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    Southwest Suburbs of Chicago
  • Interests
    European travel, reading, points & miles
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Viking River, Virgin
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Northern Europe

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  1. Can confirm. They actually advertise this in the daily newsletter.
  2. Honestly, I don't remember if this was HAL or Celebrity but didn't complain as I figured I shouldn't have sent something I don't put in the dryer at home.
  3. I hand wash bras as whatever you tell them in my experience bras are too delicate for their laundries. I forgot one time and the bra came back with the underwire broken. Easy enough to bring along some hand wash (like Soak which doesn't require rinsing) and do the smalls in the sink!!
  4. We are seriously considering booking our first Windstar cruise (looking at Venice/Adriatic for next August). I have searched online and this forum, but I can’t find a specific period when the announced updates to Wind Spirit are scheduled in 2025. Looking at the cruise schedule, there seems to be a few weeks gap after the TA in spring 2025 so I’m hoping this is when the ship will be refurbed. any further info. would be much appreciated.
  5. Yes, it does seem like a long time to hold back the ship - unless they are money issues perhaps?
  6. When do included specialty dining reservations become available for booking online? We have 2 included for the Baltics cruise on NS May 5 sailing but not able to book yet.
  7. Oh no, we are doing NS for a Baltics cruise in May, picked strictly for the amazing itinerary. I’ll keep my expectations down. We did Rotterdam earlier this year and thought food was good but service was so slooow.
  8. oh I’m sure I’ll use it - will just wait and see if prices come down at all. I loved the product and the fact that everything - except for drinks is included. I actually prefer paying for drinks a La carte as I always feel the need to “get my money’s worth” when I purchase the premium package on Celebrity 😀
  9. Another Celebrity cruiser here. I just took my first Virgin cruise on Scarlet Lady and was so impressed with the service, food and ship overall that I purchased a MNVV certificate and hoped to book another soon,….then the new prices came out - yikes! I do have the 11 night Barcelona to Rome 11/2024 cruise that Virgin allowed me to select after Brilliant Lady TA was cancelled so that might be to suffice for a while.
  10. $25 deposit and some reduced airfares
  11. Booked Main & Moselle Xmas Markets (Paris to Prague) for Dec. 2026 - looks like an amazing itinerary!! Thanks for the heads up that these were on Viking website.
  12. Looking forward to hearing more....we booked for April 2025 right when the itinerary came out and hopefully will be able to secure business class flights with points otherwise airfare cost is prohibitive.
  13. Agree about HAL entertainment (and we don't really dance). On Rotterdam the rock band was fantastic but we weren't fans of the BB Kings band and the piano duo was painfully bad. Same sax player 2 nights (on a 7 day cruise) and dance troupe other nights. One thing that stood out was the CD's presentations that were fantastic - she spoke about nordic spirit of innovation and history of HAL (missed that one but friends raved about it). Ship had far less ocean-facing area and was cramped compared to Apex imo. We are sailing HAL again for the Baltics next May, because the itinerary is fantastic and the Have it All plus promo was a great deal.
  14. You can only upgrade before boarding I found out when I tried to purchase the upgrade onboard but honestly it wasn’t necessary as most of the drinks are included.
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