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About HeyJude408

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Seal Beach
  • Interests
    Cycling, hiking, bowling, politics, dining, cinema, human rights, reading, music
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America
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  1. HeyJude408

    All Things Avalon

    We're going on this cruise in May (6-13, 2018) and disembarking in Basel. Could you (or anyone) please advise what time the cruise boat usually starts the disembarking process? Our itinerary for the morning only lists "disembarkation following breakfast." This will be our first river cruise so we're very excited. Would love to know your thoughts on your Rhine cruise! Thanks! Judy
  2. We used ItalyTours.EU (Classic Amalfi) last November when sailing on Holland Aerica's Veendam. Cristina at ItalyTours.EU was very responsive, organized and reliable during the booking phase, which helped ease our minds about the excursion. She was also a pleasure to deal with and very helpful. As for the excursion itself, our guide, Mimmo did a wonderful job of giving us a lengthy, but scenic drive along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast with a couple of stops to take photos and a lunch hour (approx. 90 minutes) stop in the town of Amalfi itself. The tour ended with a drive around Naples and back to our ship. We enjoyed Mimmo's charming personality and his knowledge and expertise when he responded to our many questions. We will definitely book with ItalyTours.EU again in the future when we return!
  3. HeyJude408

    dubrovnik game of thrones tour

    Hi there! My partner and I are very interested in the Game of Thrones tour and trying to decide which tour company to go with. Did you book a group of you for the tour? Is the excursion price based on the number of people in your group? Was the meeting place within easy walking distance? Thanks in advance!
  4. HeyJude408

    Xingang Port to Beijing on your own

    Hi there, did anyone here on this thread catch the bullet train from Tianjin to Beijing for just the day? We are considering it, but are worried about making it back to the ship on time for sailaway. The first day in port we're going to see the Great Wall and this would be for the second day. We've been told by Chinese friends to avoid rush hour because the traffic is horrendous.
  5. Thank you for the suggestion and link to Green Tomato!
  6. Hi there, I was wondering since no one replied to your question, what you and famili ended up doing for transportation from Haneda to Yokohama? Did you catch the express train? Thanks! Judy
  7. HeyJude408

    Best Tour To The Great Wall For Pics

    Marty - hope you see this as I read your very helpful post on visiting GW. I like your suggestion about not hiring a tour company, but rather a driver and car instead. Would you mind emailing me the contact information to this Robert you mentioned? My email addy is jmajifu at gmail dot com. Many thanks!
  8. HeyJude408

    Oman Day tours

    Anita75, we are also stopping in Muscat and Salalah in 2016 (Rotterdam). We have booked with Oman Day Tours for an excursion in Salalah because of the outstanding reviews it has received by Cruise Critic cruisers :D. They responded quickly to my initial email and follow up questions and we anticipate a terrific excursion!