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  1. I’m very interested in the hike from Moselkern, but the wife isn’t very excited. We might end up taking a taxi from Hatzenport for simplicity. For timing, we’ll most certainly be taking a taxi from Eltz to Koblenz. Those photos look great, thanks for sharing. Btw, I’ve been reading your old posts, one about smaller towns out of the way, and appreciate all your helpful posts!
  2. I’m a good way along into the planning as far as being settled on the itinerary and ARosa. The value for money seems too good to pass up, and our neighbors who have sailed with them several times give glowing reviews. The cruise plus the pre-nights in Strasbourg should cover a great deal of my wishlist. I do still need to iron out a couple of fall back plans in case things don’t go as planned. Also need to find things to do before/after/beyond the ships excursions as well as dining options away from the ship. I’m glad to hear that the train ride to Luxembourg is enjoyable, that was something I intend to look into. I’m planning on taking the train from Koblenz to Moselkern (for Burg Eltz), and that train ride is also supposed to be very nice.
  3. Thanks for the restaurant tip - looks good. As far as Trier goes, it’s a shorter stop there, leaving by 5 or 6pm and I’m keen to see the Dom, Porte Negra and the Baths. The ship includes an excursion in Trier to do most of the things I’d like, and wouldn’t leave any time to get it Lux and back. I had considered staying overnight in Luxembourg and taking the direct train to Trier to meet the ship, but that seems silly after consideration.
  4. A follow up question: if we arrive back from Luxembourg around 6 or 7pm will there be anything open in Bernkastel or Kues, other than wine bars? I’m sure all the historic sites close around 4 or 5, but I’d still like to take a stroll through town.
  5. Thank you guys for the quick responses. I saw the docks on the maps, just wanted to make sure there weren’t any further downriver that larger ships dock at. The walk from there to the Busbahnhof looks like an easy 15-20 minutes. The trip is a hopeful plan for September 2022. Plan is to have a few pre-nights in Strasbourg before sailing from Cologne to Koblenz-Mainz-Rüdeshiem-Bernkastel-Kues-Trier-Cochem. Thank you for that great video. I’ve focused most of my research so far on forum posts and blogs, maybe it’s time to find more YouTube and vlogs.
  6. I’m looking at a cruise that stops in Bernkastel-Kues from 5am-11pm. During this time, I’d like to make a day trip to Luxembourg which involves taking the bus from Kues Forum to Wittlich. My question is about getting from the ship to the Forum. Does anyone know roughly where the river cruises (A-Rosa) dock, and the best option to get to the Forum bus stop? Thanks!
  7. This is much more in line with what I meant. She can sleep in late and just *do nothing* a morning or two while I go out early and explore.
  8. Thanks for insight guys, it helps. just to clarify, I never intended to compare a carnival cruise with a river cruise - I know they are worlds apart.
  9. We are in the very early stages of planning our next big trip in 2022, and are considering between a land tour of Italy (Venice/Florence/Rome/?) and a river cruise. For the river cruise, the Amsterdam to Basel itinerary looks good for us, but we're open to suggestion! We've done Caribbean cruises with Carnival, and have been to London and Paris and enjoy both styles of vacationing. One gripe with land vacations is that my wife likes to have plenty of time to relax and do nothing, which will be hard to do when running from city to city and site to site in Italy, whereas I prefer the excitement of getting out into new places and seeing as many sites as possible. I'm thinking the river option can offer both of us a chance for a great vacation, where I can run around to my hearts content and she can relax on deck whenever she pleases. To that end, I know that pools are rare on river boats, but what about spas and relaxing deck areas - will she be able take advantage of such amenities? Thanks for any advice!
  10. Revenue move or not, plastic straws will be gone fleet wide in the next few days according to Mr. Heald. I does seem like they’ve capitalized on the idea by selling their own branded straws though. From what I can tell, they don’t seem to be too out of line with retail prices of similar sets, and I couldn’t expect any business to provide such items at no cost. Some will complain and suffer a minor inconvenience, but they’ll manage to adapt to these harsh new conditions (or bring their own straws) and life will go on.
  11. You’re very welcome. hope I can provide as much help to others as I’ve received.
  12. Finally got around to scanning these guys. Embarkation day is sadly missing funtimes.pdf
  13. This is from the November 2-7 sailing. Sadly Embarkation day got lost in the shuffle. funtimes.pdf
  14. I got passports for my kids, but I won’t get one for yours lol. You may want to get them for your kids in the future, but a birth certificate will suffice. (Sorry, couldn’t help it) Are planing on taking excursions with dicey operators or getting tanked at senior frogs/margaritaville? If not, then you should have little to worry about as far as missing the ship I’d think. what’s the cost of expediting the passports vs booking excursions through carnival?
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