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  1. Thanks! Which tour did you take? I contacted Roberto and he sent me back so many different options! I'm looking at the Grand Tour that includes both sets of locks and Panama City.
  2. I found Cartagena Culinary Tours and booked with them. This is what they sent me prior to booking: Thank you for contacting Cartagena Culinary Tours! Sorry for delay in replying, but had some issues with wifi maintenance. We have two tours available for lunch at 12pm, both in the Historic Center, SANTO DOMINGO tour with 3 restaurant stops, duration of 2.5 hour at US$89.00 + tax and SAN DIEGO tour with 4 restaurant stops and a duration of 3.5 hours with a price of US$110.00 + tax and since your cruise ship leaves port at 3pm we recommend the later tour or Santo Domingo which for Cruise ship passengers we start one hour earlier at 11am and we will get you in a taxi at 1pm at the latest so you can be in port an hour earlier before departure. Private tours have an additional cost of US$30.00 pp and it will only be for passengers from same cruise ship and usually our clients help us post ad on Cruise Critic board. We have a pick up courtesy for private tours which have a maximum of 8 people. As soon as you confirm we will be sending a PayPal invoice. Looking forward for your reply. BEST SELECTION OF RESTAURANTS AND BARS WHERE THE LOCALS GO HISTORIC CENTER - SANTO DOMINGO TOUR. WHEN: Daily TIME: 12 pm FOOD STOPS: 3 food stops over the course of the 2.5 hour tour, with enough tastings to make up a full meal. MEETING POINT: Exact location disclosed with ticket purchase or If you arrive at the port I can pick you up at port main gate or meet you at the historic center. TYPES OF PAYMENT: All major credit cards. All tours must be prepaid. PRIVATE TOURS: Yes, we conduct private tour with a minimum of 2 people. PRICE: US$ 89.00 pp + Tax
  3. We will be arriving in Cartagena on board Celebrity Summit and was wondering if anyone had done a food tour while there. We have done them in many different cities and found them to be a great way of learning about a place. Any reviews would be appreciated. TIA
  4. Hubby and I are booked for my big birthday! (Can't believe I'm hitting the big 60!) Anyone along for the celebration?
  5. I decided to book for my birthday, July 13, rather than Richard's.
  6. We're on September 11. Enchantment was the first ship we ever sailed on and we got hooked!
  7. We did the small tour with Best Guides and there were only 7 of us, my husband and me along with a family of 5 from the same ship. We were able to get in and out of places quickly and didn't have to wait in any lines. I highly recommend them!
  8. We were on the same cruise and really enjoyed it as well. We were in an oceanview cabin on deck 4, which is a great location when getting on and off the ship. Our only complaint was with the diamond lounge and its concierge. The room is small, an area that they created by blocking off an area of the Viking Crown Lounge, and didn't have nearly enough seating for all of the people who chose to use it. We arrived one night and there were no seats. When I mentioned it to the concierge (Francisco) he didn't even know as he'd been at his desk on the computer with his back to the room. I asked if he could open the door to the VKL, but he said he couldn't, it was company policy. He then walked us out of the room and blocked the entrance. Later in the week we saw him open the door to the VKL for another group. He was very disappointing and nothing like any of the other diamond concierges we have had before. We had a 5 night specialty restaurant package and ate twice each in Chops and Izumi and once in Giovanni's. All three restaurants were excellent, and we enjoyed them as a break from the MDR. We had a table for 2 for late seating and were seated at the very back of the room, where there were several 2 tops. Our servers were excellent and we found the food to be very good. There were a lot of kids on board but we found most of them to be well behaved and supervised. As this is a very port-intensive cruise, I think they were always pretty busy. We thought the orchestra was exceptionally good, the singers and dancers not nearly as good as we've seen (and that's being polite!), the headliners fabulous (particularly Pete Matthews and Beatle Maniacs), and Cruise Director Mike outstanding! We used Best Guides in St. Petersburg and were fortunate enough to share our tour with a wonderful family of 5. Our guide, Olga, was great at providing us with information and getting us through any crowds easily. Our tour, St. Petersburg Grand, included lunch at sit down restaurants both days and they were great opportunities to try Russian food. In Helsinki and Copenhagen we took local food tours, which provided us with a walking tour of each city along with nice food tastes. We walked around on our own in Tallinn and Skagen, and took the HOHO boat in Stockholm to the VASA and ABBA museums, then walked around the old town and ate in a restaurant on the square. This was our first visit to Amsterdam and we absolutely loved it. We had the same experience as Sue with the train tickets- we thought it was because our credit cards didn't have pins to go with the chips. We took a train out to Zaanse Schans to see the windmills, and did a food tour and red light district tour, as well as the Anne Frank house.
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