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  1. Your post prompted me to check a website I've used before to research ports, cruisetimetables.com . There are similar sites out there as well, I believe. Anyway, Voyager is calling in Alexandria next year, which, along with Port Said, are the closest ports for Cairo. However, I didn't see very many cruise lines that call at both Safaga and Port Said / Alexandria on the same itinerary. I think there was one line, but not one I'm familiar with.
  2. There is a forum here on CC for discussions on travel insurance, here => https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/499-cruisetravel-insurance/ Because of the potential of losing your entire cruise cost in the event of a last minute cancellation, many people do in fact obtain travel insurance. It's an individual decision. Over on the Cruise Travel Insurance forum, often you'll receive advice to check out one of the travel insurance brokers (insuremytrip.com, tripinsurancestore.com, squaremouth.com, etc.) for options. It's a good place to start.
  3. cpl100, glad you were able to get something arranged! It is also good to know that tripinsurancestore will apparently write policies for companies other than the *handpicked* companies that are listed on the website. Selecting travel insurance is really an individual decision based on one's circumstances and tolerance for risk. On this forum you read about folks that never buy insurance (essentially, they self-insure), all the way up to folks that buy individual Cadillac policies for each trip. Many travelers fail somewhere in between. What works for one traveler might not make sense for another.
  4. I don't believe you calculate the specific cost of the trip, but rather the blanket amount of coverage you want. This is from their website: How to Prepare a Multi-Trip Quote When completing the quote form on this page, please use the following information: Permanent Residence: Select your state of residency from the drop down list Departure Date – Use tomorrow's date. Plans will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on the day after purchase. Return Date – Use tomorrow's date. Coverage will remain in effect for one year from the purchase date. Trip Deposit Date – Use date of purchase Trip Cost - Enter the level of trip cancellation coverage you want to insure for the year - $2,500, $5,000, $7,500, or $10,000 Dates of Birth - Enter travelers date of birth using format: mm/dd/yyyy Also, there is a link on page to download the complete policy so that you can review the particulars. I'd give them a shout if you have specific questions. I've spoken with them in the past and they are helpful.
  5. Thanks so much for this information. We're looking forward to being on-board with him for the first time, on the Amsterdam-NY segment. You guys continue to enjoy your experience on the Navigator.
  6. Great pictures! Thanks for taking the time to share them.
  7. Z, continuing to enjoy your pictures and reports! Looks like you are having fun. If you run into Ray again, please ask him if he's onboard through the entire Arctic Quest itinerary until NY. Thanks!
  8. Also want to add my thanks to Jason and Regent for sharing this information with the forum. Can't wait to see it in person in a couple of months!
  9. Here is a current thread on the HAL site. A few folks have commented about CLEAR. No exactly ringing endorsements.
  10. TiogaCruiser, really enjoying your reports from this very special final voyage. Thanks for taking us along.
  11. Zqueeze1, you guys are off to a terrific start, and you're not even onboard yet! Wonderful pictures and narrative. Looking forward to your first impressions of the Navigator after her short refurb. Enjoy the rest of your day and evening.
  12. On a flight some time ago, we were given these type of adapters, and I always carry them with me on flights. I actually prefer using my own earbuds instead of the 'over the ear' headphones the airlines use. Here is a link to some available on Amazon. Not expensive. https://smile.amazon.com/Warmstor-Adapter-Converter-Headphone-Airplane/dp/B073H2V73F/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=earphone+adapter+one+prong+to+two&qid=1560699356&s=gateway&sr=8-2 Looking forward to your reports from the Navigator. Enjoy! We are onboard in a couple of months for the last leg of the Grand Arctic Quest... Amsterdam to NYC.
  13. Our recent Avianca flights operated on time and as scheduled, but the onboard experience left a lot to be desired. There was some recent news on Avianca's Columbia operations. They defaulted on United's investment in the airline, and United has forced out the top shareholder. link: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-avianca-holding-ual/united-airlines-shakes-up-avianca-leadership-after-shareholder-default-idUSKCN1SU1ZW Hopefully this shakeup will improve the onboard experience. I recently traveled LAX-BOG-LIM and SCL-BOG-LAX on Avianca in business class, and was not impressed. Limited service and sparse food offerings. The service on the seven+ hour BOG-LAX leg consisted of a pre-departure drink offer, then about 2 hours later a single tray meal and beverage offering, followed by a dessert cart and beverage offering. There there was about a four+ hour gap in service, with no attendants in the aisle at all. About 45 minutes prior to landing, they came through taking orders for a final round of beverages. So during the 7+ hour flight, a total of three appearances by the attendants. Pretty sad.
  14. On our two Regent cruises so far, TB and polo shirts were not in the minority, though we were on two warm weather sailings... Amazon, and Western Caribbean.
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