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  1. Day Three in Barcelona Well... err... this is my blog? It's Friday, and it's in Barcelona. Roll it! The Morning Show While the cruise director and activities manager isn't here yet, I can entertain you with some text! We slept in again (vacation allows for such activities), but did get up earlier to get us all showered and clean. Then, it was feeding time! We went to that same cafe we went to yesterday, and got some breakfast for some and lunch for others. Father and I got the omelette (still good!), and my mother got a cheese wrap, with lettuce, cheddar, mozzarella, and wr
    6 points
  2. Gotta keep the blog PG here. Was funny though, while walking around on the day we went to the cathedral, we saw a guy in the nude taking a smoke on his balcony. You could see everything. Those crazy spaniards!
    5 points
  3. Day 13 - Vigo Today was our final port day and we were in the Spanish city of Vigo. We didn't have any plans other than to have a walk around. There is a fort that you can walk uo to so we headed up through the old town to reach it. Being a fort, it is located at the top of a steep hill. Luckily for us, there were escalators to take us up part of it - Gibraltar could learn something from Vigo! The climb was worth it though for stunning views across the Vigo estuary and the fort is set in pretty landscaped gardens. There is also a nice memorial, consisting of a series of old an
    5 points
  4. Your pictures are great!!! Thank you so much for NOT including one of the above!
    4 points
  5. Lol! Me too! But I can do better than that! I have a bachelors degree in French ( from the ice age)as well as courses in Spanish. Two years ago I tried to ask directions in the Paris airport and the reservation agent looked at me like I was speaking a Martian language. She scowled and pointed me to a sign in English. I guess I lost my accent as well as vocabulary. From then on, I just spoke English although I could read most of a menu so I pointed. As far as Spanish goes, my daughter who had high school Spanish in Texas, spent a summer in Guatamala in a Spanish emersion class and the
    3 points
  6. We just returned home on Monday night from the best Alaska cruise and land tour ever! We had great weather the entire time. I will do a review when I have a little more time.
    2 points
  7. There are 4 instead of the normal 3 ports, the 2 extra shows besides the normal 5 or six entertainment options, plus other activities or special tours to be announced. Plus the employees should be on their best behavior with the bosses onboard.
    2 points
  8. Thanks so much for blogging your trip! We're in the process of researching for our first European cruise in 2020, and I'll be taking notes and asking lots of questions, I'll apologize in advance for that! My high school Spanish teacher was from a town not too far from Barcelona, and she taught us about the different "Spanish" they spoke in Spain. She spoke Catalan, and admitted that it was strange when she came to teach in the US having to actually "learn" Spanish, as it was so different than what is actually spoken by everyone she knows. We learned a lot about the differences betwee
    2 points
  9. We had a unique Hubbard Glacier experience in 2001. We were on the Radiance for inside passage and Hubbard Glacier and B2B 2 night to Victoria. Yes, we were in Skagway on 9/11. Very strange to be on the ship, far from home and basically no one could get off or on because no planes were flying. Anyway back to Hubbard, the captain seemed to shut down all the engines and we stayed there for a long time as we had “a moment of silence “ in the absolute quiet and solitude and majesty of the glacier. The only sound was glaciers calving. It was like being in the most holy cathedral on earth.
    2 points
  10. If someone can convince @Matt GC 2020 Halloween I'd consider letting my kids skip school too
    2 points
  11. Toss up - Amber Cove by Carnival in the DR or NCL's Harvest Caye in Belize. In the case of Amber Cove in 2015 it's a new country that wasn't accessible by modern medium sized ships (Carnival doesn't have larger or mega ships). However it's a private port, for Carnival Corp. branded ships. In the case of Harvest Caye in 2017 it's almost a private destination like Cococay or Labadee but close enough to Belize to run excursion from. A lot of unhappy cruises step off at Harvest Caye thinking they have access to Belize only to learn very little is included such as food, beverage or ac
    2 points
  12. LadyB

    Santorini

    Any suggestions for Santorini?
    1 point
  13. Hello all. My wife and I will be doing out first transatlantic this October on the Independence. since we have so many sea days and we love eating in the specialty restaurants and love Shushi we planning on doing the dinning plan. Now our plan would be to use the specialty restaurants frequently and not eat in the main dining room. What advice would you give in regards to Tipping. We have always giving more then the recommended amount providing additional $$$ to individuals that have served us. They always do a great job. But now we will be eating at the specialty restaurants MOSTL
    1 point
  14. Probably at the Golden Corral or Out Back Steak House. He's a growing boy, you know.
    1 point
  15. Day Four in Barcelona Woo, it's getting hard to count these days in Barcelona. Luckily, I won't be needing to do that anymore, cruise day tomorrow! Breakfast After yet another morning of sleeping in and taking awhile to get moving, we went to none other than... Bites, same cafe we've gone to all of the other mornings. We have become regulars! Got the same dishes as we got the first day at Bites, 2 Omelettes, and Eggs Benedict (runny, not hard). We then talked to the concierge about what to do today. The plan was to go inside Sagrada Familla, but the tickets were sold out by the
    1 point
  16. Loving your photos, @CraftyCat05! I know you are heading to bed soon, but I hope you and your parents have a very happy embarkation day tomorrow!
    1 point
  17. Well, you are on a cruise tomorrow... The Symphony model looks fantastic BTW.
    1 point
  18. I just got a model of the Navigator of the Seas as a gift from relatives who were on that ship recently. I also get them every cruise and have models of Enchantment, Explorer, Serenade, Oasis, Allure, Anthem, Harmony and Symphony. If only I could get ones from the Jewel and Independence. Who else likes to get them and collect them?
    1 point
  19. Typically the stated port time is the desired time passengers can walk off the ship. However that isn't a "guaranteed" time. Stuff happens. One time another ship had difficulty docking and we had to hang back waiting for them to get it done. We couldn't approach until we were given the green light to proceed. Not our Captain's fault but we were 'late' arriving because of another cruise line. Their old ship didn't have azipods so they struggled in the moderate wind. Most reputable excursion companies understand that ship port time isn't absolute but it would be wise to ask them
    1 point
  20. Howard

    Lisbon

    Just stepped on board Navigator and stop at Lisbon is a couple of days. We don’t fancy doing an organised excursion but would rather go for a quick stroll into the city for an hour or so. We have an 8 year old & a 13 year old with us so with that in mind - what I’d the one thing you would recommend we do/visit/see in Lisbon? Many thanks......
    1 point
  21. @hayley_bopp, what a great blog, along with the pictures and scopes! Loved following your trip. Safe travels home.
    1 point
  22. Sounds like a possible new port in the DR. per the article, several cruise lines have shown interest ; RCCL, NCL, MSC and Virgin. Article states, once complete, will be able to handle the "largest cruise ships in the world". Hey i love the Caribbean so i'm all for a potential new port! http://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/news-headlines/costa-maya-s-parent-to-develop-new-puerto-plata-cruise-port.html @Matt if this violates any policy of the site, please feel free to remove this.
    1 point
  23. We saw All of Denali for 3 straight days. Our tour guide said we got a special treat there. The weather was perfect.
    1 point
  24. Pooch

    Leaving the kids!

    Just remember for all of you leaving kidlets with Grandma & Grandpa, maybe a little reciprocal vaca as a thanks?!?! I love my grandkids more than anything in the world but having them for days at a time is a lot of work. I would NEVER say no but just because I say yes doesnt mean it isnt a lot to take on whilst you reconnect! Of course maybe its my grandkids, crazy monkeys all of them!!!
    1 point
  25. Absolutely. Check often. Typically you are safe to purchase now and if a future sale does apply to your sailing, refund your purchase and buy it at the lower price.
    1 point
  26. twangster

    Canada/New England

    Using this logic, try the lobster in Canada, eh?
    1 point
  27. Site got hacked by some spambots, @Mljstr. We need @twangster-bot to give them a stern talking to in their own language so they know to Go 'Way, NOW.
    1 point
  28. Update Realized I never updated you guys. I was able to rebook everything and get here in Barcelona on time. I had to go though Heathrow instead of Miami, but all was well. Took an American 777-300ER to London, then a British Airways codeshare to Barcelona. Now enjoying the sights and soon the be cruise! Glad everything worked out.
    1 point
  29. CGTLH

    Canada/New England

    The area where the tenders drop off/pick up is just a quick walk away from the shopping area. Shouldn't be an issue if the tour ends with plenty of time to spare. This is the spot where the tenders operate from: https://goo.gl/maps/g8dnFrZKiMU2
    1 point
  30. JLMoran

    Luggage Tags

    I got my e-docs with the luggage tags 45 days out. Email sent to me a with a link to the PDF.
    1 point
  31. JLMoran

    Leaving the kids!

    My wife and I will be taking our first cruise without the kids in October, and first vacation of any sort without them in about 15 years. And since they'll be 18 and almost 15, we're leaving them in charge of the house while we're gone! They're both very responsible and we know they won't burn the house down or throw any wild parties. And the grandparents are only 15 minutes away, so if something truly bad happens they'll be able to help out. But it'll still be a little nerve-wracking when the ship is sailing away; I'll be rapidly downing a couple of margaritas that day, for sure!
    1 point
  32. I hope they ended up with very loud neighbors...
    1 point
  33. This worked great for us on Empress...we received extra shots whenever our favorite barista was there.
    1 point
  34. rjac

    Halloween cruise

    You know you WILL have to post some Halloween photos of you and your wife.....or else Matt will banish you from this forum to the CC forum!
    1 point
  35. They likely didn't know it was for the infamous Matt Hochberg.
    1 point
  36. LadyB

    Luggage Tags

    KathyC, Thank you so much for letting me know. If I remember correctly that’s were they we’re last cruise. Now if I could only remember when I get my edocs!
    1 point
  37. monctonguy

    Midnight Buffet

    You're going to find that ALOT has changed since you cruised last!!! A lot les pampering, a lot less included in the cruise experience and ALOT of extras to pay for if you want to enjoy them...... Not saying you wont enjoy it...but a lot has changed with the cruise industry in 15 years for sure. My first cruise was less than 10 years ago and a lot has changed even in that short time.
    1 point
  38. I'd love to see options in Colorado but sadly will have to wait for a major rise of ocean levels before a cruise ship will be home porting anywhere near me.
    1 point
  39. Paml514

    Midnight Buffet

    Thanks all. It was less about needing food, and more about another element that made cruising (ice sculptures, crazy desserts) a special experience. Was hoping to share it with my kids so glad I didn't "talk it up" to them.
    1 point
  40. Ha! My wife can attest that I'm not that cool.
    1 point
  41. Yup, you are definitely physically fit. Unlike me; I'm just physically pffft!
    1 point
  42. I try not to have overbearing rules about who you can and cannot link to. If the info is relevant, link to it!
    1 point
  43. Cool. With all the new ships being built by many cruise lines, more ports is a good thing.
    1 point
  44. Day 9 - Toulon Back to the south of France today for a visit to Toulon. As it is a Sunday, we were told that there wouldn't be much going on in port and lots of people seemed to stay on board because of this. This is a large naval port for the French and there were several naval ships in that my husband, who used to be in the Royal Navy, found interesting so we decided to get off and have a look around. The ship actually docks across the bay from Toulon in a little town called La Seyne-sur-Mer. From here, it's about a 20min taxi or water taxi ride into Toulon. There was the opti
    1 point
  45. With 300+ days you are likely better to wait for a sale, US Thanksgiving comes to mind.
    1 point
  46. I believe we booked about 6 months out, and yes we are going in less than two weeks
    1 point
  47. We have a 9, and 11 year old. Girls. This past December was the first time we let them go around on their own on a ship. And it was baby steps...like allowing them to head to the buffet and we meet them there, going back to the stateroom while we finish dinner etc. I was hesitant but they wanted to try. I have a good friend who has a 10 and 13 year old and they have been cruising for years and she has let her girls go around for at least 3 years now. Her theory was how far can they go on a ship? I am a big believer that you have to supervise your kids but also read their comfort lev
    1 point
  48. twangster

    VPN

    OpenVPN is not tolerant of high latency. At least not some version. OpenVPN on BSD using UDP for example doesn't work well over satellite. SSL VPN and IPSEC VPN work fine on Voom, even the geosync satellites with 600+ms latency. I routinely use Cisco AnyConnect (SSL or IPSEC) and Tunnelblick on OSX on Voom using TCP and have no issues. Both to corporate and to my home ASA firewall. I've also used Juniper's VPN client without issue. I too have set up many VPN servers and/or firewalls in my lifetime and the only ones that don't work well on Voom are OpenVPN based and
    1 point
  49. clmsnskr

    VPN

    I was able to VPN to my corporate network from onboard with no issues at all when I was on Oasis back in March 2017. We use Cisco IPSec VPN
    1 point
  50. Matt

    VPN

    I was able to use my company's VPN while on Harmony in July, which was not a major VPN provider. While I was on Independence last week, I could not connect to Windscribe VPN on multiple occasions. It would time out, which seems to indicate it was blocked.
    1 point
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