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    DOM: Skydiving, Playing the drums, Cooking; DON: Dining; Bluegrass Culture; Fun Automobiles; Writing
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    Azamara, Celebrity, Oceania, Crystal
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    Hong Kong

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  1. You are correct on this one. My apologies. I'll break it off into another thread.
  2. I'd make it a priority if you are able - it's mind-blowing. We sailed Oceania for 20-ish days through N. Asia (China/Japan/Korea) and it completely changed my perceptions of Asia. The cruise was a hot mess in terms of logistics (outside of their control/force majeure) yet it led to the most memorable trip we've ever taken. I'll never forget when they *finally* opened the Huangpu river near Shanghai and our HUGE ship navigated that tiny river dodging thousands of smaller ships. It's something you can't really express. Oceania handled it like a boss and we traded a "meh" port for 3 whole days in Shanghai and had a total blast. We are very much looking forward to exploring SE Asia this time especially as my husband is a Vietnam vet and was hesitant to return but now is all in.
  3. Good to be back in more ways than one! It's been an interesting 2 years and I am *VERY* ready to get back to cruising! Work hard, play hard (or not so hard on Oceania). ๐Ÿ˜‚
  4. Many thanks! We'll be joining the ATW cruise on Insignia in Singapore. It's all coming back to me now. I *SO* need this cruise. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  5. Hi all - long time no post (been working overseas for past few years). Anyways - about to go on our 5th O cruise after a several year hiatus and I can't for the life of me remember when the Maรฎtre D' is available to take requests for extra dining reservations. We will be in a B2 and won't have a butler. Many thanks!
  6. This is our plan. We did the Rhine last May and it was nice, but was quite hot (and this is coming from a Floridian). We're going to go for late September this time. The upside I'm already seeing is our cruise was about 25% less than peak season, and the hotels rooms are very affordable. Fingers crossed for good weather and stable river levels!!
  7. I'm hoping as an annual visitor to Europe this isn't going to be a big deal. We will see.
  8. Start here... ๐Ÿ™‚ https://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=3175 https://cruisemaven.com/danube-river-cruise-review-bucharest-to-vienna/
  9. That's amazing! Congrats and have a *WONDERFUL* time! ๐Ÿ™‚
  10. Thank you all for your help. We are going to go with the Early October option as the savings are just too good to pass up and the dates work well for us. I'll second that hot summer last year in Europe. I was in Oslo in July and it was hotter than back home in FLORIDA (92 F / 33 C)! Had to laugh how every hotel I went to that trip had these super plush down comforters - as if! Thank you all again and happy travels!
  11. We have done that and will do that when a jacket is required (that we know about) or if it's colder out. We tend to hop around a bunch before and/or after a cruise (e.g. 2 days, 2 days there, etc.) and find lugging the coat around (in the summer) can be quite uncomfortable. But that's just us. You'd think being Floridians we'd be used to the heat. ๐Ÿ™‚
  12. Just want to point out that on my last (and only so far) River Cruise on the Rhine with Crystal, nobody wore jackets on the ship. HOWEVER, there were a few evening excursions to Michelin star restaurants, etc. that a jacket was required for. We didn't participate in these, however I just thought I'd share that. Personally, for us, NO JACKETS, but we travel quite light with two small carry ons.
  13. Hi all, Long time ocean cruisers here who took a river cruise up the Rhine last summer and *LOVED* it so we decided to do it again this year, but on the Danube! The itinerary we are looking at is a 10 day Vienna round trip on Crystal with Passau being the end of leg 1 and then Budapest being the end of leg 2 (again departing and returning to Vienna). We are debating which dates to choose and have the following embarkation options: Sept 10 Sept 20 Sept 30 The Sept 30 embarkation is substantially less than the other two so we are leaning in that direction as we do want lower crowds and don't mind a chill in the air (and the savings will basically cover our airfare). That said, is early October a good time on the Danube? We really appreciate any feedback.
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