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  • Gala event and how to dress

    #39 Posted : Friday, February 22, 2019 5:38:12 PM

     

    Good for you Elizabeth on the weight lose. If I could just lose 10 before the end of May. Our first cruise I worried and worried about clothing. Definitely over packed on dressy wear. Brought shoes that never got worn, a dress worn once, etc. After 3 cruises and 2 land tours I've given up getting it exactly right. Thought the UK would be warmer on our ESW tour then had to buy a coat & fleece pullover. Thought it would be cold in Ireland last summer and spent the 2nd week in a heat wave. Every trip I always wish I'd brought something left at home or left something home I brought. Here's my basic tips for packing that I'll be using for this trip: - a least a couple of weeks before hand I'll start staging clothing and other items in the guest room and put everything I think I want to take there, then start a process of whittling it down or identifying items needed - select slacks that are the same color or that can be worn with the same shoes - shoes can be heavy - take as few as possible - pick out 2-3 tops that can be worn with each pair of pants - ideally a top will go with more than one pair of pants - chose day-wear that is comfortable, but can easily go into dinner with only slight changes - swap the sneakers for a pair of sandals or flats to give your feet a break, grab a wrap or scarf - definitely bring an evening wrap/sweater as even in the summer it can be cool on the sundeck and you don't want to miss the action there. - scarves are lighter weight than necklaces to add color/bling - at dinner on board you only need your room keycard and maybe your smartphone for photos - bring a small zip bag to hold them or get a phonecase with a card holder - you might want a small evening bag for Vienna - while jeans are popular and fine for day touring, they are heavy and can't be easily laundered in a sink - however, the ships's laundry is fairly fast and I've used it - at least a few of my tops and all my undies are lightweight enough to sink launder and hang over the line provided in the shower - pack a sink stopper (oxos silicon one is good), a couple of clothes pins for socks, and a tiny empty spray bottle to help with wrinkles - the ship does have irons/ironing boards if you absolutely need them - pack a lightweight rain coat and knit jacket or sweater - check the weather forecast as far out as I can then adjust accordingly - do a test pack of my checked bag to make sure I allow at least 5-10 pounds for shopping - I do pack at least 1 change of clothes and sleep shirt in my carry-on bag along with meds, valuables, charging cables, etc Do the best you can and don't worry about getting it perfect. I now believe that's impossible.


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  • Welcome to Tauck’s Impressions from the Seine: Paris to Normandy Forum

    #8 Posted : Friday, February 22, 2019 4:45:43 PM

     

    I honestly have no idea what Upstream KM stands for. When you get to the page with the River Levels there should be a series of blue boxes starting with the Danube, then Dordogne, etc etc. As of today, each blue box contains a green line that says "All reported waterlevels on this river are fine." At times - later in the season with the river levels have some low spots - I've seen fuller listings that included more detail at different points in the river. It's not particularly useful info for us novices.


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  • Question for IT dept

    #10 Posted : Friday, February 22, 2019 2:44:35 PM

     

    AlanS, I spoke with someone in IT earlier this week about an issue I was having. It is my understanding that Tauck will be transitioning to a new website in the next couple of weeks—at least, that was what the IT rep told me. Hope it happens—the current site is sooooo sloooowww!


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I saw The Great Land through London’s stories of survival in the wilderness, of rugged, hearty men on the trail in the frontier, trying to survive against the odds in battle with the harsh forces of nature, often encountering bizarre circumstances that could only happen in Alaska.

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To me the word “Danube” always sets off the soundtrack of The Blue Danube waltz by Johann Strauss in my head. I can’t see that word without hearing a little blurb of that soaring melody and the exuberant, widely swinging waltz beat that Strauss popularized. That music almost can’t fail to lift your mood. 

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