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About VacationingCharlene

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    Alpine, CA (San Diego)
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    Camping, hiking, cruising, geocaching!
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    Carnival & Holland America
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  1. THANKS for the replies. I am still not convinced it would not sell well. There are a lot of people who enjoy the longer cruises and also love Alaska. We are a pair of those people who love going to different ports in Alaska. This one looked great. Any other people have any ideas why it is not being offered in 2020. THANKS
  2. Hi All! We have enjoyed the 14 day Alaska Explorer with Hal a few times. Saw the 21-Day Ultimate Alaska & Pacific Northwest Adventurer and VERY interested BUT saw that it is ONLY available this May and June 2019. It is roundtrip from San Francisco. Does anybody know WHY it is not being offered for 2020?? THANKS...this is the place peeps will know
  3. We will be in Dublin in August 2019 and plan to use Day Tours Unplugged - Damien O'Reilly- for an 8 hour excursion to see Newgrange, Monasterboice, Hill of Tara and Hill of Shane.....check them out. WE are excited to be using them. https://www.daytoursunplugged.ie/ Have a great cruise :-) Safe travels
  4. ANYBODY HAVE ANY COMMENTS OR INFORMATION ABOUT USING THIS SERVICE? WE PURCHASED OUR AIRLINE TICKETS FOR RETURNING HOME TO SAN DIEGO (from Boston ) AND WE DONT NEED TO BE AT THE AIRPORT UNTIL 5:00PM OR SO. We will, OF COURSE HAVE LUGGAGE! I found this information below and it sounds very doable but has anyone done or know anyone who has used them? THANKS I have read mixed opinions on this. The other water taxis do not seem to have the luggage storage for a few hours. We NEED someplace to put our luggage between the port , looking around the city, and to the airport same day! https://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-water-taxi.html Rowes Wharf Water Transport: Best Logan Airport / Black Falcon / Luggage Storage Deals Rowes Wharf Water Transport charges $12 for the 7-minute trip from Boston Logan Airport to Inner Harbor locations (basically, Downtown, the North End, Seaport, East Boston where the airport is located), and offers a round-trip ticket for $20. Luggage storage and 1-way fare to or from the airport is $20. You can get 2-day passes ($25 individual; $50 family with 2 adults and up to 3 children). These are a terrific deal, especially if you're staying at one of the Boston Logan hotels. As a special benefit, Rowes Wharf water taxi passengers with round-trip tickets can store bags for free during the day in Rowes Wharf Transport's locked storage room at their ticket office next to the Boston Harbor Hotel. One-way passengers can also store bags here for the day for $8/person. Water Taxi Cruise Ship Passenger Special: Black Falcon Cruise Terminal - Boston Logan Airport Are you arriving on a cruise ship at the Black Falcon early in the day, flying out of Boston Logan later, and want to spend the time in between sightseeing? And storing your luggage somewhere? The easiest and also the cheapest way to accomplish all this is to take advantage of Rowes Wharf Water Taxi's Cruise Ship Special. For $25/person, a Rowes Wharf water taxi will pick you up at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, take you to Rowes Wharf just a few minutes away, store your luggage for free in their locked storage room while you explore the city, and then take you over to the airport for your flight home. If you've just arrived at Logan for a cruise departing later in the day, the Cruise Ship Special also works in reverse: the taxi picks you up at the airport, takes you to Rowes Wharf to store your luggage while you explore Boston, and then transports you to CruisePort in time for your departure. To arrange for this service, call their office at 617-261-6620, or the water taxi captain at 617-406-8584. Without luggage storage, fares to the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal and Charlestown locations are $20 one way, and $35 round trip. When responding, don't use quote tag below, please do not feel like you need to duplicate entire post just reply with WATER TAXI or something. THANKS Hoping someone has used them before and can comment 138East??
  5. Good job San Diego!! Yes I am a little biased about this great city as I am a native San Diegan BUT we have NEVER had any negative experiences either boarding or disembarking here using the Post of San Diego. San Diego is THE best for easy travel, from flying in to the super close airport (SAN), hotels and restaurants within walking distance of the pier, Midway Museum, harbor cruises, Uber or Lyft cheap options available, Weather is usually very nice too. We have always driven right up to the porters and dropped off our luggage, and gone in and waited to board maybe an hour to embark and we self-debark (off as earlier as allowed with our own luggage in hand) and usually home by 9:00am. (We live about 45 minutes from the port). Good job San Diego and all the fine people who work there. Happy cruising to all!
  6. You should have no problems either changing the date/times to the PG and they would probably be thrilled to have you ask for the luncheon instead as it is a cheaper price. We too have usually been comped one PG dinner and we seem to always be assigned the very first night. As soon as we get on board, we walk to the PG, speak with someone there at the desk and have ALWAYS gotten it changed to the night and time we would like. Make it easy on everyone and write down a few options you are interested in changing to. Have an awesome time on your cruise and enjoy the dinner and drinks.
  7. CYBER MONDAY SALE GOING ON NOW...…. I had been wanting to check on this "sale" and so glad I did......on the phone for over an hour but it paid off. We originally booked the 35 day VOV cruise in July 2018. It is now paid off. I knew about the Cyber Monday Sale going on offering prepaid gratuities and a $25 per person beverage card. I did NOT think it would work for me because of my original booking price BUT today I added $440 more towards our booking (kind of re-fared) and in exchange we will get the offered bonus. So in reality we will benefit about $550 with gratuities, since we paid $440 more....on this voyage it is about $990 total for gratuities) and we also got the beverage cards ($50) (cant have enough of those) and $50 more Costco dollars of obc .....winner winner chicken dinner. Give it a try folks...nothing to lose! This Monday is the last day available. CALL NOW and prepare to be on hold a while. GOOD LUCK and keep us posted how you did
  8. THANKS SO MUCH PAUL AND RUTH ! Happy sailing all
  9. ANYONE??? I have had one reply on our rollcall and they felt we could board at noon and that the safety drill was at 4pm. I am surprised of those times because we don't sail until 11pm.
  10. THIS ONE IS DIFFERENT..... What is the earliest for those who have a late departure? We have a Boston 11pm departure, hotel until noon....yikes We NORMALLY do the 11:00 arrival and get on early for the lunch etc but really don't think I have ever read the time people tend to board on late departures. ANYONE KNOW??? Thanks
  11. We are going to be on the 2019 Voyage of the Vikings and interested in your comments....following :-) Picture is of Nanortalik Greenland
  12. Hi FlorenceItaly aka Marie! I tried to post here, for you, the itinerary but was not successful. WE are going on this cruise and super excited. I would be glad to email you the itinerary if you like Compson351 @ cox dot net Looking like it may be awhile until it is posted on HAL's site as they are still assigning room numbers etc to existing cruisers and trying to clear all the sailings up. Let me know if you are interested in me sending you the itinerary for our 35 day cruise for the Voyage of the Vikings on the Zuiderdam from July 30, 2019 to September 3, 2019
  13. Was easily peasy coming and going from San Diego. We arrived at the pier about 11:00 and was on by 11:45 (after priority etc going first) and VERY EASY getting on and off....San Diego did an AWESOME job for boarding and debarking....don't let nah-sayers take over...ALL is great from San Diego!!!! We had NO issues at all :p
  14. PRISENDAM SOLD.....changes effective July 1, 2019 We too received the letter stating the Rotterdam was not going to be our ship for the 2019 VOV :loudcry: but will now be the Zuiderdam. Hoping any changes HAL makes will be resolved and we can all be content with the new option. If YOU are on this voyage please be sure to follow along and communicate with the other passengers on Holland America's Roll Call...currently for the Rotterdam but realize it will be moved to Zuiderdam. Come on over...… We are already setting up private shore excursions etc. *********************************************************************************************************** As a gesture of our appreciation for booked guests who choose to retain their reservation on board this sailing, a Shipboard Credit (SBC) will be applied toyour new booking based on the stateroom category booked: $75 per person (up to $150 per stateroom) for Pinnacle Suite bookings $75 per person (up to $150 per stateroom) for Neptune Suite bookings $75 per person (up to $150 per stateroom) for Signature Suite bookings $75 per person (up to $150 per stateroom) for Vista Suite bookings $50 per person (up to $100 per stateroom) for Verandah Stateroom bookings $50 per person (up to $100 per stateroom) for Lanai Stateroom bookings $25 per person (up to $50 per stateroom) for Ocean-view Stateroom bookings $25 per person (up to $50 per stateroom) for Interior Stateroom bookings All the above Shipboard Credits are denominatedin USD. Cancellation Protection Plan costand Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses will be calculated based on the new booking. If you elect not to continue on with this new voyage, Holland America Line will refund you in full.
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