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    Burlingame, CA
  • Interests
    vacations, skiing, reading, beaches, socializing with friends
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean, AmaWaterways
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anywhere warm!

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  1. Has anyone ever experienced anything like this? We are a group of 11 who planned this trip ages ago - to happen September 2021. All of a sudden we get an email that they are canceling our reservations because someone chartered the ship for the whole trip! *****?! (pardon my language, but seriously!) How can you sell something that has already been sold? The ship was almost sold out. We all have flights, non-refundable rentals in cities before and after, vacation schedules, etc. How can they do this? I know it's probably in the fine print somewhere that they have the right to cancel a cruise f
  2. Is it strange that our 2021 river cruise does not offer an excursion to Marksburg castle? They offer the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and an optional (paid) excursion to Eltz Castle, but nothing about Marksburg. Do you think this is something we should arrange on our own? Thanks for any advice!
  3. I'm struggling with figuring out how to do everything we want to do in Stockholm on our own. Our ship (Norwegian Escape) is docking in Nynashamn so we have to figure out a way to get from there to Stockholm proper. They offer a bus ride which we could take, my problem is that it doesn't give us time to go to the Ice Bar which is one of the things we want to do. The Ice Bar doesn't open until 4:30pm, and the latest bus the ship offers heads back at 4:00pm with tours heading back at 3 or 3:30pm. If the Escape is due to depart Nynashamn at 7:00pm, what would be the latest we could leave Stockholm
  4. This sounded interesting to me so I went and looked it up. It appears it closes at the end of August unless you have a group of 20 or more. We are also visiting Helsinki on a cruise but won't get there until Wednesday September 2. So unfortunately we won't get to visit as we are only a party of 2.
  5. Hi Cntrymum - thank you for responding. I tried to respond to you personally but it said the message function was disabled. What days will you be in port? We will be there 8/31 and 9/1. If it matches up, we should chat. I actually did a job in graduate school where I spent a ton of time in the Hermitage (actually unpacking boxes and taking out artifacts looking for the perfect piece of Catherine the Great's china) so don't need to spend a lot of time there as well. Since I have spent a fair amount of time in St. Petersburg I am leaving most of the planning to my husband. He has never been. My
  6. We really would prefer a very small group tour, but there are just 2 of us, and the price for a private tour with just us is too high. I've tried posting on our cruise critic group but it is a very inactive group so no responses. Our cruise is at the end of Aug 2020. How far in advance do you typically have to book your tours? Any advice on how to get a very small group tour - but not private for just the 2 of us? Thanks!
  7. We brought some bottles of wine onboard that we had bought in Budapest prior to our cruise on AmaCerto. No problems at all.
  8. Got our documents in the mail for our October 20th cruise on the Danube river and can't wait. I'm going through everything and trying to maximize our experience in each port. Random question for you all, when the tour in Vienna says you will see Vienna Opera House, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Museum of Fine Arts, Hofburg Palace, etc. how much of those do you really see in a 3.5 hour tour? Just walk around and see the outside of them? Or actually go inside and visit? I'm trying to figure out if we will want to go back and do more detailed visits anywhere in the afternoon. Also, for ports where we
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