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  1. I too live in the South - a Pittsburgh ex-pat. I'm old enough to remember going to ball games at Forbes Field. Saw Roberto Clemente play. Interesting about Pittsburgh being a river cruise port, but makes sense on the Ohio River. I'm going back there in June, so maybe I'll see one of the ships. Roz
  2. I agree with the suggestion to pack a travel umbrella. Roz
  3. Evening entertainment on my recent NA cruise to Alaska was rather anemic outside of BB King's and the other music venues. First night was Mary Poppins Returns 🤔 . There were two nights of a dance troupe, a comedian, a ventriloquist, and a combined show. Roz
  4. Take a look at Gate 1 river cruises for a more value priced experience. As already mentioned, river cruises have a lot of inclusions, which can be airport transfers, tours, alcohol, and other amenities. Roz
  5. The Do As The Locals Do tours on Uniworld have been one of the big highlights of their cruises for me. As Jklc already mentioned, you get information and insights that only a local can provide. For instance, in Budapest, our guide talked about growing up in Hungary during Soviet times. She showed us how to use the street car and subway systems, and we stopped at a bakery for a cake 🍰 and coffee ☕ break. Roz
  6. Close to it. 😄 We had a very large Australian contingent onboard. 3 tour groups that I was aware of. There may have been more. US passengers definitely in the minority. Roz
  7. I was on the NA for the April 28 and May 4 sailings before yours. It was the most varied collection of gala night outfits I've ever seen - tuxedos to Crocodile Dundee. Roz
  8. I've found that info on my confirmation statement, but not on the HAL website. Roz
  9. I posted this over on the HAL board when I got back from Seattle last week: "The conventional wisdom on this board is to book HAL's transfer from Vancouver (Canada Place) to SeaTac, rather than use a private transfer such as Quick Shuttle. I've used Quick Shuttle numerous times and have been pleased with their price and service. I decided to give HAL's transfer a try after my recent Alaskan cruise, and was dissatisfied with several aspects of the service. This information may prove helpful to those on future cruises ending in Vancouver. 1. We had to retrieve our own bags in the terminal and schlep them to the bus (I use the term "bus" loosely; I'll explain below). My understanding was that our tagged bags would be taken directly to the bus. We were directed into the wrong line and then had to backtrack. Canada Place in general is a mess. I was an in transit passenger the week before and no one seemed to know what to so with us, but I digress. That will be a separate post. 2. There were 13 of us, but the "bus" (actually a 12-passenger van) could only hold 11 of us + the driver. I don't know what they did with the other 2 passengers. We were supposed to be transported in a motor coach, which is what Quick Shuttle uses. The van was very crowded and uncomfortable. 3. According to proponents of HAL's service in this forum, the bus was supposed to be sealed to make the border crossing easier and quicker. We spent 50-55 min. at the border, and had to schlep our bags out of the van and into the inspection station. It would have taken longer had our driver not interceded on our behalf and explained that we were all US citizens. We were able to get in a separate line from the 5-6 buses and vans already there and being processed. I've spent as much time or less (mostly less) at the border on Quick Shuttle. 4. The price of HAL's transfer was $69 vs. $59 for Quick Shuttle. And as a senior I can get a $4 discount. So $55 vs. $69." Roz
  10. I was at the Seattle Hilton last week and was able to walk to 13 Coins. Mango Thai is good and there's also a Hawaiian BBQ place next to it. There used to be a place called Dave's Diner (I think) but that has closed. Roz
  11. This. That's why you reserve a seat ahead of time and pay for it. Roz
  12. The first night's entertainment on my recent Nieuw Amsterdam cruise was "Mary Poppins Returns". Really? Thank goodness for BB King's and the piano players/singers. Otherwise, entertainment was very weak. I agree with others that there are lots of no sugar added desserts in the MDR and the Lido. It doesn't surprise me that you're charged extra for a 2nd entrée in a specialty restaurant. I found service in the MDR to be spotty. I'm very much OK with no self service in the Lido. Roz
  13. Oh dear, I forgot that part. And some people in the van weren't feeling good to start with. Roz
  14. I can fly from Seattle on Southwest much cheaper, and bags fly free. Roz
  15. Thanks for confirming, Dave. It struck me as odd that no spending was shown. Roz
  16. I just came back from B2B cruises, and my sailing days are credited correctly, but spending shows 0 for both cruises. When will that update? Roz
  17. I just came back from Alaska (for the 5th time), and noticed that HAL and Princess seem to get the prime docking spots. For instance, in Juneau, NCL docks in an industrial area and the passengers use shuttle buses to get into town. In Skagway, NCL's ships are a longer walk from main activity center. Roz
  18. Not exactly Alaska, but I just did a 6-day Pacific Coastal from San Diego to Vancouver and then a 7-day round-trip Alaska out of Vancouver. 13 days total on the Nieuw Amsterdam. Roz
  19. I misled into thinking that HAL provided a seamless transfer, which turned out not to be the case. Roz
  20. The conventional wisdom on this board is to book HAL's transfer from Vancouver (Canada Place) to SeaTac, rather than use a private transfer such as Quick Shuttle. I've used Quick Shuttle numerous times and have been pleased with their price and service. I decided to give HAL's transfer a try after my recent Alaskan cruise, and was dissatisfied with several aspects of the service. This information may prove helpful to those on future cruises ending in Vancouver. 1. We had to retrieve our own bags in the terminal and schlep them to the bus (I use the term "bus" loosely; I'll explain below). My understanding was that our tagged bags would be taken directly to the bus. We were directed into the wrong line and then had to backtrack. Canada Place in general is a mess. I was an in transit passenger the week before and no one seemed to know what to so with us, but I digress. That will be a separate post. 2. There were 13 of us, but the "bus" (actually a 12-passenger van) could only hold 11 of us + the driver. I don't know what they did with the other 2 passengers. We were supposed to be transported in a motor coach, which is what Quick Shuttle uses. The van was very crowded and uncomfortable. 3. According to proponents of HAL's service in this forum, the bus was supposed to be sealed to make the border crossing easier and quicker. We spent 50-55 min. at the border, and had to schlep our bags out of the van and into the inspection station. It would have taken longer had our driver not interceded on our behalf and explained that we were all US citizens. We were able to get in a separate line from the 5-6 buses and vans already there and being processed. I've spent as much time or less (mostly less) at the border on Quick Shuttle. 4. The price of HAL's transfer was $69 vs. $59 for Quick Shuttle. And as a senior I can get a $4 discount. So $55 vs. $69. Roz
  21. I was at Canada Place on May 4, and to say it was disorganized would be an understatement. Hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. I was an in-transit passengers, and was directed all over the place. For someone with mobility issues it would have been extremely difficult. Roz
  22. Somewhat related....I enjoyed "City of Falling Angels" by the same author who wrote "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil", John Berendt. The book tells the story of some interesting inhabitants of Venice, Italy, whom the author met while living there in the months following a fire which destroyed the historic La Fenice opera house in 1996. It provides some interesting insights into the Venetian psyche. Lois, I've done 3 solos on Uniworld. I'll be interested in hearing about your experience. Roz
  23. What is "Millenial nonsense"? Roz
  24. I'm a solo cruiser, and solo pricing is sometimes capacity controlled. Meaning they only allow a certain number of cabins to be single occupied. This is where a TA could help you or maybe call HAL directly and speak to someone. Solo pricing online can be squirrely. Also, solo pricing may be limited on high demand cruises. Roz
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