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  1. We are sailing on the Epic in Sept. I think we have figured out most of our tours, but are not decided on Cannes where we will be in port. We have narrowed our choice down to 2 eight hour tours to 1. Monaco and Monte Carlo or, 2. Monaco & Nice. Our other option would be a six hour Hop on Hop off bus in Monaco, from which they say you can take a train to Monte Carlo. Does anyone have any suggestions or experiences with these tours? This is our first time to this area. Thanks for any input. Larry
  2. What are the local sites that I can see on a bike that you would recommend?
  3. Thanks Roger B. Good info. I will probably rent a bike there.
  4. Bicycling? Are there places to rent bicycles. If so, how bicycle friendly is the island? Thanks Larry
  5. I would suggest checking in with the US Embassy & Consulates office in Mexico. They should be able to help you with your question. They are the people you would contact if you missed the ship, or had to have assistance flying back to the US in case of emergency. Here is the web site: https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/hermosillo/american-citizen-services/ It has a lot of information on it. You can contact them at 844-528-6611 or email them at HERMOACS@state.gov
  6. Sailing12Away, I just read your review on the cruise. The detail is great. Thanks for all of the tips.
  7. Good idea. Did you have any trouble getting back to the ship on time while doing the independent tours? Thanks
  8. We are booked for a Western Med Cruise Sept 9th, 2020. I've been looking at the NCL site to see what excursions are available, but it keeps coming up that shore excursions are not available yet. I know it is significant distance till cruise time, but does anyone have any experience/insight on when these excursions will become available to see? I know on past cruises this has not been an issue, however all of my past cruises have been Caribbean/Alaskan/Mexican/Hawaiian, so I have no experience at all with a Med cruise.
  9. Thanks Stinger-pr. Your input is appreciated. Some of the best travel I've taken was at the suggestion of the locals.
  10. Thanks Stinger-pr. That is what I was hoping for. Are there any local tour companies you can recommend that would give us a 2 hour tour around San Juan? The cruise ship offers some, but they don't sound very interesting, and seem rushed according to the reviews that I've read. We would like to just get a good overview of the area, then return to Old Town and just do a walking tour on our own.
  11. Be persistent. Make sure your TA is actually calling them. Call them yourself. Their sales people are always willing to talk, especially if you are a former HAL cruiser. The last time I had a similar issue it took six calls, and some additional emails, but they did relent.
  12. We used the airfare option last April sailing out of New Orleans. We flew in 2 days early. We were very happy with the flight, transfers, and hotel. Every thing went very smoothly. We are booked next year sailing out of Rome, and we have the same set up; flight in 2 days prior, transfers, and hotel. We are hoping for the best after reading some of the comments.
  13. Thanks. Are there any particular areas to see that you can recommend?
  14. I have not had any success in finding good tours in Nassau. The ones I've been on seem very rushed. I've been tempted to stay on the ship at times. I'm not really into the Atlantis type tours. I'd be interested the details of any good tours that you have been on. It is a beautiful place so I know they have good ones out there. Thanks, Larry
  15. I'm betting the prices will come down. The balcony is great to have in Alaska, but honestly we spent more time on the bow of the ship than on our balcony. They only opened the bow for Glacier Bay viewing. It was great. They served hot chocolate while we were out there.
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