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  1. In your case, if your husband's company is requiring him to work over previously scheduled vacation, then they should be willing to reimburse your husband for any extra costs associated with the cancellation. If they are (and ethically they should be willing), then you can cancel him off the reservation and they should pay whatever extra cost you wind up with.
  2. Instead of an ocean going cruise, I would suggest you try a river cruise, perhaps somewhere in the Orient. The ships are usually 200 passengers or less, and the experience on up market lines such as Uniworld, Crystal, Tauck and AMA Waterways is more like staying in a B&B. Also, no one gets seasick on a river cruise.
  3. We did the Rhine on Uniworld and there was time during the tours almost everyday when we had free time on our own to walk around and found our way into local restaurants, coffee houses, beer and wine bars and also time for shopping several times during the cruise. Since they are direct competitors, I'm certain Crystal will be the same and you will have different opportunities to try local foods. Basically on the tours, they walk you around the area - or in one place they took us on the tourist train loop so familiarize us with the area, then maybe they take you in a cathedral and then you are free to do as you wish until it is time to meet at the bus again. For example in Cologne we walked about 4 blocks, went through the cathedral and we were free for the rest of the time, so we went to a beer bar to sample Kolsch beer and I bought some Eau de Cologne on the walk back to the bus. In Rudesheim, they took us on the mini tourist train that took us around the town in 30 minutes and then we were free to do whatever we wanted so we went to a restaurant, then went wine tasting and finally stopped in a toy shop so I could buy a porcupine (doll.).
  4. This solve the weight problem. Buy this, pack only the number you will need in a baggie, seal it and put it in another baggie and seal it and put it in your luggage. You can carry a couple of these on your flight if you really feel you must have them on the plane since they are factory sealed. https://www.amazon.com/Nestle-Coffee-mate-Coffee-Creamer-Vanilla/dp/B01M0QUKX8/ref=sr_1_49_sspa?fpw=pantry&keywords=travel+vanilla+flavor+coffee+creamer+packets&qid=1567633809&s=pantry&sr=8-49-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFZRTJIRE1SR0VVT0smZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTA0NjQ5MTkzT1ZOVEUwSVdHMlM3JmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA1ODA1NzVOMkM2TExLTzZEOFQmd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGZfbmV4dCZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
  5. River cruises do safety drills on embarkation day. I always try to be aware of multiple exits no matter where I am. Nowadays you never know what crazy thing might happen when out in public. The one thing that you don't want is to be anywhere in an emergency situation where you only know, and even worse, only have one way to go. For this reason, I prefer a balcony or at least a window that opens. The more immediate you secondary choice of exit (directly to the outside) the better. If you were on a lower deck, the question would be if you awoke and there was a fire in front of your door or something else going on onboard the ship that required you to exit, are you physically fit enough to break out the windows and could you easily and safely exit out the window or porthole which is up high? Some of the cabins on lower decks have long windows that are maybe 18" to 24" tall. Others have portholes. It makes sense to investigate the situation on your specific river ship before making a decision about your cabin, but you should be evaluating any location for any situation you are in from hotels to malls to restaurants, literally any place you are.
  6. I feel like the menu they had in that link I posted was overall way too high fat. A luxury wine pairing dinner does not have to be like that - it should be all about the wine and pairing it with unique foods. So I decided not to do the Vintage Room. We are signed up for the Michelin restaurant, but so far, only I have a confirmed reservation not my husband. If that doesn't change, I will cancel. We are staying in Vienna before and after the cruise and I will make reservations for us at some other Michelin starred restaurants. We're really more about seeing these interesting ports during this cruise. I'm sure the regular food in the dining room will be great! Thank you so much for your help!
  7. Staff quarters on the lowest level and engine vibration the further back you are on any floor of a river cruise ship. The other cabins do buffer it. You always want to be around 50%+ towards the front and between cabins if possible with cabins above you and preferably below you on any vessel.
  8. I agree, go for one of the middle cabins. If you can't get that, take the one closer to the front of the ship.
  9. Thank you for replying. One thing I'm concerned about is I saw this story about it and almost all the food pictured is high fat! https://www.forbes.com/sites/douggollan/2016/12/01/inside-crystal-cruises-vintage-room-and-other-over-the-top-experiences/#334bc8c4426b
  10. We are foodies and wine connoisseurs. Is The Vintage Room worth the money? Do you have pictures? Can you share your experience with me, please?
  11. Can you take Bonine (AKA Meclazine) over the counter in the US? I find that has hardly any side effects compared to the Scop and works great for car-sickness. I seriously doubt you would have any problem on a river cruise, maybe on a bus but not onboard the ship, but if you did, take a Bonine and lie down until it subsides. For ocean cruises I take Bonine most of the time and if we get into high seas, then and only then I switch to Scops. As soon as the seas subside, I go back to Bonine.
  12. It really depends on how much you want to spend and if you want to be in the historic area of Vienna or not. The Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront is close to where most river cruise ships port, but only 6 miles away, you can stay in Hotel Imperial a luxury hotel in the historic district which costs about twice to three times as much as the Hilton but it is amazing with a very high level of service.
  13. Hi Bo, I agree with everyone's recommendation for the Rhine for a first river cruise. If you want to go soon, Crystal River Cruises is running an excellent sale for cruises leaving Sept - Dec. 2019. They are considered as good as Uniworld. I have been on Uniworld's Castles of the Rhine cruise on the SS Antoinette. We had a Junior Suite on Uniworld and it was a wonderful experience. Crystal offers butler service for all the cabins onboard which is an upgrade from Uniworld which only offers butler service for junior suites and above. In addition Crystal offers room service. Uniworld only offers this to travelers in junior suites and above, so I booked a cruise on the Ravel in a S2 Deluxe Suite Panoramic Balcony Window Vienna to Vienna. The space appears only a little smaller than the Junior Suite we had on the SS Antoinette. Bathroom is the same with double sinks. Decor is warm modern instead of Uniworld's lavish decor. Honestly I like the decor on Uniworld and I like the warm modern decor on Crystal - both lines have well designed cabins! I got a really good price from the Crystal River Cruise sale. So I'm very excited. Food is what Crystal really excels at and I'm looking forward to that and seeing some places I've never seen before! Just like Uniworld Crystal is all-inclusive except for a few optional excursions which you don't have to do unless you want. I do want to warn you to not book every single excursion you can. We did that on Uniworld and really needed a long vacation after our vacation to recover. Lesson learned - some downtime is time well spent! We had an absolutely wonderful time, but I would not want to do a river cruise for every vacation because they are fairly well pre-programmed and I enjoy non-programmed vacations just as much as those with lots of tours. On the river ships, especially the higher end brands, you should have no problem getting vegan food. I believe the worst problem I have heard of was from a cruiser on an Asian river cruise where they ate off the ship a lot as part of the included tours and some dinners as well and the restaurants the cruise line used simply could not accommodate his diet at all and he had to sit through many meals without eating. It always pays when traveling anywhere overseas to bring along some snack bars you can eat from home just in case you run into an issue like that or wake up in a hotel after a long haul flight starving hungry at 4am and nothing is open. I would not expect you to have that problem on an upscale European River Cruise, but I wanted to give you a heads up about possible issues with river cruises in Asia. For those cruises ask lots of questions about where you will be eating and if your diet can be accommodated or not! I hope you, your wife and friends all have an amazing time on your river cruise!
  14. I've always considered Harrah's the borderline corner to the French Quarter and it's only a 15 minute walk from the Erato Terminal or .8 of a mile. However you have missed my point which is no one needs to pay for a tour of the French Quarter when it is so very easy to do it on your own and more enjoyable as you can walk and see the sights you actually want to see and if you get tired, you can get a pedal cab or taxi or stop in at a restaurant or bar. There is just no need to pay for a tour of the French Quarter at all.
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