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  1. I woke this morning to see Matt's post and we also booked it. However by the time we got to book it there were no Junior Suites available & all that was left in the Suite Class was Grand Suites and above. A Grand Suite was coming in at €13,778.00 in total. We felt that was outside our budget so we booked a Ocean View Balcony We booked April 18, 2019 - 16 Nights Barcelona to Dubai Via the Suez Canal
  2. So the update is that we woke this morning from an email from Royal to find out we have been upgraded to a Crown Loft Suite. 😃😃
  3. Yep I am indeed wiggin out. I like to be organised & this has me nervous. Our first time booking a GTY room but that was all that was available in the suite class when we booked this in early April so we took a gamble with it. I will keep ye all posted with what happens on Saturday
  4. Thanks all for your replies. I did ring back and asked was there anything available for us to upgrade so we could get a cabin assigned but they said there was nothing available. Looks like we will just have to get to the port super early on Saturday morning.
  5. Spoke to Royal and there is nothing available as of yet. He said we will have to wait until we are at port on Saturday for our cabin to be assigned
  6. We didn’t use an agent this time round & booked direct with Royal. We have checked in online but can’t print set sail passes & can only print blank luggage tags. i think I’m going to have to call them today to see what they say.
  7. We are due to sail on Harmony on Saturday and are still waiting on our cabin number to be assigned. We booked a GTY Junior Suite. For those that have booked a GTY in the past , have you ever waited this close to sailing date for your cabin number.
  8. Just checked cruise calender and Disney Fantasy docks at Havensight that day so might give Magens Bay a miss even though the pictures of it look amazing. Your memory does serve you right, i have read that there is a small fee to get into Magens Bay which was fine by us. Need to reconsider our options so.
  9. Hi all I'm looking for recommendations for beaches when we dock at St Thomas for our upcoming cruise in 17 days time . Looking for a Beach that's isn't crowded , a beach that we can rent chairs at and a beach that we can purchase food and drinks at . I've narrowed it down to the following beaches in no particular order Magens Bay Lindquist Beach Sapphire Beach Honeymoon Bay on Water Island I've read reviews that Magens Bay can be crowded when cruise ships are in port - is this the case? Does the same apply for Sapphire Beach when cruise ships are in port
  10. Would you mind posting the link you found them on the UK/EU Amazon site. I'm in Ireland & finding it hard to source luggage tags for our cruise next month.
  11. You can get the train from Cobh into Cork City (Kent Station) and from there you need to get the number 215 bus to Blarney. Once you arrive at Kent Station you will have approx 10 minute walk to the bus stop. When you get off the train just ask someone to give you directions. The bus driver will let you know when you are in Blarney. You could also use local tour bus companies such as http://cobhcoaches.ie/blarney-castle-tours/ or http://www.ecoach.ie/ Your other option is a taxi but more expensive . Approx €40-€50 each way depending on traffic (note you do not tip cab drivers in Ireland) I'm not sure if you are aware that Cobh was the last port for passengers to embark on the Titanic so their is a small museum in the town etc
  12. Your welcome. If I can help with any other questions you may have for the other cities you be stopping off at in Ireland, don't hesitate to ask & hopefully I can answer the question.
  13. If your hubby loves history then I would recommend Reginald's Tower, Medieval Museum and Bishops Palace which are all in the Viking Triangle. http://www.waterfordtreasures.com House of Waterford Crystal is also within the Viking Triangle. The tour is approx 50 minutes and you could do this either before or after the above museums. https://www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com/content/attractions-waterford For a walking tour of Waterford City I would recommend Jack Burtchaell historic walking tour of Waterford. http://www.jackswalkingtours.com/ I would also recommend the Waterford Greenway which a is spectacular 46km off-road cycling & walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan. http://www.visitwaterfordgreenway.com/http://www.deisegreenway.com I would recommend bike hire from Greenway Waterford Bike Hire https://www.waterfordgreenwaybikehire.com/ https://www.facebook.com/greenwaywaterford/ Another option is Mount Congreve Gardens http://www.mountcongreve.com/ and you can also access Mount Congreve Gardens from the Greenway if you wish to stop off to visit the gardens or just stop off for refreshments & snacks in the Cafe on site. Another option is the Copper Coast Geopark (your ship might have this as a shore excursion). The Copper Coast gets its name from the 19th Century Copper Mines that lie at its heart. It comprises of approx 25 kilometers of spectacular coastline consisting of beaches and coves buttressed and enclosed by rocky headlands. Oceans, volcanoes, deserts and ice sheets all combined to create the rocks, which provide the physical foundation of the natural and cultural landscapes of The Copper Coast. https://coppercoastgeopark.com/ Curraghmore House & Gardens in Portlaw, Co Waterford. It opens from Easter to September for guided tours at 11am & 2pm Wednesday to Sunday. Outside this, you must contact them to arrange private tours. However note from Dunmore East where your ship will dock its approx 45 mins drive each way. http://curraghmorehouse.ie/ Your ship will dock in Dunmore East which is approx 25 minutes drive to Waterford city. On your return allow extra time as there can be delays with traffic at certain times of the day in the city. If yourself or your husband like water activities then check out Dunmore Adventure for things like Kayaking, open canoeing, rock climbing etc. http://www.dunmoreadventure.com/ Any other info you need on the city, let me know. The above is just a taster of what you can do in the city, if you were hiring a car for the day then there are plenty more options outside the city i.e Mahon Falls in the Comeragh Mountains, Ardmore in Co Waterford, Colligan Woods Walk in Dungarvan, Dromana Gate Bridge etc
  14. In Cork City check out the following things English Market, Cork City Goal, Spike Island Tour https://corkcitygaol.com/about/ http://www.spikeislandcork.ie/ If you have time Blarney Castle is worth a visit. The grounds of the castle are lovely and could spend a whole day exploring the grounds. Kinsale in Cork is a lovely also. Really good seafood. http://www.fishyfishy.ie/ http://www.manfridaykinsale.ie/ Charles Fort in Kinsale is worth a visit http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/south-west/charlesfort/ However i feel you wont have time to visit Blarney Castle & Kinsale in one day.
  15. I'm from and live in Waterford City. How long are you in port for? I presume the ship is docking in the seaside village of Dunmore East. Once I know how long you are in port for I can offer suggestions. Waterford City is the oldest city in Ireland and full of history. It was founded by Vikings in 914 A.D. and the old city walls still remain in parts of the city let me know your interests
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