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  1. When we docked in Le Verdon on Insignia two years ago, it was a service call of sorts. No shuttle. O off-loaded tours and then the ship waited for the tides to turn and the water to rise in order to sail upriver to Bordeaux. I know at least one couple who arranged a private tour to the Medoc wineries from Le Verdon, but no other transport options were available.
  2. Thanks for the continued good information you share. We’ll be in Copenhagen on the 23rd and the bus info from Oceankaj to the city center has been most helpful.
  3. When we went to the Albatross Center, we went on a guided tour to the observation center. I think we paid extra for this and it was a short hike from the visitor center. We were taken to an observation area -- enclosed with viewing from behind glass. How close the birds are in this area will depend on which nests are occupied at the time. We saw several that were in reasonable proximity, but binoculars made it a better experience. Before and after the guided tour, we wandered around the grounds near the visitor center. There were albatross galore flying in the sky and by the cliffs ... again, proximity changed depending on the birds' flight paths. We were there in February ... time of year will also make a difference to how many birds you see.
  4. we used Pegasus ... great to work with and brought the vehicle to the port
  5. I didn’t see a response to your question, so I will chime in. Petra is done from Aqaba, Jordan.
  6. When we stopped in Dunedin on the 2017 RTW, we opted to rent a car, which was delivered to Port Chalmers (same as Port Otago). We used the car for a scenic drive at our own pace, but it would also be a good way to drive around the Otago Peninsula with stops at The Albatross Center and the Penguin Reserve (which we did during a six-week NZ land trip back in 2015). Something to consider ... if you are comfortable driving on the other side of the road. My write up our day is at the link below. http://2totravelrtw180.blogspot.com/2017/03/day-52-dunedin-south-island-new-zealand.html
  7. Since not everything in the post applies to everyone, that is a good solution. When I first found this thread that’s what I did with the information of specific interest to me and it worked out nicely. I’ve added to that post by copy-pasting additional information from the growing thread.
  8. Thanks all for chiming in. I believe we were able to use the e-Gates at LHR last time we came throught the UK ... once through the gate, an official stamped our passports and we were quickly on our way. Worked out well. Of course those US passport holders who have not renewed to get chip-enabled passports would not be able to use those kiosks. Since we’re entering via sea at Southampton, I’m trying to figure out if I have to plan for any additional formalities ... just to be prepared.
  9. I know of at least one couple who posted on FB from Luxor, and I believe Pat mentioned that those who had signed up for the Cairo tour were given the option to do the overnight to Luxor instead. It’s a shame that the recent terrorism event impacted the Cairo tours. We spent three weeks in Egypt last fall and the country has so much to offer
  10. Thanks ... not necessarily in a hurry as we don’t get picked up for our transfer until 9:00a ... just trying to be aware of any changes as I read somewhere that things might have changed. There was no F2F in 2017, so doing one this time would definitely be a change.
  11. From what Pat wrote in her blog, Insignia stuck to its overnight schedule and was in Safaga for two days. From what I understand, only the Cairo overnight was a no-go.
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  13. We did back-to-back cruises out of Southampton in 2017 on Celebrity. Both legs returned to Southampton from another EU country. At the end of the first leg, we were given transit passes and except for a security checkpoint, we had no customs/immigration procedures to deal with ... that I can recall. Nor any formalities at the end of the second leg when we disembarked the ship permanently. We will be doing another back to back out of Southampton this year on Oceania. I am wondering if things have changed in the two years and how. On the first leg, we will be arriving in Southampton from Norway ... we will be transit passengers on this leg (hoping a transit pass will do the trick). On the second leg, we will be arriving from Ireland (specifically Dublin). We will be disembarking the ship and transferring to Heathrow for our onward travels. We are US passport holders. Any information would be welcome.
  14. Chk out this board here on CC ... https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/499-cruisetravel-insurance/
  15. If the ship is there overnight, it might tender the first day and move to the dock overnight for disembarkation the next day. That’s what happened last August on Riviera. In fact, the ship was docked by the time we returned from our excursion on the first day.
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