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  1. We are always conscious of our budget (so we can cruise more) and have found that the bus works best for us .It leaves from the front of the airport every 20 minutes or so (you want precision, go to Switzerland) and cost 8 euros one way or 15 euros round trip. There is plenty of room for luggage and it drops you off in Piazzale Roma, the hub of Venice. Our favorite hotel is one bridge and about 500 yards from there. The people mover is a few yards from the bus drop off and it gets you to the outside of the cruise port. It's a good stroll from there to the ship depending on which berth so many folks take a taxi instead of the people mover. This info may change when Venice changes its cruise ship protocol.
  2. There is a grocery store a hundred yards or so to the north of Piazzale Roma. That is the main bus drop-off spot for Venice and where the taxis line up to take you to the cruise port. Just walk towards the bridge to the train station (Ponte della Constituzione) but instead of crossing the bridge, stay to the left along the water. The store is called COOP. If you zoom in on Google maps, you can find it quite easily. Of course, you can always find a wine store or other grocery store but that one is convenient and inexpensive. Don't expect to find fine wines there but there is a good selection of very drinkable wines to be had. Groceries too!
  3. We recommend that if you stick with an interior that you ask for the bed to be made into twins. This will be much more convenient and will make the room seem bigger. It's much better for sitting, changing or what have you. It would be doable for us. Bon Voyage!
  4. Thank you for your kind words. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Harry
  5. A Visit From St Nicholas (With Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the ship, not a creature was stirring, no drinks left to sip. The stockings were hung on the balconies with glee in hopes that St Nicholas would find us at sea. The cruisers were snuggled all warm in their bunks. The guys with their sweeties, the girls with their hunks. And Joyce in her jammies and I in the buff had just taken bonine as the seas were quite rough. When somewhere above there resounded a roar I sprang from my bed and fell flat on the floor. Away to the slider I stumbled and lurched, went out to the balcony and searched and searched. The moon on the waves cast an eerie bright light so it looked more like noon, instead of midnight. When what aparition appeared on the seas but a bright red tender pulled by 8 red jet skis. And atop the tender, with a whip in his hand, was a bearded jolly elf so plump and so tanned. And they sped o'er the wavetops onward they came he whistled and shouted and called them by name. On Regal, on Royal, on Golden and Grand, on Diamond, on Coral, on Emerald and Island. On up to the Lido, and it's MUTS screen so tall now dash away, dash away, dash away all. As zephyrs, and breezes and hurricanes blew they arose to the sky, on the updrafts they flew. So up to the sky bridge in search of a flue went the vessels with Santa and all of his crew. And above we could hear them, it sounded so cool as the tender and jet skies did donuts in the pool. As it grew quiet, we heard a faint sound and there was St Nicholas as we turned around. He was dressed in a wet suit with flippers and all he was almost as wide as he truly was tall. He had a case of wine under each arm with Pinots and Malbecs to help us stay warm. His eyes were all bloodshot but oh, how they twinkled. His hands they looked frozen, so red and so wrinkled. He opened his mouth and let go with a yell "Hey let's open this wine, I'm about cold as hell" He pulled out a pipe and some green stuff and said "No, I'll save this for later, I've a long night ahead". He looked like a sausage packed tight; he was stout but his belly was pooching as his spanx it gave out. With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head he opened and poured us a large glass of red. After that he was silent and set to his task, filled our stockings with wine and put some in his flask. Then he jumped off the balcony but went up not down and the mist began swirling around and around. His minions were waiting, to the tender he flew and they headed to the next ship to give them thier due. But we heard him exclaim as he sailed out of sight "Happy Cruising to all and to all a good night". Merry Christmas and Bon Voyage Harry
  6. Thank you all for your kind words. Merry Christmas! Harry
  7. A Visit From St Nicholas (With Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the ship, not a creature was stirring, no drinks left to sip. The stockings were hung on the balconies with glee in hopes that St Nicholas would find us at sea. The cruisers were snuggled all warm in their bunks. The guys with their sweeties, the girls with their hunks. And Joyce in her jammies and I in the buff had just taken bonine as the seas were quite rough. When somewhere above there resounded a roar I sprang from my bed and fell flat on the floor. Away to the slider I stumbled and lurched, went out to the balcony and searched and searched. The moon on the waves cast an eerie bright light so it looked more like noon, instead of midnight. When what aparition appeared on the seas but a bright red tender pulled by 8 red jet skis. And atop the tender, with a whip in his hand, was a bearded jolly elf so plump and so tanned. And they sped o'er the wavetops onward they came he whistled and shouted and called them by name. On Glory, on Conquest, on Legend and Splendor, on Freedom, on Magic on Spirit and Valor. On up to the Lido, and it's water slide so tall now dash away, dash away, dash away all. As zephyrs, and breezes and hurricanes blew they arose to the sky on the updrafts they flew. So up to the sky bridge in search of a flue went the vessels with Santa and all of his crew. And above we could hear them, it sounded so cool the tender and jet skies doing donuts in the pool. As it grew quiet, we heard a faint sound and there was St Nicholas as we turned around. He was dressed in a wet suit with flippers and all and he was almost as wide as he was tall. He had a case of wine under each arm with Pinots and Malbecs to help us stay warm. His eyes were all bloodshot but oh, how they twinkled. And his hands they looked frozen, so red and so wrinkled. He opened his mouth and let go with a yell "Hey let's open this wine, I'm about cold as hell" He pulled out a pipe and some green stuff and said "No, I'll save this for later, I've a long night ahead". He looked like a sausage packed tight; he was stout but his belly was pooching as his spanx they gave out. With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head he opened and poured us a large glass of red. After that he was silent and set to his task, filled our stockings with wine and put some in his flask. Then he jumped off the balcony but went up not down and the mist began swirling around and around. His minions were waiting, to the tender he flew and they headed to the next ship to give them thier due. But we heard him exclaim as he sailed out of sight "Happy Cruising to all and to all a good night". Merry Christmas and Bon Voyage Harry
  8. Thank you for your kind words. It was fun doing it. Harry
  9. A Visit From St Nicholas (With Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the ship, not a creature was stirring, no drinks left to sip. The stockings were hung on the balconies with glee in hopes that St Nicholas would find us at sea. The cruisers were snuggled all warm in their bunks. The guys with their sweeties, the girls with their hunks. And Joyce in her jammies and I in the buff had just taken bonine as the seas were quite rough. When somewhere above there resounded a roar I sprang from my bed and fell flat on the floor. Away to the slider I stumbled and lurched, went out to the balcony and searched and searched. The moon on the waves cast an eerie bright light so it looked more like noon, instead of midnight. When what aparition appeared on the seas but a bright red tender pulled by 8 red jet skis. And atop the tender, with a whip in his hand, was a bearded jolly elf so plump and so tanned. And the sped o'er the wavetops onward they came he whistled and shouted and called them by name. On Legend, on Grandeur, on Freedom and Sovereign, on Empress, on Jewel, on Monarch and Vision. On up to the Lido, Viking Crown Lounge so tall now dash away, dash away, dash away all. As zephyrs, and breezes and hurricanes blew they arose to the sky on the updrafts they flew. So up to the sky bridge in search of a flue went the vessels with Santa and all of his crew. And above we could hear them, it sounded so cool the tender and jet skies doing donuts in the pool. As it grew quiet, we heard a faint sound and there was St Nicholas as we turned around. He was dressed in a wet suit with flippers and all and he was almost as wide as he was tall. He had a case of wine under each arm with Pinots and Malbecs to help us stay warm. His eyes were all bloodshot but oh, how they twinkled. And his hands they looked frozen, so red and so wrinkled. He opened his mouth and let go with a yell "Hey let's open this wine, I'm about cold as hell" He pulled out a pipe and some green stuff and said "No, I'll save this for later, I've a long night ahead". He looked like a sausage packed tight; he was stout but his belly was pooching as his spanx they gave out. With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head he opened and poured us a large glass of red. After that he was silent and set to his task, filled our stockings with wine and put some in his flask. Then he jumped off the balcony but went up not down and the mist began swirling around and around. His minions were waiting, to the tender he flew and they headed to the next ship to give them thier due. But we heard him exclaim as he sailed out of sight "Happy Cruising to all and to all a good night". Merry Christmas and Bon Voyage Harry
  10. Just back from another great cruise on the Grandeur of the Seas. Love the ship and crew and glad to be able to cruise out of Baltimore. Did a park and cruise out of Best Western Plus in Elkridge. Smooth as silk. Another wonderful cruise with RCCL.
  11. We had a couple days when it was really chilly on board but it seemed to be related to the location of the gangway. When it was on deck 3 or 4, the ship interior would chill down and it took a while after all-aboard for things to warm up. Harry
  12. Enjoying your "process". We see a lot of trip reports but the pre-planning is often shrouded in mystery. Thanks for the insight. We just got back from a back-to-back on the Millennium and 2nd your idea for Icy Strait Point as a whale watching choice. We were undecided so we used our Northbound trip as a preview so-to-speak of what excursions we would do. We saw so many whales from the shore and from the ship while in ISP that we never did schedule an excursion. We saw bubble feeding twice during our walk along the shore. They were so close to shore; no more than 150 yards from us. We watched from our balcony and saw whale after whale as well as a bunch of seals. As far as glaciers are concerned, we took public transportation from Juneau to Mendenhall Glacier ($2 PP each way). The bus drops you off about 1 1/2 miles from the park but the walk is flat and pleasant. Hubbard Glacier was spectacular. Lots of calving and we had sunny skies both stops. Got to about 4/10ths of a mile and wow, was that close. The noise was deafening. At Skagway, we did Dyea Dave's tour to Emerald lake. Many in the van took the train on the way back but the fog was rolling in so our decision to do the bus up and back may have been a good one. We stopped in Carcross for lunch at the "Bistro" and had a great meal of Halibut and chips. Saw 2 brown bears, 1 black bear, lots of Dall sheep and mountain goats. Just thought I would share that with you but it sounds as if you've got things well in hand. One heads up: keep checking for price drops as we started in an ocean view and ended up in a Concierge Class balcony with all 4 perks and all price drops were in the last 3 weeks prior to the cruise. Bon Voyage! Harry
  13. We were on the previous cruise so we were already on board when general boarding began at 11am. We did get off and went downtown for a while at 1:30pm. We walked back along the water and here was where we saw a lot of sea otters. They were swimming back and forth along the shoreline. Harry
  14. Just a heads up and this applies to all cruises. Check your pricing DAILY as deals can come and go quickly. Also, beware of travel agents who don't respond to your inquiries quickly. My agent is supported by a large organization and if she is busy or has a day off, there is always someone who can assist in her stead. Harry
  15. Just got back from a B2B Alaska cruise on the Millennium. Unless you are a chronic nitpicker, you should have no issues with her. The crew was outstanding, the food was exceptional (be sure to try the Conundrum red wine: primo!), and the ship is in great shape. She's showing a tad of wear but you have to look for it. Don't worry about a thing and enjoy your cruise; we certainly did. Harry
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