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  1. Thanks everyone for clearing things up for me. There's nothing worse than embarrassing yourself, and you've helped me avoid that!
  2. Has anyone sailed on Carnival Spirit lately? I have read the online alcohol policy and it states only soft drinks (no more than 12 cans of 600ml) can be brought on board. Then when I google I see a number of posts that say on embarkation a bottle of wine per person is permitted. Maybe the rules have changed for Australian sailings? I know it's a pain in the bum question, but there are 7 adults in our party, and we would hate to bring bottles of good quality wine with us only to have them confiscated. Please help!
  3. Thanks everybody for your help. The Ibis centraal station looked good and reasonably priced, but booked out. We settled for the Westcord, 15 minutes walk to the cruise terminal or a 20 Euro taxi fare. It looks OK on the website. daily room cost without breakfast is about $240 AUD. Breakfast an extra $24 pp. per day. We will catch the train from Schipol to the railway station and probably walk or taxi to the hotel. From memory from some years back though, Amsterdam roads are not that luggage friendly. We will spend 2 or 3 days in the city, visiting the museums and sightseeing, and then take a few day excursions into the country side prior to the cruise. Once again, thank you all.
  4. I took an hour or so off work to see her come in this afternoon. Without putting a stopwatch on it, Ovation arrived at about 3 pm WST and took about half an hour to berth, as she entered the harbour and turned around so she would face the exit on departure. There was a fairly stiff sea breeze blowing, and it was going to get worse, so I can understand it was easier to do it immediately rather than at night.
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    Where are we??

    Well guys, what did you expect Border Force to do with you when you arrived in Australia? You're boat people!
  6. We're doing a cruise from Amsterdam to St Petersburg next August, and I've been checking out a couple of days pre cruise hotel accomodation so we can be fresh for the cruise. Someone on a roll call thread suggested Movenpick as a near cruise terminal hotel, but I was suprised to find the cost per night was about AU $500 for a basic double room, and most similar establishments in the area charged about as much. Would it be cheaper to stay say 5 - 10 kilometres out of town and just taxi in on the day, or is that a realistic rate for a 3 - 4 star establishment anywhere in Amsterdam? Would Amsterdam traffic be an issue from out of town? I know the cost is what it is, and when in Rome, and all that, but, if can save a few meaningful dollars..... Any suggestions or recommendations?
  7. Poor old Clive. He's lost his money, he's lost his reputation, he's lost the credibility he had with his dudded Queensland refinery workers, and he's apparently lost touch with his Nephew, who has disappeared overseas rather than make himself available for court appearances. On the plus side, he hasn't lost any weight.
  8. So we have booked a cruise and paid. The travel agent tells us a few weeks later that if we pay an extra $700 we will receive a further $1600 in onboard credit. It's a reputable TA so we accepted and paid. But I've been thinking about it since, and I'm a little confused as to why. It's not an incentive, as we've paid, so why on earth effectively give away $900? Am I missing something?
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    Carnival spirit quad room query

    Not being smart, but if it's a Carnival Spirit cruise coming up, it;s likely to be a fairly short cruise, so why can't you or your other half have the bunk bed, and the child sleep on the single/double? A little inconvenient or uncomfortable perhaps, but hey, it's a holiday, and sleep can be caught up on during the day.
  10. I live near Fremantle, and travel overseas from the Perth International terminal once or twice a year. I have never had to wait more than a minute for a taxi day or night. Approx cost to Fremantle not more than $70AUD. Cheaper transport modes are available, but are less convenient and less prompt.
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    Left on ship

    You expect lost and found to scavenge through your dirty laundry in search of your toothbrush? Now that's service, if you can get it!
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    Pending misdemeanor charge and getting through customs

    It was intended to be appreciative of his attitude, whilst not condoning the offence he admitted to. I'm sorry if you took it otherwise.
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    Pending misdemeanor charge and getting through customs

    I admire your candour and acceptance of responsibility, if not your judgment at first instance.
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    Naples-How much should we try and do?

    The Amalfi Coast and Sorrento will be a 5 - 6 hour drive more or less. You could probably fit Pompeii in on the same day, and both are a must even if you never go to Naples again. Capri is also an option, or Mount Vesuvius or Herculaneum I have my concerns about you walking the streets of Naples without the language and without making yourself a target for tourist crime. But the traffic can be horrendous. This is one place that a ship excursion is preferable over a land booked one (which is considerably cheaper). If you miss your boarding time going to Amalfi/Sorrento your are in trouble if you haven't booked on the ship, and it's possible the bus will be delayed in its return.