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  1. I just posted the article because I found it to be very enlightening and has several of the things we try and do when we tour outside of the USA. We did a Baltic cruise several years ago and we made it a point to have money from whatever countries we would be visiting, to use and spend. We wanted it to be the entire experience and to interact with the locals and show them you are trying to be part of their system, was great for us. When we returned, I posted our travels and how we did it on the Baltic Board and several people replied "Why bother, EVERYONE accepts the US dollar. It makes it so much easier'. If that is the way some want to travel, fine, but it really wasn't the way we wanted to do things and I, personally, felt it just adds to the way many people view Americans. Anyway, that's just us, and to each his own. Cheers Len
  2. Thanks so much. That is very helpful. I'll check out the bus web site. Cheers Len
  3. We did this last Dec. We did pre buy our tickets and we were told that there is a stop right outside the cruise port. Not so. There are 2 lines that you can do and transfer from one to the other in the main part of the city. But, from the cruise port, we had to walk about 1/4 mile to the location on their map. (I believe it was stop #9) but don't quote me on that. What did bother us was we were there bright and early and the buses weren't running yet. Again, we were there early December and that may have had an effect on the time table, but the stop is the stop and that was the closest we could pick up the HoHo. If they make a stop nearer the cruise port JUST at some times of the year, it isn't on their map. It is a straight walk and very easy but it is a walk there and a walk back to the terminal. Cheers Len
  4. We are doing the Rhapsody this year, TA, Barcelona to Tampa. In fact, we have also booked it for next year as well. But we are experienced cruisers. We did our first TA last year and loved it, but as some have said, you have to 'learn' what you will like about cruising and what you won't like about it. Ourselves, we just love the sea days and doing 7 sea days crossing the Atlantic was a dream come true. Maybe you have been at sea before. If not, like most of the others, I would try a shorter cruise at first to see if cruising is really for you. Maybe you will find you love the idea of going to a different port every day and the excitement of seeing so many new places. Maybe you just want o lay back and watch the ocean as the ship cruises across the Atlantic. Really, I would do a 5-7 cruise before settling on a TA. You could book the TA, try another cruise first and if it isn't for you, just cancel the TA. BTW, I think you will love cruising. Cheers Len
  5. Not very much to choose from, if memory holds. Some wrapped sandwiches cookies and other assorted snacks and probably a few other things. cheers Len
  6. Longer cruises MAY be more expensive, but not always. I can't speak for Carnival, but we just booked a TA on RCCL, next Nov 2019, inside cabin, mid ship for $1200 and change for two, including all taxes. Yes we have to fly to Barcelona and home from Tampa, but the price simply cannot be beat for a 14 day cruise. Cheers Len
  7. Anyway, thanks to all who offered an opinion and a lively civil discussion. Cheers Len
  8. WOW, thanks for the heads up. I went back and fixed it. Just thought it would be a good read for many who are planning on traveling to Europe and other destinations. Cheers Len
  9. And don't forget Berlin is a 3 hour ride from where ever you are docking. I agree with the others, if scenery and outdoorsy things are more in line for what you are looking for, go Norway. For visiting world famous cities and cultures and history, then the Baltics would be your best bet. We don't know what you like or are looking for. As for the cruise lines, we are doing our first MSC cruise in November, and just reading, on the MSC site, and asking questions, it will be a different type of cruise. From what I gather about 90% of the passengers will be Europeans and they cater more to them than to what many Americans feel cruise lines should do. Not saying that is a bad thing, but many cruisers need certain amenities that maybe a cruise line like MSC won't deliver. Check out the MSC cruise boards and ask a few questions as to what to expect on one of their cruises. Cheers Len
  10. https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/the-ugly-tourist-and-how-not-to-be-one/ar-BBMHxNl?ocid=spartanntp Saw this on line today and thought it would be an interesting read for anyone traveling the world. Cheers Len
  11. https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/the-ugly-tourist-and-how-not-to-be-one/ar-BBMHxNl?ocid=spartanntp Saw this online today and thought it would be a great read for anyone planning on traveling to Europe. Cheers Len
  12. https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/the-ugly-tourist-and-how-not-to-be-one/ar-BBMHxNl?ocid=spartanntp Saw this online today and thought it might make a good read for anyone going to Europe. Cheers Len
  13. So maybe I can help with wrinkly clothes, roll them up when you pack. At least that's what we do. We have forfeited bringing really dress up clothes as I was never able to keep them looking that good, but for everything else, we roll them up, pack them tight and they are usually good to go. Cheers Len
  14. We have a cruise booked on the Sinfonia in November. Since I am an AF veteran, I received a 5% discount when we booked. I was told about the status match. We cruise several different cruise lines, but we are not more than say second tier on most of them. What would I gain if I did this status match with MSC> Can I get an additional 5% off, or does the military discount negate that? Cheers Len
  15. Agree. You can come and go as you please, anytime day or night. Cheers Len
  16. Congrats to you both. We are also celebrating our 45 next year with a Hawaiian cruise in Sept and a TA in November. Never need an excuse to cruise, but if one is there, why not. Cheers Len
  17. How would anyone feel, if they are coffee drinkers, and Carnival (or any cruise line), charged more for DeCaf, say $1.95 for every cup? If one is a tea only drinker, having to pay for something different is annoying. How would you feel about paying for Decaf? Cheers Len
  18. When my DW retired, three years ago in October, we immediately booked a 12 day journey cruise and just loved the 'extra' time at sea. Since then we haven't done a 7 day or less cruise. We have done a couple of other 12 day cruises a 13 day and a TA, 14 day. This year we are booked on another 14 day TA and an 12 day Mediterranean. Next year we have another 14 TA and a 11 day Hawaiian cruise (all on other cruise lines). My DW feels this is the way to go now. We look for more reposition cruises now, where the prices are pretty low and the cruises are much longer. AND we just love those sea days. There are NO CONS to longer cruises. If you love cruising, the longer the better. Cheers Len
  19. So, for those that are taking a cruise like this this year. Portland. We found the city pretty dull, but we have been there several times on our own. If you are into lighthouses, there are at least 5 within a 30 minute trip of Portland, by car. I think they have a light house tour, but if you could rent a car it would be so much easier. The Portland Head Light is a picture postcard from any angle. Ourselves, just can't understand why people would waste a port day going to LL Bean? Bar Harbor-If you have the time, get to Acadia National park. You can do the free bus, or do Ollies tours which are very popular. If you want to just hang around town, if you get to Bar Harbor at low tide, you can walk across the ocean floor to Bar Island, about a 1/4 mile walk. It is truly fascinating to walk where there can be 30 feet of water at high tide. They sound a horn when the tide starts to come in so you know it's time to get back. Halifax--again car rental to Peggy's Cove. Just a very nice drive and wonderful picturesque place. We also did a tour of the citadel and a stop at the gravesites of many of the dead from the Titanic. We found this fascinating. St Johns-we were so disappointed in this 'reversing rapids'. Just a big nothing. If you can get to the caves at low tide, that is a good tour, but otherwise, I found nothing especially interesting here. Hope this helps Cheers Len
  20. My DW drinks at least 5 cups of tea a day. If she weren't bringing her own tea bags and just wanted a cup of mint tea, that would cost her $1.95 for the tea bag. So if she drinks a cup or two at breakfast, another at lunch, maybe another one or two at tea time, after dinner another one or two and she loves a cup before she goes to bed, you do the math. At $1.95 each tea bag, over 7 days, it does add up. This is not about favorite specialty beverage, just a plain old cup of say mint tea, or chamomile tea, something EVERY other cruise line provides for free. Do you consider a mint tea bag, a specialty tea? Cheers Len
  21. On any of the cruise lines you mentioned, you can get as many mint tea bags as you like. along with about 10 other choices, from regular, to green, to orange to Chamomile etc. You get the point. This is NOT rocket science here. No one said anything about 'premium' tea, just a plain mint tea bag, or whatever other flavors might be available. Name ONE other cruise line that just limits their tea bag selection to regular and green? Sorry Carnival takes that award, hands down. Cheers Len
  22. Obviously you didn't take the time to ready my posts. I already said my DW beings her own tea bags. In fact she usually brings enough to supply most of our table every night. It was NOT about the money but about Carnival being the only cruise line who does something as cheap as this. Cheers Len
  23. We sailed the Baltics several years ago, and to date, this was our favorite cruise. Just being in some of those ports, that we have only read about or watched in movies, Copenhagen Stockholm Helsinki and more, and if you can get to St Petersburg Russia, well, it is truly a once in a lifetime experience. I would heartily recommend that. Cheers Len
  24. Since you made a thing of it, my DW drinks at least 5 cups of tea a day. Times that by say 7 days for a cruise and that equals about $70 to drink tea she likes. Do YOU think that is worth it? Cheers Len
  25. Can this site be viewed in other languages? Like is some one doesn't speak or read much English, can they change the language to what they are comfortable with? Cheers Len
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