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  1. But the major cruise lines are scrapping or selling off their smallest ships.
  2. Helsinki. Other ports on our Baltic cruise were fantastic. St. Petersburg is just wonderful. Talinn is a gem. We really enjoyed Oslo. The only problem with Stockholm was there was too much to do in the time we were there. But, really there was not much to do in Helsinki.
  3. Nickle and diming their most loyal customers hardly seems like a good business strategy. But, if their world cruisers are going to go back to HAL, maybe they are right. But if they abandon HAL, it will be a costly lesson for them.
  4. OOPS, thank you for pointing out my mistake. I should change that to Copenhagen, but unfortunately too late as the edit function is now gone. early in the morning, but that really is no excuse, my bad. I will still maintain that Amsterdam is a fascinating city. And Copenhagen is also, though we were disappointed when we found out that many things would be closed as our post cruise day there was on a Monday.
  5. It would seem that an appeal would just delay the inevitable. They pled guilty. They accepted the terms of the probation.
  6. Question after reading post #29 in this thread, did you try to get reimbursed for the transfers?
  7. Not an entire city, but the Little Mermaid in Amsterdam. After having trouble finding it, when we finally did it wasdefinitely underwhelming. Maybe I should not have been surprised as Rick Steves has called it the most overrated tourist attraction in the world. (Might not be his exact words.) We did love Amsterdam, though, a truly fascinating city.
  8. Substituting for "bad luck" and then "luck" in an old Albert King blues song----If it weren't for misinformation, I would have no information at all.😊
  9. No big deal or reason to need to apologize. Like I said, I did the same thing.
  10. No, haven't been. The national park we last visited was quite different than those, the FDR park in New Hyde Park, NY.
  11. I made the same mistake in a post asking that question and cheng corrected me. If it is a round trip cruise, you only need a foreign port, not a distant foreign port.
  12. I have not really thought about it and would of course have to discuss it with DW. I consider it our best cruise ever and would not mind at all repeating it. Thinking about travel is very difficult at this time obviously. The cruise we had planned for this summer was a Norwegian Fjords cruise, and we booked one excursion pre-cruise---getting back to Heathrow from Southampton with a stop at Stonehenge. That would have been one off the bucket list. Right now if I had to bet on what we would do next it might be more domestic. DW is interested in National Parks. A company that we used for escorted tours twice, once in Central Europe and once for Peru (Machu Picchu came off the bucket list) has several such tours plus a Southern Music tour that interest me and DW says she also finds interesting. As you are will aware you can modify group tours in St. Petersburg. On ours we added a synagogue when someone wanted that and no one objected. When we started the guide asked if there was anything we wanted to see that was not on the tours, and I mentioned the subways sounded interesting from what I had read, and she took us on a few subway stops having our driver meet us. DW is an art teacher and wanted lunch skipped for an extra hour in the Hermitage. That was one that no one else approved of, but did compromise taking 1/2 hour of lunch time and adding it to the Hermitage. If we did do another Baltic, we might consider an all day Hermitage tour, maybe even both days as I'm not sure you could cover all of it in even 2 days.
  13. When were your Alla tours? Ours was in 2007 on a cruise for our 30th anniversary. I am sure you have noticed that it is not only Alla who is praised in these boards, but also several other Russian tour companies. Every now and then someone asks to compare agencies, and it is generally hard to do as everyone who does go back seems to be pleased with the service they had and sticks with the same agency. I feel like one of the few who could recommend more than one. Of course our Alla tour was magnificent. And a good part of the reason was our wonderful guide, Viktoria. She confided in our group that she had done all she needed to open her own agency and would the next season. That turned out to be SPB. Having had her as a guide and after reading many extremely positive reviews of her agency, I would also feel comfortable also recommending them. And unfortunately trying to hurry this pandemic by reopening too quickly has had only the opposite effect.😢
  14. Good luck. I hope it works out plus you post about the experience, especially how similar or different it was from the cruise experience pre-Covid.
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