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huskercruiser

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About huskercruiser

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    Nebraska
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    scrapbooking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Like them all (I've been on Holland America, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe or Tahiti
  1. We used Hebert Sismodi when we were in Punta del Este. His email is hsis@adinet.com.uy. We did the bike tour first to see the beach areas and then we went further afield with Hebert i.e. the hanging bridges, "Beverly Hills", Casapuebla, a winery. He can custom design what you want. You may also go to Jose Ig****o but that is the opposite direction from Casapuebla. The beach at Punta del Este is very nice and easily walkable from where the cruise ships tender. This would probably be the only "beach day" on a South American cruise.
  2. We were in Punta del Este in January 2012 on the Celebrity Infinity. We did two tours. In the morning we went on an easy bike tour (if I can do it anyone can) around the flat beach area. We saw the lighthouse and beach sculpture (the hand) up close and personal. This lasted about 1 1/2 hours. We went through alicia@biketoursuruguay.com. The only negative was that since there were other people on this tour, there were not enough bikes for all the people in our group (and we had made reservations for everyone). We then hired a guide and van ( Hebert Sismondi hsis@adinet.com.uy) and spent 5 to 6 hours seeing the sights further away. He can design the trip for anything you are interested in. We went to Casapueblo, a wonderful winery (Punta Ballena), Lapataia (where they make dolce de leche), the hanging bridges and the expensive areas of Punta del Este. (My brother-in-law through the Punta Ballena winery was the best shore excursion on the whole trip.) He was very accommodating and his English was very good. I would definitely recommend him. The other option that I could recommend is to make Punta del Este a "beach day". It's the only port on this cruise that you can do this. The beaches are very close to where the tender drops you off.
  3. We were a group of 13 in January 2012. Lucas was our tour guide. He was very accomodating for everything we wanted to do. His English is very good. We went to the park and did several short hikes, then we went to the Martial Glacier and took the ski lift to the coffee shop. Several in the group (who were fit enough) hiked to the glacier and then we went to lunch at a lamb BBQ restaurant.
  4. We used Forastero Tours (info@forasterotour.com.ar) in Puerto Madryn to go to Punto Tombo. Our tour guide was Diana. She was very good even sharing a thermos of mate with us. (This is a very Argentinian custom that many tourists do not get to experience.) The cost was about half what the cruise line was charging. Also we arrived at the site before all the tour buses. We were just about done when they started arriving and it was a much nicer experience seeing Punto Tombo without the crowds. I would recommend going to Punto Tombo over the Valdes Peninsula especially if you're going in January or later. (The whales are gone from the peninsula after December.) Forastero can do the peninsula also. We also visited the penguin rookery in Punta Arenas (Otway Sound). I can definitely say that Punto Tombo had MANY more penguins. The scenery at Otway Sound was a little nicer. If I were doing only one, I'd recommend Punto Tombo. In Montevideo, we used Liz Cowley (liz@realenglishtours.com). We used her for a walking tour of Montevideo in the morning and then a bus tour in the afternoon to see the sights further out. She showed us sights in Montevideo we would never have found ourselves. She is very thorough and informative.
  5. You are right that the email should be edgardocalaio@gmail.com The entrance fee for the park was $US 20/person. I was quoted $US 20 for the chairlift but it was less. I think it was $US 12. You will have enought time to go to the park and the chair lift if you are in port from 2 to 7. The chairlift only takes 1 hour or less unless you want to walk to the glacier (which most of our party did not do). Views are nice from the top of both the glacier and the bay. If you have a custom tour to the Tierra del Fuego National Park, you can probably walk as much or as little as you like. We did custom tours at each of our South American ports (Montevideo, Punta del Este, Puerto Madryn, Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas). If you want information on any/all of those, I'd be happy to share.
  6. We did a custom tour in Ushuaia with edgarcalaio@gmail.com in January 2012 that included a tour of the Tierra del Fuego National Park (including several small hikes, one around a lake and one to a viewpoint and the end of the Panamerican highway), the chair lift to Martial Glacier and a lamb barbeque. This tour did take almost the entire time we had in Ushuaia but we like to spend most of our time ashore touring rather than buying souvenirs. We spent about 1 to 1 1/2 hours at the glacier. There were some in our group that were fit enough to hike to/from the glacier in that time. It was a very nice tour and the weather in Ushuaia was wonderful. Let me know if you would like additional information about our tour.
  7. My husband and I are on the same cruise arriving in Amsterdam on August 9. Our flight gets in at 12 noon. We would like to visit the Ann Frank House and were wondering what would be the best time to schedule that. Will we have time on August 10 after the canal cruise? If so, at what time? We're not sure where we would go between the flight getting in and boarding the boat. (a hotel?) Would we have time to schedule a visit at 4 pm? Sounds like we should schedule the Alsace tour. Any other advice would be appreciated! Any recommendations for a particular cafe or shop along the way that you enjoyed would be appreciated. Ruth
  8. Hi Pat, I don't think you saw my earlier post where I asked the following questions. My husband and I are on the Affinity in August and have a couple of questions. The itinerary is different but we do stop at some of the same places. If I go on the Avalon website they list the optional tours for our cruise but there are very few listed. I notice some of your optional tours for the same stops that we have are not listed on the website for our cruise. Do you know if all the optional tours you listed were listed on Avalon's website? Any information you have on the optional tours you took would be appreciated. How did you handle tips? Would they put tips on your bill or do you need cash? Euros or US$s? I am most concerned about power for my curling wand and camera/phone battery chargers. I have converters as well as the various adapters or prongs that might be needed. I understood that converters weren't needed but adapters might be. Is this true? (I DO NOT like to use a converter with my curling wand as I have singed my hair! I'm also concerned about using a converter with my camera battery charger.) Anything else you could think of would be appreciated! Ruth
  9. Pat, I thought of something else. Does internet access cost? If so how much? Do they have wireless available in the cabins? Ruth
  10. Hi Pat, My husband and I are on the Affinity in August and have a couple of questions. The itinerary is different but we do stop at some of the same places. If I go on the Avalon website they list the optional tours for our cruise but there are very few listed. I notice some of your optional tours for the same stops that we have are not listed on the website for our cruise. Do you know if all the optional tours you listed were listed on Avalon's website? Any information you have on the optional tours you took would be appreciated. How did you handle tips? Would they put tips on your bill or do you need cash? Euros or US$s? I am most concerned about power for my curling wand and camera/phone battery chargers. I have converters as well as the various adapters or prongs that might be needed. I understood that converters weren't needed but adapters might be. Is this true? (I DO NOT like to use a converter with my curling wand as I have singed my hair! I'm also concerned about using a converter with my camera battery charger.) Anything else you could think of would be appreciated! Ruth
  11. I have some questions about the ship (including the power supply and outlets). After you get back from your cruise, maybe you can answer them! I'm looking forward to reading your review. This will be our first river cruise. My husband and I have done LOTS of ocean cruises and I know that this will be different. So far, we have not done very much planning. Everyday we have an included tour, so I'm not sure if we need to do additional planning. Last year, we went on a 10 day mediterranean cruise and planned all our own shore excursions. Ruth
  12. Is anyone else cruising on the Avalon Affinity on 8/8/2009 for the 16-day Rhine-Moselle cruise?
  13. We were on the June 8 sailing of the Noordam. When we were in Santorini we used tenders. The ship arrives at 8 a.m. and starts tenders to Athinios. (Athinios is the port that is accessible by bus or car.) The ONLY people that can get on a tender to Athinios are those that are on a HAL-sponsored shore excursion. After those people are tendered, they begin tendering service for all other passengers. These tenders go to the cable car or donkey ride up to Fira. (This is a different dock than Athinios.) This tendering service does not start until 9:00 or 9:30 am. (So the earliest you can get to Fira is 10 am because you need to take the cable cars or the donkey.) If you are planning an independent shore excursion or car rental, you will need to take the cable car (or donkey) up to Fira to get it.
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