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July 28th, 2022 at 11:32:51 PM permalink
I figured Iíd do a thread for my trip to Europe as I like to write while I travel. The plan is 3-5 months travelling in Europe mostly backpacking with two mostly free cruises mixed in. I booked a one way flight to Edinburgh through Toronto that cost me $383 CAD after using some points I had. My preflight expenses were limited to buying a new backpacking backpack for $291 CAD.

The first day of the trip didnít go great as the flight was delayed from Winnipeg by over a hour causing me to miss my connection to Edinburgh. I then waited in line for 90 minutes to find out that Iíve been rescheduled on the next flight to Edinburgh with a seat available tomorrow at 5pm 😢. Another unfortunate part of the rescheduling is that I now connect through Amsterdam (which has been a disaster of an airport recently) and then layover there for 4 hours before heading to Edinburgh. I They put me up in the DoubleTree by the airport for the night and gave me $60 in food vouchers. Per Canadian aviation law Iím entitled to $1000 cash for my travel being delayed by more than 10 hours due to airline error. Honestly if you told me I lose one day and get 1k Iíd make that deal every day! I ended up hanging with 3 people I met in the line waiting for guest services to tell us the plan to get Europe. We had drinks and A&W at the bar of the hotel until I called it a night at 1 am. They were nice, a couple from Winnipeg and a lady from South Africa who grew up and lives in Edinburgh.

I guess I should talk about the cruises a little bit. The first one was from a tier match that Carnival was doing last year. I sent them my platinum card from MGM and my Diamond from Caesars to which I was given a free cruise with a balcony room on any cruise they offer. I instantly looked for the most expensive cruise which I knew would be European and chose the London to Russia 12 day cruise. Since I booked it last September the Russia portion has been changed for obvious reasons. The current itinerary is London (Dover), Copenhagen, Berlin (Warnemunde), Tallin, Helsinki, Stockholm, Hamburg (Kiel) and Gothenburg before heading back to London (Dover). I then got a less free cruise from Caesars that had a time limit of when we had to sail by and also had a $20 per day per person admin fee so that would be the not so free part. Anyways I decided on a Greek 7 day cruise that goes to Athens (Piraeus), Kusadasi, Turkey, Rhodes, Mykonos, Argostoli, Corfu and Santorini before going back to Athens (Piraeus). Oh I forgot to mention, my friend Danelle is going on the first one with me and my friend Leor is going on the Greek one.

Not sure if Iíll write every day or a couple times a week but Iíll keep this thread updated. So check back if youíre interested or donít, I like talking to myself lol.
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I am excited to read about your travels. I have enjoyed your earlier travel posts.
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July 29th, 2022 at 5:47:57 AM permalink
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I figured Iíd do a thread for my trip to Europe as I like to write while I travel. The plan is 3-5 months travelling in Europe mostly backpacking with two mostly free cruises mixed in. I booked a one way flight to Edinburgh through Toronto that cost me $383 CAD after using some points I had. My preflight expenses were limited to buying a new backpacking backpack for $291 CAD.

The first day of the trip didnít go great as the flight was delayed from Winnipeg by over a hour causing me to miss my connection to Edinburgh. I then waited in line for 90 minutes to find out that Iíve been rescheduled on the next flight to Edinburgh with a seat available tomorrow at 5pm 😢. Another unfortunate part of the rescheduling is that I now connect through Amsterdam (which has been a disaster of an airport recently) and then layover there for 4 hours before heading to Edinburgh. I They put me up in the DoubleTree by the airport for the night and gave me $60 in food vouchers. Per Canadian aviation law Iím entitled to $1000 cash for my travel being delayed by more than 10 hours due to airline error. Honestly if you told me I lose one day and get 1k Iíd make that deal every day! I ended up hanging with 3 people I met in the line waiting for guest services to tell us the plan to get Europe. We had drinks and A&W at the bar of the hotel until I called it a night at 1 am. They were nice, a couple from Winnipeg and a lady from South Africa who grew up and lives in Edinburgh.

I guess I should talk about the cruises a little bit. The first one was from a tier match that Carnival was doing last year. I sent them my platinum card from MGM and my Diamond from Caesars to which I was given a free cruise with a balcony room on any cruise they offer. I instantly looked for the most expensive cruise which I knew would be European and chose the London to Russia 12 day cruise. Since I booked it last September the Russia portion has been changed for obvious reasons. The current itinerary is London (Dover), Copenhagen, Berlin (Warnemunde), Tallin, Helsinki, Stockholm, Hamburg (Kiel) and Gothenburg before heading back to London (Dover). I then got a less free cruise from Caesars that had a time limit of when we had to sail by and also had a $20 per day per person admin fee so that would be the not so free part. Anyways I decided on a Greek 7 day cruise that goes to Athens (Piraeus), Kusadasi, Turkey, Rhodes, Mykonos, Argostoli, Corfu and Santorini before going back to Athens (Piraeus). Oh I forgot to mention, my friend Danelle is going on the first one with me and my friend Leor is going on the Greek one.

Not sure if Iíll write every day or a couple times a week but Iíll keep this thread updated. So check back if youíre interested or donít, I like talking to myself lol.
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that Caesars free cruise with a balcony room on any cruise sounds like a 7 star cruise?

i passed on that carnival offer even though i could have gotten more than 2 free cruises from them because... it's carnival. :o
let me know how they are.

so your flight delay was due to airline error and not weather?
how did they screw up?
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July 29th, 2022 at 7:37:48 AM permalink
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I figured Iíd do a thread for my trip to Europe as I like to write while I travel. The plan is 3-5 months travelling in Europe mostly backpacking with two mostly free cruises mixed in. I booked a one way flight to Edinburgh through Toronto that cost me $383 CAD after using some points I had. My preflight expenses were limited to buying a new backpacking backpack for $291 CAD.

The first day of the trip didnít go great as the flight was delayed from Winnipeg by over a hour causing me to miss my connection to Edinburgh. I then waited in line for 90 minutes to find out that Iíve been rescheduled on the next flight to Edinburgh with a seat available tomorrow at 5pm 😢. Another unfortunate part of the rescheduling is that I now connect through Amsterdam (which has been a disaster of an airport recently) and then layover there for 4 hours before heading to Edinburgh. I They put me up in the DoubleTree by the airport for the night and gave me $60 in food vouchers. Per Canadian aviation law Iím entitled to $1000 cash for my travel being delayed by more than 10 hours due to airline error. Honestly if you told me I lose one day and get 1k Iíd make that deal every day! I ended up hanging with 3 people I met in the line waiting for guest services to tell us the plan to get Europe. We had drinks and A&W at the bar of the hotel until I called it a night at 1 am. They were nice, a couple from Winnipeg and a lady from South Africa who grew up and lives in Edinburgh.

I guess I should talk about the cruises a little bit. The first one was from a tier match that Carnival was doing last year. I sent them my platinum card from MGM and my Diamond from Caesars to which I was given a free cruise with a balcony room on any cruise they offer. I instantly looked for the most expensive cruise which I knew would be European and chose the London to Russia 12 day cruise. Since I booked it last September the Russia portion has been changed for obvious reasons. The current itinerary is London (Dover), Copenhagen, Berlin (Warnemunde), Tallin, Helsinki, Stockholm, Hamburg (Kiel) and Gothenburg before heading back to London (Dover). I then got a less free cruise from Caesars that had a time limit of when we had to sail by and also had a $20 per day per person admin fee so that would be the not so free part. Anyways I decided on a Greek 7 day cruise that goes to Athens (Piraeus), Kusadasi, Turkey, Rhodes, Mykonos, Argostoli, Corfu and Santorini before going back to Athens (Piraeus). Oh I forgot to mention, my friend Danelle is going on the first one with me and my friend Leor is going on the Greek one.

Not sure if Iíll write every day or a couple times a week but Iíll keep this thread updated. So check back if youíre interested or donít, I like talking to myself lol.
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that Caesars free cruise with a balcony room on any cruise sounds like a 7 star cruise?

i passed on that carnival offer even though i could have gotten more than 2 free cruises from them because... it's carnival. :o
let me know how they are.

so your flight delay was due to airline error and not weather?
how did they screw up?
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The Carnival Tier Match is the balcony, I got a inner room with Caesars.

My flight delay was due to computer error on the booking side. Since it was their fault Iíll get the compensation, just will take a long time.
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July 29th, 2022 at 8:59:23 AM permalink
The Canadian rules site

https://rppa-appr.ca/eng/compensation-flight-delays-and-cancellations

Brothers trip delayed both ways not weather related ....12 hours one way 11 hours coming back . They expect their next vacation flights will be fully paid for. Was happy he still had Gold status with Westjet got to spend those long layovers in the lounge in Toronto airport
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July 29th, 2022 at 10:40:48 AM permalink
Safe and happy travels, PG! Looking forward to your updates!

As a (distant) aside, your description of the lady from South Africa reminded me of some distant relatives, except the oppositeÖ My grandmother was born and raised in Edinburgh with her brother and sisters. When they were grown, a couple of her siblings (twins) both moved to South Africa and each raised a family there. As a kid, my stamp collection always had plenty of South African stamps! Thanks for helping me rememberÖ
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Now I know that the world is getting back to normal: PG is hitting the road again on one of his epic journeys! I look forward to tales of distant and exotic lands, suspicious street foods, and beguiling young ladies. Hopefully with plenty of pictures included.
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Now I know that the world is getting back to normal: PG is hitting the road again on one of his epic journeys! I look forward to tales of distant and exotic lands, suspicious street foods, and beguiling young ladies. Hopefully with plenty of pictures included.
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To be fair I actually never stopped traveling. Since the pandemic I spent 11 months around the states (30 states or so) and Panama last Christmas. But yes this is the first big trip since before the pandemic.
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July 30th, 2022 at 1:47:34 PM permalink
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I guess I should talk about the cruises a little bit....

I instantly looked for the most expensive cruise which I knew would be European and chose the London to Russia 12 day cruise.

Excellent ! I just got back from a 12 Night Cruise from Venice to Rome and I did the same thing.

My local casino sent me a postcard about a free cruise last summer, and I was delighted that the certificate was valid for this itinerary.

I scrambled to get enough frequent flier miles for my wife and daughter ( we paid extra for her to come along ) and I to fly to Venice, but we paid for our flights back. We also paid extra for an upgrade to a standard balcony cabin, and when we boarded the ship they upgraded us to an even nicer cabin, which we loved.

After the cruise, Delta stranded us at JFK and even though we were pretty tired, we got a rental car from Avis and drove home that evening. That was pricey due to the general increase in rental car prices and the one-way drop off fee. Oh well. I will ask about getting a refund for the re-booked flights ( they were for the next day ) that we didn't take.

Yes, of course we had to do the Gondola ride in Venice:



Here's our ship:



Cabin with large screen TV:

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Sounds amazing, I cheaped out and didnít pay for the gondola ride in Venice. It seemed like a lot of money lol especially when I was travelling alone at the time.
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