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  1. For what it's worth, we did the westbound TA on the Nieuw Amsterdam a few years ago and had a cabin on deck 11 which is analogous to your 10024, because of it's proximity to the Retreat Cabanas. We had very few motion problems and the roughest area was between Spain and the Azores. The stretch between the Azores and Ft. Lauderdale was like sailing on a lake for 4 days with temperatures in the mid 70's. I see that you will actually be sailing further to the south to Madeira which should make the chances of it being warmer and flatter, that much better. Enjoy your TA, we've done 4 and loved eac
  2. The New York Harbor Ferry and Ventilation Structure for the Lincoln Tunnel helped.
  3. New York Harbor, Not sure which pier but around 40th Street
  4. The answer to that question really depends on cruise date and where you are flying from. If you were thinking of going on the January 2020 Antarctic cruise, the cost is probably similar to the published rates. If you are booking for a year out then prices are probably pretty good. Just as an example we booked a flight to Lima a couple of years ago through flight ease, one way, first class for about $700 from Newark. I do not know where you are flying form but there is an Avianca flight a few weeks ago, JFK to Santiago, business class for just over $500 directly through the airline. Best of luc
  5. At the risk of being flamed for even bringing it up, and I start by saying that I'm not particularly in favor of it but, How long do you think it would take the industry to consider commencing the Caribbean season (albeit a short one) in a non-US port. Nassau is less than an hour flight, The D.R. now has some decent piers, and who knows where else within a short flight from Florida. There would seem to be a certain bias of the CDC and other U.S. governmental agencies against non-US flagged ships which drag out any regulatory approval. Does anyone think that this is even a consideration? I cou
  6. Thank you all. I'll just keep looking and dreaming!
  7. As I keep dreaming of booking the next cruise, I came across this trans-pac that includes a significant stopover in Hawaii. I know HAL has cancelled their other Circle Hawaii cruises for the year but this one still remains. I was wondering if anyone has been notified of a change of ports, for example Mexico or Central America in lieu of the Hawaiin Islands? Additionally, has anyone ever done a partial cruise within a transoceanic? For example, would HAL permit you to travel from San Diego to Papeete at a reduced rate? While I would love to do the full cruise, work is still in my future, so my
  8. Great footing though. Look at that beautiful teak deck!
  9. I can only respond using our personal experience. We also did the 11 day wayfarer last year and the two Gala nights were on the first sea day and the next to last night of the cruise. My understanding is that each ship decides the actual schedule. Hope this helps. Enjoy your cruise.
  10. Had a Vista on the Volendam last month. Seven days after the cruise my Mariner account showed double days for the 9 day cruise. We were happy to keep working more quickly to five star.
  11. We were on the Volendam last month and can report that is still had a substantial library that included a very good assortment of reference books that dealt with South America and Antartica. If you read German there was an unusually large number of books in the non-fiction area. If you are addicted to spy/police fiction, the assortment is somewhat lacking but probably enough for the 30 day cruise. Hope you enjoy it all. Crossing my fingers that we'll be able todo this one next year.
  12. Our family four took a private tour in June 2016 through Trip Advisor who sent us off with OTTI Travel on a small bus that could hold up to 12. We were the only passengers so we got a very personal tour of Ephesus and the Terrace Houses with a woman who was fluent in English and had her husband driving the bus. Can't say enough about her professionalism and historical knowledge of the site. We were given the option of the rug factory or returning to the ship. Since it was late June and we were already out we opted to see the rugs and the lunch which was included with wine. The presentation was
  13. Thank you all who have taken the time to give great insight into this cruise and shared adventures and incredible photographs. It's amazing to have you all as a resource when trying to make these (tongue in cheek, first world problem) decisions. When ultimately decide what to do, it will have been with much consideration given to your responses. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all.
  14. DW and I are seriously looking at a 2021 Antarctic cruise and looking for opinions as the the necessity of having a balcony for the cruise. As we will likely be looking at the Westerdam (with a lot more veranda/suites available than the S class) we are wondering if the balcony is a necessity or strictly a luxury. Is it worth almost double the fare of a inside or outside? And before I get some of the " only you can make that termination" replies which I truly understand, I guess that I'm looking for your personal opinions and experiences of the positives and negatives that went into your select
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