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Forum: First Time Cruisers Today, 12:34 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,356
Posted By John Bull
Hmmmmmmm. This thread seems to have gone full...

Hmmmmmmm.
This thread seems to have gone full circle.;)

No doubt the pre-paid cards work when you want to pay for something.
Or to draw cash.
Perhaps even at the end of the cruise, to settle...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Today, 12:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 303
Posted By John Bull
Antigua - worth taking a taxi or van tour,...

Antigua - worth taking a taxi or van tour, there'll be plenty plus sharers on the pier. To Shirley Heights, at the other end of the island, then down to Nelson's dockyard (good pub there for lunch)....
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe Today, 05:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 574
Posted By John Bull
A couple of things about King Alfred's statue, in...

A couple of things about King Alfred's statue, in the middle of Broadway / High St.

It's on a tall plinth, and unusually the plinth is broader at the top than the bottom. The reason? It was...
Forum: Spain Ports Yesterday, 04:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 121
Posted By John Bull
First, they need to understand that, like most of...

First, they need to understand that, like most of the costas, del Sol is very much the playground and second home / retirement choice of northern Europeans. Even if they venture some distance inland...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 02:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,081
Posted By John Bull
Yep, that's appreciated. But surely the whole...

Yep, that's appreciated.
But surely the whole point of an ESTA is to weed out existing problems before travel.
The granting of an ESTA may not be a guarantee, but i'd be grieved to be granted an...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe Yesterday, 11:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 807
Posted By John Bull
Apart from ship's own transfer coach, the simple...

Apart from ship's own transfer coach, the simple answer is No. :(
Heathrow is extremely well-served by public transport into London, but not elsewhere.
So whether you elect to travel by train or...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 11:03 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,081
Posted By John Bull
Hmmmmm. First time I applied for an EsTA it...

Hmmmmm.
First time I applied for an EsTA it took a couple of weeks to come through - should be just 2 or 3 days. Folk reckoned the delay was possibly due to an undesirable with the same name.
No...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 10:47 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,081
Posted By John Bull
The fairly frequently reported delays at US...

The fairly frequently reported delays at US Immigration aren't about being questioned, they're simply about long queues caused by too many passengers and not enough immigration staff.
Same thing...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe Yesterday, 06:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 121
Posted By John Bull
Scottbee's reply re Eurostar is spot-on, that's...

Scottbee's reply re Eurostar is spot-on, that's the quickest way to travel and most would take that route - probably using Ashford rather than Ebbsfleet.
Take the local train from Dover to Ashford....
Forum: Asia October 19th, 2014, 05:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 339
Posted By John Bull
You've been around the block a good few times,...

You've been around the block a good few times, Ashland - I'm surprised it's taken you so long to find SE Asia. :p

Fabulous part of the world to cruise, have a great time.

JB :)
Ps Singapore to...
Forum: Asia October 18th, 2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 269
Posted By John Bull
Can't help re Komodo. But Bali and elsewhere...

Can't help re Komodo.

But Bali and elsewhere there will be taxis and vans available at the pier.
Charges are very low and negotiable even lower, but concentrate more on what is offered. You will...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe October 18th, 2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 574
Posted By John Bull
Certainly viable. Past Oxford to...

Certainly viable.
Past Oxford to Woodstock/Blenheim Palace, Chipping Norton and Shipston on Stour, to Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon for the night. Mebbe a side trip to Warwick Castle.
To Bath...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe October 18th, 2014, 05:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 574
Posted By John Bull
Stonehenge is a major touritst attraction, it's...

Stonehenge is a major touritst attraction, it's on a lot of bucket-lists and folk are almost always thrilled to have been there.
But you are correct that there's little to see - if you go along just...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe October 17th, 2014, 05:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 791
Posted By John Bull
Yes an excellent hourly direct train service -...

Yes an excellent hourly direct train service - except on Sunday's, when the direct train doesn't run so the journey involves several changes.

So usual advice for travel between Southampton and...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question October 16th, 2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 289
Posted By John Bull
On both it's one bottle per adult (or two per...

On both it's one bottle per adult (or two per cabin, can't remember which but for most folk that's the same thing), at your embarkation port only.

At that time, on Princess you can take aboard as...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe October 15th, 2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 791
Posted By John Bull
Yes, news to me too, Simon. :confused: Can't...

Yes, news to me too, Simon. :confused:
Can't imagine it's the new norm, or we'd have heard about it from various sources. And I've not heard of passports being retained by a ship on cruises UK to...
Forum: Caribbean - Other October 14th, 2014, 08:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 321
Posted By John Bull
Thank, Jen. Wasn't planning to walk from the...

Thank, Jen.
Wasn't planning to walk from the ship, only mebbe if the tour van drops us reasonably close to the castle.

Good to know USD are as widely accepted as elsewhere on our cruise.

JB :)
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe October 14th, 2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 269
Posted By John Bull
Working backwards...... For a 1pm flight I'd...

Working backwards......

For a 1pm flight I'd recommend arrival at the airport by 11am latest.
THREE HOURS before flight time is airlines' and airport's recommendation but that's very conservative...
Forum: Africa & Middle East October 14th, 2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 315
Posted By John Bull
Yes, you need to be a little concerned - not...

Yes, you need to be a little concerned - not about your safety but about whether ports, lately in Israel and perhaps the Gulf states in the future, might be cancelled in the interests of your safety...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics October 14th, 2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,022
Posted By John Bull
All good advice on this thread. But if I'm...

All good advice on this thread.

But if I'm reading the OP right, they went at the end of August.

JB :)
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe October 14th, 2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 791
Posted By John Bull
Unfortunately the service from Southampton to...

Unfortunately the service from Southampton to London is fairly infrequent, next coach about 11Am IIRC.
And although there is likely to be spare capacity on later coaches, nowadays pre-purchased...
Forum: South America October 14th, 2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 697
Posted By John Bull
The port is a bit grim and industrial, surrounded...

The port is a bit grim and industrial, surrounded by scrubland and a long way from anywhere.

Three prospects come to mind.
1. Your ship will berth or tender by a small but very pleasant beach. A...
Forum: Caribbean - Other October 14th, 2014, 01:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 321
Posted By John Bull
Thanks for the replies, folks. Yes, I've...

Thanks for the replies, folks.

Yes, I've since been directed to the Columbia forum by folk on the South America forum. Didn't know it existed, for whatever reason on "forum jump" (my usual route...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe October 13th, 2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 791
Posted By John Bull
Life gets confusing when different sources quote...

Life gets confusing when different sources quote times due at berth or times due to disembark without being specific about what they mean. :mad:

Cunard and most other ships usually arrive at...
Forum: First Time Cruisers October 13th, 2014, 02:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,238
Posted By John Bull
Since Istanbul is just a port of call for you, ie...

Since Istanbul is just a port of call for you, ie you go there by cruise ship and leave again by cruise ship, neither of you will need a Turkish visa :)
There is a visa dispensation for cruise...
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