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  1. Relatively speaking, the smaller ships are probably those under 1000 passengers, but I am not going to rule out a great itinerary just because of ship size!
  2. It's St. Patrick's Day so I have to finally pose this question that's been on my mind for a long while: what's the best cruise to/around Ireland? While I am happy to hear everyone's reasons for "best" (which is how we learn!), my current criteria might be something like: good itinerary, not too many days at sea, lots of portstops, maybe some overnights in an Irish port, long days in port, with bonus points for the smaller ships and an English speaking on-board situation. I'm OK with combining with one other country (like Iceland or Scotland), but am not interested in trying to cover too much territory -- want to keep an Irish focus!
  3. Was checking in online last night and reading HAL's contract when I came across a section that raised an eyebrow, so thought I would share with others for comment. (text pasted below, highlight added) I am no lawyer, but as I read it, we are to agree that HAL and its various partner entities can use images or other recordings of us, captured with our awareness or not, and share our personal & sensitive data, for basically however they like. So broad! Does anyone have any experience with this, knowingly that is? 16. FACIAL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE; USE AND DISPLAY OF LIKENESS; PERSONAL DATA; PRIVACY NOTICE; PUBLIC WIRELESS SERVICES. You grant Carrier and its licensees the right to use Your photograph/voice/indicia taken during Your Cruise, Land + Sea Journey, and/or Land Trips in any fashion for any purpose in all media now known or hereafter devised without any limitations whatsoever. Professional photographers photograph Guests, process, display and sell such photos to You and other Guests. Carrier may utilize closed circuit television or other surveillance means on board the Ship. You agree You may provide personal data to Carrier that may include Your name, street or email address, date of birth, passport, financial account, and/or telephone numbers, likeness, photograph or other information which would identify You personally. You may also provide Carrier or others certain sensitive data such as Your health, medical condition, dietary or religious restrictions, gender or sexual orientation. You agree Carrier may (a) keep Your personal and sensitive data ("PSD"); (b) use it in its business worldwide in accordance with its privacy policies; (c) share it with Carrier's affiliated/related companies, and (d) subject it to processing worldwide provided Carrier's safeguards are used. You agree any PSD You provide to Carrier in the European Economic Area ("EEA") may be used, processed and transferred within and outside the EEA and specifically to the U.S. You agree Carrier may disclose Your PSD to unaffiliated third parties: (a) after You request or authorize it; (b) to help complete a transaction for You; (c) to comply with law, applicable regulations, governmental and quasi-governmental requests, court orders or subpoenas; (d) to enforce this Cruise Contract or other agreements, or to protect the rights, property or safety of Carrier or others; (e) as part of a purchase, transfer or sale of services or assets (f) when provided to our agents, outside vendors or service providers to perform functions on our behalf; or (g) as described in Carrier's policies, as amended from time to time.
  4. Just now came across this thread and wondering how things worked out.....realize that if you ended up going DOONE that you are either home already or close to the end of the cruise!
  5. That is so frustrating when you miss something by a short bit of time.... But you never know.... it can't hurt to drop them a line and see what's up on the one day you can go. I think sometimes if the premises would be open for a school visit or some other private tour on your day, then they might just go ahead and let you in too. Seems like something happened like that for us; my memory is a little foggy since we have been to so many places since then, but I think we were there on a day when they were usually closed but they were "open" anyway because of private tours scheduled that day -- which turned out to be partly cruise ship tours!! So they were happy to let us in, super accommodating.
  6. At some point during our cruise of the Norway coast in June, we'd like to do some kayaking to add an on-the-water dimension to our fjord explorations. What are the "best" places others have found to do this, both from the workable-logistics standpoint and the experience perspective? Our stops include: Stavanger, Alesund, Trondheim, Honningsvag, Tromso, Narvik, Geiranger, Flam, and Bergen.
  7. At Kristiansand last summer, we spent a delightful, extended morning wandering the grounds of an outdoor museum that helped visualize everyday history. It's great to catch a tour there if possible -- the museum guides are great! https://www.vestagdermuseet.no/welcome-to-vest-agder-museum/ We took a taxi out there and then caught a public bus back to town.
  8. Thanks Kazu for the suggestion about Halfacts. It was very clear from one of the photos there (cabin 308) that the shower only rooms are smaller because the space for the recessed entry hallway that we see on the deck plans is subtracted from the floor area of that type of cabin. This results not just in a smaller bath/no tub, but an alcove effect on one wall and the entry door located right by the head of the bed. (Ugghh - not so good if one person is going in & out of the cabin while the other is trying to sleep!) So basically, every other cabin in these areas has a very different arrangement from that shown in the schematics.
  9. Scott, It's funny how some questions generate tons of responses and others just kind of sit there.....but glad to know you concur with my choice!
  10. We'll sail this summer for the first time on the Pdam and are booked in a cabin that we might want to try to change before final payment is due, which is soon! Originally, we took what was available that would give us the option to include our son as a third person in our cabin, but are pretty certain now that he can't go along, so we no longer have that constraint. In studying the deck plans, it appears that on many of the decks ( Dolphin, Main, Lower & Upper Promenade), just about every other cabin has an asterisk designation, for "shower only," and these look to be a little narrower. But I can't find cabin plans that show the differences between the shower-only cabins and the "regular" arrangement. What's this about? I hope those of you who know this ship's layout intimately can help educate me so if we try to change cabins, we'll be more informed!
  11. For those who are still struggling with this....I could not see the "oval" that everyone kept talking about so my frustration was growing. Then it occurred to me that maybe my problem was that I tend to use Chrome. Every now and then something does not display very well with Chrome. When I tried a different browser, I could see the oval and bring up the picklist that allowed me to search within specific areas. Bottom line: if the search function is not apparent, try using a different system to access Cruise Critic.
  12. Did you end up signing up for this cruise?
  13. For our Baltic cruise last summer, we wanted to spend a full day in the Hermitage on our own schedule, not shuffled around according to the plans of a guided group, so we arranged for our own visas. It wasn't as much of a hassle as people had warned, but there is a Russian visa office in my city where I was able to drop off the applications and pick up the visas, so that streamlined things. Cost-wise, the visas can be expensive, especially if you want one for a full three day port stop like we did (freedom comes at a price!) so most people conclude they would rather spend their excursion money going along with a tour guide the entire time.
  14. Just a followup, since this message popped up....I ended up doing a helicopter tour on Kauai and it was fantastic. Much of the island seems to be more or less inaccessible for a variety of reasons, so it was an ideal way to see the landscape.
  15. Yes, that's the idea.... I want to copy the whole thing into Word, and then go back into the easy-to-use Word format to strip out the stuff that isn't relevant, so I am left with the "nuggets." I don't want the hassles of going back and forth between CC and Word, copying and pasting the good stuff bit by bit. It's too hard on my eyes.
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