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Forum: Holland America Line Today, 03:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 755
Posted By Hlitner
She does have a long and interesting history,...

She does have a long and interesting history, having started out as a Russian ship with ice-breaker hull. Because of fate, DW and I keep running into the Marco Polo when we are in Europe and the...
Forum: Holland America Line Today, 03:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 209
Posted By Hlitner
Let me start by confessing that I own my own Tux,...

Let me start by confessing that I own my own Tux, have several beautiful formal ties, all the accessories, etc. When we go on a cruise with formal nights I usually take my Tux. However, in most...
Forum: France Ports Today, 03:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 63
Posted By Hlitner
Lets start out with a broad statement. There are...

Lets start out with a broad statement. There are few beaches in all of mainland Europe that compare to even the average Caribbean beach! As to Cannes, we have stayed in the city a few times and the...
Forum: Holland America Line Today, 10:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 755
Posted By Hlitner
When you cruise on a smaller ship there have to...

When you cruise on a smaller ship there have to be compromises. But if you want to compare apples to apples think about some ships (including on HAL) that have large pillars blocking lots of the...
Forum: Italy Ports Today, 10:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,120
Posted By Hlitner
This is only partially true. If you purchase a...

This is only partially true. If you purchase a ticket at the ticket window at the ACTV (the Vaporetto company) office in the Piazale Roma, the ticket clerk will often immediately validate the ticket...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Today, 09:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 135
Posted By Hlitner
Cruise Critic Guidelines do not permit any of us...

Cruise Critic Guidelines do not permit any of us to recommend specific travel agents or agencies. But, we do agree that it often pays to shop around for the best overall deal and we suggest spending...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 11:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 210
Posted By Hlitner
Yeah, we are so afraid of our safety in Mexico...

Yeah, we are so afraid of our safety in Mexico that we chose to live in Puerto Vallarta for at least 2 months a year. We feel safer in that city (and the surrounding area) then in most places within...
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 07:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 188
Posted By Hlitner
Woah! What makes you think that guides working...

Woah! What makes you think that guides working at the entrance are not excellent. The truth is that any guide taking a group in the ruins must be licensed and the licensing procedure is not easy. ...
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 07:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 284
Posted By Hlitner
We actually give credit to Rome in Limo for...

We actually give credit to Rome in Limo for spending only 1 hour in Pisa. While we enjoy walking around the Field or Miracles on a nice day, there are some who would say that 1 hour is too long. If...
Forum: France Ports Yesterday, 07:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 78
Posted By Hlitner
No, there would normally be no shuttles since the...

No, there would normally be no shuttles since the walk is only a few blocks. If there are taxis at the dock it is doubtful they would take a fare only a few blocks. When we were last there it was...
Forum: Mexican Riviera Yesterday, 07:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 98
Posted By Hlitner
We can tell you that DW and I have traveled all...

We can tell you that DW and I have traveled all over the world (6 continents) and choose to make Puerto Vallarta our winter home. Normally (and of course there are exceptions) the weather in Cabo...
Forum: Mexican Riviera Yesterday, 04:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 307
Posted By Hlitner
Your comment about hurricane season (which ends...

Your comment about hurricane season (which ends in the Caribbean before your cruise date) is interesting. I seem to recall that Cabo St Lucas was decimated by a hurricane in Sept 2014. And Puerto...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 10:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 755
Posted By Hlitner
Guess we are contrarians because DW and I love...

Guess we are contrarians because DW and I love the R-ships and cruised on them with Renaissance and Azamara This is smaller ship cruising and the only comparable HAL vessel is the aging Prinsendam. ...
Forum: Spain Ports Yesterday, 10:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 253
Posted By Hlitner
We smile when we hear about the "regulation" of...

We smile when we hear about the "regulation" of taxis in Spain. Yes, they are theoretically regulated with inspected taxi meters and government approved fares. But too many taxi drivers have their...
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 10:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 188
Posted By Hlitner
Yes, there are licensed guides at the ruins. ...

Yes, there are licensed guides at the ruins. They run frequent group tours (usually no more than 20 people) from the main gate and it used to cost 10 Euros per person (I assume the price is now...
Forum: France Ports Yesterday, 10:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 137
Posted By Hlitner
There is a an easy answer for the OP. Go to Nice...

There is a an easy answer for the OP. Go to Nice first (in the morning) and make sure to visit the Flower Market (unless it's a Monday). But there are other options besides going back to Menton. ...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 10:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,708
Posted By Hlitner
To answer the OPs question, if you are going to...

To answer the OPs question, if you are going to die on a cruise it is best if it happens on the last day :). But the dirty truth is that cruise ships have morgues aboard (we have visited the morgue...
Forum: Mexican Riviera April 25th, 2015, 05:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 307
Posted By Hlitner
We live in Puerto Vallarta part of the year and...

We live in Puerto Vallarta part of the year and you should also consider the weather. The best weather is going to usually be from late October until April. In the fall you run into the rainy...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question April 25th, 2015, 04:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 179
Posted By Hlitner
The size restrictions only apply to carry-on...

The size restrictions only apply to carry-on luggage since they must be able to get it through the smaller X-ray machines in the terminal. The checked luggage goes through a different process so...
Forum: Holland America Line April 25th, 2015, 09:43 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,674
Posted By Hlitner
On long cruises (we have done several over 60...

On long cruises (we have done several over 60 days long) we simply pack about the same way as we do for a 14 day cruise...paying particular attention to the prevailing temperatures where we are...
Forum: Greece Ports April 25th, 2015, 09:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 144
Posted By Hlitner
If we had to choose we would take the first...

If we had to choose we would take the first itinerary because of Dubrovnik, Athens and Kusadasi. That is a great itinerary if you are interested in ruins (Ephesus is among the best in the world). ...
Forum: France Ports April 25th, 2015, 09:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 258
Posted By Hlitner
Regarding the restaurants in Honfleur, DW and I...

Regarding the restaurants in Honfleur, DW and I have enjoyed lunch at quite a few over the years and have always been satisfied. Our advice is to eat lunch (a long lunch) in one of the...
Forum: Spain Ports April 24th, 2015, 09:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 129
Posted By Hlitner
One reason (among many) that DW and I do not like...

One reason (among many) that DW and I do not like large groups is because one loses some control. In your port it does seem that the RENFE (Spanish railroad) does not offer any good options to...
Forum: Spain Ports April 24th, 2015, 08:46 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,866
Posted By Hlitner
Had to smile at Suite Traveler's post (and wise...

Had to smile at Suite Traveler's post (and wise advice). DW might argue that there is no way she is going to dress like a business person when in Europe (we have spent many months just driving...
Forum: Spain Ports April 24th, 2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 297
Posted By Hlitner
I am going to jump in the frying pan since...

I am going to jump in the frying pan since somebody mentioned pickpockets. Yes, it is true that Barcelona has more than its share of pickpockets/purse snatchers including a pretty large Roma (gypsy)...
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