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Forum: Cunard Line December 26th, 2012, 10:23 PM
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Posted By macsback
QE II norovirus?

My daughter is currently on the QE II cruising NY to Caribbean to NY. I just received a message from her indicating that the Norovirus is active on board. She reports that "all outgoing calls,...
Forum: River Cruising December 6th, 2012, 12:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 980
Posted By macsback
We did a land tour in China in August. It was...

We did a land tour in China in August. It was SOOOO hot. I would much rather be a little cold than soaked with sweat in the summer. I think you'll be fine in October. Dress in layers and take...
Forum: River Cruising October 27th, 2012, 12:45 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
Elsworthy, Ooooh, it never occurred to me...

Elsworthy,

Ooooh, it never occurred to me that one of the lurkers on my blog might be on the same ship!! I guess the biggest letdown for me was not being able to see the fountains working at...
Forum: River Cruising October 26th, 2012, 01:24 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
In the end, I can say we had a great vacation,...

In the end, I can say we had a great vacation, and I would recommend Viking. I'm going to post a real review on the CC member reviews section, but here's a list of things I learned on our October...
Forum: River Cruising October 24th, 2012, 05:23 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
Viking runs like clockwork. We used the Viking...

Viking runs like clockwork. We used the Viking airport transfer service. Our bags were picked up exactly on time, we boarded our bus and left for the airport exactly on time. A tour escort went...
Forum: River Cruising October 23rd, 2012, 10:08 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
First, about last night's Cossack Show... It...

First, about last night's Cossack Show... It was nice to have the show right at the dock after such a long day. If you had never seen Cossack dancing before, it was OK. If you had seen good...
Forum: River Cruising October 22nd, 2012, 02:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
Today was another long day with crisp (OK, cold)...

Today was another long day with crisp (OK, cold) weather. It was 38 degrees and rose to about 44 by the end of the day. We started off this morning at 9:00 am, just as the sun was coming up. We...
Forum: River Cruising October 21st, 2012, 11:48 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
Today was a great day in Saint Petersburg. ...

Today was a great day in Saint Petersburg. Although it was pouring rain during breakfast, the skies cleared just as we left. We chose the optional tour, Hermitage Behind the Scenes. We went...
Forum: River Cruising October 20th, 2012, 06:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
We toured Mandrogy this morning. More precisely,...

We toured Mandrogy this morning. More precisely, we shopped Mandrogy. Our ship was the only one there. No crowds. But no end-of-season bargains either. We found a lot of wood products and some...
Forum: River Cruising October 20th, 2012, 06:17 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
Hello, King, I still haven't found the perfect...

Hello, King,
I still haven't found the perfect set of nesting dolls yet. I'll look again in St. Petersburg.

macsback
Forum: River Cruising October 19th, 2012, 02:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
We had an excellent dinner tonight-- duck with...

We had an excellent dinner tonight-- duck with mashed potatoes with ( I think) a port wine sauce. Soooo good! The food has been increasingly good as the trip has progressed.

I went to the...
Forum: River Cruising October 19th, 2012, 01:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
Thank you for the photo! I'm sorry we missed it,...

Thank you for the photo! I'm sorry we missed it, but such is life.

The matryoshka doll painting demonstration ended with the last cruise, but I'm sure there will be plenty of their work still for...
Forum: River Cruising October 19th, 2012, 08:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
The Bridge Tour ... Just got back from meeting...

The Bridge Tour ... Just got back from meeting Captain Igor Estein. A very personable yet authoritative man with 24 years as captain. He answered all questions with dignity and humor. The decor...
Forum: River Cruising October 19th, 2012, 02:39 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
Russian Tea Experience ... We enjoyed it. The...

Russian Tea Experience ... We enjoyed it. The tea was dispensed from a giant samovar (sp?) just inside the Neva restaurant. From there the line wound around the restaurant to the buffet. It was...
Forum: River Cruising October 18th, 2012, 07:30 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
Day 7 ... Today we took the alternative included...

Day 7 ... Today we took the alternative included tour in Krillo-Belozersky, which included the visit to the monastery plus a visit to a museum house and a school. I'm glad we didn't spend the whole...
Forum: River Cruising October 17th, 2012, 06:56 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
Day 5 continued ... In Uglich, the city tour...

Day 5 continued ... In Uglich, the city tour included a visit to a former church, now a museum. But the most remarkable part was the a capella group of male singers. The were simply outstanding. ...
Forum: River Cruising October 17th, 2012, 06:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
[QUOTE=King of Cool;35739834]Hi macsback. ...

[QUOTE=King of Cool;35739834]Hi macsback.

Anyway I hope you are enjoying your cruise as much as we did. In particular I cannot speak highly enough of our Russian guides Elena, Sasha, Alexei,...
Forum: River Cruising October 16th, 2012, 03:15 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
Day 5 ... We are now cruising toward Uglich, our...

Day 5 ... We are now cruising toward Uglich, our first stop after Moscow. Sitting in the Sky Bar and listening to the lecture on the Romanov family, I am enjoying the scenery at the same time. The...
Forum: River Cruising October 15th, 2012, 08:26 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
Another thing to note about the Rurik-- the...

Another thing to note about the Rurik-- the stairs between decks are more like ladders. Very steep and each step about an inch taller than you would expect. However there is an elevator, and most...
Forum: River Cruising October 15th, 2012, 07:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
Day 4... Today we took the optional tour to the...

Day 4... Today we took the optional tour to the Kremlin, including a visit to the Armory Chamber. I highly recommend this tour. Yes, we could have done it on our own on the free day, but it was...
Forum: River Cruising October 15th, 2012, 07:00 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
The Rurik is the last Viking ship to leave Moscow...

The Rurik is the last Viking ship to leave Moscow for this season. Two others left yesterday, but I didn't catch their names. We were never docked side-by-side so never got to see onboard or meet...
Forum: River Cruising October 14th, 2012, 09:49 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
Day 3 ... Watched a beautiful sunrise from the...

Day 3 ... Watched a beautiful sunrise from the Sky Bar while eating a continental breakfast there at 7:30 am. We then took the optional tour to Sergiev Prosad Monastery. It was a 90 minute bus...
Forum: River Cruising October 13th, 2012, 03:58 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,462
Posted By macsback
Live from Viking Rurik October 12-24, 2012

When I was researching this ship, it was difficult to find any information since the Rurik's 2012 refurbishment. So, I'm going to share some of our experiences as 1st-time river cruisers.

Day 1...
Forum: River Cruising September 8th, 2012, 03:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,462
Posted By macsback
Note: Everyone else, please excuse a very brief...

Note: Everyone else, please excuse a very brief diversion on this thread.

King of Cool, I understand your hesitation about going to Yosemite, but the fact is that MILLIONS of people visit there...
Forum: River Cruising September 7th, 2012, 10:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,462
Posted By macsback
King of Cool -- October 12, 2012. Aw, come on,...

King of Cool -- October 12, 2012. Aw, come on, do a day-by-day review. In exchange, I'll tell you all about SF and Yosemite. No charge!

Macsback
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