Even when plans did not work out as planned, we all laugh years later about the shared experience. We haven't been to Norway (the sailings were too early in the school year) but we did complete a trip to Ireland/Iceland on Silly in 2018. Although the ship did cross the Arctic Circle, it is not the same as doing so on land. My DH and I tend to celebrate major birthdays with once in a lifetime/bucket list holidays, so in addition to Antarctica for his 60th, I am pondering a sailing to Greenland for my 60th in 2025. The problem is there are just so many places to visit.
  12. Dear Rsail203, I would also like to hear of your experiences to Antarctica. To celebrate my DH 50th birthday, we sailed on RC from Vancouver to Seward and then the train from Anchorage to Fairbanks. I booked for DH and DS to also fly from Fairbanks across the Arctic Circle (I don't do small planes). Their experience was similar to yours in that it was tee-shirt temperatures when they got there. I am now planning DH's 60th birthday and his retirement and hoping to combine sailing through the Panama Canal, down the South American coast to Antarctica then to Buenos Aires. Celebrity Eclipse is on the list of possible ships, however I am concerned that we wouldn't be able to access/land on the Antarctic continent. Would love to hear how close you got and your experience of sailing through Cape Horn. Dear Rimmit, sounds like an amazing journey but I am not quite that adventurous but I am torn between booking a true expedition cruise versus a 'holiday' cruise. The closest I have been to wild penguins is on Boulder's Beach in South Africa where it is a little warmer. As regards being ambitious with your children, go for it. We used to book our holidays around my son's geography/history lessons, so when he was studying ancient Egypt, we went to Great Pyramid of Giza and was able to visit inside it.
  13. In true RC fashion, there is no indication of when lunch or dinner are timed. We ate in Playmakers at approximately 5.30 pm and that was treated as an evening meal so the UDP was accepted. We generally eat when ever the speciality opened in the evenings which is 6 pm without difficulty.
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