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  1. It really is a great tour - we recommended it to my mum and her friends and they all loved it too (and they bumped into other friends from Australia on the same tour!) You must try the Spumoni ice cream at the 2nd pizza stop...we are still talking about it 10 years later! It’s this one https://www.asliceofbrooklyn.com/
  2. We are definitely hiring a car. From my investigations so far, I think Hertz and Europcar have stands at the dock. We are going to keep the car overnight.
  3. I'm loving your round up! We are doing the Baltic next year - ABBA Museum is a must see for me - can you say why it was closed please? And the Vasa, was there a reason?
  4. Loving your updates. We are on the Zuiderdam 29 Day Baltic/Viking Passage next year! Have you noticed if there is a separate Indian menu in the MDR? We were discussing in an a vegetarian thread elsewhere and on some of the ships they have a separate Indian menu which includes many vegetarian options.
  5. Some of us have been planning this trip for years... the idea of sailing into Manhattan was a dream for us. Travel to NY also eats into sightseeing time. As a family of 4, we are only being offered $200 max. It is also Labor Day so there is no 'just get a bus' about it. We have decided to stay overnight in Boston ($500+ for family room) and early train the next morning to avoid Labor day travel ($175-300) and will add on the missed night to NY. The positives, we have never been to Boston and we have friends in Halifax - we are now there until 11pm instead of usual late afternoon departure.
  6. I'm not sure about the lines at this time of the year. In March a few years ago we did both - the ESB at night and Top of the Rock in the day. If you are going in the day, the view from Top of the Rock is far superior because you look straight out at the Empire State Building one way and Central park the other. However, there was something special about going up the Empire State Building having seen it on TV/movies for so many years! Definitely buy tickets in advance, our NY Pass got us in the quick queue. Pic below taken from Top of the Rock
  7. I've done 4 tours in NYC. If you are into a specific NY TV show or movies, some tours focus on these - we did the Sex and the City Tour. We LOVED it. We saw most NY sights and SATC sights. The same company also does a classic movie sights, Gossip Girl etc. eg. https://onlocationtours.com/new-york-tours/new-york-tv-movie/ We did a Gospel Harlem Walking Tour which was fantastic. We did the Brooklyn Pizza Tour which takes you around Brooklyn to Saturday Night Fever and Mob movie sights, Coney Island etc. Also did a great walking pizza tour another trip, I think it was Scott's Pizza Tour - also great.
  8. Fantastic - such great information - thank you! Will take a look at your links over the weekend x
  9. Can this app be downloaded prior to the cruise or only once onboard?
  10. I haven't been on HAL but on Carnival and P&O, being veggie, they automatically offered the Indian Thali to me - at the end of the meal, they would ask did I want Indian the following night (even when the veggie menu wasn't Indian). It was a different veggie curry each night with bread, raita, dal, papadums etc.
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