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  1. Thanks Carole Just the answers we were looking for. Looking forward to a wonderful river cruise.
  2. Ahoy, all, We will be taking our first river cruise. This will be a seven night cruise on Amawaterways from Paris to Normandy. A few questions for anyone who can provide some information for us: 1. Which of the seven nights is the Chaine des Rotisseurs dinner? (Is it the same on each one week sailing, or does the timing vary?) 2. We have heard that the Farewell Dinner is actually on the next-to-last night as opposed to on the last night of the cruise. Is this true? 3. Does the air conditioning keep the indoor areas of the ship cool? France, especially around Paris, has been having some exceptionally warm weather this summer. Thanks for your help with these queries. Have a great evening. Cheers! 😎 🍷
  3. Were you successful in getting to Abu Simbel? We are booked for Feb 2020 and would be very disappointed if we could not book the optional excursion to Abu Simbel
  4. Ship name is now changed to SS Sphinx. We just booked for Feb 2020. Still waiting for information on pre-post cruise extensions. So excited.
  5. Thanks for all of the responses. We entered the port via the I595 entrance at about 10:15. There was a short line of maybe 10 cars in front of us. We had no problem finding a parking spot and there were still a few disembarking passengers vacating their spots. A very smooth embarkation day.
  6. Thanks capriccio That's reassuring about the parking lots. As of now, the port authority has us scheduled for terminal 19 and we are familiar with the lot that serves it. Do you think entering the port area via I 595 is the best way to go? That is the route we are familiar with. I see from the port map that there are other entry points that we could use instead.
  7. Thanks for the responses. We are travelling from 4 hours north, so we'll arrive after the disembarking passengers have cleared the garages. Just don't want to get there too late and find the garages are full!
  8. Hope those more familiar with PEV can give suggestions. We embark on a day that there are 8 ships in port and will be driving and parking at the port. We have previously sailed on days when only a few ships were in port. Any suggestions as to a better time to arrive to avoid excessively long waits particularly at the port gate? We've only used the gate at I 595. Would an alternate entry be a better option? Thanks for any ideas.
  9. We have stayed in a Vista suite on the Kdam and as others have said it is only slightly larger than a verandah stateroom. It would be awfully tight for 4. canadianbear Our clothes line was long enough to hook up and we had no trouble with items drying in shower area. I think we may have propped open the shower door a bit with a face cloth to facilitate air circulation. I may have also pinned some items to the lounge chairs on the verandah.
  10. We were onboard the Zuiderdam and in a Canadian port on the day cannabis became legal in Canada. There was a very large poster displayed as you approached the gangway to exit the ship outlining the lines policy on drugs on board. It included a picture of a marijuana leaf. It was perfectly clear to all, no matter the language spoken by the passenger, that bringing cannabis products on board was prohibited.
  11. Thanks for the all the answers.We'll aim to arrive before 1 just in case they close the doors early.
  12. Good day, This isn't a critical question, but if anyone has the information, we'd appreciate it. We're boarding the Zuiderdam in a few days and prefer to have lunch in the MDR after we get on. If anyone knows the times the MDR is open for lunch on embarkation days, would you pass it along, please? Thanks and have a good weekend. And happy Canadian Thanksgiving to the Canucks. Cheers! Cruisepucks:cool:
  13. MissG We have loved your reports and wonderful photos. We embark the Zuiderdam on Oct 13 and you have provided much information. Thank you. Yesterday DH and I were trying to determine if we could walk to the ship from our hotel based on your photos of QC. Today's post confirmed that we can. We are staying at Le Priori too!
  14. We will be in Bar Harbor in October on the Zuiderdam as she repositions to Fort Lauderdale. Miss G Do you recall the name of the restaurant where you had lunch in Bar Harbour. Beautiful view.
  15. Question We have been "gifted" several beverage cards. I assume they can be used to purchase a wine package as I believe we did this in the past. My question We have a mariner discount on wine packages. Will this be applied on the beverage card or will we lose the mariner discount if we use the beverage cards to purchase a wine package? Thanks for any input.
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