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    Washington, DC
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    photography, ice hockey, technology, the world’s alcohols
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    NCL (want to try Viking)
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  1. Another solo female cruiser here! I think the OP's friend is a little much, I've never had issues with being hit on by the crew or staff, and if it happens, a firm no suffices. If it doesn't suffice, report it to Guest Services and see whether you ever see that steward again. I pay more attention to that sort of thing in port. I try to tour with other people, and I have my mother's wedding and engagement ring, and wear those when I go ashore. Believe it or not, a wedding ring visible makes lots of guys back off. I also watch my drink and do not leave it unattended for any reason, and get a n
  2. Concur with the other posters here. Baltimore in winter is a grab bag. Maryland said "hold my beer" when Mother Nature said you can't have all four seasons in a week. However, it is chillier on the water. Temperature could be anywhere from 20-60F but is most likely to be in the mid to upper 40's. Add a wind chill coming off the water and potential rain, and heaven knows. Snow isn't common in December in Baltimore, but can happen.
  3. Concur with the Nursery Road area, and with hooking up with the MARC Train. Remember, though, that parking is very limited at some MARC stations. Parking is good at BWI, at Odenton, and at New Carrollton, but any of the others, not so much. Airport areas can also be a bit pricey. Tip: MARC has more than one line that runs between Baltimore and DC. Previous recommendations are all on the Penn Line, but you might give some thought to a Camden Line station as well if you are traveling during the week. The Brunswick Line runs north of DC and up into West Virginia, so is probably not what you wan
  4. Be very, very careful hoofing it in the area around the Baltimore Cruise Terminal. Half a block can be the difference between tourist Baltimore and some very seedy areas, and people drive fast and stupidly around there. The areas around the Harbor, Fells Point, and Fort McHenry are safe, but only for about two blocks away from the water. I'd call the area around the cruise terminal iffy. You can walk it by day - there are underpasses - but you're passing close to some not-so-great areas of town. If that bothers you, consider Uber. Tip: If you want something amazing and unique for chow, check
  5. InsureMyTrip is one option. Check through your employer, too. Some employers offer associations with companies for discounts as part of their employee benefit package. I invoked one such and am insured through International SOS, which is turning out to be not just medical insurance, but safety and security assessments as well. Things like "is it safe to drink the tap water / buy off a food cart in X country?" "What immunizations do I need?" "What neighborhoods are at greatest risk of crime?"
  6. You must be either not widely traveled, or very unaware of yourself, to ask this question. Most countries do not offer the freedom of speech or the press that we enjoy in the United States, and in many countries, speaking one's mind on social or political matters is viewed as offensive, none of a foreigner's business, or both. Some countries have lèse majesté laws, and others have laws against foreigners involving themselves in local political events and demonstrations. In either of these cases, expressing one's opinion on social and political topics can get you fined, arrested, deported, or e
  7. It can be if you or someone in your party requires prescription or OTC medication to function, particularly if those medications are narcotic or psychoactive in nature. (Think: medications for depression, ADHD, autism, and a few other things.) These medications can be troublesome in customs if you don't have your paperwork in order. Or if you get caught behind someone who does have a problem, you can have unexpected delays even at the Schengen borders. 🙂 It's better to plan for it and not have it happen.
  8. considers the replies "Don't travel with them." These replies are well-meant but unhelpful, since the intent of the query was to assess a feasible approach to managing a trip abroad with a close family member with no filters and lots of opinions. Thank you for trying, though. c-boy, thank you! That's a great idea. Some silent or coded cues to communicate when someone is out of line makes a lot of sense, because some people simply aren't aware of when they are crossing lines, and my brother is one of those. Talking to them in advance is definitely necessary. I am dealin
  9. If it's familiar, the risk is much less than if it's new. Also, if your embarkation port is not in the United States (the case I was talking about), absolutely fly in the day before, because you have to add customs and passport control to all the other hassles that can happen. In the end, it's your vacation, not mine. You have my opinion on the matter. (I'm also one of those people who likes to watch pier-runners with a drink in hand.)
  10. I got stuck doing this in Copenhagen, first time out. Solution: hail a taxi. 🙂 I could have gotten myself there on public transport, but metro directions in Danish on no sleep was a non-starter. 🙂
  11. This is for those of you who have done world / Europe / Middle East / Asia cruises. Have you ever done so with a traveling companion who simply cannot keep their opinions to themselves, on the ship or off of it? Sex, religion, politics, it doesn't matter. How did you deal with this (preferably without the use of duct tape, although duct tape might be an option....)
  12. Even this can go wrong. though it's true that red-eye flights land early. The problem with that is, what happens if the toddler in the row behind you is wailing their poor little head off the whole flight and you don't get a lick of sleep on the plane? Now you're trying to navigate an unfamiliar city, on a time crunch and possibly in a foreign language, to start your vacation, on no sleep. Speaking from experience, guess how much fun that is? It's worth the money to fly in the day before. If you've never seen the city, take two days.
  13. Thank you for the information! Question -- is the train/subway stop at Radhuspladsen complete? If not, when is the estimated completion date?
  14. I did solo in a studio on the Breakaway in 2017. The lounge was nice, and sometimes the door was held open and sometimes not. It just depended on what was going on. I got to meet neat people and I never once was lonely. If you do a studio, pack light, those cabins are the size of a watch pocket but were all I needed.
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