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About BritinSoCal

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    Newbury Park, CA
  • Interests
    A Brit abroad. Music, (proper) football and working through my travel bucket list
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska

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  1. Thanks OP, VPN locked and loaded - we've gotten through this year watching repeats ("re-runs") of "Cruising with Jane McDonald" 😀
  2. Not a huge fan of Cabo San Luis - it is as auténtico México as "Emily in Paris" is to the City of Light. That being said, we've had an overnight there and took public transport to its little brother up the road, San José del Cabo - an artist community, less overtly touristy and less hectic all round - it's a bit of a hidden gem (as is Manzanillo - not so much the port itself, but the chance to visit the historic colonial city of Colima).
  3. The Grauniad (sic) is a serious left of centre newspaper with a daily print edition available in the UK and (when I lived in Switzerland) Europe, with on-line editions for the US and Aus. It used to be a "broadsheet" before print costs forced into to reduce to "tabloid" size. I'm slightly biased, but it's my news source of choice...
  4. Too many eateries to choice from - all depends on what you fancy. I'm a great brunch fan and thus would recommend the Boathouse on Shelly Beach in Manly (also the Ferry from CQ has to be one of the most iconic trips you can take - good cure for jet-lag if it's a bit choppy 😀). Also, the Social Brew Cafe in Pyrmont (near Darling Harbour) - which would be - if I lived in the area - my go to...
  5. Hi OP, we cruised the Norwegian Fjords and circumnavigated Iceland on the Pacific Princess last September. We tend not to take ship excursions (unless a million cruise ships are in Flåm and they have block-booked the railway!) and similar to dronnygirl we took a tour with FAB from Akureyri (their Lake Mÿvatn" tour - we'd highly recommend). Regardless of whether you take a ship's tour or an independent, I'd check the independent companies' websites for all your PoC to check the expected sightings. Also keep your eyes peeled - we had a fantastic whale watching experience, just from o
  6. Hmmm link didn't work... try this instead: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g255060-d629301-r309544933-Meriton_Suites_Kent_Street_Sydney-Sydney_New_South_Wales.html
  7. We stayed at the Meriton Kent St. for 9 days as part of a 3 week vacation to FNQ and Sydney back in '15. They're serviced apartments, complete with a decently equipped kitchen and laundry (although the combined washer / dryer has a habit of steaming clothes!) You won't get towels or bedding changed everyday - but then again we don't at home 😎 Wrote a review on TA: Both Kent St. and Pitt St. are good locations - close to Town Hall St and public transport, George St, Darling Harbour, Chinatown, and Coles and Woolsworth for groceries (even if like us you only have breakfast), etc...
  8. Official metered taxis or Uber are usually the way to go if you're schlepping a shed-load of bags. Shuttles get a particularly bad rap from from the Sydney-siders on the Trip Advisor forum and there's a thread or two on what to do if you think you've been ripped-off by a cab...
  9. ...Or depending how long you're in port, you could always DIY-it. Put together a short-list of the things you want to see, a little bit of internet research, et voilà. Even if this were just a box-ticking exercise, there aren't enough hours in the day to see "everything." Take the Monorail from the port to Sannomiya JR station and a regular train service from there to Kyoto (every few minutes) - use Hyperdia to look up trains / fares - use an IC card (ICOCA, Suica, Pasmo, etc...) for fares for all public transport (cash only). Public transport in Kyoto is a breeze, al
  10. Train stations within both international and domestic terminals. We carry 21" carry-ons and a back-pack on the train to / from the CBD without any problems and assuming yours has wheels you should be fine. Everything you need to know about public transport can be found on the Transport NSW website. You can now use contactless debit / credit card to pay fares, but since we have Opal cards from previous visits we "tap-on and tap-off" with these. Note, there's an access fee of AUD 14.87 at the airport on top of the fare and a minimum top-up of a AUD 35 at an airport reseller - WH Smit
  11. OP, whatever you decide to do, DON'T book through Viator. Viator does't offer any tours, they're just a 3rd party re-seller of existing tours from existing companies. I would recommend heading over to Trip Advisor, taking a look at the reviews of the top-rated tour companies and contacting them if any of their itineraries takes your fancy. Personally, having had an overnight in SP, I'm glad I took full advantage of the two days there - its an absolutely amazing city and even with 2 weeks (never mind 2 days) you'll only scratch the surface...
  12. Per Port Authority of NSW, the Jewel sails from the OPT, so in terms of hotels, anywhere around The Rocks, Circular Quay or CBD will probably fit the bill - where exactly will depend on budget and for how long. We've stayed in a one of the Meriton serviced apartment blocks (Kent St.) when we spent 10 days there and also the Hilton on George St. in the CBD, next to Town Hall Station and opposite the Queen Victoria building for a weekend get-over-jet-lag, pre-cruise, this time last year... We arrived around 8 am at the hotel and obv the room wasn't available, but there was a gym and showers avai
  13. The small city pass lite costs DKK 80 (~$12) for 24 hours, with additional discounts for multiple days and includes travel to / from the airport and most of the sites within the city that tourists generally want to visit. The large pass costs DKK 160 (~$24), and would enable you (for example) to travel to visit the likes of Frederiksborg Castle, Helsingor and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, should you so choose... Not sure I'd call that expensive...
  14. OP, There's a fantastic integrated public transport system available in Copenhagen; buses, metro, trains and waterbuses. Take a look here: https://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen/public-transport It's also very compact and walkable (watch out for the cyclists though - they take no prisoners!) Last time we visited, we stayed out near the airport as I comped the stay and it was only 10 mins by frequent metro into the heart of the city. I'd recommend taking a look over on Trip Advisor and ask this question on their Copenhagen forum.
  15. For public transport in HK - get yourself an Octopus card (for which you'll need HKD to purchase / top-up) - this can be used for buses, subway, ferries, trams (inc. the Peak Tram) and the Airport Express. It can also be used in local convenience stores, etc... Apparently some Taxis have installed Octopus card readers, but last time I was there it was cash only. Everywhere else a mix of HKD and credit cards will see you OK
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