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So here is my advice (from an Oenophile) about...
So here is my advice (from an Oenophile) about the wine package. Do not buy it until you are aboard, and can review the current list of available wines. For many, the list of offerings can be quite...
Finding a current price is quite simple...and can...
Finding a current price is quite simple...and can be done on any of a number of different web sites. Simply make a "dummy booking" by following the online steps to book a specific cruise. As you...
So here is a rhetorical question. When the...
So here is a rhetorical question. When the French go on their annual holiday, and decide to head south for their vacation....how many of them spend their days in Marseille?

We have explored...
One upon a time (over forty years ago) we took...
One upon a time (over forty years ago) we took our first 7 day cruise. Then we tried a 10 day. Soon we were doing 14-21 day cruises. Eventually we expanded our horizons and started doing cruises...
You are not giving us enough info, about all your...
You are not giving us enough info, about all your wants, budget, length of cruise, etc. But keep one thing in mind. Nearly all cruise ships have a decent spa...which is generally operated by a...
Its an interesting question which probably...
Its an interesting question which probably depends on your own situation. We use to take a 15" Laptop, iPad, and phone (not Smartphone). But we now have an iPhone with T-Mobile service that works...
There is a good reason for the lack of solid...
There is a good reason for the lack of solid info. All cruise lines contract with land-based providers for excursions. To make things even more complicated, HAL (and many other lines) do not even...
Here is a link to some excellent...
Here is a link to some excellent information/advice regarding Passports and Passport cards.
https://travelersunited.org/getting-there/passport-hell-tips-avoid-problems/

We found their latest...
Those bridges would look a lot better after a few...
Those bridges would look a lot better after a few pints of Guinness! :o
There are some "ugly truths" about the long time...
There are some "ugly truths" about the long time most loyal HAL cruisers. Most of us are seniors who have done a lot of cruising on HAL (and some other lines). The older more experienced cruisers...
Several years ago we were on a RCI cruise and, as...
Several years ago we were on a RCI cruise and, as was our normal practice, reserved a late seating large table (we love to meet new folks and socialize). We had a table of 8, and we were the only 2...
Quite a few cruise agency web sites have...
Quite a few cruise agency web sites have excellent search engines which let you see back to backs or even any other combination of cruises (including using multiple lines).

Hank
When you factor-in amenities such as On Board...
When you factor-in amenities such as On Board Credits (OBCs), pre paid gratuities, etc. you should be able to save 7-10% by shopping around among reputable online cruise agencies. We have not...
We think you are overrating HAL. DW and I have...
We think you are overrating HAL. DW and I have spent nearly 500 days on HAL (have another 38 day HAL cruise booked) and primarily enjoy the line because of their longer cruises with great...
Funny you should mention that :cool:. On our 2nd...
Funny you should mention that :cool:. On our 2nd day in STP, our small group (TJ Tours) walked around Nevsky Prospekt and then decided (as a group) to have lunch at a decent looking restaurant/cafe...
One sure way is to use express disembarkation...
One sure way is to use express disembarkation (where you carry your own luggage) and simply get off the ship by around 7....and just walk to the train station (you are permitted to walk in/out of the...
Went through San Remo during a driving trip and...
Went through San Remo during a driving trip and the town did seem worthy of a visit (we were on our way south...and did not stop). Getting there from Monte Carlo would be relatively easy using...
You are playing a big-time game if you return to...
You are playing a big-time game if you return to a ship late. Dressing down is not the issue (although you might get a gentle but firm lecture). The big issue is that sometimes the ship will simply...
They might be politely (and firmly) warned that...
They might be politely (and firmly) warned that they could be left behind if they do not return to the ship on time. The Captain is the authority on the ship who makes the decision whether to delay...
We have sometimes asked to have our mini-bar...
We have sometimes asked to have our mini-bar emptied with no problem...although there can be a delay of many hours. It has been generally done by the room service staff...not our cabin steward. But...
Didn't notice that, but not sure it saves much...
Didn't notice that, but not sure it saves much time. The problem is that they still must get to Pompeii and then back to Sorrento (or up to Naples...which makes less sense) to catch a boat over to...
A few thoughts from a certified sun worshiper who...
A few thoughts from a certified sun worshiper who spends many days a year relaxing in loungers on cruise ships :). There is no etiquette.....in fact....etiquette is dead! If you do not believe...
We have done it, but its not something we...
We have done it, but its not something we recommend...because it does not leave you with enough time on Capri. But here is the way. Get off the ship ASAP and immediately head to the Circumvesuviana...
We have a family member who shares the OP's...
We have a family member who shares the OP's problem re nasty reactions to mosquito bites. Despite another post to the contrary, there are plenty of mosquitoes in the Caribbean. In fact one only...
Trying to understand your post. The OP is taking...
Trying to understand your post. The OP is taking the Serenade of the Seas from Copenhagen...and will have been on their cruise for a week before arriving at St Petersburg. So not sure what this has...