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Belladonna1990 January 27th, 2011 04:22 PM

Transatlantic
 
Hello!

I'm new here.

We are veteran cruisers but will have our first transatlantic cruise in May on the Jewel, with stops in the Azores, France, and finishing in Harwich then spending a few days in London.

Does anyone have any advice? I like lazy sea days, and we are not worried about being bored.

Also, any suggestions for getting from Harwich to London?

Thanks!

cruised1014 January 31st, 2011 03:13 PM

Harwich to London
 
I would take the train to London from Harwich. It is about 1 hr and 19 minutes but it would be nice to see the countryside and the cows are the size of city buses don't be suprised. Also make sure to have a baked potato in England they are unreal. Don't miss these sites London eye, Westminster abby, Tower of London, and Buckinham palace changing of the guard.
Also for using a credit card there. Capitol one "Venture One" credit card
is the only card I use there because there is no annual fees and it does not charge a conversion fee. Which on other credt cards charge 3% - 5%. You must have excellent credit to get the Venture one card. For cash in British pounds use the ATM's they will give you the best rate. Stay away from the
money exchange places (which are everywhere) the rates they give our awful. Right now you would get 200 GBP for 300 US dollars that's not bad.
For hotels in the London area I use hotels.com | Hotel Bookings & Reservations Hotel Offers & Discounts Cheap Hotels Rates Lowest Hotel Rates Guaranteed!
I really like that you can pick the niegborhoods and bed and breakfasts are the way to go. Hyde park, Westminster, Victoria are nice areas.

National Rail Enquiries - Official source for UK train times and timetables

The train station is right across the street from the Cruise Terminal and will be very easy to find.

Use code HPQ for Harwich International trainstation and use code LST
for London Liverpool station. First class 13 euros and regular 8 euros.
You can only book 12 weeks ahead for you dates you may want to wait
a couple more weeks or by train tickets there.

Have a great trip and please give us a detailed report on how the trip went when you get back. Thanks Ed

Belladonna1990 January 31st, 2011 09:28 PM

Thank you very much.

I had been to London once before. I didn't have a potato, but did learn a biscuit is a cookie!

cruised1014 February 1st, 2011 09:25 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Belladonna1990 (Post 1348390)
Thank you very much.

I had been to London once before. I didn't have a potato, but did learn a biscuit is a cookie!

That's right. Do you also know mush peas are just regular peas?
Now you have two options for a glass of beer. A british pint or a glass they call a schooner. Brits hate it because it Australlian. Ed

CA Cruiser February 1st, 2011 10:04 AM

Another option...When we cruised out of Harwich we took SilverFleet car service from our Paddington Hilton hotel and back. DH wasn't too sure about the train because of our luggage and his back & knees. It was 98 pounds for the 2 of us r/t and we stopped for water/soda and were very comfortable and met fellow cruisers. If you google them, you can emial from the website. We did it all by email. We also used them to get to Southampton for our Transatlantic. Tony Hayter, owner, met us at Heathrow and drove us in pouring rain. It was an experience.

I agree about the Capital One. We have used it for over 5 years now and just bumped up the the Venture. It is $59/year but that's the card we use for miles so it will be worth it.

We didn't see the changing of the guard, it was every other day but we saw the changing of the calvary and had a front row seat. Also loved the Buckingham Palace tour.

Enjoy!

Belladonna1990 February 8th, 2011 03:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CA Cruiser (Post 1348489)
Another option...When we cruised out of Harwich we took SilverFleet car service from our Paddington Hilton hotel and back. DH wasn't too sure about the train because of our luggage and his back & knees. It was 98 pounds for the 2 of us r/t and we stopped for water/soda and were very comfortable and met fellow cruisers. If you google them, you can emial from the website. We did it all by email. We also used them to get to Southampton for our Transatlantic. Tony Hayter, owner, met us at Heathrow and drove us in pouring rain. It was an experience.

I agree about the Capital One. We have used it for over 5 years now and just bumped up the the Venture. It is $59/year but that's the card we use for miles so it will be worth it.

We didn't see the changing of the guard, it was every other day but we saw the changing of the calvary and had a front row seat. Also loved the Buckingham Palace tour.

Enjoy!

Thank you Teresa. I have concerns about taking the train because of our luggage and we will be getting in on a weekday morning, so I'll bet there will be a lot or commuters.

Will check on Sliverfleet.

Thanks!


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