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  1. Well, I semi-retired on 3/1 and had 4 cruises booked over the next 2 years. So far, the first 2 have been cancelled by HAL (Panama Canal and a cruise out of Venice). I am not optimistic about the 3rd (SE Asia in January of 2021) given the way the virus broke out this year. While we are hugely disappointed, there are so many people who have lost loved ones, their livelihoods, and so much more, so I'm not feeling sorry for myself. Despite my semi-retirement, I have been somewhat busy with work because I am a health care attorney who represents hospitals, nursing homes and physi
  2. Does anyone know if there are indoor cycling (spin) classes on the Zuiderdam?
  3. We are looking into doing a tour with Jorge Ramirez of PortLimon.com. Several prior reviewers have said good things about his tours. I am trying to choose between a tour that stops at a cocoa farm and includes a visit to Cahuita National Park or a tour that includes Cahuita national Park paired with a canal boat ride on the Tortuguro Canal. I love chocolate, but I would also love to have a chance to see a sloth (I got to hold one at a wildlife rescue center on a recent cruise and I am smitten!) . Any advice would be appreciated.
  4. We are on a HAL cruise in March and stop in Curacao for a full day on a Sunday- 8 AM until 11 PM. Ideally, we would like to go on a morning tour to see some of the beaches, followed by a walk around town and a stop at the distillery. Are the shops/distillery open on a Sunday? Any recommendations for a 4 to 5 hour tour? I saw that someone recommended Irie-but the tour that interested me runs about 7 hours-I am afraid that on a Sunday, shops/distillery will either not be open at all or may close early.
  5. Are there any grocery stores near the port in Aruba? There is a Dutch company called Conimex that makes really good stir fry sauces-I would love to buy some if they are carried in Aruba.
  6. O Option 2: Monkey Watch and Canal Nature cruise to Colon: Join this natural adventure -- a wealth of sight and sound, combined with the thrill of speeding through the Panama Canal next to the mighty ships transiting this man-made wonder. An exhilarating 30-minute boat ride at high speed takes you right through the heart of the Panama Canal. Slow down to enter the labyrinth of jungle-covered islands of Lake Gatún. In this protected area the wildlife is plentiful, and you are likely to encounter capuchin monkeys, three-toed sloth, howler monkeys, various kinds of toucans and
  7. We will be on a HAL Panama Canal Cruise in March (partial transit). I normally book independent excursions, but I think that I would be more comfortable booking an excursion through the cruise line for the canal area. Neither of us has any mobility issues. Advice appreciated. Here are the options that I am considering: Option1: Rainforest and Gatun Lakes and Lock cruise: Travel to the Melia Panama Canal Resort and board a tour boat for a 1½-hour eco-cruise on Gatún Lake. Gatún is a large artificial lake in the Republic of Panama. It forms a major part of
  8. These are all such great ideas-thanks! Our son lives at home now, but not sure he will be here when we travel next year. Although our kids are grown, we have never had to about these logistics before because we have not yet had an empty nest. both kids went away to college for 4 years, neither came home after college initially, but due to job transfers, layoffs and relationship breakups, each has landed at home for a while (usually not at the same time). So we are used to not having to think about these things-someone has always been here as we have moved into traveling more. We are also
  9. We have always been limited to taking shorter cruises for work reasons. Since I will be scaling back my work hours next year and mostly working remotely (if at all), we just booked a 27 day Holland America cruise in Asia. I am hoping to add at least a week pre-cruise in Singapore, at least a week post-cruise in Japan, and perhaps a few days in Hawaii or California on the way home. This means we will be gone from 6 to 9 weeks. I am a pretty seasoned travel hacker with elite status (and free breakfast/lounge access ) with several chains, and also have timeshare points to use, so I don't thi
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