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About Bop

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  • Location
    Midlothian VA
  • Interests
    Travel, hunting, fishing, boating
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess AMAWaterways
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  1. Hi Buck 1949 et. al. Happy Holidays to all cruising friends or soon to be friends. Yes, we are still here and back on line too. It won't be long before we are preparing for the American Queen Steamboat cruise on the Empress. We will begin looking at flights soon. So sorry to hear about the horrific fires in CA. We are praying for all folks affected. Bop
  2. Thanks Carol for a great review. Glad to hear that noise level is not high from adjacent rooms. Bonnie is a very light sleeper so this may have been an issue. We are really looking forward to the cruise. It has been a while since we have enjoyed one and our first in the USA, Bop
  3. Hi NJhoo, Read your cruise log. Now I am ready to go but must wait for a year. Assume you are a fellow Hoo. Maybe this year will be better? Bop
  4. Hi Leafeater, I assume you are back in the Commonwealth and temp and humidity are "seasonal" for VA. We are booked for the 9/22/19 voyage and I am going to read your review. We are looking forward to the Paddle Wheeler experience having watched the Lewis and Clark documentaries on PBS as well as the Mark Twain Ken Burns doc. Bop (fellow Virginian Wahoo from Midlothian)
  5. Hi LE, Welcome aboard! We are converted ocean cruisers who have done several European river boat cruises on AMAwaterways. Great cruise food, services. Hard to go back to the "cattle call" of the large ships. We still are very fond of Princess although haven't been on many since the ownership change. Anyhow, I am not going to worry about fires and such quite yet. Surely the west coast will get some rain and mudslides to put out the fires . We will pray for the folks who are losing everything. I am not sure about the AQSC experience but will try to keep my expectations low and enjoy the good parts which surely will materialize. It is always a fun experience to meet new friends. We watched the PBS special about Lewis and Clark and are looking forward to traveling on the Snake and Columbia rivers. Hope we don't need gas masks:eek:.:eek: Bop
  6. Hey Buck, I see you are still on the Boards. Yes, river cruises tend to have fewer folks but things usually pick up when we get closer to embarking date. I have met some great friends on the Boards starting on the old AOL only cruise Board in the late 90's. There was big resistance when the current Cruise Boards opened to everyone. Silly, right? When we "switched over" to river boats, it was like starting over. Had to get used to checking European weather forecasts to see if we could get under the bridges and such. I think I saw Steamboat somewhere on here. He was very helpful to me on our Danube cruise. Anyway, things will pick up in a few months and we can put days until cruise counters on our pages. Look forward to meeting you. Bop
  7. Gsel, Thanks for suggestion. Will check site for quotes. Bop
  8. Has anyone found a better deal on cruise insurance At our age, the insurance is as much as the flights. AQSC insurance premiums seem very high. Bop
  9. Hi Bill, OK, debt forgiven! I was going to donate the 1$ to the indigent cruisers' society. I guess some poor family will have to stow away. Bop;););):(:(
  10. Amen! Positive attitudes go a long way in enjoying life and enhancing travel experiences. Some of our fondest memories have been in dealing with travel difficulties with new- found friends. On one trip to Sirrince (sp?) in Turkey, our tour guide drove across a pasture and cow path and our van got stuck on a hump. We all had to get out and push the van back on solid ground through the mud. It turned out to be a laughing good time and a cherished memory. We still keep in touch with the tour guide and have sent other friends to him. Bop
  11. Just checked our reservation. We are amidship on the starboard side of the boat.Looks like we will be facing north from our veranda. Bop
  12. We enjoy balconies but don't spend a great deal of time on them. Much more fun in the public areas. We always end up wondering if we should have selected the other side. (grass always greener?) Like the smaller vessels on European rivers. Flip the coin? Buck, hope to see you on board. You can give me $1 for thread jumpin! Bop
  13. Welcome aboard! Thanks for the reply. Read Djett's review if you haven't already. Good information. We are a group of 4 from Midlothian VA. More later, Bop
  14. Djett, Great useful review. We are really looking forward to this cruise. Anticipation is half the fun. We will cont tact the hotel and furnish flight times, etc. when they are available. Thanks a lot for your review. Happy cruising! Bop