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  1. There is a new notice today on the Tauck website: “We’ve decided to cancel all land tours and cruises with departure dates through August 31, 2020.” They’re asking people not to call, that they’ll call us. This is understandable. I’m sure this decision is difficult for everyone involved, and they are going to be overwhelmed. https://www.tauck.com/travel-updates We are booked on their Rhine and Moselle river cruise departing August 28. (I know. Missed it by THAT MUCH.) Then we are booked for a land tour, Week in Tuscany and Umbria. If they don’t cancel that portion, we will. We’re very disappointed but not surprised.
  2. That’s interesting. The website still says the cutoff date is July 15. Not surprising, though. I have a feeling Tauck is having trouble keeping up. We just got our Travel Wallet email this morning that was promised a month ago. I really feel for them. Our August Rhine and Moselle probably won’t go, but we’ll be looking at more trips with Tauck in the future. They treat their guests really well.
  3. Correction: Our price has gone down $900 per person.
  4. Do I recall reading somewhere that, if you book a future cruise while onboard an Oceania ship, then you can benefit from future price reductions? We did this last fall for this same Amsterdam-Lisbon cruise. I’m looking at all my paperwork and I can’t see anything about getting a price reduction. It looks like our suite has gone down a couple thousand dollars.
  5. Per the Tauck website today: “Due to continued uncertainty about our ability to deliver the level of experience you expect from Tauck, and consistent with the latest guidance from the U.S. State Department, we’ve decided to cancel all land tours and cruises with departure dates through July 15, 2020.” https://www.tauck.com/travel-policy-update We’re supposed to depart late August on the Rhine and Moselle. Looking less and less likely.
  6. Same with Le Bougainville. Also Le Reine Elizabeth, the Fairmont hotel in Montreal. No clue.
  7. I’m going to embarrass myself here, but my high school French would have led me to translate “vous nous manquez” not as “we miss you” but as “you miss us.” Clearly not as effective as a marketing strategy.
  8. This part is confusing to me. We were on the Oceania Riviera and docked at the port in Portland, Maine, along with an NCL ship, on October 15, 2019, less than two weeks ago. We didn’t see any issues with the port, although we did spend a very long time, while still on the ship, going through Customs, Immigration and Border Control. (It was our first US port after coming in from Canada.) The port facilities in Portland were modern and “ready” in every respect.
  9. Captain just announced we will be skipping Newport, RI tomorrow and going straight to our final port, NYC, on Saturday. Right now the seas are quite calm in our little sheltered space, and the sun even makes an occasional appearance. But I gather the route to the south must be quite rough. The atmosphere among the passengers is surprisingly upbeat, but everyone is staying inside. Very windy.
  10. We are on board the Riviera right now. Today was supposed to be Boston but we are skipping it. We sailed from Bar Harbor yesterday and spent the night sheltered at anchor off some little islands. It is dark and foggy but, at least here, the conditions are very calm. Not sure when we will set sail to Newport, Rhode Island.
  11. Thank you! This is good information. I have bookmarked both those car services and will check again when it’s closer to the time.
  12. I have seen several mentions of this luggage storage place, but I’m still confused. My maps app shows it’s about a mile from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal and, oddly enough, it takes about a half hour to drive, and an equal time to walk! What to do? Our Newark flight is at 4:00, so we don’t have much time. I had this idea we could walk down to the Intrepid Museum and stash the luggage at a hotel, if any, along the way. We would, of course, pay the hotel for the privilege. Presumably, when ready, we could catch a cab to EWR from the hotel, ¿yes? Would this be a better use of time than going back and forth to Schwartz Luggage?
  13. We’re leaving in three days, and I’ll report back. Weather apps have Athens in the low 90’s (so just like home), and the various islands at plus-or-minus 80, cooling off at night. No rain in sight. Can’t wait!
  14. We will be in Sydney on Saturday, October 12. We were thinking of picking up a rental car in town and driving out to Fort Louisbourg. If we’re not on a ship’s tour, but just arriving on our own and buying a ticket, will we still have something to see at the Fort that late in the season?
  15. What a coincidence! Just this morning I posted a similar question on the Oceania board. The replies were not encouraging. I guess we’ll just go over to the airport in Newark and hang around all day.
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