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    Vancouver, BC Canada
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    Will cruise where the deals are
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    Eastern Mediterranean

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  1. I’m on my 4th sail away cabin next week in the Baltic’s. I have never been assigned lower than deck 8. The savings by booking a sail away cabin inside of final payment is huge. If my assignment was something that I adamantly hated, I would bid the crap out of the upgrade. 😀
  2. After 20+ cruises and luggage galore, what works for us is the medium size suitcase. One that’s usually advertised as 26”. We also like hard-sided and spinner wheels. We tried the 30” but got tired of DW doing the shuffle at the airport.
  3. I am on my 4th sail away cabin next week and I have never been changed. I have never won an upgrade bid either but always try.
  4. When I visited Kirkwall last September we took the port shuttle to the tourist information and bus station. There is a bus that takes you out into the country that everyone was lining up for. We took the local bus to Highland Park distillery for a pre-booked tasting and tour. It was a good experience as the groups are small and intimate. You must pre-book as the ship's tours took up all the spots and a lot of DIYers were disappointed. We took the bus back to town and browsed around the cathedral and town area. An inexpensive day of transportation and admissions vs what the ship was offering. Stay up late the night before arriving Kirkwall in hopes of seeing the "Northern Lights". I lasted till midnight but apparently they were seen at 3am by a few passengers and the bridge.
  5. I buy a package every cruise with my sail away cabin as to me, it's the most economical way for us to cruise.
  6. Thanks for the clarification as google doesn't distinguish the types of transit very well. I will be making the trip from downtown.
  7. https://goo.gl/maps/M16JubaJmFdnQAxR8 The cheapest way is to take the train # 40 (Pendeltåg 40Bålsta station) from Nyashamn station to Stockholm Cityterminal and walk to T-Centralen and transfer to train # 7 (Stockholm Waldemarsudde) for Liljevalchs/Gröna Lund station. Do the reverse to get back to Nyashamn but make sure you are on the platform at Stockholm Cityterminal by 4:25ish so that you can catch the 4:46 train (Pendeltåg 40Nynäshamn station) back ton Nyashamn by 6:00. Trains from Liljevalchs/Gröna Lund station run every 6 minutes but I would leave before 4:00 as you have to make the walk from T-Centralen to Cityterminal. The easiest way would be to take the HOHO transfer to Stockholm downtown and use their HOHO system. https://www.stromma.com/en-se/stockholm/cruise/shore-excursion-hop-on-hop-off/#tab-item14331 From their website: won't be cheap though. Cruise Ships – piers in Stockholm We include pick up at the cruise harbors and transportation back to your ship when you buy Hop On – Hop Off bus ticket and Hop On – Hop Off bus & boat combination ticket. Nynäshamn: This harbor is located “off the route” and has a transfer of approximately 60 minutes before arriving to the regular tour in Stockholm. We provide pick-up services by bus, and it’s included when you buy our Hop On – Hop Off bus ticket or Hop On – Hop Off Bus & Boat Combination ticket. Please ask our members of staff regarding departures times from the harbor. Return transfer during a fixed time on that specific day will be informed when entering the bus. Transfer back to Nynäshamn is also included in your ticket.
  8. I am on a Baltic Cruise in August with a stop in Zeebrugge and have researched this to death as I’m a DIYer. It is cheapest to take a tram to the train station but timing is an issue. Walking to the tram stop, walking to the train station and waiting for the connections. There’s a company called Cruise Express which will shuttle people from port arrival till noon. The cost is 20€ per person round trip and runs every half hour. A taxi is about 60€ each way so 120+€ round trip. I’ve decided to take the prebooked Cruise Express option after reading about hoards of people waiting for taxis and the tram.
  9. Just got an email from the ABBA museum stating that if you use promo code pride2019 before August 3 you can get 15% off skip the line admission tickets. I just got 2 for 425sek instead of the usual 500sek
  10. We have done the Hawaiian cruise twice and each time we rented a car through https://www.discounthawaiicarrental.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9JTnjvLc4wIVoB6tBh22CQebEAAYASAAEgJTg_D_BwE I will also recommend getting the $50 Hawaii tri-Park annual pass as it allows your carload admission to volcano national park In Hilo, Haleakala in Maui, and the Heritage Park in Kona. All 3 are different and fascinating. https://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/fees.htm
  11. I’m going to suggest a Baltic in August. It’s on the NCL Spirit from August 17 till September 1. It is a 15 night cruise with only one sea day so level of accommodation doesn’t have to be that high. It leaves from Stockholm and ends up at Southampton. It has an overnight in SPB and hits all the Baltic stops. On the way to Southampton, there’s stops at Amsterdam, Zeebrugge , and LeHavre. https://www.ncl.com/ca/en/cruises/15-day-scandinavia-russia-and-amsterdam-ultimate-baltic-from-stockholm?itineraryCode=SPIRIT15STOHELLEDTLLRIXKLJGDYRSKCPHOSLIJMZEELEHSOU I think there’s a little something for everyone on this cruise. The Spirit only carries 2000 passengers so it’s not overwhelming.
  12. There was a sign on the Spirit that said taking away food was prohibited.
  13. It’s about 1.5 hours to Florence from Livorno. I think a 3 hour cab fare would be cost prohibitive. You can check out TuscanyBus as they charge 30€ for a return trip to Florence from Livorno with a return stop at Pisa.
  14. We have booked sailaway cabins and guaranteed cabins linked to the same booking and have never been side by side. Usually we are on the same deck or different decks but the same section (front or aft) separated by 1 or 2 floors.
  15. I have shown up at the mdr with dress pants, polo shirt and nice leather flip flops and have been turned away while the guy in front of me wore a t- shirt, shorts and 20 year old sneakers was let in. I was told no open toe foot wear for Men while my wife had bejeweled sandals on.
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