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Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 06:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 146
Posted By Hlitner
We will leave the Amalfi Coast to others since we...

We will leave the Amalfi Coast to others since we always DIY in that region (and everywhere else in Italy).

But as to Santa Margherita we assume you mean Santa Margherita Ligure. Finding private...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 05:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 368
Posted By Hlitner
We always laugh about TSA approved locks. The...

We always laugh about TSA approved locks. The reason they are "approved" locks is that they can be easily opened with a special TSA master key. And if you believe that only the TSA folks now have...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 05:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 203
Posted By Hlitner
We have had some great lecturers on a few of our...

We have had some great lecturers on a few of our HAL cruises :). But they were all longer cruises where HAL used to go overboard (pun intended) to obtain world class lecture folks. But HAL has also...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 02:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 741
Posted By Hlitner
Quite a few here on CC (including moi) have been...

Quite a few here on CC (including moi) have been advising folks to shop around among reputable cruise agencies to find the best deal. But there are still many who just feel better about booking...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 09:18 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,917
Posted By Hlitner
We totally agree. As long time Celebrity...

We totally agree. As long time Celebrity cruisers we still think this is the best of the mass market lines. But when it comes to their sandwich bar (in the Lido) the meats are awful cheap luncheon...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports Yesterday, 09:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 333
Posted By Hlitner
Here is my valuable tip for free internet in...

Here is my valuable tip for free internet in ports. Simply ask the crew! Chances are excellent that your waiter, cabin steward, bar tender, etc. will know where to go.

Hank
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 08:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 695
Posted By Hlitner
Although we have never done this I can think of...

Although we have never done this I can think of no reason not to do it! When you go into the market (I will not call the COOP a true Supermarket) you should go directly to the staff and ask to leave...
Forum: France Ports Yesterday, 08:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 231
Posted By Hlitner
Well, given those circumstances you certainly...

Well, given those circumstances you certainly should get to Paris and see that tower (it is impressive). You have several alternatives including an RCI Excursion, just taking the train on your own,...
Forum: Mexican Riviera Yesterday, 08:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 85
Posted By Hlitner
We think it is an intriguing idea with lots of...

We think it is an intriguing idea with lots of merit. Just keep in mind that you will be cruising to PV during the latter part of their rainy season so you should be thinking of alternatives to the...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 08:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 741
Posted By Hlitner
We would just add that the term "buy" does not...

We would just add that the term "buy" does not really apply in this instance. Most of us say that Agencies (and consortiums) "block" out a number of cabins...sometimes by specific type or category. ...
Forum: Holland America Line August 3rd, 2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,917
Posted By Hlitner
Oh my, you are speaking my language! But here is...

Oh my, you are speaking my language! But here is the reality of cruising. If you cruise on mass market cruise lines (i.e. Celebrity, Princess, HAL, etc) you are going to get....at best.....banquet...
Forum: Spain Ports August 3rd, 2015, 06:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 129
Posted By Hlitner
Ok, we will give you just one guy's (and his DW)...

Ok, we will give you just one guy's (and his DW) opinion. We would not normally suggest spending 4 nights in Madrid (unless on a a very long trip within Spain). There is certainly enough to do in...
Forum: Italy Ports August 3rd, 2015, 06:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,178
Posted By Hlitner
Not sure who might have mentioned booking taxis...

Not sure who might have mentioned booking taxis in advance, but we have never heard of any taxi company that will take an advance booking to take folks to the train station. As I previously said, in...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question August 3rd, 2015, 06:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 438
Posted By Hlitner
There is a slight risk. The major cruise lines...

There is a slight risk. The major cruise lines have a nasty habit of sometimes changing a cruise or chartering a particular date after a cruise has been put in their schedules. When this happens...
Forum: Holland America Line August 3rd, 2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,033
Posted By Hlitner
The only route, of which we are aware, is to go...

The only route, of which we are aware, is to go out of the main port entrance (which is not very far from the People Mover) and then follow the sidewalk up to the regular bridge (the same bridge that...
Forum: Spain Ports August 3rd, 2015, 02:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 343
Posted By Hlitner
We also would pay for the taxi. Keep in mind...

We also would pay for the taxi. Keep in mind that the taxi fare is split among those in the cab while the shuttle fare is per person. There are just sometimes when spending a few extra Euros to...
Forum: Italy Ports August 3rd, 2015, 02:20 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 9,866
Posted By Hlitner
You mean Italy is confusing? Surely you jest! ...

You mean Italy is confusing? Surely you jest! Yes, there will be taxis right next to the ship when you exit the vessel (especially early in the day). The problem (which we have oft repeated here...
Forum: France Ports August 3rd, 2015, 02:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 606
Posted By Hlitner
Monte Carlo is a magical name, and at first...

Monte Carlo is a magical name, and at first glance might seem like a magical place. But once you get beyond the Palace area it really is not much more then a city with expensive condos and shops...
Forum: Italy Ports August 3rd, 2015, 09:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 157
Posted By Hlitner
If you could find a taxi that would agree to run...

If you could find a taxi that would agree to run the meter (which is unlikely) it would probably be about 45 - 50 Euros (one-way). But taxis at the port do not like these one-way hauls since it...
Forum: France Ports August 3rd, 2015, 08:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 536
Posted By Hlitner
Can't help but remember the oft said phrase that...

Can't help but remember the oft said phrase that those who ignore (or who turn a blind eye) to history are doomed to repeat it! The other thought is about the Three Monkeys with their hands over...
Forum: Spain Ports August 2nd, 2015, 07:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 134
Posted By Hlitner
We do agree that with that short of a port day...

We do agree that with that short of a port day one should probably stay in Cadiz. We find this city very walk able (but we have no limitations) and would probably just stroll all over town (we have...
Forum: France Ports August 2nd, 2015, 07:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 231
Posted By Hlitner
Just another opinion from two Paris lovers. If...

Just another opinion from two Paris lovers. If the only way you can ever experience Paris is on a day trip from Le Havre (where up to 6 hours is spent in transit) then that is fine. But Paris is a...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question August 2nd, 2015, 07:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 203
Posted By Hlitner
Tough call. But when we did the Prinsendam to...

Tough call. But when we did the Prinsendam to Alesund we also had a very long day (from about 7 until 9pm). We took advantage of this extended day and rented a car that we drove all the way down...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question August 2nd, 2015, 07:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 248
Posted By Hlitner
And where do you think James Hook & Co gets much...

And where do you think James Hook & Co gets much of their lobster. What we like about this place is that their prices are very reasonable and they have a huge number of lobsters (in tanks) of all...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question August 2nd, 2015, 06:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 378
Posted By Hlitner
HAL does have at least one cruise (part of their...

HAL does have at least one cruise (part of their annual Voyage of the Vikings Cruise) which would leave Europe in early August. Next year (2016) that cruise will be on the Rotterdam.

Hank
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