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Cruise Critic Chris

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About Cruise Critic Chris

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    Bucks County, PA
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    Foodie Spoken Here
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    River/Expedition/Sailing/Luxury
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    Russia/Alaska/Europe

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  1. Cruise Critic Chris

    Danube water levels 2018 and similar topics - plus tips and info

    Was told today by the Emerald rep that we *might* be able to sail the entire itinerary, Budapest to Nuremberg. My parents, who are also taking this trip, were told the same thing by their travel agent. Will let you know what the final word is when I get on the ship Saturday in Budapest. Just booked a ruin pub tour for Friday night and a massage/bath ticket for Gellert. Will definitely pack a raincoat.
  2. Cruise Critic Chris

    Danube water levels 2018 and similar topics - plus tips and info

    Woo hoo! We're still being told by Emerald that passage between Passau and Nuremburg is unlikely, but the rest of the cruise will likely be (smooth?) sailing.
  3. Cruise Critic Chris

    Danube water levels 2018 and similar topics - plus tips and info

    LOL! We've had Cruise Critic editors on a bunch of affected sailings this season. One editor had her Ama itinerary switched to Dutch waterways from the Danube. All have still been fun, as will our Emerald sailing. We did have an editor scheduled to be on Viking Egil, also leaving the same date out of Nuremberg. She received word last night that her cruise was canceled. I checked in with Emerald PR this morning, and we're still a go. Candiac, looking forward to meeting you! My husband, along with sister and her husband as well as my parents are coming on this cruise with me. We're all going to have a great time, no matter what's going on.
  4. Cruise Critic Chris

    American Empress-11/20/18

    Story on the ports we visited (i was on the short itinerary): https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/3519/
  5. Cruise Critic Chris

    Danube water levels 2018 and similar topics - plus tips and info

    Cruise Critic here in the same boat (ha). I am slated to be on Emerald Waterways, leaving Budapest on Dec. 8 for Nuremberg. Reading the threads and hoping for rain!
  6. Cruise Critic Chris

    American Empress-11/20/18

    Hi Ropa. I just got off American Empress today (in fact, i'm still at the airport). Anything specific you want to know?
  7. Cruise Critic Chris

    Virgin Voyages Cruise Ship Will Have Tattoo Studio

    Cruise Critic went to the tattoo giveaway (and our editor got her own tattoo!) She put together a nice write-up on what the line is hoping to accomplish with the studio: https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=8940
  8. Cruise Critic Chris

    How to prepare for an Asian cruise?

    Just back from an extended trip that included four days in Shanghai. If you have T-mobile or international data on your phone, you can use it and access Google maps, FB, email -- and not have to deal with a VPN. I wrote up a review of the different tours we took in Shanghai: https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=8953&fbclid=IwAR0tdInipqxyilwJWHWJ6TAqO6az5D9x_-Zr4nN3Vbi9c35jsRtXw2E_tus. One site I enjoyed that wasn't on the tour is the Propaganda Poster museum. Definitely get local currency. Cabs were all over the place in what they charged. Some were super cheap, others jacked up their prices. We were told to go with the yellow ones and avoid the blue ones. I looked up the Chinese characters for the place we were going and showed the driver the name. The metro is fairly easy to use. Our hotel was Hyatt on the Bund. Great views of Pudong skyline, particularly from the rooftop bar.
  9. Hi all - While in Shanghai before my Quantum of the Seas cruise, I tested four tours in Shanghai. Some great options! If you're flying there from the US, you'll at least want a few days to explore before you board your ocean or river ship. Really enjoyed the city, particularly how modern it was. Story: https://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=705
  10. Cruise Critic Chris

    Indian River Cruise

    Check out this story: Staying Healthy on an India River cruise. I'd add that for us, Xifaxin really helped. Worked fast and cleared things up. In Laos right now, and can attest that the stomach issues in India are worse than what you'd find in Asia. The sanitation in India is just another level (worse) than what I've seen elsewhere on exotic river cruises.
  11. Hi all - I'm heading out this weekend for Thailand, where I'll be sailing the Upper Mekong through Laos with Pandaw. This is a section of the river that no other river cruise company really does, so I'll be writing lots of content for the site. Let me know if you have any questions!
  12. Cruise Critic Chris

    Indian River Cruise

    Hi. I went on this trip last year and have a full ship review of Ganges Voyager II, the ship that Uniworld uses. We also have a whole section of information on India river cruises.
  13. Cruise Critic Chris

    Windstar Pride Stranded

    Hi, here's Cruise Critic's story, which includes a statement from Windstar. We'll continue to follow: https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=8851
  14. Cruise Critic Chris

    Cruise Critic on U by Uniworld

    Hi - I have a just-launched full review of The B as well that you might want to read. On their own, the drinks range from 8 euro to 10 euro. The package is $299. Here's the list of excursion costs. The ones that are underlined are ones that DIDN"T run on our trip, either because not enough people signed up or because of another reason (the catacomb people are on strike). Van Gogh $ 186 Normandy Beaches $ 241 Cliffs of Étretat $ 219 Kayak the Seine $ 77 Monet's Gardens $ 39 Lady Marmalade $ 153 Parisian cuisine $ 72 The Louvre $ 83 Street Art Walk $ 87 Retro bike tour St. Germain des Pres $ 98 Paris Catacombs $ 43 The excursions that got the best response on our cruise were the retro bike tour, the kayaking, Monet's Gardens and Lady Marmalade. The D Day trip was not worth the cost, IMHO.
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