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  1. I agree...do not rent a scooter. Roads are very narrow, hilly and winding. Traffic very heavy with lots of buses, trucks and drivers who will ride on your bumper. As mentioned, they also drive on the wrong side of the road. Even riding the bus is scary. Get a daily transportation pass that covers buses and ferries...best way to get around the island. To give you an idea of how narrow the roads are...buses do not have mirrors on the left side. Reason why, the would be knocked off in the first five minutes of driving. They drive that close to walls, posts, signs, etc. mirrors don't stand a chance of surviving
  2. Get the daily bus/ferry pass to get around the island. Do NOT, unless you are an experienced biker, rent a motorcycle. Roads are hilly, narrow and winding. Traffic is very heavy and loaded with big trucks and buses. It is not a fun ride. You are also driving on the wrong side of the road. Wife and I did rent one, got about 3 miles before we almost lost it. Turned around and returned it and got the bus pass. Even riding the buses is scary.
  3. We were there just last week. Took the ship's excursion and we made up just about everyone on the beach. We had a beach guy to provide the chairs, noodles, soft drinks, rum punch, water, chex mix. Beach was beautiful. The ride to/from is scary as the roads are hilly, windy and very narrow. On the way back, we had a minor accident where the mirrors crashed as we were so close to oncoming traffic. Keystone Kops finally showed up after 45 minutes and were basically worthless.
  4. Thanks broberts, I see it now. It used to be very obvious, not so much now
  5. So why are the individual ship short cuts no longer available? This used to be easy...no longer.
  6. ok, we went on a hurricane shortened New England - Canada cruise on Grandeur. Instead of 9 nights, we only got 5. To encourage passengers not to cancel, we were told we would get 50% of our cruise fare credited to our onboard credit account and 50% credit to be applied to a future cruise. Whatever we didn't spend in our onboard account, we would get credited back to our credit card on file. We got back on the 22nd. How long should we wait for these credits to show up?
  7. Just got back from our hurricane abbreviated cruise. Supposed to be 9 days, 5 ports. Turned into 5 days, 1 port. Ship was less than 1/2 full. I believe it holds 2200+ passengers. Only had 1019. No lines for anything, PLENTY of deck chairs, lots of empty tables in the MDR, staff standing around with little to do. Actually, it was very relaxing with so few people on board.
  8. GOS was supposed to be back early Thursday. Didn't make it back to port until Sunday night. We were supposed to leave Thursday afternoon for a 9 night, 5 port cruise. Now we are only getting 5 nights, 1 port. We get into Halifax at 12:30 wed, leave 8:30 thurs am
  9. We just drove by the port around 6. From a distance it looked like both ships were slowly passing each other. I'm pretty sure neither was at the dock
  10. Ok, we're leaving Monday the 17th for Halifax. Was supposed to be a 9 day, 5 port, New England/Canada cruise, but because of the hurricane, it has been shortened to a 5 day, one port cruise. Can we expect the same entertainment they would normally give on their 5 night cruises or are we going to get short changed? Not real happy about everything but we certainly don't blame RC for making these changes. They are giving us some nice financial incentives to make the trip.
  11. Supposed to be on GOS on Thursday for New England. We understand that we will hear by 7 tonight (Tues) what the new itiniary will be. We may still go or maybe not. We will see what they say before making a decision. I'm wondering if they will cancel New England completely and make a run to Bermuda instead. We love Bermuda but will probably cancel as we were just there 2 years ago.
  12. I agree that a full cancellation is extremely slim and we plan to go no matter what. I guess the worst that could happen (other than the ship sinking) is one or two ports are skipped and we spend more time at sea. I do remember watching videos of Anthem a year or two ago trying to ride out a storm. It was ugly, and Anthem is a whole lot bigger than GOS.
  13. OK, we scheduled to take Grandeur to New England/Canada next Thursday. There's a decent chance that Florence will be hitting the middle east coast at that time. If that happens, what does RC do? Cancel? Re-route? etc.
  14. so what else is open for lunch on embarkation day besides Windjammer? Going to New England in Sept
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