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  1. Any chance they carry Miller Lite?
  2. What does close mean? Till there is no one there?
  3. Just wondering if NCL carries any flavored vodka and if it’s available under the SBP. If they do would anyone happen to know which brands or flavors or does it vary by ship or even cruise?
  4. Thank you so much for your willingness to share your vast knowledge. It is extremely helpful and much appreciated! We are planning to take the train from Waterloo (part of the reason why we selected this particular hotel) and I have all ready secured tickets for 9:39 which we have to pick up at the ticket window? And I guess I am a whistle stopper.. I could never spend 45 minutes looking at Princess Di's dresses! However I do admire those who can! Thanks again!!
  5. Thank you so much for your willingness to share your vast knowledge. It is extremely helpful and much appreciated! We are planning to take the train from Waterloo (part of the reason why we selected this particular hotel) and I have all ready secured tickets for 9:39 which we have to pick up at the ticket window? And I guess I am a whistle stopper.. I could never spend 45 minutes looking at Princess Di's dresses! However I do admire those who can! Thanks again!!
  6. I did read your review. It was quite helpful, thank you! Yes, Day 1 is essentially a travel half day so I tried to cut it back to make it more manageable. Thanks also for the comparison of traffic between London and Chicago, that definitely help put it in perspective for me. Of course none of this is set in stone, I am just trying to get a grasp on timing, groupings etc.
  7. Thanks everyone for your advice, tips and even admonitions! I get it... way too much and I need to pair it down. I did have misgivings and that's why I posted. Hopefully this is more doable: Day 1: HOHO Bus getting off at Buckingham Palace to walk around and getting off again at Traflager Square to check it out and hopefully find a nearby pub. London Eye in the evening if I am not dead! Day 2: Westminster Area Walking Tour: Visit in Westiminster Abbey, Possible visit in Churchill War Rooms and/or National Gallery and continue walk to Covent Gardens (Tube back to Park Plaza WB) Day 3: Tube at 8:30 to be at Tower of London by 9am. Crown Jewels and Beefeaters Tour. St. Paul's Cathedral. Possible Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and/or View from The Shard and/or Burough Market Boat ride down the Thames to get back to Park Plaza WB I did cut out most of the Museums since I have the London Pass this trip... so I guess I will have to go back to London in the near future to hit the Museums and other things I missed! Does this itinerary seem more doable or do I have to cut back more? Thanks again for all of your collective sage advice! It is appreciated.
  8. We have three days in London (July 30 - August 2). Arriving at Heathrow at 9am Tuesday and leaving for Southampton 9:50 am on Friday. Staying at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge. I have an itinerary I put together researching various sites. We have a London Pass as well as Oyster Card I am starting to wonder if we can hit all of these sites or if it is overly ambitious. Highlighted items are places we would definitely like to tour/enter. Do we get to skip the lines with the London Pass? Is this itinerary at all possible? Day 1 Walking Tour begins on Westminster Bridge Views of House of Parliament, Thames River and Big Ben Statue of Boadicea Parliament Square and House of Parliament Statues of famous people (ie Churchill) Jewel Tower (LP)House of Parliament Westminster Abbey and Tour (LP) Backtrack to Great George Street/Birdcage Walk and go right on Horse Guards Road to the Churchill War Rooms (at approx Horse Guard Rd and King Charles Street) Churchill War Rooms (LP) Exit Churchill War Rooms and continue up Horse Guards Road to Downing Street. Go right on Downing Street and walk by 10 Downing Street (Prime Minister Residence) Continue down Downing Street to Whitelhall Road Left on Whitehall Road Whitehall Road Banqueting Hall (LP) Household Calvary Museum (LP) Continue down Whitehall past Site of Old Scottland Yards (nearby is Sherlock Holmes Pub) Trafalgar Square (go to it) National Gallery (free) National Portrait Gallery (free) St. Martin in the Fields Consider continue on to Picadilly Circus or to Covent Garden Tube back to Park Place Westminster Bridge London Eye early evening Day 2 Hop on Hop Off Bus ?? St James Park Guards Museum (LP) St. James Palace (walk by) Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guards (11:00) Tour of State Rooms.. Don't know if there's time Royal Mews (LP) Don't Know if there's time Queens Gallery (LP) Don't know if there's time Kensington Gardens (free walk) Kensington Palace (LP) Hyde Park (walk through) Royal Albert Hall (LP) Back on HOHO? Can get off at Kings Cross Back on HOHO? Covent Garden Plazza (if didn’t do Day 1) British Museum (Free) British Library (Free) St. Pauls Cathedral (LP) Day 3 Thames Hop on Hop Off Boat Hop Off at Tower Bridge Tower of London (LP) Crown Jewel, White Tower,Tower Green,Beefeaters Tour (Yeoman Warders) (Not sure if we can do all... which to pick?) Sky Garden or skip and tube to St. Pauls if missed earlier) Shakespeares Globe Theatre (across Millennium Bridge) Borough Market (walk through) London Bridge London Bridge Experience (LP) Tower Bridge Tower Bridge Exhibition (LP) The Shard View from the Shard (LP) if not done yet) Is doing all of this in three days possible? If not which are skipable and which are musts? Of course I'd like to throw in a couple of pubs here or there too. Any recommendations of pubs in these areas or near the Park Plaza at Westminster Bridge?
  9. Wondering what you all use for shore excursions that primarily involve walking through Europe (Baltics in August... nothing like swimming, snorkeling etc where you need a change of clothes). I am not a purse person and typically would only carry my phone with wallet, a little cash, maybe some sort of tourist map (hopefully big enough that I can actually read it haha) and a passport as necessary.
  10. I have seen many references in regards to checking inventory, especially in regards to the bidding process for upgrades. I was just wondering how you go about checking the inventory of your ship to see how many rooms are still available and in which categories.
  11. We are docking in August at Lagelinie. I would like to take the bus 26 into the train station/Tivoli area in order to save time and then work our way back to Langeline on foot. I understand the bus doesn't take credit cards and I don't need the short 24 hour pass as I am only planning to use the bus one time. So my question is where can I get (ATM/Ticket Booth etc) the 24 Kroners (for 2 people) so we can ride the bus the one way?
  12. Thank you for the great advice! Lots to think about.
  13. Thank you KeithJenner! Yes, we will be on the 15 day cruise with you. You know everything... I probably should have just asked you directly. Haha!! Yes I was hoping to make reservations as we go, maybe a day or two in advance depending on MDR menus and tours scheduled for the day. But It doesn't seem like that is possible. Do you think it is worthwhile to book the specialty restaurants at all or is the MDR a good enough option for all meals or will we get sick of it?
  14. How difficult is it to make Specialty Dining Reservations once you are on board the Spirit? Are all of the prime times reserved in advance? I would like to be able to play some dining reservations by ear but don't want to be eating dinner at 9:00 or 10:00 pm. Any advice?
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