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About Heartfelttraveler

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Georgia USA
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  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Oceania, NCL, Hurtigruten, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Galápagos Islands, Mediterranean, French Polynesia

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  1. Question about Fare-Suisse - We are booked for one night post cruise. Is the van that that they use to take you to the airport large enough for four adults and four suitcases? Or should we just arrange for a taxi? Also, our flight is at 8:20 AM and the website says airport runs start at 6:30 AM. That would not get us to the airport two hours before our flight.
  2. Thanks for your replies. For dinners, we (girls) will wear shifts and skirts and the guys will wear slacks and short sleeve shirts. We will try to pack light because we are doing some island hopping pre cruise and a night in Tahiti post cruise. We need to be able to wrangle the luggage for four, and also get it all into a small SUV rental. We are keeping our fingers crossed that French Polynesia is successful in opening up to tourists next month, and that our trip in October goes as planned.
  3. We (2 couples) sail in approximately 5 1/2 months on the seven night Tahiti cruise. We have sailed on many cruise lines including Windstar. That being said, what is the appropriate clothing for dinner on the Wind Spirit in French Polynesia? Women - Skirts and shift dresses? Men - Long pants and polos? Can they wear dress shorts and a nice stripped t-shirt? For the Beach BBQ - do you wear a swim suit or beach cloths? I am really hoping that the Wind Spirit cruises starting in July happen, and from then on are all healthy and successful.
  4. We did this trip in February 2020 on the Norwegian Star. Fabulous trip. The ship was great. A lot of the cruise is close to land with constant views. Also. NCL was very good with refunds during COVID cancelations. we looked at port times and length plus cost. if you can fit it in, three nights in Iguazu Falls Argentina is worth the effort and time. Plan a day to go to the Brazil side too.
  5. If you go to Iguazu Falls and want to stay at the Gran Melia in the park on the Argentina side - Join the Melia Rewards program for 2,000 loyalty points and a 20% discount.
  6. We went to Iguazu Falls for three nights after a South America Cruise in February 2020. (Yes - We got home on March 6 just before the world shut down.) We stayed at the Gran Melia right in Iguazu Falls Park. We took a day trip to the Brazil side. The hotel arranged a private driver who walked us through immigration both ways (we do not speak much Spanish.) After exploring both the Argentina and Brazil side I would recommend the Gran Melia. There is much more to do with easy access on the Argentina side. You can do the whole Brazil side (with the help of the busses) in one day.
  7. We did a lot of research prior to booking an Antarctica cruise. We weighed size of ship, what the itinerary offered, what type of cabins were available and price. We are booked on Hurtigruten Fidtjof Nansen (12 night) in January 2022. I booked through USA (Seattle) but requested they match the Norway pricing. It took about 36 hours to call me back, but they did match the price. We have already done a South America cruise from Santiago to Buenos Aires with a day in Stanley. This will be our second cruise with Hurtigruten. We loved our first experience. W
  8. On the website you can still book July 17, 2021. They will still take your money. If the two July dates are cancelled - that is just messed up.
  9. We are scheduled R/T from Buenos Aires in January 2022. This is a trip that has been postponed a few times because of COVID. I am willing to endure pre-trip testing, vaccinations (we are currently fully vaccinated), mask, ship only excursions (not an issue for this trip) and anything else thrown at us to "keep us safe." It is a long flight to BA (10ish hours), but it is a red eye and we will sleep through it with our masks on. The world may never be the same, but we will still want to see as much of it as we can.
  10. Booked on Windstar Wind Spirit October 2021. I am prepared to follow all necessary rules about testing and mask wearing. We have booked our airfare and pre and post lodging. We have booked our excursions (thru Windstar). We are fully vaccinated. We just got home from a week vacation to Jackson Hole/Teton Village Wyoming. Our family coped with the mask mandates on the flights and also in public places. Everyone else was very respectful about following the rules.
  11. This was good news from Windstar. Soooo, we booked our excursions for our October French Polynesia cruise in October 2021. (As of right now, FP still requires a negative test 72 hours prior to boarding the plane in LAX.)
  12. On the Getaway and Escape - Haven Deluxe Owner's Suite with Large Balcony Is the second bedroom suitable for an adult couple? (We had this cabin with another couple on the Bliss, and the second bedroom had a Murphy Bed and was very comfortable. They left the bed open the whole two weeks.) Is one better than the other?
  13. One of my cruises (July 4, 2021 out of Amsterdam) shows Default Itinerary as the name. When I do a cruise search of cruises leaving from Amsterdam in 2021 they have all disappeared. I am guessing that our cruise has been canceled.
  14. Which itinerary and ship will you be on in January 2022?
  15. We are hoping to be in Iceland for seven nights traveling the Ring Road. Then three nights in Amsterdam visiting friends from Rotterdam. We plan to fly home on the 14th. Of course this is fluid and we have not booked anything else yet. I spent so much time and effort recovering money from canceled trips in 2020 and do not want a repeat.
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