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  1. Did our fair share of traveling in Asia the last couple of years both on cruises and land tours. Were in Taiwan when the pandemic hit. Watching what was happening to the Diamond Princess, which we sailed on five times, was quite disheartening. Back home since February before the pandemic exploded here. Doubt that we will be cruising or traveling international soon in the near future. Will probably spend more time traveling in the US when it calms down. Taking the RV out on road trips would be the next best thing.
  2. I have heard that passengers do not need a visa just getting off the ship and stay near the port inside the city for the day. We did arrange for a private tour for our day there with plans to go outside the city which did not materialize. Here is my report on that port.
  3. It was five years ago but here is my report on our stop at Kanazawa.
  4. Thank you so much, cellfree and reedprincess for the answers. Now I can just enjoy the drink package not having to worry about extra charges.
  5. I am sure this has been asked before but I can't locate the answers. Sorry. Will be on MSC Divina transatlantic in November and I noticed that on my document it came with the water/coffee in dining room for free and then the easy drink package. We did not purchase the easy drink package, and I assume that it was a perk when we booked. My question is, do we need to pay for service charge on this package like NCL does? Thanks!
  6. This was what I could find regarding bus #513 in Tianjian: https://moovitapp.com/index/en/public_transit-line-513路-Tianjin_天津-4896-1035125-634874-1
  7. Soccerref, thank you so much for the bus information, we will need that for May 2020! We have been in Tianjin before but not on a cruise. Plan on spending the day in the city instead of going to Beijing. Thanks again!
  8. We took the 16:00 bus from Narita to Hotel New Grand. They did have two quick stops at Haneda Airport terminals before reaching Hotel New Grand. There is no stop at Monterey, but Monterey is just a block away from Hotel New Grand.
  9. If staying at the Hotel New Grand or Monterey, another easier transportation from Narita is to take the Airport Limousine Bus. There is a route that ends right in front of Hotel New Grand, so you won't have to take a taxi ride from YCAT or the train station in Yokohama. You have to specifically ask for the bus that ends at Hotel New Grand when purchasing the tickets otherwise they will sell you tickets to YCAT. We stayed at the Rose Hotel near Chinatown last December which is a couple of blocks away. From Rose Hotel it was a $7 taxi ride to Osanbashi. You just hand over your luggage at the bus stop and they will take care of them until you arrive at your stop.
  10. If you are planning to take the Airport Express (train) from airport to hotel, you may purchase your tickets at the booth right outside the custom area after you collected your luggage. You may also get your Octopus Cards there at the same time. Be sure to ask for the senior concession card if over 65 years old with huge discounts on most transportation. For the airport bus to town, you need to follow the signage and go outside the terminal building. The booth selling tickets for airport buses should be on your left hand side. You need to have exact change if pay on bus, I believe.
  11. ROCruiser

    Singapore Port

    We were able to get a van at the airport taxi line for the 5 of us and then again at the taxi line at Marina Bay Hotel to port. Tell them the number of people you have in your group and they will get the van for you.
  12. Yes, we felt that we saw a lot on the two days, even though mostly pagodas and temples. We had a good group of cc members and a good guide, so it went well. I was not the one who organized this tour so not sure how the communication went for the organizer before it actually happened.
  13. This is the link to my blog about our trip to Yangoon. Have a wonderful trip!
  14. Thanks for sharing the videos. Will be on Voyager in a couple of weeks.
  15. We will be on the July 12 sailing on the Voyager. Hopefully, the protests will stay in the Central/Causeway Bay areas on HK island if they continues and basically on Sundays. I am sure it's going to affect transports on the MTR but probably not too much near the port.
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