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  1. You are right as I meant Port Canaveral. We have rented a car in Tampa and will drive to Port Canaveral, hopefully.
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    My friend just booked a Gate 1 river cruise with a referrral code from cruise critic which ends today. Does anyone have this code? Phyllis
  3. Thank you to all of you who have replied to my post. I will definitely be buying travel insurance for my February 2 cruise out Orlando just in case we encounter fog and the ship does not dock in time for us to drive to Orlando. At least now I will be aware of that this problem could occur. Phyllis
  4. My husband and I booked the Carnival Legend for January 25, 2020 out of Tampa. We were offered money off on a Royal Caribbean cruise so decided to book a cruise from Port Canaveral on February 2, 2020, the day we arrive back in Tampa. We have never been on one of the large ships so wanted to try one and the price was right. Our thoughts were there would be no problem to drive from Tampa to Orlando and board the same day we get in from Legend cruise. Now I am reading on cruise critic that sometimes in January fog rolls in and ships cannot dock in Tampa. We are on medicare (young 70 but travel a lot) and I only buy year polices such as Geo Blue in case we have to ever be airlifted off a ship when we are out of the country to be sure I can get home. Should I be concerned about the fog in case we cannot make our other cruise in Port Canaveral and consider buying travel insurance. We also pay all trips with our Chase Sapphire Reserve card which has travel insurance. Has anyone had trouble docking in Tampa during January/February and how long were you delayed. Thanks for your help. Phyllis
  5. Thank you Hank for responding to my post. We are renting a car in Nice and will tour around that area for 3 days. We will drop off the car in Avignon and board our riverboat. When we are done with our riverboat cruise, we will take a train to Geneva Switzerland from Lyon and pick up a car at Ramada in downtown Switzerland. I will ask about the Swiss Vignette at the Europcar where we are renting a car as no one at any of the car rentals said a word about them. The car rental will be for one week driving between Geneva Switzerland and Lindau Germany. We will drop the car off at the Zurich airport. Any suggestions of where you think we should stop along the way would be greatly appreciated to make this easier. As trying to find the right car to rent for 4 adults and 4 pieces of checked luggage is taking a lot of time. phyllis
  6. We have now decided to definitely fly to Nice and are checking B & Bs. We need 3 beds and two bedrooms. Then on May 31 we will take the train from Lyon to Geneva. The drop off rate for a car in Zurich was around $500 so the train seems a better idea. Then pick up a car in Geneva on June 1 so we can take the drive that was recommended through Lausenne and Bern to Lindau or Zurich. So many choices. We can take the train to Lindau and back if we like instead of driving. Time for spreadsheets. Thanks for all the help but always looking for suggestions.
  7. The cruise is from Avignon - Lyon. I think we will fly to Nice and rent a B & B. Hopefully, it won't be completely crazy there May 21 - 24. Board river cruise May 24 - 31. Then follow one of your suggestions. So many options I really don't know which to do. I'll have to check a map for Switzerland. We want to tour Lindau and then fly home from Zurich.
  8. Thank you so much for this information and your positive thinking. We have decided to go to Nice May 31 when the cruise ends. Things will have quieted down there and hotel rooms will be at their normal price. Maybe we can get a hotel room at one of your recommendations. My son is living in Zurich so I thought we could go there for a few days and a few days to Lindau, Germany after Nice. Now it is whether we fly or take a train to Paris, stay a few days, and then a train to Zurich/Lindau. Retirement is great. Just don't want to exhaust ourselves. But, of course, now I want to see the places you mention so maybe we will go into Marseilles a few days before.
  9. Thank you for your response. I checked Hotel Suisse and La Perouse and both are booked for May 21-24. I checked Cannes film festival and Monaco Grand Prix and you are right they both are held around the time we will be going. Now Viking is booked Lyon to Avignon so if we want to go to Nice we will have to take a train from Lyon or rent a car and drive. I would think all the cities between Nice and Monaco will be packed so even though Nice is a lot father from Lyon than Avignon there isn’t much of a choice. Glad I hadn’t booked flight yet.
  10. Thank you so much for your response. I have to check with Viking and see how much the deviation charge is for flying to a different city than Marseilles. As soon as I can see the air fares offered from Viking I can make my decision. I will definitely be looking for a Michelin Green Guide to Provence and the Riviera of which I didn't know existed. That's why I always pose my questions on cruise critic for all the help I get with my questions. Do you have any hotel suggestions for Nice.
  11. We have booked a river cruise in France on Viking for May 2020. My husband and I would like to rent a car and tour the area. My sister-in-law and daughter will be with us also. We are trying to decide whether to come in a few days before or stay after the cruise. Cruise will start May 24 in Avignon, with stops in Arles, Viviers, Tournon, Vienne and ends in Lyon. We value the opinion of cruisers on cruise critic and would like to hear your thoughts. Hotel suggestions and where to see that we could drive to would be great or should we forget driving and take private tours. We thought of flying into Marseilles, picking the car up at the airport, staying in Nice a couple days and touring from there. Flying out of Lyon. We have already been to Paris for a few days. Thank you. Phyllis
  12. My husband and I booked Viking cruise Provence to Lyon for May 24, 2020. We are planning to either add on 2/3 days before or after the cruise. For those who have been to Provence or Lyon, where do you suggest we stay and what cities should we visit. I always check any suggestions on cruise critic. We have been on many cruises and always look to cruise critic for advice. Phyllis
  13. We booked an aft cabin on deck 9 and the balcony is 105 square feet but there are larger balconies and smaller on some of the other decks. The larger balconies were booked when I finally called to book our cabin. You have to call the reservation line and customer service was very helpful and told me what cabins were left with the largest balcony. We are sailing on the Encore December 1.
  14. Hi everyone, We will be in Amsterdam from May 28 until May 31 when we board the Brilliance of the Seas. My husband and I and our two friends Barbara and Marty would like to go to Zaanse Schans on May 30 to see the countryside and windmills. Do we need to book a tour or can we do this on our own? Thanks for any responses. Phyllis
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