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  1. I'm sorry Happy cruiser, I thought OP was looking for personal opinions. When we rode the Flam last August all cars did not have bathrooms, every other car did...we also had a guide in the car with us and while you may not agree, I did think the entire trip was worth what I paid for it. If I worded my post in such a way that you thought I meant the stop at the hotel and the snack we were served in a lovely glass walled dining room over-looking the mountains was what made the excursion worth the money then that was also my mistake. What's one person's waste of money is another person's good time.
  2. We booked with the ship and the tour was worth every penny. We had a reserved car, with a rest room in it, and the stop at the hotel was a nice break. If it's really important to you, and you want to save $$$, I would definitely buy my tickets ahead of time on line because the train was fully sold out when we did it.
  3. If you have time, take a brief walking tour of Southampton. It's a lovely and very interesting city. As for boarding the ship....the boarding time is only a suggestion! If you're concierge class you get a served lunch in the MDR between 11:30 (?) and 1:30. Menu is limited but it's a nice way to start the cruise. As for leaving the ship...it depends on the time you want/must leave, and it is by time, but you will be assigned based on the departure card you'll fill out and give to guest services) as for breakfast here's something we do because every second of sleep is important to us! Call room service the night before you disembark and order a cold breakfast (cereal, milk, fruit, bread, juice) delivered to your room around 10 p.m (or whenever as long as it's before they stop room service). The only thing you have to pass on is coffee but you can get that pretty much anywhere once you get off the ship (if you have the time, a leisurely b-fast in Southampton would be lovely). That holds us till we get to the airport and then we can have a leisurely breakfast there. PS: You HAVE to order b-fast on the phone because as far as I know they will not pick up orders on the last night.
  4. Thanks mlmbar.....I am totally distraught...eye is now coming in over Morehead City with 6-12' storm surge and her house is on Bogue Sound! Good news is her son came and got her this morning..Bad news is she won't have a house to come home to. :loudcry:
  5. If you're still flying non-stop from Philly to Miami you'll be fine tomorrow. Once you take off from Philly you won't stop till you get to Miami! Have a glass of wine and get a good night's sleep. I have a daughter in Asheville, NC; a grandson in Charlotte; and a best friend in Wilmington who is refusing to evacuate...I know I'll be having another glass!!! :wine-glass::wine-glass::wine-glass::beer-mug::beer-mug:
  6. Governor of SC has issued mandatory evac and ALL major roads leading from the coast will become one way inland as of Noon tomorrow. NC going to be next....and probably VA as well. PLEASE don't ignore the evacuation orders....NOTHING is worth more than your life. :*
  7. Good move!! Storm could make landfall as early as Wed. night as a Category 4 OR 5, which would be the first cat 5 since 1950's to hit NC! But before it makes landfall there will be high winds and storm surge especially during high tide. Have a safe trip tomorrow and let us know if your cruise is impacted. :cool:
  8. And Isaac is not alone out there, he has a woman following him!! ;p
  9. Excellent advice! Latest modules show landfall around Wilmington, NC and all of them are beginning to come together, which is bad news....worst news is it could get stuck there which is really bad. I think anyone who's a true sailor feels the same way....nice steady deck and clear skies...with or without the martini!!! You are coming to NY during the best time of the year, IMHO,...., not too hot, not too cold, not too much rain or humidity, the fall colors are beautiful and the city isn't packed with people, just crowded. Actually our worst hurricanes usually hit between Aug. and Sept....biggest exception was Sandy (late Oct) with her 1-2 punch of hurricane one day and blizzard the next....Mother Nature was really in a snit!!! We, as I'm sure you have in Florida as well, have noticed a real change in our weather patterns over the past few years...both hurricanes and blizzards have gotten stronger....fewer t-storms and blistering heat and freezing cold...global warming is real.
  10. WOW...I didn't know that but it makes me feel better about my loyalty to RCI and Celebrity. Just saw the latest update and you're looking good just whatever you do don't drive!!!! Landfall is being predicted by all the modules now for Wilmington, NC and then who knows since there's the possibility of a large system forming further north that could push storm away. I like Den's advice....roll with it and stay friends with the bartenders! Have a good cruise....and now we've got to get busy preparing.
  11. You're right...and BWI could be impacted with a mid-Atlantic landfall. The upside is SW is so accommodating when it comes to changing especially if weather is involved. If i were booked on SW and changing in BWI i would SERIOUSLY consider changing my flight. As for OP if she has an early non stop out of Philly Thursday she should be ok....but you can never tell with us girls, can you :evilsmile:
  12. We certainly noticed the laughter and chair scraping but mostly during happy hour and it wasn't objectionable noise.
  13. Yes, SW does, Mr Click they fly into several cities and Charlotte is one of them. (DD lives in Asheville....we fly SW all the time from NY.) Anyway,... Mlmbar are you changing planes in Charlotte???? I was under the impression that you were going AA non-stop from Philly to Miami and if the current track holds you should be fine....even Charlotte should be ok because it's quite a ways inland from the coast....the outer banks will likely be in its path....we're already under high surf advisories on the south shore of Long Island, NY...although that may not be from Florence..
  14. I respectfully disagree Den....only two of the "spaghetti" tracks in your first graphic show Florence coming ashore on the NC/SC border all the rest show it making landfall around VA. This doesn't mean it will do that because we all know Mother Nature is a tricky b....!! :DAs of this evening it's been downgraded to a tropical storm with the expectation that it will return to full hurricane status during the day. In any event it's not supposed to impact this far North until Thursday night or Friday, which is good news for mimbar......however, because I don't handle stress very well, if I were booked on a cruise and flying to Miami next Thursday I would call my airline tomorrow and ask them if they are allowing people to rebook without penalty and if the answer is "no" ask them WHEN they will.....if the answer is "yes" since time is not an issue, I would say "yes please" and let them rebook me now for departure say Tues or Wed. The reason I woudn't wait till Wed to call them is because they may not have much availability by then....and I'm getting stressed out just thinking about it! :wine-glass::wine-glass::wine-glass:
  15. If you go out on your own you will need a Visa and the last time I got one it was about $400. If you go on a ship excursion you won't need a Visa because RCI gets a blanket Visa covering passengers. If you go with a licensed tour guide the Visa will be included in the cost of your tour and will cover you only when you're with the guide... this means you will not be able to go to dinner on your own in St P which is too bad because they have some wonderful restaurants but under no circumstances will you be allowed to leave the port area on your own without a visa. Check out some of the port sites on CC for reliable tour companies if you want a tour specific to your interests....there are many of them. Enjoy St. Petersburg I've been there several times and it's one of my favorite cities....so much to see and do and it's just stunningly beautiful....and the entire Baltic cruise was fantastic.
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