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  1. Thanks to all for the input. NCL does not offer a tour with significant free time. SPB tours offered private alternatives, but we found those sights unappealing, and the cost relatively high. (River boat excursion pricing may be different, i.e., lower, than cruise-ship excursion pricing because the latter includes the "visa" waiver). In the end, we couldn't justify the cost for either visiting unappealing sights or spending free time with a guide/minder, and since we were in St. Petersburg and all of the cruise's other ports (and lucked out with great weather) just last month, we switched to an RCL Greek islands cruise from Venice.
  2. We sailed her a few times in the mid-90's. Right before Christmas each year, she had a Blues Cruise, featuring a dozen or so top acts playing all over the ship throughout the day and evening -- Etta James, Gatemouth Brown, Junior Walker and the All Stars; Rocking Dopsie, Charles Brown, Wilson Picket, Son Seals, Ronnie Earle, Jimmy Dawkins, Eddie Clearwater and more. All for no extra charge. She also had a real NYC Checker Marathon taxi-cab aboard. As I recall, the ship was a little difficult to get around in because she was originally built to keep the first-class passengers completely separate from the second-class passengers.
  3. On our Nieuw Statendam cruise last month we really enjoyed SPB's two-day deluxe tour in St. Petersburg (Hermitage, Church of Spilled Blood, St.Isaac's, Peter & Paul Fortress, Peterhof, Catherine's and Yusopov Palaces, Neva boat ride); we will be returning to St. Petersburg on the Getaway in October and we don't want to visit the same places again, so can anyone recommend any excursions doing something different? In most ports we usually just go off and explore on our own, but in Russia that's not easy. Thank you.
  4. When we were there May 7, 2019 (last month) there were plenty of tickets available all day long at the station, which was about a block's walk from the ship. I think we were the only ship in port, though.
  5. Thanks to all who offered input re: Costa (Mediterranea to British Isles) vs. HAL (New Statendam to Baltic/Russia), both RT Amsterdam. For better or worse, we've decided on the safer bet this time: remain aboard HAL and their newest ship.
  6. Thanks! Anyone else please?
  7. Ahoy mateys! We're on the 4/21 21-day Nieuw Statendam TA/Fjords from Ft. Lauderdale to Amsterdam, and we're considering adding another leg immediately thereafter; the choices -- both 14 days RT Amsterdam departing 5/12 -- are either: 1. Remain aboard the Nieuw Statendam to Baltic/Russia, or 2 Switch to the Costa Mediterreanea to the British Isles The two prices are about the same. We're currently scheduled to do the Baltic/Russia TA on the NCL Getaway in fall 2019, so the British Isles are a bit more appealing, but we've never cruised Costa and are a bit concerned about the 'international' flavor and some of the reviews. Any thoughts, fellow cruisers?
  8. Ahoy mateys! We're on the 4/21 21-day HAL Nieuw Statendam TA/Fjords from Ft. Lauderdale to Amsterdam, and we're considering adding another leg immediately thereafter; the choices -- both 14 days RT Amsterdam departing 5/12 -- are either: 1. Remain aboard the Nieuw Statendam to Baltic/Russia, or 2 Switch to the Costa Mediterreanea to the British Isles The two prices are about the same. We're currently scheduled to do the Baltic/Russia TA on the NCL Getaway in fall 2019, so the British Isles are a bit more appealing, but we've never cruised Costa and are a bit concerned about the 'international' flavor and some of the reviews. Any thoughts, fellow cruisers?
  9. ? Will this disappoint all the cheerleaders who thought the gizmo would allow passengers to just walk aboard with no pierside formalities?
  10. And no CCL ships sank during the quarter, either!
  11. Yeah, you're preaching to the choir. And we trust our personal data to these folks. ?
  12. The roll-out hasn't completely failed... yet. They're still working on it.
  13. The door-unlocking function was a solution without a problem -- until it created its own problems. It's clearly there to encourage/require passengers to carry the medallion so Princess can sell you stuff and mine your data.
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