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    Toronto, ON
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    Disney, Reading, warm vacation spots
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    NCL, Disney
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    Grand Cayman

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  1. Because the residents don’t want one? The main downtown port area is surrounded by reef, and an increased presence by larger cruise ships could cause damage. And many residents would prefer stayover tourism as opposed to cruise ship visitors anyway.
  2. Listen, I appreciate all the advice, but I don’t want to derail the thread, so maybe we can get back to the topic of Christmas markets? Has anyone done the Viking Grand European (or that same route, Amsterdam to Budapest) during the Christmas Markets season? Best markets along that route? Best shopping/food? Thanks.
  3. We are doing a pre-stay in Amsterdam, and since we may be bringing along relatives who live in Munich, we might go home with them for a bit afterwards. But we are not really worried about the cruise itself...we have a 30’ boat that we do extended vacations on, and the longships are all way bigger than that. If the hubby and I haven’t killed each other after a month in those cramped quarters, we aren’t likely to find a river cruise longship too small.
  4. We’re in an Explorer suite, so we’ve got a regular and a French balcony. That’s one reason we booked so far ahead, there’s only two of those on each ship and one of them was already booked for our preferred date and direction.
  5. I’ve done a fair bit of research, thanks, and watched probably twenty or thirty different videos on everything from the styles of each line, ship and cabin walkthroughs, ports, differences between ocean and river cruises. I’m a retired high school librarian, so you could say detailed research is my forte. We will also likely be booking a last minute shorter Viking river cruise at some point before that Christmas markets one, we’re just waiting until our borders reopen and we know we can travel again before we pick dates. And I don’t have to make final payment until June 2023, so
  6. Thanks for the info re: the markets. We are hoping that everything will be up and running and entirely back to normal by that point. We are frequent ocean cruisers, and always travel in a suite on smaller ships, so I’m not too worried about the size of the rooms or the length of the cruise. And we’re Canadians, and DH is of German descent, so we are familiar with the weather...it’s still nicer than at home and we will likely still use the balcony. 😉 Our only minor concern is the lack of variety in dining, but we’ve heard good things about the quality of the Viking food at least.
  7. Tagging onto this thread, we’re looking at the Grand European Tour with Viking, Amsterdam to Budapest, in early December 2023 for the Christmas markets. Has anyone done that itinerary before for the markets? How was it?
  8. We have 12502 in December 2021 (hopefully) and picked it after watching videos of all of the POA OS we could find. It looked like the best one, it and 12000, in terms of layout and space. And 12502 is port side, so that was our deciding factor between the two. I’m glad you give the room a good review. Here’s hoping the cruises are running and we don’t have to rebook. I’m really looking forward to both the cruise and the suite.
  9. I can see we’ll never agree. It’s possible to follow all the restrictions while not liking them and believing they’re too extreme, especially when they fail to take vaccination status into account. And especially if you are able to do math, and you (and no one you are in close contact with) has even the remotest high risk factor and/or is vaccinated. It’s also possible to want to vacation outside of Canada while having family and work responsibilities that would force you to return. But you keep on with the dramatic snide comments if it makes you feel better about how Canada’s p
  10. Add to that the fact that there’s also a federally-imposed ban on non-essential travel, most international flights are cancelled, you need a covid test (at your own expense) 72 hours before travel in each direction, plus an additional covid test at the airport on return, and the three-day hotel quarantine at the start of your 2-week return quarantine costs upwards $2k per person and has some very scary reviews about conditions. But sure, technically they’re not going to throw me in jail for hopping a plane to Vegas for the weekend...but the logistics and expense make that completel
  11. There’s many of us trapped on the Canadian side of the border who totally agree with you about the PM, and we’d kind of like it if the US could use its size and weight to help get us out of lockdown up here, pretty please...
  12. My province (Ontario, Canada) just started the 80+ group this week. They’ve decided to delay second doses for four months to attempt to get more people at least partially vaccinated. We’re a long way from being able to travel.
  13. My province (Ontario, Canada) just started the 80+ group this week. We’re a long way from being able to travel.
  14. I didn’t realize the terminal was new. That’s exciting. We are hoping to arrive at least the day before to see some of the area. It’s a new destination for us, so we’re really looking forward to it.
  15. Thanks to all who posted with info and advice. Our final verdict was to jump ship, as it were, and we’ve booked an 11 day full transit cruise from Panama City to Ft. Lauderdale on the Viking Star. Good itinerary, on a smaller ship that can do the original locks.
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