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Agreed, Dave. And it seems to have been a...
Agreed, Dave.
And it seems to have been a trend for quite a few years.

At one time it was well worth booking thro a North American TA - so worthwhile that a few years back some cruise lines...
Hi Fred, Simplest & quickest is by air -...
Hi Fred,

Simplest & quickest is by air - take the RER from Gare Du Nord to Paris CDG airport, then Flybe or AirFrance (Flybe will be a lot cheaper) direct to Southampton airport SOU. Flight take a...
My thoughts exactly. A great shame. JB...
My thoughts exactly.

A great shame.

JB :)
Clickbait :rolleyes: And I fell for it :D ...
Clickbait :rolleyes:
And I fell for it :D

The differences they show Tuesdays / Wednesdays / Thursdays/ Fridays are so miniscule as to be inconsequential.

And - revelation - there's a great...
Forum: France Ports
Posted By John Bull
There are dozens of D-Day / Normandy Campaign...
There are dozens of D-Day / Normandy Campaign museums in the area.
The Peace Memorial Museum in Caen, as Bruce's post, is huge - even a half-day there won't do it justice.
But also, it's not a...
What I've heard of cruiseair is that they advise...
What I've heard of cruiseair is that they advise of their air arrangements at a late stage?
If so, that'd be too late for the OP to book their own with best price & arrangements.
And by that time...
The strikes don't affect the RER trains (Paris...
The strikes don't affect the RER trains (Paris suburbs, including between CDG airport & central Paris), or the Paris metro.

JB :)
Wise decision. :) Anywhere in the eastern Med...
Wise decision. :)
Anywhere in the eastern Med you take a big risk with the weather in October (some you win, some you lose).
IMHO November would be pushing your luck waaaaay too much.

JB :)
That's got to be really annoying for Aussies....
That's got to be really annoying for Aussies. :mad:
I too think the Russian consulate in Sydney is wrong (plenty of TA's get it wrong & a great many cruisers are deliberately mis-led by cruise...
See Three4rd's post - got some roubles but spent...
See Three4rd's post - got some roubles but spent hardly any of them & gave most as a tip for Alla's guide.

We basically did the same.
Other than the Caribbean, we like to have at least a little...
Because passengers join & leave this cruise at...
Because passengers join & leave this cruise at various (all?) ports on this itinerary, the RollCall might be a mish-mash of folk on just a part of your cruise. (that's why I was struggling with your...
For guides, tipping is quite normal in most of...
For guides, tipping is quite normal in most of Europe.
But at about half the US level, and some folk simply don't tip - it's no big deal
A few will tip the driver as well as the guide.

JB :)
Cheapest (just €5 e/w pp) is Bus Vert (green Bus)...
Cheapest (just €5 e/w pp) is Bus Vert (green Bus)
https://www.busverts.fr/

You'll need to brush up your French, or use a computer or tablet with a translate button. .
Lignes (routes) you need...
Seaview is a brand-new ship, still not finished....
Seaview is a brand-new ship, still not finished. First cruise currently being offered is 13th June. Itineraries are showing on MSC's own website & TAs websites

What dates are you looking at?
...
In the UK cruise lines can't contract out of...
In the UK cruise lines can't contract out of their legal obligations with a stack of "terms & conditions", many of which are indefensible in law & are only in there to dissuade folk from standing up...
Sorry if I sounded condescending, but this is how...
Sorry if I sounded condescending, but this is how rumours ("fake news" in modern parlance) spread. And in these days of social media they spread like wildfire.
It really is worth quoting a source....
Fashion isn't my thing. All I know about fashion...
Fashion isn't my thing. All I know about fashion is to say "yes you look very nice in that"


For food, I can't help in Bath, been there many times but never stayed-over. TripAdvisor is your best...
So where did you hear this speculation? On TV...
So where did you hear this speculation?
On TV news? Newspapers?
Or a lady at the hairdresser's whose boyfriend was told by a taxi-driver...... etc.

When coming up with this sort of post you...
Hi, and welcome to Cruise Critic. There are...
Hi, and welcome to Cruise Critic.

There are RollCall forums on Cruise Critic, where folk say "hi" to their shipmates, arrange shared tours etc.
I'd post a link to yours but I don't know whether...
Didn't mis-read your post, Seadog. I said "An...
Didn't mis-read your post, Seadog.
I said "An excursion doesn't cost £10 more than DIY, the average is 3 to 4 times as much."
Perhaps you'd like to check out Marella's excursions at the ports I...
Just a few pointers...... If you pre-book an...
Just a few pointers......

If you pre-book an independent organised excursion with a reputable operator you won't miss your sailing. A tour operator's reputation - and therefore their business -...
Each to their own comfort level, Seadog, and...
Each to their own comfort level, Seadog, and there are pros & cons for DIY - money isn't the only factor, there's things like freedom & flexibility rather than being led like cattle at the speed of...
Thomson/Tui go there from time to time. But...
Thomson/Tui go there from time to time.
But can't handle ships of more than about 2000 pax.

And car ferries from Spain now port at "Port Med", which is in the back of beyond about 30 miles from...
No worries :) BTW, I forgot to mention that...
No worries :)

BTW, I forgot to mention that there's no other way of cruising the Panama Canal in your time-scale (ferries take waaaay too long), & the train is block-booked by the ship.
So altho...
Hol Inn (Herbert Walker Ave) as already mentioned...
Hol Inn (Herbert Walker Ave) as already mentioned & Grand Harbour (across the road from Hol Inn), Both unavailable for most of Septetmber due to So'ton Boat Show.
Also nearby Novotel, mebbe Ibis....