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Mexfolkart

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About Mexfolkart

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About Me

  • Location
    Charleston, SC
  • Interests
    Folk Art, Walking on the beach, sailing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Orient Lines, Oceania, Star Clipper
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mediterranean
  1. We sail Dec 2 as a surprise for my husband's birthday and we would be glad to get somethings for your kids..please reply directly to our email: Sherry at akersellis dot com we did this for our kids about 5 years ago..what a hit!! Sherry
  2. I believe that the Oberai Mena House is now the new name of the hotel we stayed in before. This hotel is right at the Pyramids and we sat there having lunch looking at a pyramid, and from our room balcony could see a pyramid.. spectacular!! Another time we were right on the Nile with our room facing the Nile traffic...it just depends which you prefer. If we only had one night there we would choose the pyramid view!! Sherry
  3. We absolutely could not cruise if it weren't for the Internet. We try to get an unlimited package. We use it 99.9% for work. We use it every morning and every evening. We never go to a place in port..those times are for our "vacation times" We cannot be without it. We have been able to take very long cruises with Oceania as their internet works in our rooms and we have made many "deals" in unusual places! On HAL we have had major problems..rarely can we use the internet in our rooms. This does affect the length of trips we can take. Last 2 trips on HAL we couldn't even print our air boarding passes!! We hope the Oosterdam is better this year! Its a serious problem for us when it does not work and is "out" more than "on"! I wish HAL would get a better program and also have their internet also accept Internet Explorer instead of only Chrome. Sherry & Kimber
  4. What is FCD? And we have had some credit that went unused that was applied back to our credit cards..is that still allowed? Sherry
  5. For Taormina...we took the ships walking tour and had a ride TO Taormina. We opted to stay longer..such a pretty place..and then went to go back to the ship and they had a big elevator outside the Taormina gate that would take you down right where the taxis were parked...so we just KNEW that if we did that we could get a taxi at a much better price! HA! There were no taxis and after about a 20 minute wait we took the elevator back up and got a taxi back down!!! Plenty of taxis at the entrance to town! Enjoy! Sherry
  6. Port Master..we will be there on a Sunday..is anything open? We are not interested in going to a beach. We were there 2 years ago and enjoyed walking around downtown but we assume all that will be closed on Sunday. Thanks for any info.. Sherry
  7. Thank you, Danish Viking! Eurodam disembarks at 7am that day so hopefully we are one of the first off for taxis! Is one of the harbour boat tours better than the other? And, is there a Ho/Ho bus tour as well in CPH? Thank you, Sherry & Kimber
  8. We are arriving on May 8 also on the Eurodam and needing a taxi. Where is Osterport? Do we shuttle there and then get a taxi? It is not easy for us getting around with luggage. Can we just pay the taxi with DKK or do we need "tickets"? We are going to our hotel downtown. Thank you, Sherry
  9. I yelled "Pickpockets" on a bus in Lisbon as they tried to pick my husbands front pocket after he paid the bus fare and put his wallet back!! They scattered so fast!! The guy was right there with her and she was going to pass it off to him on the ground! I SCREAMED it! They got nothing. Sherry
  10. We rented one on our recent Maasdam cruise and it kept my ice pack nice and cold in the ice compartment. I also would put some water in there sometimes during the day and every now and then it would be frozen when we came back! Yes, $2 a day.. Sherry
  11. We just returned from a cruise on the Maasdam which we loved, HOWEVER, we had MAJOR internet problems..first 3 days with NO internet, then sporadic internet and it took forever to even log in..we know it is slower than home but this was ridiculous..one time 29 minutes..we were told that they were putting a technician on board the day we got back and that although it would not help us this trip it would be fine later trips. NOW..we have an upcoming trip booked on the Eurodam in April/May. When we travel we have to work..every day at least a little either real early or later in the day...we just read a review that the Eurodam had major internet problems. Does anyone know about other areas besides the Caribbean? We will be in Europe.We can't take this upcoming cruise if we don't have decent internet. We know its expensive but that is a price we have to pay for cruising..but when we need it we MUST have it. HELP! Thanks a lot, Sherry
  12. We were just on the Maasdam there while the Nieuw Ansterdam was also there. We booked one online (suggest you keep checking that) If you don't get one go to the beach and go off to the left and just camp on chairs under a tree. There was another couple there the same time we were and they saw ours and wanted one (we were in first tender) they were told none were available. Since we wanted to explore first we ended up offering ours to them for the first part of the morning. We did like having it and I would just keep checking to see if anyone cancels or when they get on board decide to book a cabana with friends they meet. Sherry
  13. Back to the original questions on this blog.. I usually prefer private tours and very often arrange them myself. I have never had anyone tell me afterwards that they were disappointed in one of my tours. I prefer to keep the tours to 6-8 people as that way we are more flexible. I like input from the participants as to what is most important for them to see and try to include that in any tour. Ships tours can't do that. Small private tours take a shorter time for bathroom breaks, eating and just getting in and out of the van or the venue. (plus any shopping someone does do!) Its also much easier to have quality time with the guide. I research each tour very thoroughly before committing. I recently cancelled a tour because a tour operator was being too confining for this particular tour. I always keep in mind that I am not just SENDING 6 people out on any tour..they are going WITH me and count on my expertise for their one chance to see the sights. In return I expect everyone to always be on time and be polite. We do also take ships tours..to unique places, far away places or if it seems it will be a smallish group. It is very disheartening to plan a ships tour on your one day in "Gorgeousland" and find out the day before that it was cancelled because of not enough participants. Happy touring, all....Sherry (and Kimber)
  14. Thank you! Just what we wanted to know but didn't know where to find it! Best, Sherry & Kimber
  15. What is the current policy of bringing wine onboard for in-room consumption? At the beginning of the cruise or from a port? Thank you. We have two upcoming cruises! Kimber and Sherry
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