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  1. I disagree - there will be alternatives to cruising with X wherein ship tours are not mandated. Agree - in fact, NCL is already allowing DIY shore excursions depending on the protocols in each specific port. From the NCL website: Strategic Itinerary Development & Shore Partners We constantly monitor the health environment across the globe and will modify or cancel itineraries to affected areas as needed. Partners in Prevention We’re partnering with our local destinations and tour operators to extend our comprehensive health & safety protocols to shore
  2. Wondering the same as well. Checking online, the Orchestra offers quite a few 7night cruises rt from Venice or rt from Bari with a Venice port visit. The Sinfonia also offers 4 cruises that departs from Venice. There are also 2022 MSC cruises that are currently listed as visiting Venice (Lirica & Musica). Time will tell if these cruises do, in fact, actually dock in Venice.
  3. Regarding the flags ... the French flag is on the southern side & the British flag is on the northern side. At the foot of the memorial is a cemetery with the graves of unknown soldiers that fought in the joint nature of this 1916 Anglo- French offensive. The French graves lie on the southern side and the British graves lie on the northern side. I wonder if this is the flag significance to which CA alludes.
  4. You are so adept at naming the countries where these sites are found - how do you know? Was architecture an area of study for you? Unless I have seen a site before, I usually have no clue. France it is. Think WWI. 🙂
  5. A friend who has taught in Germany for ten years (for the DOD) has a large cuckoo clock collection. I just sent her the link to your cuckoo clock article, @notamermaid - I am curious to know if she has seen the world's largest cuckoo clock. Myself, I will stick with the Black Forest Cake - yum!
  6. Similar situation ... Relatives who are currently working in Lima, Peru flew home for their vaccinations.
  7. Good luck @cruisingxpert - I truly hope that your cruise comes to fruition. We just cancelled our August 23rd cruise on the Reflection. There are far too many unanswered questions about the quality of the experience in Europe this year (that includes both river and ocean cruises). Will Russia be open to foreign visitors? How about the other ports of call - what venues will be fully open? For most Baltic cruisers, a visit to Saint Petersburg is the crown jewel in the itinerary. Despite the availability of the Sputnik V vaccine, Russia currently has only 7% of its population vaccinated
  8. Right - NCL and RCL (among others) have cancelled their 2021 Baltic cruises. All save one of the X cruises have been cancelled. I am confident that our August Baltic cruise (X) will be cancelled - our final payment is tomorrow and I intend to cancel. I am not interested in a Baltic cruise that doesn’t visit St. Petersburg nor am I interested in mandated ship tours. Hope things improve in 2022.
  9. IMHO, it is best to concentrate on Saint Petersburg if you have only 3 days. There is so much to see in Saint Petersburg that 3 days barely scratches the surface. It is possible to visit Moscow on your second day in port but, as stated above, it will be a very long day. I have been to Moscow several times but not from a cruise ship - Moscow really merits a stay longer than eight hours. However, if your heart is set on visiting Moscow, it can be done using one of the private tour operators (our friends used Alla Tours but there are others as well) that will take you there on your second da
  10. @Second seating - what a gorgeous sunset! Is this the view from your home? @Coral - congratulations to your school on a successful graduation. You must feel proud as you pulled off quite an achievement during these trying times. 🙂 @sharkster77 - I agree that remote learning occurs. Autodidacts and gifted students would do well, I am sure. The others, well..... probably not so much. I also think that the socialization aspect is very important for students.
  11. I will be waiting with interest to hear from those that cruise this summer. I'm very interested in knowing what sights/museums are fully open to tourists.
  12. When we feel that a tour is needed, we book only independent tours. All of our experiences have been very good to excellent. As already mentioned, check your rollcall.
  13. Good to know - so a debit card with chip & pin would also work? Do you think that this will be a permanent change?
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