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    What You Like & Don't Like About Maasdam

    We sailed 22 nights on the Maasdam in December and really enjoyed it. We liked the smaller size and lack of crowds. Our balcony cabin was comfortable, we had no A/C or plumbing problems. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Do you book excursions thru HAL?

    I almost exclusively book private or DIY. I enjoy researching, know exactly what I want and don’t want a large group tour. I often use the roll call to put together small groups. On our last cruise we joined several tours planned by someone else on our roll call and were disappointed. One tour there was not sufficient seating/shade for everyone to enjoy the day and the other guide never arrived. From now on I’ll do my own thing, even if it costs more. I know what questions to ask for our needs. One of the most important parts of our travel is trying the local food. Booking private allows me to research and work with our guide to choose a great restaurant or even organize stops for local street food. We never shop for trinkets and if we do buy something it’s always from a local and something we will really use at home. I have never even come close to missing a ship, I plan accordingly and don’t worry at all. On the other hand, my mother is in her 70’s and only books cruise tours. For her it’s easier, she likes a half day tour and doesn’t mind going on a bus. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Value of Neptune vs. SS

    My agent called and there was only one SB cabin available. We regularly take upsell opportunities so set guidelines with the agent so she doesn’t waste time calling us before calling HAL. In this case my agent sent me a quick email because she knew I wouldn’t like the location right next to the elevator. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Value of Neptune vs. SS

    Thanks for your comments. We’re going to wait and see if the price comes down because we’re really happy with the SS we’re assigned and didn’t love the SB location. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  5. How much more would you pay for an SB (neptune) vs an SS? Westerdam We are happy with the SS but would like to try a Neptune, just not sure if it’s $100 more per day for the cabin. What do you think? Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  6. We’ve done it in Moorea and also in Bora Bora. We did OWB at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora for around $1000 a night, $5000 is crazy!!! We’re going to overnight at a hotel in Beijing on our next cruise too. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    laundromat in Kodiak Ak

    We have taken our laundry off the ship in many ports and never been asked to go through customs. I prefer to wash my own clothes since some require special care. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Something different in Juneau?

    We are in Juneau Oct 2 which is pretty late in the season. Our stop is from 1-11pm. We are 4 active people age 45-55. We have been to Alaska before and don’t want to do the normal things. Anybody suggest a great private tour? Not interested in a large group. We’re also looking for the best dinner experience in Juneau. Thanks in advance Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Most of the “tours” listed on TripAdvisor have no or limited reviews. Also no contact information. One should not assume that everyone asking for advice has not researched elsewhere. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    I found the same but I’m looking for a tour or guide that someone else has used. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    HAL added this stop after we booked and I can’t find much. Anyone have any ideas about a day in Sasebo? HAL doesn’t even have any tours. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  12. Would you please share the contact for your guide in Shimizu. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Need Visa Service

    I didn’t have the time. I travel almost weekly so can’t be without my passport. Tim had me send a picture taken from my iphone and he fixed it to meet the visa standards. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Need Visa Service

    I used passportworld. They have an office in Miami, Coral Gables. I found Tim very easy to work with. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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    Rome Shuttle Service - thoughts?

    I had a great transfer and tour with Fabrizio from allarounditaly.net. I have toured with him since my son was 3 years old and he always finds a way to keep him entertained. Sent from my iPhone using Forums