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  1. I believe that the Oberai Mena House is now the new name of the hotel we stayed in before. This hotel is right at the Pyramids and we sat there having lunch looking at a pyramid, and from our room balcony could see a pyramid..

    spectacular!! Another time we were right on the Nile with our room facing the Nile traffic...it just depends which you prefer. If we only had one night there we would choose the pyramid view!!


  2. We absolutely could not cruise if it weren't for the Internet. We try to get an unlimited package. We use it 99.9% for work. We use it every morning and every evening. We never go to a place in port..those times are for our "vacation times" We cannot be without it. We have been able to take very long cruises with Oceania as their internet works in our rooms and we have made many "deals" in unusual places! On HAL we have had major problems..rarely can we use the internet in our rooms. This does affect the length of trips we can take. Last 2 trips on HAL we couldn't even print our air boarding passes!! We hope the Oosterdam is better this year!

    Its a serious problem for us when it does not work and is "out" more than "on"!

    I wish HAL would get a better program and also have their internet also accept Internet Explorer instead of only Chrome.

    Sherry & Kimber

  3. For Taormina...we took the ships walking tour and had a ride TO Taormina. We opted to stay longer..such a pretty place..and then went to go back to the ship and they had a big elevator outside the Taormina gate that would take you down right where the taxis were parked...so we just KNEW that if we did that we could get a taxi at a much better price! HA! There were no taxis and after about a 20 minute wait we took the elevator back up and got a taxi back down!!! Plenty of taxis at the entrance to town! Enjoy! Sherry

  4. Port Master..we will be there on a Sunday..is anything open? We are not interested in going to a beach. We were there 2 years ago and enjoyed walking around downtown but we assume all that will be closed on Sunday.

    Thanks for any info..


  5. We rented one on our recent Maasdam cruise and it kept my ice pack nice and cold in the ice compartment. I also would put some water in there sometimes during the day and every now and then it would be frozen when we came back! Yes, $2 a day..


  6. We just returned from a cruise on the Maasdam which we loved, HOWEVER, we had MAJOR internet problems..first 3 days with NO internet, then sporadic internet and it took forever to even log in..we know it is slower than home but this was ridiculous..one time 29 minutes..we were told that they were putting a technician on board the day we got back and that although it would not help us this trip it would be fine later trips. NOW..we have an upcoming trip booked on the Eurodam in April/May. When we travel we have to work..every day at least a little either real early or later in the day...we just read a review that the Eurodam had major internet problems. Does anyone know about other areas besides the Caribbean? We will be in Europe.We can't take this upcoming cruise if we don't have decent internet. We know its expensive but that is a price we have to pay for cruising..but when we need it we MUST have it. HELP!

    Thanks a lot,


  7. We were just on the Maasdam there while the Nieuw Ansterdam was also

    there. We booked one online (suggest you keep checking that) If you don't get one go to the beach and go off to the left and just camp on chairs under a tree.

    There was another couple there the same time we were and they saw ours and wanted one (we were in first tender) they were told none were available.

    Since we wanted to explore first we ended up offering ours to them for the first part of the morning.

    We did like having it and I would just keep checking to see if anyone cancels or when they get on board decide to book a cabana with friends they meet.


  8. Back to the original questions on this blog..

    I usually prefer private tours and very often arrange them myself. I have never had anyone tell me afterwards that they were disappointed in one of my tours. I prefer to keep the tours to 6-8 people as that way we are more flexible. I like input from the participants as to what is most important for them to see and try to include that in any tour. Ships tours can't do that.

    Small private tours take a shorter time for bathroom breaks, eating and just getting in and out of the van or the venue. (plus any shopping someone does do!) Its also much easier to have quality time with the guide.

    I research each tour very thoroughly before committing. I recently cancelled a tour because a tour operator was being too confining for this particular tour.

    I always keep in mind that I am not just SENDING 6 people out on any tour..they are going WITH me and count on my expertise for their one chance to see the sights. In return I expect everyone to always be on time and be polite.

    We do also take ships tours..to unique places, far away places or if it seems it will be a smallish group. It is very disheartening to plan a ships tour on your one day in "Gorgeousland" and find out the day before that it was cancelled because of not enough participants.

    Happy touring, all....Sherry (and Kimber)

  9. Castlerigg...

    I second the recommendation of CruiseMom42 to go to the Gulbenkian!

    The Gulbenkian is one of my favorite museums in the world..it is a little gem

    filled with amazing things from his private collection that he wanted to give back to Portugal! An amazing Turner, a fabulous Lalique jewelery collection,

    Turkish tiles, silver table services..a little of everything and only the best!

    We go every trip to Lisbon!



  10. They will either do a shuttle to the people mover or right to Piazzale Roma.

    At Piazzale Roma you will find all the vapporettos coming and going along the water. Buy your tickets ahead of time. Then, you MUST stamp them at the little machine BEFORE you board. Failure to do so can result in your being removed from the shuttle and made to go with the police lady to pay a stiff fine. We saw this happen to two youngish girls and their fines were $100 EU each which of course they did not have. They were then being taken to an ATM machine for this.

    You can see the route for the vapporetto..you want to go to St. Mark's and it will probably go past the Rialto Bridge. kind of fun to get off at Rialto and walk down to St. Mark's or vice versa and go right through the heart of Venice crossing the little canals.

    One of our favorite cities!


    Kimber and Sherry

  11. Well, we will just move forward...I guess what really shocked and upset us so much yesterday was that we had just, the day before, contacted our TA about the possibility of making our 5/7 cruise a BtoB and she called AZ on it on Monday afternoon. They gave her a price for making it BtoB..now, wouldn't you have thought that AZ would have told her THEN that they had cancelled

    the May 7 cruise? You certainly can't make it BtoB if the 5/7 cruise isn't there!!

    If they had sent her the letter by then she had not yet received it or she would have known the 5/7 was gone!

    Oh, well,

    Another cruise will turn up. Would be interesting to hear what others have decided on and/or found to substitute with.

    Sherry & Kimber

  12. We are terribly disappointed! We do have Hotels booked and lots of other stuff and just today got a notice from our TA that this cruise is cancelled..it was dated 8/4 and on 7/31 Azamara told her that absolutely NOT there was NO group going on this cruise it was just full because everyone took advantage of their specials.


    If we had only been advised sooner and directly would have been nice. We booked another trip yesterday (not a cruise) and opeted to not book the addition due to this AZ cruise. Now it is too late to book that as the airfare was booked and there is a penalty. Really bummed out.


    This was to be our second Azamara cruise and we had liked it in the past..sorry..but never again now. SO disappointed.

    Glad they can do so well with the charters..but nine months out? Come on..

    Sherry & Kimber Smith

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