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  1. I was wondering the same thing. Where will all these cruise line ships stay for the non-sailing duration?
  2. My friends were due to cruise on the Celebrity Millennium in April to Japan. They received the following communication from Celebrity and their TA.
  3. We flew in and out of Reykjavik from JFK on Icelandair. Icelandair is pretty basic in economy but for us the flight was not long. This was a land trip and we rented a car and stayed 12 days. Iceland is spectacular and if your timing and resources allow, you should stay longer and drive the ring road. So many people just stay in Reykjavik and do day trips and it doesn't do justice to this beautiful country. As previously mentioned, Icelandair allows you to stay up to 7 days in Iceland as part of the layover. All of Icelandair flights lay over in Reykjavik. There are other carriers that go in and out but timing always seems the issue especially with connecting flights. Bergen is a VERY small airport and there are no direct flights to the U.S. You must make a connection somewhere to fly home or arrive no matter what airline you use. Our Viking cruise ended in Bergen so we elected to fly to Paris from Bergen and spend some time there since we had to make a connection anyhow. The flight from Bergen to Paris on SAS was very inexpensive. However, they fill up fast since there are limited flights out of Bergen. The suggestion to fly to Oslo and do the Norway in a Nutshell is a good idea. Our cruise started in Stockholm so we didn't have a problem getting a direct flight from JFK. Hope this helps. The fjords of Norway were breathtaking and the side roads of Iceland magnificient. Enjoy your trip.
  4. We took a private car service from San Basilio to the airport. Getting from San Basilio to Maritema is another matter. You can take the vaporettos. The small ships (like the R ships) do not necessarily always dock at San Basilio anymore. Ships like Windstar, large private yachts etc will go there and if the pier is full the smaller ships go to Maritemo.
  5. I took pictures from the train. I just open the window and slid it down. The weather was good so no rain or snow coming through. I also took pictures from the section between the cars. I have no pics through glass.
  6. Thanks for the advice. That's a lot of work to find out arrival and departure times for a cruise.
  7. How does one find out the arrival and departure times of the ship when looking at the Viking Oceans web page for a specific cruise? They list only the day and not the times? How long we are in port is of importance to me but I can't find it anywhere for cruises in 2020. Thanks.
  8. Wonderful review. Please accept my sympathy on the loss of your wife. I too lost may husband and travel partner March 2018. Traveling now is different but still a wonderful adventure. Just completed a 12 day road trip in June in Iceland with 3 friends and had a magnificent time. I am glad you a had a great time and hope you continue on this travel journey.
  9. I think you accurately and very well summarized the situation. When I started sailing on Oceania in 2008 I raved about the line to one and all and it was our go to cruise line. Times have changed and so has Oceania. It is in the mix but no longer a first choice. If you look at the reviews on CC over the years they tell the same story. In the beginning, all the reviews were stellar and now they have declined significantly. Today it it a matter of itinerary and value before I consider Oceania whereas in the past I wouldn't have reason to really look at another cruise line. I have noticed cost cutting over the last several years as well as an attitude change in the wonderful staff.
  10. Florence is a lovely city even if the museums are closed. There is an express train from Livorno if you wish to take the train. Just make sure it is not a holiday since the trains runs on a different schedule. Our first trip we took a "Florence on your Own" tour from Oceania that left us off at Santa Croce and of course a leather shop. Not worth the money. The second time we took the train to Pisa and then Lucca which is very nice.
  11. This is where we stayed as well. Not on Circular Quay but we liked it a lot. Lots of restaurants etc. Apartment had washer and dryer and full kitchen.
  12. We stayed at the Manava Beach Resort twice in a bungalow with a small private pool (not over the water). You can walk to "town" from here and to other restaurants. We stayed in an apartment in Sydney so can't help with that location.
  13. I think that is great and the correct thing to do. We all had different TA's and none of us got the discount.
  14. One more thing you may wish to consider is the popularity and demand on one of the legs versus the other. We were on a 32 day grand voyage comprised of two 16 day cruises. The first leg was in great demand and booked out immediately. The second leg was not well received. Oceania heavily discounted the second leg right up to sailing. When we and others on the GV requested the discounted fare of the 2nd leg to be applied to our grand voyage (before final payment) Oceania said no. If we cancelled and rebooked we were told that we would lose our cabin on the first leg. Since the entire first leg was waitlisted it meant we would not cruise. You might want to consider demand on each of the legs separately and how many cruise points you will receive for the GV versus individual legs. If you are near a milestone anniversary (ie. bronze or silver level) the points will make a difference in benefits you will receive.
  15. Amalfi/Positano are tender ports. If the ship can't tender then they usually go to Sorrento and sometimes Naples. There are lots of ferries that run from Sorrento. If you are in Amalfi/Positano then there are fewer. You can always take the bus to Sorrento and ferry over to Capri from there.
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