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  1. Thanks for the link. I read through your review and took some notes. I was sorry, however, that I read all the way to the end....I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. ๐Ÿ˜ขSince it's been a few years, I hope your heart has healed a bit and you are content with all your happy memories, Tracie.
  2. Thank you! I will put him on my list to contact.
  3. I heard back from them: The price is ยฃ52 per person.The size of our coaches depends on the number of people that book the tour with us. We have a range of buses from 16 to 51 seaters but we are not able to confirm the exact size of the bus for your tour at the current moment. This is not what I am looking for at all. I don't want more than 8 on a tour. I've had to cross TImberbush Tours off my list of possibilities. They did not indicate at all that they would accommodate a smaller group nor tailor a tour to our specific needs.
  4. Thank you for your thoughts. It really is a blessing to be able to discuss geography with a local! In rechecking my notes, I see that we will be seeing Loch Lomand, the Trossachs and Stirling castle as we go from Glasgow to Edinburgh (to the Tattoo that evening) Not quite sure how much time we'll have in Edinburgh before the show--I am thinking just enough time for some dinner and then off to the show. Considering we have that part of Scotland taken care of, what would you suggest we see? I'm not quite sure yet if we or the other couple is super interested in Edinburgh castle, Holyrood or Britannia. I definitely would like to see the Royal Mile and perhaps take a walking tour of Edinburgh to find some great pubs/food. Do you have any suggestions for these? Thank you for your time and thoughts!
  5. Already have transportation and tickets for it. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
  6. Princess has already stated we will dock in South Queensferry. We will have already seen Stirling and Loch Lomond when we visit Glasgow (we will travel to Edinburg for the Tattoo) Other ports in Scotland are: Kirkwall and Invergordon. I am hoping to find a reasonable priced private tour for 4 that would include the outlying area like Trossachs and also would like to walk the Royal Mile and be introduced to some great pubs for food and drink. I am not sure if we are interested in Holyrood or Britannia. Would like a peak at St Andrews if it is near/on the way
  7. I have been reading ENDLESS Trip Advisor reviews and CC trips reports of the British Isles. I am looking for recent firsthand experiences with a particular company or individual. I have emails out to two individuals and Timberbush and am waiting to hear back. We will be in port one day 7am - 7pm
  8. Hello All~ I posted this on the British Isles site, 43 views so far, but no responses๐Ÿ˜ข I'm re-posting here hoping for some help. We are two couples looking for a recommended SMALL tour company --or individual person--to show us Edinburgh and area. We are not interested in visiting Stirling Castle or Loch Lomand since we will have done that already, so possibly Trossachs Natl Park, and touring the highlights of the city of Edinburgh a bit. Is there any other particular places/areas that we should consider visiting in and around Edinburgh? Most importantly: Is there a particular company or individual that someone can recommend for the four of us? Thanks in advance!
  9. We are two couples looking for a recommended SMALL tour company --or individual person--to show us Edinburgh and area. We are interested in visiting Stirling Castle, possibly Loch Lomand, Trossachs Natl Park, and touring the highlights of the city of Edinburgh a bit. Is there any other particular places/areas that we should consider visiting in and around Edinburgh? Is there a particular company or individual that someone can recommend for the four of us? Thanks in advance!
  10. I agree. I was not happy with her response. I sent a *more specific* email asking for clarification. ๐Ÿ™„ I have used Steve's insurance company before, but I made an error this time (and it won't happen again!) and failed to contact him within the required time for that all-important clause, so I had to go with the insurance from the TA this time as she has included it. I am just looking for something in the ballpark like: For every $500 of non refundable excursion costs, your trip insurance will increase by approximately 5% or by $10 or by ??? Just looking for a general idea....
  11. Can anyone tell me approximately how much it might add to the cost of one's travel insurance if several hundred dollars in nonrefundable private (non ship) excursions are added? My TA's response was "not much."
  12. We are two couples staying in London Aug 1 - 5 pre-cruise. We'd like to rent an apartment and read that the Covent Gardens area is the best area to look for an apartment. We'd like to stay in Zone 1, I think. I would love to hear from people who have rented. Can you recommend a particular place? We'd like two bedrooms with anything larger than double beds (twins are okay) and with two bathrooms, if possible. I am open to any and all advice. Thanks.
  13. The Kenai is such a beautiful area! And the Kenai Princess individual lodges with their little fireplaces was one of our favorite stops on the whole trip. They, too, are in the middle of nowhere, but so are a lot of places in Alaska one visits, and the whole point for many of us! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But as far as "nothing to do," well, sometimes it is best to just "be." ๐Ÿ˜Š
  14. Thanks for your kind comments. I believe you mean STEEP CREEK. Steep Creek is a Forest Service fish viewing site, with runs of sockeye and coho salmon that start in mid-July and continue into October. The site is very easy to visit. It is adjacent to the Mendenhall glacier visitors' center about 10 miles from downtown Juneau. There are no permits, fees or restrictions for the visitation. There's a 1/3 mile loop trail, part of which forms an elevated boardwalk.
  15. Glad you enjoyed the review. :D There are so many great ways to see Alaska. We certainly enjoyed seeing inland and the coast. They are very different. I would love to take in Copper River next time.
  16. If it's not ticketed, the airlines will not handle it. Before then, it's a Princess issue.
  17. This happened to us too last summer, and I certainly recognize your slightly panicked feeling. I called Princess and got a great rep. It took a while on the phone, but she was able to re-book us on acceptable flights and allowed us to keep the original price. I'm sure it will work out for you. :)
  18. I think I read your comments on B731 before I booked that cabin. We were happy enough with it until the second upsell offer came in. We LOVED the window mini-suite! We would not have used a balcony. Although we had fabulous weather, it was still too chilly to sit on a balcony. In addition, the forward viewing deck was just steps away, and when it was sunny (docking in Ketchikan) we enjoyed being out there watching all the float planes come in, and that area was not crowded on glacier viewing days either. I also read that you are doing another Connoisseur tour that includes Copper River this time. I would have loved to have experienced that one as well. I wish a tour included all four lodges. Having been on a Connoisseur tour before, you know about the Music of the Denali show. What a great idea to ask for a refund for it and use that money in the lodge restaurant! I hope they honor your request. I certainly would do that next time around too. Thanks for reading along and commenting, Thrak. My hope in writing the review was to update caribill's review from 2012, (which really helped me) and to help readers decide whether or not the money for the Connoisseur tour would be worth it for them. I hope Denali comes out for you again like it did for you last time. You definitely have the BEST photo of it I've ever seen. Happy Travels.
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