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  1. Just saw an article that confirmed Celebrity is removing free in room movies. Let’s hope Princess doesn’t follow suit. We cruise mostly on Royal class, and very much enjoy the wonderful selection of movies in the cabin.
  2. Thank you for your review. We are going on the cruise in reverse in October with slightly different ports. Appreciate the tip about the forward Lido Deck viewing area.
  3. Always love your reviews and you know I’ve been following the Facebook page! Looks like a great cruise!
  4. Giants Causeway is about an hour away. You will need an excursion to get there. We went there last year and it was excellent, we took a private excursion to Giants Causeway, the Carricka Rope Bridge and a couple of other beautiful towns. I can dig up the name of the tour company if you are interested. The private tour had much smaller vehicles and spent more time at each stop, less $$ ships tour.
  5. For a port intensive cruise such as Baltic, the area that will most likely feel and be crowded is the buffet in the morning as everyone will be trying to get breakfast and then off for their tours. I would suggest room service or International Cafe. I love the Royal class ships for many reasons but I hate a hectic start to the day!
  6. Following! Have a great time! i know you love the buffet (as do I on the Royal class ships), how is it on a small ship?
  7. Does anyone know if Ollie’s has to be booked in advance? We prefer to just get off at our leisure and depending on the weather (we are there October 17) either do the 2 1/2 or 4 hour tour.
  8. We are in Sydney on October 20 and decided to book the ships tour to Louisbourg. I normally do private tours, but I could not find an operator with a tour going there that day. My husband and I love history and he has been reading up on history of this area and Quebec City. Even if Louisbourg is not fully in operation, for us it’s a must see!
  9. That’s interesting what the poster above said, we did BI last year on the Royal and had a port side balcony and it was definitely the side with some of the great views in port. Maybe it is just random how the ship is positioned? We sailed in early June and weather was quite good for touring, we most often wore jeans and took a light jacket. You will need both £ and € for this trip. We ordered them from our local bank before the trip. England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland use the pound sterling, and Ireland and France use the Euro. We also stopped at Guernsey and they have their own currency but accepted our dollars or Euros for small purchases which I’m sure had a horrendous exchange rate! Credit cards are widely accepted even for small purchases. As far as tours, there are so many options depending on your interests. The Europe boards are very helpful. We did mostly private tours, much smaller vehicles and all were excellent quality. It’s a great itinerary! Would love to do it again in a few years
  10. They normally have plenty of cooked shrimp on the buffet in the salad bar area to make a shrimp cocktail. We love the buffet on Royal class ships, the dinner buffets are excellent on the nights where you just want a very casual quick self serve dinner. I don’t remember a Bavaria night. Bread pudding and vanilla sauce is in the Patisserie area.
  11. We are booking a cruise on the Mariner and are wondering if there is a Ben and Jerry’s suite on this ship? I have searched and I just see this suite listed for Freedom class. If so so what is the cabin number? Thank you!
  12. This is such a great itinerary, did it last year on the Royal Princess. I’m watching The Open now and remembering our fantastic private tour out of Belfast that visited Giants Causeway and various other scenic places and views of Royal Portrush golf course. So so much to see, we plan to do the same cruise again in a couple of years. Ours only had embarkation in Southampton and LaHavre, but very few seemed to utilize that port for embarkation. Sounds like adding a third point of embarkation was not a good idea.
  13. Great review! We did the British Isles cruise last year and loved every minute of it. So much to see in all of the ports, we said we would like to do the cruise again in a year or two.
  14. Just to let you know that pre arranged car service or Uber or Lyft will most likely be less expensive than a cab. If cab gets stuck in traffic, not that there are any traffic snags in NYC, lol, the meter runs. The other options are a fixed price you know in advance, regardless of traffic
  15. We did car service with an advance reservation From midtown Manhattan when we cruised out of Brooklyn. We used Carmel Limo, very competitively priced and reliable. We are cruising out of Brooklyn again in October, arriving at LaGuardia and plan to do the same.
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