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Sea saw 56

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    Travel, Mini Schnauzers, Birdwatching, Family
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    Quebec City, Canada

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  1. A couple years ago we cruised from Hamburg Germany for a Norwegian Fjords trip. We are from the midwest and had never flown to Europe before. Cruise Critic has a Discussion Topic forum called "Cruise Air". I gained a lot of invaluable information about flights from the US, connecting thru Heathrow and on to Hamburg by reading the threads in that forum. When we did a TA last year, ending in Barcelona we went back to that area of the forum for information again. Very helpful At the top of this page, choose "Categories" and scroll down to "Cruise Discussion Topics", you will find the Cruise Air discussions there.
  2. Must admit that the first time I saw it, I did find it funny since I had no idea what to expect. After that, I found it gross.
  3. NOT cooking, NOT cleaning, sitting on my balcony for hours watching the ocean go by😊
  4. We send items like socks, pajamas, underwear, casual tees, and jeans that we are not afraid will shrink. They come back nicely folded and ready to wear. I hand wash (sink or tub with a travel sized laundry packet) things I'm concerned might shrink or be damaged, then roll them in a towel and squish all the water out before putting on a hanger to air dry. If needed they can be sent out to press. Biggest struggle is locating and removing the little yellow tags! Sometimes I am not real crazy about the smell of their freshly washed laundry, but beats the alternative.
  5. I am finding prices for the two 14 day cruises I am interested in for 2022 to be outrageously expensive, though we are used to spending quite a bit for our cruises. Normally we would go ahead and book, I just am not confident how long the cruise line can hold out without actually sailing ships full of money spending people. Sad.
  6. We were scheduled to cruise out of Seattle for our 4th Alaska cruise mid-September, which we cancelled in March since we weren't optimistic it would be possible. Glad we did and got a full refund. Our previous cruises, two were out of Seattle, one was out of Vancouver. We stayed at the hotel attached to Canada Place, right at the cruise port. The "activities" recently in Seattle helped me decide that any future Alaska cruises, and I do hope to have one more, will NOT be from Seattle, but we will spend our money in Vancouver, so it may be awhile.
  7. Won't really matter if other countries of the world aren't ready to open up their borders to being infiltrated by people from all over the world.
  8. We don’t usually tip for each meal in the haven restaurant, but there’s normally a server or two that we become familiar with over the course of the cruise. Generally our last night to eat there, we will tip those individuals that stood out, and sometimes the maitre’d, $25-$50.
  9. We had a a September Alaska cruise booked. We cancelled April 1st, before final payment due. Called the main number you see on their website. Full refund in 18 days, including DSC, water package.
  10. If Hellesylt is listed first, then passengers are probably dropped off for a shore excursions that ends in Gieranger (they meet the ship back in Gieranger). Hellesylt is really used as a drop off/pick up location for some of the longer shore excursions. Hellesylt is more of a pier than what you would think of as a port. Not much there. There is actually a live webcam of it on kroooz-cams.com if you look under port cams in Scandinavia.
  11. The only thing you do in Hellesylt is pick up passengers that went on certain shore excursions from the port stop at Gieranger. At Hellesylt the ship stops at a small pier (no one disembarks) on the way out of the Gieranger fjord, before it heads back out to sea. Both are such beautiful ports, some of our favorites!
  12. I wouldn't call it crazy, BUT I would call it risky, particularly after seeing that Warren Buffet dumped all his airline stock today. Said he did it with the assumption it would be 2-4 years before flying would return to normal. Being from the midwest, we really need to fly if we want to cruise. I recently got my deposit for two cruises (suites) +some prepaid DSC and a water package refunded to my credit card in the amount of $3,400.00. I cancelled the 2 cruises before final payment April 1st, it was refunded April 18th. Seeing Warren Buffets move today reassured me that I did the "safe" thing with my $$$, as much as we love to sail NCL, I don't see cruising as we know it coming back into fashion anytime soon. 😔
  13. This may be a silly thought, but perhaps there is a monetary savings by leaving the port of Miami. Surely there is a daily port fee for using the pier space, and GSC being the cruise line's private island, free$$$ parking (at anchor) until they need to go back to re-provision??
  14. We are in our mid sixties, stayed in a 9th floor aft penthouse suite for the 1st time in January on the Getaway. We normally stay in an owners suite, DOS, or GV. We really enjoyed the huge aft balcony, and even tho we are "old", did not mind the walk to the Haven for meals, escorts off the ship for tenders and debarkation were no problem either, nor elevators, luggage, etc. The concierge helps those in the aft balcony just as much as those in the complex proper (at least in our experience). It was actually our 1st BIG ship, other than a 15 day Epic TA, even tho we are Plat+ with lots of NCL suite time. That aft balcony was much more attractive to us than a tiny balcony in the Haven complex. Enormous! We learned that the savings on an aft suite is worth it. Even at our age we don't mind walking a bit to work off all those good meals and yummy drinks! The only issue may be that the shower in the guest bathroom is VERY TIGHT, I used it but I am 4'-11" and only weigh 110 pounds.
  15. We are also booked on a September 2020 cruise, the 9/4/20 cruise on the Sun. We have until May 7 to make our final payment. Have bought water, booked excursions (no payment needed on those yet), paid our DSC. We will be strongly considering the situation as that final payment day approaches. Being an 11 day "Great Glaciers Cruise" with many days sailing and just enjoying the scenery, we won't care whether they have available shorex or not. This is our 4th Alaska cruise and we love the ports and always support their economy, shopping and shipping home our wonderful finds each time. We've cruised in June, July, and the final cruise for our ship of that season. Each one has been fantastic. Crossing our fingers, trying not to get too antsy at this time about cancelling, one day at a time. I pray we can stop the chain of transmission of this virus by social distancing for the amount of time, as we are being asked to.
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