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Old 12-10-2015, 02:07 PM   #2501
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When you are in Porto make a point to go to MacDonalds. It has to be the most beautiful one in the world. The stained glass is spectacular.

We have seen some great offers that include Sata flights to the Azores.
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Old 12-10-2015, 02:14 PM   #2502
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When you are in Porto make a point to go to MacDonalds. It has to be the most beautiful one in the world. The stained glass is spectacular.
Noted..thanks..... (won't ask what the Timmies is like there ).

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We have seen some great offers that include Sata flights to the Azores.
Not sure, offhand, if our flight with them is direct or if it touches down in Ponta Delgada.......never flown them before.
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Our itinerary, after next April's arrival in Barcelona on the CDF Horizon, includes Leon, Orense, and then back to Canada from Porto (again)......haven't been up in the northern part of Spain for nigh on 45 years.
Sounds like you've got your post-cruise itinerary down now. You're ahead of me. No itinerary and I haven't got my return from Spain yet. Airline pricing is nuts. On Kayak, I set the max layover to 6 hours and priced a mid-week one way Barcelona - Charlotte: cheapest is $1820. The round trip Barcelona - Charlotte - Barcelona: cheapest is $640! The same outbound flight booked as a round trip is 1/3rd-ish the price of a one-way? Crazy.

Going directly to the SATA site, the one way to Charlotte from Porto is $440, but it's 42 hours! with the overnight in Ponta Delgada. Hopefully you found a direct SATA flight. Norwegian flies to Fort Lauderdale non-stop for $400 from Barcelona and I could add my own one-way from there to Charlotte for another $100. Similar if I use SATA vs Norwegian...$400 SATA flight to Fort Lauderdale, but I'd need to go through Boston.
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^

Don't have all the details at my fingertips, but our one-way Porto-Toronto ($865 Canadian total for the two of us), Departs Porto 3:50 p.m. local time and arrives Toronto 6:45 p.m. local time same day.

We're looking at a train, Barcelona-Leon, (no bus/train schedules available this far out), perhaps a bus Leon-Orense, then maybe via Vigo to Porto (either bus or train)......with a variety of day trips in between.

Accommodation already arranged through airbnb, Wimdu and Booking.com.......this area fills up quickly due to the Camino de Santiago.
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Transat seem to have lowered some of their fares. Last Sep/Oct we did Toronto-Athens and Paris-Calgary (both one ways but booked at the same time) for just under $850. CAD each. Flights were both fine....we will book again.
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Guadeloupe

Back in November we took advantage of the Norwegian Air 5th Freedom fares from North America to the Caribbean. Still great pricing...

Aside from making sure there was no political or social unrest happening, I booked the awesome fare from Boston to Guadeloupe before doing research on the country. Not many North American visitors to date. It's mostly European French tourists since it's a Department of France.

I struggled through many French hotel reviews before settling on a VRBO Villa rental. Our trip is in March 2016. Now English reviews Are trickling in as many other North Americans return from their vacations. I certainly appreciate their information.
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Have just placed a deposit, (fully refundable within 75 days of sailing if our situation changes), on the Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas transatlantic departing Malaga on Nov 19, 2016...arriving Miami Dec 02.

Now we have to consider where to go in Europe prior to the sailing.
Several months (years?!!) ago, you posted about repositioning cruises and the vacationstogo site for research. Thanks to you we're looking forward to incorporating one or two of them into our RTW trip. I'm still several months away from booking our first airfare since our ETD is not until 2017. As a family five, I think it will be a bit challenging to find award availability for all of us but booking early and combining the award seats with some paid airfare will make it doable.

Repositioning cruises are very appealing to us. A very practical vacation inserted into our sure to be hectic travels. Thanks Nemo!

Once you find your desired cruise, with whom do you book?
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Once you find your desired cruise, with whom do you book?
Basically, with whomever offers us the best deal!

- We have a Visa 'Infinite' card which offers us travel points if we book through Expedia.....(Expedia doesn't deal with all cruise lines though, CDF Croisières de France being one of them.)

- We deal (generally) with a specific VTG rep, and we feel a modicum of 'loyalty' towards him*, and would likely go through him, all things being equal. (*But not enough that we'd be out of pocket for it.)

- Cruise companies directly.

We get quotes, compare offerings, (price, onboard credit amounts, etc), and go with the one(s) we feel are the best deal for us.

Edited: Forgot to say...ENJOY YOUR TRIP!
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We usually book our cruises with an on line US TA.

But, when we are cruising outside of NA we do check pricing in other countries. Last Feb/March we booked an Australian cruise directly with RCI in Australia. It was about 30 percent less expensive that booking with our usual agent or with RCI's US website.

My sister did a Baltic cruise this summer. She booked with a UK travel agent and saved 15 percent over the best fare she could get here in North America.

We have booked a number of vacations/accommodations through a UK agent because of price and/or availability.

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Thanks for the info. I don't understand how you book with Expedia, unless of course you do it through a representative? VTG have a great search engine. I like the good ship board credits for active and retired military. I have never booked a cruise. Yet.

I was going to try to maximize cash back portals but since it seems the booking cannot be done exclusively online, I think I'd be SOL.
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We have a Visa 'Infinite' card which offers us travel points if we book through Expedia.....
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Thanks for the info. I don't understand how you book with Expedia, unless of course you do it through a representative?
I believe Nemo2 may be referring to Expedia for TD (see link below). I also have a TD Visa Infinite card and can use this site. Booking online gets you more points than doing it by phone. The prices seem to be the same as booking through Expedia's regular website. Both Nemo2 and I are in Canada. I don't know if TD's US arm offers such a service.

https://www.tdrewards.com/expediafor...EW:p4552022093
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I believe Nemo2 may be referring to Expedia for TD (see link below). I also have a TD Visa Infinite card and can use this site. Booking online gets you more points than doing it by phone. The prices seem to be the same as booking through Expedia's regular website. Both Nemo2 and I are in Canada. I don't know if TD's US arm offers such a service.

https://www.tdrewards.com/expediafor...EW:p4552022093
Expedia for TD is correct......and, since NotJustDreaming is in Ottawa, availability would depend upon his bank/credit card.

Also, in response to another question, cruises booked through Expedia for TD have to be made via a representative.......I believe, for the one cruise we booked through them, initial contact was made by telephone but subsequent communication was online.
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Expedia for TD is correct......and, since NotJustDreaming is in Ottawa....
I totally missed that!
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I totally missed that!
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Update: DW thinks, but isn't sure, that it might be possible to book cruises online now, (recent change perhaps), with Expedia for TD.
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Update: DW thinks, but isn't sure, that it might be possible to book cruises online now, (recent change perhaps), with Expedia for TD.
I just checked the website, and you still have to phone to book cruises.
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I just checked the website, and you still have to phone to book cruises.
OK...DW wasn't sure and we didn't check.....(she thought she saw a heading saying "You can book a cruise" or somesuch.)
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Back in November we took advantage of the Norwegian Air 5th Freedom fares from North America to the Caribbean. Still great pricing...

Aside from making sure there was no political or social unrest happening, I booked the awesome fare from Boston to Guadeloupe before doing research on the country. Not many North American visitors to date. It's mostly European French tourists since it's a Department of France.

I struggled through many French hotel reviews before settling on a VRBO Villa rental. Our trip is in March 2016. Now English reviews Are trickling in as many other North Americans return from their vacations. I certainly appreciate their information.
A few years ago we spent 2 weeks in a VRBO property on Guadeloupe. DW's sister and her husband joined us from Scotland for the full 2 weeks and we had a great time. We rented a car for the full 2 weeks and the roads were fantastic. Lots of signs saying "These roads paid for by the EU".
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Thanks Nemo2 and Meadbh. I have the TD Infinite Travel Visa. It's my oldest card and we've gone on a few 'free' vacations with it. So you can earn 9 points per dollar spend on cruises booked over the phone with expediafortd? That's a 4.5% return! Too good?

Alan, do you have any Guadeloupe tips/advice? We're staying on the east coast ear Moule. We're renting a car through a local company and will definitely be touring around.
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Alan, do you have any Guadeloupe tips/advice? We're staying on the east coast ear Moule. We're renting a car through a local company and will definitely be touring around.
No particular advice, SIL speaks fluent French which was a big help. We stayed on the west coast near Deshaies, and my 2 favorites outings were a snorkeling trip and a hike up the volcano La Soufriere.
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