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    Crystal, Seabourn
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  1. @Gilly, Great to hear from you here! And very clever of you to figure out my connection with Herb. πŸ™‚ We have not yet met the famous @flossie009, but hopefully our paths will cross before the end of the cruise. It has been a fabulous cruise, despite the internet frustrations. I will be posting a full review on this board when we're back home as well as stories and photos from each port on my blog. Maybe you and I will find ourselves on the same cruise one day! Mary Travel Blog: https://www.themodernpostcard.com
  2. How sad that Magic Castle at Sea is ending. We celebrated Herb's birthday there with our family two years ago, thanks to our stash of guest passes from past cruises. If anyone still has tickets and has a chance to be in the LA area, I can't urge you enough to book your visit. It's a fantastic, unique evening! Here's my blog post about our experience: https://www.themodernpostcard.com/the-magic-castle-an-enchanting-evening-in-the-heart-of-hollywood/ Mary Travel Blog: https://www.themodernpostcard.com
  3. palladian, My husband and I had a wonderful stay at The Singular Santiago at the end of our Seabourn Antarctica cruise. It's in the Lastarria neighborhood, a great location for walking to the main attractions as well as around the corner from a terrific restaurant called BocanΓ‘riz. We also did a fabulous all-day wine tour to the Casablanca Valley (details in my Day 2 blog post). Our flight back to the U.S. left late at night, and we were able to keep our luggage on the tour van before we were dropped off at the airport. Here are links to the hotel and my blogs: https://thesingular.com/hotel/santiago https://www.themodernpostcard.com/santiago-day-1-la-chascona-cerro-san-cristobal-plaza-de-armas/ https://www.themodernpostcard.com/santiago-day-2-a-day-of-wine-roses-in-chiles-casablanca-valley/ Best of luck with your plans! Mary Travel Blog: https://www.themodernpostcard.com
  4. Bob, What a wonderful plan B! So glad everything worked out well for you. Your "sorta live" analysis really made me smile. We loved your back-from-Uniworld postings on the CC River Boards. Please know that no matter how this voyage unfolds – live, sorta or otherwise – your commentary is always a delight and greatly appreciated. Bon Voyage! Mary Travel Blog: https://www.themodernpostcard.com
  5. Wow, Bob, you hit the jackpot with Frances! What a memorable and unique experience. Great story and photos :) Mary Travel Blog: https://www.themodernpostcard.com
  6. Hi Bob, Herb and I are enjoying your wonderful photos and trip report! Thanks for sharing here. We had planned to visit Giverny on an ocean cruise that docked in Honfleur several years ago, but the Seine was experiencing dangerously high levels at that time, with a serious risk of flooding in many areas. Monet's Gardens had to close for a few days, including the day of our visit. C'est la vie...it's still on our list! Mary Travel Blog: https://www.themodernpostcard.com
  7. Spree75, My husband and I did the Quest's January 2017 Antarctica voyage, and it still remains our favorite trip of all! You will have a wonderful time no matter when you go, and the decision is clearly a personal preference. I especially wanted to see the newly hatched penguins – signs pointed to January for that – and I also was hoping for the best odds at good weather, which also worked well at that time of year. The rumor we had heard about the Drake being rough one way and smooth the other turned out to be true on our voyage. We loved the entire trip's itinerary, starting in Buenos Aires and ending in Santiago. And if you're lucky enough to have the seas cooperate for a landing in the Falklands, I can't recommend Volunteer Point enough. Here are a couple of links to my blog posts from the trip which you might find helpful: https://www.themodernpostcard.com/category/antarctica/ https://www.themodernpostcard.com/category/falkland-islands/ Best of luck with your plans! Mary Travel Blog: https://www.themodernpostcard.com
  8. Keith, It sounds like you've had a wonderful river cruise! Like the previous poster, I was also surprised by the advice you were given about safety in Budapest. Herb and I were on one of the Mozart cruises last fall that was impacted by low water levels and had to be bussed to Budapest. Crystal put us up in the Kampinski Hotel, and neither the cruise line nor the hotel mentioned any areas to avoid. We walked all over the city – to Heroes' Square, to dinner at night and to the river for a Danube sunset cruise – and never felt threatened or unsafe. We stayed an extra night at the hotel and took the train back to Vienna to meet the ship before disembarking. From our experience, I can honestly say we were never uncomfortable safety-wise. Hope you enjoy the rest of your cruise...we've enjoyed following along! Mary Travel Blog: https://www.themodernpostcard.com
  9. Hi Keith, How wonderful you're venturing out onto the river! We did our first ever river cruise on the Mozart last fall. It's a terrific itinerary and an interesting comparison with ocean cruising. Vienna is just magical...very walkable and easy to tour on your own. I have blogs with stories and photos from every port, if you need additional information or excursion ideas. Don't miss the honey-walnut cake at the bakery in Bratislava πŸ™‚ Mary Travel Blog: www.themodernpostcard.com
  10. acruisefan, You're very welcome! I don't think you would get antsy on a little longer cruise on a Baltic itinerary. There is an incredible amount to see in all the ports, and all are very walkable – some right off the ship; others with a quick shuttle to the center of town. Please feel free to email (blog contact page) or ask here if you have additional questions! ~Mary
  11. acruisefan, My husband and I have had two fabulous cruises on Seabourn – Antarctica (Buenos Aires to Santiago) and Australia/New Zealand (Sydney to Auckland) – and loved our experiences on the Quest and the Encore. We have not sailed on Silversea. For the Baltic, we chose Crystal over Seabourn. The itineraries were similar, but Crystal offered an intriguing high-speed train excursion from St. Petersburg to Moscow that included special access to the Grand Kremlin Palace. It was one of those all-time memorable, I-can't-believe-I'm-seeing this extraordinary experiences. We had three days in St. Petersburg (which was really great, especially with a day in Moscow) and hired a private guide for our two days there. You do not need a visa if you are touring with a guide on a ship's tour or on your own. Here's a link to my blog post on our Moscow excursion. I also have posts on other Baltic ports which you might find helpful. https://www.themodernpostcard.com/from-russia-with-love-the-fast-train-to-moscow/ Best of luck making a decision and planning your trip! Mary Travel Blog: https://www.themodernpostcard.com
  12. I'd like to add my enthusiastic recommendation for tour guide Levant Solmaz. We spent a memorable day with him touring Ephesus – including the then newly-opened terrace houses – as well as Mary's House and the Temple of Artemis. Levant also took us to lunch at a wonderful local cafΓ© that used fresh ingredients from its own garden. Here is the contact information I have for him: http://leventsolmaz.com/ I also have a blog post with photos and the story of our day there which you might find helpful: https://www.themodernpostcard.com/kusadasi-turkey-ephesus-marys-house-temple-artemis/ Good luck planning your day in Ephesus. It's a spectacular place! Mary Travel Blog: www.themodernpostcard.com
  13. Of course I remember! That is so kind of you, Bob...many thanks πŸ™‚
  14. Bob, What a special birthday celebration for Jeannie and a wonderful trip! All the best to you and your family. Mary Travel Blog: www.themodernpostcard.com
  15. Carole, you're very welcome! I'm glad the info was helpful. The excursions you booked are really great. Good luck with the Milford Sound wait list...it was a popular excursion on our cruise as well. The Bondi/Coogee coastal walk is gorgeous! We took an Uber from our hotel (Langham), which was about a 20- minute ride. There is a bus which goes directly there, which I think takes around an hour with all the stops. Melbourne is a delight and extremely walkable. The tram is a very short walk from the port and takes you directly to the Central Business District. We spent the day exploring on our own – loved the narrow laneways and beautiful old arcades and taking a break at Hopetoun Tea Room πŸ™‚ https://www.themodernpostcard.com/a-day-in-melbourne-artsy-laneways-charming-arcades-and-oh-so-cool/ Happy New Year to you as well! Mary
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