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  1. Hello again, Please also continue to share information here as you become aware of it. We have had to remove some content but we do not want to discourage everyone from sharing helpful information you are sharing with each other. We aren't always able to preserve everything when we are editing. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together to support one another in a time when accurate and detailed information is crucial. Thank you for all the valuable contributions so far and the many more we know we will be seeing here. We know you are what powers this community and in this important time, what will provide information to anyone that needs it. We appreciate all of you!
  2. To be certain, things are changing quicker than any of us can post a question or write a reply. Below are some links to the most reliable sources (Health/Government) of accurate and trustworthy information for news on next steps with regard to your wellness, and when travel may be approved/open again, are these are official websites. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to contact your cruise line, airline, hotel, tour guides, trip insurers, directly regarding next steps as to refunds, future travels, filing claims, claims denials etc due to these extraordinary circumstances. In other words, please do not make this your first point of contact for answers; use the board as a place to share once you have checked in to reputable news sources that adhere to strict principles of journalism and communicated with official industry representatives concerning your travel plans, then absolutely do come back to report back here with verifiable news. Please stay connected to official government, health organization, and travel industry updates, as well as your preferred source for trusted world news. This isn't the place to guess, speculate or track numbers, but I know we wish each other wellness, and the swiftest containment of the condition. Thank you everyone. Keep well, safe, and peaceful. United States Travel Advisory - Italy Canada Travel Advisory - Italy United Kingdom - Foreign Office Travel Information, Italy Australia Travel Advisory - Italy New Zealand Travel Advisory - Italy World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Europe Update Centers for Disease Control Italy Update Q & A with InsureMyTrip on our Cruise Critic Discussion Forum.
  3. Easy is a subjective term that isn't so easy to answer. I've lived here my entire life and I try to avoid flying into LGA anytime I can. Whenever possible, and it almost always is, I aim to go out of JFK, and if not, Newark...more recently because I don't live in Brooklyn or Queens anymore. A lot of what can affect your ground transport, which is what you've asked about after arriving into either airport, is the time of day - rush hour/commuters - and the weather...oh and if there's an event happening near LGA (baseball game, tennis or something else near Flushing Meadow Park vicinity) because traffic can be pretty intense. There are ways to get into Manhattan via mass transit from either airport though these aren't always appealing for out of town visitors; they are more reliable, generally, and much less expensive. The shuttles (coach buses) tend to be pretty good and less expensive but again, if there is traffic, it'll take a bit longer. I had a particularly dreadful trip home last year flying home from Houston into JFK; just lots of traffic, it took so long because we had to go over the 59th Street Bridge aka Ed Koch Bridge, getting there was not quick. Almost missed a plane out of LGA on a Saturday morning because a commuter train just stopped en route...by the time it finally got going I caught the M160 bus to LGA in Harlem and made it in time to the security line. Basically, even with mass transit, shuttles, you just never know. I can't think of a time I've ever taken a taxi except when I lived about 3 miles from the airport for 17 years, it was a local car service that cost probably average about $8 over the years. Even when I moved to Brooklyn, for a time, I'd go back to my old neighborhood and park, take the taxi a few miles to the terminals. So spoiled! (Mass transit options from JFK are the A train, subway, and LIRR, commuter rail goes into Penn Station, both reachable via SkyTrain from terminals) Long story short: whatever you decide to do, allow plenty of time for travel day so that you have plenty of time to make it to port. As was mentioned, Grand Central Terminal (where the shuttles arrive at) has many restaurants on the lower level that are decent and some higher end restaurants too if you care to sit down for a proper meal. The Terminal itself is lovely and historic and full of locals and visitors alike, you'll see lots of people taking selfies and sometimes even brides and grooms posing for pictures. You never know. Also, if you were thinking of taking the shuttle to the city, it's arguable to simply take one ride and pay the money for the taxi instead. Making all the transfers to get from the airport to the city to the port would be exhausting; not having to make any transfers at all would be worth the cost of a taxi if you've never been here before or had a lot of luggage or just weren't particularly into a multi-step journey prior to starting a relaxing cruise. Fares are set and you cannot be overcharged by a yellow taxi or car hire app. If you use a yellow taxi, be sure to get in the queue at the proper place curbside because there are people there managing the process. Whatever you decide to do, have a safe and wonderful journey. 🙂
  4. No worries, and of course that makes sense. As this is a global matter and folks are planning travels from place to place all over the planet, it seemed like it definitely could not hurt to get it in front of more eyeballs. The more people who have access to the information, the more value the information has. If no one knows where it is or even that we have it, then it's not useful. It's not an exciting topic, travel insurance, I grant you, but it is important. In a moment like we are experiencing now, it's helpful to give everyone easy access to information. And that's all it's meant to be, information, optional. Nothing more than that. 🙂 ☮️
  5. Hello Cruise Critic Community: We are running a Q & A with Insure My Trip, a travel insurance comparison company. The topic is active, please post your questions in the topic linked here for ease of navigation. The focus of the topic is of course coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and other questions will be answered, though it's possible those questions could be in the queue longer than COVID-19 policy questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding and above all, hope you'll find the information helpful going forward. Above all, we hope you are well and safe. Thank you. Peace, Colleen/Bonjour
  6. Hi hammo! Everyone here is kind of on island time already 😉 Also, car hire isn't that common on these port visits, but that said, it does happen though more often in Tahiti and Fiji (think Suva). You are stopping in some amazing places (I'm a bit envious!) and so while it's surely possible, these are the reasons it might requite a bit more waiting to get helpful answers. Not as many cruisers calling in these ports, fewer renting cars. In Fiji I just walked places. I can drive anywhere/anytime in New York City, my hometown which intimidates a LOT of people, but I'm less keen on driving places overseas! Nevertheless, I have faith in our amazing community, we have the best in the world, and that's not just me being biased–which I surely am, it's verified. In the meantime, search back through our topics, you may just find what you need! I hope when you return from your wonderful journey, you'll be back and let us know how it went. 🙂
  7. Hello Cruise Critic Community: We are running a Q & A with Insure My Trip, a travel insurance comparison company. The topic is active, please post your questions in the topic linked here for ease of navigation. The focus of the topic is of course coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and other questions will be answered, though it's possible those questions could be in the queue longer than COVID-19 policy questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding and above all, hope you'll find the information helpful going forward. Above all, we hope you are well and safe. Thank you. Peace, Colleen/Bonjour
  8. Hello Cruise Critic Community: We are running a Q & A with Insure My Trip, a travel insurance comparison company. The topic is active, please post your questions in the topic linked here for ease of navigation. The focus of the topic is of course coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and other questions will be answered, though it's possible those questions could be in the queue longer than COVID-19 policy questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding and above all, hope you'll find the information helpful going forward. Above all, we hope you are well and safe. Thank you. Peace, Colleen/Bonjour
  9. Hello Cruise Critic Community: We are running a Q & A with Insure My Trip, a travel insurance comparison company. The topic is active, please post your questions in the topic linked here for ease of navigation. The focus of the topic is of course coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and other questions will be answered, though it's possible those questions could be in the queue longer than COVID-19 policy questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding and above all, hope you'll find the information helpful going forward. Above all, we hope you are well and safe. Thank you. Peace, Colleen/Bonjour
  10. Hello Cruise Critic Community: We are running a Q & A with Insure My Trip, a travel insurance comparison company. The topic is active, please post your questions in the topic linked here for ease of navigation. The focus of the topic is of course coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and other questions will be answered, though it's possible those questions could be in the queue longer than COVID-19 policy questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding and above all, hope you'll find the information helpful going forward. Above all, we hope you are well and safe. Thank you. Peace, Colleen/Bonjour
  11. Use Google! It's the best starting point to help you find what you are hoping to find. How to start? Go to google.com and type in exactly what you wrote here: "resorts in mediterranean sea for port visits" (omit the quotation marks) You'll probably have a lot of results, and spoiler alert, the ones that are on the first page (scroll down to the bottom to see the number of pages you have for results, but no, you needn't read them all!) tend to be the ones that A) paid to land on page one or B) know how to promote themselves C) combination of A & B. That might or might not mean they are right for you but it can be a good place to start to get ideas for what is out there. A better way to narrow it down is to add in one of the port calls into your search and do each port individually, this way you won't have to search through as many results. So for example, better to do a search for: resorts in St Tropez for port call, or, resorts in Corfu....etc. You get the idea. If you haven't already, look through our message boards. There are plenty of topics here (and on other boards) where people discuss how/when they found ways to visit a beach or go kayaking, snorkeling, etc. It all depends upon what you wish to do. Hope this helps. There's also something to be said for spontaneity; you can book things when you come into port (avoiding costly ship excursions) or go DIY. But finding out what's available before you arrive is definitely good planning. Have fun planning!
  12. Hello Cruise Critic Community: We are running a Q & A with Insure My Trip, a travel insurance comparison company. The topic is active, please post your questions in the topic linked here for ease of navigation. The focus of the topic is of course coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and other questions will be answered, though it's possible those questions could be in the queue longer than COVID-19 policy questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding and above all, hope you'll find the information helpful going forward. Above all, we hope you are well and safe. Thank you. Peace, Colleen/Bonjour
  13. Hello Cruise Critic Community: We are running a Q & A with Insure My Trip, a travel insurance comparison company. The topic is active, please post your questions in the topic linked here for ease of navigation. The focus of the topic is of course coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and other questions will be answered, though it's possible those questions could be in the queue longer than COVID-19 policy questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding and above all, hope you'll find the information helpful going forward. Above all, we hope you are well and safe. Thank you. Peace, Colleen/Bonjour
  14. Hello Cruise Critic Community: We are running a Q & A with Insure My Trip, a travel insurance comparison company. The topic is active, please post your questions in the topic linked here for ease of navigation. The focus of the topic is of course coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and other questions will be answered, though it's possible those questions could be in the queue longer than COVID-19 policy questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding and above all, hope you'll find the information helpful going forward. Above all, we hope you are well and safe. Thank you. Peace, Colleen/Bonjour
  15. Everyone can read five free New York Times articles per month. If one has not yet reached their limit of five free, you should be able to click on to the article and read it without being a subscriber. If you're at the limit and blocked by the paywall, your library card will usually grant access the library's subscription, if not online, certainly at their local branch. Some libraries (schools and public) may not subscribe to every papers, but many do!! Hope this helps.
  16. From The New York Times today regarding the Diamond Princess and some other cruise news: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/06/world/asia/coronavirus-cruise-ship.html
  17. SCMP >>>> South China Morning Post, in case anyone wasn't familiar with the acronym. My sister works for NASA and when she starts speaking in letters (I know a few of them!) I usually have to remind her I don't speak NASA. Especially when other NASA people are in the room 😉 I tend to the do the same thing when it comes to finance which I far less exciting than Space. Or travel. Thanks for the points of reference @mking8288. We recommend the Cruise News board for conversations stemming from news of the day. Also helpful may be Cruise Travel/Insurance for anyone who may have questions related to their policies. We want you to be able to communicate as always, but we also want everyone to be able to find information you need right now. As this matter has reached global proportions, we believe the more organized we are, the better we can assist you. Safe travels to everyone and thank you! 🙂
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  19. There aren't any easy mass transit options from either La Guardia (LGA) or JFK airports over to Bayonne, Newark is definitely the easiest. I live here so I haven't ever needed to arrange this type of transit but I've lived here all my life and so I know how to get around, what's here, makes sense etc. I wonder if you've thought of spending a night somewhere–there are lots of apps to search for last minute hotel rooms (many can be booked in advance or, last minute!), maybe search for a deal on a room in Manhattan (they exist) or in Brooklyn. In that case, you have many more options for transit, including coach buses, long island rail road, the subway and flat rate cabs or uber/lyft into the city or Brooklyn. Or you can catch a cab or uber to Bayonne to stay there over night from LGA or JFK for the night but it won't be inexpensive, especially if there is traffic, depending upon what time you arrive. There is also an airport north of Manhattan in White Plains (HPN) but there aren't always reasonable flights available (sometimes on JetBlue if where you live is served by them) arriving at White Plains as it tends to serve as a quasi-private jet airport though it's a full fledged airport for traditional airlines. And so, if you've never been to NYC and fancy having a preview (do come back!) then perhaps save money on airfare and use it for a preview of the city. Otherwise, fly direct to Newark and go straight to Bayonne on cruise day. Also, read up on finding best airfares; it's not as straightforward as you may think! Good luck 🙂
  20. To be certain, things will change quicker than any of us can post a question or write a reply. The most reliable sources of accurate and trustworthy information for news on next steps with regard to your wellness and when travel may be approved again are these websites and others like them. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to contact your cruise line, airline, tour guides, trip insurers, direct regarding next steps as to refunds, future travels, filing claims, claims denials etc due to this extraordinary circumstance. In other words, please do not make this your first point of contact for answers; use the board as a place to share once you have checked in to reputable news sources that adhere to strict principles of journalism and communicated with official industry representatives concerning your travel plans, then absolutely do come back to report back here with verifiable news. It is simply too soon and it is not the place to list statistics since we cannot verify the accuracy of the data or websites posted here. Let's see what each day and week brings and stay connected to official government, health organization, and travel industry updates, as well as your preferred source for trusted world news. We cannot speculate about the virus here, but I know we wish each other wellness, and the swiftest containment of the condition. Thank you everyone. Keep well, safe, and peaceful. United States Travel Advisory https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/china-travel-advisory.html Canada Travel Advisory https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/china United Kingdom Foreign Office https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china Australia https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/china New Zealand https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/news/novel-coronavirus-china-2019-ncov World Health Organization (W.H.O.) https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/30-01-2020-statement-on-the-second-meeting-of-the-international-health-regulations-(2005)-emergency-committee-regarding-the-outbreak-of-novel-coronavirus-(2019-ncov) Centers for Disease Control (U.S.) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  21. Happy retirement and we are glad you'll be able to spend more time here in our community! When I first moved to these boards from our sister site Independent Traveler, I remember noticing your posts and wishing I'd seen them when I was planning my visit to the region some years ago. I visited Gûstrow, Rostock, and Berlin with some Parisian friends, one of whom was long friends with the person in Germany. Not everyone spoke every language, but enough of us spoke two languages...it was interesting! I had previously only been to Bavaria and so it was an exciting and unique experience, as can happen when visiting another region in a country with long and rich history. It was beautiful and I received some unforgettable hospitality and have timeless memories, but I could have used you to have informed myself even better back then, so I am glad everyone has you here now. I'm not sure I'd have thought I'd be at the Baltic Sea until...there I was. So wonderful. Look forward to your continued presence! Thank you Anni. 🙂
  22. I am unsure which question to answer. Trains are always going to be faster BUT, presently in France there are slow-downs taking place due to the proposed reforms for retirement/pensions by the president. Today (January 20, 2020) it was announced that the Paris métro will be getting back to normal schedule as the members of that union have accepted the latest government proposal but the members who operate regional trains (they travel to Orly or CDG) have NOT accepted the terms of the compromise. Will they have made an agreement by May 5? Perhaps. Often I have relied on buses to get to the Paris airports but once, during a work slowdown and on a very bad weather day, I missed my plane despite allowing many hours for transit. I almost made it. The plane was still there, they would not let me board, I think it was close to pushing back. Traffic of course can be challenging on a weekday going into Paris but you'd be traveling, at least to Orly, away from the city. I am unclear, are you arriving into CDG, then need to get a regional flight out of Orly? In this case, by train you need to transit through Paris of course because I'm fairly certain, without consulting my map, you need to switch from RER B (Roissy/CDG to Paris, then Paris to Orly via RER C) I am not looking up where the transfer occurs, might need métro. If you have luggage and a walker then doing it by train sounds daunting. If you're flying into CDG early, I'd say get onto the bus going to Orly straightaway and you should be fine for the Noon-ish flight out on TAP. If you're up for the additional $75, go for it. That's more than likely a flat rate as all airport runs tend to be and sounds quite reasonable as it's a decent distance going from CDG which is north of Paris to ORY, which is south. Not so, so much, but they are banlieue. Be sure you know where to queue for any bus you will take and make advance arrangements if you will take a private car, again, clarifying where the pickup will be; there are designated pickup places but you'll want to make sure you are in the right place. There's an info desk that speaks English if you need assistance at the terminal to find locations, don't worry. And if it's raining that day, leave even earlier. Just saying. 🙂
  23. Lambrusco is a fizzy type of wine but it's not like Prosecco (which is similar to champagne in that it is corked under high pressure and has a lot more bubbles!) or, one might say, frizzante which you usually see when it comes to water listed on Italian menus. Lambrusco, to me is definitely sweeter. Once upon a time it was popular in the U.S. when Riunite was selling big time, back in the 80s. It's a wine I only noticed being served when I was in Emilia Romagna and then, only with a certain dish. And indeed Spumante is sweet...much, much sweeter than Prosecco. There could be sweet proseccos but it would require specific knowledge of the grapes in that bottle or a producer of the bottle you're drinking to deduce whether or not the bottle is sweet or dry. If the bottle says brut, it's dry. For whatever reason, the French brut is still used to describe dry Italian Prosecco. I'd go with either Lambrusco (more of a wine) or Spumante (more like a champagne) for a definitely sweet something in your glass. Specify red, white, or rosé for your Lambrusco; not sure? Go for the rosé. Enjoy Capri!! 🙂
  24. Too funny 😂 ...but as a fellow number nerd, I kind of dig it too. Statistics and probabilities can provide wonderful ways to make sense of things. Or another way of saying, it might happen, and it might not....probably not, but don't let the possibility take up too much bandwidth. A better use of that sort of thinking would be in the unlikely event that there was a glitch, channeling the energy into problem solving mode, coping, and making the most out of the experience...maybe an interesting encounter, meeting someone kind/helpful, stumbling into some great little hole-in-the-wall, or at a minimum, you learn something, or have a colorful story to tell upon returning home. Examples: I missed my flight home from Paris due to a mini-strike but ended up at the flat of my hotel front desk manager and became long time friends, I stood from Bologna to Rome, like an anchovy in a tin with my luggage between my legs, due to a weekend strike because of the lack of trains running on the weekend. I made sure I never not booked a seat again on another train EVER. I got on the wrong S-Bahn train so it didn't stop at the stop in Aying where I needed to get off; my German was 🙄and out in the countryside, English was much less common, French or Italian, hit /miss, mostly miss, it's Bavaria. Took awhile, but I got to my gasthaus...walked past gorgeous homes and gardens, worked up a hearty appetite to satisfy at a local restaurant where I indeed spoke Italian...they thought I was French; had a blast. These are a few small examples. Ultimately, not always so bad when things go wrong (hello trip insurance). Initially...there's the staying calm (trying to!) figuring it out, accept/acknowledge "this isn't great" moments. But nearly everything is fixable, and even what isn't eventually gets better. 😊 Be prepared. Things will probably be ok. Just keep on going.
  25. Thank you for creating the Wonderful Copenhagen 2020 topic @DanishViking. And as you stated, there's never any limit to Copenhagen topics, but having one place to seek information has proven to be helpful for several years now. The information contained herein often can serve as a great foundation for someone who might still have additional questions while they are planning a visit. Alternatively, for someone seeking a one-stop shop on what might be a popular question (Getting around, best sightseeing, shopping) it might be efficient and fun to scan posts found here. A benefit of topics like this is that it definitely creates space on our board for other topics to be noticed; by consolidating many posts on these popular subjects into one place where they otherwise would occupy a separate space, visibility is available for topics on other places and things that might otherwise be overlooked or completely missed. We've seen great success with themed topics on other forums. Feel free to participate here and of course, if you wish to create a separate topic, we welcome that too! At times, we might merge topics that are essentially identical but the contents always remain in tact when one or more topics are merged, and this tends not to happen that often. Happy 2020 to everyone on the board and enjoy planning your forthcoming Northern European sailings and port visits. 🙂
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