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    Gardening, cinema, reading, travel
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    Crystal, HAL, Princess, Oceania, Regents
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  1. Still don't understand how you are claiming that this makes any difference when going through Immigration.
  2. Check out "vacations to go" and check on the little icon at the top of the list of cruises you are considering for "Single supplement". It will show you the %. While it is usually 75-100%, sometimes you will find deals. I booked a Panama Canal trip that way on HAL and got "only" a 30% single supplement for the 15 day cruise. Also check out river cruises. Lots of single supplement deals on Vantage, AMA, Gate1, etc. (not much on Viking).
  3. I travel a lot by both cruises and flying, and never once have I been asked this question.
  4. Yes, but those are singles/hook-up focused cruises. Not what I am interested in. VTG also lists lower single supplement cruises. There are rarely any 0% though. One of the reasons I have lately been doing river cruises, where you can find both single cabins and no single supplement rates if booked far enough in advance.
  5. Certainly. Not discounting this. But adults considering a Disney cruise just because they offer more accessible tours should know what they are signing up for!
  6. Well, as a phone Ludite (I only have a flip phone, no smart phone), I don't/can't use Uber/Lyft. Perhaps this person is in the same situation. She asked about a shuttle (Supershuttle and Primetime are the best in LA), not to be preached at about shared ride car services. To the OP, you can make a reservation and pre-pay for your shuttle with Supershuttle on-line, and there will be tons of Supershuttle vans available. A dispatcher is on the curb to assist you to get on one going to LAX.
  7. Did you check into getting your rental car at Long Beach Airport? Torrance is in the opposite direction from San Pedro than Orange, and the airport is closer, and right on the 405 freeway. Shared shuttle there runs about $15/person.
  8. I personally would much prefer to eat dinner ashore than on the ship. Lots of great restaurants, with cheaper but better quality wines, in the nearby Little Italy area. Walking distance.
  9. It has indeed been my experience that many foreign nationals don't heed the announcements and instructions to report to CBP onboard. Have been delayed numerous times in disembarkation in SD due to this. I have had several cruises where I was unable to get off the ship before 9:30, which would make it impossible to get a 10:30 flight. Not sure what difference it makes that the cruise is a "round trip" (only if you are going back-to-back) from Florida. Because it has foreign port stops, you have to go through CBP upon disembarkation. This is true of any ship/cruise disembarking at any USA port.
  10. Same port; two piers, side by side. From the airport, about 2 miles.
  11. Disney is an expensive line, and frankly, I don't want to go on a cruise that caters to families with a lot of rug rats running around. Wish the other cruise lines would do the same though.
  12. I believe the LAX-Bergen direct flights are in the late spring and summer only. Sorry.
  13. I took a few excursions...the "Breakfast at the Nordkapp" was a good one, and I absolutely loved the "Sea Eagle Safari". Many people like the midnight concert in Tromso...I did not take it myself. In Tromso you can walk or take a public bus to the Arctic Chapel, and the excellent Polar Exploration Museum is a short walk from the ship. If you are a good walker, you can also walk to the cathedral in Trondheim, although I did take the tour which included the musical instrument museum (I really enjoyed that). Many places, like Alesund, I just walked around on my own.
  14. Hurtigruten is not for you if you need to be entertained all the time. For me, it was heavenly, as I am not generally a big fan of big cruise ships with shows, bingo, art auctions, etc. For me, the entertainment was meeting people, and sitting in the observation lounge or out on the deck watching the gorgeous scenery. I also got a kick out of watching the efficient shore-side workers at those 15 minute stops. I traveled in May, and we only had 2-3 hours of dark. Most of the few educational programs, films or lectures offered were not in the evening; they were in the late afternoon. TV was poor. I did a lot of reading in the evenings that I wasn't in the observation lounge, and also worked on-and-off on a jigsaw puzzle in the library. Dinner was usually a leisurely event, and I was fortunate to be at tables with interesting people. I was never bored.
  15. I was a little too warm inside with bulky sweaters and thermals. Better to wear turtlenecks that you can then layer over with a sweater for shore trips, and I took my fleece lined raincoat with me to sit in the observation lounge so I could put that on easily to run outside and take photos.
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