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  1. Thank you, The Skipper! Yes, I am looking forward to comparing Celebrity with Princess. This will be our first Celebrity cruise (unless you count Chandris' Britannis back in 1983). I cruised Princess only once about 8 years ago around South America on Royal Princess. Had a fabulous time! We will have a great time on this trip no matter what. Even have a "Plan B" just in case Star Princess is not ready in time for the May 15th cruise. :smiley: Terry
  2. No, jtutak, not looking for something for nothing. Keep in mind that my plan would have saved Princess money. :huh: And, actually it saved them a bundle since I did not take the air from FLL to CPH. Terry
  3. Good point, JoanandJoe! However, when Princess called to advise us of the cancellation of the transatlantic, we were informed that all their transatlantics were booked and so they could not help us! We would have been happy to do the transatlantic on a ship owned by Carnival had there been a cabin available on a cruise that would get us to Copenhagen in time for the Baltic leg. Thanks for the flight info. Iberia seems to be the way to go - best price I have seen yet. I found a flight on Spanair that was reasonable and also did notice that SAS was much higher. Terry
  4. Sorry, jtutak, I don't mean to sound greedy. I just do not understand since Princess did offer to fly us from Florida to Copenhagen, why they won't fly us from Barcelona to Copenhagen. Makes no sense. Merbert, we have booked Millennium transatlantic. The whole idea of this vacation was a nice relaxing transatlantic followed by the port-intensive Baltic. The cost for BCN-CPH flight, 1 night in a hotel, and transfers combined would be a lot less expensive than flying us from FL to CPH so Princess would be out less money in the long run. Thank you for your opinions. It always helps to hear what others have to say. :smiley: Terry
  5. Has anyone on this board booked a back to back cruise and had the first leg of it cancelled by the cruise line? We were booked b2b on Star Princess for the 4/30 Transatlantic and the 5/15 Baltic. Princess did offer to fly us to Copenhagen from Ft. Lauderdale for the Baltic cruise on 5/15. That would cut 15 days off our vacation which has been planned for awhile. So, as an alternative we are now booked on Millennium's 4/30 transatlantic - FLL to Barcelona. Princess now wants nothing to do with us as far as getting us from Barcelona to Copenhagen on May 14th. I feel that Princess should take some responsibility here. We are now paying more for the transatlantic in a smaller cabin than we had booked on Star, flight to Copenhagen from Barcelona, 1 night in a hotel, and taxi to the pier. This trip is costing a lot more than it would have had the Star transatlantic not been cancelled. The fire on Star was a tragic thing and I understand why Princess had no choice but to cancel the transatlantic but shouldn't they assume some responsibility for the back to back cruisers??? We will receive a refund (in 2 to 6 weeks) for the first leg plus 25% which they allowed us to apply to the May 15th cruise. And, now we are on our own. Anyway, I am interested in opinions here. How do other cruise lines treat their passengers in a situation like this? Terry
  6. Great photo! Looks like somewhere in the South Pacific. Is is Bora Bora?
  7. Every itinerary is my favorite! I especially like itineraries that have at least one port I have not been to yet and at least 1 sea day between ports - so far my favorite itinerary was Venice to Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt, Israel on the Caronia. I would like to cruise from San Diego to Hawaii & Tahiti some day - that may wind up being my favorite! Lots of sea days - never been to Tahiti! Tigersrq
  8. Every itinerary is my favorite! I especially like itineraries that have at least one port I have not been to yet and at least 1 sea day between ports - so far my favorite itinerary was Venice to Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt, Israel on the Caronia. I would like to cruise from San Diego to Hawaii & Tahiti some day - that may wind up being my favorite! Lots of sea days - never been to Tahiti! Tigersrq
  9. Hi Nicu! I have never taken a shore excursion in Cozumel...I enjoy the shopping there and having lunch or at least a marguerita at Pancho's Backyard! Great place, great food! It is located in Los Cinco Soles which was within walking distance of the pier. Great shopping at Los Cinco Soles, too! http://www.concierge.com/destination/cozum...osBackyard.xml/ Enjoy your cruise! Tigersrq
  10. Hi Nicu! I have never taken a shore excursion in Cozumel...I enjoy the shopping there and having lunch or at least a marguerita at Pancho's Backyard! Great place, great food! It is located in Los Cinco Soles which was within walking distance of the pier. Great shopping at Los Cinco Soles, too! http://www.concierge.com/destination/cozum...osBackyard.xml/ Enjoy your cruise! Tigersrq
  11. Hi Wendy! I was on the Crown a few years ago '97 or '98 cruising from Port Canaveral to Bermuda. I love the Crown and rank it as one of my favorites! Bermuda was wonderful - I did one of the shore excursions offered which was an eco tour of the reef - small group, only about 8 or 10 passengers - wonderful tour, fantastic guide. The food as I remember was very good, service was excellent, cabin was fantastic, lots of closet space. I have not done the "freestyle" cruising yet but I am about to find out what it's all about since :wink: I booked a cruise on the Crown last night - March Miami to Philadelphia via the Caribbean and Bermuda. I can't wait! Have a great cruise. I am sure you will enjoy the Crown and Bermuda! Tigersrq
  12. Hi Wendy! I was on the Crown a few years ago '97 or '98 cruising from Port Canaveral to Bermuda. I love the Crown and rank it as one of my favorites! Bermuda was wonderful - I did one of the shore excursions offered which was an eco tour of the reef - small group, only about 8 or 10 passengers - wonderful tour, fantastic guide. The food as I remember was very good, service was excellent, cabin was fantastic, lots of closet space. I have not done the "freestyle" cruising yet but I am about to find out what it's all about since :wink: I booked a cruise on the Crown last night - March Miami to Philadelphia via the Caribbean and Bermuda. I can't wait! Have a great cruise. I am sure you will enjoy the Crown and Bermuda! Tigersrq
  13. Hi Kellyccz! Try the Wyndham Harbour Island! I stayed there recently and loved it. I wasn't cruising :sad: but the hotel is very close to the cruise port. I watched all the ships leaving (and wondered why I wasn't on one of them) from my hotel room. If I ever cruise out of Tampa, I will stay there. Great service, clean, and not too bad as far as price goes. http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/TPAHI/main.wnt -- be sure to ask for a room with a view of the ships leaving and coming in to port! :smiley: Bern's Steak House is a great place for dinner while you're in Tampa - a bit pricey but well worth it! [url=http://www.bernssteakhouse.com/bs_frame.htm]http://www.bernssteakhouse.com/bs_frame.htm Enjoy your cruise! tigersrq
  14. Hi Kellyccz! Try the Wyndham Harbour Island! I stayed there recently and loved it. I wasn't cruising :sad: but the hotel is very close to the cruise port. I watched all the ships leaving (and wondered why I wasn't on one of them) from my hotel room. If I ever cruise out of Tampa, I will stay there. Great service, clean, and not too bad as far as price goes. http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/TPAHI/main.wnt -- be sure to ask for a room with a view of the ships leaving and coming in to port! :smiley: Bern's Steak House is a great place for dinner while you're in Tampa - a bit pricey but well worth it! [url=http://www.bernssteakhouse.com/bs_frame.htm]http://www.bernssteakhouse.com/bs_frame.htm Enjoy your cruise! tigersrq
  15. Free bottled water would be nice in addition to the free soft drinks! Years ago on a cruise to Bermuda on the Norwegian Crown I was upgraded to their top category cabin. The concierge came to the cabin with a huge cart loaded with liquor. I had no idea what was going on. He asked me to choose 3 bottles of my choice for the 7-day cruise - FREE! But, if I remember correctly I still had to pay for the bottled water! :rolleyes: I also think a free bottle of champagne for ALL cabin categories would be a nice Bon Voyage perk. tigersrq :smiley:
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