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  1. I have to leave for the afternoon so I'm going to award this round to dogs4fun since she/he obviously knows the answer! It is the rear of the St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The front of the cathedral overlooks the Mississippi River. Wikipedia describes the cathedral as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and is the oldest cathedral in continuous use in what would become the United States. It is dedicated to Saint Louis, also known as King Louis IX of France. The first church on the site was built in 1718; the third, under the Spanish rule, built in 1789, was raised to cathedral rank in 1793. The original St. Louis Cathedral was burned during the great fire of 1788 and was expanded and largely rebuilt and completed in the 1850s, with little of the 1789 structure remaining. We were on a river cruise with Road Scholar from New Orleans to Memphis, Tennessee this time last year and had a wonderful time. We spent 3 days in New Orleans before and 2 days in Memphis after; two wonderful cities full of good music, good food and lots of history. The stops along the river ranged from antebellum plantations to a Civil War battlefield (Vicksburg), Angola Prison, Natchez and a private gospel choir concert, and a day in the historic Delta region (home of the blues).
  2. A number of cruise lines have this city as a terminus.
  3. Queen of Everything - I first saw a picture of the Keukenhof Gardens in a coffee table book my parents had of pictures taken in Europe about 10 or 15 years after WWII. I was the first person in my family to see them in person in 1989 and they remain my favorite gardens even though, just like notamermaid, tulips aren't my favorite flower. Name what is in the photo. First guess the river. After that name the town/city/place. The person one who first guesses correctly gets to post the next photo! Please, DO NOT POST any PHOTOS unless it is your turn.
  4. According to an article in today's Washington Post entitled Britain to infect healthy volunteers with coronavirus in vaccine challenge trials (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/covid-challenge-trials-uk/2020/10/20/00a31136-026c-11eb-b92e-029676f9ebec_story.html), the British will launch the world's first human challenge trials for covid-19, in which healthy volunteers will be deliberately infected with the coronavirus in hopes of further speeding the drive to a vaccine. Highlights of the article include: Research is funded by the British government and being conducted by Imperial College London Potential payoff: accelerating vaccine development by even three months and saving hundreds of thousands of lives globally Volunteers will be quarantined in a hospital for 22 days Initial phase will be 100 young adults (18 to 30) with hopes to expand in the spring Haven't determined which vaccines to test yet (possible candidates include those vaccines that have proven themselves in large-scale Phase 3 trials, or they may be earlier in their development but potentially more effective). Study to be reviewed by and ethics committee of the Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency ( the British equivalent of the FDA)
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    For people new to Fort Lauderdale a couple of things to consider in TTEllis' comment: The Hyatt Place is right behind the Embassy Suites (the Renaissance is closer to Port Everglades) but still in an excellent location. Hotel prices in Fort Lauderdale vary significantly according to the season. Summer is the low ("wet"/hurricane) season, winter is the high ("dry"/tourist) season and the same room can vary more than $100 depending upon the season. To add to TTEllis' recommendation of staying at the beach -- if you are staying more than overnight the beach is a good location. I would also encourage you to think about downtown (Las Olas Blvd). In addition to the venerable Riverside Hotel a few new hotels have opened in the past 2 years. Downtown has a wide variety of restaurants, galleries, boutiques and museums in addition to a water taxi stop and the dock for the Carrie B sightseeing boat.
  6. The official Fort Lauderdale tourist website has a Covid-19 Updates page (https://www.sunny.org/healthadvisory/) that includes this section on Restaurants & Bars: On-premise dining and bar service is available at restaurants and in bars throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale with rules for 50% seating capacity indoors for bars and up to 100% capacity indoors at restaurants as long as tables can be placed six feet apart. Seating at bars and restaurants is allowed up to 100% capacity in open-air outdoor areas, which is available at many area restaurants and bars. You must wear a mask when entering restaurants or when waiting in line or walking to registers, pickup counters or restrooms. Broward County government issued Emergency Order 20-26 on Friday, September 25 allowing all businesses to reopen, subject to local rules and orders. Pickup and delivery options remain available at many locations. Find details about restaurants offering take out and delivery on our dining page or on @VisitLauderdale Facebook and @VisitLauderdale Instagram stories. With high-demand grocery items in short supply, some area restaurants have turned into community markets selling fresh meats, seafood, produce and even paper goods and cleaning products. Read more about it here. There is lots more information: Visitor Guidelines Hotels Vacation Rentals Beaches Attractions Shopping & Services Transportation Public Events Safety How to Help Covid-19 Information Links
  7. Hi Wendy! We do remember you from the Tattoo and the Overlord Tour. That was a great cruise! I believe they will be using one of their larger boats plus, according to their website, they will also be offering drinks (for sale I presume) and obviously they won't be embarking and disembarking passengers at stops along the way. I do want to reiterate how incredible the decorations are. These home and boat owners aren't worried about the costs of the decorations or their additional electricity bills 😀. I vividly remember one of the really large homes had their drapes open and 3 Christmas trees - each at least 20 feet tall - were visible in different rooms.
  8. All the info is on the website (https://watertaxi.com/holiday-lights-cruises/) including the ability to purchase tickets. The instructions say "Click the date interested in on the calendar below to see what times are available" but in order to find the times, I had to add number of tickets (adults, kids) on the subsequent screen.
  9. And especially stunning is the Holiday Lights tour. The houses and the boats are decorated and many owners leave their drapes open so you can see the Christmas decorations inside the houses.
  10. If your on-line profile on Celebrity, Cunard and/or NCL gives your status and membership number, just screen print it and attach it to your status match application.
  11. An article by The Points Guy, Top cruise line executive: We’ll be back to full deployment within a year, is in today's Washington Post and on The Points Guy website (https://thepointsguy.com/news/cruise-ship-return-one-year/). The interview is with Rick Sasso, Chairman of MSC Cruises North America. “Our ambition is to be fully operational by October (of 2021), even as soon as next summer.”
  12. We needed to show proof of a yellow fever vaccine on our 2010 Amazon cruise because it was required by Brazil since our ship was stopping at Devil's Island, Guiana (an area with yellow fever) before entering Brazil. Before the ship even entered the Amazon, Brazilian officials came on board to check passports and vaccination records. The current CDC recommendations for the yellow fever vaccine if visiting South America are on a map at https://www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/maps/south_america.html The CDC also warns that "It is important to remember that CDC’s vaccine recommendations are a different thing than country entry requirements. Proof of yellow fever vaccine may be required for entry into certain countries. Vaccination requirements for specific countries are available on the CDC Travelers’ Health page." https://www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/vaccine/vaccine-recommendations.html
  13. According to the Sun-Sentinel, the Fort Lauderdale water taxi is now offering scheduled 2 hour sightseeing tours. Details: Saturdays and Sundays at noon, 2 and 5 p.m Drinks available for purchase on the cruise Tickets for adults cost $20 and children under 5 ride for free Tickets are limited to 30 people (50% capacity) Tour starts/ends at what the Water Taxi Stop #1 (the dock on the New River at the Riverside Hotel) For more information or to reserve spots, call 954-467-6677 or go to WaterTaxi.com/tickets The CEO also stated that he "hopes to resume the regular seven-days-a-week Water Taxi operations on Nov. 2 and begin the Holiday Light tours starting Dec. 4." https://www.sun-sentinel.com/entertainment/fl-et-water-taxi-boat-cruises-20201008-hkfmfj5mh5ar5afkct5chki5my-story.html#nt=pf-double chain~homepage-top-heads~flex feature~curated~home-heads-6~HKFMFJ5MH5AR5AFKCT5CHKI5MY~1~2~4~15~art yes)
  14. We had the same experience on our single cruise out of Port Miami. Total chaos hardly begins to describe it and we arrived around 10:45 am thinking that all disembarking passengers would have left by then. Wrong! We much prefer Port Everglades (our home port) where the terminals are more spread out.
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