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About 2tall

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    probably stuck in traffic outside of DC
  • Interests
    Travel, cooking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anywhere I haven't been yet.

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  1. Had mine stolen off of the door the last night on a cruise out of Venice. I should have known it was coming since somebody was moving them around all through the cruise. I just had to get over it and realize that's always a risk. I think I found mine on some specialty site but I can't remember where...
  2. We did the drink package on a Christmas cruise that had a lot of sea days. Frankly, I didn't get my money's worth because there were days I didn't drink at all. We are considering buying it again for a transatlantic cruise...but for port intensive cruises, it's just not worth it to us. I'll only do it again if I can convince myself not to worry about whether or not I'm breaking even.
  3. I think he's referring to the administrative furlough (due to the sequester), which is different than a furlough due to a lapse in appropriations. Under the administrative furlough, agencies had to absorb the sequester cuts in their existing budgets, which some could do easier than others, so some agencies required fewer furlough days but all were unpaid days.
  4. We learned our lesson on our first cruise years ago. We were scheduled to fly out on Saturday, the same day as embarkation. There was an ice storm the Thursday before and the airports were closed all day Friday and Friday night. Luckily, they had opened back up for Saturday BUT there was a line of about 1000 people when we got to the airport. Even though we were two hours early, we wouldn't have made it through the line in time. We were lucky enough to grab a sky cap. At the gate, though, we were told our flight was delayed since the plane coming in was flying in from an area north of us that was still feeling the effects of the storm. We made it but with only about an hour to spare. Now, we fly in several days in advance. I look it as an opportunity to spent time in the port city and get a head start on our vacation.
  5. I'm very interested, including any stay you have in London. We are booked 2019, same ship, Canary Islands, Portugal and Spain. So please indulge me!
  6. Book it every night if you get the chance. If the on-line reservations appear to be taken, go there as soon as you board the ship and book there. I made the mistake of "giving up" when the time I wanted wasn't available on line and the head waiter there told me that they could have accommodated us if I had visited as soon as I boarded. The one night we ate there, it was fabulous. Take advantage of CK if you can!
  7. Another recommendation for Hotel 1898.
  8. The HoHo buses in Barcelona will take you around to everything you need to see. If you get a chance, tour the apartment building designed by Gaudi. It's amazing. In Athens we took a private tour outside of Athens to the Corinth Canal which, frankly, wasn't that great but we got to see the countryside, which was beautiful. And it did take us to the amphitheater in Epidaurus--wow. Still had time to see the Parthenon but it was a long day. Well worth it, though. Check the ports of call board for reputable tour companies.
  9. Thank you for this review! We leave for Venice in October for a B2B on Rhapsody. The first cruise includes Dubrovnik and the second one includes Kotor--and we are booked there with Milo! I'm reading with interest...and taking notes!
  10. There was a terrible ice storm two nights before our first cruise. We were flying from DC to Fort Lauderdale the day of the cruise and, smugly, I thought we'd be fine since the airports were closed the day before our flight but were reopening the day of our flight. Nope. We arrived at the airport to find about 2000 people in line who had spent the night at the airport and were now trying to change their flights. Grabbed a porter, checked in ahead of the restless and angry crowd and proceeded to the gate...where we were told that our flight crew was coming in from Pittsburg, which was now in the throes of the ice storm we'd just weathered. Cancelled. We got lucky and picked up another flight and made it in plenty of time but a lot of people from the Northeast didn't. They met us at the port in San Juan and cheered when the ship pulled in. That was the one and only time we have flown in the day of a cruise. My preference is now at least 2 days in advance and I look at it as an extension of our vacation.
  11. I read somewhere on the Venice port of call board that land based taxis are rare in Venice so the recommendation is to book one before the cruise. That's what we did. I think we used taxi finder and got a quick quote. We leave in October so I can't tell you if they'll actually be there when we get off the ship but I'm hoping so!
  12. We sailed once out of Galveston and, when we arrived in Houston, it was 85 degrees. By the next morning, it was a high of about 55. There was some weird cold front that extended all the way down through Mexico...so it was cold until we got down to Jamaica. Anything can happen...
  13. When you're flying in for a cruise, it can make sense to do the B2B if you can't find a longer cruise with the itinerary that you want. With that said, my favorite part was at the end of the first cruise...watching all of that luggage pile up in the hall and knowing that you don't have to pack and don't even have to get up early the next morning. It wouldn't be so "easy" if you had to change cabins, though, but I do know that the cabin stewards will assist. On our B2B, we had the option of leaving the ship or staying on board. It was nice to sit by the pool with almost nobody else there...and they did give us a nice lunch in the main dining room. Our "new" sea passes were given out the afternoon before the departure day so the only thing we had to do was meet up, head off of the ship, and get checked off by customs (and when I say "checked off," I mean they literally just checked us off on a sheet of paper). Those who opted to get off of the ship received a quick pass thingy to get off and to put them at the front of the line to get back on the ship but weren't able to reboard until the ship was fully cleared. We enjoyed it enough that we are doing it again this October.
  14. 2tall

    Barcelona Hotels

    Loved Hotel 1898 and would stay there again in a heartbeat. It's in a fabulous location and it is absolutely beautiful. The room was small but very well appointed.
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