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borasue

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    Fort Myers, FL
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    Genealogy, gardening, travel
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    Hooked on HAL
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    Kusadasi, Turkey
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  1. We did the "HOHO" in Montego Bay. What a waste! It's exactly as tja273 described. Those who used it to get to Rose Hall early in the day found themselves stranded there later in the afternoon, as the bus was filled by the time it reached that stop. Some folks said they saw 3 buses come & go with no availability. They gave up and took a taxi. Definitely would not recommend it.
  2. In 2015 we booked Naples Tour Service for a private tour of Sorrento & Positano. It was absolutely a fabulous, memorable experience. In 2016 we booked them again to arrange a tour of Pompeii and Naples. Because we loved our driver so much the first time, Sergio arranged it so we had Franco again on the second trip, too! He's SO personable and thoughtful! Sergio is fantastic to work with and their company is competitively priced. https://www.naplestoursservice.com
  3. We had a port stop in Sarande back in 2016. While the port and some areas accepted Euros, we were on a HAL excursion that took us up to the village of Himara. While the shopkeepers did hesitantly accept Euros, they could only give change back in Albanian lek. On the upside, when I told them to just keep the change, the wonderful little woman tending the shop gave me my change in the equivalent of Albania cookies. :)
  4. We did the Viking Passage last year on the Zuiderdam. Incredible voyage. The speaker was outstanding! His lectures were "standing room only" every single time. Highly recommend this cruise... our favorite so far!
  5. We absolutely enjoyed Christmas aboard the Koningsdam! While the decorations were a little understated (not much in the Lido area), the spirit of the crew and the activities more than made up for it! The Christmas Eve crew show and Santa's arrival Christmas morning, accompanied by the fantastic 12 Days of Cruising video (led by our phenomenal Cruise Director, Christina Purcell) were outstanding. And the holiday menus were great! We decorated our cabin a little... we even took a 2' tree. Some fellow cruisers decorated their doors. All in all, it was fun! We're already planning to go again in a year or two! Yes, there were a few more kids on board than usual, but watching them was all part of the fun!
  6. Thank you! We leave Saturday for Copenhagen. Very excited!! Bucket list trip! :-)
  7. Looking forward to your posts! We leave for Copenhagen on the 19th and board on the 23rd! :)
  8. Thank you for your review! We've booked the same tours with FAB for our cruise next month, so I was very happy to hear you had a good experience. :)
  9. We were relatively new to cruising when we did our first Med trip in 2015, and it was our first trip outside the US in many years. We got a few euro to start off with before leaving Boston. We flew direct into Venice, found the ticket machine to get a bus to Piazza Roma. We stayed at Hotel Olimpia, which we LOVED, and it was a short, one bridge walk from where the bus dropped us off. Piazza Roma is also where you get on the People Mover to go from Piazza Roma to the ship. We even ventured onto the vaporetto (water taxi) to see a bit of Venice. We're two 50/60 something ladies and it was all easy enough for us to do. ;) Whatever you decide, have a fantastic trip!
  10. In addition to the Cruise Critic links mentioned earlier, check out Tom's Port Guides. Excellent info for many ports, including Copenhagen. Here's the link: http://www.tomsportguides.com/uploads/5/8/5/4/58547429/copenhagen-09-30-2012.pdf
  11. Sent ours off for renewal on Jan 21... Got 'em back on 2/13. Just about 3 weeks.
  12. Thanks for sharing the link. I haven't seen them yet, but I do think they were well done and are appealing. :)
  13. The announcement from P&O and Cunard came out a couple of days ago, so I'm not surprised. Our stop in Kusadasi and visit to Ephesus was the highlight of our cruise in 2015. We were scheduled for Istanbul and Kusadasi this past October and, of course, the itinerary changed. Such a sad situation for the wonderful people of Turkey. So much of the country is dependent on tourism. :(
  14. Thanks for letting us tag along vicariously! Enjoyed your "Live" reports and I'm so happy you loved the Kdam so much. We were on her in October and we felt the same way. But then, we love all those Dam ships! :D
  15. Bon Voyage and we hope you enjoy the Koningsdam as much as we did! :) Looking forward to your reports!
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