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o'neil - Answered a Question by Brownlie (07 Nov 08 16:29)

I would recommend Celebrity Cruises. We went on our first cruise on board the Constellation from Dover, but I think that you can fly to Amsterdam and board Century which does a similar itinerary. They really spoil you from the moment you step aboard and take your glass of sparkling wine from a pristine waiter. You are taken to your cabin, which is spotless, ( pay the extra and get a balcony cabin) where you can enjoy the approaches to the ports, especially Stockholm. The food that we had was superb, it was like top class restaurant, and if you want to go to "heaven" then try the speciality restaurant ($20 extra). The entertainment, we enjoyed it, but it is one of those things that is down to the individual as tastes vary so much. If you are confident, when ashore don't be afraid to do your "own thing", you can save yourself a lot of money, as the onboard excursions can be expensive. We did our own thing, especially St. Petersburg. This city is a "must see" and we did a tour of our own through a company called DENRUS, who did a comprehensive two day tour and the visa issue was not a problem. I hope that this is of some help to you, if you need any more information please reply and I will do my best to assist you. Happy cruising!! Dave.

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by Brownlie (07 Nov 08 16:45)

May I suggest that you might find it useful to ring Carly or Dorothy on 0141 305 5115. ... Neil.

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o'neil - replied to Neil & Ida Down (08 Nov 08 16:36)

Many thanks Neil and Ida, as I think that I am one of "those people" that, on this occasion, didn't give sufficient information in my reply to Brownlie's question. How forgetful of me not to mention the Baltic in my reply to Brownlie, but judging from the places mentioned, I don't think that they would need to Philadelphia lawyers to know where they are. Did you have difficulty? What is wrong with a bit of research anyway? I accept that there is nothing wrong with a bit of constructive criticism, so I must try harder next time! Happy cruising, Dave.

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to o'neil (09 Nov 08 14:15)

No, I wasn't thinking of you at all in my expose (can't put an accent on in this font) . No, there are some who give you no chance and with so many others it would be so easy for them to add that little bit more. We have gotten so used to texting and abbreviating that people get lazy and it takes a small amount of energy to write the extra bit that matters. Keep up the good work. Regards. ...Neil.

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o'neil - replied to Neil & Ida Down (10 Nov 08 15:14)

My apologies Neil, I must be getting touchy in my old age! I agree wholeheartedly with your comments about lack of information in questions. I am a relative newcomer to this great site and was only thinking about the same thing, when, BINGO!, there was your comment. On a change of subject, I would be interested as to how your answer to Brownlie on 7/11 was published,as it contained a phone number, the reason being, that I tried to be as helpful as yourself and supplied a phone number to someone's query, but I got knocked back as they said that it could "unfair trading" or something to that effect---- strange? Dave.

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