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  1. Maybe Holland cruisers are able to pay more than Princess cruisers. If they are CONSECUTIVE cruises, can't you just book with which ever one you want, by just doing either an early arrival or later departure that matches the double itinerary?
  2. I will make the choice, but I prefer an informed choice, so I don't become one of the cruise reviewers who say "if I would have known this, I would have taken a different cruise". Thank you to those who took the time to offer information.
  3. We are looking to take a summer cruise next year and it seems to be between Bermuda and Alaska. We have visited both previously, so are thinking to do Alaska, either a 10 day on Princess from SF, or a 7 day from Seattle on Holland. We have previously done both lines and visited both departure cities, but not cruised from them. Airfare, for us, will probably be cheaper to SF, but it appears hotels may be more in SF (hard to believe). Anyway, for those of you that have cruised from both of these cities, do you see one being the better choice as far as a cruise embarkation? If we do SF, we will probably stay one night pre-cruise. If Seattle, maybe 2 nights pre-cruise. Any advice/information is welcome. Thank you.
  4. We have Medicare and a BC-BS secondary that is "provided" by my retirement system. (Provided as long as I pay for it). The BC-BS people told me that it will cover me "anywhere in the world" EXCEPT on a cruise ship. We always buy a travel policy that will provide us a decent amount of medical coverage just in case something should happen. BUT we do not insure the entire cost of the trip. We also have a VISA that will reimburse us up to $1,500 of cancellation costs. I would not want to lose the cost of the trip, but could absorb it. I would really not want to be out-of-pocket for a LOT of medical cost.
  5. We took a free shuttle bus that was provided by the port. It dropped us near to "the green". We then made our way (20 minutes) to "the Spire" and met up with one of those free walking tours, which we found on-line. It was a great tour, but due to our port time, we left the tour when it reached the Temple Bar area. We then found a very nice pub for lunch and then strolled back to meet the shuttle bus back to the ship. Easy to do, except for probably walking 2 miles total for the day.
  6. My wife and I each applied for GE at the same time. She received an application approval in about 3 weeks. I am still waiting for mine after 2 months. There seems to be no "logical" way in which applications are reviewed and approved. When, and if, I ever receive approval we will try and schedule our interviews at the same time so we don't have to make 2 trips to the airport. There is a "warning" on the site that the "recent extended government shutdown" has slowed the process. Golly, who knew that a government shutdown could affect so many things?
  7. We are on HAL Zuiderdam with an overnight stop in Reykjavik in July. It is my understanding that we will be docked someplace about 2 miles from the downtown area. Do any of you know if either HAL or the city will provide a shuttle to the downtown area? If so, will it be free? If not a shuttle, which other transportation may be available? Any information is welcome. Thank you.
  8. I don't believe that you CALL Uber. You just use the app and they can locate you. Make sure you have your cell phone turned on and your location active. You will have to pay for international roaming charges unless you have a data plan.
  9. We have one way business class from Detroit to Amsterdam in July for $1,300 each, flying non-stop on Delta. Bought it from the cruise line the first day it went on sale. I am satisfied with it, so the price you have received seems satisfactory, at least to me.🤔
  10. teacherman


    I think calling and using the web site will give you the same options, BUT when I have used the web site I can find different options depending on what day I check. I would thing that DELTA would probably be the only non-stop service on this flight from Atlanta, but maybe there are different carriers offering it from Boston. For that difference in price i would go to Boston a day, or two, earlier and enjoy all that Boston has to offer.
  11. We were on Allure in April. I believe there were reserved seats by the pool, but there was seldom anyone sitting in them.
  12. We did it the last cruise of the year. We rented a car in Skagway (rent early) and drove into the Yukon. Absolutely beautiful with the trees changing colors.
  13. We also used taxis when we disembarked in Copenhagen. The only thing I would caution is IF you have an early flight. IF there are many passengers who live in the Copenhagen area, there may be a long line for taxis. This has happened to us a couple of times in Amsterdam and Copenhagen. We had a later flight, so it didn't really matter to us.
  14. Check Air2Sea AND the airline web site. If there is no price difference, you may want to book through the airline.
  15. Based on other cruisers' advice, we are booked on the HAL Zaandam, west to east, January 9, 2020. We have a Roll Call and are starting to book private shore excursions. We plan to leave the ship on the day it arrives in BA, rather than stay overnight. We have made plans to fly to Iguazu Falls for 2 nights and then return to BA for a couple of days before flying home. We booked our airfare through HAL. There do not appear to be many flights to SA, like there are to Europe. Come and join us.
  16. We will be arriving at AMS on a Wednesday morning about 9:00 after a long flight on DELTA. Our hotel is the Hilton Rotterdam (10 Weena-?). We are a little reluctant to take the train with all of our luggage and being "old" and tired, so we are considering UBER. Do any of you think we could get an UBER to take us all the way to Rotterdam? Do you know where we would have to walk to with our luggage to meet the UBER? Any information/advice is welcome. Thank you.
  17. We live about 20 minute drive from DTW. That is probably where we will go when the time comes.
  18. Silly me. I just "imagined" there was a list of applicants and that once we applied, our names would be placed "next in line" to be approved and interviewed. Also, with the backup due to the "recent" government shut down (probably not a good idea) and maybe more officers being moved to the southern border, who knows how it all works. Just keep waiting and checking.
  19. Do any of you have information on how long the application approval process is taking? My wife and I both applied. I find it "interesting" that, even though they are given our e-mail address, it seems to indicate that it is our responsibility to keep checking back on the web site to see when our applications have been approved so that we can then schedule an interview, rather than they just sending us an e-mail saying we are approved. It also says that "due to the RECENT extended government shutdown" (6 months ago-?) the whole process is delayed. There is no indication of how long this is expected to take. I don't even know if they have very many people assigned to review the applications. Any information available on the time frame for this? I was hoping we would have it by the time we travel in July.
  20. Everything I have received lists our port time in Puerto Madryn as 8:00 - 4:00. I will keep checking. I did not have difficulty getting in touch with them. It took a couple of days to receive a response.
  21. I am on Zaandam next January. Our port time does not allow their tour. She told me that the ship would have to stay until 5 or later. I think we depart at 4.
  22. We enjoy a nice Negroni (gin, Campari, sweet vermouth)when at home. On the Koningsdam, in the Billboard lounge, they had a list of "special" drinks named after rock songs. We tried a "Rolling in the Deep", which had a fruit infused Jim Beam bourbon substituted for the gin. Amazing flavor. Can't wait to try them on my next HAL voyage, if they have them.
  23. Thank you. I think I will just take my chord so I will have it for our hotel in Rotterdam. AND my converter plug.
  24. Will be taking my C-PAP machine on a 17 night Zuiderdam cruise. Are there electric outlets close to the bed? Do I need to bring an extension chord? It is a verandah cabin.
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