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  1. My wife would like to see the Eifel Tower for sure. I was actually surprised they didn't have a tour with lunch at the tower. She'd also like to see the Arc. It would be nice to actually get off the bus to take some pics rather than be jammed in next to someone and shooting through a dirty tinted window. She's also a Disney nut. Could she visit Disneyland? Is there direct transportation there from Le Havre? Ship arrives at 8AM and sails at 9PM. Thanks.
  2. We are booked on the Apex in April and stopping in Le Havre. Unfortunately, most of the tours through the cruise line are drive by tours where you sit and the bus and see the Eifel Tower from your bus seat and that's it. There is one that appears to drop you where you can pick up the HoHo bus. Can anyone suggest some other tour options? Thanks, Dave
  3. Is it just me, or has X been more silent than usual about the upcoming Apex? They've said virtually nothing about her.
  4. I don't know about this. The older ships may be the same or less, but the new ones cost more.
  5. Remember in the old version of CC when there was a link at the top for "Today's Posts" and it included all the threads with activity for the past 24 hours. Yes, there is now "Today's Activity" but it isn't the same. It brings up individual posts instead of the entire thread and if there are multiple posts in the same thread, you see them over an over. The old way was useful to see quickly what was the buzz on CC of the day. Is there away to set up a search that does what the old "Today's Posts" did? Thanks, Dave
  6. Has anyone heard what the ocean liner restaurant on the Apex will be? The Edge has The Normandie and it has been inferred that the Edge class ships will be getting the ocean liner fittings removed from the Ocean Liner restaurants on the Millenium class when they downgraded them by installing the Tuscan (Olive Garden LOL my opinion) in their place. The deck plans on Celebrity's website are just copies of the Edge, so they aren't helpful. Thanks, Dave
  7. I see where DCL will now have Captain Minnie on board the ships along with programming and merchandise to encourage girls into professional maritime careers or STEM related careers. They will also offer several scholarships to a maritime academy in the Bahamas. i think Capt Minnie is great and the scholarships are great too but as a graduate of a maritime academy Texas A&M Galveston) I think it would have been nice to include 1 US maritime academy in the scholarship offering. Not many (if any) young girls that experience the program on the ships will grow up and attend a maritime school in the Bahamas. While not many deck officers on cruise ships are Americans, there are a few out there. Just a thought. Dave
  8. The purpose is 2 fold: decrease costs and increase revenue. The food and beverage manager in Seattle was told to cut his costs by X %, and this is one way to get there. This is just like every other cut/surcharge that we have seen crop up in the past 10 years. I take a cruise for all 3 reasons above. I enjoy eating and trying new things and frequently order 2 main menu entre's. Never more. I have seen people order more than 2 though. I am not over weight and don't eat like that at home. I'm on vacation and this is something I've enjoyed doing on cruises for the past 30 years. For all of you who smugly say "no impact for me", great for you. Eating multiple portions in the MDR at no cost has always been a cruise thing. They budget for it and covering the cost has been included already in the prices we are being currently charged. People doing isn't a new thing and isn't a surprise to the cruise line. It is a vacation perk that many folks enjoy. It isn't gluttony. Your double portion will no doubt be considered a second entre, as well as it should. How is it different than someone else ordering 2 different entres. I hope they get bad survey's/feedback from this. It's tacky, cheap, and just another cut.
  9. "Over the years we have upgraded the menu" This statement is a joke. Compare a HAL menu from 20 years ago to one today. Much higher quality back then. If they "upgraded", it was after they downgraded first. And this is a "premium" cruiseline! HAL cheerleaders, please don't bring up the tired "compare prices to 20 years ago" blah, blah. What if you don't like the first choice? Besides that, it has always been an option to have more than one and some of us like to try new things. Thanks for taking one more thing away. Hopefully this "test" will go down in flames. All that is missing from this press release is the tired cruise executive line "we are charging a $10 upcharge for our guests convenience". This constant cost cutting is rampant in the corporate world. After managers cut all the obvious fat, the executives keep wanting the same additional cost cuts every year when there is nothing left to cut.
  10. https://abc13.com/travel/disney-cruises-will-sail-from-galveston-for-another-decade/5093678/ Looks like Disney is happy with the performance of their Galveston cruises. Big change from when the Magic first came and wasn't selling well. I wonder if they'll bring one of the larger ships to Galveston when the new ships come out? Dave
  11. I don't know if anyone died, but the ship was met by ambulances in at least 2 ports and there were 3 waiting for the ship in NO. Regarding the burning embers, i think that is an exageration, but apparently one night a lot of sparks were coming from the stack due the the engines carboning up in the Mississippi River.
  12. We were on this cruise and agree with the OP's comments. And i picked up a bad cold on the last day and my wife was hit with NORO and 102 fever the night we got home. Thank goodness we were home. Enjoyed the cruise otherwise.
  13. Our cabin stewardess could have been better too. She never once cleaned the balcony. In fact, a footprint remained on the door sill to the balcony the entire cruise. She did keep out ice bucket filled though. Regarding the bathroom, we had a large shower, no tub. Shower was big enough for 2 people if desired 🙂 I will also say, there was no shortage of hot water and the temperature was consistent.
  14. 1. I don't recall anything but the whine show. 2. We didn't go, but we heard people raiving about enjoying it. 3. Roatan was a dump with very aggressive locals. Jamaica was too, but felt it was a little better than Roatan.
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