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  1. This thread reminded me of my all time favorite quote, courtesy of our Pompeii tour guide: "The mother of stupidity is always pregnant."  I don't remember where we were on the tour, the tour company, or the reference, I just remember the quote.


  2. That is pretty wide open!  Any specific regions you're considering?  Are you looking for a departure port out of driving distance of Philadelphia or is everyone able to fly?  Any specific family interests?  We are taking an extended family Alaska cruise at the end of the month with grandkids, grandparents, and everyone in between, single digit ages and up.

     

    As you probably know the beauty of cruising is that there is usually something available for all ages, both on and off the ship.


  3. 4 hours ago, partijo said:

    I am "fishing" for alternatives to expensive excursions from "people in the know"

    I missed the "spendy" reference in your original post so it helps to see your original question reframed, thanks!

     

    This Cruise Critic article may be a good starting point, posting in case you haven't already read it, Alaska on a Budget: Cheap and Free Things to Do in Port.

     

    Additional Cruise Critic articles are also on the Alaska Cruises page, scroll down about half way to the "Popular Alaska Content" section.

     

    We'll be in Kethikan a day before you on 7/30, I'm planning to hike the Deer Mountain Trail (we'll take a cab to the trail head) to the second overlook.  Trip Advisor has reviews from hikers.  I'll also spend some time downtown.

     

    Juneau we are renting a car, we'll be there 7/31.  There isn't enough time for us to see everything on my list!  Would like to take the Mount Roberts Tramway but that may have to wait until "next time"...

     

    We aren't going to any of the other ports on your itinerary though I wish we were!  Again, "next time"...


  4. If you post your itinerary (or even just the ship) then folks will chime in on the ports.  We are taking our first trip to Alaska on a 7 day cruise departing on July 29th and already know we want to go back!  We have a fairly large group and are planning several different activities, to include ship excursions, third party excursions, renting a car, and taking a cab to a trail head to hike.


  5. First, welcome to the world of cruising!

     

    In general the tour times are when the excursion group departs from the ship -- they will tell you the specific meeting point when you are on board and we usually arrive early to make sure we are in the correct place.

     

    Assuming I am looking at the correct excursion on the RC web page, the transit to Blue Lagoon is listed as part of the excursion, "Your tour includes a 35-minute scenic boat ride through historic Nassau Harbor on a high-speed, double-decker ferry. You'll cruise to Blue Lagoon Island..."   Based on what you described you'll meet to depart at 8:30.

     

    For your time at Coco Cay you should have flexibility with both the pick up and drop off times for the equipment but they'll also confirm all of that with you on board.


  6. On 6/26/2019 at 1:30 PM, DaBook said:

     

    What kind of weather would one expect?

     

    When are they planning to cruise?  Also what interests do they have?  Foodies, history buffs, active vs take a tour bus, etc...


  7. The Hong Kong MTR is clean, air conditioned, and organized.  We love it.  Big fans of the Airport Express and bag check in service -- it's also available from Hong Kong Station of you want to get on after going to Victoria Peak or do anything else on Hong Kong Island.

     

    That sounds like a great adventure!


  8. If it were me I would get the passport -- I'm an optimistic person but I always plan for the worst case scenario.

     

    The U.S. State Department is always my go to resource, their linked page includes context and the following statement: "However, we strongly recommend you obtain a passport before travel in case of an unforeseen emergency that requires you to disembark and return by air."

     

    Also, if in doubt always check with the cruise line and U.S. State Department.


  9. On 3/23/2019 at 8:50 AM, ollienbertsmum said:

    Another piece of advice is that the metro system is great, but without luggage.  The last time we went, I knew that our hotel was near to the metro station so I cheapskated and suggested we went on the metro.  All I recall was stairs.  I did not have a lot of luggage but it was such a mistake.  I think I must have saved $10!!  When we reached our station, it was raining.   We did have a great time, but I recall making a note to self "use taxis".

    +1 for the stairs on the metro.  Also note that the bus system is extensive, and in my opinion, easy to use.


  10. It's literally right there, we will be there at the end of the month on our cruise.

     

    From Wikipedia:

    "The base terminal of the tram is located on the cruise ship docks on South Franklin Street. The terminal building features a large main hall, ticket windows, loading platforms with waiting areas, offices, and maintenance facilities for the tram."

     

    A visual from Google maps:

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  11. I posted a similar response in another thread but posting an edited version here.   Someone let me know if I should just post a link to the other thread.

     

    Some ideas, grouped by themes:

     

    Architecture: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

    Food: Pintxos and sangria on Carrer De Blai (restaurants all along the street, you should go to several).  Also ham tastings though the Jamon Experience is unfortunately closed!

    Hiking/photography: Tibidabo (we didn't do any of the amusement park rides) we did tour the church -- beautiful views.  Parc De Montjuic is also an option (and castle).

    History/shopping: Gothic quarter.

     

    Also worth mentioning though I don't know how much time you have is a day trip to Montserrat.  It's gorgeous, you can take a cable car up, there are hiking trails, and it's just amazing how it's all situated on the mountain.  Pilgrims also travel there to see Our Lady of Montserrat.


  12. 10 minutes ago, fbgd said:

    when things go wrong then you'll realize how you saved a few dollars on your ticket.

    I always ask the question of how something will be handled and unfortunately there are usually recent travel snafus in the news to help make the conversation with any provider "real".  For example send a note to ask how a cancelled ticket booked on EVA Air (due to the strike) be handled.  You'll see how timely they are, you'll see if they answer the question, and you'll learn more about their policies.  You'll also have something in writing.


  13. On 6/27/2019 at 3:36 PM, Readytogokjs said:

    Also, any suggestions on how to spend the day?  Self guided walking tour maps?  Or reputable tour guides if needed.

    Depends on your interests for the rest of the day.  Our daughter dances so we spent a good chucnk of time in Barcelona two summers ago and we'll be there again with her for several weeks at the end of this summer.

     

    Some ideas, grouped by themes:

     

    Architecture: Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

    Food: Pintxos and sangria on Carrer De Blai (restaurants all along the street, you should go to several).  Also ham tastings though the Jamon Experience is unfortunately closed!

    Hiking/photography: Tibidabo (we didn't do any of the amusement park rides) we did tour the church -- beautiful views.  Parc De Montjuic is also an option (and castle).

    History/shopping: Gothic quarter.

     

    Also worth mentioning though I don't know how much time you have is a day trip to Montserrat.  It's gorgeous, you can take a cable car up, there are hiking trails, and it's just amazing how it's all situated on the mountain.  Pilgrims also travel there to see Our Lady of Montserrat.


  14. +1 for one of the flavors of car/taxi service.

     

    We are comfortable with trains and figuring out subway and bus systems when we travel but if you are going to and from the airport and the port then I would arrange some sort of car service.  We spent time in Rome before our cruise and took the train to the port but for the return from the cruise to the airport we coordinated with a group of cruisers to take a minibus.

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