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  1. Probably each and every port in Croatia. Most lines only do Dubrovnik and Split, Marella did so many others and and we enjoyed each and every one, such a lovely country, beautiful islands. and someone already mentioned Bequia. That was our prersonal favourite on a two week Caribbean itineray. Such a pleasure to walk around there as it is relatvely unspoiled.
  2. Thank you for clarification. As I posted above: I do not know how accurate the list is The Dream crew member was included in the CrewCenter "In Memorium: Cruise ship crew members lost in Covid-19 pandemic" feature so I mentioned it in my post.
  3. it would be great to know all are safe. Sad to report that not all crew made it safely back to their homes and families. CrewCenter website has a number of obituaries for crew from different ships and lines who died. I do not know how accurate the list is, but one death reported from Dream and two from E2. I have kept off the threads as we didn't have any current or future bookings (were at the planning stage) so have no issues with customer services and/or refunds, but I thought the above might be of interest and nobody else posted it.
  4. Hope you and yours keep safe and well. Thank you. There is also little or no sport and there may not be for weeks or months, so one of us is already showing withdrawal symptoms! We can go out for walks, work or sit in the garden, and we may even begin sorting through the cupboards, drawers and attic to begin the major clear out of unused "stuff" we have been meaning to clear for years but never got around to doing. And sorting through paperwork and photos! All fun things to keep ourselves occupied...NOT!
  5. Possible nobody at Marella has caught the FCO announcement at 12-30 today, or maybe the "high heid yins" did but it hasn't yet filtered through to call centre staff. With an advisory effective immediately not to travel globally for next 30 days they should be giving you a refund. You should not feel pressured into taking a future date as an alternative.
  6. Saw that too. Should trigger a massive demand on cruise lines, holiday companies, airlines etc for refunds so refunds may take some time. May or may not need to claim on travel insce. I am not 100% clued up on that, no doubt others are and will hopefully advise.
  7. Vitalsign, your birthday celebrations sounded like a lot of fun. You were so very lucky with timing. Trying to make lemonade from lemons, the remaining four of us had decided to stay in at our home for family dinner, cake and champagne. Daughter phoned earlier today. Having sleepless nights thinking about bringing possible infection into our house as she was socialising in pubs and clubs at the weekend. In tears as she has decided to stay away to protect us. As she and another guest were making the cake, I have asked that they not make it as we are now only three persons-and this is only Monday. By Thursday/Friday we may not even be three! We can try to do something when all this is over, whenever that may be. This "special" birthday is definitely "special" for all the wrong reasons! And Mother's Day this Sunday will also be different from previous ones.
  8. Have just now checked the official Fred website for any Braemar news. They updated today at 13-15. Now reporting 20 pax and 20 crew confirmed cases, crew numbers include one doctor. Additional doctors and nurses either on the way or already there hoping to get permission to board.
  9. Have not been participating in discussions as didn't feel entitled to as we don't have any current or future Marella bookings. On the other hand, now embarrassed to have become one of those "lurkers" who read everything, take info and tips, and contribute nothing to the boards in return. Yes, guilty of reading cruise news items and following certain boards as circumstances change. We visited Lisbon for a few days in early February and were just getting around to planning cruises and trips for this year when the "C" word issues hit the media, so have delayed for now. Sorry that so many of you will miss much anticipated planned trips, even more sorry for those actually onboard ships which have turned into "cruises to nowhere", stressing about onboard illness and how or when getting home with or without self isolation or mandatory quarantine. Some cruise pax still in this situation, including those on Braemar and Celebration, so disappointment over cancellations aside, like ourselves, be happy that you are not currently onboard a ship and at home where all or most of us are comfortable and have everything we need. Re posts about Celebration possibly heading for Lisbon. Unsure about any docking in Lisbon as I read the CC News section a few minutes ago, and dated today, is news that all Portugese ports are closed to cruise ships. Vitalsign, Happy Birthday. Pleased you managed a meal with friends and enjoyed it. Your timing better than ours. One of us has a "special" birthday this coming Thursday, but for a number of reasons, we have had to cancel a much anticipated restaurant dinner with 14 friends and family. With news, restrictions and advice changing almost hourly, at this point we do not even know if the four of us "still standing" would be foolish to go to a restaurant. A decision to be made on Thursday morning.... Onwards and upwards.....
  10. Thanks to everyone that posted on this tread. After looking at the various cruise lines and their Cruise/Tours we decided to go with a 11 day packaged tour called GB4. This is a southbound tour that starts in Fairbanks and ends up in Vancouver. Princess was offering a number of incentives and we were able to get a nice balcony room mid ship on deck 12 for our trip in June. I think we'll have a great time based on what I saw. Thanks again for the help and advice. Researching available info has meant you could book something which suits your personal interests. I hope you enjoy the trip and that it is not a "one off". Alaska is wonderful so I am sure you will want to plan another trip!
  11. There isn't a gread deal to see or do in Messina itself, but if you do decide to stay in town, do not miss the Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock which sound and move at 12 noon. It lasts around 10 minutes and is impressive, especially when the lion roars. Only a couple of minutes walk from the dock. Info online and check Tripadvisor Messina for info on sights etc.
  12. Check the actual official port websites. And other favourites are "whatsinport" (with more info than its title suggests) and "cruisemapper" although there are others.
  13. Usedul to read websites "whatsinport" and "cruisemapper".
  14. Thanks. I didn't know they also own the White Pass train from Skagway. We did that trip and wonderful it was. Drove up by coach through lovely scenery and crossed into the Canadian Yukon, returned to Skagway on the train. Blessed with beautiful weather that day, it was one of our best shorex. And Gray Line buses too. They have their fingers in many Alaskan pies!
  15. As above. Your Roll Call is where you may find others to join you, or you may be able to join a small group already booked and looking for others to join them. Go to Roll Calls for your cruise line, then choose the ship, then look for your sailing date. If it is a long way out and there isn't already one, consider starting one yourself.
  16. Alaska cruising and land tours are not as simple as other itineraries as there are so many possible options. We found on our north and southbound itineraries that many pax were using the short itinerary as a means of getting to some of the bays or glaciers which would be more complicated as a DIY. They were doing their own land/island trips pre or post cruise, or both, not through a cruiseline. This is another option you could consider. The 14 day R/T Seattle was different as everyone onboard was there for the duration. IMHO HAL and Princess offer the most options for a combination Alaska and Denali Tour. This is where viewing options on ships becomes important so do ask on the respective boards. I believe (but am happy to be corrected on this!) that they own some of the private trains and lodges. Both have a good number of options on their websites and if you have not already looked you may be surprised to find as many as there are. There are so many possible combos that you really need to read the info for both lines to try to get an idea of which length of trip you want, costs, and the airports to get you there and home again. And also when you might want to travel as not all wildlife and sealife is there at the same time throughout the short season. Which would appeal to you most. Sealife or wildlife? So much to consider. Both lines also do FAQS/tips for Alska cruising and land trips which are helpful to read, in fact you may want to start by reading these first. It will take some time to read and you will think your head is in a spin, but as you read and learn more, you should also begin to form an idea of the best option for you personally. And this may not be your "one and only" Alaska. If you love it as much as we did, you will want to go back!
  17. My wife and I would like to take a cruise to Alaska leaving out of Seattle. Assuming that the various cruise ships leave out of the same port in Seattle, can anyone point me toward a hotel near the port that (1) is close to the port (2) offers a free shuttle from the hotel to the port (3) is a nice, clean, hotel good for vacationers and (4) a hotel you can easily reach from the airport as we would be flying in and we won't be renting a car. Also can anyone suggest whether one should plan on staying over night when the cruise is over prior to going back to the airport? As mentioned above, an Alaska cruise should always be about the itinerary. A number of years ago, we visited Alaska on a 7 night northbound and a 7 night southbound out of Vancouver with HAL. We then booked a 14 night R/T Seattle, again with HAL as we liked the itinerary which included some spots other lines didn't cover, plus their ships had more outside and inside viewing options than others. If you decide to go with HAL, check the HAL Boards to ask more recent pax which ship is best for viewing both inside and out. Once you decide which line and ship, check the Seattle port website to see which pier you will be using. We stayed at a Seattle airport hotel and used a paying (shared) shuttle service to get to the port and back again as we stayed over both pre and post cruise. There are so many ways of getting to the port and so many hotels with shuttles that it is probably best if you read some of the many websites which detail hotels, locations, price points etc. and which offer cruise terminal shuttles. A simple internet search using "seattle hotels with free cruise terminal shuttles" brought up many results you can read. You can also look at the Seattle Shuttle option, plus taxi, Uber etc for comparison.
  18. Nagasaki is very easy to DIY. There should be tourist info at the dock with maps, info, and tram tickets for sale. Buy these here. Tram stops close to the dock. Check if you need to switch trams as I think we did, but that was easy. We took the tram to the Atomic Bomb Museum and the Peace Park. Returned by tram for a quick snack lunch back on board then crossed the street to Glover's Garden and wandered back down to the dock.. Have a look at whatsinport (much more info than its name suggests) and others such as cruisemapper for info on docking location, sights, transport etc.
  19. osted 2 minutes ago We do a mix of DIY, private touring and shorex depending on the complexity of what we want to do in each port. Have a look at website whatsinport (there are others such as cruisemapper, shorebee etc) which is our "go to" site for info on where you dock, attractions, transport, sometimes printable maps and Google maps, and usually with links to a cruise calendar as it is helpful to know how many ships are in the port each day. As already mentioned, Tripadvisor for each place is also excellent. If you go to the top of the page here on CC and hit RESEARCH you can use the drop down to click Destinations. Although not every destination is listed, most are. And also as above, check the PORTS OF CALL EUROPE N EUROPE AND BALTIC boards for each country where there is all sorts of info to be found, and where you can ask any specific questions you might have after you researched each. If you don't already do this, to avoid having to scroll through multiple pages looking for threads for each destination, learn to use the SEARCH facility on each board. You will get all previous threads for each place in the results. You can read these and learn a lot from them. And do join your RC. If SPB is on your itinerary you would usually be able to join with others for a small group tour with a local company rather than a shorex. And yes, Scandinavia in general can be very expensive. Unless you have deep pockets, have a really good breakfast before leaving the ship, and carry some water and maybe cereal/brunch bars to snack on. If you want any food or drink ashore make sure you know the cost before ordering. Same goes for souvenirs. Some local products can be very expensive. Enjoy
  20. We do a mix of DIY, private touring and shorex depending on the complexity of what we want to do in each port. Have a look at website whatsinport (there are others such as cruisemapper, shorebee etc) which is our "go to" site for info on where you dock, attractions, transport, sometimes printable maps and Google maps, and usually with links to a cruise calendar as it is helpful to know how many ships are in the port each day. For Venice a great site is europe for visitors venice. Massive amount of info on Venice, transportation, cruise terminals etc. The more you look the more you find. I cannot recommend it enough. Tripadvisor for each place is also excellent. If you go to the top of the page here on CC and hit RESEARCH you can use the drop down to click Destinations. Although not every destination is listed, most are. And check the PORTS OF CALL EUROPE boards for each country where there is all sorts of info to be found, and where you can ask any specific questions you might have after you researched each. To avoid having to scroll through multiple pages looking for threads for each destination, learn to use the SEARCH facility on each board. You will get all previous threads for each place in the results. You can read these and learn a lot from them. This site is a wonderful source of info once you take time to learn how to get the best from it. Above suggested as cruising is very different from a land holiday. With time short it is best to have some idea before you leave home of what you will do in each port, including transport, opening hours etc. Enjoy
  21. Pleased that you found it an interesting read. I am sure your brother also wishes he could be on the trip with you to enjoy "a walk down memory lane".
  22. the www.marvelous-provence. com website has much info on the various beaches in and around Cassis including location, facilities etc also if they are nudist or clothed. A search on this forum with the word CASSIS should bring up the many previous threads about Cassis including transport.
  23. Or Bandol, easy to reach from Toulon, or Sanary sur Mer if you cannot get transport to Le Castellet. You actually have some good choices.
  24. We too had already visited Honfleur, Rouen etc on previous trips and intended to use the local bus to visit both Etretat and Fecamp on the Alabaster Coast, the equivalent of the "white cliffs of Dover". We ran out of time for Fecamp, but enjoyed Etretat then got off the bus when we arrived back into the start of Le Havre and explored for a time there before returning to the ship. The public bus got to Etretat through local villages on minor roads which was interesting, and stopped in the centre of Etretat, just 5 minutes walk from the sea front. It was less than an hour each way. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed walking along the cliffs in both directions. There are some rock formations too .There is also a monument to the two pilots who tried to fly from Paris to New York, and whose plane (the white bird) was last seen above Etretat. If it is a good weather day you might enjoy this. Suggest you read up on Etretat, Fecamp and Le Havre, also local transport in case anything has changed.
  25. Will be on a cruise in May with a stop in Greenock (to go to Glasgow). I was in Glasgow years ago and while it was nice, I see on the map that Greenock is also close to Dunoon and that is where my brother was stationed a looonng time ago when the Holy Loch was still open. I really like smaller towns and villages so I would rather go to Dunoon and have a look around to see if anything looks at all familiar (and take some pictures for my brother). It looks like there is a public ferry but if anyone knows for sure, I would like to know. And anything in particular I shouldn't to miss? I was there once also, but that was in 1968!!! I have been away, but if it isn't too late, you might find it both helpful and interesting to read Toms port guide to Greenock: https://www.tomsportguides.com/uploads/5/8/5/4/58547429/greenock_scotland-08-28-2012.pdf Pages 1-4 are relevant to you with mention of the US base SUBRON 14 and a link to WIKI Holy Loch.
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