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Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Joined: 05/08/2015
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July 2016 - Riviera to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Brilliance of the Seas

July 2016 - Brilliance of the Seas to Europe - Mediterranean

MSC Poesia

July 2016 - MSC Poesia to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Carnival Vista

July 2016 - Carnival Vista to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Celebrity Constellation

July 2016 - Celebrity Constellation to Europe - Western Europe

Great Cruise for Running of the Bulls

We chose this cruise because it had an overnight in Bilbao to enable us to go to Pamplona for Running of the Bulls.  The itinerary was excellent with some great stops along the way.  There is so much to see in Spain that you could take this cruise again and see completely different things.

This ship is a great size to keep interactions personal without getting too big like some of the mega-liners.  Staff would remember your drinks, ie cocktails, or specialty coffees.

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Celebrity Millennium

January 2016 - Celebrity Millennium to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Great Cruise Itinerary, but condition of the ship needs some work

We had originally booked on the cruise after this which was scheduled as a Chinese New Year Signature Sailing, but when Celebrity chartered the ship, we moved to this cruise as the itinerary was almost the same.

The service was generally what we had come to expect from Celebrity from previous cruises, but there were a couple of standouts such as Maria in Cafe al Bacio and Sever, one of the somelliers in the main dining room.

While most people go to the buffet for breakfast and lunch, give the main dining room a try, as the food there is as exceptional through the day as it is at night.

If you get the opportunity, try the progressive dinner (limited spaces available) which samples the food and experience in each of the specialty restaurants on the ship (one restaurant per course).

We did have a slight change to our itinerary (extra night in Hong Kong) as a result of bad weather.  Even delaying our departure we experienced 18ft waves the day after Hong Kong.  The ship was prepared, putting out extra paper bags around the ship for ill passengers affected by the high seas.

Overall a great cruise and some very interesting ports (particularly Vietnam).

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Celebrity Eclipse

September 2014 - Celebrity Eclipse to Europe - Western Europe

Celebrity Summit

December 2013 - Celebrity Summit to Caribbean - Southern

Celebrity Summit

December 2013 - Celebrity Summit to Caribbean - Southern

Celebrity Millennium

January 2013 - Celebrity Millennium to Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East)

Celebrity Constellation

July 2012 - Celebrity Constellation to Europe - Northern Europe

Celebrity Century

April 2011 - Celebrity Century to Panama Canal, Central America

Celebrity Solstice

September 2010 - Celebrity Solstice to Caribbean - Western

Celebrity Summit

August 2009 - Celebrity Summit to Europe - Mediterranean

iankaus's Tips

Malaga, Spain - If you have time, take a tour to Granada to visit the Alhambra. Be sure to allow some time to explore the town of Malaga on your return
Leixoes (Oporto), Portugal - Take a trip to the Duoro Valley (wine region). Beautiful scenery and great wine. Cruise terminal is very cool.
Gibraltar (U.K.) - Gibraltar is small, so easy to do a tour of the Rock in the morning with time to explore the town in the afternoon.
La Coruna, Spain - We took a trip to Santiago de Compostella but it was not worth the drive. We should have stayed and spent more time in La Coruna
Barcelona, Spain - Make sure you visit La Sagrada Familia and other Gaudi buildings. It is recommended to pre-book a tour for the cathedral.
Cadiz (Seville), Spain - Take a trip to Seville even though its a 2 hour drive. Don't miss Plaza de Espana or the Real Alcazar
Bilbao, Spain - If you are Bilbao in early July, take a trip to Pamplona for Running of the Bulls
Lisbon, Portugal - If you've been to Lisbon previously, take a trip to Sintra and the Pena Palace
Hong Kong - Lots to do here. Visit The Paek via the tram for spectacular views. Visit the Ladies Market in Mongkok for bargains, and sail the harbour on a historic Junk boat.
Manila, Philippines - Cruise line tours are limited. Beware of tours that include shopping - you will be dropped at the Mall of Asia for two hours and miss more of what Manila has to offer.
Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam - Do a day trip to Ho Chi Minh. We did a private tour with Private Asia Tours. You get to see more than the cruise ship tours and there is more flexibility
Celebrity Millennium Celebrity Millennium - The Martini Bar is the hot venue of an evening, while Cafe al Bacio is very popular through the day. If you can't find a deck chair immediately beside the pool, go up one level where it is easy to find many that still overlook the pool.

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