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About surfcitygirl

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    New Jersey
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  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America; Oceania
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anywhere in the world
  1. We are also primarily HAL cruisers, but would say that Paul Gauguin is the way to go for French Polynesia. You get to all the major islands during one week, including their private beach stop where you walk off the amphibious vehicle into the water and spend a great day using all the facilities and equipment at your disposal. The service on board was fantastic and the small size of the ship made things easy. If you go, book Patrick's outrigger tour in Bora Bora, a day you will never forget. Where else would be eating your lunch at a picnic table located in the water of the Bora Bora lagoon! (after swimming with sharks, petting stingrays, and snorkeling the coral reef). Worth every penny. I learned about that excursion from at many time HAL world cruiser who had said it was one of the best days in her life.
  2. Thanks wheezedr and JimmyTheSaint - I'm feeling much better after your supportive responses. Everything should work out fine.
  3. Thank you all so much for your replies. I was thinking it should not be a problem, but it's always so reassuring to get other Cruisers input. That's pat of what makes Cruise Critic so great - it's members. Thanks again.
  4. We are scheduled to board a transatlantic back to Ft Lauderdale boarding in Barcelona instead of it's starting port of Civitavechhia. We had to get special permission to board on a a different day and that form includes a disclaimer that if the ship doesn't dock in Barcelona, we would be out of luck (we could of course board at another port later). So just wondering how often a ship skips Barcelona as a port. My gut feeling is that it would not happen often. thanks.
  5. WE were also on the Austral Loop cruise with Charlie Chan and I heartily agree with him. The expedition team was awesome and the captain and Florence worked seamlessly together to give us an experience in Antarctica that was absolutely unforgettable.
  6. I had booked this tango show and paid in full for a show in November. Because of your post I contacted the vendor and they responded that the show was indeed closed and it is unknown when it might reopen. They had not contacted me at all and now they are processing my refund. Am now checking out the others for reservations. This goes to show how helpful Cruise Critic members and their postings can be. thank you!
  7. We were on a charter of the Vantage ship River Discovery II leaving Vienna August 27. We were bused to Budapest via Bratislava and then boarded the ship in Budapest and sailed down the Danube to Romania (we were not scheduled to go all the way to the Black Sea, but only to Turnu Magurele). The ship is now on its way back to Budapest.
  8. We were on the Crystal last year in Cuba and would have to agree. We also had an inside cabin and though it was smaller than most, all we really did in there was change, sleep and shower. Loved the food, the crew and the shows and would not hesitate to try them for a Greek cruise.
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