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About shofer

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    Wheaton, IL USA
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    Traveling and seeing new places.
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    Mediterranean and Baltic

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  1. Maybe Viking will also consider cruising the Great Lakes. Visit the delights of Duluth, etc. All kidding aside, I think this might be an itinerary that would appeal to visitors from the EU. Get to see the center of the USA in the summer months.
  2. We were on Summit in Hawaii after that experiment was over. My exact reaction: Rags hanging from the ceiling, dirty beds and sea views blocked. The whole lounge ambiance was ruined. I wonder if the Eden show will be premiered on Apex also. Such a happy difference was on Silhouette's Sky Lounge on our last trip. We were up there every evening for pre-dinner drinks on a 15 day cruise.
  3. Horizon! It was our second cruise in 1994 with Zenith being the first. Amazing how impressed we were with those 40K Ton ships. Followed those with Century and Summit, each better than the last. We have never sailed on an Oasis class ship although we were very happy with Vision of the Seas for two European trips. Hence, the aborted plan for Symphony which we planned for a time where there wouldn't be many children. The only way we would go on Edge is if we could score a sunset veranda and then only for a week. I have to say that the "show" in Eden is not a new idea. This was tried back in the 90's with Cirque du Soleil on the Century class ships and only lasted a year due to severe lack of enthusiasm by the passengers. Although the Cirque shows in the theater were pretty good. My cousin sailed Edge when it first premiered with her hubby's siblings in an ocean view room but according to them, they never went beyond the Martini bar and the dining room. Had no idea what the Magic Carpet was when I asked about it and they never saw any shows. So they were no help in evaluating the ship.
  4. So many! London, Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona. We spent some pre- and post-cruise time in all these places and would go back in a heartbeat. There are many places I haven't been yet like, Australia and New Zealand and South America. The world is a big place and this darn virus is keeping me home!
  5. What is the consensus on these ships? Reading the reviews, some love them but it seems experienced X cruisers are disappointed. Our last X cruise was a TA on Silhouette in 2018 which we loved. Our Feb/2020 on Symphony of the Seas was cancelled d/t illness. Hubby had seen a video on Symphony and had to go on that ship. We are active seniors and as much as we love the quiet sophistication of Celebrity, we do like the active vibe you find on Royal. The videos of Edge look tempting but the Infinite Veranda is not for us. It seems that all the best parts of the ship are reserved for Suite guests. I'm wondering how many will abandon Celebrity if they change all their ships to the Edge model.
  6. On our first cruise in 1993 you had to sign up for it when you first boarded. DH & I were sitting in the buffet and were watching a few guys participating. This was the only time we ever heard or saw this.
  7. I guess we were lucky in that respect. When I organized the tours of Greece and Ephesus, I had to limit the number to 20 as that was the number of seats on the bus. While reading your review, I went back and re-read mine and became quite nostalgic. I did that trip with a single friend while hubby supervised the kitchen remodel. Now he would like to go on a Mediterranean cruise but with all the uncertainty, we are taking a wait and see attitude.
  8. I really liked Pompeii which was my primary reason for doing a Mediterranean cruise. We went in May and it was hot even then. All our tours were with romecabs.com and we pre-ordered all our tour tickets when available. Pompeii was not one of them. In 2015, the ticket was 13 euros/pp and we had a private guide through the tour company. There were only 8 of us on all of our tours in Italy which was a great way to see so much.
  9. We thought the Vision was a lovely ship. I have recently discovered YouTube on cable and you can search individual cruise ships to view peoples video blogs. Lots of information!
  10. Actually, DH reminded me that we received a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries on our last Hawaii cruise from X. We were a group of 8 and were booked through X at the Hyatt Long Beach for our one day pre-cruise. Several other cruisers were moved to another property in San Pedro. Our TA had been notified of this move and she strongly lobbied X not to move us. I think X still had us on that list and that was the reason for the treats. We also received at least 2 phone calls from Guest Relations inquiring as to our satisfaction with everything so far. Had no idea about any of this until we returned home and spoke to our TA.
  11. I think it was a combination of both. As I told everyone who asked, it only hurt when I walked on it. LOL. At least I had relief when I sat down and could sleep. I took 2 Advil every morning before we went out and 2 Advil before bed. One of the ladies in our tour group had a collapsible cane she had brought with as a precaution for her knee and she lent it to me. That really made a big difference. I would have had to purchase one as I couldn't have done all the walking without it.
  12. Bupkis is a Yiddish word meaning nothing at all. I am showing my age from watching too many old Jewish comedians on TV when I was a kid.
  13. We celebrated our 50th Anniversary on a westward TA called Boston, Broadway & Bermuda on Silohouette. I even signed up online for a "celebration". We received bupkis. At least they comped drinks in the casino for most of the cruise. But it still was a great cruise, especially our pre-cruise days in London.
  14. I just looked up my review and we departed May 16, 2015. So the week after you were there. So glad we went then and not any later and it was plenty warm and everything had plenty of tourists. We used Romecabs for all our Italy tours. In Turkey it was ephesusdelux.com which was a great tour. In Athens we signed up for one called privategreecetours.com All private tours with small groups and cheaper than the ship. Using these tour operators made for a fabulous custom experience.
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