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  1. We just booked SD II last week for December 13th sailing. We are going to be flexible and just go with the flow. We went to Portugal and France for 3.5 weeks, departing in late August when the E.U. was changing all of it's rules in regards to Americans again. We figured we just go forward until we couldn't and try to be flexible. We were pleasantly surprised that we had no issues with flights, with independent travel, with visiting sites, with the river cruise in the Douro Valley, or with the one in the Bordeaux region. We have decided to take the same approach and see what happens.
  2. Hello, no questions, but will be reading your posts. Just booked Sea Dream II yesterday for San Juan r/t, December 13-19, 2021. Excited, as this will be our first time on Sea Dream
  3. I'm sure it will be wonderful!
  4. Oh nice! Yes, I was talking about Jordan in the first half of that post. I didn't realize it was a river cruise you were doing, and was thinking it was land so was thinking you wouldn't post here. We have done Egypt on a river cruise several years ago, along with some land touring in Egypt and really loved it. We are headed to Jordan, Israel (if it opens up), and Cyprus in late January. We have a land tour in Jordan, and then will be doing Israel and Cyprus on our own. I'll be looking out for your posts.
  5. We are headed to Jordan (and hopefully Israel if it opens up) in late January. I know it's off topic and and off brand for cruisecritic but would love to see a quick update, maybe under this thread, of how your trip went. We booked the Scenic 7 night cruise with the 3 nights land in Siem Reap (because I like their program in SR). Then we are doing Hanoi, Halong Bay, and Hoi An on our own beforehand so I can get exactly what I want. For example, in Halong Bay we are actually booking a boat that sails in Lan Ha Bay, the less touristy area with fewer ships.
  6. Good morning, We recently returned from 3.5 weeks in Portugal and France. Before we departed I stressed a lot about all of the requirements, at the end of the day it was not as difficult as I had set it up in my head. I worked with United's Travel Ready Center, your airline probably has a similar function, and made written notes for each individual flight of what the requirements were. We then located a private testing lab through the internet that would guarantee results within a few hours and made appointments for testing on the day before departure from the US. This test got us through boarding our international flight, transiting in London, and checking in to our hotel in Lisbon. The cost was $159 pp and we had to drive an hour each way for the test, but it was worth it to have peace of mind that it was done right and met the time frame. We purchased BinaxNow tests to bring with us as they meet the requirement to return to the US, in case we needed them, but we found options for testing along the way. As to if you could test positive and get stuck in quarantine along the trip, that is something to consider. We knew it was a reality and were hopeful it did not come to pass, and it did not. But we did know it could happen and were willing to roll with it.
  7. I just booked a Mekong sailing yesterday for December 2022. In studying the weather, I was focused on mid-November through end of February, to try to avoid the rainy months and get (somewhat) cooler weather. I found the prices to be slightly less in December than the other months, likely due to people not wanting to be gone over/to close to the holidays. As we like being in an international destination on holidays this worked in our favor. We booked with Scenic, as we just sailed their Beautiful Bordeaux itinerary last week and loved it. Also, their start in cabin is very nice, being a small suite with wide picture windows and balcony, and a separate sitting area from the bedroom.
  8. Your summation of country club casual is on the nose.
  9. And the funniest part of all is that my French Pass Sanitaire just came through!!!
  10. Just landed Chicago, all went amazingly well transiting through Brussels with no problems. Comfortable flight in business, and getting ready to board our flight to Tampa. So happy we went on this trip! Any questions, please let me know.
  11. I’m guessing this must be the wonderful Mary - she and her hubby Steve elevated our already exceptional experience! I’m guessing you made it home well. We flew from Bordeaux to Paris this afternoon, only needed a vaccine card (or Pass Sanitaire) for this short domestic flight. Checked in to the handy Ibis Styles CDG, settled in, and had a great dinner at their restaurant. This hotel is accessed by taking the airport transfers train (CDGVAL?), which is free, to Terminal 3, and walking out the exit door where it is directly across the road.
  12. Today is disembarkation day, we are in Bordeaux, France. The ship has arranged transfers, which are complimentary, to the train station or airport, at the appropriate time for guests. Our transfer is to the airport at 11:35a for a 2:35p flight to Paris. We need to have our luggage out by 8:35a, and out of the room by 9a. We can relax onboard for our transfer if we like. Breakfast is being served in the dining room today, as well as a light lunch for those still around.
  13. We docked in the town of Blaye, France today until 2p. We had signed up for a long bike ride down the Captains Road, but when we saw nice the town looked, we changed our to the Active Walking Tour. This turned out to be a great tour through the very interesting Citadel, around some vineyards and walking paths on the edge of town, and some alley lanes in town. Just after lunch we received our negative Covid tests back, and the wording looks sufficient to get us through from Paris to Tampa, transiting in Belgium, on Thursday. Tomorrow we will fly on a mid-day flight from Bordeaux to Paris.
  14. Today we had a full day tour to the town of Cognac, and a visit to Remy Martin for a tour and Cognac tasting. In the town we were given a brief walking tour, and then free time for 2.5 hours. Scenic gave us each 20 euros to buy our own lunch, or do with it what we liked. This evening was a disembarkation briefing (for Wednesday), and a Gala Dinner.
  15. On AMA we paid 20 euro pp for antigen tests (and had option of paying 80 euros pp for PCR test). On Scenic we were given PCR tests for free.
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