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Many cruisers focus on trip cancellation...where...
Many cruisers focus on trip cancellation...where their liability is limited to the cost of the trip. But too many do not pay much attention to Medical Insurance...where their liability is virtually...
Had a nightmare last night. Many older folks...
Had a nightmare last night. Many older folks might remember when Horn and Hardart operated self-service cafes called "Automats." In an Automat, you have hundreds of little compartments which are...
Shops and casino are closed while in port. ...
Shops and casino are closed while in port. Entertainment does exist, but is pared back from what you get on many sea days. There will be no major production show while in port.

Hank
A taxi between the airport and port (or anywhere...
A taxi between the airport and port (or anywhere in the central part of town) will cost 25-30€ per taxi. While a typical taxi can carry 4 adults (and that is tight)....with luggage you often cannot...
The answer to the OP's question is that many...
The answer to the OP's question is that many folks are simply not very savvy when it comes to booking/planning vacations and cruises. Why do they book right before final payment? Because many are...
Marco Polo is one of my least favorite European...
Marco Polo is one of my least favorite European airports. Our tale of woe was having a 9am flight...and deciding we would get out to the airport by 6. We got there at 6, but the airline (it was...
Woodwind does what is called a "drift snorkel." ...
Woodwind does what is called a "drift snorkel." They put you in the water up-current (usually in the slot between Bonaire and Klein Bonaire) and then you simply drift with the current (which can be...
The last time we spoke with Dee (who owns the...
The last time we spoke with Dee (who owns the Woodwind) she made it clear she does not do cruise line excursions. Why? No reason. She runs her own show, the way she wants, without any...
Forum: Aruba
Posted By Hlitner
If you want vanilla that is free of chemicals and...
If you want vanilla that is free of chemicals and alcohol...you simply need to purchase real vanilla beans :). They are sold in many gourmet kitchen stores, and other shops in the US and elsewhere. ...
You should clarify that you mean the "bottle of...
You should clarify that you mean the "bottle of water in the cabin." Because bottled water at the bars (and elsewhere such as in the Lido, near the exit when disembarking, etc. are included in the...
As one who spent a couple of years of his youth...
As one who spent a couple of years of his youth living in Japan, I am somewhat annoyed by what is pawned off as "Kobe" or "Wagyu" beef...in North America. If it does not come from Kobe, Japan...it...
Hi Ron, All things being equal (they are not)...
Hi Ron,
All things being equal (they are not) we would choose Avignon. However, Aix en Provence is a lot closer to Marseille and is also an interesting city. So, if you have never been to the area...
We have never done a beverage package on Princess...
We have never done a beverage package on Princess (its a fairly new addition to their policies). We recently booked a 35 day Golden Princess cruise (from Singapore to Vancouver) for which there were...
Viking is an amazing story. They decided to move...
Viking is an amazing story. They decided to move into the cruise ship industry and keep much of their philosophy from the long standing River Boat Division. There new ships have topped just about...
Terry, The only negative thing one could say...
Terry, The only negative thing one could say about Silverseas is the price ! :).

Hank
A few months ago I was at a luncheon where...
A few months ago I was at a luncheon where somebody asked for my help on choosing a place to stay in Paris. Since this person was en ex New Yorker (as am I) I thought it would be fun and helpful to...
That is why we always do the open sitting schemes...
That is why we always do the open sitting schemes (slightly different on different lines). If we get that kind of table...we will avoid that couple in the future. That being said, I do have a pet...
I looked at a cruise data base and that 5 day...
I looked at a cruise data base and that 5 day period is showing nothing. But I am wondering if HAL has a problem with the PVSA. That 5 day cruise would have been from Seattle to San...
I cannot resist but tell this amusing tale. The...
I cannot resist but tell this amusing tale. The Celebrity Silhouette has a very popular Captain known as "Captain Demitrius" who is a Greek gentleman who could have his own late night comedy show. ...
I had this thought about how cruisers have...
I had this thought about how cruisers have changed since we started cruising in the 70s. And I guess we could go back further (to the 50s) since my parents were cruisers and used to share tales...
Ahhh, so you are going to take that Emerald...
Ahhh, so you are going to take that Emerald Princess Cruise...(it is a great itinerary). We have a few hundred days on Princess and you will find somethings similar to Celebrity and others things...
Hmmm. What do I know...,but have driven the...
Hmmm. What do I know...,but have driven the route a few times. The most direct route (and the fastest by far) is up the A13 (E80) which goes near Florence...but nowhere near Assisi...and some...
Just a note about that Pedestrian bridge. It...
Just a note about that Pedestrian bridge. It does have quite a few steps...but they are designed as very low steps. This still might not work for you..but wanted others to know that it is...
You think they include an "air freshener" with...
You think they include an "air freshener" with their rentals :).

Oh my. We better quite while we are ahead.

Hank
We wonder if the OP has priced-out the cost of...
We wonder if the OP has priced-out the cost of Regent vs MSC :). Totally different product.

Hank