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SparklyPinkCruiser

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About SparklyPinkCruiser

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    Ontario, Canada
  • Interests
    Travel and Cruising
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe
  1. If you take your own luggage off, you'll be fine. We're usually off really early.
  2. Agreed... Years ago we flew in day before cruise. The flight was delayed and we barely made our connection at Ohare. Picture us running through Ohare to make our connection (I wouldn't be able to run these days!) and I looked over at my husband and said "If we're running this fast, our luggage is not!". I was right. The luggage didn't make it. It came to us at 10am the next morning at the hotel. I would never fly in day of after that!
  3. I would also take The Tube to Tower Hill and then walk from there. It's so easy to use, and also everyone is soooo helpful (and bonus, they speak english!).
  4. I don't think you can go wrong. We stayed in the Kensington area and loved it there. But next time we want to try being closer to the "action". The Kensington area has so many wonderful places to walk around and enjoy. 🙂
  5. We stayed at Hotel Citadel. It was affordable, breakfast was actually really good and it was close. We walked from the train station there, I want to say it was a 5-10 mins walk? Not super easy but doable, and we had fun dodging all the bikes. It was very close from there to walk to to the canal cruise (We did the lovers canal cruise wine and cheese) and to the Anne Frank house in the morning. It did not have air conditioning though! They did have large fans. We managed, it was worth it for the location and price.
  6. Sounds like a great itinerary! I'm different in that I actually would go into Paris, especially if you and the kids haven't done it before. If you have been recently or plan on going then maybe skip it and do Normandy. I definitely find on European cruises, given the older crown, the dress code is closer followed. My DH does not like to dress up, he wears golf shirts, and I've seen a few dirty looks - ha ha. I always wear a dress, but nothing fancy. In Brugges, we did the orange umbrella walking tour... it was a few hours and it was great. We took pre-arranged taxi into town. We also managed to walk around the market, eat chocolate and eat Belgium waffles. As for activities on the ship, I think you'll still find there are things to do even if it is a bit cool. You'll be so wiped out from your excursions, I find I don't have as much energy on a European cruise. I prefer to rest on the off days, personally. I also love sitting in a hot tub when it's cool outside! Have a great time!
  7. My very first cruise had Richard Spacey. We really loved him and it's been downhill with cruise director's since then!
  8. I prefer balconies, but we also book insides as well. The best thing about them is how wonderful and easy it is to sleep with no light! When I book an inside I make sure to scope out a good relax spot to read elsewhere on the ship. I really don't mind it at all.
  9. I'm not sure... but it kept malfunctioning and I eventually gave up. We had 4 of them and they rarely worked for us on Harmony.
  10. They are no Magic Bands I can tell you that! Not even close if that's what you're expecting. Ours were a pain. They never worked, they couldn't be used to charge anything so we still had to carry our card around. Not sure what the point was, really.
  11. I think you will notice a big difference from your last cruise. Enjoy!
  12. I just read this again. The buses were so easy, ... meant to say, it was VERY easy and at first I was nervous, but there were seriously no issues and with people speaking English, always have locals willing to help!
  13. I would do it. As long as you get off yourself, it shouldn't be a problem.
  14. I agree with posters above. Edinburgh - Definitely do on your own. We took the buses around and it was VERY nervous. Whatever you do, DO NOT use the ship's shuttle. I can't even begin to tell you the issues that the passengers ran into with using the shuttle. Which they could have saved with a $1 bus ride. We did a food tour (Eat Walk Edinburgh) which was AMAZING, as well we walked around Edinburgh and explored Edinburgh castle on our own. Amazing! St. Peter Port - We did a walking tour in the morning then spent the rest of the day on our own. I ate the best chocolate of my life there. It was at Ben Le Prevost chocolatier. I still dream of that chocolate. It was better than any chocolate we got in Belgium! Dublin - We got off on our own and did an Afternoon Tea tour on a double decker (Vintage Tea tours), walked around a bit on our own and the highlight of this day, and one of the highlights of our whole trip was touring Kilmainham Gaol. You have to book tickets ahead. Try not to miss this. Inverness - We did an amazing tour with Laura Moon of Inverness Tours. Glasgow - I loved this day, but I definitely think you have to do it with a tour company to get the most out of it. The rest of them we didn't visit. Enjoy - best cruise of my life!!
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