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Old 03-01-2016, 10:31 PM   #2661
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...now that I know it is Marrakesh, and not Tangier or Casablanca, anyone have any ideas on what he should see in his few days around the mini-bike race...
Minibike race like this? It would be a lot of fun.

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We received a flier from Cunard with a list of specials so today we booked our return trip for our planned vacation this year. (We sail to Southampton from Houston on April 17).

We are now booked on Queen Mary 2 on November 5th Southampton to New York for $799. (7 nights, inside cabin).
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We received a flier from Cunard with a list of specials so today we booked our return trip for our planned vacation this year. (We sail to Southampton from Houston on April 17).

We are now booked on Queen Mary 2 on November 5th Southampton to New York for $799. (7 nights, inside cabin).
$799/person or for both of you? Either way it looks like a good deal.
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Planning a road trip along Pacific Coast Highway, etc from LA to Seattle or Vancouver . Hopefully pull it off this summer - fly to LA, get rental car, spend 8-10 days driving the west coast, visit Yosemite, Portland, Seattle, maybe Vancouver, then fly home.


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I love that drive. I did it several times when I lived in Bellingham, WA, and family was here in San Diego....

Just a note. It takes longer to go from San Simeon to Santa Cruz than you'd think... Plan a full day for that part of the drive. Very windy (very beautiful) roads.

Also consider visiting Hearst Castle when you're in the central coast area. I've done every tour they have - my favorite was the kitchen tour, LOL.
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$799/person or for both of you? Either way it looks like a good deal.
That is for each person.

The best we've done was the Queen Elizabeth for $499 New York to Southampton in March 2013. That was on the last leg of a round the world cruise so they were just trying to fill cabins.
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We received a flier from Cunard with a list of specials so today we booked our return trip for our planned vacation this year. (We sail to Southampton from Houston on April 17).

We are now booked on Queen Mary 2 on November 5th Southampton to New York for $799. (7 nights, inside cabin).
Wow!

And that's fast!! I guess you were already needing this, and it showed up in the mail so you acted the same day?

Preparedness.....
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I love that drive. I did it several times when I lived in Bellingham, WA, and family was here in San Diego....

Just a note. It takes longer to go from San Simeon to Santa Cruz than you'd think... Plan a full day for that part of the drive. Very windy (very beautiful) roads.

Also consider visiting Hearst Castle when you're in the central coast area. I've done every tour they have - my favorite was the kitchen tour, LOL.
Thanks for the tips! As to the Castle - DW is really up for that tour.
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After the Castle, plan on spending the night in Monterey.
Fantastic aquarium and I could spend hours just watching the sea otters from the pier.
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plan on spending the night in Monterey.
Fantastic aquarium and I could spend hours just watching the sea otters from the pier.
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And, a little further north:

http://www.sealioncaves.com/
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Thanks for the tips! As to the Castle - DW is really up for that tour.
If you take Cal 1 up from San Simeon be aware it is essentially a mountain road with lots of ups and downs this is the route thru Big Sur. So it is both twisty and has lots of ups and downs as well as nice pullouts to look at the ocean.
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DH booked tickets for Stockholm in September. We will be there for 2 weeks, still pondering the itinerary.
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Wow!

And that's fast!! I guess you were already needing this, and it showed up in the mail so you acted the same day?

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Yes indeed. When we booked our re-positioning cruise for April we looked at potential return dates ~6 months later and priced that cruise. It was $1,600 and we knew that closer to the sail date there should be much better prices, but we didn't expect an offer to come out as early as this. ( this offer ends April 15 )
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Yes indeed. When we booked our re-positioning cruise for April we looked at potential return dates ~6 months later and priced that cruise. It was $1,600 and we knew that closer to the sail date there should be much better prices, but we didn't expect an offer to come out as early as this. ( this offer ends April 15 )
Nice! Congrats!
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After the Castle, plan on spending the night in Monterey.
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Definitely want to see the sea lions and aquarium in Monterey, and the sea cave. Looks like great places to take some photos. From there, we're cutting northeast to Yosemite, then back on track to San Francisco.

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If you take Cal 1 up from San Simeon be aware it is essentially a mountain road with lots of ups and downs this is the route thru Big Sur. So it is both twisty and has lots of ups and downs as well as nice pullouts to look at the ocean.
Good tip. I need to check travel times on some of these routes to plan this correctly.
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Definitely want to see the sea lions .
Been there a few times; a 'slight odor' but these are wild animals.......the set up is great, viewers are in a darkened area above this huge cave which opens directly to the sea.
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I visited the Sea Lion Caves in August 2013. Unfortunately the sea lions were not at home.
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I visited the Sea Lion Caves in August 2013. Unfortunately the sea lions were not at home.
Bummer.....last time I was there was in the mid 1990s...the cave was 'full' and sea lions could be seen out at sea heading in.
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I visited the Sea Lion Caves in August 2013. Unfortunately the sea lions were not at home.
Probably hanging out at Fisherman's Wharf in SF. I've never been there when they weren't their usual noisy selves.
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Probably hanging out at Fisherman's Wharf in SF. I've never been there when they weren't their usual noisy selves.
I was just thinking....it was generally winter/early spring when I visited before....in the middle of summer they're probably engaging in 'outdoor activities'.
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Just a note. It takes longer to go from San Simeon to Santa Cruz than you'd think... Plan a full day for that part of the drive. Very windy (very beautiful) roads.

Also consider visiting Hearst Castle when you're in the central coast area. I've done every tour they have - my favorite was the kitchen tour, LOL.
Also don't miss Carmel and Monteray, Napa and Sonoma. (Montecino, Cannon Beach and Tillamook are also interesting side trips.)
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