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  1. My travel friend and I have had a PCC who was very pleasant and responsive when called or emailed. However, for the upcoming Alaska cruise we booked through an auto club that was having a promotion of their own so we got HAL benefits and those from the club. The TA has been quite helpful and may use her again.
  2. I plan to get a GeoBlue policy for a year.It is health insurance only. My credit card from Costco gives good travel insurance coverage if I charge the trip using the card - except no health. GeoBlue https://www.geobluetravelinsurance.com/ will cost for a year what I would usually pay for one trip insurance policy. And, since I plan to travel more now that I am retired, I think it is worth it.
  3. Downloading WhatsApp will allow texting using WiFi, no data needed.
  4. Looking for advice on booking Alaska cruise end of August/early September 2019. There are so many combinations it is daunting. My travel friend and I have friends from Australia who want to meet us. We have been on an inside passage cruise in 2009 and are looking forward to seeing Denali and some of the interior as we travel on the train. Our Ausie friends have never been to Alaska. From reading some postings, we should definitely do a double Denali and a triple if time permits. But what about Yukon? I think I have narrowed it down to: R6L - 12 Day Seattle to Vancouver which seems most practical for the choice of airlines for all of us if we fly in and out of Seattle. Right? Does HAL provide transportation to Seattle? Do they allow for a day to the Buchart Gardens before returning to Seattle. Y4C - 11 Day Yukon & Double Denali has Glacier Bay included which I would like my friends to see. It that a tiresome trip because there are so many days on buses? D1C - 12 Day Triple Denali looks good but ends in Fairbanks where I hear there's less choice for flights back home. I appreciate your advice. Terry
  5. In April I was on the Amadeus Silver as I was on a Smithsonian Journeys tour, the Waterways of Holland and Belgium. It was my first river cruise. The ship was clean as a whistle, the staff were friendly and food was good. There was a nice "library" at the rear of our deck from which you could get tea or coffee and cookies, sit and read or use one of two computers. Our trip was enhanced as we had lectures by a Smithsonian art historian. The passengers not associated with Smithsonian were part of three college alumni groups. It was a very educated group. Enjoyed many enriching conversations with fellow travelers.
  6. The Doubletree by Hilton Central Station is very nice and convenient. My friend and I stayed there in April and walked everywhere from there - our first day we walked 21,000 steps! There is a nice Chinese restaurant nearby and the library a block away has a nice restaurant on it's top floor. The breakfast at the Doubletree is a fabulous buffet. Sent from my SM-T320 using Forums mobile app
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