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  1. You are right, TravelerThom, it's actually Dutch. I think I thought it looked somewhat Swedish, hence the confusion. Thanks for challenging me to go look it up! Carolyn
  2. Hi, Dragon of the Seas, love that you are featuring Saba. It's a really sweet place -- some of the smaller lines call there -- and is Swedish in heritage. It's totally vertical and most services are up the mountain rather than at the seaside. And it's got an airport that's so treacherous we were told that it beats even St. Barths when it comes to terrifying. Fortunately, we were on a cruise 🙂 Enjoying your posts from your crazy trip. Carolyn
  3. Laughing, wripro; am planning a trip to visit family and actually was shopping a train trip rather than fly. Carolyn
  4. Terry, I always love your trip reports on Cruise Critic, and this one is particularly interesting because we did our first ever South Africa cruise in April/May of 2019. Found it fascinating! Enjoying your take -- thanks for making time and sharing such wonderful experiences. Carolyn Carolyn Spencer Brown
  5. First, a huge thank you for being a partner in support on these two stories about Seine River cruising. This is a link to our new Viking River Cruises' hub, and then you can see there's a day-by-day story about our Seine River trip and also a port guide. I did 'em both and might have missed stuff you've discovered, so please don't be shy! And if you're considering other rivers -- Danube, Rhine, Rhone -- they're covered here, too. Thanks again -- and hope you'll share with your friends! Carolyn https://www.cruisecritic.com/sponsored-content/viking-rivers-europe
  6. Thanks, Katie. The story is due Monday so it's a working weekend 🙂 In Paris, you could take a designated shuttle in and also just hop on one of the included tours' bus, and get off in the center of Paris. There weren't a lot of shuttles, maybe just one each way, and the last one left from a central location on the Seine at about 4 pm or so. You can also take Uber to Le Pecq though of course that's extra. Still, it's an option. Rouen was really easy to wander around in. We docked about a 10 minute walk from the cathedral and from there it was easy access to all of the
  7. This is why I love Cruise Critic members. I was looking hard for this information the other day and could-not-find-it. Thank you, NavyVeteran, for sharing! Carolyn
  8. Hi, would love some help (yes, still writing the story, laughing). When Viking does the tour of Giverny, do the guides stay with you and guide you through? Or are you set loose to explore on your own? I was sort of restless and went off on my own but can't remember if there was a tour.... Many thanks! CSB
  9. Actually it wasn't Calvados (have tried that) but a hard apple cider. It was so hot that I just tasted the apple juice, best apple juice I've ever tasted! And yes, we saw both the house and the gardens. Carolyn
  10. Hi, OneSixtytoOne. I did the bike tour (and I've done the motorcoach tour to Giverny on another trip) and the only real difference is how you get there. I loved the bike part, it was 99 percent flat, and so pretty (though not all of it on the Seine). Oh, there was a difference; at the end of the tour, before we crossed the bridge back to Vernon, we stopped in a darling park by the old windmill (and on the river) and a lovely local brought us apple cider and some kind of apple liquor and the most delicious pastries. Perfect way to end!
  11. Hi, Monique, loved your question about all things Paris/Normandy, primarily because I took the cruise in July and loved it, and tomorrow am sitting down to finally write about it for Cruise Critic. Definitely have recommendations. I'm writing two stories; one is a day-by-day account of our cruise (which was magic by the way), the other is a cruise guide to the ports we visited. I'll post here. My deadline's tight so am hoping to have the pieces ready to send a link -- next Friday. Yikes 🙂 And after that, absolutely happy to talk about any aspect. I really loved it, and
  12. Hi. Wondering about what draws you to luxury cruising, particularly if you've done larger, more mainstream voyages. What was the impetus when you finally jumped from big ships to smaller, more luxurious ones? Would love to hear your thoughts and experiences! Carolyn
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