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  1. We just returned from Aarhus. We were there on the Regal Princess on Sunday, April 28, 2019. The Regal Princess docked at the container port and provided a free shuttle from the ship to a tented area outside the container port. There were people there with maps and helpful information on how to walk to Den Gamle By (just follow the canal they said). We had walked a lot on our previous two stops so decided to go the easy way and take a taxi. There were only a couple of taxis there and most people were walking instead. Our cost was about the equivalent of $20US (used credit card) one-way. The driver gave us his card and said to call him if we needed a taxi back as there will not be taxis waiting there. We spent a couple of hours there, called him, and he was there in 2 minutes. He said he had not been very busy since most places are very walkable. We had him drop us off at the beginning of the pedestrian street (again about $20US). He pointed out how to walk back to the ship. There were tourist people standing around in orange vests answering questions. They told us to be sure to go to the Salling Dept. Store and take the elevator to the top floor (floor 6). Outside there is a platform where you can see over Aarhus and take great pictures. They also have a small restaurant/bar there. Again used credit card for small lunch and coffee (charcuterie board). We walked around the downtown area (many shops were open even though it was Sunday). We didn't have time to go to any of the museums but enjoyed our time there. Just a note: we were told that if you use the local buses you do need to have the local currency. Otherwise we found it very easy to use our credit card (chip but  not pin) for everything. The tented area where the buses take you back to the ship had a few vendors selling items and prices were listed in DKK and Euros.


  2. We were on the Crown TA in November. There was a flyer in the kiosk by the Future Cruise Consultant offering "double spending money" if you booked on board. You had to really read the flyer. It was entitled "Exclusive onboard offer". If you booked 11-16 days, the OBC of $100 pp for balcony, mini-suite or suite was doubled to $200pp. It is the first time I have seen this offer and we took advantage of it. Not all cruises were included, only those listed in the flyer but it did include a variety of TAs, Baltics, Northern Europe, British Isles, Med, Hawaii. This was in addition to the 3-For-Free promotion running at the time.


  3. We are basically doing a similar plan from Cadiz. We are going to Arcos de la Frontera, the Royal School Equestrian (for the horse training), and for wine and tapas after. I found a taxi driver on trip advisor that comes highly recommended. Carlos has prebooked our tickets for the horse training so we are assured to get in. His taxi will only hold 4 people. His web site is tours from cadiz. If you are unable to locate it, send me an email and I will provide contact information. FSusman at comcast dot net.


  4. I had a different experience with British Air. I booked through Princess Air because the price was much cheaper for one-way (Denver through LHR to BCN). I booked premium economy (World Traveller Plus) and was able to select seats as soon as I booked, no extra charge. The flights are not until October so seat selection may change, but as of today the assigned seats are still on the BA site. If BA changes seats or un-assigns seats, no problem as at least we have premium economy. We have 3 hours in LHR to transfer to the BCN flight, and even if delayed, BA has more flights that evening, and we always fly in a day early for the cruise.


  5. We just did this tour in November. Probably one of my favorite things to do. The Segways were very easy to ride and we went up hills and on the sand. We did a 3 hour tour and stopped for rest stops. They provide water and fruit. Their office is right on a beach so you can spend some time at the beach after the tour. They will arrange for a taxi to pick you up at whatever time you decide. Although the leader does have a loudspeaker type thing, if you are at the rear of the line, you probably won't hear what he/she is saying. We didn't really care as the ride was so much fun. Highly recommend this as an alternate to spending the day at the beach.


  6. Thank you all for your responses. Trucker Dave: We do fly United a lot and have lots of saved miles. I did a dummy booking on United for award tickets and I can get a 7:50am flight from Heathrow to Chicago with either a 1 hr 45 min layover or a 4 hr layover and then on to Denver. Their new pricing structure shows I can do Economy Plus Essentials (which is economy plus seating plus an extra bag which we don't need) and the total for two tickets is $927.72 plus 60,000 miles. The breakdown is about $166pp for fees and $298pp for E+. They also have a more expensive option where you get access to their premier lounge (I already have two passes) and a couple other goodies but the price outweighs the extra cost. This flight has a seating of 2/4/2 and United shows plenty of economy seats. I like the fact that you can actually view their seating chart, even though it may change if the plane changes from a 767-300.

     

    My problem with both BA and Lufthansa is that you can't see what seats are available until you book, although the plane configurations are 2/4/2. The price for BA is $853.14 per ticket, or $1,706.28 for economy plus, plus whatever they charge for a seat assignment prior to check-in.

     

    I think I have omitted Lufthansa because it is about $200 more expensive and I will probably go with the United mileage award tickets. I am willing to pay a bit more for more comfort, but looks like I might or might not get it with BA, although I like the nonstop.

     

    Interesting to see the new United pricing structure.


  7. Currently looking at one-way air from London to Denver on April 21, 2017 through Princess EZ Air. Because it is one-way, it is much cheaper to book through cruise line.

     

    British Airways nonstop London to Denver in Premium Economy on 747 (I think this is one of the 747s that has not upgraded Premium Economy, but not sure)

     

    OR

     

    Lufthansa, London to Munich (1 1/2 hr time to transfer) and Munich to Denver on A330-300, Premium Economy.

     

    The Lufthansa flight is slightly more expensive but I don't think you have to pay to get seat assignment early. On BA I believe you have to pay or wait until 23 hours in advance to get seat assignment.

     

    I have flown Lufthansa before and know the quality of service but have not flown with BA. You would think that the nonstop is a no-brainer but I have read some reviews of the older 747s and am undecided.

     

    Advice?


  8. Hi Linda and Frank:

    Great review! We enjoyed sharing tours with you.

     

    Just a couple of comments on our experience:

    (1) Lisbon: Since this was a last minute change, I used some internet minutes and found a guide recommended on trip advisor. I e-mailed him on Sunday (a holiday too), and he responded right back that he was available. He had room for 4 of us in his Audi and we had a great tour of Lisbon. In fact, we were probably the last few people back on the ship. We used Fabio of Yellow Taxi TT Tours. We saw a lot of Lisbon from 8:00 to 3:30, including sampling the famous pastries in Belem, sampling sangria and vinho verde and bruschetta, and ending with port wine and cod fish. There was a very long line at 3:00 to get back on the ship so Fabio suggested we go around the corner to have wine. When we returned to get on the ship, there were only a couple of people in line, but then again it was 3:35 and all aboard was 3:30. Loved Lisbon - would go back in a heartbeat.

     

    (2) Cartagena: I was not very impressed with this place. I did walk a lot and saw the Roman Theater Museum, Roman Forum, House of Fortune, and took the lift up to the Castillo de la Concepcion. Don't waste your money on the Roman Forum. I didn't find it that interesting. I did enjoy the House of Fortune, even though it was very small.

     

    (3) Disembarkation: We decided to do the walk-off on our own. We left the ship at 7:15am and there was somewhat of a line to get through passport control. Once through, there were plenty of taxis waiting outside. There is now a flat charge of 39 Euros to the airport (this includes all fees or tariffs). Quickly through the Barcelona airport and plenty of time to catch our 10:50am flight. Newark Airport was another story. It took us about an hour and 45 minutes to go through customs, get our luggage and re-check and go through security. Luckily we did not have to change terminals. I had allowed 2-1/2 hours between flights so we were not rushed, but again if changing terminals it would have been more hectic. By the way, if you have Global Entry, there was no line at Newark so you would have breezed through.


  9. We will be arriving at Red Hook on Saturday, September 26th at 6:00am on the Regal Princess. I'm thinking of having one of the recommended car services pick us up at 9:00am to drop us off at the Millenium Hilton. Does that sound doable?

     

    For travel to Newark Airport (EWR) from our hotel on Monday morning, our flight leaves at noon. Pick-up at hotel at 9:00am? I'm guessing I will prebook and prepay but wonder if cost would be similar if we just have the hotel call us a limo or large cab. We have 4 people and 4 pieces of luggage. The price for Carmel Limo according to their web site is around $75 plus tolls and tip.

     

    Thanks.


  10. I don't know what time your ship docks, but in September our ship docks at 7am. The Titanic Museum opens at 9am (at least those are the hours in September). We are having a black taxi pick us up (4 of us) at the dock and then doing a 1 and 1/2 hour tour of the Troubles area (Shankill Road and Falls Road) and dropping us off at the Titanic Museum (cost for 4 people is 45 GBP). We have prebooked tickets for the museum at 10:20am, figuring if we get there earlier we can look around at other things if we can't get in earlier.


  11. We were on the Royal in Deluxe Balcony A-732 (the last one before the wrap around balcony that was totally aft). It is true that while sitting on the balcony, there is no view of the aft wake. However, if you stand up at the balcony and look left, you do see the wake and some of the wrap around balcony next door. You don't really have to lean over a lot and disturb anyone on the balcony. I'm not sure if this link will work, but there are two pictures posted of the balcony and the view of the aft wake.

     

    https://royalprincessa732.shutterfly.com/pictures


  12. We just returned from Zeebrugge. Here is what the Princess Patter said regarding shuttles:

     

    "There will be an independent shuttle service to the town of Blankenberge. Tickets for the shuttle can be purchased on the pier for 12 Euros round trip. US Dollars will be accepted as the exchange rate of the day to be paid directly at the shuttle. The drop off point will be next to the railway station for those passengers who would like to take the train to Bruges, Ghent or Brussels. The first shuttle will depart at 7:30am with the last to return from town at 3:00pm. It will take 15 minutes to the drop off point depending on traffic. Please note - the port of Zeebrugge is a container port and for safety reasons it is forbidden to walk from the gangway to the main gate. For independent passengers there will be a complimentary bus from the ship to the port gate."


  13. Thank you for posting a review of this excursion. We were thinking about it, but now have decided to just hang out at the beach, or take a taxi if we want to see any of the island. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts on this.


  14. Another choice would be a ship's tour to Windsor Castle that will deliver you to your chosen terminal at Heathrow. We did this excursion and it was a good way to combine some sightseeing and transportation. Other excursions will feature Stonehenge and then Heathrow. You can also book private taxi/tours with the same itinerary. We felt that the ship's tour was relatively cost effective and made for an easy departure day.

     

    PNW Traveler: Do you remember what time you got to the airport and what time you left the ship? We have a flight that leaves at 4:20pm and the Princess excursion states you must have a flight after 4:00pm. I am guessing that you have to reserve the transfer/tour while onboard since it is not showing up on the shore excursions to book. We wanted to do the one to Stonehenge but don't know if we will have time.

     

    Thank you.


  15. Thanks for the additional suggestions. I'll take another look at doing Cork and Cobh. And we are more "try all the local beers" people rather than Irish whiskey. The excursions are through Princess. Usually we do a mixture of private, on our own, and one or two with Princess. With all the driving, if we do an excursion, we will just go with the big bus tour realizing its limitations! When we do Blarney Castle, we will do a private tour. Thanks again everyone.


  16. We decided to just go ahead and book a hotel in Lower Manhattan near the WTC. I booked the Millenium Hilton for $239 plus tax per night. Originally the new Residence Inn at WTC was $220 per night, but by the time I tried to book it, the price had gone up to $305. Crazy! Since the booking can be cancelled up to one day prior to arriving, I figure I can always check prices closer to our arrival time, but at least we have something for now.


  17. We will be in Cork (Cobh) twice, once in April and once in September. One time we will do the Blarney Castle/Kinsdale (in September). For the other day I am debating on seeing Rock of Cashel, The Vee, and Lismore, or the alternative is Clonakilty, Glengarriff and Gougane Barra National Park. I know each involves quite a bit of travel time, but wondered if anyone has done either of these. Any recommendations? Which would be more scenic?We will be in port from 9:00am to 8:00pm in April.


  18. We will be in NYC September 26 and 27 (Saturday and Sunday) and looking for a hotel under $300 per night. I have found a couple of Hiltons that might work but wondering if anyone knows the best time to book a hotel for September (or is this like asking what day of the week is best to book airfare?) Most hotels are high 300's to 700 per night in the "touristy" areas. We would like to stay either near the financial district or mid-town within walking distance of some of the sites (Times Square, Empire State Bldg, Central Park) - yes I know they are in different directions but in that general area. We don't want to stay in Brooklyn, NJ, near the airport, etc.


  19. First of all, Bethel is a better hotel than Hebron and its located 5 minutes away from Kongens Nytorv Metro station so you are close to a "train station".

     

    Kongens Nytorv is directly connected to the airport with metro line M2.

     

    When going to Malmö you simply just take the metro to Nørreport or and change to the Øresund train to Malmö there.

     

    A trip to Malmö only takes around 45 minutes from Nørreport (add 3 minutes from Kongens Nytorv) so you would be able to visit Malmö on a evening tour.

     

    Perfect. Exactly the information I needed. Thank you so much!


  20. We will be in Copenhagen September 10, 2015 and are thinking of taking the train to Malmo, Sweden. We have been to Copenhagen before and one of our party wanted to "put her feet on Swedish soil" since her ancestors are from Sweden. Our ship (Regal Princess) leaves Friday, September 11, 2015 at 6:00pm. Our flight into CPH gets in around 1:00 or 2:00 (Iceland Air from Denver to Iceland to CPH). By the time we drop our luggage at a hotel, would we have time to go to Malmo that day or the next day? Not sure if we want to spend one or two nights in Copenhagen. Also, we were originally going to stay at the Bethel Hotel but now I am thinking it might be better to stay at the Hotel Hebron closer to the train station. Any thoughts?

     

    Thanks for all your great information.

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