FUN-travel: Moscow – Day 1

July 7, 2014 by  

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New Maiden Cemetery, Moscow

Day 3 – Thursday, July 3 – Moscow – blue skies – 70’s – sunrise 4:56 am – sunset 10:12 pm

What I LIKE

  • World Traveler = Premium Coach – what biz class used to be 10 yrs ago
  • Saved 15,000 pts + $$
  • Served the same meal that biz class got
  • Only 3 + hr flight
  • BA flight attendants give us 2 bottles of Taittinger Champagne to take w/us
  • 4:00 am – arrive early
  • Breeze thru customs & out by 4:30
  • 4:50 – head back to arrivals area & find our guide w/sign
  • 5:00 – take off for ship
  • 6:00 – arrive
  • 8:30 – passenger from prior cruise suggests we go get breakfast
  • Wandered how I was going  to make it thru day w/o food
  • Uniworld gives us $200 shipboard credit to compensate private transfer
  • Get room upgrade – ship not full – cancellations due to Ukraine turmoil
  • 10:30 – front desk lets us into our room early
  • I have my eye mask
  • Go to sleep!
  • 4:30 – wake up
  • 6:00 – happy hour martini $13
  • 7:00 – dinner – nicoise salad & French onion soup – Italian wine not good
  • Lady @ next table complains & gets Shiraz
  • I take her lead and get that too!
  • 10:00 – take sleeping pill

What I DON’T LIKE

  • Uniworld rep is not there to greet us
  • Walk outside to look for driver
  • Start freaking out as no one speaks English @ Information
  • Uniworld includes transfers if flight is between 6 am & 8 pm
  • Costs $179 for private transfer
  • Exhausted & room check-in not until 3 pm
  • Upgraded 2 categories but lost 30 sq ft
  • Room pretty small – 135 sq ft – typical of river cruise ships
  • No black out shades & its light 20 hrs per day

FUN-fact – We book the least expensive rooms on cruises and have been very lucky in getting upgrades. As I always say, “You can’t wear an upgrade.” This is our 2nd Uniworld Cruise.

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GUM on Red Square

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