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  1. You might want to go to the forum that GCT has on their website and ask there. Or you might even contact GCT's Boston office and ask directly what caused the diversion.
  2. I definately recommend GCT for the Seine itinerary. The direction from Paris to Honfleur has the advantage of being in the center of Paris shortly after landing. We were able to go to the Eiffel Tower that day. I'm sure we would have tried to get into Paris from the CDG hotel, had we cruised the other direction but it would have been more of a hassle. Another advantage of ending in Honfleur is that you will meet people on the cruise and will have dining companions in mind when it is time to go out for dinner that final night by the airport. Honfleur is a great place to overnight regardless of which direction you go.
  3. In the U.K. are you able to dispute the charge with the card’s issuer/bank. If so that might be another option.
  4. Land tours that we took, four different companies, only provide luggage handling for one bag per person. Any luggage extra (carry on, personal item, and if you bring an additional big bag) you tote yourself. One other company, Rick Steves, frequently stays in more local type places that might be in the old town where the bus can't go. You tote all your luggage. Make sure you know what service you will get and pack accordingly.
  5. Contact the office of your representative in congress and ask for help.
  6. Roll call online introduced us to two fine cruisers and trivia partners, dolphins and snorkelinbarb. For a few years after, we ran into them on roll calls and then onboard at the M&G. We very rarely communicated outside the roll call or once onboard. Never arranged our schedules to do the same cruise, just luck.
  7. Roll call online introduced us to two fine cruisers and trivia partners, dolphins and snorkelinbarb. For a few years after, we ran into them on roll calls and then onboard at the M&G. We very rarely communicated outside the roll call or once onboard. Never arranged our schedules to do the same cruise, just luck.
  8. Bar Crawl!!! And after the bar we can crawl to our own cabins
  9. If you don't have loungers, you can always ask for one or two. We have always been accommodated.
  10. First thing first. Don't assume you will leave from the gate printed on your boarding pass. Double check that on the first info board you see or with an employee at an info kiosk before you walk too far. A gate change isn't a regular occurrence, but it happens. Just be prepared for a long walk in FRA. Sometimes you find yourself walking from one end of the airport to the other, going up a level and then walking back the same way to just above where you started. key is to follow the signs to the terminal and gate you need. FRA is otherwise efficient and it's easy to find English speaking employees if you need assistance. Unless we know we have time to kill, our approach is to hustle get to the departure gate then relax.
  11. Certainly puts the "hurt" in Hurtigruten. Is that a towel animal on the table? It brings back memories of me and my "authorized commissary agent" traveling Europe on $5 a day . . . make sure to pack a robe as the WC is down the hall. And be sure to have a few spare marks, francs, pence, lira, or whatever and reserve a time for a bath (maybe a floor up or down).
  12. Sadly your knowledge is out-of-date. It's a fairly recent change. We received notice and I just checked a few hours ago as we fly across the pond tomorrow. Sorry to disappoint you, but it is probably better than any other debit card in your wallet. From their debit card FAQ. "Yes. When traveling outside the U.S., you can get foreign currency from an ATM. The money will be debited from your account in U.S. dollars, based on a favorable exchange rate. There's also a 1% foreign transaction fee for ATM and debit card purchases made in a foreign country. For more information, see the Service Fee Schedule Opens New Window. You can avoid a transaction fee by using your USAA credit card while traveling outside the U.S."
  13. You ever order something online based a photo and description and then been disappointed? Maybe felt just a little deceived? Wished you were able to try it on, pick it up and hold it, or operate it before you purchased it? I take travel advertising photos with a grain of salt. Camera angles, cropping, lens selection, and yes even image manipulation can alter reality. Just for kicks, go to oyster.com and wander around their "photo fake outs." But suit yourself, it's your vacation.
  14. #€||, go and be miserable. No one must have fun. 🤗
  15. That isn't our experience. Perhaps if someone is showing a suite in the concierge area, called by various names depending on the line. But certainly not in every, or even most cabins. Why go on one? You are new to the line and haven't seen other types of cabins; you can't really see in your mind how much difference 17 sq. ft. more or less makes; or don't know what's so special about an aft balcony, an angled balcony, "hump," or sweet sixteen" cabin.
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