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  1. For a cruise going to see the northern lights you might to look for the smaller expedition ships. The luxury and larger liners will not be in that area anymore once it gets darker earlier and colder. But if you find one, let us know, it is still on my bucket list to see!!
  2. i always give a few dollars or euros. I don'[t think gift cards are very handy as they will go home after their contracts...
  3. If I could choose I would go in May. Less "tourists" and the weather is not so hot. The bulk of the tourists come by cruise ships and there are schedules on internet that can tell you which cruise lines are in port. When we took our last Baltic cruise we booked all of our tours with a local tour agent, Anastasia travel. This way we could go as fast or slow as we wanted and our guide took us pass the lines which also saved us some time and agony. (my husband hates waiting in line). I am not sure how long you will be in St. Petersburg, but a minimum of 2 days will be the best. So much to see. We also booked a tour in stockholm and in Warnemunde (not sure if you are going there) through them. Got a little discount for booking several tours. I also recommend staying a few days in Copenhagen before or after your cruise. It is such a nice place. You will truly enjoy this cruise with whatever cruise line you will decide to book.
  4. It all depends on the situation at that moment. If its busy, they might not let them wait in your area. There is really one way to find out... try and see if they let you board together. Just give the officers and crew a big smile.
  5. yes that is the one I meant! Sorry getting a little older. The Crown. I always like these kind of series and I cant wait for the next season and what it will be like. I would love to know the title of the limited series about N. Ireland in WW2. What is your opinion about "22 July"? (not really the same but I really like to know the stories behind a story) I love seeing movies/series that have been filmed in the historical places I have been. It makes it so much more real, I mean you remember the feeling you had when you saw it in person, does this makes sense?
  6. We put our name, phone number and city we live in. Not putting your address doesn't really make a difference, you can find anything on internet these days. So far we never lost luggage (knock on wood) but we heard horrible stories.....
  7. Oh my, I watch as many of those history docu movies as possible. And Host Bonjour, I had the same thought on Chernobyl. I truly enjoyed it. How did you like the Queen series?
  8. Thank you!! I am sure I will see it once in my lifetime. Last time we were on our Alaska trip I kept an eye on that link and I know it's almost impossible to see during late summer in Alaska, but I never gave up hope. A few nights I sat on the balcony with a blanket and a glass of wine... never saw it.... But I will definitely book a trip to make sure to see them! Let me know how it went please!
  9. I am so jealous. This is still on my bucket list. I do know about the info page http://www.aurora-service.eu/aurora-forecast/ good luck!
  10. I agree with Jabrow40, have a break in the middle of a school year. And for hurricanes, they will never sail right into it. And they will do everything to make it up to you!
  11. I love Tahiti! All this talk about this made me looking into Regent cruises once more. I should book again....☺️
  12. When I do laundry, I will go early on a port day. So not so many people are doing laundry.... Sea days are better to be avoided.
  13. They will take care of you and if there is anything you like but cannot find, just ask, you never know. Ice should be replenished every day and if you need more just ask your steward or butler. And Room Service is 24/7. We never ask for bottles of alcohol in our suite. I know it's possible, but I know for a fact they will always throw the leftovers. Even if you only poured 1 glass. We just call room service when we feel like having a drink in our suite and they will bring it! Just perfect!
  14. Oh my, I love Regent... For me the crew feels genuine, if that makes sense? And who doesn't love being pampered? The price might be a little higher than other cruise lines, but I just love the all included. Different restaurants, open seating, wonderful food. I remember there was one night I really felt like Indian food. Our waiter told me that we could pre-order anything and if it was available they would make it. The next day was a Indian fest! I am going to follow these live comments!! Have fun
  15. hi, yes those 2-day tours are exhausting. But SO worth it. If you are ok with just visiting a few sights I would recommend doing this by private tour. This way you can go at your own pace and when you don't want anymore, you stop. Maybe as suggested before, 2 half day tours? We booked our tours with Anastasia travel. They were extremely helpful and very knowledgeable regarding the possibilities in St.Petersburg and surrounding areas. Maybe they can help you?
  16. definitely an umbrella, just in case!! and as said before, layers. Have fun!!!
  17. Have a great time!! even though its a little late to see the fields of tulips, but it's a beautiful park to admire!! And you are just in time, I believe they are closing on May 10.
  18. Hi, I do think we need some more information about what are your interests and what you like to do/see. Europe is big and has so many different areas with different cultures. I do agree, you will not truly experience the place. You will however get a taste and a feeling of the country. This can make you decide to go back on a land trip.
  19. For me, I just take the bare minimum to the beach. Phone, 1 card (just in case) and a little cash. I do prefer to have it with me all the time, so we have one of those little waterproof cases. Works very well!
  20. Those sea days will be filled with activities. I love these kind of cruises. Sometimes when we do those cruises with port days almost every day, we sometimes come home tired from travelling, if that makes sense. On a sea day there is nowhere to go so you just relax!
  21. I think the main thing is just think about what is easy for you, what will make life more fun. Do not even think about how it looks or what other people think. Sometimes you just have to be extremely selfish and put yourself first. And by all means, don't be afraid to ask for help. Life is too short to life in fear.
  22. Perfect!! If you are still looking for someone to help you book tours in the Baltic cities you are visiting, I can highly recommend Anastasia tours. We initially booked tours and ballet in St Petersburg through them. And when we found out they could also help us with tours to Berlin (Warnemunde) and Tallinn. They answered all our questions and there were many... In the end we had a great time and a big part of that was due to the very knowledgeable guides who gave us a glimpse of life in the Baltic. (And a discount cause we booked several tours with them, always nice).
  23. hi SuzieQK, Do you need to take that early flight? Last time we had a flight leaving early evening, so we were able to have a little tour around copenhagen. We saw the little mermaid, had a stroll through the beautiful Tivoli gardens. Saw the home of the royals and after the tour they brought us to the airport. Enough time to grab a bite and board the plane. It was a wonderful way to end our time in Europe.
  24. Hi, Is there a special reason why you like to go to Castaway Island? If there is none, maybe you convince your husband to go on NCL, Princess or Celebrity. These are bigger and that means more entertainment during unexpected seadays. What does your husband like to do?
  25. For us, we hardly take the tours that the ships offer. I will research the places we are going to visit and find out what we would like to see. We like to explore on our own, but in some cases a local tour guide will really make the experience so much better. For booked tours, we prefer private tours. This way you can decide yourself what you want to see and you can go at your own pace. There are a few tour agents that really stood out. For instance, in Shanghai, Jenny's tours was so well arranged and accommodating. In Juneau, Alaska we booked via Shore tours ( I believe this was the name, its has been a few years) and we had an amazing zip line ride in an rainforest, so unexpected. In the Baltic, Anastasia Tours tailored the tour completely to our needs. (they even gave a discount because we booked tours in several cities via them). And isn't the time before the trip when you are researching so exciting?
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