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    Toronto GTA, Canada
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    Cunard- Grill Class, Silverseas Spirit, Crystal, & Oceania. Of the "Premium" cruise li
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    French Polynesian Islands
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  1. Thanks Jonathan. Travel Agent had the wrong ship
  2. Surprised that a thread has not already been started for this cruise. As in the past let's share our info on excursions, ship, etc
  3. DGF

    How to set up a Meet & Greet on QM2?

    We have been on close to 40 cruises and have attended many Meet & Greets, as well as organizing a few Meet & Greets Each time depends on the group and ship officer participation Ship officer participation- When they come they normally give a short welcome and circulate the room making sure all are happy. If a problem, then it is immediately fixed and I can remember on one cruise line where the ship, not Cunard, took some wine or alcohol away from a guest on embarkation. With a little discussion the officer phoned up and had the bottles delivered to the cabin Just show up at an agreed upon location- all have had name tags available. Topics in the one on one conversations ranged all over the map including sharing advice on private excursions, cruise fares, etc. Great source of info. Next step up is the person organizing makes up a keepsake name tag. We have experienced two other options- i) For those who want to, they bring a souvenir from their home city and swap; ii) Cabin hop- members attending walk around to see the various cabins Queen Suites- One of the Meet & Greet participants got along so well they had a second Meet & Greet in one of the Queens Grill Suite. This was amazing= we pooled our alcohol, we gave the list of guests to Cunard and they personally had them hand delivered to each member's cabin, and Cunard supplied the finger food, glasses, cups, coffee, etc. A Senior officer phoned and requested to attend, which he did and circulated talking to the guests one on one. A memorable experience. Cunard is a class act and goes all out for these Queen Suite's party Highly recommend Hope these experiences provide food for thought
  4. DGF

    How to set up a Meet & Greet on QM2?

    Thank you for volunteering. These are always great meetings. As to the time, you might want to phone Cunard and get the usual events on the first sea day to avoid conflicts Our experience- on our first QM 2, no interest in a Meet & Greet. On the second out of New York heading to Caribbean it was held 3:00 PM the day of embarkation. Why so early? That thread indicated people wanted to get together to arrange private excursions
  5. DGF

    Dubai and Emirates Cruises

    Sorry we have no experience, but do have a ton of info on our 7 day cruise in the United Arab Emirates and adjacent areas. If you would like please e-mail us deangayle@rogers.com for info
  6. [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4]Hello all[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4]Running behind on this cruise. Just signed up for the Meet & Greet[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4]Can someone please advise as to day, time, and place?[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4]Look forward to meeting you all[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3][/SIZE][/FONT]
  7. [quote name='insulationbabe']I have emailed him too and no reply - it's been about a week now Thanks - hope to hear from him soon[/quote] Prejit and his assistant were great for us. However when we received our second visa there was an error in it and I gave them a telephone call which resulted in immediate response. Prejit is not always in the office
  8. DGF

    Tahiti - Marina vs Paul Gaugain

    French Polynesia is one of the most beautiful places we have been to. Have some pictures I can send you if you like- just ask deangayle@rogers.com- in the interim, mentally picture volcanic islands covered with lush vegetation sloping down to crystal clear water with small fishes everywhere and the sea crashing on the reefs a distance off shore. It is heaven on earth; but if you pick the wrong months you will have a majority of rain and if not rain clouds, losing the sunlight into the water and the real enjoyment. We did it in November one year which was rain and little sun= nice vacation; and then the second time first week of September= spectactular vacation in the sun on beautiful sandy beaches on atols under the palm trees with a drink in hand and enjoying the azure blue clear waters The distance is far, when we did it only red eye flights out of LA, and concluded when we do it again, which we will on our way back to Australia to see Western Australia which we missed on our second trip, we will do it in August or more likely September to maximize our chances of sunny weather and reap the enjoyment of the sandy beaches, the water ligthened up by the sun and the view of the amazing sea off shore with its different colours A comment if I might on itinerary. There are three itineraries- i) Society Island Cruise- limits you to French Polynesia; ii) Society Islands and Cook Islands- adds a cruise to Cook Islands which I recommend highly (Rarotonga is the main island, but highly recommend you also try to get out to Aitutaki); iii) Society Islands and the Australs which we hope to do on our next trip to French Polynesia Can't recall a problem with mosquitoes Hope this helps everyone DEAN
  9. DGF

    Tahiti - Marina vs Paul Gaugain

    We have been to French Polynesian Islands twice; after the first time arriving in the wrong season we learned not to make the same mistake the second time. The island are lush for a reason- rain. The best months are August and September- see weather.com. Accordingly we would base our decision firstly on the time of year and then compare the ships using your favourite criteria
  10. [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4]Decided to write Canadian Amex Travel to make certain that the verbal advice was correct[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4]Reply as follows[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4][/SIZE][/FONT] [COLOR=black][FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=3]Hi Dean,[/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=3] [/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=3]We unfortunately do not have Oceania as part of the Canadian Program.[/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=3] [/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=3]But as for the procedure, if you were to use one of the Cruises from the Program [/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=black][FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=3]you have 2 options. [/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=3][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=3]You can book the cruise thru us here, or if you prefer to use your travel agency [/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=black][FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=3]they can book it, they will have to mention to the cruise line that you are an Amex [/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=black][FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=3]Platinum card holder and they will have to get a Tracking Form Number from us [/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=black][FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=3]here.[/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=3] [/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=3]Take care[/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Tahoma][SIZE=3]Joanne[/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR]
  11. [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4]Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We have always dealt with TAs specializing in Cruise bookings and will now add AMEX to the list of TAs from whom we get quotes[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4]Dean called Canada Amex Platinum Travel Department and was advised:[/SIZE][/FONT] [LIST=1] [*][FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4]Yes there is a Cruise Privileges Program in Canada[/SIZE][/FONT] [*][FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4]Booking must be made thru Amex Travel. Agent was not able to advise as to how competitive they were in pricing with TA specializing in Cruises[/SIZE][/FONT] [*][FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4]Oceania is not on the list of cruise lines covered by the Cruise Privileges Program[/SIZE][/FONT] [/LIST]
  12. [quote name='TN Vol Fan']Thanks for info. Since you were in the casino some, do you remember if the slots had been updated with ticket in/ticket out payouts? The last time we were on the Connie, they was still coin operated and I'm primarily a slots player. DH is blackjack (maybe the tables will be better by March) and 3 card, whick is always a "crap shoot". Looking forward to trying the specialty restaurants and always the Martini Bar! Alreay looking at special clothes for Formal nights- DH will take his trusty tux. Rose-Linda[/quote] Due to Gayle's health, who likes the slots, we never got that close to the machines. I blew up one of my photos of the casino and they are taking coins & dollar bills. however, will ask one of the persons who were with us on the ticket. I beleive she played some slots Crush & the frosted martini bar were a fun drop off spots for a drink. Another great drop off spot was Cafe al Bacio where the Decaf Lattes were some of the best ever experienced; but pricey. Lattes in the main DR left a lot to be desired Don't forget to have a look at the special restaurant packages. They do save you money DEAN
  13. [quote name='TN Vol Fan']Thanks for the posts. I realize you've been off the Connie for a while, but do you remember if the first formal night was your first or second day at sea? We're on the Connie in 8 weeks in March and was wondering. Our anniversary is the first day at sea and hoped it would be a formal night also. Already counting the weeks til we board! Rose-Linda[/quote] [I][COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana]You should love it[/FONT][/COLOR][/I][COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana]. The recent refurbishment of the ship is great. Level of entertainment in the Theatre, in particular, became very good. Also good entertainment in Reflections and a lot of fun. Food was a little lacking in selection but very good in the main restaurant. Later meals in the Tuscan Grill and Ocean Liners were gourmet and service first class. We experienced very good to outstanding service throughout the cruise. [/FONT][/COLOR] [COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana]Only two flaws; i) the blackjack tables, which for the first cruise in my life, were a disaster (one session dealer drew four 21s in a row) and after two attempts quickly gave up and stopped playing; and ii) Chocolate extravaganza which they have substantially cut back on and crammed into Reflections which did not have enough space to accommodate both the entertainment and Chocolate extravaganza [/FONT][/COLOR] Our first night was New Years Eve, which is normally a formal night, but since departure was Dec 31 was not. First formal was the next day/ first day at sea. We had three formal nights on the 14 day cruise. Dress ranged for men from tuxedos to dark long shirts and dark pants. Ladies more closely followed the ships dress code DEAN
  14. He mentioned late February which was a surprise to us as the contracts normally provide for a two month off period. Recommend that you give the Captain's club a call. They should have the specific date DEAN