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  1. Thanks, good review with lots of information. We are doing these ports in October, also on the Sapphire, so reading about your experiences is helpful. We were on the sister ship, Diamond in May and like the Grand class. Not too big and a full walk around promenade deck.
  2. If your happy to go at the start or end of the season then Jewel is in Barcelona April and then September to November. If not then I recommend Vision from Barcelona and Rhapsody from Venice if you like smaller ships.
  3. Looking forward to your full review as we are on Quantum next Spring for the first time and just returned from Japan. Spent a few days in Kyoto after the cruise. Great photos!
  4. Nope, I mean Jewel. Vision leaves Barcelona on the 5th September on the transatlantic back to the U.S. and Jewel moves over to Barcelona from Copenhagen to cover for the rest of the season doing the 2 itineraries. We did the Vision cruise last year that included the Venice overnight. Have been lucky enough to have sailed in/out Venice a few times but as Bob says, future chances may be scarce or non existent to sail up the Giudecca, especially if M.S.C. decide to have another accident. We are going back in the fall 2020 to do Allure for 7 nights and then jumping on to Jewel straight after to do the Greek itinerary and our first "side by side" cruise. { also our D+ cruise!} Santorini and Mykonos are both excellent and make this an easy choice for us. On a personal note, I would always choose Barcelona over Rome as a starting point if the ports of call were similar as the port is in the city and very easy to get to whereas you've got an hour {at least} to get to Civitavecchia from Rome. The airport at Barcelona is also a short/cheap bus ride into the city and runs every 15 mins. Whatever you decide to choose I'm sure you'll have a great time!
  5. Rhapsody gets my vote because it includes Venice! Also like the small vision class ships. Have you also considered the 12 night on Jewel out of Barcelona that goes to Santorini, Mykonos and Athens as well as some of the bigger ports for Rome and Florence?
  6. Hi, Firstly, we elected to leave at 0830hrs and we were in the taxi by 0910hrs. Obviously, as you know , you can elect to leave earlier but no big queue or issue from this cruise. Don't know if that is always the case at Kobe. Japan customs came onboard in Aburatsu because we were leaving Japan for another country. Everyone had to attend at one of the lounges and have their passports processed. Took about 2 minutes as we were one of the last due to being on a full day tour. No money was taken. Don't know if it was in the cruise fare but wasn't on the final stateroom account either.
  7. Hi, We have just recently came off Diamond doing a Kobe start and finish. Busan was our last day before a sea day and return to Kobe and no real issue. Japanese customs/passport control came on the ship on the last port in Japan before we went to South Korea but did not come back on again. Had to go through customs on arrival at Kobe as normal but plenty of staff on duty and did not take long. Perhaps they have learned since your last time!
  8. Apologies if this has already been posted, but found it when looking for something else! Scroll down to 2021. https://www.amem.at/pdf/AMEM_Cruise-Ships-on-Order.pdf
  9. Just the one voucher for the total amount you can manage for the both of you up to the maximum of £1020. Haven't used the website for it only the phone to the call centre but never had any problems getting it applied immediately.
  10. Hi, Have used the tesco vouchers several times and the maximum, after x3 , is 510 pounds per person. Double per couple. You can use any amount up to that level but check that they are combinable with any promotions or discounts on at the time for your sailing before you exchange them. The majority are, including any C&A, but sometimes R.C. decide to exclude them.
  11. Hi, Not sure if Czmzlz is going to post replies as not been on since October 8th. We are just back from this cruise a few weeks ago and did car rental in all of the Islands. On Maui the courtesy bus for each rental company picks you up near the cranes, just outside the terminal, there are signs for each one. A 5 minute drive and you are at the rental area at the airport. If keeping the car overnight then return to the main airport car park and either take a taxi back to the ship or walk across the road to the rentals and get the courtesy bus back. The cost is $15 for the overnight. At Hilo and on Kauai similar arrangement and very easy. Would recommend car rental if you like to do things at your own pace. Certainly saw lots more this way. Would recommend a sat nav as mobile phone reception not always good out of Town or in the mountains. Never had trouble with traffic and the roads are well maintained. Never spent more than 30 minutes at the rental company sorting out the car but we had an advance booking. We had a balcony on deck 10 midship which had plenty of storage space, was clean and everything worked. Can't help with the large balcony I'm afraid. If I can help with any other questions then just ask. Cheers! David
  12. A little earlier. On the 5th January one and staying for a few days after at Waikiki. Will be in San Francisco by the time you arrive. Enjoy your adventure! Cheers! David
  13. Thanks for your review and photos! Doing this cruise in January and gathering ideas and info from good people like yourself who find the time to share your experience. Certainly getting us in the mood and looking forward to it! (Apart from the very long flights from Scotland!) Cheers! David
  14. Hi, We are loving your review! We were in Barcelona last month for 5 days before and after our med cruise and walked about 13 miles one day just taking everything in! Visited Sagrada and did the inside tour as well as going to Park Guell. Also took a train out to Montserrat for the day which I highly recommend if not done so before. Now one of our favourite cities and great to see the photos you have both been taking, just brings it all back. Great information for the Orchestra as well which we will be on in approx 9 weeks :D Thanks!
  15. On Orchestra in August so looking forward to reading your review! Thanks.
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