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  1. After cruising to Alaska in 2007 and 2008, I hadn't planned to return in 2009. However, Princess had such great Alaska deals that my friend and I sailed on the Golden Princess in May 2009. The Costa Concordia wreck in January 2012 also had an effect on cruise prices. Our May 2012 cruise on Celebrity Silhouette in the Med dropped in price so much that we upgraded from an inside to a Concierge Class balcony for not much more.
  2. That's pretty much how our Nov. 25 Oasis M&M went - once we found out about it from Guest Services the morning of!
  3. Hi, Steve. We were also on the cancelled Jewel TA, but accepted RCI’s offer of the same base price for the same cabin category on the Brilliance TA - plus some OBC. As I recall - there were no cabins available in the same category on Brilliance for you to move to.
  4. In general, I prefer port days. However, DCL does such a great job with sea days, that I love theirs. Since Disney's port-intensive cruises tend to be more expensive than those with a lot of sea days - I book the less expensive repo cruises on Disney, and sail on other cruise lines for port-heavy itineraries.
  5. So many people post on social media groups for Disney cruises, rather than on Cruise Critic roll call threads, or on a Disney board I frequent.
  6. I ended up booking Hotel Granvia for our fall pre-cruise stay. However, I think the location of the Alexandra Barcelona near the Passeig de Gracia is excellent: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187497-d228648-Reviews-Alexandra_Barcelona_Hotel_Curio_Collection_by_Hilton-Barcelona_Catalonia.html
  7. I can see why this itinerary would be especially popular with Floridians. I really enjoyed my Port Canaveral to San Diego PC cruise on Disney last April, and would like to do an eastbound PC cruise some day.
  8. Thanks for posting this, as I was looking under "Panama Canal" - silly me! So...lots of people are all excited about this 11-night cruise that's only a partial transit?
  9. Europe Phase II was the week of Dec. 17, and the 2 Transatlantic cruises I booked came out on Monday, Dec. 17!
  10. I'm looking forward to the release of 2021 Australia and New Zealand cruises, and I'm hoping for a Top- and Bottom-end cruise.
  11. I haven't heard about the 30 days to cancel/change a non-refundable booking with no penalty. As I understand it, if you cancel or change ships - you are out $100 pp regardless. The rest of the deposit amount is available to use toward a future cruise, if booked within 1 year of the certificate date.
  12. I can't help you with the Greek Islands part of your trip, as my cruise there isn't until October. However, I spent 4 days in Athens in late November 2017, followed by a 2-night/3-day tour package to Meteora via train (https://www.visitmeteora.travel/). I am SO glad I went to Meteora!
  13. I have sailed with HAL, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity, and Disney (7 adult-only cruises). I really enjoy Disney cruises, but I won’t pay DCL’s premium prices on port-intensive cruises. I’ve especially enjoyed my Disney Transatlantic and Panama Canal cruises with a lot of sea days, and the repositioning cruises give a lot of bang for the buck. When I was on (RCI’s) Oasis of the Seas last month in Cozumel - the Fantasy was docked next to us. I experienced Disney cruise envy, so I booked the Feb. 2020 San Juan to New Orleans repo cruise shortly after returning home. 😎 That cruise is only 5 nights, but it’s one of the better Disney values right now.
  14. Cruises that go to Iceland AND Greenland are few, and most cost more than the Brilliance TA. HAL (Zuiderdam) has.a 19-night Copenhagen to New York TA in August 2020 that goes to Iceland and Greenland, as well as Norway and Canada. I love that itinerary, but it starts at just over $4000 pp for an inside.
  15. There's a June 4, 2020 MSC Preziosa cruise that goes to Iceland but not Greenland. Is that the one?
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