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nagsheadbeachbum

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About nagsheadbeachbum

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    chesterfield, va
  • Interests
    travel, gardening, beachcombing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    caribbean
  1. Does anyone know if Norwegian publishes the names of the hotels in Denali for their land portion. I know we stay at the Alysska Hotel in Girdwood on the way up, but was wondering if and when we are made aware of our hotel for 2 nights in Denali. We are on the June 3rd sailing on the Jewel from Vancouver.
  2. We are going on the Norwegian Jewel in early June and have booked with Dyea Dave. He does a 16 passenger tour up to the Yukon and back for $89.00 per person. If you want to take the White Pass Railroad back from Fraser, he makes a stop there and the additional cost is about $90 per person. You can take the tour van both ways for the $89.00. Seems a lot of folks have recommend the train back to Skagway and we are booking that. Dyea Dave told me he would take us to the train station before the tour and we could pick up our train tickets in the early am. I believe we depart at 7:30 am and the train from Fraser arrives back in Skagway around 5:15 so not sure that would fit your port time. There are lots of reviews that might help you.
  3. Hey DD, So glad to hear that your trip and c scan turned out well. 8 of us are booked on the Norwegian Jewel from Vancover on 6/3 and have all booked with you in Skagway. It is true that the train back now leaves at 3:30 and should we purchase tickets prior to arriving in Skagway? Thanks for the update on your health. and hopefully we will see you in June.
  4. I have been looking for the same thing, but everyone including Calypso tells me that we would miss the ship. Hope someone can give us both a helping hand.:D
  5. Thanks so much Anni for your advice. Unfortunately our ship has a "sea day" after Kiel and then we are in Tallinn. My husband has been corresponding with the Bremen tourist office and they have found his Dad's birth certificate with address so he is pretty set on seeing the area he was from. Obviously the train seems to be a better choice, as we have never been to Germany and might not be comfortable driving. If we do take the train, is it possible to walk into town from the station, and if not, will we be able to get transportation from the station in Bremen? Sorry for all the questions, but this is very important to him and I really want to make it work, even if its only for 3 hours. We can probably rest on our sea day. You have given such good advice to so many of us that I trust you and your advice completely. Arlene
  6. We are sailing on the 8/26 Baltic cruise on the Eurodam. My husband's Dad was born in Bremen and we would like to visit there for the day. The train schedule does not seem to be able to accommodate the hours we are in port 7am -5pm and we were wondering if anyone has info on a car rental place close to the port and also if that would be feasible given the timeframe. Thanks for any advise.
  7. E-mail him from his website **********.com. I found that the best way to communicate with him. He e-mailed me yesterday in response to a request for the 2/17 Noordam. Seems to be reputable.
  8. We were on the Zuiderdam last February with a group of 12 folks. First night we showed up for the "open seating" dining in the MDR at about 7pm and were able to get two tables for 6 next to each other. Before the evening was over the maitre'd asked if we'd like to have these exact tables, and waiters for the entire cruise. We accepted and really turned anytime dining into a set time between the early and late fixed dining. So, "as you wish" was a great venue for us. Don't know if this works on the Noordam, but we will have 8 of us cruising her on 2/13/12 so we hoping to find the same situation.
  9. Not quite sure what is going on with Bannister Island. We were on the Legend last week and all Carnival excursions were cancelled. Thought we were okay since we booked with Coral Breeze Tours, only to be told at the port that the island was closed due to someone getting hurt a few weeks back. They thought it would re open in a few weeks, but that politics were involved. Also heard Carnival offered to purchase the island but the offer was not accepted. This may be hearsay, but I'd checked with the tour operators you are considering using. We were send to Goff's Caye instead, which was beautiful but very primitive. Not the same experience but good snorkeling. No restaurant/bar or beach chairs. Good luck.:p
  10. We are also looking to get to Orlando from Tampa cruise port in October. Could you tell me how you got the rental car? Was it at the Tampa airport or is there a rental company at the cruise terminal. Thanks for yor help
  11. We just returned from the Zuiderdam 2/21 Panama Canal Cruise. Booked Embera Indian excursion through HAL. We used private tours in Curacao, Aruba and Costa Rica. By far Costa Rica was our favorite port. We booked thru Curacao-Actief and Kim was a great guide. EL tours in Aruba sent us Tony and he was equally great. Used Oscar Brown Tours in Costa Rica and we actually had Oscar as our driver and Katherine as our guide. They spent six hours with us and we saw many out of the way places and had lunch at a local restauant (menu in Spanish), Katherine ordered for us, and stopped at a local supermarket for cheap coffee and vanilla. Would highly recommend all of these tour operators. Very professional and much cheaper than HAL excursion. If you have any questions, I'll be glad to elaborate. Arlene;)
  12. We were also on the 2/21 Zuiderdam and thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. Agree with you that the crowd was older than expected and I did miss some of the laughter from other cruises. Since there were 12 of us we did make our own fun, especially in the Piano Bar. We booked our excursions privately and loved Curacao-Actief (Kim), EL Tours in Aruba and Oscar Brown in Costa Rica. We did the Embera Indian excursion in Panama and were shocked to see our tour included a local law enforcement person who accompanied us the entire day. Panama is a scary place and we found the countryside to be very dirty. I agree with you that the flowers throughout the ship are beautiful, Patti was a great cruise director. She seemed to enjoy herself and was visible everywhere. Food for us was on par with RCCL but the service was great. Our cabin steward Alus was always asking if he could anything more for us. Walter in the Piano Bar is a great bar waiter and he made our cruise even more fun. We would cruise HAL again, and although we wish the crowd was younger, everyone we met was friendly and seemed to enjoy themselves. Late night, I agree is very quiet and our late dining was never full.
  13. We just returned from the 10 day Panama Canal cruise on the Zuiderdam. Day 9 (sea day) was the 3rd formal night. I also don't care for the Lobster and didn't find anything else enticing that night. I ordered the 8oz steak which is available every night. Hubby loved the escargot. The "turf" I was told was also excellent. Next time I'll do two turfs.
  14. We just returned from the partial Panama Canal transit on the Zuiderdam yesterday. Lots of folks do dress up for formal nights and stay dressed for the evening. Most of our group the guys wore suits or sports coats and ties but many returned to their room after dinner and were back in shorts for the show and casino. You will see both about equally, but no one seemed concerned if you didn't stay dressed up. Loved the ship, the itinerary, the staff and our fellow passengers.
  15. We will be boarding the Zuiderdam next Sunday, with some of us flying and some driving. Those of us flying are trying to pack without paying an extra baggage fee. Could someone please tell us if we have to dress for the first evening? Our past experience with Carnival and Royal Caribbean were that you wore to dinner what you wore when boarding as not everyone had their luggage in time for dinner. Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks:)
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