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sattva

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  • Location
    NC mountains
  • Interests
    music
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    HAL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mediterranean

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  1. Sincere thanks to everyone for the advice and photos. They fully answered my concerns and reminded me of how helpful and useful the contributors to the Crystal board are.
  2. Am considering cruises on both R and O ships with several tender ports. I vaguely remember that the tenders were easier to reach on O ships than on R's, but we were younger then. How easy is it to reach the tenders on either kind? Is the tender exit deck reached by steps or an elevator? Are crew giving help getting on/off tenders? Any advice or photos would be helpful. Thanks in advance!
  3. New to Crystal and considering a cruise on Symphony with several tender ports. Does Symphony use conventional tenders? (We've now too old for ladders and Zodiacs.) How easy is it to reach the tenders? Is the tender exit deck reached by steps or an elevator? Are crew giving help getting on/off tenders? Any advice or photos would be helpful. Thanks in advance!
  4. Am considering a cruise on Quest with several tender ports. We were last on the ship eleven years ago--eleven years younger and more spry. How easy is it to reach the tenders? Is the tender exit deck reached by steps or an elevator? Are crew giving help getting on/off tenders? Any advice or photos would be helpful. Thanks in advance!
  5. Any idea when the HAL schedules for spring/summer '22 will be issued? Or when they usually come out? In these crisis times, lots of things are unpredictable, but I'd like to start planning. Thanks!
  6. We have an early departure from Barcelona El Prat, so am looking for a hotel near the airport. Don't see anything right on site. Can anyone recommend a hotel near the airport? Thanks!
  7. Cruisemom makes some excellent points about the pros and cons of cruising in a location-rich area such as Europe. Back in June, we were on Prinsendam's final voyage for HAL. That allowed us to visit ports such as Honningsvag, Narvik, and Tromso that would have been much more difficult to reach on a land tour. But that may have been our last cruise in Europe because we are very concerned about the ecological damage cruise ships do. We thoroughly enjoyed sailing in and out of the Bay of Kotor ten years ago. These days, with 450 ships bringing more than half a million passengers,
  8. Will be in Naples next spring (8 hours). We've been to Pompeii and the archaeology museum. This time, we'd like to go to Herculaneum and the villa at Oplontis. We're mid-seventies, intellectually curious, but creak and have some mobility problems. Are these two locations a reasonable DIY or do we need a tour? If a tour, can anyone recommend a reliable one that isn't grotesquely expensive? Thanks in advance for any advice!
  9. If you're thinking of a day-trip or two from Venice (Padua? Verona?), then consider staying in Mestre. We stayed at the Hotel Bologna right across the street from the train station. Nice business hotel with a good restaurant at around $85/night. Clean, modern, helpful staff. Mestre itself is nothing much, but it's on the main line to the rest of Italy. The train takes 10 minutes to get into Venice; trains run about every 10-15 minutes. And you can easily get a taxi at the hotel to/from both airport and cruise port.
  10. Thanks to sailco and Ashland for the helpful advice!
  11. Am considering Celebrity cruise with an overnight in Cannes during the film festival next year. Not particularly interested in the festival but looking for a base for tours around Riviera.. Is Cannes extremely busy last week of festival? How hard will it likely be to arrange tours or DIY to Nice and Antibes? Any advice from travelers who've been in Cannes during the festival would be appreciated!
  12. Getting back to the original topic: recently back from two weeks in Norway with every day and port fascinating. Would also gladly go back to Charlottetown and St. John's in Canada, Kotor or almost any port in Croatia, Valletta, Amalfi, and Venice.
  13. We never get off to go to Rome. We know the city pretty well from 50 years of visits, and it's much too huge and rich in sights for a one-day stop. We've been to Tarquinia and Orvieto from Civitavecchia but now just stay on the ship.
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