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  1. gnome12

    Norway itinerary advice

    I would not do #2. It seems to be 2 separate cruises back to back, and you go all the way back to Rotterdam in the middle.
  2. gnome12

    Rhine water levels 2019 and similar topics

    How many Viking longships are there in total?
  3. gnome12

    Rhine water levels 2019 and similar topics

    Notamermaid I'm not sure what you consider cold. It was -21 celcius when I got up this morning, without taking into account the wind, which is very unusual for us here. I'm grateful that I have a car and drive it to work, so I only had to walk to my garage at the back of the house. I feel sorry for people that have to wait for buses, or even more, those that are sleeping on the streets (and unfortunately we have them; many of them refuse to go to shelters). We are expected to rise above freezing on Wednesday; and are expecting flurries and rain showers.
  4. gnome12

    Need for local currency vs US Dollar

    I can speak for only two. In Cambodia the US dollar is the de facto currency, and it is fairly widely accepted in Vietnam, although they would prefer local currency.
  5. I have booked and printed out my ticket directly from loco2.com. It was started by some British train geeks (that's what they called themselves) and there is lots of useful information as well as the ability to book. (The man in seat 61 directed me there for Spanish train tickets. In addition, they had a sample ticket that explained what each part of the ticket meant - car number, seat number etc that was very helpful.)
  6. gnome12

    Flight home after cruise

    Do you not have the option to get to your home airport with a connection? I realize it isn't as easy as a direct flight, but hanging around all day seems very tiring, and you wouldn't get home until very late.
  7. Try loco2.com. There are direct trains that take 6 1/2 hours. For March 16 the trains are at 5:50, 7:50, 9:50, 11:50 and 15:50. The booking horizon is about 2 months. (Can't see March 23 yet.) Click on the train you want, then the red button with the down arrow to see the price options. (You can set prices to $USD, GBP or Euros, but I would presume that the pricing is probably in Euros, even though neither Czech Republic nor Hungary use it.)
  8. I think that Avalon used to want all passengers to meet in one place. In the last year or so, that seems to have changed.
  9. It was £50 (i.e. 50 British pounds).
  10. gnome12

    Anyone cruised with Amadeus?

    Amadeus is a different company.
  11. I wonder how the credit card companies feel about this; if the card is a rewards card, the refund is supposed to be made to the card to reverse the reward. Just as an aside (and I realize that you deal with credit card companies), refunds by credit card sometimes take multiple billing cycles before they are repaid, for no reason that I can discern. If they can bill you immediately they should be able to refund immediately to the credit card.
  12. Connecting within the Schengen Zone is more difficult than your connections. You were in transit in both directions. The OP would need to go through immigration in Amsterdam, even though the luggage would be checked through. This means they would need more time than you did for the connection.
  13. gnome12

    Transportation from Le Pecq to Versailles

    You might want to consider doing this trip before you board the ship, since you will be spending 4 nights in Paris. As noted, the trip is simpler from Paris than from Le Pecq.
  14. gnome12

    Transportation from Le Pecq to Versailles

    The problem is the the OP isn’t starting in central Paris, which makes the trip a bit more complicated.
  15. gnome12

    Christmas markets AMS-BUD?

    I'd be very careful about checking the dates of the markets along the route. The longer the cruise, the more likely that markets won't be open everywhere along the way.
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