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Old 03-06-2016, 01:23 PM   #41
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Wow, that is a crazy price. I booked a different cruise....different line. Good price but not that good.


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Wow, that is a crazy price. I booked a different cruise....different line. Good price but not that good.
Looking at VTG's site, this trip starts in Caracas, goes to Aruba, then a sea day before Colon......they don't show inside cabins from Caracas, and the cheapest oceanview is $807, as opposed to $239 if you were to board 3 days later in Colon...quite a drop.

We've done a little checking....in order to get to Colon you have to fly into Panama City and catch a train/bus/cab from there, (Colon, and I've never been there, sounds like a dump from all the reports we've read).......it also appears that you cannot board in Aruba...if you could, and if the fares were closer to those from Colon, it would have been great for us, as the airfare alone from Toronto to Aruba is half what it is from Toronto to Panama City.
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(Colon...sounds like a dump from all the reports we've read).

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I sailed from Antigua to Portugal in 2010. It took 19 days on a 46' foot yacht. That's probably not quite the type of cruise you were talking about. :-)

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I sailed from Antigua to Portugal in 2010. It took 19 days on a 46' foot yacht. That's probably not quite the type of cruise you were talking about. :-)
That reminded me of taking a sailing course in the Virgin Islands 32 years ago....a friend of our captain's, with his girlfriend, had delivered a sailboat across the Atlantic, (fairly rough weather all the way); when they finally arrived in port she jumped onto the dock to secure the lines.....landed on her hands & knees, and, because the dock wasn't moving, found she was unable to stand up.
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Did a Florida to Barcelona repositioning cruise in 2007. Was our best cruise ever. We took a cordon-bleu cooking course which was great. Days at sea no problem as we find port stops iffy in any event as we have been to most of them already. Never take cruise sponsored excursions since we don't like moving at the pace of the slowest person. Book privately if at all.

Got a little tired of cruising and haven't done one for 5-6 years. Lots of time for cruises when I slow down a bit.
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That reminded me of taking a sailing course in the Virgin Islands 32 years ago....a friend of our captain's, with his girlfriend, had delivered a sailboat across the Atlantic, (fairly rough weather all the way); when they finally arrived in port she jumped onto the dock to secure the lines.....landed on her hands & knees, and, because the dock wasn't moving, found she was unable to stand up.
Ha. Yea, my first night back on land I needed to brace myself in the hotel shower so I didn't go flying.

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Further to post #40, VTG now shows a day later, (same cruise), departing from Cartagena, Colombia:
A little more expensive for the cabins, but cheaper (for us) and more convenient airfare/connection wise than going to Panama City.
Cheapest Inside $289
55+ Rate $275
Cheapest Oceanview $319
55+ Rate $303

$$$ Book now and all passengers will receive a FREE beverage package, which includes select alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages onboard.
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DAY DATE PORT ARRIVE DEPART
Sat May 28 Cartagena, Colombia 9:00pm
Sun May 29 At Sea
Mon May 30 At Sea
Tue May 31 St. Maarten 9:00am 4:00pm
Wed Jun 1 At Sea
Thu Jun 2 At Sea
Fri Jun 3 At Sea
Sat Jun 4 At Sea
Sun Jun 5 At Sea
Mon Jun 6 At Sea
Tue Jun 7 At Sea
Wed Jun 8 At Sea
Thu Jun 9 Lisbon, Portugal 7:00am


Even though we'll have only been back from our CDF Horizon cruise, St. Maarten - Barcelona for a month, we are very tempted by this one....(and we like the look of the ship).
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Never take cruise sponsored excursions since we don't like moving at the pace of the slowest person. Book privately if at all.
and at every stop it take 20 minutes for everyone to get off the bus. Private tours for us too, maximum 8 people. We find those others on cruisecritic.com and the other 6 people remain specials friends for the duration of the cruise.

(We have also suspended cruising until we can appreciate elevators.)
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(We have also suspended cruising until we can appreciate elevators.)
We generally use an elevator maybe once a voyage.....when we're hauling our own luggage off.
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and at every stop it take 20 minutes for everyone to get off the bus. Private tours for us too, maximum 8 people. We find those others on cruisecritic.com and the other 6 people remain specials friends for the duration of the cruise.

(We have also suspended cruising until we can appreciate elevators.)
Right. I figure we will get back into more cruising when the bike trips get too tough. It used to be that cruises were pretty exotic, fairly upscale travel. This is much less the case now with the very large ships and much lower pricing. The last couple were fairly disappointing. Still work well if you are going with a group of friends or family
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I've only been on one cruise of the "standard" sort. It was a Holland America deal on what to me seemed an enormous ship (1,400 pax). My only comment is "Never again!!!" just because of this. And frankly, there weren't all that many slowpokes on the ship; it just seemed that way.

Otherwise, I've been on a couple of Lindblad cruises. Despite their extremely high cost, they were worth it. When you have only enough passengers that you can practically know everyone's name by the end of a week, the ship is loaded with kayaks and Zodiacs for your enjoyment, and there are no "formal dinners" to think about, it's a completely different experience.

On my Alaskan expedition with Lindblad, the ship stocked every single style of beer made by the Alaskan Brewery, which is one of my favorites. How can you go wrong with that? And the National Geographic photographers on board were absolutely awesome. Incredibly helpful, even if you didn't know a Leica from a lens cap.

We have already booked a Lindblad cruise to the Galapagos for next year, and I'm looking forward to it. This is from the guy who (after that Holland America experience) said "I'll never set foot on another cruise ship."
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Further to post #40, VTG now shows a day later, (same cruise), departing from Cartagena, Colombia:
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Cartagena was a port of call on one of cruises and we loved it. Itching to go back, particularly after seeing it as a recent leg on TAR.
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Cartagena was a port of call on one of cruises and we loved it. Itching to go back, particularly after seeing it as a recent leg on TAR.
I was there in 1979....went up to the fortress, saw the old shoes, went out on a day snorkelling trip...be interesting to see, (maybe not this year), how things have changed.
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Right. I figure we will get back into more cruising when the bike trips get too tough.
As a compromise, we have booked a bike/barge trip down the Moselle River in June for 8 days, biking every day then dining on board. 12 passengers. Have room for one more couple if you are interested?
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As a compromise, we have booked a bike/barge trip down the Moselle River in June for 8 days, biking every day then dining on board. 12 passengers. Have room for one more couple if you are interested?
Sounds great. Barging/biking is on our radar but we are biking in Umbria in June. Interested in knowing how it goes. Suspect the biking is fairly tame unless a guide takes you to some hills? Which company is running the trip?
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Vermont Bike Tours (ask for The Wyse Group because otherwise they are full.)
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Vermont Bike Tours (ask for The Wyse Group because otherwise they are full.)

Have loved our VBT trips. Haven't done a barge trip yet but sounds great.


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We are looking at a transatlantic-repositioning cruise to Europe. I recall folks mentioning that they have done this. I would be interested in comments or tips from experienced travelers on this topic. We have cruised before....longest cruise was 9 days...this would be a bit longer. Seems like a heck of a deal ...cheaper than flying. We will use frequent flyer miles to get back. Being ERed give us the time and flexibility to take advantage of a deal like this.
So we have cruised 7 times so far pre-retirement with the longest being 15 days roundtrip to Hawaii. We loved every one of them. We are planning to take a transatlantic cruise, but what we are thinking about is to fly over, enjoy whatever parts of Europe we have our sights set on then take the transatlantic cruise back so as to not deal with any over weight luggage issues on a plane. I just have to believe that we would be picking up stuff on our trip, usually lots of stuff.
Seeing as their are no cruise ports where we live once we hit the USA , we can ship any excess stuff back home before we fly back.
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