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  1. Welcome to Cruise Critic! For private tour info, go to the Ports section of Cruise Critic. For France, here: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/462-france-ports/ For Amsterdam, here: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/148-british-isleswestern-europe/ In France, you will see many discussions of Overlord Tours, a great company in the Normandy area.
  2. To force Wifi calling, yes, you need to be in airplane mode. The success of Wifi calling will always be dependent on the latency of the signal to the satellite.
  3. Not sure how we will know if you will be tired...we don't know you. We have a 24 day cruise coming up in May/June. I think there are 3 sea days in the entire cruise. As others have mentioned, you may have to pace yourself. Not every port requires an 8 hour excursion. Maybe a beach day, or a 4 hour excursion, or just walking around for a couple of hours, if easily done. Have to admit a 10 day cruise with no sea days is fairly rare. Is every day a full 8 or more hours in port?
  4. You have an "in port hotel". This is done in a few ports, from time to time, Venice probably being the most common one. Once you are checked in, you can come and go as you like. You will be told when you MUST be on board the second day for muster drill. You don't have to check in on the first day, but you have paid for it, so why not?
  5. Maybe...but I wouldn't count on it. And I can't say they have a priest on every sailing.
  6. A quick search of the board: Path Between the Seas by David McCullough. Big, long, very detailed book. Also very good.
  7. And California is legally allowed to produce "Champagne", it is very good, and available in Florida. The tariffs are a threat at this point...not absolutely going to happen.
  8. Nothing particularly inefficient about ship shuttles, and on some cruise lines, they are free. Taxi would be most direct...but they are never free.
  9. Definitely not taken down. People pay for them for the entire cruise, including the Canal. There is still lots of viewing space...and people move around all day.
  10. And a quick look at Google Maps will give you the exact location of those fine establishments, as well as restaurants and anything else you might need.
  11. As far as I know, only ship's excursions use the other tendering location, not private tours.
  12. A little searching around the board finds:
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