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PT 109

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About PT 109

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  • Location
    Cedar Hills ,UT
  • Interests
    Travel and boating Lake Mead,NV and taking drives in our Pontiac Solstice with the car club
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Costa, RCCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
  1. Try Calabaza catamaran. It is very mellow, they never book more than 12 people, you gently sail the turquoise water, magnificent food, wonderful drinks and while they do stop to allow snorkeling and swimming with turtles you don't have to participate and can continue to relax in the sun. They pick up at port and return on time. We have sailed with them every time we go to Barbados. http://sailcalabaza.com/ Sent from my iPad using Forums
  2. We got Russian visas so we could go on and off ship on our own. We used an agency, Rick Steves recommends, http://www.passportvisasexpress.com/ But depending on where you live you could locate a travel agency which specializes in getting visas that is near you. Yes the visas have a cost, and it is extremely difficult to navigate the Russian system for visa applications on your own without a visa agency. But having the visas was wonderful. We did use Peters Walking Tours while there. They met us at the Hermitage where we received a half day private museum tour. The next day we met a guide by the Church on the Spilled Blood and did a wonderful half day walking tour. Our visas and tour costs were far less than the ship's tours. We got taxis from the port, to meet our guides as well as to go to some other sites we were interested in. We will be returning on another Baltic cruise this next September and intend to once again get visas. We personally really dislike most group tours so this works for us. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  3. As a retired high school teacher, including AP courses, I found it was my students who were hesitant to miss school, not me, as their teacher, having concerns. I told my students they and their parents needed to weigh the pros and cons of their vacation plan. As mentioned in this thread there are numerous educational, intellectual and cultural lessons to be learned while traveling. But we were still continuing to hold class even while they were absent, and there is instruction which will occur that just doesn't translate well from a written page compared to being in the classroom. And this should be true in all classrooms, from elementary through secondary school. If a student has no loss of instructional growth when absent ,then, in my opinion, that teacher isn't very effective. Sometimes students will have homework to do while on their vacation, sometimes not, and so will teachers ; I can't count how many Christmas cruises I dedicated a couple hours everyday to reading research papers while sitting on my balcony, but that was ok, it's part of the sacrifices everyone makes when planning a holiday. ( seriously I was in the Caribbean, not the snow, how could that be negative ) Talk with your kids, their teachers and as a parent be cognizant of your child's academic comfort and success. Whatever decision is made be satisfied with it, neither you nor your kids need to be anxious or unhappy when it comes to a vacation. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  4. I would not be comfortable with that early a flight time. If Delta made a schedule change, just contact them and inform them that the new departure time will not work for you. They should reschedule you to another more suitably timed flight without a charge. If you can do a little research on your own and see what alternative flight times are offered, then when contacting Delta just indicate the flight you find better suited to your needs. Do this ASAP to improve your chances of getting seats on another flight. Be polite but firm with them. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  5. We were on Alaska cruise last week. In Victoria if you walk to fishermans wharf go to the pier and you will see a little yellow water taxi boat. It will take you across to the city for $6 a person one way. If you only want to ride it back after walking lots around the city that's also possible, you aren't required to purchase round trip tix. The embarkation is by where the seaplanes land, down and across from Empress. That's another excursion you might enjoy. Contact Harbour Air 800-665-0212. $119 or $179 for a beautiful air tour of the area. HarbourAir.com Sent from my iPad using Forums
  6. Damian was our guide. He was terrific. You'll have a fun, informative and tasty experience. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  7. Call the airline, tell them it's an unacceptable change causing irreparable harm. They should change it back to lauderdale on a different flight at no cost to you. Call ASAP. That would be my first option. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  8. Meeting point was at McDonald's a short walk from where shuttle bus drops you. You will need to take the shuttle. They should be able to customize, they were very amenable and we had 6 people, plus joined by 2 others so 8 total, a nice size. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  9. http://www.welovemalaga.com/tapas-tours/ Fabulous tour. 3 separate tapas restaurants, all with unique character, wine included. Knowledgeable and personable guide. A wonderful walking tour experience to enjoy the ambience and spirit of Malaga. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  10. I have used Luggage Free. They are excellent. I have had them deliver luggage even when cruising overseas. Reliable, will pick up and deliver your luggage to the ship and also handle it for the return as well. Fair pricing and you can book online or call and they are extremely helpful. https://www.luggagefree.com/ Sent from my iPad using Forums
  11. Wide variety of Mexican choices. Tacos, enchiladas, nachos, quesadillas, shrimp, beef, and chicken options. Really excellent food and lots of it. Nacho is a great day in Cozumel. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  12. If you're referring to speciality restaurant reservations just go to any of the speciality restaurants and they can look up your reservation. If you wish to change they can do that for you as well. Just go quickly after boarding, before muster drill. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  13. Highly recommend Bobs Limo. We have used them three separate times while in Rome for a port stop. They are reasonably priced, will accommodate your excursion however you desire, pickup and return to port promptly and with clean vehicles. They will give you direction regarding purchasing coliseum tickets ahead of time to avoid the lines. Also if you find others on your sailing through your roll call see if you can get them to join your party and share the costs. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  14. I find the best tool is google flights. They provide a calendar for as far out as seats can be purchased and you can scroll to see prices. Then if you click on one it lists all the airlines and their prices and schedules for that particular day. Google flights does not list southwest or all economy airlines but they do list some of them. http://www.googleflights.com then select " classic flights" . Put in a date and destination then click on the departure date you entered and a calendar should pop up that you can scroll. Good luck. Buying airfare is an exhausting business. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  15. Norway is extremely beautiful. Fjords are breathtaking. Hope you have a balcony cabin, or try to be on deck as the ship sails to your ports. Take the opportunity to sail up a fjord on a smaller boat if you can. Take the train in Flam for other spectacular views, if your ship stops there. Dress in layers. It is cooler as you go up in altitude, but if it's a sunny day you will soon be too warm. Bring mittens or gloves and a hat, if you end up not needing them you will not have lost much packing space . Norway is very expensive. Any purchase of food on land will be very costly in comparison to other stops. A beer and 2 cokes along the water cost $30 U.S. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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