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Earl Rosebery

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  1. IDKaren. This is a misleading marketing ploy used by some cruise lines. ALL of the reputable private tour cos. participate in the official Russian government visa waiver program. This means when you purchase a private tour, the visa is waived provided you stay with your group. This has been discussed many times on CC. The tour company will provide the necessary paperwork. The cost of the visa waiver is included. By and large, small private tours are vastly preferable
  2. Regatta in drydock at Seaspan in North Vancouver. Ship on the right is Grand Classica diverted from Bahamas to house temporary workers. This appears to be quite a complex operation to refit Regatta in record time. There were hundreds of containers stacked on the dock nearby.
  3. If that is your preference, you could stay near the airport the first night you would save a few bob. Cruisemom is correct. Regular taxis can get from the airport to the SAN Basilio dock.
  4. 15% value added tax called (HST) in Halifax and Saint John on everything.
  5. The alilaguna service is a private water bus. The blue line from the dock to the airport takes far too long. 90 minutes and it runs every 30 minutes. So could be 2 hrs.+. if you go to (google). Italy for Visitors/Venice or Toms Port Guides, you will find a raft of excellent information. ( All you need)
  6. No need to take a cab. There is a tram from P. Roma to the port. Cost 1-2 €. Some ships will have a shuttle from the port entrance to the ship. See Tom’s Port Guides or Italy for visitors/Venice for greater detail.
  7. Of the 3 you listed, only Oceania fills the bill. We were there on Marina. 2 days isn SPB and ending in Stockholm. Highly recommended. If you haven't been to Stockholm before, consider ending there and spend a few extra days. It is the jewel of the Scandinavian cities. You cannot see enough of Stockholm in 1 day.
  8. You didnt tell us which ship or cruise line. It looks like Nautica to me
  9. The BnB would qualify as 'stuff" I said US$ would be acceptable for tips
  10. You would want the 257 express bus. Runs every 30 minutes. Takes 30 minutes to Horseshoe Bay Stops on the corner next to the hotel and 2 minutes from the ferry. Cost 3$. Your hotel will have complete information.
  11. I imagine £,$, and € are interchangeable among the staff
  12. better to post on the Western Europe board. Google both cities Under the explore heading, you will get a taste of what’s available
  13. In Canada buy ‘stuff’ with a credit card. Tourist industry staff will happily accept tips in US$.. Especially since they represent a 30% premium over Can$. Money is fungible.
  14. https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g298507-d1873615-Reviews-or130-ULKOtours-St_Petersburg_Northwestern_District.html
  15. We had a private 2 day tour with Ulko for 6 people 2 years ago. Highly recommended.
  16. Don’t forget the Terrace Cafe. Wonderful food on your schedule.
  17. the alilaguna blue line operates every 30 minutes from the port to SAN Marco. You would miss the Grand Canal which is half the fun. If mobility is a serious problem, you should consider a water taxi ride from the port to SAN Marco via the Grand Canal. Expensive but maybe worth it. For all your options, google Tom’s port guides and Europe for visitors/Venice .
  18. There is no need for roubles . Discussed many times.
  19. There are 2 kinds of water transfer to the airport. Alilaguna private water busses and water taxis. The water bus can take 90 minutes plus. (it goes the longest possible route). Water taxis take about 35 minutes, can hold up to 10 and will cost 130€. Google motoscafi Venezia for details.
  20. http://www.yvr.ca/en/blog/2017/new-border-process-for-arriving-passengers-at-yvr
  21. You require a passport, passport card (whatever that is) or Nexus card. I certainly hope you have one .
  22. It all depends on your budget. Given the overall cost of a cruise and flights, I would definitely splurge for the water taxi and hotel in Venice proper. The next day, leave your luggage at the hotel until it is time to head for the port.
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