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Forum: Celebrity March 30th, 2009, 12:09 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By BigMike'nSparky
We're on the Oct. 23 sailing but ship tours are...

We're on the Oct. 23 sailing but ship tours are posted on the Celebrity site.
Also we are looking at Avi Tours for our excursions.

http://www.avitours.co.il/SaleEn.asp?pid=78

Mike
Forum: European & Mediterranean Destinations September 15th, 2008, 12:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,290
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Re: Pompeii or Herculanium

We toured both this last May with AP Tours. Alberto was our driver. We spent 2 hours in Pompeii with a licenced guide which we found helpful and then went to Herculaneum for 2 hours which we toured...
Forum: Princess Cruise Lines September 29th, 2007, 02:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 782
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
I agree, they are the best. For all your stops...

I agree, they are the best. For all your stops you can rent cars and tour for a lot less than the ship tours. We drove in each of those locations except for Honolulu. We just picked out all of the...
Forum: Princess Cruise Lines September 18th, 2007, 12:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 750
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Me Too!!!

Me Too!!!
Forum: Princess Cruise Lines September 18th, 2007, 12:02 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 563
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
I posted reply on Meet On Board thread.

I posted reply on Meet On Board thread.
Forum: Princess Cruise Lines September 17th, 2007, 11:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,614
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
On our last Grand Princess Cruise, things got...

On our last Grand Princess Cruise, things got delayed because of Customs and everyone was off late. You might be better to reschedule your flight.
Forum: Princess Cruise Lines September 17th, 2007, 11:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,415
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Movies Under The Stars

While this is a nice feature, for me there are too many other interesting things to do on a cruise. Some folks like to do this as I have seen quite a few cuddled up under their blankets when walking...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines September 1st, 2007, 02:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 816
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Sandals

We went to Sandals on our Conquest cruise last February. It was a nice relaxing time. If you like beach time you will enjoy it. All your drinks are included - and I drank just about enough to...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines September 1st, 2007, 02:13 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,368
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Replacement for Costa Maya

We are wondering too. We are on the Glory Feb. 9th and are wondering too. The August 25th cruise went to Key West & Progresso instead of Costa Maya & Belize. If ours gets changed to Key West, I'll...
Forum: Princess Cruise Lines August 17th, 2007, 08:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,213
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Average Age

We have been on a few Princess cruises and have noticed a varied age group on all of them. I have also noticed quite a few honeymooners over the years. You will have a great time on the Emerald.
Forum: Princess Cruise Lines August 17th, 2007, 07:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,801
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
There are always other folks in your age group. ...

There are always other folks in your age group. Besides, most of us in the "older group" are only that way on the exterior. On the interior we're as young as you.

Just about a Senior
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines August 6th, 2007, 02:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 915
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
I agree with the suggestions above. We went to...

I agree with the suggestions above. We went to Chankanabb to do the dolphins, but you can snorkel there too. In Belize we did the cave tubing with Greenwood Adventures. We thought it was great...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines August 5th, 2007, 10:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 698
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Hertz in Galveston

We had a terrible experience with Hertz in Galveston. We had reserved a car months in advance & when our ship came in - they didn't have enough cars. Took a cab over to Enterprise & had one within...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines August 5th, 2007, 10:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 896
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Harbor House

[quote="nurseypoo im usually really good at digging up great rates on hotels. I over plan stuff a lot.

anyway how are you all getting these great rates on places like harbor house (i find around...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines August 5th, 2007, 12:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 896
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Hotel in Galveston

We stayed at the Harbour House right next to the cruise terminal. Huge rooms and very clean. Would stay there again.
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines August 5th, 2007, 12:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 698
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Re: Galveston Rental Car

In February we rented at Bush from Enterprise & dropped in Galveston. I think we paid a $40 drop fee.
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines August 5th, 2007, 12:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,144
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Sandals at Montego Bay

We took this tour last February and quite liked it. When you get there they do a little orientation and welcome you. After that you get the run of the beach area, beach toys etc. All of the drinks...
Forum: Princess Cruise Lines August 5th, 2007, 12:09 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,220
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Balconies

While it is nice to have a balcony, you probably won't spend a huge amount of time out there unless you want to get away from the crowds.
We usually get an outside, but have had a balcony when we...
Forum: Princess Cruise Lines August 5th, 2007, 11:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,932
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Grand Refurbished

We were on her this past February and found her to be in remarkable condition. She was the same beautiful ship we sailed on a few years ago.
We are going on her again next April - a 32 day cruise...
Forum: South America August 5th, 2007, 10:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,546
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Visas for Brazil

We just found out that visas are required for Brazil even if you are just there for the day. We found out by chance and was confirmed by our TA.

We are on a Transatlantic next April that stops in...
Forum: Caribbean & Panama Canal March 31st, 2007, 12:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 883
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Yes, it was $89 each. If I had been on board the...

Yes, it was $89 each. If I had been on board the drinks for me alone would have been about $50. My wife didn't quite match me though.
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines March 30th, 2007, 11:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 649
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Re: Beach days on Conquest itinerary

We were on this cruise in late February. I agree with some of the other comments about some of the tours. Private tours are less expensive than those on the ship, but book a reputable tour operator...
Forum: Caribbean & Panama Canal March 29th, 2007, 12:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,571
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
We did the encounter in February. You should...

We did the encounter in February. You should count on an hour by the time you get out of the enclosure. Then they take you in to see the video of your group so about another 20 minutes by the time...
Forum: Caribbean & Panama Canal March 29th, 2007, 12:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 883
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Sandals - Montego Bay

We booked this tour offered by the cruise ship in February and had a wonderful time. You get to use the beach toys etc. and the beach was great. Drinks were unlimited and I drank my share. Some...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines February 4th, 2007, 02:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,529
Posted By BigMike'nSparky
Jamaica

Pay by cash or travelers cheques there. A few years ago in Ocho Rios we went to the market close to the cruise ship terminal. We tried to pay for a souvenir $40 value with visa. Card was swiped...
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