Hi Von. So glad to hear from you. That is great that we are sailing together!! Have you cruised to Europe before? This is my first transatlantic and I am so excited. Been doing a lot of research and finding ways to minimize costs. Our 2 big excursions will be France and Russia. We have room on both of those independent tours if you and your hubby are interested.
In Russia, I have an independent tour lined up with Alla Tours. 11 - 12 hours, with 4 people it would cost $210 per person
(US dollars) - extra for lunch, but if you are interested, I'll give you the details - lunch will be very reasonable.
In France I have lined up an independent tour with a lovely couple that runs a B&B. He is taking us to Etretat and Fecamp and Montivilliers. We already have 1 couple joining us, but have room for another couple (6 people is the maximum). This is another 10 hour tour and cost is 375 Euros divided by 6 people, plus extra for lunch and a couple of Abbey admission fees (minimal).
For Helsinki, Cork, Amsterdam, Tallin, Harwich, we are doing our own walking tours and using local Hop On/Hop Off buses and canal boats. Kiel Canal, we are just staying on the ship and not going to Hamburg. Plus, I am putting my hubby on a strict budget for the casino - all those days at sea!! He could get into trouble!!
Oh yes, you are right, we do live in the States. In Florida actually, so we only have to fly home. I don't envy you with the flights you have - hope you have some great books to read!
Gosh, would love to chat with you more. If you are interested, there are a few of us on the Royal Princess chatting already. If you want to check out cruise critic dot com, (no spaces if you catch my drift), otherwise I will check again over the weekend and catch up with you here.
By the way, I am Linda, hubby is Phil. We are both retired (phil much longer than me - he is a craddle robber