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  1. Hmmm. Are you sure you want to take a MS student on a cruise tour? He/she might be the only person in that age group on the land portion. Also, it's lots of travel time with not so much time at the destinations. It also has an overnight at Princess McKinley Lodge, and there's not much to do there. What would a MS student do to keep from being bored? If you do the cruise tour, at least try to take the NPS shuttle to Eielson instead of the Natural History Tour in Denali, as the former will be free for an MS student and it will allow you to see much more of the Park.
  2. I really liked the Tryp Apolo for its quad rooms, although our kids were teenagers. I'm not sure this is still the case, but the hotel had an agreement with a nearby gym that allowed free entry for hotel guests. The gym has a great pool that kids like.
  3. Update: I called Lufthansa on April 6th to request a refund for their canceled flight. I just received it this week.
  4. I was scheduled to flight WAS to ZRH (Swiss Airlines) and FRA to WAS (Lufthansa) in May on a flight booked on Lufthansa website. Lufthansa canceled the outbound flight without a replacement. From the Lufthansa website (and from reading numerous reports on other websites) it appears to me that Lufthansa is not offering a refund (just a credit) when they cancel a flight. What approach should I use to try to get a refund? 1. Contact Lufthansa by phone. LH website is asking people not to contact by phone unless flight is within 3 days, and phone conversation would not p
  5. I'm sure they're not offended. They won the World Series, after all.
  6. We would like to hike while in port in late June. Which itinerary do you think offers the best hiking? 1. Carnival Legend Day 1 London Day 2 At Sea Day 3 Bergen 0800 to 1700 Day 4 Hellesylt 1000 to 1300 and Geiranger 1500 to 2200 Day 5 Molde 0800 to 1700 Day 6 Olden 1000 to 1900 Day 7 Alesund 0700 to 1600 Day 8 Stavanger 1030 to 1930 Day 9 At Sea Day 10 London 2. Holland America Nieuw Statendam Day 1 Amsterdam Day 2 At Sea Day 3 Eidfjord 0800 to 1700 Day 4 Bergen 0700 to 1600
  7. I don't know if this was the case, but most CFAR policies require the traveler to cancel at least two days before scheduled departure. Perhaps the passenger canceled less that two days before scheduled departure??
  8. I would suggest something different. People who would like reimbursement for itinerary change but would be willing to sail on an alternate itinerary should purchase cruise insurance that specifically reimburses for itinerary change, rather than expecting the cruise line to pay for compensation. There is no reason for the cruise lines to pay customers for itinerary change, when this possibility is already clearly documented in the cruise contract and when this type of insurance is readily available.
  9. I wonder whether the "emergency" declared in Hong Kong will affect embarkation/disembarkation or docking in Hong Kong. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-hongkong/hong-kong-leader-declares-virus-emergency-halts-official-visits-to-mainland-china-idUSKBN1ZO0B7
  10. Stay overnight in Jerusalem due to the time (about 2.5 hours each way) required for travel. Take the train from Merkaz HaShmona Station, which is just outside port terminal, directly to Tel Aviv HaHagana Station. From there take the direct train to Jerusalem Yitzhak Navon Station. Timetables: https://www.rail.co.il/en From Yitzah Navon Station either take the light rail, walk, or take a taxi to your destination. The trip is very easy for a tourist. Enjoy.
  11. Thank you. This is exactly what I wanted to know.
  12. We're interested in the Spirit from Hong Kong, via Shanghai, to Tokyo at the end of June, with reduced air fare offer from NCL. However, because we're concerned about the Wuhan coronavirus and potential restrictions on travel in China in the coming months, we are hesitant to book the trip immediately. We would like to wait a couple of months, possibly until after final payment at the end of February, to get further information about spread of the disease. Does NCL usually continue to offer reduced air fare after final payment, or is this unlikely?
  13. We're planning to sail on Spirit for China and Japan in an oceanview cabin. Is there significant anchor noise in forward or mid ship cabins on decks 4 or 5? Which area would be best to avoid anchor noise, or should we upgrade to a cabin on a higher deck for this?
  14. We are five people, including 3 who are in their 20's and enjoy kayaking, SUP, boat rides, swimming, snorkeling. We would like to do a beach visit with some water activities but do not want to pay for an all-inclusive that includes alcoholic beverages. Do you have any suggestions for how we can spend the day? Ship is in port from 0900 to 2200.
  15. We would like to park for 9 days with flight departing JFK to Europe. Please recommend off-site parking at less than $20/day. We are open to lots near public transportation rather than lots with a shuttle, but we have four passengers so that cost might be a consideration.
  16. I'm surprised that the Viking Sky "parked" in Ashdod today, given the rocket attacks. Here's a hope that the ship and all passengers and crew remain safe.
  17. We have an inside triple for 7 days on the Sky in January. The offer is for $398 (total, not per person) for a balcony or $458 (total) for a deluxe balcony. Would you do the upsell or not?
  18. We booked an Inside Guarantee for January and were assigned a slight upgrade over our original category. There are still numerous cabins available on the same deck and in the same category as then one to which we were assigned. Have you had success changing the Princess cabin assignment for a Guarantee to one of the same category without additional payment?
  19. I urge you to abandon the idea of a day trip to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. Travel from Haifa to Jerusalem alone requires a minimum of 2.5 hours each way, and it will take you another hour from there each way to the Dead Sea. You will spend the better part of the day sitting in a vehicle looking out the window, and you will be lucky not to miss your ship's departure. If you have a minimum of 12 hours in port, you could consider just going to Jerusalem on your own with public transportation, as long as your arrival day is not Friday or Saturday, using bus and/or train. However,
  20. Shari: The information is clear and readily available on the Princess website, not hidden in any way. Did you read the "Late Arrival Protection" section? It clearly states that they must consider the PVSA: "Princess will work with the airlines to find a reasonable alternative to provide flights to the next appropriate* port at no additional air cost to the guest. Factors taken into account in determining the appropriateness of a port of call include, but are not limited to: visas and other legal documentation that may be required application of the Passenger Ser
  21. I believe it was not "presented as an option to her" because she did not have advance approval to disembark in Victoria, as would have been required. Several years ago we went on a round trip Alaska cruise from Seattle, and our only option was to fly to Seattle from the East Coast on the day of embarkation. Knowing the potential consequences of missing embarkation, I requested and received advance written permission from the cruise line to disembark in Victoria so that we could catch up to the cruise at the next US port if needed. Fortunately we made it on time for embarkation in
  22. With kids ages 3-8 and your cruise departing from Seward, I see no reason to trek to Whittier. Furthermore, the Kenai Fjords Tour is known more for the wildlife, while the Whittier glacier cruises are known more for the scenery. However, will the younger kids (like the 3 year old) enjoy being on a boat for 6 hours, which is the minimum time to reliably reach the wildlife areas?
  23. We have a minor schedule and equipment change for a flight in early January on AA. The plane is now scheduled to be the 737 MAX 8 (rather than 737 as originally planned). Is it likely that this plane will be flying in early January? Is there any reason to request a different flight? These flights are cruise line flights, so we have not paid for them yet and can change them without incurring a fee. However, the times and prices are good, so unless there is a significant reason to change we would prefer to keep them.
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