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Hank, Excellent analysis. Thanks for the...
Hank,
Excellent analysis. Thanks for the interesting information.

George
Stuart, I researched buying a Garmin or TomTom on...
Stuart, I researched buying a Garmin or TomTom on the internet from the US, but none would ship the item loaded with UK maps to the US. I considered purchasing one in England, but I had no idea...
England and Wales for 28 days, then the Celebrity Eclipse Transatlantic
England & Wales for 28 days, then the Celebrity Eclipse Transatlantic




This wonderful 44 day trip was planned for about two years. We wanted to visit key places were our ancestors came from...
England & Wales for 28 days, then the Celebrity Eclipse Transatlantic
England & Wales for 28 days, then the Celebrity Eclipse Transatlantic




This wonderful 44 day trip was planned for about two years. We wanted to visit key places were our ancestors came from...
We love Celebrity and have done 10 cruises with...
We love Celebrity and have done 10 cruises with them. Unfortunately, except for cruises like transatlantic price bundling prevails, which means very high prices. Promos are included that we don't...
You nailed it. Don't blame Celebrity, they are...
You nailed it. Don't blame Celebrity, they are boxed into accepting service dogs.
We just returned home after four weeks in the UK...
We just returned home after four weeks in the UK and a 15 day transatlantic to Miami. There are many car rental firms that have shuttles from the cruise port (no need for taxi) to their office,...
We have never done HAL, due to their smoking...
We have never done HAL, due to their smoking policy. This policy changed last year to prohibit smoking on balconies.

However, my sense is that HAL had become a magnet for smokers. When we were...
I can't help you with anything but the wine...
I can't help you with anything but the wine prices. Dear Wife and I drink wine on cruises and don't buy the beverage packages, since we are elite and have free drinks at happy hour. We just did...
We have done 10 Celebrity cruises and next year...
We have done 10 Celebrity cruises and next year have two cruises with Royal C (out of Sydney) that were far cheaper than X. Big problem was the price bundling with promos by X. We love X, but...
We stayed at Miss Maud's in Perth. It has a...
We stayed at Miss Maud's in Perth. It has a great location and the food at the restaurant is fantastic. It has a Swedish Smorgasbord. Rooms are not luxury, but clean and comfortable.
I looked into doing the Indian Pacific rail trip...
I looked into doing the Indian Pacific rail trip in 2013, since we had a cruise that started in Perth and ended in Sydney.

The cost of the trip put me off and the more that I read on travel...
We did the Epic in a Minisuite in 2012. I would...
We did the Epic in a Minisuite in 2012. I would say go for the upgrade. The cost is minimal and the cabin size is larger.
I enjoyed your review. We normally book a...
I enjoyed your review.
We normally book a balcony, but were upgraded to AQ a few years ago. BLU was nice, but in our opinion, not worth the cost of paying what most X cruises charge for AQ over a...
I would rate the three major US airlines ...
I would rate the three major US airlines
1)Delta
2)United
3)American

We have traveled on foreign airlines as well and I am fond of Air France. Of course, I never was flying into Paris where...
We love the salad bar in the buffet, it helps...
We love the salad bar in the buffet, it helps with calorie intake.
There is more nickel and dining on NCL, but we...
There is more nickel and dining on NCL, but we just say no and move on. NCL does some irritating things, like lot allowing you to bring on bottled water or soda. This doesn't affect us, since we...
I won't repeat much of what has been already...
I won't repeat much of what has been already posted.

We have done 9 Celebrity and 6 NCL cruises. We prefer Celebrity but choose our cruises based on itinerary and price.

Both cruise lines...
I still remember how expensive air travel was in...
I still remember how expensive air travel was in the past. I lived in Germany in the late 80s and early 90s and paid to fly my son from Atlanta every Summer. I paid more then than I do now for...
I have found one-way transatlantic flights easily...
I have found one-way transatlantic flights easily using frequent flyer miles. Also, the miles that I had to use was about half the cost of a RT.
NBC Article on airline industry
I just finished reading this article.

https://www.nbcnews.com/specials/airplane-mode

True, flying is not much fun anymore. Seats are smaller and amenities are generally extra cost.

However,...
Checking US College football scores while in Britain
We are leaving for London for four weeks in Britain and what to keep up with the College Football.

I don't have an international smart phone, and DW will have her tablet check in were wifi is...
NCL's desserts are generally not that good, but...
NCL's desserts are generally not that good, but we try them anyway.

One thing that I tried on the Star a couple of years ago was the turkey lasagna. I have had great turkey lasagna, but not on...
Don't miss seeing the amazing Mosque in Abu...
Don't miss seeing the amazing Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Also, if stopping in Dubai, take the 6 Emirates Tour.
I rented a TUX for our first X cruise, it was...
I rented a TUX for our first X cruise, it was fun, but not to be repeated. With evening chic, I will be happy with a shirt with collar and blazer.

There should be some standards, if you allow...