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  1. On 8/14/2019 at 12:42 AM, mapleleaves said:

    Their web site indicates 2 hrs for each route :



    We just did both routes yesterday (a Saturday), it probably took a little more than two hours of actual DRIVING time for each route though I don't have the exact time because it took us much longer than four hours to complete both loops -- our first transfer took at least half an hour and we took a break for a long lunch.  We started with the orange route from Plaça d'Espanya then transferred to the green route at Plaça Catalunya (stop 1 on both routes), which was a big mistake because we had to wait in line in the sun for about 25 minutes to board then the bus waited before departing.  When we switched back to the orange line later in the afternoon we did it at La Pedrera without delay, though the bus did idle for several minutes at Plaça d'Espanya.


    The green route to the East side of the city was much more crowded than the orange route to the West side of the city. 

  2. On 8/19/2019 at 9:32 PM, georgiacat said:

    My plans are for tours with Barcelona Day tours for the first and second day (Montserrat).  Purchasing on line tickets for Basilica De La Sagrada Familia to visit on our own before boarding the ship.


    Comments and suggestions are welcome.  thanks

    We just went to Montserrat again today (we were there two years ago) -- it's one of my favorite things to do while we are in Barcelona.  The boys' choir is back from their break so check to see if you will be there when they sing.  Heavenly.

  3. One additional note about "chip & pin" cards.  Many American credit cards are not pin enabled so you aren't able to use at automated self-serve kiosks like those often found in train stations.  Check with your credit card issuer.

  4. 23 hours ago, flutprop said:

    We rented on August 7 from Avis. DH and I took an Uber from in front of Red Dog, picked up 2 cars and then drove back to the dock area to pick up the other 7 of our group. We drove out to Mendenhall, then to the Shrine of St. Therese and Eagle Beach. 

    We returned the cars after hours and caught a Lyft back downtown. We had plenty of time to go up on the Tram and wander through some shops.

    We paid $126 for each car, and spent $13 on gas for both upon return. For 9 of us, the shuttle would have been much more expensive. We had 3 park passes, so that part was free. Plus we got to explore some other areas.

    +1, we had a very similar experience renting from Avis at the end of July except I just walked to and from the ship.  A few different details posted to this thread: 


  5. Princess did the same on our Alaska cruise last month and it was well attended.  I was in a TACAMO squadron, a small part of the Navy, and wouldn't you know it but there were two of us sitting right next to each other!

  6. 6 hours ago, SightCRR said:

    Also don't forget to plan ahead for pre-paid gas or location of gas station for close fill up. 

    We used the Tesoro at
    920 W 10th St, Juneau, AK 99801


    Also for awareness with Avis: we did an "after hours" drop off (they closed at 4 though the rental confirmation stated 6) and they want you to include your fuel receipt with the keys and your completed rental sleeve in the door drop.


    I took pictures of everything and didn't have any problems.

  7. On 8/1/2019 at 2:40 AM, MississippiMom said:

    We have discovered that a large wholesale club is willing to work with us on booking cabins.  If we get enough family interest, and enough cabins, then they will reach out to the cruise line to arrange it all as a group for us.  Nice!  I'm not the one with the club membership, so another relative will be getting all the emails and passing them on, as people book.  (Not complaining one single bit to be able to step out of that responsibility.)


    There should be a "Tour Conductor" credit going to the organizer in your family assuming your family meets the minimum berth threshold for the cruise line.  That should go to the organizer, not the wholesale club.

  8. On 8/15/2019 at 9:10 PM, MJSailors said:

        Also wanted to book for early March to FLL, for a pre cruise stay before taking a cruise on the Sky Princess. The March 4 outgoing flight was possible to book as a one way fare,but couldn’t book the return.

     Not sure what to do? I am thinking we should book the outgoing flight and ,of course ,wait for the calendar to open beyond March 6 to book the return flight.DH says to wait. But,by then,the March 4 flights may be totally booked.

         Has anyone dealt with this issue before ?



    Southwest prices all of their flights as one-ways so you don't get a discount by booking a round-trip and you don't pay a premium by booking a one-way.  I don't see any problems with you booking the March 4th flight, especially if you're planning to fly Southwest on the retun flight too.

  9. We are staying in The Bicycle Apartments near Sants.  Our daughter is dancing and we are here for a few weeks so it is the best location for us while also giving us fairly easy access to transit and the rest of the city. 


    Full kitchen, two bedrooms, nice living room area.  Across the street from a nice little grocery.


    They have a large room for luggage storage next to the check in area. 

  10. We've had no problems using our Visa card with our cards through Google Pay on the mobile terminals in Barcelona.   We typically haven't had to sign for purchases when using the phone but we have had to sign when presenting our card.

  11. On 8/5/2019 at 1:48 PM, bettyboop16 said:

    Anyone who's been to Barcelona before, did you purchase an electrical adapter for your electronics? Two or three prong?

    Confirming what it shown in some of the posted pictures: two prong.

  12. @Misself we are in Barcelona now and we've seen people bring all kinds of things on the local buses -- strollers, suitcases, beach chairs/umbrellas you name it.  You are travelling alone with just one suitcase so it shouldn't be a problem on the S9, V13, or any other local bus.


    As mentioned by another poster I definitely wouldn't recommend the Metro with luggage as not all stations have elevators.

  13. On the Royal Caribbean itinerary page for the 13 night Singapore to Tokyo departing on April 21, 2021 it's the Singapore Cruise Centre (it's the only sailing I see that is on Ovation departing from Singapore).  From the "Day 1" description of the "Expore This Itinerary" page:


    "More Shores in Singapore


    The Singapore Cruise Centre sits near famous Sentosa Island..."




  14. Sounds like you have a plan!  I agree that you can't go wrong and that it's kind of an apples to oranges comparison.  Adding my two cents for future travelers pondering the same decision:


    We are more outdoor versus casino/show oriented so when we were in Hong Kong two years ago (our son lives there now, he didn't live there at the time) we went to Lantau Island.  Cable car out (incredible views, to include of the airport), bus ride with the stop at the fishing village back.  If you are prepared there is also a hiking trail but that would be a really long day!  My wife loved the fishing village, me not so much.

  15. On 7/11/2019 at 11:38 AM, thinfool said:

    IMO, http://matrix.itasoftware.com is the best place to find a lot of fares.  You cannot buy tickets on this site but it is very helpful and seems to have no financial interest in your choices.

    That is usually my starting point, especially the calendar feature when dates and/or departure cities are flexible.


    As far a financial interest.... they're owned by Google so all of the search data has financial value, even if they don't make any money on the air ticket sale itself.  Click on the bottom of the page for their "Terms of Use Policy" and it takes you to the Google Terms of Service page.

  16. 8 hours ago, the mice said:

    As  iancal mentioned, the biggest difference is that many international carriers impose a weight limit.   I've encountered this several times  (TAP, Alitalia, others) which has forced us to check a bag, instead of going carry on only which we can do on US carriers.

    Aeroflot weighs carry on bags too.

  17. Too funny, our kids loved chasing pigeons too, specifically ours pigeon adventure was in St. Peter's Square!  Gelato.  Pantheon (we all loved it).  Trevi Fountains.  Running around any of the piazzas.  We always always always take our kids to local grocery stores and let them peruse and pick out local snack foods and drinks (fun for us too).  May also be controversial but the nicest McDonald's I've ever seen was near the Spanish Steps, even if you go just to look at the desserts in the cafe.


    We always had our kids read stories about the places we were going to visit (for example I think there is a Magic Treehouse story for Rome).  Also take a look at the book, "Mission Rome: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure". 


    Also buy tickets in advance to avoid waiting in any lines.

  18. 1 hour ago, natalie_healyoursoul said:

    We are leaving today!! Don't worry, we are mostly packed, just wanted to make sure I didn't need to rearrange anything. 😉

    Hope you have a safe drive and fantastic cruise!!!

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