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  1. 3 hours ago, TheOldBear said:

    The MBTA web site has a trip planner feature

    The 'most direct' route starts with the silver SL2 line, changing to the green B or D trollies. There are other options, possibly with less walking. Base fare is $4.80 round trip.

    B, C, OR D trolley will get you there.  They all take the same route to Kenmore Square station before branching off from there.  Kenmore is a bit closer tot he ballpark than the Fenway Park station is, which is only on the D line.

  2. 8 minutes ago, leaneff said:

    I know these are totally different experiences, however we only have 3 Iceland ports and we really don't love being on buses or in vans for 7-8 hour tours.  Rarely is there enough time at each stop, and we just find we enjoy exploring the towns on our own more.  Thinking of cancelling my Golden Circle tour and exploring Reykjavik on our own, there seems to be so much there to see.  Having been to Yellowstone before, not sure the geyser will thrill us.  We also have an all day tour in Akureyri so we would see some of Iceland's natural wonders.  Is is really worth 2 full days in a car driving to do both of these tours?  Would love to hear from someone who has done both!

    Do both bus tours.  Reykjavik is a very cute city, but you are unlikely to ever get to experience the wealth of nature Iceland has to offer again. The geysir is not as spectacular as Yellowstone, but it goes off much more often so you can get amazing pictures. 


    We've been to Iceland 5 times and done the Golden Circle 3 of those visits, and the other sites the only time we were in that part of the country.  Breathtaking

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  3. 23 hours ago, Beekman1915 said:

    My wife and I are seniors. We decided to pay double with NCL to avoid switching buses with Flybush.  Due to going into Reykjavik and switching buses, the Flybush trip takes at least an hour and 25 minutes.  NCL takes you directly to the airport.  That trip takes about 45 minutes.


    It costs $75/person.  The taxis I saw cost much more than that.

    Taxis average $130-$150, and you don't have to wait for a bus to fill up or to get your luggage unloaded.  But the bus is certainly simple



    That's my old neighborhood!  We ate at Larry J's once and never went back.  But that was a long time ago.  Smoke Shop is further, maybe 20 minute walk, and is excellent Q, and open late


    What day of the week?  Fri/Sat gives you more late night options than other nights. I am assuming Fri/Sat, below:


    Legal Harborside is about a 10 minute walk from your hotel and is open until 11.  It is the Flagship of the Legal Seafoods family and has an upscale upstairs and a more typical, but still special, downstairs menu.


    Harpoon Brewery is a similar distance, they do serve food, not sure how late, though


    SAVR is about 15 minutes away on foot, open until 11. Good looking menu, I've never been there, though


    Seaport Social gets raves from friends, they are open past midnight

    Strega is strong Italian, open to 11, so is Rosa Mexicano (but not Italian!)


    We've eaten at Committee a few times, and they are open past midnight


    Row 34 is one of our favorite Boston restaurants, and they are open until 11. 




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  5. 1 hour ago, MAVIP said:

    Very good! I checked a few and Sunny cars mentions different ages and even 65 . And difference in insurances.     https://www.sunnycars.nl/en/extras/age-rental/    I read the ins and outs on this page and it seems to depend upon the destination too.


    Of course I wish you perfect excursions (and am a tiny little bit jealous of course) in the 3 ports! .

    Sunny is not an Iceland company.   The .nl suffix means they are a Netherlands company.  Lots of good Iceland rental agencies, including Lotus, as mentioned by @Mr. Click


    We have done 5 land tours of Iceland, ranging from 2 days to 10.  Driven on those good roads and on quite a few of the bad ones.  And taken a Superjeep tour a couple times on roads that had river crossings or deep snow on them


    Getting a car with a little extra ground clearance is a great idea for Iceland, as it makes driving on those bad roads quite a bit easier

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  6. 5 hours ago, MAVIP said:

    Please donot tell friends over 75 yrs of age unless they ship their own car to Iceland. Carhire over 75 is not possible according to family and friends....

    You might want to check that information yourself before you post it

  7. 31 minutes ago, Beekman1915 said:

    My wife and I are seniors. We decided to pay double with NCL to avoid switching buses with Flybush.  Due to going into Reykjavik and switching buses, the Flybush trip takes at least an hour and 25 minutes.  NCL takes you directly to the airport.  That trip takes about 45 minutes.

    Do you recall how much that cost?  A taxi would run about $130-150 and might be even more convenient.

  8. On 6/10/2024 at 6:03 PM, powlan said:

    Wife also recommended eating at Carmines. My favorite NY Italian restaurant. Then put me on a gurney back to the ship. 

    Carmines is very popular with tourists for their portions and prices.  Not popular with locals who disdain the food.  SO much better out there for Italian, even some with big portions and reasonable prices!

  9. When we lived in Boston we went to NYC most long weekends.  For years we stayed in or near Times Square as we revolve our visits around Broadway Shows.  For the last 10 years we've stayed in TriBeCa, down in the lower part of Manhattan.  Great subway access to midtown but so much quieter, with great restaurants and close walks to either river.  Quite close to the 9/11 Memorial, etc, but only 20 minutes by subway to midtown

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  10. Westborough was what I was going to suggest.  And maybe look into the Logan Express for parking and transfers if money is an issue.  It will be slightly annoying to take a bus from the lot in Framingham to the airport and then take transit or a cab/uber to the port, but it will be much cheaper than parking at the airport or at the port.  Then, when you return, do the opposite to get back to Framingham


    Versions of this might work for @Keith At Sea and @Birdnutty

  11. 17 hours ago, blackfly said:

    We will be there next summer when there will be three ships in port at the same time with a combined passenger capacity of 6000.

    I hope you are renting a car and can get the heck out of Dodge and see sites before they are overwhelmed with hundreds of people in nature spots that are best viewed by a few dozen at most!

  12. It is a town of 500 people.  There really isn't much to "do" right there beyond viewing the beautiful fjords.  I'm surprised there is even one local tour company.


    If I was taking a cruise with a stop here, I'd either snag something with the tour company or book something thru the cruiseline, who I am sure is getting all the tour guides from a wide area around Djupivogur to handle their excursions.


    This is one of the reasons I always tell friends to do land tours of Iceland instead of cruises.  It is so much easier to explore the country by car than it is by tour bus.  Iceland is all about nature and solitude, not the cruise experience.  And we LOVE cruising but not in places like this.

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  13. 4 hours ago, bones774 said:

    Not if you've been there a half dozen times. Its nice to walk the town w/o having to be on schedule. People visit all types of shops. Sit in a barber chair, relax and converse with the locals. Give it a go.

    I'd ask on the Halifax forum over at TripAdvisor.  You are much more likely to reach locals there and other folks who know Halifax better than cruisers who are unlikely to be looking for a barber

  14. On 6/8/2024 at 7:21 PM, Ehg71 said:

    The directions to the town is what I already know. How to get to GeoSpa from the town is what I am inquiring about. Is it a taxi ride? How much would the taxi cost? Is there a bus from the town to the entrance of Geospa? How much would a bus ticket cost? How do I return to the point where I have to pick up the tender? This is a small town. I don’t want to miss the ship.

    Have you emailed them at the contact address on their site?


    Google Maps shows it to be a 15 minute walk from the Emskip terminal, where you can see a cruise ship docked on their satellite view

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  15. Sorry you had a bad experience!   Where did you find this company?  I hang out on the TripAdvisor Iceland forum -- we've been to Iceland 5 times (so far) and I don't recall that company ever being mentioned there.  I'd estimate that board is at least 5x as busy as this one, possibly more, so the info is current and useful.


    The TA Iceland forum is a very strong one, with locals and other regular visitors recommending tour companies, rental cars, hotels, etc.  Definitely worth running something as important as this by the group over there.   Same with many other locations, you can't just trust websites and Facebook or whatever for recommendations.

    Honestly, there are VERY few complaints about tour companies in Iceland.  You might want to repost your experience there to give folks a heads up.


    I ate at the tomato farm on our last visit.  It's a hard reservation to get!   I'm also not a tomato fan, but I wasn't making all the choices.  I had the pasta, I don't mind tomato sauce, and the bread was SO good I enjoyed the meal overall

  16. Boston Coach is the only one I've ever used.  Never heard of the other two and I lived in Boston for 50 years.


    Malden Car Service sounds like something you'd use coming from or going to the suburb of Malden, north of the city.  


    What kind of siteseeing are you looking to do?  I bet a cab would take some detours for you, with the meter running of course

  17. 15 hours ago, Dancing Shoes said:

    I was planning on eating at Katz's till I read the reviews.  Big portions, dry bread, and surly service.  Wish Carnegie Deli was still in Manhattan.

    Big portions shouldn't be an issue.  Dry bread?  I've never heard that or had that there.  And the service is part of the atmosphere. 


    Plenty of other delis still in NYC

  18. 51 minutes ago, DaisyGoldberg said:

    We will be coming in from our NJ hotel the morning of the Pride Parade. Should be plan to come extra early to avoid traffic? Expect major traffic anyway? It's always quite congested in the port area to begin with -- just wondering how much more busy it might be that day.


    We'll have a car service. 

    The parade runs in lower Manhattan.  Historically, the furthest north it gets is the starting point on 5th Avenue at 25th Street, then it heads down to the West Village.   Actual route for this year isn't published yet, as far as I know.


    If you are just going to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal then you will be nowhere near the parade route and it should have zero affect on your travel

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