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  1. Maybe that is part of it, but there are 60 countries whose nationals will have to apply for an ETIAS. It isn't a visa; it is a pre-approval to enter the Schengen Zone. By the way, it doesn't begin until 2021.
  2. I don't think that was a TA. It was a tour company, a sister company to Avalon.
  3. The Chef's Table is a capacity limited tasting menu. All passengers are allowed to book it for one night. The Captain does not attend. On some of my cruises there has been a Captain's table, although not every night. You can't book it; you might be invited to attend.
  4. You can no longer line up for entrance to Anne Frank House; all tickets must be purchased in advance. Regular tickets go on sale 2 months in advance. https://www.annefrank.org/en/museum/tickets/
  5. I still think that Keukenhof is the best place to see tulips. You might still have some tulip fields at that date, but most of them will have been cut. Keukenhof should still have beautiful flowers.
  6. Or more to the point, getting Google cameras out to take the pictures.
  7. I'm not talking specifically about Emerald because I don't know. However, sometimes airport pickups are only for people flying in on embarkation day. You might have to do what some have done, find a flight that others might be on and tell them that you are arriving on that flight. They need to have you on a list, by flight arrivals. You can't just show up at the airport and expect a pickup. (Emerald may be fine with this; they may just tell you to be at the airport at a specified time when others are arriving; but they may not.)
  8. I saw video on the local news here in Toronto too.
  9. You might want to take a look at the stickies at the top of this forum; in particular these two https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2150685-new-to-river-cruising-start-here/ https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2330610-river-cruise-line-articles-on-cruise-critic/
  10. Most excursions are almost always included, although there may be some additional cost optional excursions. On most lines, drinks are included at dinner, and usually at lunch. Some lines include all beverages. You need to check the policy of the individual line (and even the itinerary you wish to take; Europe is different than Asia, and sometimes Portugal is different from other Europe.
  11. My Uniworld experience (albeit in 2010 and 2011 on the older ships) there were plenty of 4 tops, but only a few 2 tops. I don't remember any 8s except the Captain's table; most tables were 4 or 6.
  12. I still wouldn't leave my valuables in a hotel storage room, even if the suitcase was locked.
  13. In terms of reading European cruise descriptions unless the itinerary says "cruise [some area]" or "spend the morning or afternoon cruising xxx" all of your cruising will likely be done from dinner time onwards.
  14. Very few river cruises have much daytime cruising. Generally, they only cruise particularly scenic sections in daylight (like the castles on the Rhine, or the Wachau Valley on the Danube). River cruises are port intensive; most people want to spend as much time in port as possible.
  15. Anything purchased at the duty free stores requires your boarding pass. They can't make a sale without it.
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