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About CruiseShelly

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    Bucks County, PA
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    Cruising, Birding, Writing, Bike Racing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America, Cunard
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    The one I haven't been to yet

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  1. I believe we had an 11:30 entrance, but we arrived early, hopeful. It was 10:30ish, I believe. There was no line at the entry spot. I approached the boy checking tickets and gave him my woeful "I know we are early, but if there was any chance to go in early we would so appreciate it as we are off a cruise ship and only have until 2:30 before we must leave and get back to bus (15 minute quick walk)." He waved us through, but I would not depend on that. It is very large layout for sure, and more time would have been justified, but we took what we could get -- the 11:00 ticket and dealt with it. The times are approximate getting into Hamburg because they cannot predict the traffic, but we took that chance we'd make the 11:00.. The Hamburg On Your Own allowed to do this safely and not miss the ship. Gong back in the afternoon, our bus was held up due to an accident and slow traffic on the expressway and the ship had to wait for our bus. I think they keep the 10:00, 10:30 entries open for school trips. There were none available for us either and I tend to book things very far in advance. Go with the 11:30 entrance and get there early, even if you have t wait. Just make sure you can find your way back to the bus pickup location in the center of town and don't be late. The bus will leave you behind. It is a fabulous layout. The detail is extraordinary. Worth the admission price, and probably the best thing in the city to see!. Let me know how it works out for you.
  2. We had 11:30 entry ticket, but were there early. Line was nonexistent so young ticket man let us in about 10:30. We couldn’t get 10:30 when we tried online, so do not wait to get your tickets or you may be shut out.
  3. My PCC called today, but says she is still waiting for deals, due on 15th June. Why Saturday was picked she did not know. So far all they know is what we all received in email - $100 pp OBC if you stay with a Caribbean cruise, $50 pp OBC to rebook something not in Caribbean. Our cruise was not until April 2020, so depending on what they decide to do with , we may or may not be cruising. Hopefully HAL will offer something much better to keep our booking.
  4. Make sure you go the the Miniatur Wonderland website and secure your tickets in advance. They are timed entries and no guarantee you can get in without prepurchasing a ticket. Shoot for 10:30-11:00. Yes, we walked from dropoff point. About 15 minutes walk each way. I had tour person conform when we got off bus that we had our bearings correct before starting out. Copenhagen was our starting point so we had two days there, saw a lot as a result. Tallinn we did a Rick Steve’s walk I had printed out. St. Petersburg we did a two day with the HAL excursions. Was fabulous and frankly we felt worth it. Among other things we saw Peterhof, Hermitage, Catherine’s Palace, Church of the Spilled Blood. Helsinki we took the HO HO bus around. It was Sunday and raining. Stockholm we too HAL tour because they offered one with the three things I wanted DH to see: City Hall, Wasa, Palace. Warnemunde we took the local train over and then rode the Molibahn steam train. Kiel we did Miniatur Wunderland. .
  5. Took this excursion last August. We wanted to see Miniatur Wunderland (world’s largest model railroad). Worked out great. Yes, it was about 1.5 hours each way, with about 4.5 hours on our own. We had plenty of time to see what we planned. They dropped us in the center of town and told us the meeting place for later. Bus arrived on time and back we went to the ship. The good news is, the ship win’t leave without you if you are on the bus.
  6. Thank you, Copper. Not 5 minutes ago I did receive this statement my PCC. Doesn't help much, but I certainly won't book anything (air, hotels, etc) until I know what will happen.
  7. Has anyone heard directly from HAL about this situation, and what to expect? I emailed my PCC yesterday and have had no response yet. I am assuming they do not have a plan yet, but would like to know so we can cancel or move to a different cruise if our 4/15/20 Cuba cruise is either cancelled or changed to a glorified Bahamas cruise.
  8. Thanks, Sue. Good information. I will look inro the HOHO bus in Havana, and the trolley in Cienfuegos. We have most of our day in Havana planned, but have no firm plans yet for Cienfuegos.
  9. Thanks. Pretty sure that is what we will do, arrange our own day in Havana and maybe do a ship’s excursion in Cienfuegos.
  10. Question for BaltimoreCruise and anyone who has taken Veendam to Cuba this year — did HAL deny you disembarkation in Havana and Cienfuegos if you have not purchased their Person To Person ship’s tours?
  11. Those with recent experience — did HAL Force you to take their People To People tours to be able to off the ship in Havana? Anyone just take their tourist card and passport, disembark, pass through Cuban immigration and just walk into town, or hire an old car? I am considering the Support The Cuban People Option.
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