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  1. As i made clear in my original post, I am well aware that no one knows anything at this point. But, at least in my mind, the cruise lines can help alleviate concerns (evidenced by certain threads on Cruise Critic, TripAdvisor and elsewhere) by being proactive in consumer communications even if they have nothing substantive to add.
  2. I'm booked on a cruise to Cuba with Oceania in December and, like everyone else with a booking to Cuba, am concerned about whether the trip will go off as planned. I recognize that because the coming restrictions on travel to Cuba were announced without any details, no one really knows what is to come. That said, I would have appreciated an email from Oceania saying, in effect "We understand that you are concerned about you planned trip, at this point we don't have any more details than you do, we're doing our best to find out more, and rest assured that as soon as we know more, we'll pass it along to our valued customers." At some point, I'm going to have to make a decision whether to cancel this trip and suck up the penalties, and honest, timely communication from the cruise line is going to play a role in my deciding when and if to pull the plug. Wondering whether other cruise lines are doing a better job than Oceania, and what others are doing as they approach cancellation deadlines.
  3. Check out some later threads on this forum -- look like something else is happening to all Havana tour companies and this may have just been a cover story.
  4. Just back from the Journey's June 27th Baltic cruise. We docked at Lt. Schmidt's embankment, just a bit down the Neva from the Hermitage. Although you can't just get off the ship and walk around without a visa (and great article in today's Washington Post about how hard it can be to get one), the location does cut down transport time with tours. We booked the deluxe tour with SPB Tours, joining up with a group of others that came together from the Roll call. Not wanting to hang around the boat the first night in town, another group that was arranged via Roll Call hired a van from TJ's Tours, complete with guide and driver. We had no pre-arranged plan, other than to see the shopping area, see a little of how residents play, and drink some vodka. Our guide, Tatiana, did a great job of taking us around, winding up in a bar where we were the only tourists, the residents friendly, and the vodka cold. I strongly recommend this approach to your night in St. Petersburg.
  5. Just back from the Journey's White Nights cruise in the Baltic. We had a few late departures, and ate dinner in town each night except in St. Petersburg (visa issues). However, my sense is that the majority (maybe the vast majority) of folks get back to the boat for dinner. On our cruise, at least, the shuttle bus services were very prompt and reliable, so getting back to the ship easily was never an issue.
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