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  1. Our plan is to either walk (@20 minutes I think) or taxi from the ship to the train station in Le Havre. The average one-way train journey is under an hour. Once in Rouen we might book a walking tour for 15 euro pp. Or take a Segway tour. Or just explore on our own. If you look into Tours by Locals, there is a private tour offering from Le Havre for a tour of Rouen, but pretty spendy unless you get other roll call members to join you.
  2. @grnrab Thanks for the detailed & glowing review! Did you book a private tour or the "Pirate" tour offered to cruisers? The pricing is great for the group tour and includes a lot. DH & I previously spent a night in Sintra, but arrived late and had to be at the Lisbon airport early the next morning so didn't experience any castles except to view them from afar. We did drive from Fatima to Sintra- just getting to our b&b was a challenge, so it will be great to leave the driving to the tour company.
  3. I've been researching for a tour from Libon to Sintra and found "We Hate Tourism Tours". Their offerings seem to be very well-priced. Has any Cruise Critic member booked a tour with this company and, if so, what was your experience? Thanks!
  4. @Bruin Steve The one town that may be skippable is Corniglia. We took the train there, but the village is atop an extremely steep hill. There is a path to the top, but we opted for a shuttle bus to transport us up & down from the station. I suspect the same issue applies to the ferry boat landing, although maybe the path to the town is less steep? Nevertheless, time & logistics to get to this small village, IMHO are not worth it for including in a one day trip to all villages.. For those staying longer in the Cinque Terre, one of the highlights of our time there was a concert at Oratory Chapel of St. Trinita in Vernazza. in past years the hour-long opera highlight performances were scheduled for Wednesday & Friday evenings. Here is a link: https://cinqueterreriviera.com/vernazza-opera-festival/
  5. This is the website I used to help me plan. It has all the links you might need, including ferry schedule & Pricing! https://www.apathtolunch.com/2014/06/complete-cinque-terre-portovenere-la.html
  6. This is the website I used to help me plan. It has all the links you might need, including ferry schedule & Pricing! https://www.apathtolunch.com/2014/06/complete-cinque-terre-portovenere-la.html
  7. As did John in the above post, we also spent 3 nights in Monterosso before we boarded a Celebrity cruise out of Civitavecchia with our first port-of-call being La Spezia. Our land visit to the Cinque Terre was disappointing due to crowds in all the villages during the day. It was more enjoyable in the evenings when the cruisers had departed. This is my recommendation for LaSpezia. Don't try to visit the main Cinque Terre villages. Instead head to Portovenere! We took the public bus to/from LaSpezia, although you could take a ferry. In Portovenere we took a one hour 3 Island boat tour, walked to the church & fort atop the hill, had lunch at a small bistro and enjoyed the relaxed pace of our day. Here is a link to a Forbes article on Portovenere: https://www.forbes.com/sites/catherinesabino/2019/07/14/9-reasons-to-visit-the-cinque-terres-gorgeous-sixth-townportovenere/#7a176e330264
  8. For lunch I recommend Olde Hansa. Restaurant is lit by candles and servers are costumed.
  9. Beware of the first 3 sweet 16s because the verandas have metal pillars which affect the view/ de 2 YOKOHAMA, JAP
  10. Just checked into pricing for the cruise I was hoping our friends on the Equinox could book for DBiL/DSiL and it is up $400 also, but the big box is giving an additional $50 shop card- woo-ee!
  11. Thanks for the pdf link. I've been trying to reach friends aboard the Equinox who booked for them and us on Sunday, to ask if they'd book for DBiL/DSiL before the sale expires. So far no response from the cruisers, but if they can't be reached, only the Onboard booking credit will be lost, and DBiL/DSiL can wait until the 30th for the same sale!
  12. We did the Eclipse from Buenos Aires to San Antonio in March 2019. Our itinerary did not include the Falklands but we had booked a private tour to see them out of Puerto Madryn. Unfortunately, roads to Peninsula Valdes and to Punta Tomba were flooded and all tour providers including Celebrity had to cancel tours to those sights. We missed penguins on that cruise b.c. we'd booked something else in Ushuaia, which was our last opportunity for penguins. Punta del Este in Uruguay was also aborted because the harbor was closed due to high winds. Despite these glitches, that cruise is one of our favorites. So if penguins are your thing, I suggest booking tours to see them in more than one port, J.I.C. And to help guide your choice of Princess or Celebrity, check out each line's shorex offerings & pricing. Also look at the roll calls for each cruise- we joined other members for private tours that they'd organized in addition to ones that I coordinated. The more active the roll call the better the opportunities available!
  13. Yes, there is a 60 day window. Here is a link to the form Celebrity requires to transfer a booking to a TA: http://rccl.force.com/directtransfers/DTTCelebrity Although we've not done so, I've read that it pays to call around to various TA's after booking onboard and see which might offer the best additional perks. We just might try doing that to see if the big box can be beat.
  14. @laverendrye & @Host Jazzbeau Thank you both so much. I knew I could count on Cruise Critic members to help me out! Your blog, Host Jazzbeau, is helpful beyond the Dordogne because we will be visiting Rouen when the Jewel of the Seas is in LeHavre, and after the Dordogne, spend a week in Paris which will include a day trip to Giverny. From Paris it's back to the US.
  15. To the best of my knowledge river cruises only navigate the Dordogne as far as Libourne.... We will be on a land trip to the Dordogne region in the area near Perigueux & Sarlat-la-Caneda, If any Cruise Critic member has stayed in this area, what suggestions might you have for a central location to stay for 4 nights as a "hub & spoke". Are there tips for things that we should not miss- we are for sure wanting to visit a prehistoric cave sight, but which one?
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