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  1. alcpa1

    LHR to ATL

    Just as a few points of reference.... Fog is not unknown on the coasts of England. While we have not sailed to Dover specifically we have been there and you would have to travel quite a distance to LHR on A and M routes. The last time we were at Heathrow (16 months ago), under normal circumstances and with airline priority it took us three hours from check in to gate. That has been our usual experience for years. If you are flying Delta to ATL the gates are a hike too. With a group of 4 try to arrange a car service if you can find a flight back around 2 or later if there is still a later flight. There used to be one around then but with the Covid related cutbacks I don't know what the schedule might be when you travel. If you are using a ship's bus service book your flight for the next day. There are plenty of hotels to match almost every budget near the airport.
  2. We will be disembarking the Regatta on June 7th and promise to try to keep the ship clean and healthy. We have sailed on this class ship before but with Azamara. And, we have been to Alaska before too. It's a great itinerary and you are in for a treat. I hope you are planning a few days in Vancouver if you have not been there before. It is a beautiful city with a diverse population, beautiful Stanley Park and charming Granville Island, great restaurants and with a few hills thrown in. If there is anything the Cruise Critic members can do to help you plan please don't hesitate to ask. Join your Roll Call and use the Ports of Call/Destinations boards for planning your trip. Because the ships are small the Roll Calls may not be too active but still worth checking out. The recommendations on the Ports of Call boards are generally spot on. Oceania is probably a step above some of the cruise lines you have sailed. I find it comparable to Azamara in ambiance and cuisine. And, welcome to Cruise Critic.
  3. ricka47, So sorry to hear you contracted Covid and glad to hear you are both doing well. Is self booked air available now? Have you examined your options? ITAMatrix or Kayak or even Travelocity etc. are good places to start. You also have some access to more direct flights or one stop flights if you get to Atlanta, Orlando or Miami/Ft. Lauderdale rather than starting from Jacksonville. Convenience and price could play a role in your final air reservations. Don't forget that all air travel is likely to change before you travel. You will have more control of your flights with many airlines if you book yourself. You avoid the middleman. Don't forget that some airlines charge for seat assignments too. That's another cost factor to consider. Stay safe.
  4. Booking a 2022 cruise this far out without the perks you want could create a problem. Often the offers are for new bookings only. I think you have plenty of time to watch and wait for new promotions. The new schedules should be out soon and there are often incentives then. And, of course, there are normally promotions between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The only think I can think of to make us book another cruise for 2022 now would be a specific cabin, like 1140 on a M class ship. Of course, a super rate could also stimulate a booking!!!!!!
  5. Thanks, NW Pacific, We have been to Market Day in Astoria. The Astoria stop was one reason we chose this itinerary. My preference would almost always be to sail south from Alaska to Vancouver but our sailing buddies have never been there and we want to share a delightful day with them in your charming city,
  6. I am holding out hope that our May 2021 Alaska cruise will sail. Unlike some cruise destinations this is one itinerary that would be next to impossible to do if Juneau were on the itinerary. A jaunt across the South Seas, while possible via air, would be incredibly expensive and daunting to plan. Cruising answers many logistical questions for both the novice and the well traveled. I, for one, will never board a bus almost daily for a land tour. That's not my idea of a vacation and never was. I laughingly give pause when I think about my DH driving around Italy or England again. He's not that great here either. But don't tell him I said that! We cruise for a variety of reasons and often use the embarkation and disembarkation ports as a means to greater travel but at a pace that accommodates our physical abilities and interests. When they pull up the anchor on any of our 2021 - 2022 booked cruises my DH and I will hug and do a very happy dance.
  7. We are scheduled to stop in Astoria on a Sunday at the end of May 2021 and hoping that the delightful Sunday market will be open and hoping that Oceania will make it an excursion if we have to go that route. We are really looking forward to our stop there.
  8. Thank you Nashna, We are looking forward to returning to Alaska. We thought we would be one and done but can't help returning. I truly believe that there will be improvements in the response to Covid 19 and we can resume a somewhat new normal return to sailing. Since May we rebooked a Celebrity cruise and two Oceania cruises....all itinerary driven. Stay safe everyone so we can meet on deck someday.
  9. susiesan, I think in the short term some of the points in UDSpud's post will be implemented at least in the short term as cruising resumes. I hope you will not give up on cruising before we all know what to expect.
  10. We are as anxious as you are to see cruising resume safely. Our fingers are crossed that we will board The Regatta at the end of May for her first venture to Alaska for the season. Please post when your SFO - SFO cruises are opened. It's a little selfish of me but if you go hopefully we will too.
  11. UDspud. Your final point (#7) does not comply with CDC guidelines. The mask should cover the nose and mouth. A nasal cover while dining would be cumbersome at best. I understand what you are saying and appreciate the thought you put into your list. All of the spacing issues in the entertainment and dining venues will probably be a definite. I can't imagine otherwise. I do hope that they set our embarkation time when we make final payment. For our May, 2021 cruise we might have to adjust our plans for that day. We will be staying on shore after our cruise but we would still appreciate having advance notice of our disembarkation time too. I can imagine the angst of our fellow ship mates who unwittingly make "close" travel arrangements. There are always some who are out of the loop.
  12. The best route is actually the Inside Passage from Seward to Vancouver. You sail the Hubbard Glacier in the afternoon after the morning fog has lifted. We've done it both ways and were so glad that we had the wonderful afternoon turning 360 degrees and sailing in the channel when there was abundant sunshine. The other reason to head south is proximity to home for the long flight. Vancouver is over 1,200 miles closer to Florida than Anchorage. Just as an FYI, if you are planning on using Delta, under their current schedule, their now once a day flight is a red eye to Atlanta. I'm waiting for the late morning flight to return from YVR so we can book our June flights after another blissful visit to Alaska. We are keeping our fingers crossed and wish everyone good health and a return to cruising.
  13. Everyone has generously spoken of your flight options to Rome. Returning home should be of equal concern. Transit time to FCO from the pier is 45 minutes minimum. Part of the journey is on the streets of Civitavecchia to the divided highway and on to FCO. Depending on the day of the week you could encounter work day traffic. FCO is a large airport with long corridors and the potential for a bus gate as well. It is prudent to plan a generous 3 hours from check in to gate. The potential health checks in addition to the random carry on baggage checks are to be taken into consideration. Once you are at your gate be sure to monitor the flight information screens. Gate changes are not uncommon and if there are public announcements they are in Italian first and not always English follow ups. I know Budget Queen has given super advice forever on Cruise Critic but I would not follow her advice as a first time visitor to Rome to use the bus or train from Rome to Civitavecchia. Both can be a hassle with luggage especially to someone unfamiliar with Termini and its surroundings. When you book your cruise be sure to join the Roll Call. More than likely you will find other to share transportation from Rome to the Port and from the port to FCO. I hope you can plan extra time in Rome and have a wonderful cruise.
  14. The convenience of docking in the middle of Hamilton is worth sailing on the Insignia. We have done Azamara too and while not having sailed on the Oceania R ships we do have several booked in a balcony cabin. Yes, the baths are small but we have had smaller believe it or not. Back to Bermuda....the midtown Hamilton dock will save you literally hours so you can tour and enjoy. We wouldn't hesitate to book another Bermuda cruise on any R class ship in a balcony cabin. My DH may not have been blessed with your 6' 4" inches but his girth seems familiar.......Enjoy
  15. A prime example of the L & S for us involved a 12 day holiday sailing on The Reflection. It was a unique itinerary along the coast of Central America to the Panama Canal. No identical cruise was available. We were offered a 12 day holiday cruise on the Equinox. We accepted the offer only because it was a holiday sailing and we will be going to the Caribbean where we have cruised often over 40+ years. There was an alternate sailing in March 2021 to the Caribbean which we thought was not well timed for Covid recovery. As a caveat, no cruise line that we could find had that unique Reflection sailing. We did book a close, but definitely not similar, cruise for a different time on a different line.
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