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You should look for hotels in the following...
You should look for hotels in the following areas:

1. Circular Quay
2. The Rocks
3. CBD

These are the most convenient areas to the main sights of Sydney.

We have stayed at the...
FWIW, when our HAL ship docked in Rostock, they...
FWIW, when our HAL ship docked in Rostock, they provided free ferry service to Warnemuende. So you may be able to sail between these two towns at no cost.
If you are a U.S. citizen traveling to Australia...
If you are a U.S. citizen traveling to Australia for tourism purposes, you must obtain an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). The ETA is electronically linked to your passport and in most cases can...
Yes, Yes, Yes That’s why we cancelled our...
Yes, Yes, Yes

That’s why we cancelled our January cruise going to San Juan and St. Maarten. Sure, there might be some shops in the port area open, but that doesn’t mean that tourist sites and...
Yes, if you are willing to do some research and...
Yes, if you are willing to do some research and book yourself, you will get a better-located hotel for a better price than what HAL will charge. From reading Rick Steves "Italy", I found a hotel...
We were on the Noordam in May to Alaska. I liked...
We were on the Noordam in May to Alaska. I liked this ship very much. For entertainmnt, there was the BB King’s and the Piano Bar (with an amazing performer named Jeremy Oren). The fitness center...
We emailed the Maitre D’ on the Pride about a...
We emailed the Maitre D’ on the Pride about a week before our cruise last October requesting a table for 6 by a window at the late seating. When we boarded, that’s exactly what we got and we were...
1. Arrange for a private tour with one of the...
1. Arrange for a private tour with one of the local tour companies and tell them that you just want to go to the Hermitage.

Or

2. Arrange for a Russian visa and go to the Hermitage on your...
Take advantage of all the excellent info you will...
Take advantage of all the excellent info you will get from Travelanni about touring in northern Germany. We used her info for getting from Kiel to Luebeck and Luebeck was one of the highlights of...
The only souvenirs I bought were in Tallinn as...
The only souvenirs I bought were in Tallinn as Christmas gifts for friends and family. I got several handmade round trivets (hot plates) made of fragrant juniper wood. (The juniper smell is enhanced...
Having been to NZ several times, I find Auckland...
Having been to NZ several times, I find Auckland to be one of the least interesting places in NZ. It's a relatively big city and for me, the best places in NZ are outside of the cities. I'd...
Call to Cancel Cruise -- HAL Too Businesslike?
I just got off the phone with a HAL representative to cancel a Caribbean cruise we had booked for January. (Yep, 2 of our ports-of-call were hit by hurricanes). Anyway, I appreciate such...
Rick Steves' "Northern Europe Cruise Ports" was...
Rick Steves' "Northern Europe
Cruise Ports" was a valuable resource when planning my Baltic Cruise. There's not info about the various cruiselines, but you can read about the various ports to see...
I'm with you DC1979. We may have booked the same...
I'm with you DC1979. We may have booked the same cruise as you--January 2018 with stops in San Juan and St. Maarten. I mainly chose this cruise for the stop in San Juan. Even if the ship stops...
I've been to Nassau twice--once with my daughter...
I've been to Nassau twice--once with my daughter and just last October, I was there with my husband. Unless the crime rate has skyrocketed in the last 12 months, I would not agree with the comment...
A visit to the Rock Church will take no more than...
A visit to the Rock Church will take no more than 20 minutes. It's a neat building, but there's not that much to see.

We took the tram to get to the Rock Church but I remember the area around it...
We booked directly with HAL for an Eastern...
We booked directly with HAL for an Eastern Caribbean cruise (which included St. Maarten) scheduled for January, but we haven't heard anything! Thanks for posting your email. It sounds as if they'll...
John Bull makes an excellent point in favor of...
John Bull makes an excellent point in favor of doing a guided tour--jumping lines and early admission. When we got to the Peter and Paul Fortress with our tour group, there was an incredibly long...
1. Do not do a ship's excursion in...
1. Do not do a ship's excursion in St.Petersburg--go with one of the private tour companies! The tour group will be smaller (max of 16 for the private companies vs. 30+ with the ship's excursion)...
There are no validity requirements on U.S....
There are no validity requirements on U.S. passports when returning to the United States. If your passport has only one day of validity on it, you can still use it to fly back to the States.
The birth certificate that you would need to...
The birth certificate that you would need to obtain a passport is the same one you would need to do a closed loop cruise in the Caribbean.
We have a cruise on another line booked for...
We have a cruise on another line booked for January and St. Martin was one of the ports. I am 95% sure that we are going to cancel before final payment. My spouse says any cruise is good. But I...
The "roughness" at the places that Wavelength...
The "roughness" at the places that Wavelength stops for snorkeling depend on the wind. If it's a windy day, then you will have more waves on the Reef. Also, the 3rd stop generally tends to be...
Having been to Sydney many times, I would say...
Having been to Sydney many times, I would say the most convenient areas to stay for sightseeing purposes would be either The Rocks or Circular Quay. The next most convenient would be the CBD...
There is a ton of information on this forum about...
There is a ton of information on this forum about tours in St. Petersburg, but I would say the 3 major tour companies are, in alphabetical order: Alla, SPB and TJ Travel. Each of those companies...