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About Tom47

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    Western New York
  • Interests
    I support Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I like to ride trains and read mysteries
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Vantage, Azamara
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call

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  1. We sometimes eat lunch ashore, if it's included in our excursion. If it's not, we may just grab a snack and have a late lunch back aboard the ship. It all depends on how long we are ashore. We are most interested in seeing the sights, rather than a long meal.
  2. I went to Iceland on a land tour. While there I was given the opportunity to eat fermented shark. Icelanders don't waste anything and would eat any sharks caught in their nets. But sharks release a poison when they die. So the Icelanders bury the shark for 2 months and fermentation kills the poison. Then they dig it up and eat it. I passed.
  3. Hurtigruten also goes to Greenland and most of their landings are by zodiac boats. We were required to wear our life vests for all hikes under 3k. DW stayed on the ship some days. We are in our early 70s. On 1 of the Falklands hikes, I was in a later group, but there were hikers after me. They passed me and met me on their way back before I made it it to the turnaround point. I was the last one to make it back that day and went back with the crew. It was a 7k hike. We went to Greenland on a land tour in 2017.
  4. We cruised to Antarctica on Hurtigruten's Fram in Feb -Mar 2016. All landings were by zodiac boats and it was strenuous. We enjoyed it but don't plan to do it again. There were 3 groups--1 Norwegian, 1 German and 1 American aboard.
  5. Tom47

    Azamara, worth it?

    Perhaps my Celebrity Azamara comparison will help you. See.
  6. We purchased drink package at $57 per day a few months ago for Adventure on Mar 14, 2020. It is now $65 per day.
  7. Azamara does both South America and Africa. Celebrity does S. America.
  8. Toronto-Vancouver is 4 days. These are the NPs that we visited: Alberta-- 2 Banff 8/10, Jasper 9/10, British Columbia--4 Glacier 9/10, Kootenay 8/10, Mount Revelstoke 9/10, Yoho 9/10
  9. I wasn't trying to flame you. I am concerned about the dangers of vaping. My mom, a smoker, died of cancer at 58 yrs. My dad lived until 88. He never smoked. I wish you luck.
  10. Vaping news story https://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-health/22-people-have-been-hospitalized-vaping-linked-breathing-problems-doctors-n1041851
  11. Nine years ago we spent 3 weeks on a cross Canada VIA rr trip, Toronto-Vancouver-Toronto. We got off the train in Jasper and spent 10 days visiting all 6 national parks. Back on the train and spent 6 days visiting Vancouver and Victoria, including a day trip on Rocky Mountaineer to Whistler, BC. One of our best trips.
  12. U.S. River cruise lines that I recommend American Cruise Lines Foreign: Vantage and Grand Circle All based in U.S.
  13. We have done both and enjoy both. We choose based on itinerary.
  14. We had an excellent Gibraltar tour with Carl Mesillo
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