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    San Diego, CA, USA
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    Gardening, cinema, reading, travel
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    Crystal, HAL, Princess, Oceania, Hurtigruten
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  1. Wow! Great skill in difficult conditions!
  2. I took Norwegian Air RT LAX to Oslo in 2015 and it was a great experience. There international flights between the USA and Norway are usually on 787s, and this is quite different than their inter-European flights which are more often on 737s. I booked my train from Oslo to Bergen myself on-line. After my cruise, I also had prebooked my trip to Flam on-line, but in order to make it work, I had to take the first train in the morning from Bergen to Myrdal (1st ticket), then make a very short connection to the Flam train RT (2nd ticket), then a third segment from Myrdal to Oslo. It did make a long day (approximately 7AM-7PM) but it was fantastic.
  3. I would do the hotel check option noted above, unless you plan to rent a car to get around in San Diego, then just put your luggage in the trunk. There is also this luggage storage option in San Diego, but it is not cheap: https://bagbnb.com
  4. OK, just so you know. August Mexican Riviera cruises are cheap because of the issues I noted above. HAL does these cruises out of San Diego, but I don't think they start until October (using their ships that were in Alaska for the summer), but they are not a cheaper cruise line like Carnival. If you want a party ship, then Carnival is right up your alley.
  5. Depending on where you are in SoCal, you might find a friend to drive you to the pier, and pick you up upon return. My parents lived in nearby Redondo Beach and did this all the time when cruising out of San Pedro...never cruised out of Long Beach, but it should be pretty much the same. Otherwise, Uber/Lyft would be your best option.
  6. Well, if it is an option, I would wait to go after November. Much better weather, and less chance of having your cruise ruined by a Pacific hurricane. August would be a good time to go to Alaska out of Seattle or Vancouver.
  7. When were you last in San Diego? That lot has been replaced by a big hotel complex, and is no longer available for cruise parking. That's been the case for the last 3-4 years. I would also recommend driving in the day before your cruise, and staying at one of the hotels that offers cruise-and-snooze parking. There are a number in the Embarcadero area. The cost of the hotel stay may off-set the cost of any of the off-site airport parking lots, which at the cheapest run $10/day (Aladdin mentioned above is one of the more expensive).
  8. I would go with the later flight. Although you can normally be off the ship by 8:30 or 9:00 (especially if you manage your own luggage), I have seen frequent immigration hold ups in San Diego, especially with foreign nationals don't head the directions to check in on board. Until they do, they will hold up disembarkation for all. TSA at the San Diego airport can also be a long wait as they don't really have enough stations on duty at peak travel times.
  9. Where are you cruising to in August out of LA? Beastly hot on the Mexican Riviera at that time, and it is also the peak of the Pacific hurricane season.
  10. I believe Prime Time still is allowed to pick up and drop off at the terminal.
  11. I would have your husband drop you off at the pier and find a porter to assist you, then take the car to park. You can either board right away, or wait for him in the terminal, but this way you have the time to get the assistance you need set up.
  12. Only lithium or liquid acid batteries (rarely used anymore) must be removed. Gel batteries do not.
  13. The map may be a little deceptive, as to get from the Bryggen area to the Hurtigruten port requires walking up and down some pretty steep hills or stairways unless you walk the long way around from the train station. A lot of it is cobblestones too, so not so easy with luggage, and someone who is not a young person.
  14. Almost identical thread on this last week:
  15. Be aware that those ship's excursions marked "accessible" may indeed require that he walk up the steps of a large bus, and a scooter will not be able to bump up over a curb or step or two into a shop. Traveling with my mother, who used a power wheelchair, we always took a regular light weight folding manual wheelchair as well, which we used for ports. We could transfer her to a cab and put the folding wheelchair in the trunk almost everywhere. Rarely if ever did we have ship's excursions that were equipped with a wheelchair lift, so we rarely used them. Also be aware that they may not allow a scooter on board the tenders for any tender ports, and he may have to do steps to get onto the tender and also shoreside. The ship's safety officer makes that determination at the time (not ahead of time) so you may need a back-up plan for what to do on the ship if you cannot get onto the tender in any of those ports.
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