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  1. Does anyone know which bottled water is included in the Classic Drink Package...specifically Perrier or San Pelligrino or something similar?
  2. However, just to correct you, SPB no longer charges credit card fees. Have a look at their website where it clearly states NO CREDIT CARD FEES. I have also had this confirmed in writing. Sorry, you are correct. Apparently they used to charge credit card fees. Thanks for clarifying this. :)
  3. Here's another comparison: SPD charges a fee for credit cards usage ALLA does not charge a fee for credit card usage
  4. We had a Card Checking Rewards /Debit with Capital One and it is now charging fees for foreign travel. The only Capital One Debit Card that is NOT charging fees for foreign travel is their High Yield Checking Account which requires a balance of $5,000. I just had this confirmed with a Capital One rep. on the phone. Does anyone have a recommendation for Debit Card that does not charge foreign transaction fees? :):):)
  5. We cancelled our existing debit card with Capital One because they are now charging fees, even for existing accounts. We also previously used ours and had no problems, but unfortunately that is changing. Any recommendations for a new Debit Card with no transactions fees? :):)
  6. Thanks for your replies. We do use a credit card when we can, but there are times we need to get local currency from bank machines when we travel abroad. That is when we need a debit card...any recommendations? :):)
  7. Now that Capital One is charging fees for using their Debit Card for foreign travel, which Debit Card does not charge fees? We used our Capital One Debit Card and Credit Card on our Med. Cruise with no problems. We will be sailing on a Baltic Cruise and will need a new Debit Card...any recommendations? :):)
  8. Now that Capital One is charging fees for using their Debit Card for foreign travel, which Debit Card does not charge fees? We used our Capital One Debit Card and Credit Card on our Med. Cruise with no problems. We will be sailing on a Baltic Cruise and will need a new Debit Card...any recommendations? :):)
  9. We are in the process of planning our 2 port days in St. Petersburg and have read much information online about SPB & Alla private tours there. We would like to tour with 8 people in St. Petersburg. From your experience, is one company better than the other? If so, please explain why. We like to hear all the positive and negative as well. Thanks! :):)
  10. As you can see in our signature, we are die-hard Princess cruisers. We just booked the Celebrity Eclipse to Scandinavia & Russia and are very excited to be on this beautiful ship. The reviews have helped us change our minds and book the Eclipse. On our last few Princess cruises, we noticed cutbacks especially in the dining and entertainment areas. The dining room is no longer open on port days and we also noticed a general decline in food quality. The food wasn't horrible, it just wasn't up to par with previous Princess cruises. The shows are shorter and you still need to get there 30 minutes early to get a decent seat. We will probably still cruise on Princess, but are very concerned about the changes in the quality of their cruise experience.
  11. Thanks for your post. What do you do to get a credit toward future travel for the price difference? Please share your secret!
  12. We noticed cutbacks in the dining room. All the dining rooms are now closed on port days and the dinner menus include hamburgers. We had to send our lobster back because it was spoiled. The service was still good but it was very difficult for us to attend the shows because of the scheduled show times. We are die-hard Princess cruisers and we will continue to cruise on Princess, but have decided to try the Celebrity Eclipse for our next cruise because of the wonderful reviews the Solstice ships are receiving.
  13. As you can see in our signature, we are die-hard Princess cruisers. We just booked the Celebrity Eclipse to Scandinavia & Russia and are very excited to be on this beautiful ship. The reviews have helped us change our minds and book the Celebrity Eclipse. Our previous Celebrity cruises have been on their older ships and unfortunately, we were affected by the mechanical problems on the Infinity. Please share any information about the Eclipse to confirm we made the right decision! :) :)
  14. We recently sailed on a CA Coastal Cruise & hired Rick from Blue Heron Custom Tours to take us around San Francisco. We saw all the highlights (except Muir Woods) and Rick's comments were very interesting. This was a custom private tour so we were able to go where ever we wanted in 3 1/2 hours. We took some wonderful photos and maximized our time in San Francisco. It was a terrific day & we highly recommend Blue Heron Tours!
  15. We just got off the Sapphire yesterday from a CA Coastal Cruise. We did notice many changes/cutbacks in the dining room. Overall the food was good, but not as wonderful as in the past. The menus have changed & now include hamburgers. The dining room is no longer open on port days for those of us who enjoyed eating lunch there. There were quite a few items on the dinner menu that were repeated over the 7 night cruise...especially the appetizers and the desserts. On lobster night, I received 2 of the tiniest tails I have ever seen and had to send the first plate back because it was spoiled. There were numerous noticeable differences in the food choices/quality from our previous cruises.
  16. We toured with Cristos from Corfu Taxi & it was a great day.
  17. We were on the Golden 3 weeks ago & there was no staggered boarding.
  18. Thanks for your great review. We were on the Golden 2 weeks ago and also had a great cruise. Glad to hear the crew was well prepared to handle the emergency. :)
  19. We flew with Michelle last week & it was wonderful. Michelle's flight and the heli glacier landing were our best excursions!
  20. We were in Victoria last week and we took a pedicab tour around town. It was pricey, but we shared the costs with another couple. Our driver was quite entertaining and we rode through some local neighborhoods, a park, and the downtown area. The pedicabs are right outside the area where you get off the ship.
  21. We stopped cruising HAL because of the air conditioning problems. On our 5 HAL cruises, we had air conditioning problems on 3 of them. This was totally unacceptable for us. We have since exclusively cruised on Princess and never had any of these issues. Being without cabin air conditioning can totally ruin your cruise vacation. On our HAL cruises, we saw so many portable fans in cabins. Obviously, HAL is aware of these issues because they purchased the fans....they just choose to ignore them. It's time HAL addressed the air conditioning problems...they have been going on for a long time especially on the Maasdam & the Veendam.
  22. Has anyone used CLASSIC CAR TOURS in VICTORIA, BC? We would love to hear from you about their tour. Would you recommend them & why? :)
  23. Has anyone used CLASSIC CAR TOURS in VICTORIA, BC? We would love to hear from you about their tour. Would you recommend them & why? :)
  24. We loved listening to you when we were on the Golden a few weeks ago. I even purchased one of your CDs...to extend our cruise to home! We were on the Golden the 2 weeks it never stopped raining, so we will be back. :) Princess: please extend Elua's contract!!!
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