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  1. Appreciate this above posting about the electronic ad in Times Square promoting trips to Saudi Arabia. Also, understand the posts from those with no interest in traveling there. Solid reasons and factors on both sides. As noted, I am in the "I'd love to go there" category. Will be interesting to see how these offerings and options evolve during the upcoming months. Don't think I would want to travel there for a few years to see how the options and opportunities are working and being experienced by others during this initial travel period. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Wonderful scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 237,601 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923
  2. YES! YES!! Nice pictures and added details from Spins/Candy. Sorry to be reading about the weather and other challenges for those on this sailing. Hope you are recovering and doing well now. Still not sure if a Northern Trans-Atlantic fits for me. Personally, I like it when the weather is less likely to be of question or doubt. Safe travel for the rest of your trip. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Venice: Loving It & Why??!! Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 85,406 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226
  3. From the Travel Section of the London/UK Telegraph late last month, they had this headline: “What it really takes to join 'the most iconic police force in the world' ”. This profile is all about Canada's famed Royal Mounties. Many interesting facts and details tie into what we learned during our recent exploring of Western Canada. Here are some of the story highlights as this author explained his travel: “halfway through a road trip across the Canadian prairies, following the trail of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as they prepare to celebrate their centenary next year. Slickly edited, with a dashing soundtrack, Courage in Red is played to all 'Depot' tourists visiting the RCMP Academy and reveals the legendarily tough training all cadets must undergo, showing that Mounties always get their man.” Here is more of that historic background in the development of Western Canada: "The legend began in 1873 when the Canadian government – alarmed at the lawlessness of whiskey, bison and wolf traders and their corrupting influence on indigenous tribes across the newly acquired Northwest Territories – formed the North West Mounted Police. Shortly afterwards, traders brutally slaughtered more than 20 members of the Assiniboine First Nation in the Cypress Hills Massacre. This spurred the need to establish order and in 1875, the Mounties were ordered to march 900 miles (1,448km) west across the prairies from Manitoba, enduring illness and hardship, finally stopping where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet – the heart of modern-day Calgary." Full story at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/north-america/canada/articles/canadian-mounties-tour-saskatchewan/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Venice: Loving It & Why??!! Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 85,406 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226
  4. From the Travel Section of the London/UK Telegraph in mid August, they had this headline: “The best boutique hotels in Grenada, from hilltop escapes to beachside villas” with these highlights: “There's a lot to like about the southern Caribbean island of Grenada. It's very easy-going, isn't particularly developed and has fantastic beaches, a mountainous and rainforested interior, and St George's; one of the region's prettiest capitals. On the accommodation front, Grenada has very few large chain hotels – instead it excels in privately owned, small-scale places to stay, ranging from a five-star colonial-style retreat to a boho-chic hideaway, a lively bayside hangout to an intimate collection of hilltop villas with facilities you'd expect in a luxury hotel.” Interesting options, details and pictures related to this island nation that we enjoyed in 2015!! Full story at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/caribbean/grenada/articles/best-boutique-hotels-in-grenada/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Just completed Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Lots of visuals and details from our first visits to these scenic areas!! That live/blog is at: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/ Or, you could simply do a quick Google search with these terms: Live Terry/Ohio Muse Alaska
  5. Appreciate this above great tip. Keep up the excellent sharing, suggestions, insights!! Don't be shy with any comments, ideas and questions. From the Travel Section of the London/UK Independent yesterday, they had this headline: “Best Hotel in San Francisco” with these highlights: “It has one of the most spectacular urban settings in the world, fantastic food and a mindset all of its own – no wonder everyone wants to come to San Francisco. The hotel scene had long been lacking, though, with properties clustered around the soulless Union Square and slightly grubby Tenderloin district – but in the last decade, a series of new openings spread around the city have livened it up considerably. Today, you can stay in historic buildings in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, in a new build opposite San Francisco’s baseball stadium, in the midst of America’s oldest Japantown, or on Market Street – the "new" Union Square (it’s handy to get around, though doesn’t have much going on). Whether you prefer to be disturbed by foghorns or drag brunches, there’s something for everyone in California’s most individual city.” Interesting options, details and pictures related to this great city on the Bay!! Full story at: https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/hotels/san-francisco-best-hotels-value-views-budget-luxury-deals-a9107406.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Just completed Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Lots of visuals and details from our first visits to these scenic areas!! That live/blog is at: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/ Or, you could simply do a quick Google search with these terms: Live Terry/Ohio Muse Alaska
  6. From the Travel Section of the London/UK Independent yesterday, they had this headline: “Best Hotel in San Francisco” with these highlights: “It has one of the most spectacular urban settings in the world, fantastic food and a mindset all of its own – no wonder everyone wants to come to San Francisco. The hotel scene had long been lacking, though, with properties clustered around the soulless Union Square and slightly grubby Tenderloin district – but in the last decade, a series of new openings spread around the city have livened it up considerably. Today, you can stay in historic buildings in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, in a new build opposite San Francisco’s baseball stadium, in the midst of America’s oldest Japantown, or on Market Street – the "new" Union Square (it’s handy to get around, though doesn’t have much going on). Whether you prefer to be disturbed by foghorns or drag brunches, there’s something for everyone in California’s most individual city.” Interesting options, details and pictures related to this great city on the Bay!! Full story at: https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/hotels/san-francisco-best-hotels-value-views-budget-luxury-deals-a9107406.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Just completed Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Lots of visuals and details from our first visits to these scenic areas!! That live/blog is at: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/ Or, you could simply do a quick Google search with these terms: Live Terry/Ohio Muse Alaska
  7. From the Travel Section of the London/UK Independent two days ago, they had this headline: “The Best Food Destinations to Visit” with these highlights about Athens, Greece: “The Greek capital is one of those cities where almost everything tastes good. There are grill joints on every corner flogging souvlaki: hot sticks of kebab meat then wrapped in pitta and slathered in thick yoghurt and spices, usually washed down with a frothy freddo cappuccino. For souvlaki with change from a fiver, try casual Hoocut or O Thanasis on so-called Souvlaki Row in central neighbourhood Monasteraki. Finish with Greek yoghurt drizzled in local honey, available from many yoghurt shops (in Greece, it’s a thing).” YES!! Lots of excellent food options and treats in Athens and Greece as we enjoyed late last year. Full story at: https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/europe-best-foodie-destinations-brexit-restaurants-gastronomy-cuisine-a9133296.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Just completed Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Lots of visuals and details from our first visits to these scenic areas!! That live/blog is at: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/ Or, you could simply do a quick Google search with these terms: Live Terry/Ohio Muse Alaska
  8. From the Travel Section of the London/UK Daily Mail this past week, they had this headline: “ 'The friendliest nation in the Caribbean!' Why Barbados is so popular” with this sub-head: "Barbados was a British island for almost 350 years and although independent, is still in the Commonwealth". Here are some of the story highlights: “The island of Barbados has been beloved of the British since Captain Henry Powell first occupied it in 1625. The intrepid adventurer claimed the island on behalf of King James I. It remained British for almost 350 years. Although independent since 1966, it is still a member of the Commonwealth. The origin of the name Barbados reputedly comes from the Portuguese explorer, Pedro A Campos, who used the phrase 'Los Barbados' meaning 'bearded ones'. It is thought that he was referring to the roots of the bearded fig-tree indigenous to the island, or the bearded Caribs or, most improbably, to the foam spraying over the reefs, which somewhat resembles a beard.” This long and in-depth profile has many details, ideas and pictures related to the wide range of options to consider for visiting and enjoying Barbados. This article brings many different fun memories from our visiting Bardados in 2015. Full story at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-7338135/A-Barbados-guide-restaurant-Gary-Lineker-likes-festival-Rihanna-loves-best-hotels.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling/details with many exciting visuals and key highlights. On page 23, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings. Now at 225,314 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
  9. Appreciate your note and linking the wonderful ferry that goes from Auckland to Waiheke Island. Maybe you missed it, but on post #25 on this thread, I shared some details and visuals from our visiting wonderful Waiheke Island in 2014. Yes, did a day there and view it as an excellent sampling of New Zealand charm, character and beauty, etc. Highly recommend seeing this island. Keep up the great sharing. From CEO Magazine in late September, they had this headline: “New Caledonia: A tropical playground” with these highlights: “Located to the south of Vanuatu and east of Australia, New Caledonia is a French colony. A combination of French flair and Melanesian hospitality, travellers can indulge in French delicatessens in Nouméa, frolic on the white sand beaches, etc. Nouméa is known for its beaches and mix of French and native Kanak influences, as well as being the home of the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, which showcases Kanak heritage. Restaurant Le 1881 is a beachside restaurant located in the grounds of the former penal settlement dating back to the late 19th century. It is one of Nouméa’s most exciting restaurants with a Sydney-trained mixologist behind the bar and a former Michelin-starred chef in the kitchen. The restaurant serves modern French–Pacific cuisine.” In the past, I had never heard much about New Caledonia, but am excited about our two upcoming days there in early 2020 while sailing on the Oceania Regatta. Full New Caledonia story at: https://www.theceomagazine.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/new-caledonia-a-tropical-playground/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Amazon River-Caribbean 2015 adventure live/blog starting in Barbados. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, San Juan, etc.). Now at 64,590 views: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696 From this CEO Magazine website, here is their picture used to illustrate an aerial view of the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre near Nouméa on New Caledonia.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  10. YES, Julie, you raise very serious and important questions and issues related to Saudi Arabia and their history of "activities" that are not acceptable. Saudi Arabia, seems, maybe, to be trying to "modernize" and evolve from their past history. We'll see??!! Clearly, other countries such as Russia, Cuba and China have had their negative pasts, plus many highly-questionable current activities. Egypt, Turkey, etc., have some current serious questions and doubts in many areas related to their leaders (or dictators)!!?? Personally, I have visited Russia, Cuba, Egypt, Turkey, Hong Kong, etc. Hope to visit mainland China in the future. Will watch with interest what does and does not happen related to Saudi Arabia and its "leadership family". Our visiting late last year to Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, etc., has given us added interest for visiting and exploring more in these various Middle East areas. Only time will tell what happens. Appreciate Julie's sharing and comments. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Barcelona/Med: June 2011, with stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Great visuals with key highlights, tips, etc. Live/blog now at 248,823 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474
  11. YES, we have done Tuk-Tuk transportation in both Libson/Portugal and in Southeast Asia. Kind of fun and interesting!! Did not try or see any Tuk-Tuk options while in South Africa. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Just completed Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Lots of visuals and details from our first visits to these scenic areas!! That live/blog is at: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/ Or, you could simply do a quick Google search with these terms: Live Terry/Ohio Muse Alaska
  12. Appreciate these great comments and this follow-up about your upcoming Middle East travels. Good luck on that "adventure"!! Late last year, as my live/blog detailed, we super loved our exploring of these historic and scenic areas. So much to see and do in this region. Assume you have been to Venice previously, right? Such a wonderful travel superstar!! From Bloomberg News four days ago, they had this headline: “Saudi Arabia Drops Dress Code for Foreign Women in Tourism Push” with these highlights: “Saudi Arabia will drop its strict dress code for foreign women as it seeks for the first time to lure holidaymakers and the spending that could help develop the kingdom’s economy away from its reliance on oil. Foreign women won’t have to wear an abaya, the flowing cloak that’s been mandatory attire for decades, though they’ll be instructed to wear 'modest clothing,' said Ahmed Al-Khateeb, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage. On Saturday, the government will open applications for online tourist visas for citizens of 49 countries.” Will continue to following this evolving story with interest. Full story at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-26/saudi-arabia-opens-to-foreign-tourists-and-their-foreign-ways THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Just completed Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Lots of visuals and details from our first visits to these scenic areas!! That live/blog is at: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/
  13. This live/blog is now over 225,000 views. Appreciate those who have dropped by, posted comments, asked questions, etc. Don't be shy. Keep up the great sharing!! Happy to answer any questions. From the Travel Section of USA Today last month, they had this headline: “10 best things to do in Auckland, New Zealand” with these highlights: “Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and it is beautiful and buzzing with potential”. They have a video slide show with ideas, tips and suggestion for this dynamic city and nearby. Lots of good ideas and options to consider. From our early 2014 cruise from Sydney to Auckland, we fortunately had a great, initial sampling of New Zealand's North and South Islands. Plus a couple of added days in Auckland after completing that cruise. Before doing this upcoming Feb. 2020 Oceania Regatta sailing from Auckland to Papeete, we will arrive nearly a week early and be able to explore and enjoy more on the North Island and around Auckland. Love seeing these various ideas. Those fresh oysters look tasty and fun!! What other good ideas and tips would you share for us to consider in visiting these scenic areas? Full story at: https://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/video/2363962001/10-best-things-to-do-in-auckland-new-zealand/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Venice: Loving It & Why??!! Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 85,369 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226 From USA Today, here are some screen shot samples fromtheir video and some of their top suggestions and ideas to enjoy in and around Auckland. Look good and interesting?: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  14. From the Travel Section of USA Today last month, they had this headline: “10 best things to do in Auckland, New Zealand” with these highlights: “Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and it is beautiful and buzzing with potential”. They have a video slide show with ideas, tips and suggestion for this dynamic city and nearby. Lots of good ideas and options to consider. From our early 2014 cruise from Sydney to Auckland, we fortunately had a great, initial sampling of New Zealand's North and South Islands. Plus a couple of added days in Auckland after completing that cruise. Before doing this Feb. 2020 Oceania Regatta sailing from Auckland to Papeete, we will arrive nearly a week early and be able to explore and enjoy more on the North Island and around Auckland. Love seeing these various ideas. Those fresh oysters look tasty and fun!! What other good ideas and tips would you share for us to consider in visiting these scenic areas? Full story at: https://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/video/2363962001/10-best-things-to-do-in-auckland-new-zealand/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Venice: Loving It & Why??!! Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 85,369 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226 From USA Today, here are some screen shot samples fromtheir video and some of their top suggestions and ideas to enjoy in and around Auckland. Look good and interesting?: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  15. Appreciate these above additional great comments and this follow-up from our CC friend in South Carolina regarding the values and needs for "good" travel agents. Like with most professionals and experts, there is wide range of skills and experiences. Pick wisely to fit your personal needs, expectations and interests. Do not assume all are equally skilled and perfectly knowledgeable. Like with a medical doctor, ask questions and be picky in making that choice. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling/details with many exciting visuals and key highlights. On page 23, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings. Now at 225,008 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
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