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  1. Thank you so much for taking us on your Greek Island tour with both of you. I have enjoyed it very much. Enough that I probably will try to talk my wife into doing something similar. We have done a couple of cruises out of Athens and have always come into Athens early to see more of the sites but have never spent more than a part of a day on any of the islands. Again, thanks for the trip and the pictures. Stan
  2. I have been able to use old gift cards on Viking. Stan
  3. We are not booked until November 2022 and have not received an offer. Our TA did send us our new cabin number on the Crystal. Fortunately we are still in the same type cabin. But with the large difference in the number of suites on the Experience and the Crystal there will obviously be some passengers that will not be able to be in a suite. They will then have to made a decision to go with their new cabin assignment or cancel. You need to contact either your TA or Celestyal and find out what your cabin on the Crystal is. Stan
  4. I have found that most, if not all, of the coke products in Europe do not have as much sugar in them as there is in the US. However, the coke in south African, i believe, has been the sweetest. singinalot Thanks for all of your posting and pictures. Have really enjoyed following you. Stan
  5. I have seen several videos of cabins on the Crystal and they seemed to always open the refrigerator and they would be empty. Does anyone know if the refrigerator in the SB Suites are stocked or not? Stan
  6. I read on a review from this summer (2021) that you had to pay for bottled water. Does anybody know if you can take bottle water and soft drinks on the ship? Also, FYI the cabins do not have wash clothes in the bathrooms per the same review. Stan
  7. I was told by TA that the Celestyal website was basically ***** down while Celestyal moves everyone from the Experience to the Crystal. Just tried to log into my account still cannot get in. Stan
  8. Most people take a taxi. The hotel can arrange this. Believe it is around 35 - 40 Euro. Stan
  9. I did read on a post somewhere that the passengers were being given some free time to wondering around town after the included walking tour. However, this could have changed again due to the EU recommendation on restrictions on US citizens due to the high number of COVID cases in the US.
  10. If you have followed Celestyal you will know they had been trying to sell the Crystal without any luck. Speculation is that it was due to it's age and better ships available for the same price. They only wanted 2 ships when all was said and done. Since they could not sell the Crystal and think they will be sailing with a smaller passenger population (due to COVID) they thought it did not make since to hold onto the Experience (unfortunate for us passengers). What could not be derived from any of the articles available is how much did finances play into this decision other than this statement - "The decision to sell Experience will provide the company with enhanced liquidity, the line said, which in combination with zero third party debt forms the continued solid financial foundation to ensure a successful restart in March next year." Bottom line is that certain passengers will not be in the same cabin category they were in on the Experience. This will be due to the lower number of suites and balcony cabins available on the Crystal. Possible that some balcony cabin passengers end up in inside cabins. Bottom line is that we are the ones that will end up losing out. Let's just hope they will be able to sail in 2022. Stan
  11. Thank you @notamermaid. It is sad to hear that so much has been done but so much still is left to be done. Appreciate the youtube video. Nothing like seeing it to really realize how bad it was and still is. I know the residents must really appreciate the help the volunteers are giving. Thanks again for the update. Stan
  12. notamermaid - How are things going in the German towns that had the floods?
  13. We also did the Nightwatchman Tour on our 2 day stay in Rothenburg. We enjoyed it greatly. He was very informative and entertaining. We also had a very good dinner at a place name the Wine Bar (I believe) At first I thought it was just a wine place. But the young lady at the front desk at our hotel recommended it so we went and were glad we did. It is very small and the table was the smallest I have ever ate it. However, the food was good. Our hotel was inside the wall and provided parking in the back of it. I believe it was the Hotel Spitzweg . Nice hotel and not far from the town hall. Stan
  14. We were in Rothenburg the first weekend of September of 2017 and by chance they were having a festival. it is called the Imperial City Festival (the Imperial City Festival transports visitors to Rothenburg’s old city to the district’s golden age. The entire old city becomes one huge Medieval camp. Historical groups from different epochs of Rothenburg’s history come together for the Imperial City Festival. A host of knights camp in tents in front of the Rödertor, while the Meistertrunk troops from the Thirty Years’ War range through the city. In Herrngasse you’ll come across Medieval townsfolk and Schillingsfürst peasants. Dive into the past as a visitor. Entry is free). WE found it very interesting and entertaining even though we did not know what it was until i researched it later on. It is worth attending in my opinion. Because of the festival you would need to book ar oom a good bit in advance. Stan
  15. Have not sailed NCL in a long time and came across Celestyal in an article written in a magazine by accident. Th article got us interested in Celestyal and we were to be on a 14 day cruise in Nov. 2021. Prior to Celestyal cancelling the remaining cruise 2021 season after August we moved our cruise to Nov, 2022. All of this is to say if the cost is important to you then Celestyal might be of interest to you. The Experience will not sail under the Celestyal flag until March 2022. However, there are a number of video reviews of Celestyal cruises on You Tube. Stan
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