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  1. We've been to Cozumel a couple of times and have spent a good portion of the day at Paradise Beach. For a small entrance fee (under $5 as I recall), we got loungers and an umbrella on a nice beach. We could swim in the ocean or use the pool and had the option to purchase food. There were no vendors and the staff did not harass us either. SO.....I'm looking for something similar in either Cabo or PV for our upcoming cruise. Does something similar exist in those ports? Thanks for any suggestions.
  2. Because the Australian government secures the private information that you submit. What’s EasyETA doing with it?
  3. If you are a US citizen, you need an ETA to enter Australia. Apply for it through the official Australian government website: https://www.eta.homeaffairs.gov.au/ETAS3/etas
  4. We stayed at the Wakeup Borgegade and thought it was great. The location is the best—within walking distance of Nyhavn, Stroget, Tivoli, etc. They have both large rooms for 3 people and connecting rooms for a family (if you want more space and privacy). The breakfast buffet is an extra charge of about $15 but so worth it! The rooms may not be large, but they are clean, comfortable and quiet (if you opt for an upper floor.)
  5. Yes, we did cruise in July and yes, we definitely needed rain jackets. I have a Lands End lined rain/wind jacket that turned out to be perfect for the few chilly/rainy days we had.
  6. I generally avoid ship snorkel excursions, but we did one (for various reasons) at Grand Turk last year. I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. We did the excursion that included Reef, Rays and Beach. The Reef has a very good assortment of fish and coral and the boat trip out there was not long—something to consider if you get seasick in small boats as I do. The 2nd spot was snorkeling off a beach to see stingrays—very cool. And the day ended with being dropped off at a lovely beach area where we had our choice of free loungers and umbrellas. It was uncrowded and much nicer than the area near the dock. (They will Shuttle you back to the ship or it can easily be walked in 20 minutes or so.)
  7. Spots to snorkel—Yes Good spots to snorkel — Not if you are used to the Caribbean or Great Barrier Reef. There are basically 2 snorkel spots. There is one off the beach across from the Half Moon Saloon (see #1 on the following map): https://www.google.com/search?q=map of half moon cay&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1-m#imgrc=hFMZBEcAh0BcFM: The 2nd spot is around a large rock off the beach beyond the horse stables—a bit of a hike. We saw a fair number of fish and a barracuda at the first snorkel spot. The 2nd spot is only recommended for experienced snorkelers since the current is very strong around the rock. If you are taking your own snorkel gear, it’s worth the cost (free) to snorkel. But I don’t think it’s worth paying what they charge to rent snorkel gear.
  8. A few years ago, we did a 4-day cruise out of Long Beach and there was a deal advertised on the Carnival website where you could show your boarding pass and get free admission to the Queen Mary. We are doing a 7-day cruise later this year and I was wondering if this promotion was still available as I could find no reference to it. Thanks for any info.
  9. That’s a pretty accurate assessment of the Carnival/HAL similarities and differences. But, I’d say the one place that HAL tops Carnival is the musical entertainment. For me, the BB King Blues Club cannot be beaten and I would say that the best piano bar performers I’ve encountered have been on HAL.
  10. When we docked in Rostock a couple of years on our HAL cruise, HAL arranged for a free ferry to Warnemuende and a free bus to Rostock. BUT they did not announce this until the morning of our arrival! So, I had already done research on how to get to both towns via public transportation. It’s possible, but you have to get to the closest station first (which I believe is “Klein Lutten”). So, it might be good to research that option and hope you don’t have to end up using it.
  11. We stayed at the WakeUp Borgegade Hotel. It's is a super location -- within walking distance of Nyhavn (and the canal boats), Tivoli Gardens, and Stroget (the shopping area). The rooms are small, but efficient. They are also clean, comfortable and quiet (if you pay a little extra for the rooms on the upper floors as we did). The breakfast is a (moderate) extra charge, but so worth it. It's a great buffet and you can really fill up for the day.
  12. A couple years ago, we got "burned" by a private snorkel tour company in Grand Turk who cancelled the tour when we arrived because they hadn't gotten enough people signed up. So last year, upon our return to Grand Turk, we just chose the Carnival "Two Reef Snorkel and Beach Getaway". I wasn't sure how good it would be (since I tend to avoid ships excurisions), but it was actually excellent. There were only about 20 or less people on the boat; the snorkeling at both Horseshoe Bay and the rays place was great; and hanging out at the private beach club was great because we weren't hassled by anyone all afternoon long! (And you are close enough to the dock to walk back, but they also provide a shuttle.) At $60 per person, this was among the best money we spent on our cruise.
  13. We found restaurant prices pretty high when we were in Copenhagen. One moderately-priced restaurant that was recommended to us was Riz Raz which is a vegetarian buffet. I’m not a vegetarian, but the food was delicious and plentiful! We ate at the restaurant at Store Kannikestraede 19 which had a nice outdoor dining patio. It’s about a 15 minute walk to Tivoli. There is another location closer to Tivoli at Kompagnestraese 20.
  14. We bought a day pass at the port and used public transportation to get from the port to Old Town Stockholm (Bus), from Old Town to Djurgarden for the Vasa Museum (ferry) and back to the port (bus). I used the online Trip Planner for the Stockholm Public Transportation website to plan my trips. It was easy to do. See: https://sl.se/en https://www.visitstockholm.com/good-to-know/public-transportation/
  15. Epic Rock is probably the best production show I have seen on any cruise (and I ‘ve cruised on many different ships from many different lines.)
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