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  1. Another vote for Caribe deck. The balconies are larger and partially covered on this deck.
  2. Thanks everyone, for all the information, pictures, and links! It's great to imagine being back at sea again soon!
  3. What do consider the "best" decks on the Royal Class ships and why? Are the Caribe deck balconies bigger on these ships like some others? If yes, are they now considered "Premium" or "Deluxe" balconies and priced accordingly? Thanks in advance for any info you can share!
  4. We were very disappointed, but not surprised, that our cruisetour was cancelled. But better to know now, so we can start planning again. Hopefully all nations will get access to the vaccine soon and people will participate, so that everyone can resume their "normal" lives once again. Safe travels to all!
  5. Hopefully the travel situation will improve soon. It's been a crazy time, with everything so unsettled. And as you noted, prices for everything are going up, up, up! Looks like we will be having another "staycation" here at our place! 😉
  6. I forgot to mention -- Please be sure to take some time before and/or after your cruise to stay in Barcelona. It is a beautiful city, with lots of things to explore and discover right in the city. Spain Day Tours has various tours in the city and surrounding area. Some of them even include transfer to and from the cruise port, hotel, or airport. Here is their link: https://www.spaindaytours.com/barcelona-tours/
  7. I feel your frustration! I can't wait for the day when we all can travel safely, and this terrible pandemic is controlled.
  8. Yes, this exactly what I expect will happen. Looks like I'll be giving Princess another interest free loan! And should travel be allowed by some miracle, it will leave me no time to arrange the necessary Visas, or book tours and hotels. Here we go again!
  9. It is disappointing, for sure! This was a "trip of a lifetime" for us. At least you already are in Australia, so if any cruising does restart, you should be among the first allowed on board. We live in the US, and probably will be among the last folks permitted in the country (for good reason!). My hope at this point is that the cruise lines will be notified by the Australian and New Zealand governments about continued restrictions before I have to make final payment. I don't want to wait another 6 months for a refund like our last cancelled cruise. Hopefully I'll be able to rebook this
  10. The audio tours are free! Just go to Rick Steves' website and download them to your smart phone or tablet. You can then listen to them wherever you are. Here is the link: https://www.ricksteves.com/ He also has a wonderful book for anyone cruising anywhere in the Mediterranean, which I found invaluable during our Mediterranean cruise. The title is "Rick Steves' Mediterranean Cruise Ports."
  11. Baltimore probably will be colder than Virginia in February, but you will be in Virginia by the next morning. All of the Royal Caribbean ships we've sailed on from Baltimore have indoor pool areas (the Solarium). It will be cold and breezy on deck for the first day or two, but should warm up by the time you get to the Carolinas, at least in our experience. I wouldn't expect bitter freezing temperatures, unless the entire coastal area was experiencing these, and who can predict the weather?!
  12. We took a Mediterranean cruise on Vision in 2015. It was wonderful! Vision is a smaller ship without all the bells & whistles, as mentioned, but that makes it more accessible to some of the ports, and less crowded. Again, as previously stated, it is a port intensive cruise, with most of the ports some distance from the cities you will want to see. You will not be spending that much time on the ship, but rather travelling to and from the cities and seeing all the marvelous places on your itinerary. For port specific information, check out the Europe boards here: https://boa
  13. Welcome to Cruise Critic! We have a November Australian/New Zealand 2021 cruise and tour booked, so I've been following this topic, too. Since you're new here, I'd like to share some resources on these boards that might help. For more information on this topic, I find the following threads most helpful: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2785053-australian-cruise-ship-ban-extended/ https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2760660-new-zealand-border/ https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2777398-australianew-zealand-question/ This link also h
  14. Many beautiful places and good itineraries have been mentioned already. Another port worth a mention is Kotor, Montenegro. You arrive via the Bay of Kotor with scenic views on both sides. Although it is a tender port, the Old Town is just steps from the dock, and is easy to explore on your own. We did a Mediterranean cruise with Royal Caribbean that included Kotor and Venice. Wonderful!
  15. I don't blame Australia and New Zealand for closing their borders in order to protect their citizens - especially from my fellow Americans who seem to lack any responsibility to their neighbors, community, or the world. We have an Australian & New Zealand cruisetour booked for November 2021 that I fully expect will be cancelled. Hopefully Australia and New Zealand will make the travel restrictions clear to cruise lines before my upcoming final payment. I don't want to wait another 6 months for a refund as I did for the previous cancelled 2020 cruise. I really appreciate eve
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