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  1. Thank you all. Shipping the luggage looks easy and affordable, much better then carting heavy bags around!
  2. Great info, sounds like DIY is the way to go in Lucerne and definitely sounds like Lucerne is going to be beautiful. Is it easy to manage lage siutcases on the train ?
  3. Does anyone know what hotels Avalon uses for it's post nights in Lucerne? Also, when you sign on for post nights does that usually include tours and meals or are you on your own for these kind of things? Have not river cruised before, so I am not sure how the post nights work.
  4. Good luck on getting to Canada Sharkster. I'm sure when things open up you will have some success. Both the east and west coasts are beautiful, with different vibes. It will be nice for you to see some of your ancestral roots! That's why we want to see a bit of Germany. With ocean cruises we can only get to a few coastal ports, we did Warnamunde for a day a few years ago. If I can find a good river cruise we will enjoy seeing more inland areas.
  5. Hi Daisi, Great info on Avalon, one of the lines I am considering. I didn't know they were part of Globus, that may be a deciding factor for me here, Globus seems to be a solid company. Will check out the offerings. Stay safe and healthy out there!
  6. Thanks for all the great info everyone. I would love to go to the Christmas markets but now I'm feeling that we may have a better overall trip if I book late April or early May. It seems like it will be light jacket weather and the water levels should not be an issue. I've looked at Viking, AMA and Avalon. They seem like popular companies that are quite solvent. Viking seems to be the best bet as they are so popular but I hesitate because they expect you to pay the full amount so far in advance. Although that probably means they have lots of money to keep afloat? AMA is most expensive but
  7. We are long standing ocean cruisers, but I'm considering trying something new and booking a 2021 or 2022 Christmas Markets Cruise or Spring Cruise on the Rhine. A couple of questions: 1) should I be concerned about any River lines being in danger of going under after this awful pandemic situation? The deposits are quite significant and I have some concern about losing my deposit if a river line folds 2) for a first time river trip would a Dec or spring Rhine Itinerary be preferable? I love the idea of seeing the Christmas Markets but wouldn't want our adventures impeded by snow storms or blizz
  8. Thanks all for the responses. Sorry to throw everyone with my "TGTBT", but my made up acronym did create a buzz! I was just thinking maybe the price was too good, but decided to put my deposit down anyway. As long as the ship is clean and the service is good we can live with some older decor. I will turn a blind eye to all the Urns. We actually find that older ships can be nice in that the crew is often made up of folks who have been with the ship forever and they treat it like home, in a good way. I love these stops so it should be a nice cruise. Unless of course COVID gets in the way, but
  9. I am looking at some of the European itineraries for fall 2021 and notice that Carnival seems to have prices that are about half the cost of other cruise lines (I've looked at NCL, Princess, Celebrity, all lines we have used previously). We have sailed with Carnival several times and know it is a "cheap and cheerful" line, always a nice trip, but I've never seen the prices this much lower then other companies. This makes the skeptic in me suspicious. I wonder if they are in better or worse shape then competitors and if the cruise will be really bare bones, or services will be scaled back, du
  10. As I recall, Baby Beach in Aruba is pretty shallow for several feet out. I don't remember a sudden drop off but you could check this out perhaps. I think this is a popular beach for kids, it is a bit protected, so it may be suitable.
  11. We cancelled a Sept Canary Islands Cruise leaving from UK. I am skeptical that European cruises will be up and running this fall. If so, it may be a compromised situation at the european ports. Suspect summer is a no go, then fall will be about watching for minor surges and unpredictable closures in ports. Sad. Once a vaccine comes along it will be easier to plan.
  12. I cancelled a Sept trip back on March 22. When I called to check on the refund recently I was told it was "posted" April 19 and should show up as a credit on my credit card account within days. It's now April 26 and there is no sign of the credit. Does anyone know what "posted" actually means. I don't understand why the cruise deposit showed up on my card within minutes but a refund that is now "posted" is still not showing up. I get the delay in processing, but once it's actually "posted", shouldn't I see the refund?
  13. Hi, sorry I've not been on the forum for a while. Yes, you can rent chairs along Eagle Beach. This is a very long beach, miles long, so there are actually many spots where vendors have chairs to rent. There are also free grass umbrella shelters put up along the beach, at different points. If you can get one, they are great for setting up under.
  14. Refund. Cruise ships have surprisingly small profit margins, there could be serious economic consequences here and a bird in the hand......
  15. We just cancelled our Canary Island, Spain and Portugal cruise for September. It broke my heart. Not just because I cancelled the trip, but also because we love cruising and I want the industry to rally . Still, I suspect the time out will be at least 3months, and then if there is no vaccine, there could be a resurgence of the virus in fall/winter next year. I say wait on your booking a bit. I truly hope the cruise lines come back stronger and better, but I suspect that will take a while to happen.
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