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  1. Enjoy your trips. We are currently on Celebrity Millenium , just leaving the Hubbard Glacier. Please let us know your thoughts on Empress when you return. Happy sailing!
  2. No problem, Jim. I am glad to help. Tell your lady there are lots of nice wine choices around on this trip. We did the Red Mountain wines premium tour...2 nice wineries and a distillery. Several of the towns have wine places, as well as Spokane. Enjoy, stay safe and have fun!
  3. I could not find any info about cancellation online before our cruise, so I called the excursion line listed in the website and asked. If my memory is correct, he said we could book, but cancel or switch later. However, do not rely on my memory, since it involves money, call and ask. The jet boat was popular on our cruise and they talked a lot about the great time they had!
  4. This is all very helpful and the kids will be happy. Thought it was possible, but wanted to be certain my info was correct before passing it on to them. Yes, I should not be surprised if someone does go for a more "exotic" (to them) food item. That IS one of the benefits of cruising...a chance to try something new, be it an activity, a culture, a food, etc and still have something familiar around if you need it.
  5. Thanks for the info and the laugh! The 2 older boys will be thrilled to know they can have a bit more to eat. And maybe we can get them to add a few new items to their diet and yet eat healthy (all the kids are very athletic). They may not go for my spouse's choice of escargot, perhaps, but may sample something new-to-them. Yes, I realized about the title just as I sent it in, but having taught school for 45 years, 36 in Elementary, I know that combination so very well from my lunchroom days....which the Windjammer can remind me of on some visits!!
  6. We have been on 30+ cruises on several lines, but have never taken children on a cruise before. Next summer, for our 50th anniversary, we are sailing on the Harmony of the Seas with 8 adults and 4 children in total. The children will be 7,9,12 and 15. No one but my spouse and I have cruised before, and the excitement is building! I searched out the children's clubs on NOS this past March and have researched lots of activities, excursions, and ship fun for them. We have begun a monthly newsletter full of links to CC comments, videos and reviews of HOS, the ports, and ideas for sharing a room, etc. However, I am unsure of the dinner menu/food choices for the kids. Although we have Jr Suites, we decided that we would all eat at 2 adjoining tables of 6 in the MDR and rotate our seating each night a bit with 4 adults and 2 kids at each. The 15 year old had immediately stated on a recent visit that he did not want to be at a KIDS table every night, and that is just fine. Our TA has told me to go to the MDR and arrange the table set up request on boarding. But how does children's food work? Can the 15 year old choose off the adult menu most nights if he wishes? I have seen a photo of a small children's menu with typical items, but it is limited. Probably fine for the 2 younger ones especially. Can the older boys mix it up a bit, with some items from each? We also would like to do Solarium Bistro for all of us one evening, for a different experience for all. My husband and I have enjoyed it very much on Oasis and have seen other large family groups there. Has anyone tried it with younger children? The menu does seem a bit adult for the younger two. Any help or ideas you can offer is appreciated.
  7. We went to Tierra Blanca Wines down to the left of the Hotel at #926 Sprague, about 1 1/2 blocks down. It is a wine tasting shop...we did s small tasting session and bought 2 to carry on to the ship. No problem on AQS...no one even looked at our carryon and not a problem anyway, as I checked with them. There are several wine tasing shops and craft beer places in downtown Spokane...just Google. We used Trip Advisor to find some nice little pubs and craft beer places in ports this trip too. A great one right across from Davenport for beer and one dinner for us the first night...Post Street Ale House. There was a wine shop in the hotel but was never open in our 2 days there that we noticed.
  8. My husband took an easy walk to a drugstore a few blocks away from the Davenport and there is a mall about 3-4 blocks toward the falls park there as well. We also purchased 2 bottles of wine a block from the hotel to carry on and enjoy on our balcony predinner while we watched the amazing scenery. Spokane was a great precruise town!
  9. The Premium tours do not usually visit the same sites as the HOHO buses. There is a list on the website of the stops for the HOHO buses each day as well as the Premium (cost) tours for each stop, with the number of hours and price. Looking at my list from our June 2 trip, there are no duplications...the HOHO bus stops are different and hit most of the smaller sites and sometimes the downtown/shopping area. In some cases, you can do both in one day, depending on your choices and how many HOHO stops you choose off the bus and its time frame and the length of a Premium tour. For example, here is a link to an early September trip on Empress. In the second section under Cruise Summary, it says "Included Tours, see Ports of Call below". Go to the bottom of the page, click and it opens a page with the included (HOHO) stops and the Premium tours for each day. Then you can easily compare each option. https://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/river-cruises/columbia-and-snake-river-cruises/clarkston-portlandvancouver-wa/?date=2019-09-08&vessel=american-empress Also the HOHO buses are used for the Premium tours as well. All are equipped to handle mobility issues, even wheel chair users. Hope this helps.
  10. We did the Falls/ Vista House excursion in June and really enjoyed it even tho the weather was not terrific. Another favorite was to the WAAAM museum in Hood River from The Dalles port.
  11. And lots of info for us "newbies" to MSC!
  12. Thanks for the great review! We are on Meraviglia in YC in February and I learned a lot of information from you. Tho we have been on 30+ cruises, this is our first time on MSC. There seem to be several changes from what I originally read a few months ago, when we were booking, but do not think the changes will really be a concern. Looking forward to the new experience. You have been a big help!
  13. Thanks for the help. Experienced cruisers, but new to MSC and YC.
  14. We are taking our first MSC in February on Meraveglia from Miami. I have been reading all I can about the YC experience, but have neither heard nor read on the sites about a "credit card kiosk". We have always given our CC info to whomever checks us in at the terminal. Could someone please explain what this is about? Do we not check in at the terminal upon arrival?? Thanks for the help.
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