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  1. fabnfortysomething

    Flam railway tickets

    keep looking nearer the time often the ship block books a whole batch of tickets and releases them back if passenger demand not as high as expected this happened to us a few years ago and a large party on our roll call obtained tickets about 2 months out
  2. fabnfortysomething

    Tours on Baltic cruise 5-19-2019

    sorry but you have just broken cruise critic rules by recommending a tour you haven't taken yet I understend from other posts on the forum that tour companies are offering discounts if you recommend on cruise critic but this isn't the way to do it and could get you in trouble with the moderators
  3. fabnfortysomething

    St. Petersburg/Berlin with teens to 70's

    contact several of the well recommended tour companies on here and start a conversation with them based on your wish list you will quickly realise which one is most responsive to your requirements the most mentioned ones include SPG Alla Anastasia TJ Tours Best Guides
  4. what are the total hours in port? MSC has a reputation for short port days which can affect what you can achieve Flam train tickets are very likely to sell out in advance as ships tours bulk buy seats I have only visited Hamburg and Alesund in addition to Flam Hamburg is worth a couple of days pre or post cruise to explore we stayed Hotel Hafen very near cruiseport and a really quirky building Alesund has a funicular railway up to a viewing point which is recommended
  5. fabnfortysomething

    Buy currency now?

    my daughter uses this all the time she very rarely uses cash a home or abroad
  6. fabnfortysomething

    Differences in Roll Calls

    no the roll call forum is having technical difficulties at the very top right hand side of this forum is a note explaining ths and that new roll calls aren't being created its been there for a couple of weeks
  7. fabnfortysomething

    Malaga to Alhambra

    we regularly do private tours and our guide in Dubrovnik commented that MSC and Costa have very short port times making it difficult to co ordinate In the case of Malaga the main attraction is the Alhambra listed on most cruise lines shore excursions so having too short a port time to make this possible seems ludicrous makes it all the more important when planning a cruise to compare similar itineraries across several lines to check what ticks most boxes
  8. fabnfortysomething

    St Petersburg metro

    we have twice experienced metro ride as part of private tour of 6-7 people our last experience was amazement that in peak rush hour the crowds were much less than in London tube we took same precautions against pickpockets in both cities ie valuables secured away beneath chothes
  9. fabnfortysomething

    Sailing on Epic, a few questions

    speculation as to why not allowed to carry on water or cans any more to minimise alcohol smuggling in innocuous soft drink packaging listed as a safety issue following airline restrictions of fluids carried on board actual reason-who knows
  10. fabnfortysomething

    Setting up Excursions

    unless its a tender port you are usually able to walk off ship very soon after posted disembarkation time private tour guide usually waiting for us at end of pier with our name on a placard you can trust them to know what time they expect you to get off ship
  11. actually we were on NCL Breakaway last July there were constant shuttle buses leaving from 7.30 and filled up very quickly Are you thinking of the complaints about the HOHO sightseeing bus that refused to leave until was full and in the end had to leave half full due to passenger pressure and the driver eventually realised he wasn't going to get a full bus as most people did journey into Stockholm by train or NCL Shuttle/tour buses? we booked the trip when still advertised as docking in Stockholm and when changed to tender in Nynashamn we got free transfer tickets on the shuttle bus I thought the cost to buy them individually was nearer $30 than $50 but may be wrong
  12. fabnfortysomething

    Shore excursions when visiting Iceland

    not a problem was just a friendly heads up to avoid you getting post removed by moderators it's a common novice mistake especially as it seems some tour companies ask you to put a review on cruisecritic I was looking for the guideline-bit more difficult to find since new set up-it used to be a "sticky" ie permanent post at top of this ports of call forum-its still at top of British Isles one
  13. fabnfortysomething

    Motorized Scooters and ports

    what islands? is mobility scooter full size or a travel one that breaks down into pieces forget Santorini as requires tenderboat-even if staff prepared to lift it on board theres a gap and wave motion to contend with Mykonos can be either tender-again forget it or dock by ferry boat may be possible if scooter breaks down to fit in boot of shuttle bus to go along road to Mykonos town
  14. fabnfortysomething

    Shore excursions when visiting Iceland

    just a heads up you are breaking cruise critic forum rules by recommending a tour company you haven't travelled with yet you can share the info on your roll call
  15. the Hermitage has wheelchairs available to lend-however if both of you need them may need a "pusher" as I remember the one for my husband was not self propelled I would definitely go for a private tour as smaller group will be better you may be able to put together a group from your roll call looking for people who also want a slow pace we had a group of 5 with TJ tours and it was fantastic and still around $300pp