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  1. What is the difference between FCC and OBC? I did nothing, and was supposed to get 125% FCC for my 17 May departure. Final payment had been made. According to their website, I was supposed to have received an e-mail by 22 May. So far, nothing. I booked through a TA; they haven't received anything either. Likely she is going to have to call.... I understand they are busy, but if they can't live up to the commitments THEY, THEMSELVES made, then they need to update their website, so as to reset expectations.
  2. That experience sounds wonderful. It's one thing to have talent, and quite another to have interest. My sis has neither, so I won't subject her to that. Good to know about the ballet. I'm sure it'll be an evening like no other, in any case.
  3. I am sold on a private tour, and after reading so many 'pitches' for SJB, am sold on them too! Interesting note about the ballet. We'll be there in late May (22/23 May to be exact). I wonder if that's considered summer? Also, it's not like we'll have anything to compare it to (2nd rate dancers, 2nd rate venue), other than ballets we see here at home. I am intrigued by the idea of painting Matroyshkas! That is the one souvenir I plan on taking home from Russia. My sister is NOT into that kind of thing at all, unfortunately, so will be buying those in a shop. Continued thanks to all, and I welcome other comments and guidance!
  4. Thanks to all! I am sold on a private tour, and in fact, may add on an evening tour. I’m not a big fan of ballet, but to see a Russian ballet IN RUSSIA, might be too hard to pass up. 😉
  5. Looking at the ships 2 day St. Petersburg tour, and wondering if it includes a tour INSIDE the church on spilled blood. Can’t tell from the tour description if the visit to the church is a drive by, an outside photo stop, or if you actually tour the inside. Many thanks. Looking at non ship tours too.
  6. Looking at the ships 2 day St. Petersburg tour, and wondering if it includes a tour INSIDE the church on spilled blood. Can’t tell from the tour description if the visit to the church is a drive by, an outside photo stop, or if you actually tour the inside. Many thanks. Looking at non ship tours too.
  7. If anyone has done this ship’s tour, can you tell me if you go inside the church of resurrection on the spilled blood? It’s hard to tell from the tour description if visiting the church is a “drive by”, a stop for photos, or if you actually tour inside the church. Touring inside is important to me. Many thanks. Looking at non-ship tours also.
  8. If anyone has done this ship’s tour, can you tell me if you go inside the church of resurrection on the spilled blood? It’s hard to tell from the tour description if visiting the church is a “drive by”, a stop for photos, or if you actually tour inside the church. Touring inside is important to me. Many thanks. Looking at non-ship tours also.
  9. considering a cruise on Celebrity (first time!). Does anyone know how big the showers are in the Concierge class cabins? I usually cruise royal and know I can count on a tub/shower in a junior suite. Can't tell on the Concierge class stateroom. Looked at the drawing, and it's not clear how big the shower is. Thanks so much!
  10. Was on the Jira out of Budapest on Dec 10 to Nuremberg. We were told we could board anytime on Dec 9; if our room was ready, so much the better, but we could leave our luggage and then go back out again, as we were overnighting on the boat. As it happened, because of tours we took, we didn't attempt to board until around 8:00pm, and FINDING the boat was a nightmare. Viking rep told us where the Jira as docked, but when we cabbed it over there, that wasn't the case. We wandered up and down the street, in the dark, looking for the Jira (there were several Viking boats in the area). When we finally found it, there was no ramp nearby, only many cement steps leading down to where the boat was docked, so we lugged large suitcases down the stairs and onto the boat. Once we found it, life was good. IMHO, there should be a rep(s) ON THE STREET where the ship is docked, keeping an eye out for passengers and assisting them in finding their boat, and helping with luggage. This was my first experience with Viking (my first river cruise, in fact), and I expected more.
  11. Hi all, Booked on the Viking Romantic Danube on 10 Dec out of Budapest, and I'm flying in, alone, for a couple days beforehand, arriving late afternoon on 6 Dec. I want to stay at a Hilton (using points), and not sure which location to choose. There is one on both the Pest side, and the Buda side, of the river. Pest side is City Center; Buda side is in Royal Castle District. I will be taking some tours on my own before my friend joins me on 8 Dec., and prefer it when the tour company picks me up at my hotel (I'm not very good at navigating unfamiliar spaces, so the less time I have to spend on my own, the better). Tours will be of major sights, maybe a foodie tour, that kind of thing. The tour websites always say something along the lines of 'pick up from centrally located hotel', which is pretty vague. Is there a Christmas market in the area? Would love to visit one at night, if possible. That might come into play on my decision. With those two things in mind (tours and proximity to Christmas Market, if there is one), can anyone make a recommendation as to which hotel is best? I'm inclined towards the Pest location, but would love to hear from others who are experienced with this area. Many thanks, in advance. Happy to answer any questions/'fill in the blanks' if more info is needed, in order to make a decision.
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