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  1. I recall a thread about JC Anderson and a walking tour of Copenhagen. So far I cannot find it. Does anyone know and how this was organized??? The two of us will be in Copenhagen and it seems like an interesting way to hear about the city.
  2. If you are interested in finding an ATM machine, here is a website that might be of help if you use VISA. [URL="http://visa.via.infonow.net/locator/global/"][COLOR=#de203e]http://visa.via.infonow.net/locator/global/[/COLOR][/URL] Just enter the country and city and a map will show you the locations. You can go further by 'next page' to find more in a different part of the city. Does anyone know about similar sites for other cards or is this enough?
  3. If you are interested in finding an ATM machine, here is a website that might be of help if you use VISA. http://visa.via.infonow.net/locator/global/ Just enter the country and city and a map will show you the locations. You can go further by 'next page' to find more in a different part of the city. Does anyone know about similar sites for other cards or is this enough?
  4. There are so many of you who have shared pictures and experiences of your cruises. I like to learn how to do that. Can some of you share your ideas how? I like to have a site where I can show not only the pictures, but make some comments about what you are looking at.
  5. Amsterdam is well known for its interesting sights and sounds. When you visit and walk along the canals, you might encounter Reinier Sijpkens and his little rowboat extraordinair. For an example of his antics go to the following web site where he plays his little organ and horn while the chimes of the Oude Kerk (Old Church) accompany him in a little concert. [URL]http://youtube.com/watch?v=DBlScoHv0Pk&feature=related[/URL] Perhaps you have some fun experiences you like to share from different ports. Any suggestions?
  6. Perhaps the following map of the port at Zeebrugge might help. The red line should be the way to walk to the train station at "Strand" (the Dutch word for beach). Depending on the actual location of your ship, the distance is less than a mile. If for some reason, they will not allow you to walk along the cay, it should still be easy enough to find your way. I want to thank Lair Bear for doing all this research to make sure it is possible to take the train directly to Bruges. Personnally, I think it beats paying $135 for a taxi ride that is only about nine miles. I am curious if anyone knows if there is an ATM machine in the little beach village shown in the lower left corner. There appears to be a couple hotels and restaurants, so the chances are pretty good to get euros there. The large ship shown in the middle of the picture is one of the ferries that goes to England and Scotland.
  7. Have you noticed that the number of new threads is much smaller these days? Does that mean that former and new participants, like us, are less interested? Or are we holding back, wondering about the new company and making commitments for more wonderful Windstar cruises to new destinations? To be honest, despite the fact that we love all three of the Windstar ships, we have looked into others for European excursions. How do you feel about the itineraries now offered and the future of this fleet of interesting ships? Can a coastal or river operator cover the world that we like to see aboard a sailing ship? Are you booking; are you sailing; are you happy????
  8. This may not be news to a lot of you, but if you have any questions about ports in Holland: Ask [COLOR="Red"]Ine[/COLOR] He lives near Amsterdam, knows Rotterdam, and a lot about the various places around the country that most of us are interested in. He helped me decide on going via a short train ride to the Zaanse Schanse, and he has been instrumental in helping a lot of others who had questions about hotels and excursions in his marvelous country. My vote for Cruise-Critic–Helper-of-the-Year-Award goes to Ine van Dam. Anyone else?
  9. Four of us will be in Amsterdam on a Monday during a cruise to the Baltic and we are interested in doing a morning excursion to Volendam and the Zaansche Schans (a rebuilt village just north-west of Amsterdam with several windmills and an interesting history). Can anyone recommend a way to do this? Taxi, tour bus, private tour, or how? We rather not rent a car in or near Amsterdam and think that doing this by train is not too practical. We want to spend some time in Amsterdam in the afternoon, so we are only looking at a morning tour.
  10. We are booked on the Regatta for a Baltic cruise that also stops in Belgium and the Netherlands. In (near) Amsterdam we are interested in doing a private tour that includes Volendam and the Zaansche Schans (a restored village with several windmills where Pieter the Great spent some time learning about ship building). Can anyone tell us if the ship actually goes through the canal and locks to Amsterdam or does it stay in the port just inside from the North Sea? What are the facilities and means of transportation to downtown Amsterdam? What about the other stops such as Copenhagen and Stockholm. Is it possible to identify the port locations on Google maps?
  11. [B][FONT=Calibri]We will be on a cruise to the Baltic next year and are wondering about the places the ship will actually dock. Can anyone help me with the following?[/FONT] [FONT=Calibri]In Amsterdam, for example, do cruise ships actually go through the canal that connects the North Sea with the city of Amsterdam, or do the ships stop before going through the locks and dock well short of the city?[/FONT] [FONT=Calibri]The reason I ask is that four of us want to make some shore excursions on our own and would like to know what the port facilities are like. In the Amsterdam area, for example, I would like to hire a driver to take us to the “Zaanse Schans” and then Volendam before we go sightseeing in Amsterdam. The Zaanse Schans is an interesting village restored to the days when Peter the Great of Russia was here to learn how to built sea going ships back in the 17th century. This in itself, might an interesting tie-in to the tour of St. Petersburg later on.[/FONT] [FONT=Calibri]How about the other ports? Where do the ships normally dock? The satellite views on Google’s maps show a lot of detail of the harbors and cities, but, of course, not where our ship will be.[/FONT][/B]
  12. [SIZE=4][FONT=Trebuchet MS][COLOR=#0000ff]We are considering staying in Stockholm for a day or two and then go to Norway after our cruise in the Baltic. (London, St. Petersburg, Stockholm). [/COLOR][COLOR=black][COLOR=black]Has anyone done that kind of post cruise excursion? Any suggestions about hotels in Stockholm and how to travel in [/COLOR]Scandinavia[COLOR=black]? I understand that the train from Oslo to Bergen through the mountains is fantastic.[/COLOR][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE] [COLOR=black][FONT=Trebuchet MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=black]Your comments would be highly appreciated.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR]
  13. [COLOR=black][FONT=Trebuchet MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=blue]We are considering staying in Stockholm for a day or two and then go to Norway after our cruise in the Baltic. (London, St. Petersburg, Stockholm).[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Trebuchet MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=black]Has anyone done that kind of post cruise excursion? Any suggestions about hotels in Stockholm and how to travel in [/COLOR]Scandinavia[COLOR=black]? I understand that the train from Oslo to Bergen through the mountains is fantastic.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Trebuchet MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=black]Your comments would be highly appreciated.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR]
  14. We just returned from what I would describe as our most interesting and exhilerating cruise we have ever been on. Walking along the trails on the Galapagos Islands and having albatrosses, boobies, iguanas and sea lions right next to you, as if humans are the most trusted creatures they have ever encountered, is an experience we will never forget. I have tried to share some of this on our website by means of lots of pictures and descriptions of the cruise on the Celebrity Xpedition. If any of you are interested go to: [FONT='Calibri','sans-serif'][URL="http://www.brentjes.com/travel1.htm"][COLOR=#800080]http://www.brentjes.com/travel1.htm[/COLOR][/URL][/FONT] [FONT='Calibri','sans-serif'][/FONT] [FONT='Calibri','sans-serif'][/FONT]
  15. What a marvelous journey to the Galapagos Islands !! We just returned and think it was the best place we have been to by far. If any of you have been there or are thinking of going have a look at the following website: http://www.*****.com/travel1.htm We tried to cover most of the trip including details about Quito and the Xpedition, our Celebrity cruise ship. We welcome comments and would be glad to answer any questions you might have.
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