Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

About Buck1949

  • Rank
    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Phoenix, Az
  • Interests
    Cruising - Photography, Baseball, Arizona Token Collector, Licensed Amateur Radio Operator.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    NCL - Celebrity - Uniworld - AmQueen
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Venice Italy and St. Petersburg Russia

Recent Profile Visitors

779 profile views
  1. We recently booked with AQSC for April 2022 and we took advantage of the $600 discount offered by paying in full. This discount applied to the ‘Veranda’ cabins while the $3000 discount was for the most expensive suites on aboard. Before we actually booked (directly through the cruiseline) we made sure that our travel insurance company included Financial bankruptcy or interruption/cancellation due to financial issues in our coverage. One stipulation for the travel insurance company was that we buy the insurance within 15 days of paying for the cruise. (This also got us the pre existing cond
  2. Sure wish it would have worked out that we could have coordinated a mutual date to do the Memphis to NO river cruise. Think we would have had a great time. On top of that what is a dance duo of Bop and Buck without one or the other being there. 😀 Will be following your roll call for your cruise in hopes of getting a few tips for our anticipated 2021 same cruise. And you are right meeting good friends on these roll calls and cruises are pretty darn nice. Will be keeping in touch. Take care
  3. Ah.... ok.... in both places we elected to tour the entire area (as much as possible) so the ground level by itself, was never considered. Good luck, hope you get it figured out.
  4. Sorry I do not have any recent information....and I am not quite sure what you mean by ground level tour of the Coloseum or Vatican, however I do seem to recall that we were advised (and had one) that a Vatican tour had to be guided. I would be surprised if Fabrizio (owner) would do anything or suggest anything that was not on the up and up....as he was and seems to still be one of the most honest people we have had the pleasure to deal with. From recent comments on here I assume that to still be true. Maybe there are some miscommunications as to what exactly you are wanting to do. We w
  5. I can relate for sure.... .Heck next month will be our 52nd Anniversary..... And it seems like what we used to do.... instead of coming home from a trip, unpacking, sorting dirty clothes, starting the wash, looking at photos, and literature we have amassed..... it now is...... coming home from the trip.... putting the suitcases in the bedroom, and unlocking them... hoping to get to unpacking the next day (maybe - with laundry starting sometime that day) and heck looking at the photos/literature is something I hope to get to within the next week or so. 👨‍🦳 but we still enjoy ourselves
  6. You have 5 more cruises in the works? If so....that doesn’t sound like slowing down 😳!
  7. I totally understand your reasoning and being choosier as you mature (grin). We did Europe early on knowing that later it would be tougher on us physically. We have been to Alaska 3 times but find that every time we go that there are different things that we have not seen before, or has changed a lot, or maybe we missed it completely so we keep going back. In fact we are booked for another cruise to Alaska for next August. We thoroughly enjoyed the Empress cruise and already have mentioned it to friends. Sure do thank you for your comments, and insight from your experie
  8. I'm also messing with the photos now.... but have a ways to go. That is a problem when I used a iPhone, Ipad, Canon Camera and my wife also took some photos...… putting them in some form of order. Jim..... beginning to wonder if we need to get an "agent" to handle the potential calls and bookings that might come if our entertainment is seen by others and the requests begin pouring in? Know any good ones? I really think that we will be looking at doing the Memphis to New Orleans cruise in 2021.....since we have a cruise booked with our Daughter in Law and Granddaughte
  9. @califsealion Thanks for that information ! I copied it to refer to later should we decide to do the Memphis/New Orleans cruise. Thanks again !
  10. Sure sounds like you had a great time on your cruise. While on the Empress the head of housekeeping, and the bartender at the River Grill, both mentioned having worked/sailed on the American Queen ship and both suggested going southbound from Memphis to New Orleans. It was mentioned that the river and a number of ports are very industrialized, and they thought the timed itinerary lent itself to better sightseeing going in that direction. I did not ask specifics about their comments and I have not yet compared itineraries for going either direction. I’m sure that AQSC offers comparable trips
  11. .....sent this twice but did not publish....... In our case we have discussed the Memphis to New Orleans cruise on the American Queen. The direction and ship were recommended to us by several employees on the Empress. Unfortunately we have a cruise already booked for 2020 along with some other plans so it looks like the earliest we could go would be in 2021 sometime. What say others here.....anyone booked or thinking of doing the American Queen cruise?
  12. A couple of the stops were specific to shopping, and a couple mentioned in their downtown stop that shopping was available. Astoria had a street fair during our stop. Let’s just say that none except Astoria were the type of shopping my wife was interested in - and she is a marathon type shopper. (Guess that was a benefit for me and our credit card though - 😂)
  13. We had a very good cruise - especially after we were at 1st told we would not go to/through The Bonneville Locks nor to Astoria as the locks were not fully repaired. The night before our cruise to Stevenson where we were to spend 2 plus days we were given the good news that the locks had opened and our trip would be completed as planned. We were somewhat fortunate in that the premium tour to Multnomah Falls and the Vista house had been canceled initially, but once the locks reopened American Queen company decided to make the Falls a bus type excursion at NO cost and credited
  14. Well I will try to drag myself out of bed to see the sunrise along with Bop/Jim ....... (I am normally an early riser - normally I say ! - the wife not so much) But on a cruise it may be more likely that I will see the sunset than the sunRise !!! GRIN.... Thanks again for the information.... Sounds like a good cruise overall ! Take care,
  • Create New...