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Forum: Holland America Line October 15th, 2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 343
Views: 17,676
Posted By cruisemom42
Because a) the markets don't like unknown...

Because a) the markets don't like unknown situations and b) many people panic unnecessarily and cancel (or don't book) cruises. Stocks don't necessarily take account of facts but of the market's...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports October 15th, 2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 300
Posted By cruisemom42
Your post highlights yet again two great reasons...

Your post highlights yet again two great reasons to use the EASY public transportation option (the tram) in Istanbul:

1. The terrible traffic -- a lot of folks used to doing private tours refuse...
Forum: Holland America Line October 14th, 2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 343
Views: 17,676
Posted By cruisemom42
I've a wee bit of Scots in my family tree....

I've a wee bit of Scots in my family tree. Stubborn devils, every one of us. Not easily put off. ;)
Forum: Holland America Line October 14th, 2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 343
Views: 17,676
Posted By cruisemom42
You're probably being facetious, but for someone...

You're probably being facetious, but for someone who truly loves to travel, there are many places that are not necessarily "risk free" but the risk is still small and the reward may be huge.

I...
Forum: Holland America Line October 13th, 2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 343
Views: 17,676
Posted By cruisemom42
Most people (other than health care...

Most people (other than health care professionals) are not going to come into close contact with the blood, vomit, urine, etc.) of those infected.



A cough is not one of the first symptoms to...
Forum: Italy Ports October 13th, 2014, 04:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 276
Posted By cruisemom42
Did you click on the section under the British...

Did you click on the section under the British flag? It appears to be in English to me, but I didn't go all the way through the process.
Forum: Holland America Line October 13th, 2014, 04:25 PM
Replies: 343
Views: 17,676
Posted By cruisemom42
Certainly not trying to say anyone has all the...

Certainly not trying to say anyone has all the answers, but on the other hand, there is a lot of paranoia and plenty of things are known about the virus. Reading information directly from the WHO and...
Forum: Holland America Line October 13th, 2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 343
Views: 17,676
Posted By cruisemom42
Actually, the CDC has been studying the virus...

Actually, the CDC has been studying the virus since it was discovered in 1976 and quite a bit is known about it. It is scary, yes, but all the fearmongering on the news is really getting things out...
Forum: Holland America Line October 13th, 2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 343
Views: 17,676
Posted By cruisemom42
I am traveling to Istanbul for a cruise this...

I am traveling to Istanbul for a cruise this week. I'm planning to be in Rome for a week at Thanksgiving. After that I will be flying in February to Thailand for a SE Asia cruise.

I'm not too...
Forum: Cruise Fashions & Beauty October 12th, 2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,125
Posted By cruisemom42
If you've never paid an airline luggage surcharge...

If you've never paid an airline luggage surcharge and you can happily manage your luggage, then who's to say you are an overpacker? I think everyone should pack in whatever way suits them best (pun...
Forum: Italy Ports October 11th, 2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By cruisemom42
Rome has some nice gold jewelry available (not...

Rome has some nice gold jewelry available (not necessarily crafted in Rome but in Italy). Look for good jewelry stores in the vicinity of the via Condotti/Spanish Steps area. You will not find any...
Forum: Italy Ports October 10th, 2014, 09:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 346
Posted By cruisemom42
Since it's your first trip, I suggest you do some...

Since it's your first trip, I suggest you do some reading online about the various ports (or guide books if you prefer).

Europe isn't like the Caribbean -- the big draw isn't shopping and beaches....
Forum: Holland America Line October 10th, 2014, 08:06 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,946
Posted By cruisemom42
I love cheese. This discussion puts me in mind of...

I love cheese. This discussion puts me in mind of my cruise on Minerva, only ship of a British-run line, Swan Hellenic. The ship was small and the food in the MDR was very good (though not "Luxury"...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question October 10th, 2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,999
Posted By cruisemom42
I am fine with cruiselines having the...

I am fine with cruiselines having the connectivity -- I think it's good that it's there for those who need or want it. For those lamenting the loss of the "getting away from it all" feeling, surely...
Forum: Italy Ports October 9th, 2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 358
Posted By cruisemom42
You may not realize that the drop off/pick up...

You may not realize that the drop off/pick up spot for the port shuttles has changed as of spring this year due to construction. It is now about twice as long a walk as previously. See here:
...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports October 9th, 2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 954
Posted By cruisemom42
I'll be in Istanbul for 2.5 days next week before...

I'll be in Istanbul for 2.5 days next week before boarding a cruise. I'm not worried; not planning on going near Taksim Square where the demonstrations occur.
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics October 9th, 2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,099
Posted By cruisemom42
It's very interesting to read how differently...

It's very interesting to read how differently everyone reacts to various cities and places.

I really enjoyed my time in St. Petersburg and wouldn't book another Baltics cruise that didn't stop...
Forum: Italy Ports October 9th, 2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 600
Posted By cruisemom42
I guess my point is that if the taxi ride from...

I guess my point is that if the taxi ride from Rome central takes 40 minutes (at that time of day it definitely wouldn't be more) but is a point-to-point service....

And if the walk to the...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question October 9th, 2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 10,727
Posted By cruisemom42
Most of us are able to recognize the ship "brand"...

Most of us are able to recognize the ship "brand" by its funnel.




What the hull?? ;)
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports October 8th, 2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 488
Posted By cruisemom42
You do realize that Kusadasi is a 16 hour drive...

You do realize that Kusadasi is a 16 hour drive from the Syrian border, right?

It's kind of like saying you're concerned about visiting Memphis because of some issues in Miami.
Forum: Italy Ports October 8th, 2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 965
Posted By cruisemom42
You will never find a hotel with no negative...

You will never find a hotel with no negative reviews. There are some crazy nitpickers out there. Also, you will hear the same complaints over and over from travelers not used to European hotels vs....
Forum: Italy Ports October 8th, 2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 600
Posted By cruisemom42
By the time you factor in that one still has to...

By the time you factor in that one still has to get from the Hilton to the airport (I guess via their shuttle, since the reviews I read suggest the walkway takes folks to Terminal 3, which is not...
Forum: Italy Ports October 8th, 2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 965
Posted By cruisemom42
I can't believe that hotels are that full in...

I can't believe that hotels are that full in early November -- not a prime time to visit Rome. Are you going to the hotel's website directly or looking at consolidator sites?

Here's my...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question October 7th, 2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,092
Posted By cruisemom42
None of the cruiselines offer perks that are...

None of the cruiselines offer perks that are great enough to be a primary cause for choosing to sail with that line.

Would I consider it secondarily? Perhaps. But I cruise primarily based on...
Forum: Italy Ports October 7th, 2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 600
Posted By cruisemom42
A lot of people recommend the airport hotel...

A lot of people recommend the airport hotel route, but you don't have to do that if you prefer to stay in Rome. A taxi to the airport in the early a.m. will run about 60 euro and your hotel can...
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