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  1. No....a couple of years ago we were on a cruise with friends. One lives in Fla and drove and parked at the pier in FLL , one flew. They did the walk off, the one who drove, drove the other to the FLL airport the got to the airport at 8'oclock. It was about 8:30 when he got to his gate. Obviously, getting to your gate around 8:30 for an 8:30 flight.....you won't be on it.
  2. Do your homework before booking with some on-line agencies. Looking for cruises, for cruises on specific lines, it says "Vax not required ".. However, if you go to the lines web site vaccinations ARE required. If this issue is critical to you booking or not, check the cruise lines web site BEFORE you book.
  3. marco

    Bermuda

    And even prior to that, Flagship cruises had the "Sea Venture" sailing to Bermuda on Saturdays and it docked in St Georges and Hamilton. It's sister was the "Island Venture" and they became "Island Princess and "Pacific Princes" for Princess cruises.
  4. marco

    Bermuda

    If you are taking a 7 day cruise to Bermuda from say, NY, NJ or MA and you're in Bermuda for 3 &1/2 or 4 days and you're docked the entire time at Kings Wharf, there should be no problem seeing quite a lot, between buses, ferries and taxis. We've cruised to Bermuda over 20 times in the past 40 or so years and we've probably still not seen "everything".
  5. I'm not sure MSC had ship named "Monterey", but long ago, the only MSC cruise ship I'm aware of was the "Melody" which was the former Home Lines "Atlantic". Perhaps that's the ship you're thinking of. We took a cruise on her in 1999 or 2000. And yes...she has since been broken up.
  6. Sad to say that many of the lines are no longer sailing Italian Line French Line Greek Line Sitmar HAL Princess Celebrity Crystal Celebrity Chandris Louis Cunard NCL MSC Dolphin Regency Hawaiian Eporitiki Home Carnival Costa American Export Viking
  7. If you want to do it on the cheap, take the "Sunrail" (train) from MIA to FLL and take an uber or lyft from there to your hotel.
  8. I find that the biggest disadvantage booking directly with the line is that if you need to contact them for any reason by phone, plan to be on hold for at least 15 minutes (and that's on a good day!)
  9. I was watching Youtube yesterday, about NCL acquiring the "France" and before they did, they approached the Italian Line considering purchasing the Michelangelo or Raffaello. If they did, they would have put portholes on the passenger decks that had cabins that didn't have them. It went on to say the reason those decks didn't have portholes is the Italian Line wanted the ships to have a sleeker look. (wrong idea, I think) Don't recall who it was but either the Italian Govt or the Italian line said "nope". And once upon a time, Home Lines looked at them, as well.
  10. As the ship is pulling out, "Bye Bye Baby" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes always comes to mind.
  11. Most memorable...actually two. 1) Ephesus in Turkey 2) Abu Simbel temple in Egypt
  12. On an other note....I don't know if they had early and late dining seatings for dinner. We chose "any time" anyway, but in the daily program for the main dining room for the dinner hour, it just said "5:30 to 9" it did not indicate something like "fist sitting 6PM Late sitting 8PM. At any rate, we never had to wait and some nights we dined at table for 6, some nights just the two of us. Some nights they asked if we wanted a large table or a table for two, some nights they didn't. When the didn't ask, we were always seated at a table for two. I suppose upon entry, we could have said, 'we'd like a larger table with other guests, if we so chose. We dined one night in Pinnacle .......nice experience!!!
  13. No...did not take a Covid test prior to or during the cruise. Were never asked to.
  14. We've just retuned as we spent a few days with friends out on Banbridge Island and a few more post cruise in Seattle. We had a great time! While in Alaska (on our sailing, anyway) the temps were always in the 60's. We had only one day of a little drizzle. The ship does not dock in "Downtown" Seattle. The cab from our hotel in Seattle was $14 to the ship. $20 from the ship back to Seattle proper. Boarding was quick and effortless. One must show proof of vaccination and even though you don't go to a foreign country, you do HAVE TO have a passport as the ship sails into international waters. (at least that's the reason we were told) The ship is beautiful and the fit and finish are what one expect from HAL. The cruise director did an EXCELLENT job relative to some of the lectures with interviews and slides in the main theater. If you are an oceanliner buff, you will particularly enjoy the talk on "The 150 year history of Holland America LIne". Although there was no self serve at the buffet, staff was most accommodating to your requests and quite expeditious. Disappointed that there weren't and live bands for dancing pre or post dinner, other than occasionally in the BB King lounge. There was a wonderful piano player in one lounge pre dinner, but nice easy listening music only. IN Alaska masks were required upon entering any place indoors. We always prefer the self walkoff and there is usually a long queue with folks shoulder to shoulder waiting for the "you can get off now", announcement. Self walk off was anytime you were ready between 7 and 9:30. it took us about 2 minutes to disembark with no line, no waiting. All in all...it was a great cruise. Staff was most accommodating, Alaskans were SOOOO glad to see us. I hope everyone who will be taking this similar cruise over the next few weeks enjoys it as much as we did! And if it's not too late to make arrangements to stay in Seattle pre or post cruise, please do...it's a great city to explore! Any questions.....I'd be happy to answer if I can.
  15. I think today (July 18) is the date that the AD left Italy for it's ill fated voyage across the Atlantic in 1956. Geeezzzz.....65 years ago!
  16. You could sell them on E-bay for some ridiculous price! I think if I sold all of the menus I've accumulated over the years, I probably could buy a Mercedes with the $$$$$ (LOL)
  17. We're looking at December 2021 on the Divina, anyone else? No...but please post a full report as we're booked for Jan 6, 2022.
  18. I'm pretty sure it was today's date, 1968 that we sailed to Italy on the "Raffaello". Doesn't seem like it's over 50 years ago, now.
  19. Several years ago we were on a Canada/New England cruise out of NYC. We were at sea on the 4th of July and nothing was even mentioned regarding the day.
  20. We're going on a cruise the end of the month and on the "roll call" thread, we've already orchestrated one on our own.
  21. Hmmm...."maybe" Sailed to Italy several times on the LdV, MA, RAF. We always went cabin class. My sister and I shared a cabin. It was very small and had an upper and lower. If public rooms were replicated, but cabins and bathrooms were "new millennium" I'd give it a go.
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