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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251465
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Probably right - trying to save money!!!


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251466
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Rachel, Hopefully, you and George will take the "panoramic scenic train ride" on June 1st with us when we're in Hull. We know next to nothing about the ports so choosing excursions was like throwing darts blindfolded. wonder It will all be a new adventure.


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251469
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hi, Marcie,
George hates anything with "panoramic" in the title, so we are going to go hiking that day. He translates "panoramic" as "old people with walkers" tour. We have been all over northern England and Scotland on land tours, so have been to a lot of the places before.

Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251536
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I just got around to reading the Silver Sea book with packing recommendations...it sounds like the same type of clothing as Antarctica ??


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251540
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I think a lot of that information relates to ALL expedition cruises. Layer, layer and bring a warm coat, hat and gloves. It could be cold but it could be mild with a light coat. Still need waterproof pants in case of a wet landing. Check internet for average temperatures at this time of the year for the main cities on the cruise.


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251555
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Does anyone have a recommendation for a transfer service from Schipol to hotel in Amsterdam?

Thanks.


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251556
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Taxis work well, about 50 - 60 Euro. They're convenient and you pick the one you want, not just the first in line. 30 to 45 minutes depending on traffic.

Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: jbittle] #251557
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Thanks Jim for info. Been a long time since we were last in Amsterdam.


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251561
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Unless I know there is Uber, we always just hire a car and driver from Carey Limo. They are very reliable and fare is prepaid before I get there so no worries for local currency. When do you arrive, Sheila? We get in on Saturday May 11 at 3 pm. Happy to get a mini van if that is consistent with your arrival and you want to share a ride?
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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251562
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Thanks Helen for offer but we will be arriving on 9th. We plan on a some relaxing time before catching up with our Dutch friends. So will check out Carey Limo.


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251563
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We used Tourist Shuttle Amsterdam when we were there in late 2014. They were very dependable - waiting for us even though our flight was delayed over 2 hours!


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: lonestarlady] #251564
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Thanks Cindy. I will check them out.


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: S&K] #251574
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Originally Posted by S&K
Thanks Helen for offer but we will be arriving on 9th. We plan on a some relaxing time before catching up with our Dutch friends. So will check out Carey Limo.


Hey Sheila -
Alice and I arrive on Thursday the 9th at 2:55 PM. How close is that to your arrival?


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251575
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Hi Kim - we arrive at 6:30 AM.


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: S&K] #251576
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Originally Posted by S&K
Hi Kim - we arrive at 6:30 AM.

Nevermind. smiles Really looking forward to seeing you and Ken!


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251577
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Yes it will be lovely to see you both again, it’s been a while hasn’t it? We’re really looking forward to this cruise.


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251578
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I'm looking for the dress code at the dining venues. I suspect it's not as casual as the other Silversea expedition ships we have been on like the Explorer and Galapagos. But, on the Silversea website Click here, only info for dress code is for The Grill . When you click on the other three venues, there isn't any dress code info.

Sheila - It's probably been 5 years ago on PAGODA!


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251580
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Just about the same as the other expedition ships in my opinion. . The ship is nicer but it is still an expedition ship. Slacks and tops for dinner will be fine. I will not be taking a jacket for Ken and I will be bringing nothing fancy we go straight down on safari so going to light tops that weigh very little.

Really looking forward to this trip also.


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251582
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Great! Thanks, Ngaire.


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251583
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Starting to look at details for Amsterdam. The Banks Mansion website mentions this shuttle company:

https://www.schipholhotelshuttle.nl

Rate for two is 37 euros from airport to hotel. You can book online. Not a private transfer, it will stop at other hotels. Cheaper though than the tourist shuttle which is 60 euros.

Just put in Uber for an estimate - UberX 26 - 36 euros, Uber Black 45-59 euros.


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251584
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Does anybody think we need to bring our boots for this trip? Waterproof pants are no problem re space/weight but my boots are kind of heavy. I can't seem to get a sense of how wet the landings might be, ankle deep or knee deep.
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There will be wet landings and it could be very cold water. I am planning on using the ships boots. I think we will need boots.


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251586
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After lots of research I ended up booking a limo for 57 Euros with Airport Limo Service. Very professional to deal with and well priced for the service they give.


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251587
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We are using the ships boots this time instead of taking ours. The ones I bought for the Arctic were too big anyway.
Thanks for doing the research on the airport transfer, Sheila!!


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Re: PUFFIN Roll Call May 13, 2019 [Re: Ms Understood] #251589
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We don't own boots so definitely will need to use Silver Seas again (hopefully lots on board like the Silver Explorer had). We'll be touring Ireland for a week before we board in Dublin. Looking forward to seeing ya'll still on.


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