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  1. We have been to Barcelona several times and would like to do something outside of the city on this visit. We will be there a couple days before our cruise. We are looking at a couple options: Taking the train to Zaragoza on our own. A tour to Pals/ La Costa Brava. A tour to Besalu, Rupit (Castle of Rupit), stopping in Tavertet before going back to Barcelona. A day tour to the Pyrenees Mountains, stop at Queralbs village, ending with a trip to the peak of this Pyrenees. Any ideas and/or suggestions would be helpful. Even if to eliminate a tour.
  2. We will be there in November and are trying to book something as well. Any help about locations, what to see, where not too go, would be very helpful.
  3. Trying to get some iformation on Tangier, but when I did a search of this board nothing came up. Anyone with any suggestions on this port? I will go ahead and google, but would love some input from those who have already visited. Thanks
  4. Thanks for the info, I just got moved to select dining, and already made my dinner reservations! DONE!
  5. We have always used anytime dinning, but for our next cruise it was full and we are assigned the early dinning at 6pm. That is the time we are leaving most ports. Must you be in the dinning room by 6pm? Will they lock you out if you arrive late? And I read above that you can just go to 'anytime dining' even if you are assigned the early dining? Is that always true?
  6. When in Livorno, we hired a taxi for the day. Not a tour guide, just a taxi/cab. It was waiting for us when the ship docked and took us first to Pisa for a short stop. It was early am and very few people there. Kids loved it. The taxi then took us to Florence and just dropped us off. We had made reservations to see "David", so we walked right in without a wait. Again, kids thought that was really "cool". We then just wandered around Florence, very walkable, stopping at some sites we had already decided on pre-cruise. We had lunch, ice cream and our taxi was waiting for us at the meet up stop. We arrived back at the ship with time to spare. It was one of the favorite stops for us and and the kids. Very relaxed and Florence is beautiful. So do some research, and depinding on what you want to experice, don't eliminate the stop due to the distance.
  7. Thanks, did not think of just doing the train one way. That way we could head to Soller when we get off the ship, returning on the 12:15 train. Lots more time in Palma that way. When I checked the website for the train, it will only take reservationns 7 days in advance. My concern now is it will be sold out way before that with a cruise ship in port. I will check out the thread you suggested.
  8. We will be 1st time visitors, arriving at 8 and leaving at 6....which means all aboard around 5. After reading all the info on this port I am hesitant to book an excersion, as there would be very little time left to visit Palma. But at the same time, the train to Soller sounds wonderful. I am wondering if we can buy our own round trip tickets for the train to Soller. https://trendesoller.com/eng/index The 1010 to Soller and the 2pm train back to Palma. This would give us a couple hours in Soller and then a couple hours back to enjoy Palma. Is this doable?
  9. We get off out ship in Lisbon this November and are planning a couple nights there before flying home. First time in the city and would like suggestions on where to stay...at least what area to stay in. We will not have a car and would like too be able to experience/enjoy an area that is safe and walkable. And any opinions about what not too miss in that short 2 day time period would also be appriciated. Thanks
  10. We are looking for hotels ideas as well. At least the best location for 1st time visitors.
  11. We will be staying in Lisbon for a couple days after our cruise. Can you recommend a hotel? Or at least an area that would be good for 1st time visitors?
  12. Do you make the reservations online? Or do you need to do it thru the app? And were you notified by email that reservations were open? Or did you have to just keep checking? Thanks for your help
  13. Those of you that know the Allure well.... My cousin and I (both ladies in our 60's) are going on her for a 3 day girls trip. We choose the anytime dinning. We love being active. Can you give me any advice on where to eat that is complimentary, what we should not miss. Any hints that will help us get the most out of our 3 days? We plan to stay on board at Nausau, as we have been there many times. Will there be things to do when in port? Thanks for any help you can give us.
  14. Do you know if they provide long term parking for a car while on the cruise?
  15. We will be there in June. Is there a beach close to where the ships dock? Thanks for the dinning suggetions!!
  16. I have a couple of quetions. Can anyone tell me the times of the 'early' and 'late' seatings for dinner. And we are a group of about 20. Any idea if we would be able to hire a large 'party' bus for an entire day that would take us around the island, stopping at beaches etc? Thanks for your help.
  17. I wish Celebrity would have addressed this issue on their website question and answer. I'm sure people beside myself sent in a 'sticky note' about the Elite/Elite Plus drink benefits. Many people are having dinner between 5-7, so Celebrity's benefit is almost useless since you can't use in the dinning rooms. And the menu is very limited. I just got off RC and was surprised by their drink benefits for Diamond and above. We got 4 drinks, added to our sea card every 24 hours. They could be used anywhere on the ship, including the dining rooms. No set menu, any drink $14 or less. You just handed over your sea pass and the receipt was $0 and indicated that this was drink 1 out of 4. So easy and a true benefit. Too bad I like Celebrity Cruise Line better☺️
  18. We just returned from our cruise to New England and Canada. In St John NB, we rented a car from Enterprise and I just wanted to share our positive experience. We called them when we were about to get off the ship. They picked us up at the port for the 5 minute drive to Enterprise. Our car was ready and within 10 minutes we were on the road. We did the Fundy Trail Drive and had a wonderful day. We returned to Enterprise and they then drove us back to the ship. VERY easy.
  19. I just got off the Serenade of the Seas after a 7-night cruise from Boston to Bar Harbor, Portland, Sydney NS and St Johns NB (Bay of Fundy). Just a quick review of the ship here. Embarkation was a breeze for us. We arrived around 12:30. My carry on had 2 bottles of wine and 6 bottles of water. I was sure it would be opened for inspection, but no one paid any attention to it. The bottles of water could have been full of Vodka…..no one even opened the carryon bag to check. We all had to have our pictures re-taken…they did not like the ones we did when doing the check in at home. But we were on board within 20 minutes. We were not given our sea pass, and we were told to use our bar code from check in to purchase any drinks until the cabin area was open. That happened around 1pm, and we found our sea cards on the door of our cabin. While we waited, we had a snack in the Windjammer, did our mandatory safety instruction on the RC App, and found and checked in at our Muster Station. VERY EASY. Everyone had to fill out a Canadian form that was given to us when we came abord. Names, address, dates visiting Canada etc. It had to be filled out and given to the Front Desk by the 2nd cruising day. Around 1pm the cabins were available. We were in a balcony cabin on deck 9. We did not have a Cruise Compass in the room, but a letter instructing us to use our RC App for all daily activities etc. If we wanted a paper Cruise Compass, we could ask our room attendant and he would provide one daily. We had always been very dependent on the paper Compass, but I have to say that we did get used to using the App. It worked most of the time and we could also use it to send text messages to each other. The only downside was there was not a sound notification of the message…so unless you kept checking the app, you did not know you received a message. The only thing I did not like about the app is that everyone was on their phone all the time!! I think I liked it better when the phone went into the safe for the week! Our room was nice sized. The refrigerator was empty, lots of hangers, and ample drawers, shelves etc to store clothes and belongings. A soap dispenser was on the wall of the shower labeled “hair and body wash”. There was no shampoo, conditioner or body lotion provided. We had bought a bottle of Vodka for our room from RC, and it was in the cabin along with 4 bottles of soda. We are diamond members, so we had 6 bottles of water in the room, with a card welcoming us back???? So I did not need to bring the bottles of water on board. Our cabin attendant introduced himself early on, asked if we wanted him to attend to our cabin in the am or pm. We choose am, asked for extra towels, and requested ice bucket in our cabin daily by around 5pm. This was the first time we had one time a day service, but it really was not an issue for us. He always seemed to time our morning departure from our cabin and had the cabin all fluffed and buffed by the time we came back. He never missed a day filling our ice bucket, saw we had wine with us and provided us with wine glasses the first morning, replacing them as we used them. He also brough us rocks glasses for our Vodka cocktails. We did notice that people put their room service trays out in the hall, but the staff made an effort to pick them up ASAP. Wheelchairs, people on walkers had a difficult time getting by. The ship itself was spotless, but very worn. The drawers in our cabin were a bit beat up, some wallpaper faded etc. We found this all around the ship. We had My Time Dining and had made reservations before boarding for 7:30 every evening. There were 4 of us. The first night was a nightmare. There were 2 lines for the My Time Dining area. Both were LONG, including the line for reservations. We had quite the wait, not sitting down till around 8:10. Our fellow travelers were not happy campers, but they explained that the first night is always a bit hectic. We really liked our table and our dinning attendants, so asked on the way out if we could have the same table for the rest of the week…they said they would try. For the rest of the week, we did indeed have the same table, and each night when they saw us in the reservation line, just waved us in. The food was ok, we were all satisfied, but none of us are on the cruise for the food, so we are easily satisfied. A couple of changes I noticed since my last RC cruise, which was pre Covid, is that you order your appetizer, entrée, and dessert at the same time, and the assistant waiter took all drink orders. No Sommelier to help with the wine choices, not that there are a lot to choose from. And no bar waiter for drink orders. We sometimes got our wine/drinks after we received our appetizers! He was doing the best he could but had all his assistant waiter duties to complete as well. The menu does have an offering of Filet, Lobster, and Surf and Turf every night for an additional charge. This worked well for us, as we did not have to pay for the specialty restaurants on this cruise. It was our first cruse in quite some time that we did not have the Alcohol Package (it was almost $900 for the 2 of us), so used our OBC for our bar bill instead of Chops. There were 2 formal nights. Saw folks in suits/beautiful long dresses as well as jeans. No one seemed to mind what anyone was wearing. We had Maine Lobster on the menu the 2nd formal night. The menu stated very clearly that if you wanted a second lobster there would be a charge. When we were about done with our meals, our waiter brought us 2 extra lobsters “for the table”….. no charge. I doubt he was the only waiter to do this. We are diamond members (a roll over due to our Elite Plus status with Celebrity) and were delighted with the drink benefit. We could have 4 drinks each, ($14.00 and less) anywhere on the ship, every 24 hours. We just handed them our sea card, reminded them it was a “diamond drink” and received a receipt to sign saying $0.00. It would also say “1 out of 4”on the bottom of the receipt, to remind us how many we had left that day. The Diamond Lounge on Deck 13 was open daily from 7am-10am for a continental breakfast. It is open 24/7, using your sea card. The couple times I stopped in, there was water, tea/coffee available and people playing cards. I was told they are also open from 5-8pm for Happy Hour. Those interested in the times of the shows: The first night there was not a show at all in the Theater. Day 2 was the production show, RC Singers/Dancers at 8 and 10pm Day 3 a Comedian, one show only at 10:30. Day 4 a juggler, 7 and 9:15. Day 5 a singer at 7 and 9:15. Day 6 the RC singers/dancers at 8 and 10. Day 7, just 2 of the singers, one show only at 9:15. Bar Harbor was our fist stop when returning to the US from Canada. We all had to go through customs here, and it was also a tender port. Each person had to present themselves for a person to person visit with the custom agent, with his/her sea card and Passport. It started around 8am. The suites were first, followed by each floor. It really went very fast. Once you finish with customs, you were then given a tender number to go ashore. Those with RC excursions just reported to their meeting spot. Everyone else needed a tender number. We had booked a tour through Acadia N’l Park for 11am and had no trouble getting off the ship by around 10am. Those who had booked something early had to scramble due to the custom inspection holding up the tendering a bit. We chose the very last departure time at 9 am and put our suitcases outside our cabin the night before. We usually do self-departure…take our suitcases ourselves the morning we leave, but this time we had a late flight home, so we were in no hurry. We had a leisurely breakfast and then headed out. No lines at all. We walked straight through, got our luggage and a cab to the airport around 9:15am. Captain was Kjell Nordmo Cruise Director was Ken from Canada. I would be happy to answer any questions that I can.
  20. We would need a car to get to either of those areas. And our other 2 days are pretty busy. Anything in Cairns itself?
  21. We will be in Cairns for about 4 days. One day is devoted to the GBR. Another is taking the train to Kuranda and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Any other suggestions? Any places to eat that are off the beaten track? Thanks
  22. We will be flying to Cairns from Sydney to visit the GBR. I am seeing a few airlines that fly there. Jetstar seems to be the cheapest. Aslo Virgin Australia and Qantas. Any that I should avoid?
  23. We will be in Sydney on May 2024. We would very much like to see a show in the Opera House. Looking online, I do not see any listings for any type of shows this May. When should I expect the schedule of shows to be available? Is there a booking site that would be helpful for me? Or should I just use the official Opera House website? Thanks
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