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  1. Thanks for the heads-up. I doubt that there will be anything for a solo traveller given HL's restrictive policy.
  2. Thank you for posting the photos which bring back memories of our Middle East cruise with Silversea back in 2003, We had two nights in Cairo, which included excursions to the , now old, Museum, and a Nile river cruise, and two nights in Luxor which included two visits to the historic site, one during the morning, and the other at night for a Son et Lumiere show. Unfortunately we missed the visit to Petra due to ill health.
  3. The following article may prove enlightening: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/aldi-champagne-veuve-monsigny-champagne-brut-international-wine-spirits-challenge-a8407741.html
  4. In Bergen, to see life in a bygone age, one should visit the Gamle Museum:
  5. @mrstanley A basic question, have you been to Bergen before? If not, why pass up the opportunity to see this attractive Hanseatic city?
  6. Thank you for posting the article, and photos. H-L certainly go to town on it's biannual refurbs.
  7. H-L has now posted a, German language, video of the christening of the ship:
  8. Am I missing something? All the supermarkets stock cartons of chilled '100% pure pressed fruit' juice, so why is this not being served on board as a matter of course?
  9. An interesting choice. Not being familiar with the name Jacquart Mosaique, I had to research it, and discovered the brand was only came to market in 1962. 'History The Jacquart story is a history of the Champagne growers' efforts to control their own destiny rather than relying on the big Grande Marque houses as a route to market. In the early 1960s, a small group of growers realised that in order to build their own businesses in a sustainable way, they needed to launch their own Champagne instead of supplying grapes to the negociant middlemen or directly to the Grande Marques. The Champagne Jacquart brand was subsequently released for the first time in 1962 and the ‘Mosaïque' label chosen to represent the patchwork of grower families across the region, all joined together with a common vision..
  10. I have fond memories of the original Swissair, and was fortunate to visit it's training facility for cabin staff.
  11. H-L has posted a German language video showing the recent refurbishment of the Europa 2:
  12. Through Hapag-Lloyd Cruises I booked a 2 night pre-cruise stay in the Fairmont Four Seasons in Hamburg. Two days before flying out to Germany H-L advised my TA that it had been notified by the hotel that it was overbooked, and my reservation was cancelled. It further advised that it had booked me into the Hotel Atlantic for which it would pay, and that it would refund me the cost of the original hotel. That certainly created good will.
  13. Perhaps it is innate in human nature to be reticent to embrace change, and step outside of one's comfort zone. Otherwise how will one determine if there are other suppliers of a product that fits, or exceeds, one's wishes?
  14. Under the current CEO, British Airways' reputation has deteriorated to that of a poor budget airline.
  15. With it's restrictive policy of releasing a very limited number of staterooms for single occupancy it is even more frustrating being a solo passenger attempting to book a cruise with H-L.
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