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chatdad

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    Chattanooga, TN
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    Whichever one I'm sailing on at the time

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  1. We use Prague Airport Transport when we were there last November (from airport to hotel and then back). They were very professional. Competitive pricing compared to taxi. Our flight was delayed over an hour and they were there waiting on us (sign in hand). Also provided us a voucher for a free walking tour of Prague. Water in car waiting on us along with a city guide. Same driver picked us up for our return flight. Will use them again.
  2. Thanks for the dress info. Wife has her selection of pants and I'll stick to my cargos sans sneakers. Looking forward to a more laid back experience than our last cruise (QM2) and taking one less suitcase. Time to start packing.
  3. Great thread. Flying out this coming Monday (praying the weather cooperates a bit more than weather station calling for). Doing only the Lyon to Avignon cruise as it's our first river cruise (a trial balloon). Couple of questions: 1. Are cargo pants acceptable for dinner? I know it's a more relaxed cruise than ocean cruising (which we are very familiar with) or should I pack a pair of slacks? 2. Any recommendation on best place to buy chocolates?
  4. Ponant. Check out their Antarctic cruises.
  5. My wife would add the daily watercolor classes. For me it was the lack of feeling rushed. We also did the B2B TA and was the relaxing cruise we needed.
  6. Thanks for the detailed review. Been on many of Gate 1's land packages through Europe and going on our first river cruise (though not with Gate 1). Am a big fan of Figlmuller having eaten there several times and yes, reservations are a must. Other than walking tours in your port stops, did you do any optional tours? Are the various choices for included tours in any of the port towns?
  7. Flew ATL to Prague last month through Amsterdam and had a little under two hours for the transfer. It was a bit of a walk to our connecting flight but while passport control has improved a bit from our prior experience, it was still a long queue and would plan as much connection time as possible. They were pulling people out of the line who had tight connections. I also don't like to push the envelope on connections so and hour and a half in Amsterdam to me is a bit beyond my comfort zone.
  8. Recently visited Prague and did a half day side trip to Kutna Hora and the bone church in Sedlec. After the initial entry to the ossuary, it becomes a bit underwhelming. The church and views in Kutna Hora are worth a visit. Though with just a day and a half, I'd spend all that that time in Prague and leave the other sites for another visit. Perhaps add Vysehrad Castle to your sites to see in Prague.
  9. Having just enjoyed our first Cunard cruise (QM2) in a Britannia stateroom, we didn't experience any difference in the level of service in the public areas. Sure, you pay more, you get a bit more access (special dining rooms, lounge, what I think I saw was a bit of escorted line jumping at one of the events), but hey, no looked down on us little steerage folks.
  10. Do early self-assist disembarkation and grab a cab. If you return on a Sunday or Saturday and get off with the first wave you should have no problem. We recently returned to Brooklyn on QM2 on a Sunday, off ship by 8:30 and at JFK in less than 45 minutes to catch our 11:45am flight. Cost was $70 plus tip.
  11. Always take with us (typically for zooming in on other ships or in the case of our latest cruise, transatlantic on QM2, to help watch for icebergs (LOL)).
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